10-10-2012, 03:30 PM
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Review courtesy of A Sharper Razor - Straight Razor Sharpening & Info

Ah, Simpson. Every serious wet-shaver knows Simpson brushes. Still constructed in England on the Isle of Man, Simpson is the brush to beat. And what causes even more interest than Simpsons? Why, the elusive and obscenely expensive Manchurian hair offered by Simpson.

Specifications
  • 20mm actual, 21.5mm at the base
  • 46.5mm loft
  • 86mm total height
  • CNC Lathe turned acrylic resin handle 39mm high
  • 46 grams

Initial Thoughts


I'll be honest, I think Simpson brushes are a very poor value for your dollar. I also have my doubts about what makes this Manchurian hair so unique, so rare, and so popular. But, it cannot be denied that the Classic is a classic. And in Manchurian hair, this brush looks fantastic! But value for dollar is not why you buy a Simpson brush. You buy it because it is a luxury. This brush is extremely well made. Very luxurious and unique.


Softness/Feel


Okay, this is where all the controversy is. How this hair feels on your face. Everyone seems to agree that this hair is scrubby. I agree. The differing opinions seem to be about whether the scrub is too much or Goldilocks just right. What I can tell you is that the hairs are not horrible. I hesitate to say it is silvertip soft, but it certainly is an experience.



Perhaps it is best to compare the hairs to some other two bands. The hair is about as soft or probably softer than Semogue SOC 2 band. The difference between the SOC & the Manchurian hair is that the Manchurian hair is scrubby, yet somehow feels soft. The SOC is soft, but when you feel the scritch, it feels like scritch/scratch. The Manchurian hair feels like an exfoliating scrub. It is definitely softer than one example of the same brush in 2 band super (manufacture date unknown). However, I think that 2 band hair had very poor feel on my face. Comparing it to the Vie Long 2 band I reviewed earlier, it is not as soft.

The brush definitely has some backbone. The Classic has less density and no glue bump, which means the hairs have more play. My final verdict for this brush in this hair is: soft, but scrubby. Definitely exfoliating. It will be up to you as to whether you like this. The bottom line is that the brush is scrubby. If your face cannot handle the scrub for two passes, this is not the brush for you. But if you want to feel like you are really (and I mean REALLY) exfoliating when you're lathering, then this is the hair for you. My face can withstand the onslaught, but this is definitely not an everyday brush for me. Still, it is an interesting hair.

Density/Flow


The brush is of good density and the flow through is excellent. As described above, there is no glue bump above the handle. The hairs are able to move about freely in the small knot.


Construction


Not much to say here other than well made Simpson. Well made. No noticeable flaws on this brush.


Final Thoughts


The Classic 1 is a handsome brush. The Classic 1 in Manchurian may well be the perfect travel brush. A very expensive travel brush, but a great brush nonetheless.

The Manchurian hair is a unique hair. It has yet to be replicated by another manufacturer. It does require some break in, but it does get softer. Is it for you? Maybe.

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 10-10-2012, 06:12 PM
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  • GMofmiami
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Nice review Lee..thank you

I own this brush and absolutely love it! IMO it is the ultimate travel brush, I should know as I'm overseas 2 weeks per month....The nuances of the brush that Lee mentions are spot on and can confirm that it does soften and bloom a bit more over time. I'm a 100% face latherer and this little guy is perfect for that....To me the Manchurian grade is a cross between their 2 band and Best grades.

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 10-10-2012, 08:03 PM
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Ultimate travel brush is a title I would not argue with.

That said, I'd cry like a baby who lost his candy if I lost it!

That's a good analogy btw.

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 10-10-2012, 08:14 PM
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(Sigh!)

Whenever I tell myself I have enough brushes I return to wanting at least one manchurian.

Some day I'll just have to treat myself.

Thanks for the review, you tempter! :-)

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 10-10-2012, 08:17 PM
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Lee, thanks for the review.

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 10-10-2012, 08:28 PM
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Great review and comparisons!

I own both the Manchurian Classic 1 and 2 Banded Classic 1 and agree that the 2 banded is scrubbier than the Manchurian. While I like both of them, I definitely prefer the degree of scrub of the Manchurian.

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 10-11-2012, 02:22 AM
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You should try a recent 2 Band... I am convinced they are softer than Manchurian...
(10-10-2012, 08:28 PM)Intrigued Wrote: Great review and comparisons!

I own both the Manchurian Classic 1 and 2 Banded Classic 1 and agree that the 2 banded is scrubbier than the Manchurian. While I like both of them, I definitely prefer the degree of scrub of the Manchurian.

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 10-11-2012, 08:44 AM
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(10-11-2012, 02:22 AM)German Wrote: You should try a recent 2 Band... I am convinced they are softer than Manchurian...
(10-10-2012, 08:28 PM)Intrigued Wrote: Great review and comparisons!

I own both the Manchurian Classic 1 and 2 Banded Classic 1 and agree that the 2 banded is scrubbier than the Manchurian. While I like both of them, I definitely prefer the degree of scrub of the Manchurian.

I will find out soon.

Have a 4 months old Duke 3 2-Band and a Duke 3 Manchurian coming in tomorrow. My Duke 3 2-Band feels VERY soft at the tips, but with nice backbone.

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 10-11-2012, 09:11 AM
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Good review, Lee. Thanks.

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 10-11-2012, 11:06 AM
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(10-11-2012, 02:22 AM)German Wrote: You should try a recent 2 Band... I am convinced they are softer than Manchurian...
(10-10-2012, 08:28 PM)Intrigued Wrote: Great review and comparisons!

I own both the Manchurian Classic 1 and 2 Banded Classic 1 and agree that the 2 banded is scrubbier than the Manchurian. While I like both of them, I definitely prefer the degree of scrub of the Manchurian.

Dave's recent 2 band is on its way to me, so I'll get to the bottom of it soon.

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 10-12-2012, 10:26 AM
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German is 100% right. The new 2 band is close or exactly the same as the Rooney Heritage Super 2 band.

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 10-12-2012, 11:25 AM
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(10-12-2012, 10:26 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: German is 100% right. The new 2 band is close or exactly the same as the Rooney Heritage Super 2 band.

Is this a good or a bad thing? Serious question ...

Mark

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 10-12-2012, 11:29 AM
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  • Teiste
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(10-12-2012, 11:25 AM)Simpson1919 Wrote:
(10-12-2012, 10:26 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: German is 100% right. The new 2 band is close or exactly the same as the Rooney Heritage Super 2 band.

Is this a good or a bad thing? Serious question ...

Mark

Knowing Ashaperrazor ,very , very bad 2424

I totally trust Asharperazor , and if he says that the new hair is like the Rooney Super badger 2 band , then , you have a very good badger hair there.

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 10-12-2012, 11:39 AM
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(10-12-2012, 11:29 AM)Teiste Wrote:
(10-12-2012, 11:25 AM)Simpson1919 Wrote:
(10-12-2012, 10:26 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: German is 100% right. The new 2 band is close or exactly the same as the Rooney Heritage Super 2 band.

Is this a good or a bad thing? Serious question ...

Mark

Knowing Ashaperrazor ,very , very bad 2424

I totally trust Asharperazor , and if he says that the new hair is like the Rooney Super badger 2 band , then , you have a very good badger hair there.

Ermmm ... ok ... good.

Cheers!

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 10-12-2012, 12:06 PM
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(10-12-2012, 11:25 AM)Simpson1919 Wrote:
(10-12-2012, 10:26 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: German is 100% right. The new 2 band is close or exactly the same as the Rooney Heritage Super 2 band.

Is this a good or a bad thing? Serious question ...

Mark

Good. German has been harping about how soft your new 2 band hair is. I had to see for myself. He was right.

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 10-12-2012, 12:09 PM
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(10-12-2012, 12:06 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(10-12-2012, 11:25 AM)Simpson1919 Wrote:
(10-12-2012, 10:26 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: German is 100% right. The new 2 band is close or exactly the same as the Rooney Heritage Super 2 band.

Is this a good or a bad thing? Serious question ...

Mark

Good. German has been harping about how soft your new 2 band hair is. I had to see for myself. He was right.

Thanks - we are continually trying to improve.

Mark

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 10-12-2012, 12:17 PM
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(10-12-2012, 11:25 AM)Simpson1919 Wrote:
(10-12-2012, 10:26 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: German is 100% right. The new 2 band is close or exactly the same as the Rooney Heritage Super 2 band.

Is this a good or a bad thing? Serious question ...

Mark

It's a VERY good thing, Mark Smile

I own the Rooney heritage Stubby 2XL and 3XL brushes in 2-Band and they are very high quality brushes with ultra gel like soft tips, while still providing a nice solid backbone.

As you may have read, Teiste among many others think the 2XL could be the best shaving brush he has ever owned, and that says a lot of the quality of the 2-Band hair from Rooney, thus it also says something about the current 'batch' of Simpson 2-Band hair as it in my opinion rivals the quality of the Rooney 2-Band.

My Chubby 2 2-Band is still my favorite brush out of the 24 something high quality brushes I currently own - it's THAT GREAT !

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 10-12-2012, 01:12 PM
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Agreed with everyone above. Whatever controversy there is regarding Rooney's Made in England claims, they do make good brushes.

Horrid customer service, but good brushes.

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 10-13-2012, 01:05 AM
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agreed, the Simpson Two Band hair is an absolute dream on the face... I love it that much that I am going to need a Chubby 3 Two Band... now that will be something!! How about it Mark!! Can you fix me up? Number_one

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 10-13-2012, 05:13 AM
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  • Shanman
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Current Simpson 2 bands are fantastic- of which I currently own 5!
A 2XL is on the way, and Mark is spinning up a special custom as we speak.

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