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Why is the Wee Scot the only brush to which Alexander Simpson affixed his signature?

with 4 comments has a compelling disquisition on the Wee Scot, pointed out to me by flaheadle on Wicked_Edge. (I’d been linking to the brush as a recommendation for face latherers, but I hadn’t noticed that the description had been revised and extended.) Here it is:

Like all Simpsons, the Wee Scot is hand turned on a lathe. Then it is buffed and smoothed and polished to a lustrous perfection.

Like all Simpsons, the loft is hand filled, in this case with Simpsons justifiably famed Best Badger.

Like all Simpsons, the hand filled knot is very densely packed and deeply seated in the handle.

Like all Simpsons, the Wee Scot is truly a bargain for a high end, high class, hand crafted luxury product.

Unlike all Simpsons, the Wee Scot is the only work that its maker, the master craftsman Alexander Simpson, put his signature to…

While this fact is usually, ahem, noted by Simpsons sellers. It is, well, noted, and that is that.

Think about it for a minute. Nobody else seems to think about it except in passing, but this SIGNATURE fact needs to be seriously thought about by the prospective brush buyer.

What does it mean when a master craftsman SIGNS his work? Particularly, what does it mean when a master craftsman selects one and only one work from a large body of work to sign?

Well, to me it means the master craftsman considered that work to be a triumph—a personal triumph of his craft, his years and years of experience. A signed work is a work of which the craftsman is particularly proud.

For the master craftsman shave brush maker Mr Alexander Simpson, a man who built brushes for royals, nobles and the most wealthy of a Gilded Age, the work he affixed his signature to, the full honor of his whole name was the WEE SCOT and only the WEE SCOT.

Why is the master craftsman’s Master Work so unappreciated, indeed even deprecated by the modern cadre of shaving cognoscenti ???

In today’s culture, size matters and big is culturally GOOD, without any examination or grounds.

I constantly read posts by wet-shavers searching for the nearly perfect brush: lots of backbone, silvertip but scritchy, a monster latherer of the hardest soaps and the softest luxury creams.

The brush they are describing is right there under their nose and has been all the time. It is Mr Simpsons signature brush, the WEE SCOT. And, LOL, it is not even expensive.

The only shaver who got the WEE SCOT right was Corey Greenberg in some of the later entries of his outstanding SHAVE BLOG.

Corey had made the journey from BIG HONKING brushes through smaller knot brushes until arriving at the WEE SCOT.

More and more savvy shavers are recognizing the merits of small bore knots and they are many: parsimonious use of expensive soaps and creams, pin point precise lather targeting, better exfoliation and whisker softening.

The Wee Scot Best Badger loft and Loft-to-Knot ratio give it the most backbone of any brush except maybe the Chubby. In addition to back-bone, the Wee Scot also has HEART. The Wee Scot is an extraordinary exfoliator and face latherer.

As proprietor of a shave shop, I could have pretty much any brush I want, but I use the Wee Scot. It is the brush I want.

I really think that Mr Alexander Simpson knew what he was doing when he signed his Wee Scots. It is a magnificent work, a work worthy of his pride, worthy of his personal signature.

Ht: 67 mm Loft: 36 mm Base: 31 Knot: 14 mm

Dimensions approximate. In plain English the Wee Scot is about as tall as the average pinkie finger.

Hand crafted on the Isle Of Man, England.

If you have put up with me this far, I ask that you compare our prices on the Wee Scot and all the other Simpsons in stock to our competitors. We have really good deals on this Legendary Name in Shave Brushes.

Written by Leisureguy

31 March 2012 at 10:10 am

Posted in Shaving

4 Responses

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  1. I am lucky to have the honour of having Alex Simpson as my Great Uncle so I can answer this quite easily.

    The Wee Scot was the brush that Uncle Alex believed optimised a Simpson brush. Yes, it bears all the hallmarks of a Simpson brush. The Wee Scot was the final part of the apprenticeship. This was the hardest brush to make by hand because of its diminutive proportions. You really had to be confident in all aspects of brushmaking, from turning the handle to forming the knot, to be able to put the Wee Scot together. All of us who were taught to make Simpson brushes had to make one and have it scrutinised before being allowed to run riot with all the other brushes in the range. Funnily enough it wasn’t the current Wee Scot (actually the Wee Scot 2) which we had to make – it was its smaller brother the Wee Scot 1.

    This is why Uncle Alex signed the brush because in his eyes, and in ours, the Wee Scot was THE brush that could be held and inspected in chemists, barbers and shops around the world and the holder could see the craft that was used in its making. It was the perfect ‘model brush’.



    Gary Young

    1 April 2012 at 12:47 pm

  2. Cool! Many thanks for commenting, and I would like to quote your comment in the next edition of the book, of course giving credit and linking to your comment here, if that would be okay. Certainly the Wee Scot is one of my favorite brushes.



    1 April 2012 at 1:26 pm

  3. Of course that is fine! Always happy to ‘fill in the blanks’ where I can.

    Not sure if you have seen my comment on the Wee Scot range – posted this week.

    There were originally 3 sizes of Wee Scot – the Wee Scot 3 is now known as the ‘Case’.



    Gary Young

    1 April 2012 at 3:15 pm

  4. Aha! I had a Case… I don’t think I still have it, but now wish I did.



    1 April 2012 at 3:25 pm

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