Duke 3 twins

Discussion in 'Shaving Brushes' started by shaverjoe, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. If I were in the market for a brush similar to the Duke 3 (particularly in density) but from a different manufacturer than Simpson, what would you guys recommend. I have a Duke 3 and love it but all of my other brushes I have made for myself. If I got the bug to buy another brush like the Duke 3, what would you guys recommend? I like to build lather in my scuttle. Thanks for the input.
     
  2. Duke 3 knots have varied a bit in recent years. Mine is a short lofted bulb shape whereas newer ones seem to be more fan shaped (but taller).

    So...what does yours look like? Pics?
     
  3. My Duke 3. About 2 months old. About 8-10 uses. I use it once a week, on average. I find the Duke to be very soft on the face with great backbone and is very dense.
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    Side view

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    Knot

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    TGN Finest XH knot on left, for comparison
     
  4. hon

    hon

    Go for X2L since you like to build lather in scuttle or get a Simpsons with taller handle.
     
  5. Thank you for the recommendation. My main concern is matching the Density of the Duke knot. Does the X2L knot feel as dense? I like the Emperor handle quite a bit.
     
  6. hon

    hon

    You can try the Fifty series if you want matching density of the Duke.
     
  7. Fantastic. Thank you very much. I love the density of the Duke 3 that I currently own.
     
  8. I have to say that my Rover 2 comes closest to the density of my Duke 3. And I think I like the rover handle better.
     
  9. Classic 2 if you want another Simpson.

    M&F Blonde Badger if you want a different maker's brush.
     
  10. While it's not quite as dense, it's softer and has fantastic backbone.
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    I actually prefer the Thater to the Duke as it's quite a bit softer.

    Steve
     
  11. A Simpsons 57 would be a great match. The knot has about the same specs and shape.

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