08-04-2012, 07:13 AM
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So I have completed my set of Simpson 2 bands with the Tulip 3 (next to the 58 and Duke 3):

58: 25/50mm
Duke 3: 25/48mm
Tulip 3: 26/51mm

All three have soft tips, but the different knot shape/size and density make for a different behavior. My favorite remains the Duke 3. Best flow through, moderate density, some back bone but flexible enough to glide over the face and spread some.

The 58 has about the same face feel as the Duke. A bit stiffer and denser, i.e. you feel it more on the face but not uncomfortable.

The Tulip 3 (from thesuperiorshave.com) has a bit shorter loft than the ones you typically see (about 3-4mm shorter). It almost has the measures of a Chubby 2 in 2 band (~27/51mm). The T3 is the most scrubby of the three. Densest knot, shortest loft compared to knot diameter. It still has soft tips - no scritch - but feels to me less comfortable than the other two. This may improve over time. I guess the T2 would fit better here.

How do they compare to Rooney XL and Thaeter 2 band? The XL is a fan and the densest of this crowd. The first generation still has this "gel like" feel which makes it very unique... The Thaeter still is the Queen in this mix: soft tips, just the right amount of density and back bone.

So if I would have to pick which two I could bring and leave the rest behind: it would be the Duke 3 and Thaeter 4125/1

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 08-04-2012, 07:27 AM
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The two band is actually a blend of 2-band hair and super hair. The outer collar is 2 band, the inner is a mix. Mostly super.

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 08-04-2012, 07:32 AM
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(08-04-2012, 07:27 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: The two band is actually a blend of 2-band hair and super hair. The outer collar is 2 band, the inner is a mix. Mostly super.

Is that for all 2-bands or specific brands?

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 08-04-2012, 07:35 AM
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Based on what observation?
(08-04-2012, 07:27 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: The two band is actually a blend of 2-band hair and super hair. The outer collar is 2 band, the inner is a mix. Mostly super.

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 08-04-2012, 07:51 AM
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(08-04-2012, 07:35 AM)German Wrote: Based on what observation?
(08-04-2012, 07:27 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: The two band is actually a blend of 2-band hair and super hair. The outer collar is 2 band, the inner is a mix. Mostly super.

Confirmed by Gary Haywood here: http://shavenook.com/thread-badger-hair-...6#pid27896

Besides, you can just open up the knot and see the white bottoms for yourself.

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 08-04-2012, 08:11 AM
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Interesting. If you go down that thread you have Mark answering that they do this only on a few brushes today on the Vulfix side of the business. I have not seen "super 3 band" hair mixed in on my Rooney, Thaeter or those Simpsons quoted above. Maybe, if Mark picks up this thread, he can comment on the 2 Band Simpsons sold today...

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Confirmed by Gary Haywood here: http://shavenook.com/thread-badger-hair-...6#pid27896

Besides, you can just open up the knot and see the white bottoms for yourself.
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 08-04-2012, 08:15 AM
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(08-04-2012, 07:51 AM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(08-04-2012, 07:35 AM)German Wrote: Based on what observation?
(08-04-2012, 07:27 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: The two band is actually a blend of 2-band hair and super hair. The outer collar is 2 band, the inner is a mix. Mostly super.

Confirmed by Gary Haywood here: http://shavenook.com/thread-badger-hair-...6#pid27896

Besides, you can just open up the knot and see the white bottoms for yourself.

I just checked the knots of my 58 and T2 2 banders inside. Only the 58 had a few light coloured hairs here and there, not that many to make a difference. What else I noticed though is that the T2 had more multi-length hairs which make the brush more layered than the 58. It's like the difference in Semogue boar knots - 75, 90% tops. IMO this helps the T2 to have a better flow through with still excellent backbone.

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 08-04-2012, 10:04 AM
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T2 2 Band -

   
   
   

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 08-04-2012, 12:58 PM
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Great post, lovely pictures. Simpson 2 band is my absolute favourite.

I must look at my 2 band brushes to see how many are like the T2 above.

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 08-04-2012, 02:01 PM
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German,out of my curiosity,how do you make the lather?

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 08-04-2012, 02:06 PM
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I face lather, first with circular motion and in the end with paint strokes

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 08-04-2012, 02:13 PM
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(08-04-2012, 02:06 PM)German Wrote: I face lather, first with circular motion and in the end with paint strokes

I see how it goes.
I had a Simpson Duke 3 two band, which was a brush perfect for facelathering with painting strokes.Its quiet difficult to beat that Simpson Duke 3 two band,if you like to make the lather that way.

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 08-04-2012, 02:30 PM
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Teiste, what is your preferred brush ?

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 08-04-2012, 02:40 PM
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(08-04-2012, 02:30 PM)German Wrote: Teiste, what is your preferred brush ?

My friend,if you ask me today,I will the say the Semogue LE 2010 selected silvertip.
Tomorrow would be a shavemac D01 3 band 944 24 mm knot.
Monday would be a Vie Long silvertip...
and Tuesday would be a Simpson Classic 1 or Duke 3...
and so many more brushes to discover.Biggrin

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 08-04-2012, 02:54 PM
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I know ... Feel the same...Smile

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 08-04-2012, 04:41 PM
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As much as I love the brushes I have, that can change quickly. I'm the same as Teiste. I'm narrowing the field down though. I'm narrowing it down. Then I expand it since I still have some I haven't tried. Rolleyes

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 08-04-2012, 05:02 PM
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Thanks for the write-up. I liked it. Good stuff.
Vic

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