08-15-2012, 09:15 AM
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  • Teiste
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Aaron662 was kind enough to send me two Plisson and also this Somerset era Tulip 2 super badger brush,which,for my personal preferences,its a much better brush than the vintage Plisson HMW 12.

This is my first time testing a Simpson super badger hair 3 band,after trying 5 super badger hair two band and more of the best badger,and all that I can say is : close to perfection.

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The Tulip series handle is another classic on its own,liked by many and I can see why : its a comfortable handle to hold and also its design is out of the normal thing,like the Milk Churn or the Keyhole series.

Sturdy,heavy,made to last and well finish handle.Also has a pinkish color that,Im afraid,my pictures dont show.

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But the Super badger hair 3 band is what makes this brush quiet remarkable : even when its seems like a 2 band badger hair,its a 3 band,with a very nice flow,and extra soft,velvety tips.The flow is much noticeable than the one offered by some best badger models,but it doesnt make this brush a "floppy" one,since a backbone is still there.Also the tips are much softer than best or super badger 2 band hairs,I would compare it with the Vie Long velvety feeling silvertip hair.

I did tried it this morning with some TFS shaving soap and made lather very fast using painting strokes and some circular strokes.With both motions this brush could be used with pleasure,something that I cant say about the Plisson HMW,since the tips are kind of scritchy and doesnt works too well with facelathering with circular strokes.

Yes,this is a very well made shaving brush : excellent handle,good grip,right amount of quality badger hair,soft tips,good flow,perfect for facelathering with painting strokes and circular movements.What else can you ask for?Well done Simpsons.

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 08-15-2012, 09:17 AM
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Good review, Teiste. The Somerset Tulips are some of my favorites, and I too find the 3-band super hair to be just about ideal, more comfortable than 2-band and more efficient than best.

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 08-15-2012, 09:21 AM
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(08-15-2012, 09:17 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Good review, Teiste. The Somerset Tulips are some of my favorites, and I too find the 3-band super hair to be just about ideal, more comfortable than 2-band and more efficient than best.

Let me tell you,I think you are right.This one is nothing short than a perfect brush.

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 08-15-2012, 09:23 AM
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A very informative and useful review, particularly with respect to your comparison of Simpson Super 3 band, Super 2 band, and Best as well as Plisson HMW hair.

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 08-15-2012, 09:33 AM
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  • Teiste
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Thanks for your words,Jaguar.
John,seems that you used a Somerset T1 super badger today too!I just did read your SOTD post,What a beauty of brush!...

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 08-15-2012, 09:43 AM
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(08-15-2012, 09:33 AM)Teiste Wrote: John,seems that you used a Somerset T1 super badger today too!I just did read your SOTD post,What a beauty of brush!...

Yes, it's a great brush, just a little too small for my scuttle and for my hand. I definitely prefer the T2 or T3.

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 08-15-2012, 04:03 PM
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(08-15-2012, 09:43 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote:
(08-15-2012, 09:33 AM)Teiste Wrote: John,seems that you used a Somerset T1 super badger today too!I just did read your SOTD post,What a beauty of brush!...

Yes, it's a great brush, just a little too small for my scuttle and for my hand. I definitely prefer the T2 or T3.

I couldn't agree with someone more, Teiste. The Somerset T2 is as near as a perfect brush as I've found. I haven't tried a Simfix T2, though. I also love the Somerset Milk Churn.

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 08-15-2012, 04:37 PM
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What are the specs? Loft looks a little short based on how low the dark band goes. Could just be the way the bulb shape makes it though. What a beautiful bloom.

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 08-15-2012, 05:30 PM
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Thanks for another great review, Teiste. I'm glad you enjoyed the brush. However, if I had to choose between this brush and the Plisson you review yesterday, I'd choose the Plisson (although the curvy Somerset Tulip handle is my all time favorite). I've always considered this a 2 band brush, so I was surprised to see you refer to it as 3 band. I also find this brush pretty scrubby (not scratchy or harsh or anything, just scrubby). I guess it just goes to show how differently everyone perceives these characteristics.

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 08-15-2012, 06:33 PM
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(08-15-2012, 05:30 PM)Aaron622 Wrote: Thanks for another great review, Teiste. I'm glad you enjoyed the brush. However, if I had to choose between this brush and the Plisson you review yesterday, I'd choose the Plisson (although the curvy Somerset Tulip handle is my all time favorite). I've always considered this a 2 band brush, so I was surprised to see you refer to it as 3 band. I also find this brush pretty scrubby (not scratchy or harsh or anything, just scrubby). I guess it just goes to show how differently everyone perceives these characteristics.

Interesting what youre saying.I found the tips of this brush,very,very soft while the Plisson one are scritchy (not unpleasant at all) but you can notice the scritchiness.

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 08-15-2012, 06:44 PM
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Thanks for another informative review!

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 08-15-2012, 08:16 PM
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Great review, Teiste! You need to become a professional tester, my friend.

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 08-16-2012, 02:00 AM
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Great review Teiste!

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