Size really doesn't matter...

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by Primotenore, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    I have two small brushes that are great performers. Since I am 4 pass shaver I usually use them at night to wash my face. One is a Vulvix boar, it will lather any soap no matter how difficult. The nicest hair I have ever experienced in a brush is this Culmak 55. I bought it NOS, I did not realize that is was not a modern production brush. I tore open the package and started using it.

    Here are some comparison picks, sandwiched between a Duke 3 and Polo 8.

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  2. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    I've had an Omega 40033 Mighty midget for the last four years and it's went around the world with me ... great little brush.

    For the $7 I bought it for ... it's a great little value!

    Omega Mighty Midget

    Ht: 88 mm Loft: 48 mm Base: 40 mm Knot: 23 mm

    Wee Scot

    Ht: 69mm, Handle Ht: 31mm, Loft: 38mm, Knot: 15mm

    So in other words the Omega is a beast next to the Simpson.

    Now I've been temped by the Omega 599 Silver tip ... an absolutely gorgeous diminutive brush.


    Height: 75 mm, Loft: 45 mm, Knot: 18 mm

    Still bigger than the Wee Scot, but real close and the Omega has a better knot with the silver tip. Both at ~$40.

    The more I talk about it the more I want it. :eatdrink013:
  3. MR41

    MR41 Well-Known Member

    I’ve been very tempted to buy the Omega 599 as well. Have you used the Midget and the Wee Scot?
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  4. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    This is my Omega 40033 Mighty Midget

    I've never used a Wee Scot, but figuring their the same price for the Omega 599; I'd probably buy the Omega for the better silver tip knot.

    Here's my not so pretty tiny acrylic Century with a 18mm Finest badger, I restored.

  5. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    Size may not matter, but it sure is fun using a bigger tool ;)
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  6. MR41

    MR41 Well-Known Member

    That does make alotta sense.
  7. Latherin’ Luddite

    Latherin’ Luddite Well-Known Member

    Part of the Mighty’s charm is the price for such performance and a nice resin handle.

    I don’t have the Wee, but do have a few other more affordable Simpsons in Best, and they seem like a better choice in that price neighborhood. It’s all subjective, and no wrong answers. But I own three Mightys (a backup and a future gift), and feel better about it than I would with the $40+ model 599. For $30 I’d buy a couple though!
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  8. Latherin’ Luddite

    Latherin’ Luddite Well-Known Member

    BTW, my $40 choice was a Berkeley 46.

    My sub-$40 was a Special S1, and for $15 more, a Commodore X2.
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  9. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    I'm funny about brushes ... I'd buy someone a really nice brush, but for myself I restore. The most expensive new brush I bought for myself is the mighty midget. So the only way I'd get a really nice new brush is maybe a gift from my family and that's doubtful ... they don't take my hobby as seriously as I do. ;)
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  10. PickledNorthern

    PickledNorthern Fabulous, the unicorn

    Not sure I would say the Omega knot is going to be better. Silvertip is such a buzzword, and Omega knots have a reputation for being somewhat “limp” in the backbone dept. Not a knock on it, just that comparing grades of hair between brands is really an apples to oranges thing.

    My personal take is that you should buy it and make sure.
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  11. Yehuda D

    Yehuda D Israeli Ambassador to TSD

    OMG, that's a biggie!
  12. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    Which one?
  13. Latherin’ Luddite

    Latherin’ Luddite Well-Known Member

    I can see myself becoming a restorer someday. I prefer buying used gear in person when possible, and the three antique stores in my small town are apparently owned by folks who don’t need to make a sale..........they’re closed constantly.

    I’m keeping my eyes open however.
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  14. PickledNorthern

    PickledNorthern Fabulous, the unicorn

    I about blew tea through my nose when I read this. I have traveled all over the country for work, and never seen an OPEN antique store.
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  15. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    No one likes a show off....oh wait yes we do. Nice brush.
  16. Latherin’ Luddite

    Latherin’ Luddite Well-Known Member

    There’s one shop in my town that I’ve NEVER seen open once in the last 23 years I’ve lived here! Things could have turned into antiques during that time!

    I did hit a small consignment shop last month and scored an Old Spice mug for $4 though. :cool:

    The same store has some Avon AS bottles but I’m afraid to start down that rabbit hole.
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  17. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    These are good face lathering brushes made from Cholula lids.
  18. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn


    This is a great little traveler ... 24mm synthetic knot and 72mm overall height.
  19. oscar11

    oscar11 Well-Known Member

    Personal preference really. I like bigger brushes 26mm and up.

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