09-22-2012, 10:29 AM
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  • Teiste
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Many of you already know my devotion for the Simpson Classic 1 best badger shaving brush and how much I like it and consider it a "hidden gem" for the "die hard , old school" facelatherers.

Now , I have a Classic 1 super badger two band , courtesy of a very good friend , and usd it today for my shave ,and tested it a couple times palm lathering.

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This is a small brush , which could be compare size wise , to the Rooney 1/1 , which I do consider another great brush for facelathering.The brush has the following measures :
  • 22 mm knot
  • 46 mm loft
  • 87 mm total height

which makes it a smal brush , like a thinner version of a Chubby 1.

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This brush is not nearly as dense (Im talking about hair here) than the Classic 1 best badger.Actually , I was surprise that is almost the half than the best badger one!.Well, super badger two band hair is thicker than best badger , so it will be very dificult to make it as dense as a Classic 1 best badger , but gosh , its basically half the badger hair.Look this pic and compare for yourself (the Classic 1 super badger two band is on the left)

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However , this lack of hair compared to the Classic 1 best badger is not an obstacle for this brush to perform very well when making lather is involved , since makes lather very easily as well as release all the lather out of the knot.

The brush pick up soap with no effort at all and makes lather very easily,from both triple milled soaps and shaving creams.

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Due to its bulb knot shaped , this brush performs also excellent with to and for strokes , while making/applying lather on the face.For circular strokes is not that good,to be honest, due to the pronounced bulb shaped.

Tips are soft , softer than other super badger two band brushes I have tried from Simpson and the backbone is there , no doubt about it.A little bit of more flow wont hurt , but Im afraid its not possible , due to the thickness of the hair , and loft height.

Holding the brush is not for everyone either ,specially if you have big hands.The handle is not as thick as a Chubby 1 or other small Simpson brushes , like a Berkeley N46.I do have medium size hands and I dont have a problem with it .

Its price could be another handicap , I think.The Classic 1 best badger is around 110 dollars ,and its much more packed with hair than this one.Also its more suitable for making lather with to and fro or circular strokes and "its feeling" on the face , is different , since the high density of badger hair.This one feels right , soft tips and backbone , but nothing special , but the aesthetics , which makes it a gorgeous brush , with two tone badger hair in contrast with the ivory imitation handle.

Makes lather easily , releases very good and has soft tips and firm backbone , but not much flow.The feeling is not the same than the best badger option , since this last one is kind of a "wall of badger" on the face.Beautiful brush indeed.Does that makes it almost 60 dollars more expensive than the best badger one? . Judge yourself. Best badger is still "best" on my book.But , as I always say...there is something about Simpson brushes that justifies to spend extra money on one.It must be that , the "something" I cant explain.

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 09-22-2012, 10:42 AM
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  • beartrap
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Excellent review Teiste! To me the $60 is not worth it but YMMV Smile

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 09-22-2012, 11:06 AM
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$60 more?

I'm going to have to rethink my pricing strategy.... Tongue

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 09-22-2012, 11:28 AM
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That's definitely a brush on my list. Must have one!

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 09-22-2012, 04:11 PM
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Teiste, thanks for the review.

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 09-22-2012, 05:51 PM
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  • Andrew
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This brush I loaned to Teiste came about because I was thinking of how the Classic 1 Best could be improved on as a travel brush. MY Classic 1 Best was as densely packed as Teiste's, and the density combined with a short loft resulted in a scritchy brush. It was too much for my face on a daily basis. The density of the knot also meant it was more likely to get packed a little moist when traveling.

So, I wanted a brush this size that had softer tips and would dry faster. 2-band was clearly the answer. And this brush, a custom order from Mark Watterson, provided the perfect replacement of my CL1 Best as a travel companion.

The knot in this CL1 is about the same diameter as that in the Ehsan (Colonel 2XL), but with a slightly shorter loft. I do like a taller handle with shorter lofted 2-band brushes, but this was meant to be my travel brush. As Teiste has pointed out, the Best knot in the CL1 makes for a very different brush. The Best knot blooms much more and has a fan shape. I find the feel of the 2-band knot to more closely resemble the Ehsan. This little CL1 is perfect for lathering up a shave stick while on the road. And it dries quickly.

Thanks for the review, Teiste. I thought this brush would make a nice comparison to your CL1 Best.

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 01-20-2014, 10:30 PM
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  • Shaun
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Were these Classic 1 brushes special orders? I can't seem to track them down for sale anywhere or get an idea of the price. Anyone? I have the Classic 2 in best, and a Case, but I think the Classic 1 might be the travel brush for me. Two-band even nicer. I tend to face lather when I am travelling...

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 01-21-2014, 01:02 AM
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  • ben74
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I own a Classic 1 Manchurian, for me it is the ultimate holy grail travel brush...

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 01-21-2014, 09:52 AM
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  • Johnny
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(01-21-2014, 01:02 AM)ben74 Wrote: I own a Classic 1 Manchurian, for me it is the ultimate holy grail travel brush...

Do you have a picture of that brush Ben?

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 01-21-2014, 12:11 PM
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The Classic 1 in 2 Band is a fine brush. Mine is very close to a Chubby 1 in knot measures (it actually does not fit into the travel case). I like it nevertheless...

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 01-21-2014, 03:03 PM
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  • Shaun
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I had been led to believe that the Classic 1 does fit the case...perhaps yours, being a special order, has a slightly wider handle??

Great looking brush. I want one ( two-band, not necessarily silver tip, or am I confusing things now?), but what does one cost? Anyone?

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 01-21-2014, 03:10 PM
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It normally does fit. Mine has a slightly larger loft. Hence you have to squeeze a bit.
(01-21-2014, 03:03 PM)Shaun Wrote: I had been led to believe that the Classic 1 does fit the case...perhaps yours, being a special order, has a slightly wider handle??

Great looking brush. I want one ( two-band, not necessarily silver tip, or am I confusing things now?), but what does one cost? Anyone?

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 01-21-2014, 04:48 PM
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  • ben74
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(01-21-2014, 09:52 AM)Johnny Wrote:
(01-21-2014, 01:02 AM)ben74 Wrote: I own a Classic 1 Manchurian, for me it is the ultimate holy grail travel brush...

Do you have a picture of that brush Ben?

For you Johnny...

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 01-21-2014, 06:50 PM
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  • Shaun
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Blimey....

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 01-22-2014, 07:37 AM
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  • minimalist
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Wonderful thread and photos!

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