Having tried my first two band today (a New Forest) and being suitably impressed with it, I'm thinking of adding another two-band brush to small collection from on of the big names.
I currently own the following brushes:
T&H/Rooney 1/1 Super
New Forest 24mm 2-band faux horn
I like brushes with soft tips. I'm really not into scritchy scub brushes and have used Silvertip exclusively for the past few years. I can't use boar brushes, pure, or midgrade/best badger brushes. The NF is a teensy bit scritchy but still quite soft. Anything scritchier than that is probably going to be a deal-breaker for me.
I primarily face lather using creams, soft soaps, and hard soaps. Smaller brushes work fine for me. I don't need a big monster knot. 20-22mm works fine...anything much over 24mm would probably be too big for me.
The brushes I'm thinking about are in the poll. While I might consider something else, it's probably going to come down to one of these. As of right now, I'm leaning toward the Simpson, simply because I've never tried one and want to see what the fuss is all about. The only things that really have me leaning toward something else is my curiosity about some of the brushes and some small concerns about Simpson quality control. I'd rather not deal with getting a "shedder" or an "off" brush if I can help.
I was thinking about a Thater two-band but I'm probably ruling that out due to their customer service policies. I do enjoy my Thater very much but I don't feel very confident about buying another.
Please vote in the poll and help me pick my next brush purchase.