Tulip etc

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Tulip etc

Post by fallingwickets » Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:41 am

While lathering up yesterday morning, it suddenly dawned on me that Ive been using the exact same brush for 5 years. A tulip 3 in super. Ive always been a fan of fidelity, but I honestly didnt think the brush would last as long as it has or that I wouldnt have looked for an alternative by now. Every once in a while I'll use a cream, and when I do I use a specially made shavemac/polo 8 in best.

Anyway, long story short, a tip of the hat to the tulip 3

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Post by M6Classic » Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:20 am

I've used the same brush every day for a couple of decades. When it works (and is exceptionally well made) it works!

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Post by fallingwickets » Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:08 am

I've used the same brush every day for a couple of decades
Buzz, you're brush fidelity's gold standard we all aspire too! :D

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Post by Antique Hoosier » Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:52 pm

Wow! I vaguely recall you beginning that Tulip journey Clive. Impressive! I have binged with singular brushes over the past 10 years but none for that long. I recall buying Richard's (rusty blade) shedder Tulip years ago.... late 2007 I believe. It shed horribly and I knew that when I bought it for $70 I recall. I used it quite a bit and sold it with the same shedding disclaimer later...It honestly was still great brush. Would it have made it 5 years???????????? Nah...LOL
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Post by fallingwickets » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:20 am

I vaguely recall you beginning that Tulip journey
I feel sorry for the person that's charged with administering my estate ...brush rich cash poor HAHAHAHA

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Post by kaptain_zero » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:13 pm

Tulip... the one brush I've always lusted for, but never purchased..... Well.. besides all the other brushes I've lusted for and never purchased.... Jeez... gimme a break!

Tulip, Polo and one of them French jobbies..... Gad.... sometimes life just seems too short.


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Post by Squire » Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:05 pm

Clive I wouldn't be surprised if it lasted another five, or even ten.
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Post by drmoss_ca » Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:42 pm

I think my favourite brushes of all time were some large Somerset-era Simpsons - Tulip, Polo, Chubby. But I find myself using a cheapo Omega boar brush with a beechwood handle most days. It does the job and I don't have to be careful with it. Silly, really. I ought to use the luxury ones.

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Post by brothers » Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:06 pm

No doubt the Simpson's of that era were/are highly prized by those who have them. That's one brand I've never owned.
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Post by Squire » Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:25 pm

I had them, used and liked them yet believe I've sold or otherwise disposed of all my Simpsons. Probably still have one or two but lack the motivation to dig through boxed up stuff. My daily drivers, EJ Georgian and Kent BK4, will outlast me.
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Post by rsp1202 » Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:20 pm

drmoss_ca wrote:. . . I find myself using a cheapo Omega boar brush with a beechwood handle most days. It does the job and I don't have to be careful with it. . .
Dr. Chris, have you used up many of those dozen or so boxes of the Omega (10005?) you posted about long ago? There's something to be said for having backups. :)
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Post by drmoss_ca » Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:19 pm

I've given all but two of them away to assist some beginners, or perhaps it would be more honest to say I was entrapping them. The first one's always free, kids.

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Post by Gareth » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:13 am

Clive, interesting topic, and in fact I’m in very nearly the same position as you regarding brushes. My only brush for at least four years has been a Tulip 2 (it’s actually for sale st the moment), so almost the same as your T3. The Tulip line is just so good that I’ve had no real need to look at anything else. I find my T2 to work perfectly with either soap or cream and it has a simple, classic handle which is easy to use. The knot is very luxurious but not in anyway ‘floppy’ so it has enough back-bone to get the job done.

Even if I was to get back in to buying Simpson brushes again (Simpson is pretty much all I’ve ever bought except for a couple of Rooney’s when you could get them) then I would always keep a Tulip in the collection.

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Post by aih » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:47 am

I think even an inexpensive but decent quality brush can last decades. I know my dad used the same drugstore boar brush all along. My memory--I can still picture it in my mind--is that it was an Ever Ready. I would bet when he bought it he paid around $2 or $3 for it.
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Post by jar » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:44 am

Some of my brushes are ones over a half century old now. Taken care of a brush will last a long, long time.

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Post by brothers » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:39 am

Excellent points regarding longevity as related to quality of manufacture and long term care. I'm sure the same applies to our original razors. All of the changing and comparing is totally unnecessary if we are honest and objective.
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Re: Tulip etc

Post by fallingwickets » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:28 pm

perfect time to resurrect this thread, thank you gents:

I had the good fortune to be able to buy a house in myrtle beach (of course the week i arrived has been the coldest in the towns history?, but it's me, so no wonder there :D :D ) and i brought some unused shaving gear so that i didnt have to schlep razors soaps, creams and brushes back and forth. When i unpacked the brush, my heart skipped a beat: i had forgotten just how magnificent and glorious the tulip is, fresh out the box

https://s13.postimg.org/w9qwr9knr/IMG_2 ... 050920.jpg

Im heading back home tonight but already looking forward to coming back in a few weeks time when hopefully the sun is back to working its warming magic!

Happy New Year to all

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Re: Tulip etc

Post by aih » Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:04 pm

fallingwickets wrote:perfect time to resurrect this thread, thank you gents:

I had the good fortune to be able to buy a house in myrtle beach (of course the week i arrived has been the coldest in the towns history?, but it's me, so no wonder there :D :D ) and i brought some unused shaving gear so that i didnt have to schlep razors soaps, creams and brushes back and forth. When i unpacked the brush, my heart skipped a beat: i had forgotten just how magnificent and glorious the tulip is, fresh out the box

https://s13.postimg.org/w9qwr9knr/IMG_2 ... 050920.jpg

Im heading back home tonight but already looking forward to coming back in a few weeks time when hopefully the sun is back to working its warming magic!

Happy New Year to all

clive
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