02-26-2016, 06:42 PM
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Gents--

I'm anticipating in the next month a professional success I've been working for over a year to achieve, and I'd like to commemorate it by getting a special brush.  While I'm not saying "price is no object" I am saying I'd be willing to sport for more than the typical high end Badger.

If you were going to splurge on a special brush, which one would it be?  Simpsons Manchurian?  M&F?  Unobtainables like Wiborg?  Custom or standard, new or used, doesn't matter.  I appreciate the thoughts and ideas.

What say ye, all you brush experts?

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 02-26-2016, 06:44 PM
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Custom artisan crafted brush handle with a shavemac 2-band Silvertip.

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 02-26-2016, 06:48 PM
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What are your tastes as far as brush sizes?

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 02-26-2016, 07:50 PM
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  • leonidas
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......small flat tops........

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 02-26-2016, 08:06 PM
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Go after the Wiborg.  It is easily the best hair (from my absolutely no scritch, but never touch a mop perspective) available right now.  His prices are outstanding considering the quality being put out.  The US Dollar to Euro exchange rate doesn't hurt either Wink  Softer than the Shavemac 2-band silvertip with more backbone/scrub.

If you want a brush with backbone, somewhat dense, no scritch or individual hairs detectable, and you want it in a well crafted handle, then you want a Wiborg.  The wait is absolutely worth it!

The news coming from the Paladin reviews of Ken's newest hair batches is very exciting. 

In a depressing change of pace, who knows where any of the smaller brush makers will be in a year.  It's scary to think about how much of their passion has been invested when the world can turn so quickly.

So stock up now!

PS:  I have yet to meet a Manchurian brush that I like.  They're way too stiff, too little splay, and and too much scratch.

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 02-26-2016, 10:12 PM
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If I had extra cash, Simpson posted some excellent looking 58s in manchurian. Although I myself dont care for the dense Simpson Manchurians, the knots are well put together and the resins on the handles are awesome!

I hope you can see that promotion come through surfshaver Number_one

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 02-26-2016, 10:20 PM
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  • ben74
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So many choices. What are your preferences?

Perhaps something custom or personalised.

For example, Mark (from Simpson) had an M7 engraved with my name on it...

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 02-26-2016, 10:22 PM
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(02-26-2016, 06:48 PM)jhawlz Wrote: What are your tastes as far as brush sizes?

Most of my current brushes are 24-26 x 50-51 with one 27x50.

For record my modest brush collections consists of 

A Rooney 1/2 Silvertip
Paladin PK-47
Shavemac 2-band bulb
Vie long Epsilon 3 band 27x50

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 02-26-2016, 10:24 PM
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(02-26-2016, 10:20 PM)ben74 Wrote: So many choices. What are your preferences?

Perhaps something custom or personalised.

For example, Mark (from Simpson) had an M7 engraved with my name on it...

That would be really cool.  I thought about getting a Simpson Harvard because it's my Alma Mater.  Maybe I could get my year engraved...

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 02-26-2016, 10:27 PM
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(02-26-2016, 10:12 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: If I had extra cash, Simpson posted some excellent looking 58s in manchurian. Although I myself dont care for the dense Simpson Manchurians, the knots are well put together and the resins on the handles are awesome!

I hope you can see that promotion come through surfshaver Number_one

Those 58s look awesome.  I'm still undecided as to Manchurian hair myself.  

Thanks!  I'm actually closing on venture funding for a start up.

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 02-26-2016, 11:00 PM
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(02-26-2016, 10:27 PM)surfshave Wrote: Those 58s look awesome.  I'm still undecided as to Manchurian hair myself.  

Thanks!  I'm actually closing on venture funding for a start up.

Well I hope that your start up is going to be exciting and I wish you best of luck.

It looks by your list above you like small/med to medium sized brushes with a good bit of backbone.

Whats your take on density and flow through? Care to share what Manchurians you have tried?

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 02-27-2016, 12:13 AM
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Do you have a piece of anything from your past, or better yet anything that is part of or symbolizes your future aspirations?

A part of something personal.

A tree from a special place. A chunk of an old house, a small piece of something that maybe could be encased in a clear resin.

Any material you'd appreciate having a piece of included in a custom handle?

Turned in your favorite shaped handle. With your favorite knot of your favorite or most desired hair.

Sand from a beach suspended in clear resin and turned before getting a fresh smooth layer of more clear resin. 

A token or a symbol that can be incorporated into the brush.

Special doesn't have to equate to expensive.

I'd try to get a top of the line custom and include something that holds priceless sentimental value to me incorporated into it.

Maybe, for me, a nice knot on a handle made from the big old giant weeping willow tree from my grandfather's yard. Maybe with part of the handle in clear resin or acrylic with an inclusion of one of my dad's small tools he worked with. In a barber brush shape.

The possibilities are endless.

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 02-27-2016, 09:28 AM
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(02-26-2016, 11:00 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote:
(02-26-2016, 10:27 PM)surfshave Wrote: Those 58s look awesome.  I'm still undecided as to Manchurian hair myself.  

Thanks!  I'm actually closing on venture funding for a start up.

Well I hope that your start up is going to be exciting and I wish you best of luck.

It looks by your list above you like small/med to medium sized brushes with a good bit of backbone.

Whats your take on density and flow through? Care to share what Manchurians you have tried?
I havent tried any Manchurians, the only two band hair I have tried is the Paladin (2nd batch) Blonde Badger and the Shavemac 2 Band.  Both are great but the Paladin hair feels different -- coarser and crunchy when dry, and gooey and mop like when wet.  I dont have much experience but I think this is what people mean by gel tips.  It's pretty awesome!   

Truth be told I havent really used any dense brushes -- the Epsilon is still on its way from Spain.  I figured it was a good way to try out a chubby style brush.  Looking forward to it.

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 02-27-2016, 09:31 AM
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(02-27-2016, 12:13 AM)bakerbarber Wrote: Do you have a piece of anything from your past, or better yet anything that is part of or symbolizes your future aspirations?

A part of something personal.

A tree from a special place. A chunk of an old house, a small piece of something that maybe could be encased in a clear resin.

Any material you'd appreciate having a piece of included in a custom handle?

Turned in your favorite shaped handle. With your favorite knot of your favorite or most desired hair.

Sand from a beach suspended in clear resin and turned before getting a fresh smooth layer of more clear resin. 

A token or a symbol that can be incorporated into the brush.

Special doesn't have to equate to expensive.

I'd try to get a top of the line custom and include something that holds priceless sentimental value to me incorporated into it.

Maybe, for me, a nice knot on a handle made from the big old giant weeping willow tree from my grandfather's yard. Maybe with part of the handle in clear resin or acrylic with an inclusion of one of my dad's small tools he worked with. In a barber brush shape.

The possibilities are endless.
Those are some terrific ideas!  I hadn't really thought about the full custom, but you've definitely opened up my mind.   Much appreciated.

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