04-01-2013, 04:55 PM
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I think I need another boar brush. I just have an Omega 10065 and a VDH one. I know that Omega make a bunch of good boar brushes, I just don't know which one would be best for me.

So, I would appreciate any insight, comments, ideas to help me decide.

Thanks in advance and enjoy those shaves.

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 04-01-2013, 05:43 PM
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(04-01-2013, 04:55 PM)MichaelD Wrote: I think I need another boar brush. I just have an Omega 10065 and a VDH one. I know that Omega make a bunch of good boar brushes, I just don't know which one would be best for me.

So, I would appreciate any insight, comments, ideas to help me decide.

Thanks in advance and enjoy those shaves.

Pro 49 is an excellent brush.
Ht: 128 mm Loft: 65 mm Base: 63 mm Knot: 27 mm
Large and in charge!

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 04-01-2013, 06:40 PM
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Michael, how do you lather? (face, bowl, hand)

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 04-01-2013, 06:51 PM
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I have about 12 or 15 Omega brushes and they are all very nice but strangely the best of them all turned out to be one of the cheapest of the bunch.

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It has turned out to be softer than half of my badgers and I find myself choosing it over my Semogues and various badger brushes. At $10 a piece I'm even considering getting a few backups. It was so easy to break in I could hardly believe it.

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 04-02-2013, 04:25 AM
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(04-01-2013, 06:40 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Michael, how do you lather? (face, bowl, hand)

Exclusively face lather. Guess I should have noted that

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 04-02-2013, 04:27 AM
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Get the Proraso brush! it is made by Omega and an excellent tool for facelathering. You will love it.

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if you prefer something more luxurious and with a better quality handle, get the #45, a.k.a. Omega 73645. The knot is excellent, almost SOC-like (with good backbone and excellent flow-through).

The handle is simply one of the best shaving brush handles that I've had in my hands. Period.
It is a lathe-turned handle, made with some heavy and sturdy material. It holds up against my Simpson and Rooney handles with no shame.

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 04-02-2013, 04:34 AM
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(04-02-2013, 04:25 AM)MichaelD Wrote:
(04-01-2013, 06:40 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Michael, how do you lather? (face, bowl, hand)

Exclusively face lather. Guess I should have noted that

I like the Omega 10005 as a face-latherer. Its shorter lofted than the Pro 49 (55mm loft vs. 60mm) and its handle is big enough to hold but not massive. Plus its a nice beech wood handle and its $15 so it doesn't set you back too much.

I liked the Pro as well, but I found it takes some getting used to, especially for face-lathering and with soaps. In my experience, around a 22-25mm width and 47-55mm loft are the right range for face-lathering. But you also can't go wrong with the Pro.

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 04-02-2013, 08:32 AM
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You can read my thoughts HERE about these.

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 04-02-2013, 09:10 AM
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i heartily endorse the 49 for face lathering. and, as far as bang for the buck it may be at the top of the heap of all wet shaving products.

it would be nice if it could be bought with a higher quality handle as opposed to the plastic one.

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 04-02-2013, 09:34 AM
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Omega makes amazing boar brushes. All the recommendations above are excellent. You simply can not go wrong with an Omega. I have recently tried an Omega boar made for that other shaving forum. The brush is sold by WCS and is called B&B Essentials Boar. It is simply the best boar brush I have ever tried. It is so good that I pass over the badgers most of the time to use it. WCS is often out of stock on these and every time they bring them back the color of the clear handle changes. I have one in "smoke", which is the second iteration, first being blue and now the third one was red. Not sure what the next color is, but it's worth the wait. Other than that any Omega brush with similar specs (22mm knot, 55mm loft blond unbanded boar) is awesome. I will also make sure to try the Proraso brush for a larger brush. I face lather so large brushes are not so great for me, but larger Omega boars can definitely be used for face lathering. They have excellent backbone. And they are inexpensive so get a few in various sizes and lofts and enjoy! I find Omegas break in about twice as fast as Semogues, which is another plus. You can pretty much start shaving with an Omega after one good washing and lathering session.

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 04-02-2013, 09:39 AM
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(04-02-2013, 04:27 AM)oversaturn Wrote: Get the Proraso brush! it is made by Omega and an excellent tool for facelathering. You will love it.

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if you prefer something more luxurious and with a better quality handle, get the #45, a.k.a. Omega 73645. The knot is excellent, almost SOC-like (with good backbone and excellent flow-through).

The handle is simply one of the best shaving brush handles that I've had in my hands. Period.
It is a lathe-turned handle, made with some heavy and sturdy material. It holds up against my Simpson and Rooney handles with no shame.

Looks like Proraso have changed to 10083. The Proraso brush used to be a 10048 Omega 48

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 04-02-2013, 09:44 AM
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Yes they did Paul. It is just a little bit smaller than the 48. It is a very nice brush, but I do prefer the 35, 37, 40, and 43 that I got from you.

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 04-02-2013, 09:49 AM
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is the Omega 73645 the same as the 49, except for the handle and the dye on the bristles?

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 04-02-2013, 01:26 PM
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Michael, I just went through the same thing a week or so ago. It was time to add another brush, and I love my 10065 so much I decided I wanted another Omega. I decided to try the #49 but I ended up having to order it from Canada, so it's been a week so far, and it hasn't gotten here yet. I'll post pictures of the two together as soon as it comes in!

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 04-02-2013, 02:07 PM
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Got a 20102 from Paul at Connaught last week and I've used it exclusively since then. Fantastic brush with a really sturdy handle which was better than I thought it would be as either the black plastic section is solid or the turned wood at the bottom extends up into it. The silver ring at the top also appears to be metal and not chromed plastic - sure feels like metal on my teeth! Very comfy handle shape, wonderful boar knot, looks great in the bathroom and such good value for money that I don't understand how Omega can do it. Best brush for lathering MWF that I've ever used and with Vitos Supercrema, I get enough lather to shave the street! Works very well with my favourite Ingrams cream too as it gives up the lather easily yet can hold a lot within the large knot. I also face lather only, by the way.

Great service from Paul so thank you, sir. Biggrin

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I also have a red '49 on the way from Dave the Mod of this parish.

That '45 is a lovely looking brush with a gorgeous color of resin.

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 04-02-2013, 02:25 PM
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(04-02-2013, 09:49 AM)tm3 Wrote: is the Omega 73645 the same as the 49, except for the handle and the dye on the bristles?

No the 45 has the 31000 series bristle, like the 31064. The bristles are bleached & dyed so are slightly softer than the yellow 49 or 102 bristles.

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 04-02-2013, 03:32 PM
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(04-02-2013, 04:25 AM)MichaelD Wrote: Exclusively face lather. Guess I should have noted that

Hey, no big deal, it just aids us in helping better.

I also exclusively face lather. I measured all of my boars last night. I knew I preferred smaller boars but I was actually astounded to find that every one of mine is between 45 and 50mm in loft. Knot diameters are all over the place. I tried one larger boar and it was just terrible. OK, in it's defense I was the 8th person to use it and reject it. But that was my last "large" lofted boar.

I fully think that if a 45-50mm lofted boar won't handle the lather for a shave something else is badly wrong. Plus the smaller boars have almost pinpoint control on the face.

I won't suggest specific brushes, but Semogues splay more in my experience and while having shorter loft (45-50mm) act like a bigger brush. The Omegas act like a smaller brush while having the same loft as the Semogues. You'll need to check spec's and do your homework. Too, don't judge Omega knot quality by price. The price differences are in the handle IMO when it comes to Omega. An $8 Omega is a really nice brush as long as you don't expect a qulity turned and polished handle.

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 04-02-2013, 03:34 PM
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I have to agree - the bristles on the 73645 are softer and overall more pleasant to use than the ones on the Proraso brush.

Paul, what about the 11126? I love that one too... what kind of bristles does that one have?

My Omegas were all bought at Connaught's, the only exception is the Proraso brush!

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 04-02-2013, 04:19 PM
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(04-02-2013, 02:07 PM)Gairdner Wrote: Got a 20102 from Paul at Connaught last week and I've used it exclusively since then. Fantastic brush with a really sturdy handle which was better than I thought it would be as either the black plastic section is solid or the turned wood at the bottom extends up into it. The silver ring at the top also appears to be metal and not chromed plastic - sure feels like metal on my teeth! Very comfy handle shape, wonderful boar knot, looks great in the bathroom and such good value for money that I don't understand how Omega can do it. Best brush for lathering MWF that I've ever used and with Vitos Supercrema, I get enough lather to shave the street! Works very well with my favourite Ingrams cream too as it gives up the lather easily yet can hold a lot within the large knot. I also face lather only, by the way.

Great service from Paul so thank you, sir. Biggrin

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I also have a red '49 on the way from Dave the Mod of this parish.

That '45 is a lovely looking brush with a gorgeous color of resin.

Sweet looking brush!

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 04-03-2013, 03:20 AM
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(04-02-2013, 03:34 PM)oversaturn Wrote: I have to agree - the bristles on the 73645 are softer and overall more pleasant to use than the ones on the Proraso brush.

Paul, what about the 11126? I love that one too... what kind of bristles does that one have?

My Omegas were all bought at Connaught's, the only exception is the Proraso brush!
Same bristles but a shorter loft than the 31064 which makes it better for face lathering.

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