04-22-2013, 07:17 PM
  • Teiste
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  • Salt Lake City,UT
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A new Wet Shaving Products creation , a boar brush this time , and I played with advantage since I had the chance to try a proto of this brush with a resin handle , so I already know about how good this boar brush performs , specially with hard soaps.

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This brush comes with a wooden handle (don't ask me what kind of wood , since I don't know ) with extra water proof and protective varnish ( I guess WSP have learned the lesson that some Semogue wooden handles didn't...). Its a shape very similar to the Vulfix VS 5 boar that I also have.This is a light handle , kind of large and also very easy and comfortable to hold.

The tips of this particular boar hair are already broken in , and ready to be used , as you can see in these pics :

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I can tell you that you can use this brush right away (basically no break in period).I know that these 90 tops premium boar hair goes through a very long process of boiling and drying , which allows the tips to be extra soft , as well as having a good flow while keeping some firm , natural backbone.However I do recommend to do that , since the smell of the hair is not quiet pleasant , to be honest , and its stinky like the Omega boar brushes.If you do 4 or 5 palm or bowl lathering with this brush , the odor will be 90% gone , and it will be more comfortable to use.

This brush has a 21 mm knot and 55 mm loft , which makes it a nice boar brush for facelathering.

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I tested today 3 times , palm lathering , and confirmed what I already knew : firm backbone , but splays nice .Here are some pics after the lathering process :

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If you ask me if this brush is similar to a Semogue boar brush , I will say "yes" , but I can say "yes" too if you ask me if its similar to the banded Omega ones.This brush is quiet similar to the Semogue 1250 with a smaller knot (1 mm smaller).

And this brush performed as I expected (again , I tested the proto , so I knew how it "behaves" ) : perfect to use with triple milled soaps and soft Italian soaps.I tested this evening with some C&E Nomad , RazoRock Fresco and Edwin Jagger Aloe Vera : every time delivered a nice , thick and dense lather.No surprises here.Performs like a good boar brush should.

I paid 15 dollars for this brush , which is basically the same amount that I paid for some Omega brushes with plastic handles.I can say that this is a good value for a boar brush , which doesn't requires any break in period (its ready to use right away , but mind the natural odor...) and a nice looking wooden handle.HD Premium Boar Hair Shaving Brush | Wet Shaving Products

I will be using it tomorrow and report back.

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 04-22-2013, 07:34 PM
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T, can you comment on whether or not you soak your boar brushes before use? If so, for how long & with how much of the knot submerged? I liked how soft this WSP boar is right out of the box but I didn't get great lather which was the same type of problem I had with my Semogues. Thanks in advance for your help.

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 04-22-2013, 07:36 PM
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Excellent review. Waiting for mine.

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 04-22-2013, 08:02 PM
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Teiste, nice pics and review! This is surely tempting me back to using boars, again. Biggrin

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 04-22-2013, 08:04 PM
  • tgutc
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I've been waiting on a review of this brush so thank you. Good new for me that it can be compared to a 1250. This brush does seem to have more splay than Semogue Boars though.

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 04-22-2013, 08:33 PM
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Very nice review Teiste, I just received my WSP boar tonight and will be playing with it soon. This brush looks to be a good one and judging by your review and your experience with boars, I trust your opinion regarding the quality of the WSP piggie! I am no expert on boars and have little experience with them so this will be an interesting process.SmiliePig

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 04-22-2013, 11:21 PM
  • Johnny
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Oh Jeremy, I know for a man that is obsessed with badger hair, it must have really been a challenge to put that SmiliePig at the end of you sentence. Biggrin

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 04-22-2013, 11:32 PM
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(04-22-2013, 11:21 PM)Johnny Wrote: Oh Jeremy, I know for a man that is obsessed with badger hair, it must have really been a challenge to put that SmiliePig at the end of you sentence. Biggrin

I am not going to lie, it did feel a little odd... Tongue

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 04-23-2013, 07:33 AM
  • blzrfn
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  • Vancouver USA
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Everything about this brush intrigues me, except for the handle. It looks exactly like the Kent boar brush that I sold immediately upon receiving it. I know I shouldn't expect top quality finishes for the price level both the Kent and WSP brushes sell for, but I don't want it to look cheap either. The closeup pictures (very well done T), to me, show an unevenly applied finish and some questionable workmanship. Basically I feel like the value this brush represents is all in the knot, which itself seems like a fair price, but I would rather have a brush that I feel is quality from top to bottom.

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 04-23-2013, 08:13 AM
  • ben74
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Thanks for the review Teiste!

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 04-25-2013, 04:19 PM
  • German
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There is something wrong with this brush....

It's a boar!!! Firedevil

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 04-25-2013, 05:22 PM
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The knot looks grand and the handle looks comfortable with an abundant coating to protect the wood. Looking forward to seeing how it feels on the face Tieste!

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 04-25-2013, 05:42 PM
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Thanks for the review, I am now interested in this brush

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 04-25-2013, 08:25 PM
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(04-25-2013, 05:22 PM)Nickadermis Wrote: The knot looks grand and the handle looks comfortable with an abundant coating to protect the wood. Looking forward to seeing how it feels on the face Tieste!

The coating is applied very well and covers the entire handle evenly. It should be protected well from moisture.

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 04-29-2013, 10:39 PM
  • Tonality
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Any further reviews on this brush from our fine members?

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 04-30-2013, 08:53 AM
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I have had the brush for about 7 days now, and my experience has been quite negative. I find that the brush splays quite a bit - like Semogue boars, but even more so. Mine also seems to clump in a very haphazard fashion - this maybe because the hairs on it are much thinner than on an Omega or Semogue.

Although I am able to produce lather from it, I dont find it a good brush yet. Of my 5 boars or my three WSP brushes, this is the only one I am disappointed with.
Maybe a little more breakin will solve the problem. I will report back if I see any improvement.

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 05-01-2013, 12:23 PM
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I just received this brush. Will look forward to some test lathers over the next couple days.
The tips do seem pretty soft right out of the gate.
I actually like the handle and am glad to have an unbanded boar in the collection.

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 05-01-2013, 02:02 PM
  • Crag
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Wow, T, that brush looks amazing! Let's see what have I got to sell...Biggrin

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 05-01-2013, 07:33 PM
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 05-06-2013, 06:10 AM
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I used mine this morning for the first time and was not impressed out of the gate, especially because it is "80% broken in". Clumping of hairs was noted as well, the glue comes up above the knot a bit into the bristles. This has backbone to spare, more than any other boar I have used. I have a pro, an omega mini wide waist, and an unknown knot of good quality that I bought on B/S/T a while back.

I used it again this morning and have identified that it has to be the way the knot is glued to the handle. The glue comes up and binds the base of the knot together making the bristles perform inconsistently, doesn't bloom properly, etc. Sent an email to WSP this morning, anyone else seeing glue creeping up from the knot?

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