Dear forum members,
I am new on the forum and I am happy to see so many guys here that do still care about the daily routine of welness in shaving. (just sniffing up the last breezes of the Trumper rose I shaved with half an hour ago)
After having used several bigger brushes in the past I have bought a SIMPSONS EMPEROR 2 and have used it for about 10 turns and can make up my mind I guess. For face lathering a very precise and I would say PERFECT brush ! I use it with creams ( men-u , Trumper Rose, L`occitane Cade) and for all these products I do have more than enough lather for 3 rounds and the good backbone and size of the brush brings the stuff where is should be very precize. The long handle prevents from getting slippery with lather and has a magnificent ergonomics. I would say THE perfect brush for cream FACE laterers amongst us. Just a slight shake out of the water after initial plunge in warm water or shower is enough to make this brush have the perfect water / cream balance. I just put an adequate quantity (differs quit a bit per cream I use) on top of the brush and start lathering on my face with great response within seconds. Quick cleaning and drying is an additional Pre. Mine has a 20-21 cm knot and a 45mm loft. (measured with electronic measure tool). Loft is not typical bulb and not typical fan shaped so I would say it is an all rounder in this respect. Because of rather short loft the EMPEROR is not floppy but quit resilient and does not bloom a lot as you can see in the pic after 10 rounds or so. The Emperor 1 would definately be too small for my taste re ergonomics and the 3 would be o.k. for very large hands and making enough lather for a couple of guys at once. The E2 is the perfect "normal / smallish" brush that have become the favorite for so many that own one. It is not a brush for the man who want to have "the biggest" but for the "connaisseur" I would think. My learning curve has come to an end and I believe in smaller high end brushes for a more precise, soap or cream economical, well dosed scrubbing, fast cleaning and drying and a non spoiling and flapping and nostrils and ears cleaning result.
Happy weekend !