10-18-2012, 11:30 AM
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  • Teiste
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Another Simpson brush in super badger two band that I have the chance to test and shave with , and I must say that this super badger two band is kind of "new" compared with the super badger two band which I have tried in previous Simpson brushes , like the Simpson Duke 3 super badger two band.

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This shaving brush has the following measures (approx.)
  • 22 mm knot
  • 50 mm loft
  • 90 mm total height

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This brush , of course , is very well made and finish it , and the Duke handles , with the Classic handles are my favorite Simpson handles , hands down.They're possibily , the most elegant of all , alongside the Burlington/Grosvenor made by Vulfix.

The handle is around 48 mm tall , and provides a good grip , but if you have big hands , go for a Duke 3.

Its well packed with super badger two band hair , but not as the best badger option , which I had in the past and it was more packed than this one.This could be since the super badger two band hairs are thicker than regular best badger hairs :

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The knot has a clear bulb shaped (again , nothing new here) and , if the Simpson Duke 3 super badger two band was very stiff (extra firm backbone) , this one has a better flow , even when the loft is set at 50 mm.

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And what else? Oh yes , the tips are the softest ones I have tried of Simpson super badger two band : actually , they remind me of the Rooney Stubby Heritage XL2 super badger two band , since they feel like "gel".Yes , this super badger two band hair has a better flow and softer tips than any other Simpson super badger two band I have tried so far.

However , I would like the knot to be more fan shaped or "hibrid" and not so extremely "bulb shaped".Its nice to use it with circular strokes on the face , but at the end , it works better with painting strokes , like Simpson used to recommend in their shaving brush instructions :

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Dont get me wrong , I can use it with circular strokes , but it doesnt "shines" that way.However ,it fulfill its duty very well with painting stokes.

This is clearly a brush designed to work better with triple milled shaving soaps : I used it today with the D.R. Harris Arlington shaving soap and it was so easy how it picked up a great quantity of soap.Very nice.

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I do like this super badger two band hair , but as I said , I would prefer it with an "hybrid" shape or more fan shaped.It would be then , an almost "perfect" (is such thing really exist) face lathering shaving brush.[/align]

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 10-18-2012, 11:33 AM
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I have one of these, it's one of my favourite brushes.

Great review there. I totally agree with your thoughts.

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 10-18-2012, 11:51 AM
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  • MarkW
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Tieste,

I wish I could photograph brushes like you!!!

Brilliant.

Mark

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 10-18-2012, 11:55 AM
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  • tgutc
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I'm a little confused on why it says Best Badger?

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 10-18-2012, 12:00 PM
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  • Johnny
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Another great review and pictures on a great brush. Thanks Teiste

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 10-18-2012, 12:05 PM
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  • Teiste
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(10-18-2012, 11:51 AM)Simpson1919 Wrote: Tieste,

I wish I could photograph brushes like you!!!

Brilliant.

Mark

Its very easy , not complicated at all , trust me.With some ideas and a good light settings or lightbox , you can make excellent pics.GIMP helps too.

I also talk to the brushes saying things like ; "The camera loves you" or "You look so sexy" or "Give me more , baby" and they feel confident enough to be pictured ...FacepalmFacepalm Not really , but Im heading that way.

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 10-18-2012, 01:01 PM
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That was hillarious!

Great pictures as always.

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 10-18-2012, 01:19 PM
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  • Dave
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(10-18-2012, 12:05 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(10-18-2012, 11:51 AM)Simpson1919 Wrote: Tieste,

I wish I could photograph brushes like you!!!

Brilliant.

Mark

Its very easy , not complicated at all , trust me.With some ideas and a good light settings or lightbox , you can make excellent pics.GIMP helps too.

I also talk to the brushes saying things like ; "The camera loves you" or "You look so sexy" or "Give me more , baby" and they feel confident enough to be pictured ...FacepalmFacepalm Not really , but Im heading that way.


This is one of the funniest things I've read. It obviously works because you are the soap/cream master. I might start talking to my brushes.

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 10-18-2012, 02:11 PM
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  • beartrap
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Move that hair baby! 242424

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 10-18-2012, 03:49 PM
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Stop posting these great pics of Simpson brushes. I love the 2-band Simpson brushes and now have to explain to my wife why I need another one! Biggrin

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 10-18-2012, 04:59 PM
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(10-18-2012, 03:49 PM)alabamalawyer Wrote: Stop posting these great pics of Simpson brushes. I love the 2-band Simpson brushes and now have to explain to my wife why I need another one! Biggrin

Because you just bought her some new shoes? And you felt left out?

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 10-18-2012, 06:37 PM
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  • Andrew
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I wonder if this Duke 2 is from the current batch of 2-band hair? If one were to purchase a new Simpsons 2-band, could one expect this type of hair?

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 10-18-2012, 06:53 PM
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  • Shanman
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Spot on rendition of my Duke 3 in 2 band, and that is the most elegant of all Gillette HD razors. Gorgeous.

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 10-18-2012, 07:42 PM
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(10-18-2012, 06:37 PM)Andrew Wrote: I wonder if this Duke 2 is from the current batch of 2-band hair? If one were to purchase a new Simpsons 2-band, could one expect this type of hair?

I specifically bought it from Dave because he assured me it was from Simpson new stock.

I can assure you that the old stuff was nothing like this.

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 10-18-2012, 07:45 PM
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  • Teiste
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(10-18-2012, 07:42 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(10-18-2012, 06:37 PM)Andrew Wrote: I wonder if this Duke 2 is from the current batch of 2-band hair? If one were to purchase a new Simpsons 2-band, could one expect this type of hair?

I specifically bought it from Dave because he assured me it was from Simpson new stock.

I can assure you that the old stuff was nothing like this.

Yes , its different than the "old batches" (if that's makes sense).

Lee sent it to me to corroborate this and I can tell that is different than any other Simpson super badger two band I have tried.

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 10-18-2012, 07:50 PM
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  • Andrew
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 10-18-2012, 08:34 PM
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Wonderful pics and wonderful honest review of a great little workhorse of a brush.

The current batch of Simpson 2-Band hair is nothing like the older batches. Marco from that other site, warned me against 2-Banders and whole hearted recommended me to get Best or 3-Band Super, but luckily I took a chance and got my Duke 3 ivory and Chubby 2 ivory in 2-Band. Boy, am I glad I did Smile

Soft tips, lots of backbone, smaller bloom and excellent performance is what you get from the current batch of 2-Band from Simpson.
Let's hope the batch of badgers keep their hair in perfect condition, so there are many more 2-Bands of the same quality to choose from in the future to come Biggrin

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 10-19-2012, 01:05 AM
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  • MarkW
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The current or new two band material is quite exceptional.

We only use one source now in the supply chain but delivery is sporadic.

The good news - we have a small delivery arriving next week Cool

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 10-19-2012, 01:57 AM
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  • Dave
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It was a wonderful brush but the handle was too small. Im quite happy with what I replaced it with (A Colonel in 2 band).

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 10-19-2012, 08:50 AM
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(10-18-2012, 07:45 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(10-18-2012, 07:42 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(10-18-2012, 06:37 PM)Andrew Wrote: I wonder if this Duke 2 is from the current batch of 2-band hair? If one were to purchase a new Simpsons 2-band, could one expect this type of hair?

I specifically bought it from Dave because he assured me it was from Simpson new stock.

I can assure you that the old stuff was nothing like this.



Yes , its different than the "old batches" (if that's makes sense).

Lee sent it to me to corroborate this and I can tell that is different than any other Simpson super badger two band I have tried.

Teiste, another great review. You certainly have a talent when it comes to taking photographs.

Detail photographs really do show the hair used very well and the overhead shot shows the density well.

I too like Tgutc in your text you refer the brush as Super, but the handle says Best !!! can you clarify.

Charles U.K

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