11-08-2013, 04:02 PM
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I've been wetshaving for a few years. I've owned a few Simpsons (including the coveted LE Eagle in Best), three Rooneys (including the famous gel-tipped Heritage Stubby 2XL, and a Finest), the well-regarded Muhle synthetic, a few Vie-Longs, some beautiful Rudy Vey restorations, and a few less-expensive brushes (Whipped Dog, Shea Moisture, and a Tweezerman) - and the Semogues are basically the only brushes that are a permanent part of the rotation.

Currently I'm working on a puck of MWF, aka "The Fat." It's legendary for being tricky to load. Semogue boars don't care - even the modest 2030B makes perfect lather, and it's around $15 shipped from Vintage Scent.

My favorites currently are the SOC Boar in Cherry, and the 2012 LE (sister to the Caravela.) They are my "desert island" brushes.

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 11-08-2013, 04:18 PM
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  • tgutc
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I agree. If I had to choose one brush maker it would be Semogue. My favorite badger brush is the Semogue SOC 2 Band. My favorite boar is the Semogue 1800.

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 11-08-2013, 04:40 PM
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I love them too. My SBAD has been subsiding and my 1438 is the cause. When I'm looking at a potential new brush, I ask myself whether it does anything that my broken-in 1438 can't do, and the answer invariably is "no." I even like the painted wooden handle.


- Josh -

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 11-08-2013, 05:26 PM
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  • Teiste
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They are great brush indeed.I have been shaving with this beauty for the last week :

[Image: DSC_0015-01.JPG?m=1383323949]

and what a superb brush is ! As well as the LE 2010 , the foroafeitado Caravela and 2013 LE , the SOC boar , the 1800/1250/1305....

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 11-08-2013, 06:02 PM
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Being Portuguese, I would have to agree they are the best boar brushes there are.

Wow, Teiste, I would love to try that beautiful brush out!! Biggrin

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 11-08-2013, 06:17 PM
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An interesting perspective. I have never used a Semogue (or any other boar brush), but I also have never had any trouble whatsoever building lather with any soaps - including MWF - with my vintage Simpsons and Rooneys.

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 11-08-2013, 06:25 PM
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Semogue makes some superb brushes and IMHO the very best boar brushes on the market. What's great about this is that you are completely content with it and that will be reflected in your shaves. May you enjoy your Semogues for decades!

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 11-09-2013, 12:11 AM
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  • Snuff
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Others might disagree about Semogue being the best brush maker, that being said they are the only ones that seem to stay permanently in my den.

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 11-09-2013, 12:56 AM
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(11-08-2013, 05:26 PM)Teiste Wrote: They are great brush indeed.I have been shaving with this beauty for the last week :

[Image: DSC_0015-01.JPG?m=1383323949]

and what a superb brush is ! As well as the LE 2010 , the foroafeitado Caravela and 2013 LE , the SOC boar , the 1800/1250/1305....

Like you Teiste, I was lucky enough to get these latest offering from: Semogue/Vintage Scent. One finest Two band the other 3 band SilverTip.

As yet not used……….. I would love too hear your thought's on the Two Band !!!

Charles U.K

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 11-09-2013, 01:04 AM
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  • ben74
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I've owned more than a few hundred badger brushes, from all the prominent brush makers. I've since condensed my collection to predominately Simpson Manchurian, followed by Plisson HMW, then M&F Blonde Badger and Rooney Heritage. I do not own any boar brushes. I've owned Kent, Shavemac, Muhle, EJ, TI, Coates, Vie Long, Vulfix and Omega to name a few others, but in an attempt to rationalise my collection, they haven't been retained.

Semogue is the only other brush manufacturer that features in my collection now, with the Mistura being my preferred offering. Other than the Simpson Phyl, the only brushes I'm currently hoping to acquire are all Semogues...

"The Best" is always a subjective term dictated by personal preference. Semogue is certainly gaining increased attention, which IMO it richly deserves. However, other manufacturers that have an entirely in-house production still have an edge. An example is handles, which I'm lead to believe Semogue outsource and as is definitely the case with the brushes that Charles and Teiste are currently enjoying, this makes demand more difficult to meet. This results in a reduced experience for the wider shaving community, but as with M&F this is unlikely to lessen their appeal, but will perhaps delay broadening the view held by a growing number including the OP.

Regardless I'm still hoping for a few more Semogues!

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 11-09-2013, 01:22 AM
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One of my favourite manufactures.

I love the style in the handles and the way they conduct business, classy and gentlemanly.

About time they get a bit of fan boy recognition!

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 11-09-2013, 01:58 AM
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  • TheMonk
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I've said this before: Semogue is, to me, the best boar manufacturer out there.
Also, considering some more recent badger brushes like the ForoAfeitado 2013 and the Horn Semogues in Selected Silvertip and 2-Band, it's aiming for a top spot when it comes to badger manufacturers. In fact, I have to say that the current favourite brush in my rotation is the Semogue Selected Silvertip.

I do, however, agree with Ben that outsourcing the production of the handles is a disadvantage in terms of availability and sometimes quality, but the fact is that Semogue remains is a very small company, and currently does not have the capability to manufacture the handles.

Regards.

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 11-09-2013, 04:01 AM
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  • tgutc
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Are the two bands sold out? I do not see this brush on Vintage Scent. What is the model number?



(11-09-2013, 12:56 AM)whatmorebrushs Wrote:
(11-08-2013, 05:26 PM)Teiste Wrote: They are great brush indeed.I have been shaving with this beauty for the last week :

[Image: DSC_0015-01.JPG?m=1383323949]

and what a superb brush is ! As well as the LE 2010 , the foroafeitado Caravela and 2013 LE , the SOC boar , the 1800/1250/1305....

Like you Teiste, I was lucky enough to get these latest offering from: Semogue/Vintage Scent. One finest Two band the other 3 band SilverTip.

As yet not used……….. I would love too hear your thought's on the Two Band !!!

Charles U.K

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 11-09-2013, 04:33 AM
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  • Mouser
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Let me first say that I am humbled by the knowledge, experience and acquisitions of all the other members here. I really am. I sometimes feel like the kid who ends up with a seat at the grown-ups table at Christmas dinner.
But, having said that....I've used a few boars in my short wet shaving life and I have a definite opinion on this. I like Omegas boar knots the best. Their handles are for shutzka, but their knots are unmatched..........in my very, very, humble opinion.

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 11-09-2013, 05:30 AM
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(11-09-2013, 01:04 AM)ben74 Wrote: Semogue is the only other brush manufacturer that features in my collection now, with the Mistura being my preferred offering. Other than the Simpson Phyl, the only brushes I'm currently hoping to acquire are all Semogues...

Regardless I'm still hoping for a few more Semogues!

Whoa. Ben? Smile

After some time trying many different brushes have realized that I could be more than happy with only having the mixed-knot Semogue in my den.

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 11-09-2013, 06:58 AM
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YMMV. There are those that prefer Semogue, and those that are wrong.

LOL

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 11-09-2013, 08:38 AM
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  • TheMonk
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(11-09-2013, 04:01 AM)tgutc Wrote: Are the two bands sold out? I do not see this brush on Vintage Scent. What is the model number?

There is no model number (nor name, actually), the 2-band and the selected silvertip are both special (and pretty unique) brushes. Winky
They are currently unavailable, but I believe there will be a few more available soon... but in VERY limited units.


(11-09-2013, 06:58 AM)Aimsport Wrote: YMMV. There are those that prefer Semogue, and those that are wrong.

LOL

Cheers

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 11-09-2013, 07:01 PM
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(11-09-2013, 06:58 AM)Aimsport Wrote: YMMV. There are those that prefer Semogue, and those that are wrong.
LOL

what's wrong is that semogue "splay"

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 11-09-2013, 08:14 PM
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My next brush will be a Semogue (boar).

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 11-09-2013, 08:52 PM
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I've tried several Semogue brushes, with all sorts of knots and handles. They're all awesome! The 4 left standing (out of my 6 brushes, the other 2 being Rooneys) are the '11 LE Boar sz 2, SOC boar, '11 LE badger sz 1, and the caravela.
I wish they'd offer more resin handled models, however I do love the look of the wooden handles w/ or w/o the paint job.. I just prefer more heft.

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