The infamous Simpson Chubby… really the .500 Magnum of shaving brushes. If you were to pack a brush any denser, or have any greater a badger/knot size ratio it would probably change the rotational axes of the earth. This brush is 4 pounds of badger in a one pound bag.
With most shaving brushes, there are subtle differences from brush to brush – however most fellas who have never used a shaving brush before couldn’t tell you the difference in feeling from a PJ3 and a 26MM shavemac... but let me assure you – if you have EVER used a Simpson Chubby… I mean EVER, you’ll never forget it – yes it is THAT different.
Basically this is a tremendously packed shaving brush – which is a double edge sword. Some like the incredibly invigorating feeling of a tightly packed knot – however this is SO incredibly dense – it is almost unwieldy. When you first use it, you actually have to change your lathering techniques and cream/water ratios etc around this brush… it’s almost like learning how to lather all over again. This brush is NOT for the meek, it’s a lot of badger.
Bristle – Somewhat soft at the tip, but a thick/firm shaft and AMAZINGLY dense knot. This brush is a MONSTER with shaving soaps, but can be a little tricky with shaving creams.
Handle – Way too small and “chubby” and isn’t very comfortable. This is one of the more uncomfortable shaving brushes to use. Feels sort of strange, as there is so much hair with such a tiny, squat handle. I have large hands, and it makes this brush tricky to wield.
Quality – This particular brush is expertly crafted and I have had NO problems/issues with it, however Simpsons are well known for have “spotty” craftsmanship – and unfortunately – I have gotten more “dud” simpsons than good ones. Worst thing is… some times it take a year or two for them to start to fall apart – so buyer beware, as these are NOT cheap brushes!
Overall – It’s certainly an interesting and invigorating experience to use a Simpson Chubby, but due to the cost, handle, and the “intensity” of the brush – I wouldn’t recommend this brush to most chaps. Sure – some fellas are Chubby Junkies, and they are very, VERY different, however they are not for everyone... in fact, probably not for most. It’s a neat brush and I really like it a lot, but I don’t use it very much and I wouldn’t miss it if I got rid of it. YMMV
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