07-16-2016, 06:20 PM
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When the Chubby 2 synthetic was introduced in 2014, it was available in a variety of Limited Edition colored handles.  However, if I recall correctly, butterscotch was not among the options. Thereafter, the Chubby 2 synthetic was available in the traditional Simpson cream.  Recently however, Simpson released a run of the Chubby 2 synthetic in its famous butterscotch. 

There are a number of excellent synthetics on the market, including many which carry very reasonable prices.  For me though, the Chubby 2 synthetic has no equal.  The fibers are exceedingly soft.  The dense knot has great backbone and gives one the synthetic version of that "wall of badger" feeling that the regular Chubby 2 is known for.  And, of course, one gets the same high quality handle in the synthetic as in the Chubby 2 badger brushes.  I like the Chubby 2 synthetic so much that I have two in the traditional Simpson cream.  When I saw this brush was available in butterscotch, I knew I had to add one to my rotation.

Here is the brush in the box, the moment it arrived.  The approximate knot dimensions are a diamter of 28.50+mm, and a loft of 52+mm. 

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With the many other synthetic brushes I tried, the new knot did not change with use.  However, the Chubby 2 knot, although synthetic, does relax, loosen up a bit, and splay better with use.  Here is a picture of the brand new knot, followed by a picture of the knot after one shave.  This synthetic knot does "break in" in a subtle way.

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Lastly, here is the new, unused brush next to a frequently used traditional Simpson cream synthetic.

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None of my three Chubby 2 synthetics has a glue bump.  I noticed that many of the synthetics on the market, including those with Plisson type fibers, usually have a substantial glue bump.  A glue bump adds backbone but reduces the effective loft of the brush.  The Chubby 2 synthetic does not need a glue bump for backbone, relying instead on its density and loft for that backbone. Moreover, with no glue bump, one gets the full benefit of the Chubby 2's stated loft. 
   
The Chubby 2 is the only synthetic brush that has survived in my rotation, and it gets increasingly frequent use.

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 07-16-2016, 06:25 PM
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  • ben74
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Nice write up! I keep debating adding one of these to my collection...

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 07-16-2016, 06:31 PM
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Nice! I wonder if Mark might be up to making a CH1 or CL2 synthetic for travel...

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 07-16-2016, 06:38 PM
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Beautiful brush Ricardo! [Image: o9vXmiZ.gif]

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 07-16-2016, 06:39 PM
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(07-16-2016, 06:31 PM)crazindndude Wrote: Nice! I wonder if Mark might be up to making a CH1 or CL2 synthetic for travel...

There is a CL1 synthetic.  The interesting question is, with the rise of synthetics, will there be other Simpson models made in synthetic?

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 07-16-2016, 07:27 PM
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Ricardo, that is a sweet butterscotch brush Biggrin. Enjoy! 

The bloom on the frequently used brush is encouraging to see. I just pulled the trigger on a cream CH2 synthetic with matching travel tube. Look out, August!

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 07-16-2016, 07:40 PM
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(07-16-2016, 06:20 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: None of my three Chubby 2 synthetics has a glue bump.  I noticed that many of the synthetics on the market, including those with Plisson type fibers, usually have a substantial glue bump.  A glue bump adds backbone but reduces the effective loft of the brush.  The Chubby 2 synthetic does not need a glue bump for backbone, relying instead on its density and loft for that backbone. Moreover, with no glue bump, one gets the full benefit of the Chubby 2's stated loft.

this cannot be overstated. the muhle stf brushes are okay in this regard (imo), but the simpson is better.

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 07-16-2016, 08:21 PM
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  • Thug
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A great review.

I enjoy my cream coloured synthetic.

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 07-16-2016, 08:44 PM
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I wish I could hold one of these to feel the knot. I am not a fan of wall of badger feel or density but many have given these much praise so of course I am intrigued.

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 07-17-2016, 02:11 AM
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Congrats, always loved the look of those butterscotch handles. I wish they had them when they released the first LEs. I would have bought one of those instead of the one I now have. Regardless of handle colour they are an excellent synthetic shave brush.

Bob

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 07-17-2016, 03:13 AM
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(07-16-2016, 06:39 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: There is a CL1 synthetic.  The interesting question is, with the rise of synthetics, will there be other Simpson models made in synthetic?

Nice write up and congrats on the new brush. Personally i would love to see a synthetic version of the M7, i would probably sell all my badgers if that were to become available.

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 07-17-2016, 05:53 AM
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(07-16-2016, 06:31 PM)crazindndude Wrote: Nice! I wonder if Mark might be up to making a CH1 or CL2 synthetic for travel...

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 07-17-2016, 09:47 AM
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Still waiting on a Duke 3 synthetic to fill the gap.

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 07-17-2016, 10:03 AM
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(07-16-2016, 06:39 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(07-16-2016, 06:31 PM)crazindndude Wrote: Nice! I wonder if Mark might be up to making a CH1 or CL2 synthetic for travel...

There is a CL1 synthetic.  The interesting question is, with the rise of synthetics, will there be other Simpson models made in synthetic?

(07-17-2016, 05:53 AM)ben74 Wrote:
(07-16-2016, 06:31 PM)crazindndude Wrote: Nice! I wonder if Mark might be up to making a CH1 or CL2 synthetic for travel...

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Yup there's a CL1 available but I'm referring to the CL2 with the 23mm knot (same knot size as CH1 but less dense). Smile

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 07-17-2016, 11:26 AM
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Why don't you email Mark and see if he'll make one for you?

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 07-17-2016, 01:03 PM
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It looks great. I'm still thinking about buying the butterscotch. I have the Chubby 2 synthetic in the cream handle and it's all because of you Ricardo. You just mentioned on a thread I was following that your favorite synthetic was a Chubby 2. I had never heard of it. So I looked into it and bought one right away. I love the brush.  It's like no other synthetic I tried and I tried many.

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 07-17-2016, 03:37 PM
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(07-17-2016, 10:03 AM)crazindndude Wrote:
(07-16-2016, 06:39 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(07-16-2016, 06:31 PM)crazindndude Wrote: Nice! I wonder if Mark might be up to making a CH1 or CL2 synthetic for travel...

There is a CL1 synthetic.  The interesting question is, with the rise of synthetics, will there be other Simpson models made in synthetic?

(07-17-2016, 05:53 AM)ben74 Wrote:
(07-16-2016, 06:31 PM)crazindndude Wrote: Nice! I wonder if Mark might be up to making a CH1 or CL2 synthetic for travel...


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Yup there's a CL1 available but I'm referring to the CL2 with the 23mm knot (same knot size as CH1 but less dense). Smile

It sounds like the Fine Stout would be just what you want. It has a 24mm knot and a 50mm loft.

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 07-17-2016, 03:44 PM
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(07-17-2016, 11:26 AM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Why don't you email Mark and see if he'll make one for you?

Just sent him an email a couple hours ago, too late to expect a reply today. We'll see tomorrow!

(07-17-2016, 03:37 PM)shave/brush Wrote: It sounds like the Fine Stout would be just what you want. It has a 24mm knot and a 50mm loft.

Hm, will take a look. Thanks!

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 07-17-2016, 05:16 PM
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(07-16-2016, 06:25 PM)ben74 Wrote: Nice write up! I keep debating adding one of these to my collection...

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 07-21-2016, 09:31 AM
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I'm really debating on the C2 Synthetic....id really rather one in the faux striped ivory, but Mark says he's only got standard ivory and butterscotch.

I've heard that this synthetic isn't good at splaying/ mashing, which is what I do to face lather. What's your take?


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