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Shaving Brush Buyer's Guide: Simpsons

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Simpsons Shaving Brush

Welcome to the second installment of my shaving brush buyer’s guide (part 1, on Vulfix, is here).  Over the next few weeks I’ll be looking at shaving brushes from different manufacturers.   At the end of the series–just in time for the holiday gift-giving season–I’ll update the entire list and create a large, sortable table and also make the data available in a “CSV file” for importing into your favorite spreadsheet or database program.   This installment of the shaving brush buyer’s guide is Simpsons.  Simpsons was considered one of the premier shaving brush manufacturers for many years, earning a reputation of high quality…at corresponding prices.  However many of their brushes were actually priced quite reasonably.


Alexander Simpson started making shaving brushes in London in 1919. In 1924 he moved to Clapham where he established a reputation for his fine shaving brushes. In 1941, following the loss of his factory in WWII, Simpson moved the business to the West Country.
What About Now?
After their acquisition by Vulfix in 2008 I think their cache’ may have been whittled away a little, but they still make some very fine brushes.  One change in their new brushes is a “hybrid” hair shape.  While other brushes can usually be pigeonholed into a “fan” shape or a “bulb” shape, the new Simpsons brushes try to walk a line between them.  What areyour experiences with Simpsons brushes?
On the table below I’ve listed the major specifications for the brushes currently being manufctured.  “Model” refers to the model number of the brush.  “Loft,” “Knot,” and “Handle” refer to the the dimensions, in millimeters, for the height of the hair, the diameter of the hair at the base, and the height of the brush’s handle, respectively.  “Hair” indicates what kind of hair is used, along with a “Grade” (if any).  The “Shape” of the hair refers to whether it is a fan-like shape or a bulb-like shape.  Finally, price refers to the Manufacturer’s list price in US dollars.  Although I have excersized care in researching these statistics I cannot guarantee they are exact.  You may notice that there are some “holes” in this list.  These are brushes I could not get “authoritative” specifications for.  Hopefully I can update them when I do the the final, master list.


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9 thoughts on “Shaving Brush Buyer's Guide: Simpsons”

  1. I bought a Duke 3 Best Badger from a boutique shop in London on February 15. to replace a Simpson I had owned for some 20 years. After about 5 weeks (say 25 shaves) it started to shed hairs and has continued to lose a few every time since. It is so long since I bought my first that a cannot remember if that one did the same. My method of shaving is to wet my face, apply soap with a stick and immerse the brush in warm to moderately hot water. Opinions would be appreciated.

  2. Simpson.
    Simpson. Not Simpsons. It’s right there on the brush. It would be like saying Edwins Jaggers over and over again.

  3. I’m having trouble viewing the Simpson table as well.(only the simpson one) I have tried firefox, internet explorer, chrome, and safari on my iPhone all with no luck. any advice?

  4. I can’t see the mentioned “table below” which appears on your
    other brush guides. e.g. in your latest Truefitt and Hill guide.
    Am I missing something?
    I like the new ‘Sharpologist setup’.

    1. Try clearing your browser cache and reloading the page. What browser are you using (IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc.)?

      1. Thanks for the reply. I use Firefox and the cache
        is always cleared on completion of browsing. The other brush tables displayed no problem, but not this one. However it does now.
        Many thanks once again.

  5. I love this series. Nothing beats filling up my head with all kinds of critical appraisals, and then plunging in with a purchase.
    And then to start the whole process over. . . .

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