09-15-2013, 06:46 PM
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My only boar so far has been the Omega 10066 which I have enjoyed. Trying to decide between these two for my next brush. I generally prefer the natural color bristles of the 1250, but could live with the dyed 1800 if it's a better performer. Does the dyeing of the bristles do anything to improve them, or is it just cosmetic?
Any other factors that differentiate these brushes?Tahnks

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 09-15-2013, 07:58 PM
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The dye is purely cosmetic.
The 1800 has Premium 90% tops.
The 1250 has White Best 90% tops.
It really depends on what you prefer, but I find the Premium Tops softer than the Whites; not by a great deal, though, but just my preference. Both are fine brushes and very enjoyable.
Good luck.

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 09-15-2013, 08:02 PM
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  • beartrap
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The dye only makes a perfectly good boar brush look unnatural IMHO.

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 09-15-2013, 08:52 PM
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(09-15-2013, 08:02 PM)beartrap Wrote: The dye only makes a perfectly good boar brush look unnatural IMHO.

+1 I also much prefer the natural look. I guess I just like blondes......in boar that is.Biggrin

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 09-16-2013, 12:20 AM
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  • Teiste
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I have both of them and will go for the 1800 , if you only facelather , and the 1250 if you facelather and bowl lather.

The 1800 has a stronger backbone , but the tips arent as soft as the 1250 , which tips are soft as the 1305 but less backbone than the 1800.

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 09-16-2013, 12:40 AM
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  • ischiapp
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Never thought to the third choice: 1305 Tongue
As you can read all three have same size.
http://shavenook.com/thread-semogue-boar-grades
Not same quality
1305 - Premium 90% Tops
1250 - Best 90% Tops
1800 - Extra 75% mixed Premium 90%
And prices are quite the same Biggrin
http://www.oportoonlineshop.com/semogue

I have 1305 and it is a little dream.
Really better than my other little boar Omega 10077 (22x50mm)
After a dozen of shaves has had a nice blooming, and the tops (nicely soft just at the first use) are getting really pleasant.
Just take care of the handle, painting is a little delicate (as all painted wood Semogue handles!! Wink)

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 09-16-2013, 12:59 AM
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I think I may have mentioned this somewhere else, but I have the 1250 which was a great brush...except mine was a shedder. I upgraded to the SOC boar and have not looked back.

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 09-16-2013, 02:20 AM
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Semogue 1800 good stiffness and soap works well.

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 09-16-2013, 03:10 AM
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Of my vast collection of semogue boars (and other brands as well), the Semogue 1800 brush is one of my favourite boar brushes. It is somewhat similar to the 1250 and 1305, but the knot is made of a mix of bristle hairs - Extra 75% mixed with Premium 90%.

This gives it a little more backbone, which makes it an excellent tool for dealing with hard soaps, either in a bowl or in facelathering. The wooden handle is a nice touch also, and it is very ergonomic.

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 09-16-2013, 03:19 AM
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Have a number of Semogues, but the 1800 hits a sweet spot for me.

And, yes, I think the paint does affect the way water interacts with the brush, and adds tiny bit of backbone.

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 09-16-2013, 06:47 AM
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So,I now understand that the 1800 has more backbone than the 1250. Does the 1250 have enough backbone for both bowl and face lathering and applying lather with circular strokes?

On the other hand, does the 1800's stronger backbone allow enough splay for circular strokes?

Can anyone compare the backbone of the 1250 and 1800 to the backbone of the Omega 10066? Thanks

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 09-18-2013, 07:47 PM
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1250, TRUST ME!

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 09-19-2013, 01:23 AM
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(09-16-2013, 06:47 AM)Ramsay Wrote: So,I now understand that the 1800 has more backbone than the 1250. Does the 1250 have enough backbone for both bowl and face lathering and applying lather with circular strokes?
I don't have that particular brush in my collection (one of the few Semogues that I've not tried yet), but for the experience that I have with similar models, I believe that yes, it will have enough backbone to do that.

(09-16-2013, 06:47 AM)Ramsay Wrote: On the other hand, does the 1800's stronger backbone allow enough splay for circular strokes?

Absolutely. It is one of the most versatile brushes that I've tried so far, and a personal favourite for me. It's a great brush, specially with hard soaps.

(09-16-2013, 06:47 AM)Ramsay Wrote: Can anyone compare the backbone of the 1250 and 1800 to the backbone of the Omega 10066? Thanks

Unfortunately, I don't have that specific Omega model. However, I do have an Omega 11126 and it behaves very much like a Semogue 1800, with slight differences due to the different nature of the Semogue and Omega bristles.

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 09-19-2013, 03:13 AM
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 09-19-2013, 04:52 PM
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Yes, the 1250 has enough backbone to lather as you describe. The 1800 feels more compact on the face and has more backbone. Similar comparison between the (best) 610 and the (extra) 620. All great brushes, to be sure, I just favor the performance of the banded ones for the reasons I described.

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