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guenron said:Lovely brush Joel. Unfortunately, the PJ2-PJ3 side-by-side reinforces my assessment of Mr. Simpson's brushes, i.e. inconsistent quality. In consideration of the premium charged for these brushes I expect more.
joel said:Inconsistent how?
One must keep several things in mind when evaluating these two.
#1. The PJ2 is 3-4 years old with near daily use.... it will obviously look more "worn" and the hair and handle cannot expect to look as "brilliant"
#2. Badger hair varies from individual badger to badger, year to year, an as a result, the only way to get true "consistency" in terms of the "look" of the badger is the use of bleach, and/or low quality hair which is more readily available.
#3. It is a fully handmade product, so the handle from brush to brush will be slightly different, as will the cut of the hair, etc.
ALL handmade, top quality products will not be ISO9000 consistent - if you want consistency, you don't want handmade.... you want machine made products.
To each their own - but personally nothing impresses me more then true, handmade craftsmanship. Something where by a CRAFTSMAN (not an assembly line worker) skilled in their trade, with decades of experience, is able to create something from blood, sweat, and tears. Is this cosmetically perfect? No. Is the cut of the badger perfectly rounded/even? No. Could I do better? Not a chance in hell. For me however - I do much prefer owning something that has a "soul" and I find handmade products, unlike mass produced product just have a more organic feeling. (Side note: It is one thing to have VERY slight blemishes which add "character" however it is NOT ok to have blatant defects, as sometimes found in Thiers Issard razors, whereby the pin will be almost OFF of the scale and the entire razor looks like a 5 year old put it together)
Again - to each their own... but if you sit in a handmade car - an Aston Martin, a Rolls Royce, a Ferrari, etc, it just has a special, organic, "rich" feeling to it. Is the fit and finish better than a honda? Hell no, but I don't think there is a single fella on this board who would pick the Honda over the aformentioned brands if money were no object.
rtaylor61 said:Break the news...who are all of the contenders?