04-13-2012, 01:21 PM
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This thing is a monster Shok! I picked one up with a red handle at a local shop yesterday. This is my first boar brush and, so far, I'm pretty impressed. I haven't used it on my face yet, but, in an effort to break it in a little, I've done a few bowl and palm lathers and the results have been promising. I'm looking forward to giving it a proper go tomorrow. I just hope it doesn't swallow my face wholeTongue!

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 04-13-2012, 02:03 PM
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  • Teiste
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I checkec that one too last week locally,and yes,its a monster of a boar brush,but was designed for barbershops,so I can see why is so big.
I should have bought it too.Well,on my next trip I will.I like it with the black handle better than the red one though.

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 04-13-2012, 02:09 PM
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It will take a week or two to break in and reach potential, but then it will be a champ. Once you get used to a large brush, you wont want to use anything else.

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 04-13-2012, 02:27 PM
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I love the Omega '49. It's an excellent value for money, and it keeps getting better as it breaks in.

Nice buy! Smile

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 04-13-2012, 02:32 PM
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(04-13-2012, 02:09 PM)PanChango Wrote: It will take a week or two to break in and reach potential, but then it will be a champ. Once you get used to a large brush, you wont want to use anything else.

I'm looking forward to it. It's already become noticeably softer after just a few latherings.

I'm definitely gravitating toward larger brushes these days. My Chubby 2 was somewhat of a revelation in that regard.

(04-13-2012, 02:27 PM)yohannrjm Wrote: I love the Omega '49. It's an excellent value for money, and it keeps getting better as it breaks in.

Nice buy! Smile

Thanks! I'm impressed by the quality. Definitely a good value.

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 04-13-2012, 03:18 PM
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(04-13-2012, 02:09 PM)PanChango Wrote: It will take a week or two to break in and reach potential, but then it will be a champ. Once you get used to a large brush, you wont want to use anything else.

Strangely, I did get fed up of large brushes. For many months, I used really large brushes, but then I decided to try smaller ones again. I got fed up of the amount of lather the large ones ate.

I now use a Simpson Case a lot of the time. Not large at all.

You can always go back. Wink

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 04-13-2012, 03:57 PM
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  • Johnny
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I have both the Omega 10005 and the Pro 49 and they are excellent brushes. They are my backup boars to my Semogue brushes.

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 04-13-2012, 05:18 PM
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When I used a boar, the Omega 49 was my weapon of choice. Best cheap brush ever!!

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 04-13-2012, 08:05 PM
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I got a Pro 49 a few Weeks ago, and it has become my go-to brush.

And imagine, the 48 is even bigger. Eyepop

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 04-14-2012, 05:04 AM
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(04-13-2012, 08:05 PM)Songwind Wrote: I got a Pro 49 a few Weeks ago, and it has become my go-to brush.

And imagine, the 48 is even bigger. Eyepop

If I ever feel the need to do a full-body shave, I'll check out the 48Smile

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 04-14-2012, 05:17 AM
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  • Dave
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I bought the synthetic version of this to help with my Boar Brush withdrawals (The 290049) and Ill be darned if it doesn't make great lather too.

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 04-14-2012, 05:39 AM
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Just had my first shave with the Omega. Though it seems better suited for bowl-lathering, I almost exclusively face-lather, so that's what I did this morning. It performed admirably. It whipped up a lovely lather in no time and, the face-feel, while it is very different from my badgers', is pleasant in its own way. This brush will be in my rotation among others that cost more than 10 times as much. Good stuff.

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 04-14-2012, 05:55 AM
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I have the 49 and the 48 series and they do whip up lather as good as any badger I've used and they're more comfortable than some badger brushes I've used.

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 04-14-2012, 07:48 AM
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I'm not a fan of large brushes so the 49 is of no interest. I also prefer good badger over boar (finally got rid of the Semogue 1305 that some seem to love) but Omega includes a little brush with a kit including a tub of their excellent soap that's very decent. Face lathering types would probably love it.

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 04-14-2012, 08:44 AM
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(04-14-2012, 05:55 AM)Williams Warrior Wrote: I have the 49 and the 48 series and they do whip up lather as good as any badger I've used and they're more comfortable than some badger brushes I've used.

I was under the impression that boar brushes would be a little prickly, but I didn't feel any pricklyness this morning. It's a lot nicer than pure badger IMO.

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 04-14-2012, 09:38 AM
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(04-14-2012, 08:44 AM)OckhamsRazor Wrote:
(04-14-2012, 05:55 AM)Williams Warrior Wrote: I have the 49 and the 48 series and they do whip up lather as good as any badger I've used and they're more comfortable than some badger brushes I've used.

I was under the impression that boar brushes would be a little prickly, but I didn't feel any pricklyness this morning. It's a lot nicer than pure badger IMO.

Prickliness of a new boar brush depends on the make and model, I'm sure. However, once the tips start splitting and those big bristles turn into a cluster of little hairlets at the end, it's very soft on your face.

And a good quality brush with mostly tips (as opposed to clipped bristles) is pretty pleasant even before the tips split. Just not cloud-soft like a wet silvertip. Smile

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 04-14-2012, 12:26 PM
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Mike,
Congrats, but if you face lather, then the Semogue 830 is a very nice little brush that works beautifully.
Good luck.

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 04-14-2012, 12:44 PM
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(04-14-2012, 12:26 PM)celestino Wrote: Mike,
Congrats, but if you face lather, then the Semogue 830 is a very nice little brush that works beautifully.
Good luck.

Thanks for the suggestion. Now that I've gotten my feet wet with boars, a Semogue certainly seems like the next logical step Biggrin.

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 04-15-2012, 06:02 AM
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After reading this, it looks like it's time to give the Semogues a break and finally try an Omega.

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 04-15-2012, 12:31 PM
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Nice choice Mike.
Favorite Boar Omega, Semogue are just as good but for some reason I can't define the Omega brand has it.
Having said that I choose a 830 for today's shave......mmm....take no notice of what I writeBiggrin

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