06-21-2013, 12:52 PM
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  • Crag
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Hello All!

I have noticed since I started using Boar brushes that lathering is so much easier (and of better consistency) than with Badger Brushes. My prep time has been drastically reduced and I don't feel rushed in the morning when I shave as I used to. My routine is as follows:

I take a Marine Corps Shower - you Former Marines know what I'm talking about...Tongue

While I'm rinsing I fill my cup with hot water and drop in my brush for a 1-minute soak...
I top the soap with about a tea spoon of water (Hard soaps only), and shake out my brush.
I pour the residual water through my brush and re-shake it.
I load for 10 to 20 seconds - until the froth spills over the container walls
I go to my face to lather adding drops of water as I go...I lather using quick to and fro motions and occasionally swirl the foam back into the mix.

All in all it is about 2 minutes from brush soak to end of 1st pass, with enough lather left in the brush to shave like 6 guys...lol! After the my first pass I rinse and lather again mixing more water in if needed, (which I usually don't need).

With my badgers I was always going back to the soap after my third pass! Granted I never really had a super large Badger brush, and I prefered two-band brushes over super 3-bands so those could be contributing factors, too, but I have found that what used to take me 20 to 25 minutes now only takes about 15, and I make more passes now with more touch-ups and I'm not as rushed.

Case in point of why I think that boars are easier to lather and make better lather:

My wife has an injury that prevents her from bending way down, so I help her shave her legs. I used to have to reload two to three times using my Shavemac D01 2-band 24mm brush, but recently I used my Semogue Owners Club Boar and her favorite soap (Pre de Provence) and was surprised that I did not have to reload the soap at all! I lathered both her legs twice and made a bunch of touch-ups, too! Also, in case you are wondering, she is 5' 2", so while not incredibly tall, she is not overtly short, either. Angel

I really was amazed at how much lather was left in the brush even after all the passes and touch-ups! i suppose the bristle size and # of bristles has something to do with it..also I'm noticing that my boars are actually softer, yet with MUCH more back-bone than the badgers I have tried! I'm Hog Wild for sure! Piggy_214

Comments are welcome! Especially from you hardcore badger gents - I was one of you before being converted to the Way of the Hog!

Cheers!

Matt

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 06-21-2013, 01:25 PM
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  • Johnny
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Matt, I can't think of anything to add to this other than, Piggy_214HeartPiggy_214HeartPiggy_214HeartPiggy_214

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 06-21-2013, 01:27 PM
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I like boar, badger, and horse. Boars are stiffer, which makes them more abrasive and allows them to abrade the soap easier. The great thing about boars is that you will never pay more than $30 for one, not even a really amazing one with a super cool handle.

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 06-21-2013, 02:38 PM
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  • tgutc
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I use badger, boar, and horse and I too find boars easier to lather soaps and croaps. However, I prefer a badger with cream.

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 06-21-2013, 02:44 PM
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Matt, I've found myself on multiple occasions tottering on the edge of selling all my non-boar brushes...but I haven't. Yet.

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 06-21-2013, 03:50 PM
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I still have a special Badger in my den, my Simfix Grosvenor 2-band. That was my first 2-band brush and somehow it is special to me...

That said, I MUCH prefer the less expensive Boars!

(06-21-2013, 01:27 PM)Jabberwock Wrote: The great thing about boars is that you will never pay more than $30 for one, not even a really amazing one with a super cool handle.

That's the BEST part! Thanks for the comment!

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 06-21-2013, 04:03 PM
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Boars are nice to use on a Hard Soap and Badgers are best on a cream.

And with a Glycerin Soap ... you can use either.

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 06-21-2013, 05:48 PM
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(06-21-2013, 01:27 PM)Jabberwock Wrote: The great thing about boars is that you will never pay more than $30 for one, not even a really amazing one with a super cool handle.

The Semogue 2011 LE begs to differ. Biggrin

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 06-21-2013, 06:15 PM
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Limited Edition imports are the exception. Even those sorts of brushes are few and far between.

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 06-21-2013, 10:31 PM
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(06-21-2013, 02:44 PM)kentclark Wrote: Matt, I've found myself on multiple occasions tottering on the edge of selling all my non-boar brushes...but I haven't. Yet.

Same with me. It just works!

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 06-21-2013, 11:45 PM
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  • Teiste
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Just wait to try synthetics , bro (more boar is heading your way , I heard... Biggrin)

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 06-22-2013, 09:47 AM
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Synthetics huh. I've been out of touch for awhile, and now everyone is touting synthetics. Must be some new technology.

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 06-22-2013, 11:19 AM
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(06-21-2013, 11:45 PM)Teiste Wrote: Just wait to try synthetics , bro (more boar is heading your way , I heard... Biggrin)

Hey T,

hope you are well Smile

I have now witnessed you going away from badgers and even your beloved boar to go the vegan way, but do you really honestly think the Version 2 STF from Mühle outperforms the best high end badger brushes and the permium boar brushes for overall performance (latherability, face feel & flow through)?

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 06-22-2013, 11:32 AM
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I'm certainly a convert to Boar brushes, and my Semogue special 2012 Boar & Badger mix is probably my perfect brush.

Jamie.

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 06-22-2013, 12:09 PM
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(06-22-2013, 11:19 AM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(06-21-2013, 11:45 PM)Teiste Wrote: Just wait to try synthetics , bro (more boar is heading your way , I heard... Biggrin)

Hey T,

hope you are well Smile

I have now witnessed you going away from badgers and even your beloved boar to go the vegan way, but do you really honestly think the Version 2 STF from Mühle outperforms the best high end badger brushes and the permium boar brushes for overall performance (latherability, face feel & flow through)?

I dont want to hickjack the thread , but have you tried the 25 mm V 2.0 version ? If you do , let me know.

Boars are great brushes and Semogue/Omega make the best.

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 06-22-2013, 01:29 PM
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(06-21-2013, 04:03 PM)Grumpy Wrote: Boars are nice to use on a Hard Soap and Badgers are best on a cream.

And with a Glycerin Soap ... you can use either.

I'm a bit in this camp. In the dead of winter, with a scuttle, I use more creams. It workes pretty well with my 2 bands. Summer is for cold soap shaves. Nothing beats a boar.

I've tried horse and synthetic... Blank JMHO

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