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Simpson Tulip 3

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I must say that this is one of the most interesting brushes I have purchased in my wet shaving career. It is really its own thing, so to speak, and is quite unique in a number of ways.

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First of all, Simpsons variablity in badger hair is fairly well known. In the "super" grade, in which the Tulip is only available, the bundle is either of the "two band" kind as shown here, or the "three band", as in my PJ3 super, shown with the Tulip below.
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By bands, I am referring to the number of color variations from the base of the knot to the tips. There doesn't seem to be any way to predict which hair you will get, so this is a case where looking before you buy is important, since the two types behave quite differently.

The Tulip wants to hold its shape more than any other brush I have encountered. There has been almost no bloom whatsoever since I have been using it. The bristles are extremely stiff in the shafts, and the tips are medium-soft. It produces a very firm scrubbing sensation while lathering. Originally, I didn't care for this, but I have become quite fond of it over time. The knot is about 23 mm, and it comes across as on the small side due to the lack of bloom. Here is a picture with the PJ3 and the C&E best badger, a popular model around these parts, so you can see the size differences:
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The handle is what really attracted me to this brush. It is a squat, curvaceous beauty, with the unique "gutter" at the base of the bristles. The pictures don't do it justice, but the luster of the handle material and its shape are really lovely. As you can see, that infernal Simpsons sticker is still holding on, though I haven't gone out of my way to make it stick. Here is a picture showing the "gutter:
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As for lathering, it is a machine on soaps due to its firmness. It is no slouch on creams either. I find the knot size just right for me- not too large or too small.

This has become a good friend. I am not sure it is worth the price tag (in the vicinity of $200 depending on where you get it), but I will never allow my brush shelf to be devoid of its beauty.

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I have used my Tulip 3 three band for two years now. I think this is my favorite brush, and I have Shavemac DO1 two band, Simpson Chubby 3 in super and other brushes as well.

The softnesss ot the tips on my Tulip is just unbeliveable. My Shavemac D01 feels pricky compared to the Tulip. I have never felt a softer brush against my skin. And the ergonomics are perfect as well, not to forget it is a very beautiful design to look at.

Last the lather. Both soaps and creams explodes into the creamiest, softest and most perfect later with this brush. Every time I use my Tulip 3 I wonder why I still buy new brushes, but I guess that`s just the way it is with us men and our hobbies:001_smile
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I've been using this brush fairly often for about 2 months now, and I find myself liking it more and more each time I use it. The super knot just has a firm, assertive feel that my other brushes can't match. When I'm in the mood for a luxurious experience I grab a Rooney super silvertip. When I want a vigorous massage to brace myself for the day, I reach for the Tulip. The thing is, while the brush is very firm it is not at all prickly or scratchy. It's the best of both worlds. I really like the handle, with its sexy shape and perfect polish; it simply exudes quality. The flared bottom of the handle fits right into the palm and makes face-lathering a breeze. I get the feeling that they didn't coat the handle in crack, they actually carved it out of a piece of it. By the way, this brush has not shed one hair yet - not one. The price is high, but overall I think this brush is worth it just for the experience of using something that's among the very best.

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Latherability
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Softness of Tips
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I have the T3 in Super (the same as Scotto's PJ pictured above) for comparison I have a Chubby 1 in Super with the two tone hair.
The 3 banded are much softer and they bloom much fuller. I absolutely love this brush! Scotto's right, if it's not crack they coat them in, it's something really good.
This brush is much softer, but still very dense and brush is anything but floppy. The shafts are flexible, but snap back quickly to retain its shape. As usual with Simpsons Super brushes the quality is top notch.
The handle is a little odd. When I first opened the box, the brush looked downright funny with the handle being so much wider than the bristles. But after I used it I grew to appreciate the oversized handle. I found it very ergonomic and easy to maneuver. Also there is a little guard around the top which keeps lather from running down to your hand, which I really appreciated. The latherablity is also fantastic it lathers every bit as good as my 28mm Shavemac. All around a great brush. I'm a bigger fan of creams than soaps, so the softer striped or 3 banded version suits my needs better.
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Latherability
5.00 star(s)
Softness of Tips
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Stiffness of Tips
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