04-12-2012, 10:19 AM
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  • Teiste
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This rarity arrived yesterday from Portugal,thanks to my friend Miguel and also after bein in the mail for 3 months!!! (it was sent the 10/01/2012....)

And I say rerity because the people who knows about Semogue and their boar shaving brushes know that the original 1550 was released with an green (dark and light ) 100% acrylic handle,like the one you can see in this pic (left brush) :

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Or this other one (photo courtesy of Leon from http://www.vintagescent.com) :

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So what happened,why a Semogue 1550 with a wooden handle?Well,it seems that the artisan who used to make the 1550 handles retired earlier than expected and without saying anything to Mr Gomes,who had previously made the boar knots to go on those handles,and out of the blue,no more 1550 acrilyc handles.So what was the solution?To use handles with some shapes easily recognized by the Semogue lovers like the 1800/1305/1250 handle style or even the old 2000 handle style,as some Portuguese guys from http://www.barbearclassico.com founded recently (is that right Oversaturn? BiggrinBiggrin)

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Unfortunately,this handle have suffered some damage after being 3 months on its way to Utah,as you can see in this pic,with some scratches,that dont diminish the beauty of this handle.I need to ask what kind of wood is made of,but I think its cherry wood.

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This brush has a 22 mm knot, 55 mm loft and a total heing of 105 mm.As I said its a brush pretty similar to the 1800 and 1250,but with slightly different boar hair than those two ones.
I have an old Semogue 1550 brush and this one and I can find some differences with the actual types of boar hair of Semogue : I would say that this is close to the 1800 type of hair,with a extra firm backbone and soft tips,but not as soft as the 1305 type of hair (90% premium boar).Also the boar hair seems to be thicker than the one from the 1800.

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Also has a high density of hair for a boar brush,which makes it another soap killer,as I experience yesterday when I was trying to soften it by following what I show in this video :


After 10 cicles of softening the brush (making lather with a hand soap on the palm of my hand) this is how it looks like :

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For sure this is a beautiful brush! The handle is one of the most ergonomics that you can find out there of any brand and also elegant too.

Im gonna be pretty happy with this brush.

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 04-12-2012, 10:54 AM
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Tieste,
Compadre, quel brocha maravellousa!
The Cherry Wood must have aged well in those 3 months in the mail.
Enjoy, sir.

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 04-12-2012, 10:59 AM
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Great review Teiste!

Every brush from semogue is a gem, so is this one.
Do you know where i can find a semogue caravela and 1550 acrylic green handle? I think they're both out of production.

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 04-12-2012, 11:14 AM
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  • Johnny
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Teiste,

Another great review and pictures from you. The only thing that saddens me is that this brush is not setting on MY counter.

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 04-12-2012, 11:40 AM
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  • Songwind
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Quote:This rarity arrived yesterday from Portugal,thanks to my friend Miguel and also after bein in the mail for 3 months!!! (it was sent the 10/01/2012....)

Shipped from the future? Now that's dedication! Tongue

Another nice review, and a lovely brush. Which I don't need. Really. *bites knuckle*

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 04-12-2012, 12:00 PM
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(04-12-2012, 11:40 AM)Songwind Wrote:
Quote:This rarity arrived yesterday from Portugal,thanks to my friend Miguel and also after bein in the mail for 3 months!!! (it was sent the 10/01/2012....)

Shipped from the future? Now that's dedication! Tongue

Another nice review, and a lovely brush. Which I don't need. Really. *bites knuckle*

No, It was shipped from the past. Oh, you guys don't know how to write a date in a proper format! Laughing1 It surely was 10.Jan.2012

(04-12-2012, 10:19 AM)Teiste Wrote: So what happened,why a Semogue 1550 with a wooden handle?Well,it seems that the artisan who used to make the 1550 handles retired earlier than expected and without saying anything to Mr Gomes,who had previously made the boar knots to go on those handles,and out of the blue,no more 1550 acrilyc handles.So what was the solution?To use handles with some shapes easily recognized by the Semogue lovers like the 1800/1305/1250 handle style or even the old 2000 handle style,as some Portuguese guys from http://www.barbearclassico.com founded recently (is that right Oversaturn?

Exactly! But my 1550's have a loft of 50mm, instead of 55mm. Is yours bigger, Teiste? Huh

Miguel, a member of the Portuguese forum, is a professional photographer, and took some excellent pictures of this brush:

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And here's the most recent find on this: it seems that Mr Gomes used other wooden handles besides that one, Teiste... another member of barbearclassico found this one on the city of Evora, Portugal:W00t

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This time, with the handle similar to the 2000 model! Perhaps the most ergonomic handle in the entire Semogue line, IMHO.

And in this photo shows the two 1550 with wooden handles side by side:

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 04-12-2012, 12:08 PM
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  • Songwind
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Quote:No, It was shipped from the past. Oh, you guys don't know how to write a date in a proper format! It surely was 10.Jan.2012

Oh no! I usually try to be more cognizant that this board isn't a CONUS playground. Heh. Smile

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