Poll: Which midget?
 03-19-2013, 06:02 PM
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  • ben74
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Fellow Nookers, I want an Omega Mighty Midget.

But which one should I get?

The 599 Silver Tip

Total height: 75 mm
Loft: 45 mm
Knot: 18 mm
Price: $40

Or

The 11047 Banded Boar / Badger mix

Total height: 73 mm
Loft: 43mm
Knot: 20mm
Price: $13

Please help me decide by sharing your experiences with either one of these little brushes.

Thank-you!

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 03-19-2013, 06:30 PM
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  • MikekiM
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I just ordered the 11047..

43:20 was the main reason for me

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 03-19-2013, 06:42 PM
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  • Teiste
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Go for the silvertip.

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 03-19-2013, 06:45 PM
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  • ben74
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Any particular reason Teiste?

Price is not a consideration as they are both inexpensive. I do prefer some backbone...

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 03-19-2013, 06:52 PM
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  • Teiste
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(03-19-2013, 06:45 PM)ben74 Wrote: Any particular reason Teiste?

Price is not a consideration as they are both inexpensive. I do prefer some backbone...
The mixed one is not as good as the Semogue SOC SE 2012 , my friend , so Im sure you will be dissapointed.Its a good brush for its price , dont get me wrong , but not as good as the Semogue mixed hair brushes.
The Omega silvertip hair is a soft and nice one.

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 03-19-2013, 07:09 PM
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  • ben74
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Thank-you Teiste, I value your opinion.

At under $20 I didn't expect a whole lot from the boar / badger mix brush, but I no doubt would compare it to the Semogue knots.

My purchase is based more on the novelty aspect, but I do expect it to be functional as well.

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 03-19-2013, 07:15 PM
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(03-19-2013, 07:09 PM)ben74 Wrote: Thank-you Teiste, I value your opinion.

At under $20 I didn't expect a whole lot from the boar / badger mix brush, but I no doubt would compare it to the Semogue knots.

My purchase is based more on the novelty aspect, but I do expect it to be functional as well.

Hi Ben,

I have had a 11047 for a couple of years now is really a nice feeling brush...I use it for overnight fishing trips or when camping (don't want to lose or ruin my Simpsons). Good backbone and not too scrubby either...I use it mostly with soap sticks but have used it with soaps as well and absolutely tears them apart. I also had a 599 but sold it as it was a floppy brush IMO...Wonderful soft feeling on the face and nice with creams but nothing to write home about...as always YMMV.

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 03-19-2013, 07:17 PM
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In the MMs, yes the 599. Instead of the 11047 drop the hammer on a 50014 instead. It's not a MM, but it's awfully nice. I doubt that it will break the bank. The 11047 is scritchy, the 50014 isn't. Doesn't Omega also make a MM which is 100% boar? The model # escapes me.

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 03-19-2013, 08:01 PM
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(03-19-2013, 07:17 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: In the MMs, yes the 599. Instead of the 11047 drop the hammer on a 50014 instead. It's not a MM, but it's awfully nice. I doubt that it will break the bank. The 11047 is scritchy, the 50014 isn't. Doesn't Omega also make a MM which is 100% boar? The model # escapes me.

It's the so-called 'wide waist'. As I mentioned in an earlier thread, there are two different brushes referred to as the "Mighty Midget". The 100% boar is the Omega 40033.

I have the mixed 11047. I like it; the badger in the mix is not the best quality but adds to the softness overall and the bloom is really good. I think it's a great little jade-handled brush.Yes, some scratch, but not prickly like horse can be.

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 03-19-2013, 08:08 PM
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  • ben74
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Greg, I want to use it for camping too!

I was worried that the 599 would be too floppy and that was the reason I was initially leaning towards the mix knot.

Brian, I actually have a CL 1 Manchurian which IMO is the ultimate travel brush. I do like Semogue's mix knots and that was the initial appeal with the MM (but Teiste put doubt in my mind with his appraisal). I'm not ready to go the whole hog (despite the modest investment) so I'll probably pass on the 50014.

Perhaps I should just get both MMs... Huh

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 03-19-2013, 08:42 PM
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Ben, just 2? As inexpensive as they are I'd get the Omega 40033 that Shaun refers to as well. You're paying shipping anyway, adding another brush adds very little to the shipping cost.

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 03-19-2013, 08:51 PM
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I don't own a "whole hog" and I'm not sure I'm ready regardless of the modest investment...

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 03-19-2013, 09:10 PM
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  • Johnny
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Come on big boy, get yourself a pig and never look back.Biggrin


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 03-19-2013, 09:10 PM
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All this discussion of the Wide Waist and the Lil' Bambino forced me to drop the hammer on both of them. I'm a sucker for tiny boars. Truth be told, I'm finding I really like tiny boars - a lot! I don't think I can go wrong, they're boars and I got both for the absolutely ridiculous price of less than $14. Such a deal. I actually had to buy something else to put me over the $15 minimum, so I have an ARKO Citrus cream coming in for $3.

Johnny, somehow I'm guessing that the pig isn't in what it looks like... chocolate.

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 03-19-2013, 09:14 PM
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I'm happy with my badgers Johnny!

Well done Brian, enjoy!

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 03-19-2013, 09:40 PM
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(03-19-2013, 09:10 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: All this discussion of the Wide Waist and the Lil' Bambino forced me to drop the hammer on both of them. I'm a sucker for tiny boars. Truth be told, I'm finding I really like tiny boars - a lot! I don't think I can go wrong, they're boars and I got both for the absolutely ridiculous price of less than $14. Such a deal. I actually had to buy something else to put me over the $15 minimum, so I have an ARKO Citrus cream coming in for $3.

Johnny, somehow I'm guessing that the pig isn't in what it looks like... chocolate.

Why colour handle Bambino did you choose? Black or white? I have the white. I think a whole range of colours would be very cute. A week set: ROY G BIV. Shy

It really is a little wonder. Took a while to break in, though, but a great, inexpensive little blonde. Fun.

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 03-19-2013, 10:08 PM
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Well Mike's logic has won me over... PRICE!

I lost sight of the exercise, I just wanted an inexpensive travel brush and almost ordered both brushes!

11047 ordered, if it's not to my liking I've invested less than $20 (including shipping).

Thank-you all for your input!

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 03-19-2013, 11:13 PM
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(03-19-2013, 09:40 PM)Shaun Wrote:
(03-19-2013, 09:10 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: All this discussion of the Wide Waist and the Lil' Bambino forced me to drop the hammer on both of them. I'm a sucker for tiny boars. Truth be told, I'm finding I really like tiny boars - a lot! I don't think I can go wrong, they're boars and I got both for the absolutely ridiculous price of less than $14. Such a deal. I actually had to buy something else to put me over the $15 minimum, so I have an ARKO Citrus cream coming in for $3.

Johnny, somehow I'm guessing that the pig isn't in what it looks like... chocolate.

What colour handle Bambino did you choose? Black or white? I have the white. I think a whole range of colours would be very cute. A week set: ROY G BIV. Shy

It really is a little wonder. Took a while to break in, though, but a great, inexpensive little blonde. Fun.

Black. I wanted something different in the cabinet.

I've appreciated boars since my first brush, but I've really been enjoying the really small ones lately. They're simply incredible; lather monsters and soap destroyers, but with pinpoint control.

I like my Semogues and I'll probably keep them, but I question if I really need boar brushes that large? Not that mine are exceptionally large; I've kept to the smaller 50mm lofted Semogues.

I'll hand lather the new undyed brushes until they break in. It's no big deal even if it takes a month, but I doubt that it will take more than 10 days.

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 03-20-2013, 12:20 AM
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I voted for the mixed knot because I prefer more backbone to very soft tips If made to choose.

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 03-20-2013, 01:50 AM
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  • MikekiM
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Good read..

Can't say I would change my mind, though.

I bought it solely for an upcoming trip and it makes the third (or fourth) travel brush.. one Two band TGN from Rudy Vey, an iKon with a TGN know, that I don't plan to use, and Vulfix.

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