It might surprise some readers to know I don’t own any Simpson’s shaving brushes (actually, that’s not quite true: Lee from Leesrazors sent me a Simpson’s “Major” travel brush a few years ago as a gift. But I didn’t have any full-sized Simpson’s brushes). I always thought Simpson’s were, well, a little over-rated if not over-priced. Maybe I was rebelling against the “snob appeal.” So my reaction was admittedly luke-warm when John from West Coast Shaving suggested I try a “Rover” limited-edition brush. After a little more prodding from John, and a little more hesitation from me, he finally said “here, try one, on me” and sent me a sample, gratis (normally I buy everything I review).
When I received it, the brush didn’t look particularly impressive to me. It is packed with Simpson’s “Best” grade hair, which is pleasantly soft to the touch. It is a little smaller than average: loft 47mm, knot 22mm, total height 92mm. The handle is certainly distinctive, though I was not particularly taken with it.
But I quickly discovered that looks can be deceiving. While the knot dimension is 22mm it is “packed” much more fully than the other brushes I have of about the same size. And that translated to outstanding performance! This little guy lathers like nobody’s business! I’ve been using it for several weeks now and I continue to be impressed with it: its smaller physical size gives it good maneuverability but its denser hair knot gives it the lathering performance of a bigger brush. It has worked equally well with soaps and creams, though I seem to like it better with creams (purely personal preference here, your opinion may vary).
My preconceptions of Simpson’s brushes have been challenged. This may not be the last one I buy….
Anyone else using a Rover? How do you find it? I’m particularly interesting in someone who can compare it to other Simpsons brushes!