12-17-2012, 08:08 PM
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About as simple as can be, what's your favorite shaving brush handle & why?

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 12-17-2012, 08:12 PM
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For pure comfort, definitely my S7 (M7 clone). Super comfortable, and just looks classy, mine is a pearled black resin.

For pure looks, my 2012 TSN LE. I love the angular, faceted handle in clear acrylic.

For emotional attachment, my Dad's EverReady 300 in black and red.

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 12-17-2012, 08:15 PM
  • OldDog23
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the beehive handle on the BGS 2012 LE is a present favorite in both shape AND size.

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 12-17-2012, 08:18 PM
  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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Semogue 600s or 800s handles ... love the distinctive two-tone acrylic look and feel ... very functional too.

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 12-17-2012, 08:19 PM
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You mean, i have to choose only one?!
i can't do it as i have not tried all of them! Hee hee.
No way, i can even give you an answer. Let me think about it.

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 12-17-2012, 08:20 PM
  • VT_Hokie
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  • Charleston, SC
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I really like both the Chubby/Stubby and the M7/Emperor style handles.

While I've owned a few Chubby/Stubby styled handles, I've never held or used an M7/Emperor but I find them very attractive.

Also, I want an Eagle.

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 12-17-2012, 10:32 PM
  • Teiste
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Semogue 1305/1800/1250 handles and the Rooney 1/1 , 1/2 and 1/3 style.Those are the most ergonomic ones I have tried so far.

By the looks only (not ergonomics) , the Simpson Classic 1.

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 12-17-2012, 11:40 PM
  • Shaun
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  • St Peters, NSW, Australia
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Vulfix Grosvenor from the "London" series.

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 12-18-2012, 03:16 AM
  • MikekiM
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  • Long Island, NY
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I won't pick just one.. I define my preferences more by what I don't like than what I do.

I have a Hoffritz Beer Barrel handle that is probably my least favorite shape. Too short for me and it's shape requires a fingertip grip.

I have just acquired my second long handle and I have to say, I REALLY like the extra available hardware.

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 12-18-2012, 03:58 AM
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Tough question - "what's your favorite shaving brush handle & why?" It reminds me of who's the most attractive actress? I admire most of them.

For me:

Loveliest handle is the M7/Empire handle.
Brush/Girl next door handle is the Rooney style 1 handle.
Cool 1950-60's handl - Semogue acrylic handles.
Regal handle from an earlier time - Kent BK/WSP Monarch handle.
Comfortable jeans and flannel shirt comfortable handle - Semogue 1800/1250/1305 handle.

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 12-18-2012, 07:06 AM
  • ben74
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Simpsons M7: Aesthetically pleasing and most functional. It combines the best elements of several brushes to make IMO the ultimate handle. (i.e. The Emperor's grip, the Tulip's lip etc...)

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 12-18-2012, 08:11 AM
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The Persian Jar for simplicity & elegance.

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 12-18-2012, 09:28 AM
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I too like the PJ, but I also like the ridges on the Duke and Emperor.

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 12-18-2012, 10:26 AM
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I like how the PJ looks too. But I can never get it to feel as "right" in the hand as other styles.

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 12-18-2012, 10:38 AM
  • oscar11
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I'm not real fussy but would have to say I don't like to get shaving cream on my fingers while lathering. So I like my handles a little on the longer side. M7 style, Emperor style and what I call "old school" style.
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 12-18-2012, 10:42 AM
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My 1305/1250 handle. It's just about the right size for my hand.

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 12-18-2012, 10:45 AM
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Favorite: SOC/Semogue 1305 - Easy to hold, secure in the hand. Very nice.
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Runner-Up: Ever-Ready C40 - It's almost like a "Persian Jar" but with cubist sensibilities. The gentle top curve becomes almost bullet shaped, the "waist" is smaller and more abrupt. Makes for an excellent grip on the end, but is small enough to hold the whole thing in my palm and compress the bristles if I like.
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I have two brushes with a "persian jar" sort of shape which are also nice.

Least Favorite: Vie-Long 13800 - All in all, I like the brush, but the handle isn't quite there. The flare is too small to hold properly, what little waist there is is too shallow and gradual, and the acrylic makes it very slick when wet. This is the brush I was shaking out when I lost grip on it and cracked my scuttle's lather bowl in half.
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 12-18-2012, 10:52 AM
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Vie-Long 13061 and Simpson Rover are just right for me. Just the right width at the bottom, with a gentle taper that gives me a great grip. Both of these are ideal weights for me as well.

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 12-18-2012, 11:09 AM
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Another vote for the M7 handle..... For me, it is the most ergonomic of any brush I own and one of the most aesthetically pleasing.

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 12-18-2012, 11:19 AM
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I want to add one more in, the standard Semogue handle, the one for the SOC, 1305, 1800, 2012 LE, etc. Very comfortable as well, I would say tied for first with the M7 style.

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