07-29-2012, 07:35 PM
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I'm just curious. Do the badgers actually come from Manchuria? If so, what species are they?

Or is it just a marketing term?

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 07-29-2012, 07:39 PM
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(07-29-2012, 07:35 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: I'm just curious. Do the badgers actually come from Manchuria? If so, what species are they?

Or is it just a marketing term?

This. Or at least it was the first time round. I think the original "Manchurian" were brushes made for Charles Roberts.

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 07-29-2012, 08:07 PM
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(07-29-2012, 07:39 PM)Aaron622 Wrote:
(07-29-2012, 07:35 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: I'm just curious. Do the badgers actually come from Manchuria? If so, what species are they?

Or is it just a marketing term?

This. Or at least it was the first time round. I think the original "Manchurian" were brushes made for Charles Roberts.

By Mr David Carter?
Looking forward to read Mark's answer.

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 07-30-2012, 03:31 AM
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A little Texan influence as well is what I heard.

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 07-30-2012, 03:58 AM
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We searched high & low with our brokers & merchants in the hope of securing some High Mountain White hair originating from the Manchuria region of China.

This search started approx. two years ago and I was made fully aware of the previous supply of Manchurian Badger that Simpson had produced in the past.

Eventually, our most trusted source (and friend) managed to acquire a batch. We baulked at the price initially but sampling got me over the line - we had rediscovered something very special.

Marketing ... ?

Hey, there's a lot of Champagne out there but the good stuff only comes from one very small area.

I'm more curious as to find out more about the mythical area of China known as 'Blonde' Biggrin

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 07-30-2012, 05:04 AM
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In my Manchurian stable (so far) there resides a:

Chubby 1
Chubby 3
Colonel
Duke 3
Emperor 3
Polo 8
Polo 10
Rover

I hope to add a Chubby 2 soon as well...

I love the Manchurian hair and prefer it to any other brush in my MODEST collection (hence I have sold a number of my brushes to assist with their acquisition EVEN Rooney Finest).

Suffice to say I don't believe the knot is simply some marketing gimmick...

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 07-30-2012, 05:07 AM
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(07-30-2012, 05:04 AM)ben74 Wrote: In my Manchurian stable (so far) there resides a:

Chubby 1
Chubby 3
Colonel
Duke 3
Emperor 3
Polo 8
Polo 10
Rover

I hope to add a Chubby 2 soon as well...

I love the Manchurian hair and prefer it to any other brush in my MODEST collection (hence I have sold a number of my brushes to assist with their acquisition EVEN Rooney Finest).

Suffice to say I don't believe the knot is simply some marketing gimmick...

Modest is an understatementSmile

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 07-30-2012, 05:09 AM
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(07-30-2012, 05:07 AM)slantman Wrote:
(07-30-2012, 05:04 AM)ben74 Wrote: In my Manchurian stable (so far) there resides a:

Chubby 1
Chubby 3
Colonel
Duke 3
Emperor 3
Polo 8
Polo 10
Rover

I hope to add a Chubby 2 soon as well...

I love the Manchurian hair and prefer it to any other brush in my MODEST collection (hence I have sold a number of my brushes to assist with their acquisition EVEN Rooney Finest).

Suffice to say I don't believe the knot is simply some marketing gimmick...

Modest is an understatementSmile

How could I forget... I have a Beehive Manchurian too, which I haven't used yet... maybe tomorrow... Tongue

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 07-30-2012, 06:02 AM
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I've always considered commercials of cars in which manufacturers claim that their car, for example 'M', is better than Honda or Toyota an indication for a bad taste. 'Leading brand' sounds more appropriate to me.

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 07-30-2012, 06:12 AM
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*Thanks for the update, Gary.


*Ben, modest collection! Sheesh!

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 07-30-2012, 06:20 AM
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@ben74: WOW! Amazing collection! Eeeeek


(07-30-2012, 03:58 AM)Simpson1919 Wrote: Hey, there's a lot of Champagne out there but the good stuff only comes from one very small area.

Just like the Chianti...! It is impossible that all the "Chianti" that you see in the market comes from that tiny small area... Biggrin

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 07-30-2012, 06:33 AM
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(07-30-2012, 06:20 AM)oversaturn Wrote: @ben74: WOW! Amazing collection! Eeeeek


(07-30-2012, 03:58 AM)Simpson1919 Wrote: Hey, there's a lot of Champagne out there but the good stuff only comes from one very small area.

Just like the Chianti...! It is impossible that all the "Chianti" that you see in the market comes from that tiny small area... Biggrin

I collect wine too... although I've recently decided to concentrate more on consuming! Tongue

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 07-30-2012, 07:21 AM
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I can second Ben and say that teh Simpsons Manchurian hair is distinct from their other grades of hair.

Is it better? That will depend on your tastes. If you want super-soft tips - go for their regular Super. I prefer their 2-band personally. Also, I think their Best is superb.

Basically, it's another grade of hair - it will be perfect for some guys, and not for others. The only way to tell will be to try it out.

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As an aside - while it doesn't look anything like the old Somerset Manchurian hair, it does feel similar - maybe a bit less scritch, but the same backbone and flowthrough.

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 07-30-2012, 07:35 AM
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(07-30-2012, 03:58 AM)Simpson1919 Wrote: We searched high & low with our brokers & merchants in the hope of securing some High Mountain White hair originating from the Manchuria region of China.

This search started approx. two years ago and I was made fully aware of the previous supply of Manchurian Badger that Simpson had produced in the past.

Eventually, our most trusted source (and friend) managed to acquire a batch. We baulked at the price initially but sampling got me over the line - we had rediscovered something very special.

Marketing ... ?

Hey, there's a lot of Champagne out there but the good stuff only comes from one very small area.

I'm more curious as to find out more about the mythical area of China known as 'Blonde' Biggrin

Mark,
I was going to take issue with you on this one when I read it as I've had excellent sparklers from other places in the world, but literally as I began to type, I could not think of another sparkling wine in the world to compare with the bottles of Krug, Pol Roger (Churchill's fav) and Dom Ruinart that I've had.
Is Manchurian in that category?
oake

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 07-30-2012, 09:37 AM
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Awesome!

Thanks for confirming that the name had something to do with the area you sourced the badgers from.

While both HMW and Manchurian are technically both branding names, they have some connection to the fur. "Blonde" badger is an odd choice.

Although, now that I think about it.... Blonde and sand are pretty close in color. The Asian badger meles leucurus is also called the sand badger. Therefore, replacing sand with blonde, and you have a fairly descriptive term for the asian badger....

That said, I'm 90% certain that's not the badger species the hair comes from.

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 07-30-2012, 09:50 AM
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(07-30-2012, 05:09 AM)ben74 Wrote: How could I forget... I have a Beehive Manchurian too, which I haven't used yet... maybe tomorrow... Tongue

You have that Beehive? That is the one I want and hope to have...someday. Can we look forward to a review and pics, Ben?

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 07-30-2012, 10:38 AM
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Bee... hive! Bee... hive! At least some pictures! Come oooon Biggrin

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 07-30-2012, 02:10 PM
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Well, my source tells me that two band hair is from a different species of badger.

My research on where M. meles badgers live and which species they are point to conflicting conclusions on habitat and which sub-species lived where. They could be mixing up the two sub-species of Meles. I honestly don't know and I gave up trying to figure out M. meles range.

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 07-30-2012, 03:40 PM
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(07-30-2012, 03:58 AM)Simpson1919 Wrote: I'm more curious as to find out more about the mythical area of China known as 'Blonde' Biggrin

Laughing1 Good one. Never liked that terminology.

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 07-30-2012, 04:46 PM
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Yohann, I agree on the look and feel of the Somerset Manchurian compared to the new Manchurian. I love it but I also really am fond of the Best and Super as well....just a different grade of hair albeit a bloody good one!

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