04-19-2012, 06:22 PM
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1) Brush right out of the box

   

2) Brush in hand...I love the way the cherry handle looks and feels. No sticker, but an engraved logo.

   

3) Pre-bloom density check. The brush is maybe not the densest brush on the market, but plenty dense.

   

4) Here is one of the test lathers I made. This was with E-Shave Avocado & Linden shaving soap. I made a couple more with this soap and then shampooed the brush twice. When making lather in my palm, the tips of the hair didn't seem all the scritchy like I feared they might be. It actually reminded me of the "best badger" hair in my Simpsons Rover more than the other 2-band brushes I have, in terms of softness. There was some badger funk, but it wasn't too bad. About 10 hairs were lost during the first 2 test latherings (before shampooing) but then no more after that. I don't think this is a shedder...it probably just wasn't combed out enough at the factory. I've had this happen with other brushes before, btw (big brands too).

   

5) Post-bloom density check

   

6) The handle is very ergonomic. This is a regular grip

   

7) Pencil grip

   

8) Here is brush with my other 2-bands. Notice that the tips of the brush have brownish color to them, similar to "best badger" over the white-ish tips of the other 2-bands.

   

9) Here is the SOC badger with my Simpsons Tulip 3 Super 2-band. You can see that the hair looks different, especially in the color of the tips. This is clearly a different "type" of hair than the other 2-band brushes I have. Not saying it's bad, just different.

Looking forward to shaving with this brush tomorrow.

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 04-19-2012, 06:28 PM
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  • Johnny
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Nice review and nice pictures. I might have to add one of these to my list someday. Right now I'm enjoying my two SOC boars just to much.

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 04-19-2012, 06:47 PM
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Nice! I look forward to your post-shave thoughts.

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 04-19-2012, 06:47 PM
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I actually have an SOC boar on the way also, but it hasn't arrived yet.

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 04-19-2012, 07:15 PM
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Lovely photos. I Like how you compared the SOC badger to other two bands and pointed out the difference in hair.

I too look forward to your future comments on the brush.

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 04-19-2012, 09:48 PM
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  • Teiste
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Well,I have the first SOC badger which was made (as well as some protos of it) and I say that for its price it beats many two band badger brushes out there.
Give it a couple uses or make lather with it like 10 times on a bowl (or even palm lathering) and it would be ready to provide you excellent lather every time you use it.
Enjoy it.

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 04-20-2012, 12:18 PM
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  • Balj86
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I love my SOC 2Band. I do like it a lot more than my 2011 LE Fbadger1 which I recently sold off. Also before using it for face lathering, I did the steps as what Teiste mentioned about to break it in a little. After doing so the hair is softer. Also I do wish the tips were a little more whiter too, but I don't think I can do anything to change that!

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 04-20-2012, 12:47 PM
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The SOC cherry wood handle is beautiful. I have the SOC boar brush with the cherry wood handle, and it's one of my favorites. Looks like your badger hair knot is bloomimg nicely.

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 04-20-2012, 02:21 PM
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I used the brush today and it performed very well. Solid backbone with fine flow-through.

Anyway, whipped up a nice lather with Cella and wasn't too scritchy on my face. It did have a teeny amount of scritch, but it was fine...I'm fairly sensitive to scritch, btw.

Looking forward to using this brush and having it soften up slighty...though it's quite alright where it is at now.

What I want to know is, when will Semogue come out with another limited or SOC brush that has 3-band Silvertip hair?

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 04-20-2012, 05:27 PM
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Nice write-up on the Semogue!

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 04-21-2012, 06:38 AM
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  • Snuff
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Thanks for sharing, I don't have many brushes but the SOC is probably one of my best. Considering the price - quality, a brush I would dare to recommend to people who start wet shaving. IMHO the SOC gets even better after a few months of use.

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 04-21-2012, 08:08 AM
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  • Howler
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Great looking brush.

Semogue brushes are great whether they are boar or badger. Nice pictures and a great review.
I prefer the Semogue boars.

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 04-23-2012, 11:15 AM
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I used the brush again today and it seemed scritchier than the last time for some reason. Weird. Maybe it was the thickness of my lather...no idea. Anyway,the scritch isn't too bad, but I do hope it will soften up as I use it more. Will probably give it another go the day after tomorrow.

Even like it is now, it's more comfortable than the horsehair brush I tried that was just too scritchy for me.

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 04-23-2012, 11:44 AM
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  • Brent
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(04-20-2012, 12:47 PM)wknicholas Wrote: The SOC cherry wood handle is beautiful. I have the SOC boar brush with the cherry wood handle, and it's one of my favorites. Looks like your badger hair knot is bloomimg nicely.

I also have the SOC Cherry Boar. Those handles are really nice looking and at least for me (long fingers/big hands) it is very ergonomic.

And if I'm not mistaken, the price is very attractive for a 2 band brush.

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 04-27-2012, 08:33 AM
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Used the brush again today and it performed very well. I made a conscious effort to keep my lather very well hydrated and dipped the tips more this time before lathering up. The result was more scrub with very little scritch. I think the key to preventing this brush from getting too scritchy is to make sure your lather and the bristles stay well hydrated. Or course that is pretty much the case with any brush, yet this one (and perhaps some of my other two band brushes) seems to be a little more sensitive to it than a typical 3-band silvertip.

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 04-27-2012, 10:01 AM
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(04-27-2012, 08:33 AM)cvac Wrote: Used the brush again today and it performed very well. I made a conscious effort to keep my lather very well hydrated and dipped the tips more this time before lathering up. The result was more scrub with very little scritch. I think the key to preventing this brush from getting too scritchy is to make sure your lather and the bristles stay well hydrated. Or course that is pretty much the case with any brush, yet this one (and perhaps some of my other two band brushes) seems to be a little more sensitive to it than a typical 3-band silvertip.

I've only used my SOC 2-band a couple times but I do agree with you on this point about the tips needing to stay hydrated. Great brush!

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