03-27-2012, 07:08 AM
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  • ajc347
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I posted this on a UK forum earlier and thought that it would make sense to post it here also.

Three more Simpsons brushes arrived this morning in order to round out my collection.

The Tulip 3 and Berkeley 46 are new and were delivered by Vulfix one day after being ordered (which is excellent for a free delivery service).

The Chubby 2 (in Best), came via ebay and again was delivered within a day of my paying for it. It has previously been used and is in excellent condition (apart from some nail varnish having been applied over the sticker - I can live with that, but still can't undertsand why people do it).

Here's the pictures (note: the Chubby is wet having been used prior to the photo being taken):

[Image: Lathering002.jpg]

I decided to do a comparison Bowl Lathering test using my Woodhead Potteries scuttle, given that I'd read that the Chubby was more suited to face lathering given the density of the knot and that the Berkeley was also potentially more suited to face lathering given the size of the loft (40mm).

I used some Trumper's Coconut Cream and an Omega 49 Boar brush which has the following dimensions (pics below):

Bristle Length: 55 mm
Bristle Diameter: 27 mm
Overall Length: 128 mm
Handle Length: 73mm

[Image: Lathering001.jpg]

Now for the test.

Omega 49:

[Image: Lathering007.jpg]

Chubby 2:

[Image: Lathering004.jpg]

Tulip 3:

[Image: Lathering012.jpg]

Berkeley 46:

[Image: Lathering010.jpg]

Results:

Most lather was created by the Chubby 2 followed by the Omega, the Tulip and then the Berkeley.

The Omega struggled to load anywhere near as much lather onto the tips of the knot as the other brushes though; half of it remained in the scuttle.

The easiest brushes to produce a lather with were the Tulip followed by the Chubby, Omega, and Berkeley.

The Berkeley needed noticeably more work than the other brushes but still gave a good result in the end.

Conclusion:

All brushes produced good results when Bowl Lathering in my scuttle.

Both the Chubby 2 and the Omega 49 struck me as being particularly good in terms of the physical amount of lather produced.

The Tulip was by far the nicest brush to use though; the size of the handle felt nigh on perfect in my hand and this counted for a lot in terms of subjective experience.


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 03-27-2012, 07:23 AM
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  • Teiste
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Thats an interesting test,my friend.
It seems than the Omega its not that far behind from the badger brushes (well, supposedly the Omega 48/49 series were designed for barbers and bowl lathering).
I havent tried the Tulip but I have tried the Berkeley and a Chubby 2 Carter era best badger two band : the Berkeley didnt meet any of my expectations (really scrubby and was a mini lather hog) and the Chubby 2 was a monster of a brush,far away from my likes.
The Tulip handle seems to be really ergonomic (as well as beautiful) and I know that I need to try one of those in the future.
Thanks again for this post : it shows that not always the most expensive its the best,and a cheapo Omega boar brush can be a serious contender.

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 03-27-2012, 09:00 AM
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Very nice photos and great test. Enjoy the brushes!

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 03-27-2012, 09:11 AM
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Thanks guys.

Interestingly, I just repeated the test using my small stainless steel Edwin Jagger bowl that I use to Bowl Lather when I am travelling (no photos this time I'm afraid).

The results with this were almost reversed with the Berkeley clearly being the strongest performer followed by the Tulip, Omega and Chubby.

I'm pretty sure that this is to do with the size of the brush relative to the size of the bowl, with the larger knot brushes (Omega and Chubby) performing significantly less well.

The Chubby would only just fit into the small Stainless Steel bowl whilst the Berkeley felt somewhat lost in my big scuttle.

This leads me to beg the question as to whether outright latherability is a function of knot and loft size relative to bowl size?

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 03-27-2012, 09:14 AM
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I think the knot size to bowl/scuttle size ratio is very important. I always tailor my scuttle to whatever brush I'm using, e.g. with the Berkeley I'll use a Moss or G4, whereas with a big Chubby I'll use a DB 1.5 or large Becker scuttle.

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 03-27-2012, 09:31 AM
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(03-27-2012, 09:11 AM)ajc347 Wrote: Thanks guys.

Interestingly, I just repeated the test using my small stainless steel Edwin Jagger bowl that I use to Bowl Lather when I am travelling (no photos this time I'm afraid).

The results with this were almost reversed with the Berkeley clearly being the strongest performer followed by the Tulip, Omega and Chubby.

I'm pretty sure that this is to do with the size of the brush relative to the size of the bowl, with the larger knot brushes (Omega and Chubby) performing significantly less well.

The Chubby would only just fit into the small Stainless Steel bowl whilst the Berkeley felt somewhat lost in my big scuttle.

This leads me to beg the question as to whether outright latherability is a function of knot and loft size relative to bowl size?

I have experienced that too : with a small knot size brush (under 21mm) small scuttles/bowls works better and with bigger scuttles or bowls,the medium/big knot size brushes (over 23 mm) works better.


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 03-27-2012, 03:53 PM
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Original test repeated with a broken-in Semogue 830:

[Image: Semogue001.jpg]

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 03-27-2012, 08:14 PM
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Beautiful brushes and beautiful pics!

Am I losing it or does it appear that the little Semogue is the winner so far....? Tongue

I know a couple of the others have yet to be broken in but that looks pretty sweet for that little boar brush.

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 03-28-2012, 03:14 AM
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No you're not losing it at all - the Semogue performed excellently.

So well, in fact, that I've decided to pull the trigger on a 2011 LE Size 2 Boar brush before they are all sold out.

It was nice to use the 830 again (my wife has nicked it to do her legs with), I do struggle with the design of the handle as it tends to make my hand feel like cramping when I use it (the same thing applies with my 730HD Silvertip brush).

I'm definitely going to keep a couple of boars in my brush collection.

There's still something inherently special about a Simpsons brush though. Smile

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 03-28-2012, 03:51 PM
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(03-28-2012, 03:14 AM)ajc347 Wrote: It was nice to use the 830 again (my wife has nicked it to do her legs with)...

Please excuse me, but i instantly imagined Semogue making shaving brushes for the ladies, and the image of those vintage pinup's holding a semogue on those sexy poses simply blew me away Smile

Indeed, the little 830 behave like a mammoth! It almost disappeared beneath all that lather!
I'm so eager to see how the LE will behave!!

(but i'm even eager to see those pin-ups)!! Smile Smile

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 03-29-2012, 02:53 AM
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Sounds like you've found a new marketing strategy Miguel. Biggrin

I just tried the 830 in my travel bowl and finally got the handle to work comfortably for me as I was able to angle the bowl accordingly.

It worked very, very well and will most likely replace my Vulfix 404 as my go to travel brush.

I've got to try and nick it back from my wife first though. That will be a hard job as she really likes it.

I may just have to buy another one at some stage. Smile

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 03-29-2012, 10:00 AM
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Really nice comparison reviews you have there. Thanks!

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