07-12-2013, 04:20 AM
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  • Coyote
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I have recently started with the VDH Deluxe Kit. I would like to add a bit better boar brush. A few I am looking at are the Vulfix 404 Mixed Badger and Boar, the Omega 49, Omega Professional, Semogue 1305 or 1470, or any suggestions from y'all for an under $50 boar or mixed brush? Or a badger under $50?

Thanks..........

Bob

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 07-12-2013, 04:30 AM
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I highly recommend the Omega Badger & Blade Essential Boar available only at West Coast Shaving. The cost is $20 plus postage. Up until I bought one of these brushes I scoffed at boar and snobily decided that badger was the only one for me. How wrong I was. This brush can hold its own against my 10 badgers. I lather only on my face and use creams predominantly and I find this boar well nigh perfect. It has great face-feel, soft tips and firm, flexible shafts; it makes thick and slick lather and more than enough for 3 passes without re-loading; lather flow through is unimpeded for all 3 passes. I don't think you could go wrong by purchasing this brush.

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 07-12-2013, 04:43 AM
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The Omega is nice, but it is really big at 27mm. Still, a nice choice. Maybe the best value for money available is the B&B essential for 20$ at WCS:

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It is out of stock, at the moment IIRC.

The Semogues are nice; as for handles I would suggest a plexi as it is much more water resistant. E.g. 610, 810 or 820. Quoting Teiste's pic:

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My choice though would be the SOC boar, around 25 euro's (30$ or so):

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An interesting alternative is the 30$ Bullgoose JL Petree:

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And there's also new synthetics! At Bullgoose, the renowned 23mm is only 54$:

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My 2 cts!

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 07-12-2013, 04:48 AM
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Go for the SOC Boar. It's a very versatile brush, and excels in every aspect.

It is, IMO, probably the best boar available in the market.

And, also important, meets your budget.

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 07-12-2013, 05:12 AM
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Great input and suggestions. I really appreciate the help.

Bob

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 07-12-2013, 05:39 AM
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Bob, my personal opinion after using all the brushes mentioned in this thread is to go for a custom with a "The Golden Nib" (Omega) boar knot (my favorite is the 22x50mm knot). You could put together your own brush using a vintage handle or have Steve (Oscar11), Bob (Eskimo, Elite Razor) or Rudy Vey make you a custom brush with that knot (custom option would put it pretty close or possibly over $50 for a boar knot).

If you want a ready-made brush, I would recommend the Semogue 1800 for it's better backbone compared to the SOC and 1305 with tips that are just as soft once broken in, which doesn't take long.

Overall, I prefer the Omega knot but the Semogue handles. Both makes are fantastic, though.

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 07-12-2013, 05:42 AM
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(07-12-2013, 04:43 AM)wimbouman Wrote: Maybe the best value for money available is the B&B essential for 20$ at WCS:

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It is out of stock, at the moment IIRC.

Sadly it almost always is. I think they should settle on ONE color and only produce that. The entire point of the brush was to provide a excellent boar brush available at a great price and not a limited edition.
In my opinion the constant color changing is just a sneaky way to make them a limited edition of sorts and prey on folks SBAD causing them to devour stock every single time a new color is released. Dodgy

Anyway, I'd recommend the Semogue 1800..it is a great all round face and bowl lathering brush with great backbone and very soft tips.

The best price is $19 shipping included here at Vintage Scent, but it will take 7-14 days to arrive as it is direct from Portugal where they are made.

West Coast Shaving here in the states has it for $23 shipping included and their service is excellent.

Good luck and enjoy which ever brush you choose!

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 07-12-2013, 09:03 AM
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Do yourself a favor and skip all the gateway boar brushes and get the Semogue SOC Boar Brush. The King of all that is Boar Bristles. I also recommend the Cherrywood Handle over the Ashwood because the darker cherry color looks nicer with the pale bristles.

Get one quick stateside from Phil at Bullgoose Shaving http://www.Bullgooseshaving.net

Or save some money and get one factory direct from Portugal through Vintage Scent http://www.VintageScent.com

Why did I take the time to write this longer than average post?

You tell me after using your SOC Boar!

The only Boar Brush to make Badger Boys kick the Badger to the curb with ease.

Brooke Biggrin

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 07-12-2013, 10:30 AM
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Bob,

While I cannot disagree with any of the suggestions above, I would highly recommend the Vulfix 404 Grosvenor badger/boar mix. I like them enough to have three of them in my seven day rotation.

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 07-12-2013, 10:59 AM
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i agree on the Vulfix 404 Grosvenor it really surprised me on how good it really is

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 07-17-2013, 10:33 AM
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I just received an Omega 10066 from Phil at Bullgoose. I have several on the "List" to try in the next few months including the Semogue SOC, Vulfix Grosvenor 404, and either the Muhle 31K252-Silvertip Fiber or Edwin Jagger Synthetic. Thanks again for all the help and encouragement!

Bob

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 07-17-2013, 06:42 PM
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Bob, that's a great pick, too. Out of "The List" you mentioned, that Omega is the one I would have recommended getting first. But then, these days I prefer Omega boar knots over almost everything.

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 07-18-2013, 05:40 AM
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Tom-I am also starting to look at a custom and/or a "restore". This is dangerous.......

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 07-18-2013, 06:24 AM
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Bob, don't know if you read my review on the Omega Premium line of brushes, but I would highly recommend you try one.

You can read it HERE

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 07-18-2013, 06:44 AM
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Johnny, I just read it. You continue to be a very bad influence...........Dodgy

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 07-18-2013, 06:53 AM
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(07-18-2013, 06:44 AM)Coyote Wrote: Johnny, I just read it. You continue to be a very bad influence...........Dodgy

SBAD is stealthily creeping up on you and will soon have you in its thrall.Biggrin

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 07-18-2013, 08:05 AM
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The 10066 is a good choice, very nice knot and comfortable handle, It was my first decent brush after upgrading from the VDH boar.
I eventually donated it along with some blades/soaps to the 2012 Christmas PIF for some of our boys in Afghanistan..I assume it's still lathering up a storm wherever it is.

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 07-18-2013, 03:36 PM
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I shaved with the new Omega 10066 today after some washing and soaking yesterday. It lathered the soap up much easier than the VDH!

Tom-I am blaming this next item directly on you. I just won this Ever Ready a few minutes ago. It will be headed to Gary C. for renovation..........

Y'all are bad, just bad........... Biggrin

Bob

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 07-18-2013, 05:21 PM
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(07-18-2013, 03:36 PM)Coyote Wrote: I shaved with the new Omega 10066 today after some washing and soaking yesterday. It lathered the soap up much easier than the VDH!

Tom-I am blaming this next item directly on you. I just won this Ever Ready a few minutes ago. It will be headed to Gary C. for renovation..........

Y'all are bad, just bad........... Biggrin

Bob

Bob, I am honored to assume full responsibility! That's a fine looking handle. Have you decided on a knot?

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 07-18-2013, 05:43 PM
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Not yet, looking at the new TGN Synthetics?

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