09-06-2012, 12:50 PM
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  • Teiste
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A couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to try a Simpson Somerset Tulip 2 Super Badger 3 band from the Mr David Carter era.Today I had the chance to test and shave with a Tulip 2 super badger 2 band,which seems was made when Vulfix took over Simpson,according to the good friend who have borrowed me this brush.

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After trying two Tulip 2 brushes I must admit : I like the Tulip handle a lot.Maybe is not a elegant for my taste,than the Classic or Duke handle,but has a "sober elegance".Of course this is a quality handle,quiet heavy and very easy to hold.The most comfortable one?No,but close enough.

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This brush is packed with the super badger two band hair.This particular one, doesn't have the tips as white as the "new" super badger two band hair (these are kind of yellowish as you can see in the previous pic) and also the bulb shaped knot is very pronounced,like some of the German made shaving brushes.

Having this pronounced bulb shaped knot,this brush is clearly made for lathering with "to and fro movements" : I tried it with circular movements of the face while facelathering and it was quiet unpleasant,since the larger hairs are only on a small portion of the middle and felt like little needles.However,once I start using painting strokes,the brush did showed me all its potential,creating lather very fast and no effort at all.This is due to its shape , but also the right amount of hair and the thickness of it.It also releases all its lather,so no lather hog here,like the Simpson Chubby 1 super badger 3 band is.This is not an overly dense hair brush,and Im more prone to use less dense hair brushes these days.

I have tested it palm lathering,making lather on a bowl and also during my shave,with circular strokes and painting ones.I also used shaving creams (CF lavender and AoS Ocean Kelp) and triple milled soaps (Geo F Trumper Almond and Cyril R Salter).The brush is capable to pick up a lot of soap and it performs very well used on a scuttle.

You can see that this brush has the right amount of hair (medium/high) :

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And again,this is beautifully made,with an exquisite design (yes,sober but exquisite) and with the right amount of badger hair.Im just convince that more hair doesn't means better and this is another example of it.

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Some of you,gentlemen,may wonder : -"Well,is it worth it to pay its price (around 180 dollars) for a brush that only performs well with to and fro movements". Thats up to you , and what you do with your money , but if you like to use brushes with painting stokes and want to pamper yourself visually,this could be a brush for you.Not cheap at all,and other brushes could do the same for half or even a 1/3 of the price of this,but there is something about Simpson brushes...

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 09-06-2012, 04:05 PM
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Interesting review, Teiste. I have its cousin, the T3, and five other Simpson 2 bands from the 2012 batch. All of them have bulb shape knots and I use all of them for creating lather in circular motion. All of them are perfectly designed for that. Below the current line -up[attachment=5884][attachment=5885]

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 09-06-2012, 04:29 PM
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a 2 band Tulip is on my very short list of brushes to buy next.

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 09-06-2012, 04:41 PM
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  • Teiste
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(09-06-2012, 04:05 PM)German Wrote: Interesting review, Teiste. I have its cousin, the T3, and five other Simpson 2 bands from the 2012 batch. All of them have bulb shape knots and I use all of them for creating lather in circular motion. All of them are perfectly designed for that. Below the current line -up

German : thanks for the pics.

They look very different than the one that I have here,but thats a Tulip 3.The tips of your brush looks whiter (much whiter) than mine.Also is more dense.It also looks like the new TGN finest badger hair too.

Interesting.

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 09-06-2012, 06:16 PM
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Another nice review Teiste. I wonder how that hair compares to the Manchurian Badger they offer?

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 09-06-2012, 06:52 PM
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(09-06-2012, 06:16 PM)Johnny Wrote: Another nice review Teiste. I wonder how that hair compares to the Manchurian Badger they offer?

It's softer. Otherwise kind of the same.

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 09-06-2012, 07:56 PM
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The Vulfix T2 handle might be "sober" but the curvy Somerset versions (like the one you link to) are downright sexy. My all time favorite handle.

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 09-06-2012, 09:47 PM
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Great review T.

I use mine 2 band bulbs in a circular motion with no issues.

Those pictures are fantastic.

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 09-06-2012, 10:23 PM
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(09-06-2012, 09:47 PM)Dipesh Wrote: Great review T.

I use mine 2 band bulbs in a circular motion with no issues.

Those pictures are fantastic.

I guess that you can do that when the brush is more densely packed with hair than this one,and less of a bulb shape.However,no issue for me.

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 09-07-2012, 01:57 AM
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Enjoyed the review Testie, Thanks.

Johnny, I have a T2 and T3 in super 2 band, I would say the hair is slightly softer than a Manchurian but not nearly the same backbone. The T2 I have is a lather machine, it amazed me when I first purchased it at how quick it produced a lather for a brush on the smaller side.

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 09-07-2012, 04:34 AM
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My T3 is very short lofted (26/52mm) and dense. It almost feels like a Chubby 2.
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 09-07-2012, 02:33 PM
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Thanks for the review, Teiste.

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