06-24-2017, 10:23 AM
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which shaving brush good better: Simpson Colonel X2L Best Badger or Simpson Berkeley 46 Best Badger ??? and what's the difference between the two ?

i must to say i use the shaving brush for face lathering, i don't use in shaving bowl.

Thank you very much ....

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 06-24-2017, 01:46 PM
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I don't have any experience with the Colonel but I do own a Berkeley 46 in Best.  I like it quite a bit.  With a 20 mm knot it is on the small side for me, so I only use it for travel these days.  Reading the specs, it looks like the Colonel has a 22 mm knot with almost the same loft.  I face lather with the Berkeley, so would expect the Colonel to be even better for face lathering given the knot diameter to loft ratio.  If I had to chose between the two, and were looking for an "every day" brush, I'd probably lean toward the Colonel given the bigger knot and somewhat bigger handle.

Good luck!

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 06-24-2017, 03:11 PM
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In short the 46 is more of a face lather knot. It's loft is a bit shorter and has appropriate density for such a task. The colonel can be used for face lathering and has an overall larger face feel due to a larger diameter knot and a higher loft. The 46 has a shorter handle that some gents might find a bit small. If you think you wouldn't be put off by the 46 shorter and overall smaller handle (diameter) as well as its smaller sized knot it sure is a tremendous face lather brush. The colonel has always been the great do it all brush at a beautiful price point. It comes with a handle that is suitable for all it seems as it's just the right size in terms of height and the shape with natural diameter variance. The colonel might be a touch less dense and with the taller loft you will notice the knot splay a bit more. Either brush is a winner in my book. Please also consider the Duke series , the 1 might be a bit small similar to the 46 but the Duke 2 is a beautiful brush as well as the 3 , all legendary face lather tools.

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 06-27-2017, 06:15 AM
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You made me go look. One of my Simpson's is a Colonel.  I find it works well for both face or mug lathering and with soaps and creams.

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