04-29-2013, 05:05 PM
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Hey guys, what's the opinion on boar brushes? I have only had the pleasure of trying a badger and a synth brush. Don't have a lot of extra spending dough to experiment with trial and error. I would appreciate all opinions. Thanks

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 04-29-2013, 05:47 PM
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One man's opinion:
Face lathering: Semogue 1438
Bowl Lathering Soap: Semogue 1800
Bowl Lathering Cream: Semogue SOC

For backbone on a badger one must trade some tip softness and or loft. Boar has much more backbone at equivalent tip softnesses.

You will soon get floppy at maximum badger tip softness.

Advances in synthetics are disorienting me a bit... in a good way, but my goto brushes are still boars.

I have a 1794 Original H.I.S. with an amazing backbone considering its tip softness.

Boars get softer over time much faster than badgers do... but then boars have a longer way to go to get soft.

YMMV.

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 04-29-2013, 06:01 PM
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  • tgutc
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I would suggest an Semogue 1800 if your choosing just one. It's a great all a rounder which can face lather and bowl lather with ease. Fantastic brush.

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 04-29-2013, 06:03 PM
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Boar is a great option for being affordable and effective! My favorite so far has been the Semogue 1800, which I face lather with. Not too much splay, nice and soft when soaked, and created a fantastic, easy lather.

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 04-29-2013, 06:10 PM
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Omega.

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 04-29-2013, 06:19 PM
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You'll probably get as many different recommendations for specific brushes as people who respond to this thread. If you haven't yet, you should read this: http://shavenook.com/thread-a-beginner-s...ving-brush

When I was first interested in boar brushes, someone suggested to me to just go to Vintage Scent, pick whatever Semogue handle I liked the most, and call it a day. Honestly, that's probably as good advice as anything else. If you don't have much $ to play with, you could scroll the selling and trading forum on here, although a decent boar can cost less than $20, and used boars tend to sell for only a few $ less than new ones. Plus, breaking in a boar brush for the first time yourself is basically a rite of passage.

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 04-29-2013, 06:42 PM
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(04-29-2013, 06:01 PM)tgutc Wrote: I would suggest an Semogue 1800 if your choosing just one. It's a great all a rounder which can face lather and bowl lather with ease. Fantastic brush.

+1

The 1800 was my 1st brush, and I've used it as recently as today.

I've seen it on eBay for under $16 shipped- which is a steal.

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 04-29-2013, 07:48 PM
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They are great brushes for many.
i think they are great if you bowl-lather, but i found them too rough as i face-lather, exclusively, and i was getting brush-burn.
i would highly suggest one to see what you think as they are excellently made brushes!

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 04-29-2013, 11:22 PM
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Bang for your dollar, boar wins hands down every time.

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 04-30-2013, 06:46 AM
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+1
But nothing beats a 2 band badger in face feel...
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(04-29-2013, 11:22 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: Bang for your dollar, boar wins hands down every time.

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 04-30-2013, 07:15 AM
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  • Shaun
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Semogue 1250. Simple.

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 04-30-2013, 07:44 AM
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  • Johnny
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PIG? Did someone mention PIG?

Two great boars to start with are the Semogue 1438 or 1470. Both Semogue and Omega make excellent boar brush. Both have been at is a long time.

Read this, everything you ever needed to know about boar brushes. http://shavenook.com/thread-a-beginner-s...ving-brush

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 04-30-2013, 07:47 AM
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I have a Tweezerman boar brush. First boar brush I bought two years ago. I think it cost a whopping $14 including shipping off Amazon at the time. I've been very pleased with it.... easy to use, easy to clean and keep clean.

But, I'm looking at the Semogue 1800 myself. It's one of the items on my list to try next.

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 04-30-2013, 07:56 AM
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I'm currently using the Omega made Proraso brush. Big, works well in my scuttle or on the face and broke in quickly.

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 04-30-2013, 10:31 AM
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I was also very hesitant to try boar after using only badger. I bought my first Omega boar and was very pleased with the lather and feel of it. Very stiff bristles with soft tips!

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 04-30-2013, 12:49 PM
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EJMan, how do you lather? IMO it makes a difference in what brush is best suited to the task. Also, what brushes are you using now and if you could change anything about them, what would it be?

Those answers will help us immensely. It'll help you far more than us just telling you our blind picks to fill a need that we have no knowledge of.

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 04-30-2013, 03:26 PM
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(04-30-2013, 06:46 AM)German Wrote: +1
But nothing beats a 2 band badger in face feel...
Shy
(04-29-2013, 11:22 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: Bang for your dollar, boar wins hands down every time.

There's just something almost magical about badger hair.

Sadly, the cost is exponentially more than boar. Oh well, at least it's still affordable considering the cost per use.

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 04-30-2013, 04:43 PM
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  • Deano
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I have three Omega boars. A 10066, B&B Essential and an Ever Ready 100T with a TGN Omega knot. All excellent brushes.

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 04-30-2013, 05:23 PM
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And yes, as other posters have said the Semogue 1800 is very good for face lathering too. The Semogue 1438 is just so much better at face lathering for me.

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 05-02-2013, 03:20 AM
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Omega man here....an extreme value per the money spent.

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