01-15-2013, 12:38 PM
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As people have seen in my recent B/S/T threads, I am paring my collection of things down to what I use and very little else. I had 50 or so soaps and creams and am down to about 12 now, and as some of those get used up they will not be refilled.

I am doing the same with my brushes. Below are the brushes which will remain in my collection / rotation.

First up, the badgers:
The bowl latherers; Plisson European White size 12 in Antic Brass, Semogue 2010 LE
The face latherers; Simpson's QE II Jubilee Manchurian, Custom Shavemac D01 2-band hybrid knot, Shavemac TSN 2013 D01 Silvertip, SOC 2 band in Cherry

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The rest of the gang:
SOC 2012 SE (badger / boar), Semogue TSN 2012 (badger / boar), Vulfix Grosvenor (badger / boar), SOC boar in Cherry, Semogue IB 2012 Tricolor boar, Omega Professional 20102, Ever Ready 200T w/ TGN Synthetic knot

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The Grosvenor will probably go as well
The Omega is kept in my spare bathroom with a mini nook for emergency use
The 200T really doesn't get used, it's just a good looker to me

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 01-15-2013, 12:53 PM
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Nice looking dozen, Doug! What a variety!

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 01-15-2013, 12:53 PM
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Great line up ... variety & quality.

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 01-15-2013, 12:56 PM
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  • Attila
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Thanks for sharing Doug. Even with paring down, you still have a nice collection!

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 01-15-2013, 12:57 PM
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Very nice Doug! Your new custom Shavemac is beautiful. How easy is that handle shape to hold on to?

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 01-15-2013, 01:01 PM
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  • Agravic
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A beautiful set ... and here I got excited thinking you were posting these brushes on the B/S/T!

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 01-15-2013, 01:10 PM
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(01-15-2013, 01:01 PM)Agravic Wrote: A beautiful set ... and here I got excited thinking you were posting these brushes on the B/S/T!

Ha! No, I'm really down to 10 in my rotation. The Grosvenor very seldom gets used, the Omega as I said sits downstairs for emergency getting read when my GF has the master bath tied up, and the 200T .... well it's just hanging out for the sake it's in excellent shape and interesting to me.

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 01-15-2013, 01:12 PM
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(01-15-2013, 12:53 PM)Simpson1919 Wrote: Great line up ... variety & quality.

High praise, thank you Mark. If I had to narrow it down to three, the Simpson's QE II, the Custom Shavemac D01 2-band and the SOC SE 2012 boar / badger mix would be the three I'd keep.

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 01-15-2013, 01:14 PM
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Why do you segregate those first two brushes as "bowl latherers"?

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 01-15-2013, 01:18 PM
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(01-15-2013, 12:57 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: Very nice Doug! Your new custom Shavemac is beautiful. How easy is that handle shape to hold on to?

No issues for me at all, and my hands have problems gripping anything long term. There are a good number of handle choices available from Bernd for the customs, but I just loved the modern look of this with the silver ring at the top.

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 01-15-2013, 01:19 PM
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(01-15-2013, 01:14 PM)Songwind Wrote: Why do you segregate those first two brushes as "bowl latherers"?

Very soft with not a lot of backbone, especially the EW. Yes, I can face lather with them, but bowl lathering is just much easier. Got to use my LadySea two piece scuttle for something. Biggrin

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 01-15-2013, 01:20 PM
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(01-15-2013, 01:19 PM)wingdo Wrote:
(01-15-2013, 01:14 PM)Songwind Wrote: Why do you segregate those first two brushes as "bowl latherers"?

Very soft with not a lot of backbone. Yes, I can face lather with them, but bowl lathering is just much easier. Got to use my LadySea two piece scuttle for something. Biggrin

Well, I'm certainly not going to complain about that. Smile

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 01-15-2013, 01:38 PM
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Doug! Excellent line up, every brush in there is great and none are the same. A few of them made me drool Biggrin

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 01-15-2013, 01:40 PM
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Great line up there.

Which do you reach for the most?

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 01-15-2013, 01:47 PM
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(01-15-2013, 01:40 PM)Dipesh Wrote: Great line up there.

Which do you reach for the most?

Right now, I find myself reaching for the SOC 2012 SE the most. Over the life of the brushes, probably the SOC 2band. That said the Shavemac and Simpsons are both new to me, so they are still in the breaking in period.

It also depends on whether or not a price point needs to be taken into consideration. The Plisson is by far the most expensive in the lot, and I'd probably not make the purchase again. I was expecting more backbone out of it. Each brush has its own unique characteristics.

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 01-15-2013, 02:39 PM
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  • ben74
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Great collection, congratulations and I love that Plisson Doug!

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 01-15-2013, 03:01 PM
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(01-15-2013, 01:01 PM)Agravic Wrote: A beautiful set ... and here I got excited thinking you were posting these brushes on the B/S/T!

+1 That is what i first thought! Hee hee.

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 01-15-2013, 03:03 PM
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Hi Doug

Very! nice line up Thumbsup

If you're thinking of removing the Grosvenor from your line up due to the knot, what about re-knotting it? As the handle looks excellent to me...

Take care, Mike

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 01-15-2013, 05:18 PM
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  • tgutc
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Nice collection! Thanks for sharing.

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 01-15-2013, 05:29 PM
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  • ben74
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You inspired me to use one of my Plisson brushes today...

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