02-27-2016, 07:59 AM
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Hi all, I recently passed along my 26mm Romera brush (27mm at base) because it was just too large. I find that 22mm brushes like the Semogue Texugo are the perfect size for me, as they offer excellent maneuverability and control of lather.

I am looking now for a high-end brush with a small-ish knot that really delivers. Obvious contenders include Thater 4125/0, Shavemac 2-band Silvertip, Simpson's Duke 3. Looking for soft tips and stiff backbone, in a fan shape and perfect for face lathering.

Please let me know if you have any recommendations!

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 02-27-2016, 08:17 AM
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(02-27-2016, 07:59 AM)crazindndude Wrote: Hi all, I recently passed along my 26mm Romera brush (27mm at base) because it was just too large. I find that 22mm brushes like the Semogue Texugo are the perfect size for me, as they offer excellent maneuverability and control of lather.

I am looking now for a high-end brush with a small-ish knot that really delivers. Obvious contenders include Thater 4125/0, Shavemac 2-band Silvertip, Simpson's Duke 3. Looking for soft tips and stiff backbone, in a fan shape and perfect for face lathering.

Please let me know if you have any recommendations!
You have stated it already the Thater and Shavemac are wonderful. The Shavemac has a touch more backbone, they both are beautiful knots (but with Shavemac you have more flexibility in designing the brush, knot size, head shape, loft and handle) . Besides the knot you have to choose the head fan (I agree I also like a fan head) or bulb, loft and handle. For myself I like a fan at 52 because of the spread and the full head gives a pillowy soft lathering I'm not that interested in the scrub. Handles are a more detailed personal matter of fit and design. The best to you this is the fun part.

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 02-27-2016, 08:39 AM
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This was the first of my four Shavemac's.  While it is an inventory brush with Shavemac the sky is the limit as far as handle designs and colors; as well as knot hair, size and style.  This behave has a 23mm knot and a 50mm loft.  All of my brushes are fan shaped and the others are all custom.  This particular brush is a 2 band silver tip D01.  Keep in mind that D01 has a stiff back bone and you may consider it scratchy.  Although, is softens some after a few uses.  If you want a softer knot consider Silver Tip 2 band.  I now own three Silver Tip 2 Band D01 and one Silver Tip 2 Band.


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 02-27-2016, 09:05 AM
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I think that the Duke 2 would suit your size requirements better than Duke  3, although I could never argue against the Duke 3.

Maybe on BST you could find the TSN LE Simpsons M6 in Manchurian - that would be a real find.  I think of it as a Duke 2 in Manchurian.

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 02-27-2016, 10:52 AM
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My vote would be Shavemac fan with a custom handle from one of the many artisans who do this type of work (helps ensure you get the exact loft you are looking for).

Also love my M&F fan as well, but had to go thru a few to find a good one.

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 02-27-2016, 01:10 PM
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Some of the smaller Varlets may be up your ally.

http://thevarlet.com/

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 02-27-2016, 02:05 PM
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(02-27-2016, 01:10 PM)GloryUprising Wrote: Some of the smaller Varlets may be up your ally.

http://thevarlet.com/

I can second this as well. A Varlet Beehive or a Ranger at 24mm would be great options. The Ranger has a shorter loft at 48mm. Given not easy to acquire but excellent choices at an excellent price

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 02-27-2016, 02:14 PM
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The Duke 3 is a great option.

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 02-27-2016, 03:37 PM
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Duke 3 Manchurian.  Approximately 24/48mm.  Meets all of your criteria.  Soft tips, strong backbone, fan knot and perfect for face lathering.  This brush has more backbone and scrub than the Thater.    There is exactly one in Italian marble left at the Simpson website as I write this, and it happens to be at a sale price.

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 02-27-2016, 04:00 PM
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(02-27-2016, 07:59 AM)crazindndude Wrote: Hi all, I recently passed along my 26mm Romera brush (27mm at base) because it was just too large. I find that 22mm brushes like the Semogue Texugo are the perfect size for me, as they offer excellent maneuverability and control of lather.

I am looking now for a high-end brush with a small-ish knot that really delivers. Obvious contenders include Thater 4125/0, Shavemac 2-band Silvertip, Simpson's Duke 3. Looking for soft tips and stiff backbone, in a fan shape and perfect for face lathering.

Please let me know if you have any recommendations!


Custom might be the way to go.

Simpsons in Best is so underrated. Cost doesn't always proportionaly equal quality or value.

I love my Keyhole 3 in Best. 

22 X 49.5 on mine.

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 02-27-2016, 04:21 PM
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Another vote for Duke 3 Manchurian...

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 02-27-2016, 04:32 PM
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(02-27-2016, 04:00 PM)bakerbarber Wrote:
(02-27-2016, 07:59 AM)crazindndude Wrote: Hi all, I recently passed along my 26mm Romera brush (27mm at base) because it was just too large. I find that 22mm brushes like the Semogue Texugo are the perfect size for me, as they offer excellent maneuverability and control of lather.

I am looking now for a high-end brush with a small-ish knot that really delivers. Obvious contenders include Thater 4125/0, Shavemac 2-band Silvertip, Simpson's Duke 3. Looking for soft tips and stiff backbone, in a fan shape and perfect for face lathering.

Please let me know if you have any recommendations!


Custom might be the way to go.

Simpsons in Best is so underrated. Cost doesn't always proportionaly equal quality or value.

I love my Keyhole 3 in Best. 

22 X 49.5 on mine.

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You'll be happy to know I ordered a Duke 3 Best this morning and just received it an hour ago, courtesy of Amazon same-day delivery! Will be trying it tomorrow.

(02-27-2016, 04:21 PM)ben74 Wrote: Another vote for Duke 3 Manchurian...

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 02-27-2016, 04:48 PM
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I tend to like larger knots, generally a 28mm 2-band Silvertip. However, I purchased a stone handle that would only accommodate a 24mm knot, and surprisingly, I've really enjoyed the Shavemac 24mm 2-band Silvertip. I find Manchurian knots too stiff with too little flow through. I also like the Thäter 2-band knots, but unfortunately, you can't customize their brushes or order the knot separately, like you can with Shavemac. 

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 02-27-2016, 05:26 PM
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My vote would be the Shavemac 2 band ST or Thater.  My favorite brushes!!!

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 02-27-2016, 05:33 PM
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(02-27-2016, 04:32 PM)crazindndude Wrote:
(02-27-2016, 04:00 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: Custom might be the way to go.

Simpsons in Best is so underrated. Cost doesn't always proportionally equal quality or value.

I love my Keyhole 3 in Best. 

22 X 49.5 on mine.


You'll be happy to know I ordered a Duke 3 Best this morning and just received it an hour ago, courtesy of Amazon same-day delivery! Will be trying it tomorrow.



Nice!!!
We don't have same day here.

I looked, they have the specs on the Duke 3 different than everyone else. 
There's a Commodore now on Massdrop- but I hate them lately. Almost as much as Kav hates Amazon.  Dodgy 

I'll keep an eye on this thread because your tastes are very much like mine. 
I find the size and fan shape you're talking about ideal as well. I have some TGN knots that I like, specifically the Finest fan in 24 mm. 
Also I have a Shavemac Finest that is just so floppy and sparse by comparison. It's so soft and comfortable though. Nice bowl latherer, but I shave in the shower. 
I cried a solitary tear the first time I used it.  Undecided


I'm going to restore a handle tomorrow with an Envy White that is 20 mm but looks larger. 
Also sent one that was listed as a 24 mm to Doug Korn for a custom. Can't wait to see it when he's done.

Interested on what else you pick up and how you like the Duke 3.

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 02-27-2016, 05:40 PM
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Wolf Whiskers,  pick your knot and handle

Rooney Style 1,2 and 3 in size 1 and 2.

Morris & Forndran any handle if he has something in that size.

Vie-Long - can be had in Horse Hair and Badger

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 02-27-2016, 06:32 PM
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Duke 3 definitely falls into your described preferences and is one of my favorites as well, you can't go wrong! 

I've taken a liking to the Tulip 2 and 3 sized brushes as well quite a nice hand hold feel, not as dense as a D3 knot.. here's a picture of them in 2 band, to get it in anything other than Super 3 band email Simpsons to inquire as to what is available in inventory.

Tulip 3 - 24 x 51
Tulip 2 - 22 x 50

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 02-27-2016, 09:09 PM
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(02-27-2016, 04:32 PM)crazindndude Wrote:
(02-27-2016, 04:00 PM)baker barber Wrote: Simpsons in Best is so underrated. Cost doesn't always proportionaly equal quality or value.

You'll be happy to know I ordered a Duke 3 Best this morning and just received it an hour ago, courtesy of Amazon same-day delivery! Will be trying it tomorrow.
The Duke 3 Best is a great choice! 
Best definitely represents the best value in the Simpson range!

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 02-28-2016, 06:09 AM
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Used the Duke 3 Best last night with RR SMdF. Had to reload it for the third pass and lost at least half a dozen hairs, but I expect both will improve with a few more uses. Not 100% sure about it just yet, in terms of backbone it feels closer to the Semogue BC Texugo than a Romera Manchurian.

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 02-28-2016, 06:36 AM
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+1 re Duke 3. Also consider a Chubby 1. The Semogue 2013 LE Olivewood is wonderfully soft with good, not great backbone.

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