09-22-2016, 11:28 AM
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Up to now, Simpson has produced synthetic versions of the Chubby 2 and Classic 1.  Both of these were engraved "Synthetic Badger."  Today, on Facebook, Simpson posted an ivory Duke 3 synthetic, currently available in limited numbers.  Interestingly, the Duke 3 is engraved "Synthetic Bristle."  I don't know whether this change of name will also be used for future runs of the Chubby 2 and Classic 1 synthetics.  I prefer the term "Synthetic Bristle," because it accurately reflects that this is a separate type of fiber which stands on its own merits.

By the way, the ivory Duke 3 synthetic is beautiful.

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 09-22-2016, 11:30 AM
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  • jamesrobson5
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It is beautiful! They will be using Bristle on the Chubbies, there is one from a few weeks back on Marks Twitter feed marked Bristle. I think it was a tortoise handle.

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 09-22-2016, 11:49 AM
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(09-22-2016, 11:30 AM)jamesrobson5 Wrote: It is beautiful! They will be using Bristle on the Chubbies, there is one from a few weeks back on Marks Twitter feed marked Bristle. I think it was a tortoise handle.

Good eye Jim.  I saw the synthetic tortoise but did not pick up the change to "Bristle" in the engraving.

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 09-22-2016, 11:50 AM
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  • gp569900
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That is a good looking brush.  I think the name change is appropriate as well.

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 09-22-2016, 12:01 PM
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Spectacular D3

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 09-22-2016, 12:23 PM
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They've been using "bristle" on their Vulfix models for a while.

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 09-22-2016, 02:01 PM
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  • Rufus
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Why the need for "bristle"?  Surely "synthetic" on its own is adequate.

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 09-22-2016, 04:15 PM
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  • refles
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The loft of the D3 visually looks right... Very nice looking overall brush. Hmm maybe a good travel brush for those who find the CL1 synthetic handle small


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 09-22-2016, 04:59 PM
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(09-22-2016, 04:15 PM)refles Wrote: The loft of the D3 visually looks right... Very nice looking overall brush. Hmm maybe a good travel brush for those who find the CL1 synthetic handle small


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I had the same thought, as the Classic 1 is too small for me.

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 09-22-2016, 05:09 PM
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Bristle makes me think of boar. As in vintage brushes with mixed knots marked Badger and Bristle. It's just a different engraving though? Not a new type of synthetic right?

Looks great!

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 09-22-2016, 05:21 PM
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(09-22-2016, 05:09 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: Bristle makes me think of boar. As in vintage brushes with mixed knots marked Badger and Bristle. It's just a different engraving though? Not a new type of synthetic right?

Looks great!

I haven't read anything indicating that this synthetic fiber is different than the one used in the Chubby 2 and Classic 1.

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 09-22-2016, 05:37 PM
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I assume the fibre is the same as on the Chubby. The testers on the CH2 established a baseline for a good loft on that one, but I've heard no such feedback on the Duke so don't know what works best here. I'll be interested in the claimed specs and the reports back from new owners.

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 09-22-2016, 05:54 PM
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  • kav
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Synthetic bristle in synthetic ivory and shell. One wonders what the latest imitation glue is.

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 09-22-2016, 06:15 PM
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  • evnpar
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I think it's a ridiculous name. One of the reasons I'm a synthetic fan is for the very soft knots. "Bristle" implies the exact opposite, and I would think that it would turn away many synthetic users. Perhaps they should use the term, "Manchurian Bristle," and see how it affects sales.

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 09-22-2016, 06:23 PM
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  • kav
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I'm waiting for synthetic gel tips.

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 09-22-2016, 06:24 PM
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Why not just call it synthetic?

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 09-22-2016, 07:14 PM
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(09-22-2016, 02:01 PM)Rufus Wrote: Why the need for "bristle"?  Surely "synthetic" on its own is adequate.

(09-22-2016, 05:09 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: Bristle makes me think of boar...
Looks great!

(09-22-2016, 06:24 PM)shave/brush Wrote: Why not just call it synthetic?

Yes, this was my reaction, too. When I look at my CH2 synthetic badger I often think,"no, not really." Regardless of what you call it, it's still a helluva travel brush.

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 09-23-2016, 02:40 AM
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I looked up "bristle" on dictionary.com and here is the definition:

noun

1.
one of the short, stiff, coarse hairs of certain animals, especially hogs,used extensively in making brushes.



I look at this brush and, despite the name, don't think of it as coarse or associate it with boar.  Perhaps "Synthetic Fiber" would be an alternative, or, as others have suggested, just "Synthetic".  However, it looks like a superb brush, and I don't see the name as detracting from its success.  

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 09-23-2016, 04:58 AM
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  • refles
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I'm not crazy about the Synthetic Bristle, but the white fibers and black band does look more a boar brush (Semogue, Omega..etc), which maybe was cause name change... something more visually accurate. But I thought the 'Synthetic Badger' moniker was quite distinct, that no one has called their synthetics that before and you immediately recognized Simpson.

This name is new and for the short time Synthetic Badger existed we grew to just accept it better! Smile   does that mean my CL1 Synthetic Badger is truly limited edition? lol

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 09-23-2016, 04:56 PM
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  • Cino
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Where can you buy one?

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