03-23-2016, 02:42 PM
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There seem to be enough new Simpson Tortoise LE brushes to warrant their own thread. 

To my eye these are classics, and the tortoise handles pair beautifully with Manchurian knots. 

Here are some iPhone shots of my 58 Manchurian Tortoise LE:


Freshly unboxed, back and front:

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 03-23-2016, 02:47 PM
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I gave the knot a shampoo and palm lather...nice and scrubby no scritch, really felt great.  This is a beautiful knot.


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 03-23-2016, 04:28 PM
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  • ben74
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Beautiful markings in your handle!

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 03-23-2016, 04:29 PM
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(03-23-2016, 04:28 PM)ben74 Wrote: Beautiful markings in your handle!

Thanks. I like the way the colors change depending on the lighting. It's really quite dramatic.

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 03-23-2016, 04:39 PM
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 03-23-2016, 05:03 PM
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How did I miss these??? Beauties fellas!!!

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 03-23-2016, 08:03 PM
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Beautiful brushes, gentlemen!  If only a Chubby 3 knot would come in a 59 style handle. Thumbup

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 03-24-2016, 08:43 AM
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Nice spring morning in Northern California:
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 03-25-2016, 10:42 PM
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  • ben74
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Ok, here are mine...

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 03-26-2016, 03:35 AM
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Beautiful brushes gentlemen - congratulations!

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 03-30-2016, 09:20 AM
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 03-30-2016, 03:26 PM
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 03-30-2016, 06:25 PM
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(03-23-2016, 02:42 PM)number six Wrote: There seem to be enough new Simpson Tortoise LE brushes to warrant their own thread.

So does that still make them LE? Kinda seems like Simpsons has upped the production numbers.

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 03-30-2016, 08:29 PM
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(03-30-2016, 06:25 PM)NSmalls Wrote:
(03-23-2016, 02:42 PM)number six Wrote: There seem to be enough new Simpson Tortoise LE brushes to warrant their own thread.

So does that still make them LE? Kinda seems like Simpsons has upped the production numbers.

LE denotes "Limited Edition" and the general dictionary definition of the term is an item produced in relatively small numbers.

IMO Simpson brushes such as the numbered 90th Anniversary Astor are truly limited editions (in every possible concept of the term) as only a specific number were made, they are collectable items and have increased in value.

However, how else could Simpson categorise these brushes? They are limited in terms of numbers of units available and they are not part of their regular production.

These brushes are coveted and rather unique, making them a special brush to those that are fortunate to own them. Perhaps you'd prefer the term: "Special Edition" or "Open series limited edition"?

Regardless...

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet."

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 03-31-2016, 02:22 AM
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At this point I would just call them common. All of you guys have them now. Doesn't seem limited to me at all anymore.

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 03-31-2016, 04:39 AM
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Seems to me like "Special Edition" would be a more apropos moniker.

Of course, Simpsons is free to call them "super-duper-rare-buy-one-now-or-miss-out-forever," but I don't see SE as any less than LE. Just a better fit for what it seems like they are doing.

To me, LE would denote "#42/100" or something along those lines.

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 03-31-2016, 06:19 AM
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Great beautiful shots of the tortoise! SE does sound more appropriate than LE.

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 03-31-2016, 06:59 AM
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Mark seems to use the description "limited edition" to account for an undefined number of brushes that will be sold until stock runs out at which point he may, or may not re-release again. Since we don't know the actual number of brushes made per handle type, it's unclear know how rare/commonplace they will eventually become. For now, SE seems to be the most correct term. Especially since this thread currently shows what... maybe five examples of torties in different handle shapes?

"Common" would best denote ivory Simpsons, as they are the choice you can freely obtain in any handle style & hair grade, on his site or via various distribution channels.

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 03-31-2016, 09:21 AM
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(03-31-2016, 02:22 AM)NSmalls Wrote: At this point I would just call them common. All of you guys have them now. Doesn't seem limited to me at all anymore.

TSN currently has 6, 410 members.

4 members have posted pictures of tortoise brushes in this thread.

"Common" does not appear to be an appropriate term IMO...

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 03-31-2016, 09:46 AM
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(03-31-2016, 09:21 AM)ben74 Wrote:
(03-31-2016, 02:22 AM)NSmalls Wrote: At this point I would just call them common. All of you guys have them now. Doesn't seem limited to me at all anymore.

TSN currently has 6, 410 members.

4 members have posted pictures of tortoise brushes in this thread.

"Common" does not appear to be an appropriate term IMO...

Great point, Ben.

Eric

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