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by RetroGrouch
Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:23 pm
Forum: Selling & Trading
Topic: FS: Simpson Tulip T2 (2-Band) SOLD!
Replies: 0
Views: 471

FS: Simpson Tulip T2 (2-Band) SOLD!

SOLD

This lovely brush is under-loved in my home.

It's yours for $105 shipped Canada/USA. Add $7 for worldwide.

Box included.

Mike


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by RetroGrouch
Fri May 06, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: Selling & Trading
Topic: FS: Thiers-Issard 5/8 with olivewood scales
Replies: 3
Views: 716

I assume you won't object to my posting one of your photos here. That razor is a real looker!

Mike


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by RetroGrouch
Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:35 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Visit to Vulfix/Simpson
Replies: 130
Views: 18708

Suffice to say that if anyone wants any historical info on Simpson, brush making info, brushes dated, etc this is the forum to ask me any questions. Gary, Seeing as you asked... ;) Do you know the story behind this brush? W2? I've always wondered what the W stood for and when it was made. (I call h...
by RetroGrouch
Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:45 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Str8 vs Double edge
Replies: 15
Views: 4210

You can get great shaves from either, but to me a straight is just more fun and rewarding. Of course it's more difficult and there's much more maintenance involved, but that makes it more interesting. There's a great satisfaction that comes from shaving with a razor you've honed yourself, rather lik...
by RetroGrouch
Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Selling & Trading
Topic: For Trade: Somerset Simpson PL12
Replies: 0
Views: 519

For Trade: Somerset Simpson PL12

SMF Exclusive. This is an incredible brush, but perhaps a bit too big for me? (I got a PL14 at the same time, and I haven't even tried that one yet!) This Polo 12 has been used exactly twice, by me. It was new NOS when I got it two weeks ago. There are cosmetic flaws on the handle: rust-colored patc...
by RetroGrouch
Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:47 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: tulip arrives
Replies: 56
Views: 5571

My Polo 8 (Somerset) has a loft of around 51-52mm, which works great with its bigger knot. My Tulip 2 (Manx) has a loft of 50mm, and I wouldn't wish it any higher. Why not try it out for a while and see if it breaks in nicely and works for you? Surely there's no rush to sell it? Mike Edit: Oh, yours...
by RetroGrouch
Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:28 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Visit to Vulfix/Simpson
Replies: 130
Views: 18708

Suffice to say that if anyone wants any historical info on Simpson, brush making info, brushes dated, etc this is the forum to ask me any questions. Gary, Seeing as you asked... ;) Do you know the story behind this brush? W2? I've always wondered what the W stood for and when it was made. (I call h...
by RetroGrouch
Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: pulled the trigger on a tulip
Replies: 22
Views: 2942

Sounds good to me!

Then again, I'll use any excuse to buy another brush. :wink:

Hey, I'm even worse with razors...

Mike
by RetroGrouch
Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Distilled Water?
Replies: 21
Views: 3820

Bear in mind that it depends on where you live, and the softness of your water supply. Here in Vancouver, we have very soft water. No problem with lather, and buying distilled water here would just be silly. (In fact, I'm amazed that anyone buys bottled water of any kind in Vancouver, but that's ano...
by RetroGrouch
Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: pulled the trigger on a tulip
Replies: 22
Views: 2942

...then the polo broke in and it became excellent on the face. kinda like a virgin's smooth firm fingers holding your face cupped in her hands and a gentle massage. oh my,,, it's wonderful Okay. So this is a stupid question*, but I still have to ask... If you've found perfection, why are you still ...
by RetroGrouch
Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:16 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: pulled the trigger on a tulip
Replies: 22
Views: 2942

The PL8 is a 2-band Super from Somerset. The CH2 is a 2-band Super Simfix. I love them both equally.

It's not like I'm hung up on 2-band Supers though. Other favourites have included a 3-banded CH1 Best, and a 3-banded Silvertip Shavemac.
by RetroGrouch
Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:52 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: pulled the trigger on a tulip
Replies: 22
Views: 2942

Gil, Just so you know, a PL8 is a very hard brush to match, let alone beat. I know, because I've bought (and often sold) at least 20 brushes in the past two years, but still haven't found anything I like better than my old PL8. My CH2 is tied for first place. I bought a PL10 thinking it would be lik...
by RetroGrouch
Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:47 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: pulled the trigger on a tulip
Replies: 22
Views: 2942

Those are two gorgeous brushes!

I'm sure you'll love the T3. And if you don't, you know where to find me... :P

Mike
by RetroGrouch
Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:54 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Which old handle design do you prefer?
Replies: 46
Views: 8469

I like #4.

(Well, I like the handle. The knot could be better...)


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by RetroGrouch
Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:46 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Simpson: From Wee to Weeally Big
Replies: 25
Views: 4681

My CH2 formerly held the "Who's the Fairest?" record. But the PL14 almost makes CH2 look like a brunette. http://s2.postimage.org/1pvr5kfc4/14_and_2.jpg http://s2.postimage.org/1pw12sias/14_and_2_2.jpg A Here are PL14, PL12 and CH2: http://s1.postimage.org/16ev5u4qs/14_with_12_and_2.jpg
by RetroGrouch
Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:43 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Simpson: From Wee to Weeally Big
Replies: 25
Views: 4681

I think I'll use the PL14 this evening. So here's a final photo in its virgin state.


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by RetroGrouch
Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Simpson: From Wee to Weeally Big
Replies: 25
Views: 4681

Gordon, Thanks for the info. I'd love to know the full history of these brushes, but I guess there'll always be some mystery. Even their boxes are different from other Simpsons. (Maybe because they're too big to fit in a standard box?) As for the grading, I suppose it's all relative. At the time, th...
by RetroGrouch
Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Simpson: From Wee to Weeally Big
Replies: 25
Views: 4681

They're at least 8 - 10 years old, so definitely pre-Vulvix.

Mike
by RetroGrouch
Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:05 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Simpson: From Wee to Weeally Big
Replies: 25
Views: 4681

Use It!

Okay, I'm going to use these ridiculously large brushes. First up is the PL12. First impression: It felt great. More manageable than my PL10, but maybe because I'm getting used to these big brushes? Shaving with this monster was an experience. Enough lather for 6 passes, if that makes sense. Reminde...
by RetroGrouch
Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:12 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: kinda thinking of trying a straight again..
Replies: 10
Views: 3382

The razor and the strop are easy. The pre-sharpened Dovo will be fine, and I'm sure the 3" strop will be too. (A 2.5" would work as well.) Hones? That's more complicated. But luckily, you don't really need one for a while. Especially if you have an additional (or reverse side) strop pasted with CrO....