03-03-2014, 04:25 PM
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Since reading a number of positive reviews, I ordered one of the SOC boars. Semogues are my favorites so I know this will be a keeper. Displayed with Personna Reds, Gillette Long Handle Super Speed, and a Georgetown Pottery G4 scuttle. I understand this boar breaks in with an awesome bloom.

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 03-03-2014, 04:29 PM
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  • Lutebro
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Very nice brush! Love the Georgetown scuttle. They do amazing work!

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 03-03-2014, 04:39 PM
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I'm a Semogue lover myself but could not get along with this brush no matter how hard I tried. It is a gorgeous brush though and great value. Enjoy!

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 03-03-2014, 04:50 PM
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(03-03-2014, 04:39 PM)fbones24 Wrote: I'm a Semogue lover myself but could not get along with this brush no matter how hard I tried. It is a gorgeous brush though and great value. Enjoy!

Just wait until it bloooooms Smile
I was NOT a fan until maybe the 25th-30th use...
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 03-03-2014, 06:11 PM
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The SOC has become my favorite boar. I like the splay, which you will begin to see after only the first use. I never use any accelerated breaking in process with boars, preferring to just use them in the ordinary course and letting them break in gradually. Be patient with the brush and you'll see why the SOC is one of the most liked boars.

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 03-03-2014, 08:44 PM
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Man, those brushes have a beautiful bloom! Enjoy your new Portuguese brush! Biggrin

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 03-04-2014, 03:15 AM
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(03-03-2014, 06:11 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: The SOC has become my favorite boar. I like the splay, which you will begin to see after only the first use. I never use any accelerated breaking in process with boars, preferring to just use them in the ordinary course and letting them break in gradually. Be patient with the brush and you'll see why the SOC is one of the most liked boars.

Ricardo,

I would never use a "brush break-in accelerator". Guess I am from the old school but it is neat to just use the brush and see nature take over. I have Semogue boars - 1438, 1305, 2000, and one of the new Barbear Classico Cerdas. Except for the Cerda, all are nicely broken in with nice blooms. The BC Cerda is coming along nicely. Thanks much for the words.

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 03-04-2014, 10:00 AM
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  • v4257
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SOC lovers: Could you please compare this brush with Omega boars and/or your other Semogue boars?

My Omega 48 is my fav brush to date and I wonder how it would compare to a SOC boar...

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 03-04-2014, 10:17 AM
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I am a big fan of Semogue boar brushes, much more so than Omega. The SOC was just too big for me, the quality and quantity of bristles was great, but the darn thing went nearly from nose to ear on my face when splayed. Fortunately Semogue offers several different sizes and qualities of bristle to choose from and I have narrowed it down to a half dozen. I plan to further whittle down the selection as I choose my favorites, but it is very hard to do as each brush has its own characteristics that I have grown to enjoy.

v4257: Both the SOC and Omega 48 are very large boar brushes and I have owned both. The SOC splays out more so that the brush isn't as scrubby as the 48, yet the tips of the Semogue are a tad softer. The 48 will break in and loosen up a bit, but will not get to the balance of backbone/softness that the SOC offers. Both are good, the SOC is more to my preference, but both were too big to keep around.

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 03-04-2014, 02:29 PM
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(03-04-2014, 10:00 AM)v4257 Wrote: SOC lovers: Could you please compare this brush with Omega boars and/or your other Semogue boars?

My Omega 48 is my fav brush to date and I wonder how it would compare to a SOC boar...

The only Omega brush I have is the Mighty Midget which is a boar/badger mix so it may not count for comparing. It is a great little brush for face lathering. Back to the Semogues.

I have:
1305
2000
1438
1520
Italian Barber (the red/green/white handle version)
Barbear Classico LE Cerda
Owners Club
(A 1800 on order)

Each one is fantastic and fun to use. I generally use hard soaps; however, the 1305 is well broken in and is nice with creams.

Hopefully we have some Omega/Semogue owners who can give the Omega side.

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 03-04-2014, 02:32 PM
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It's that splay of the Semogues that turn me off from them to start with. I prefer Omegas. Their handles don't compare but I way prefer their knots. Much better.....imho. mileage may vary....

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 03-04-2014, 02:43 PM
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  • TheMonk
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The SOC is my favorite Boar brush thus far... but I'm waiting for the Omega R&B brush, so you never know. Biggrin

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 03-05-2014, 07:21 AM
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I own one Semogue brush, the Italian Barber special edition (basically the 1305) one. It's fantastic. One of the two brushes I use most shaves.

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 12-05-2014, 09:14 PM
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Could someone tell me how the Semogue SOC is for bowl lathering? I know a lot of guys like it for face lathering but how about bowl lathering?

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 12-05-2014, 09:19 PM
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1250. Nothing else to say. Superb.

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 12-06-2014, 02:47 AM
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(12-05-2014, 09:14 PM)shave/brush Wrote: Could someone tell me how the Semogue SOC is for bowl lathering? I know a lot of guys like it for face lathering but how about bowl lathering?

It's got a very ergonomic and quite long handle, so it works very well for bowl lathering IMO.

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 12-06-2014, 06:33 AM
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(12-05-2014, 09:14 PM)shave/brush Wrote: Could someone tell me how the Semogue SOC is for bowl lathering? I know a lot of guys like it for face lathering but how about bowl lathering?

I've used it for face and bowl lathering, and find it does well at both. The handle and loft should make it particularly good for bowl lathering, and the knot has good flow.

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 12-06-2014, 08:09 AM
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Thanks for your comments. So you both feel it does make a good lather when bowl lathering.

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 12-06-2014, 08:39 AM
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(03-04-2014, 10:00 AM)v4257 Wrote: SOC lovers: Could you please compare this brush with Omega boars and/or your other Semogue boars?

I have 2 Semogue brushes and 7 Omega brushes.
Semogue: take long for breaking and supposed after that period hold enough lather for 3 passes
Beautiful handles although a little bit higher than we are used here in Europe from other brands,nice logo and ring and the most pretty bloom in Boar brushes.
Omega: have cheap simple handles,they don't bloom so much but they work as they come out from the box,hold enough lather for your shaving.
The knot is pushed in the handle,a characteristic collar in the knot,an easy to reknot-rehandle brushes.
Omega are cheaper in price than Semogue.

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 12-06-2014, 09:58 AM
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(12-06-2014, 02:47 AM)TheMonk Wrote:
(12-05-2014, 09:14 PM)shave/brush Wrote: Could someone tell me how the Semogue SOC is for bowl lathering? I know a lot of guys like it for face lathering but how about bowl lathering?

It's got a very ergonomic and quite long handle, so it works very well for bowl lathering IMO.
+1

Actually, I use the SOC with a scuttle so I get bowl lathering plus warm lather.Biggrin

Ed

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