03-21-2014, 11:22 AM
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  • ajc347
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The Semogue 2013 Special Edition brush has what Semogue term a Selected Silvertip knot and comes with a very attractive Olive wood handle.

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The stated specifications of the knot are 24/52. The specifications of the knot in the brush I received mirror this precisely (although 3mm of the loft is taken up by the metal ring so a loft of 49mm is a truer figure).


Review

I thought I'd try a different approach to reviewing this brush and look at comparing it directly to a number of other brushes I own in order to try and establish which brushes it is most similar to from a bowl lathering perspective (as I don't face lather).

Given this, I have compared it to the following brushes:

Shavemac 944 D01 3-band (25/56)
Shavemac 439 D01 3-band (27/56)
Shavemac Custom 173 D01 3-band (24/48)
Simpsons Duke 3 in Best
Simpsons 57 in Best
Simpsons Persian Jar 2 in Super
Simpsons Polo 8 in Best
Rooney 1/3 Silvertip
Rooney Victorian 3-band
Morris & Forndran 1/2 3-band
Edwin Jagger Silvertip (size Large)

I deliberately chose not to include some brushes in this test such as Chubby 2 & 3, and a Shavemac Colonia No.1 as I was already aware that the density and backbone of these brushes are greater than that of the 2013 SE brush.

In a similar vein I did not include either a Kent BK8, BLK12 or a Simpsons 58 due to the difference in loft (and floppiness in the case of the Kents), of these brushes.

Here are some pictures of the brushes prior to use:

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Lathering

I then bowl lathered each brush using Body Shop Maca Root cream in a Steve Woodhead scuttle.

Each brush performed excellently well in this function as can be seen from the pictures below:

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It is clear, from the above, that the Semogue 2013 SE bowl lathers as well as some of the best bowl lathering brushes I have in my collection.


Testing & Shortlisting

The next stage of the test moved onto exploring how well the brushes performed in terms of applying the lather to my face. I used the 2013 SE as the reference brush in this test, excluding those brushes which either had significantly more backbone, scritch or floppiness than the Selected Silvertip knot.

This left me with a shortlist of 5 brushes which had characteristics vaguely similar to the 2013 SE, namely:

Shavemac 944 D01 3-band (25/56)
Shavemac Custom 173 D01 3-band (24/48)
Simpsons Duke 3 in Best
Simpsons Persian Jar 2 in Super
Rooney 1/3 Silvertip

I also added the Edwin Jagger Silvertip brush to this shortlist because, whilst it was noticeably floppier than the 2013, it had the softest tips of all of the other bushes apart from the 2013 SE, Duke 3 and PJ2.


Results & Conclusions

I undertook the same test again the following day and confirmed the following:

Both the Rooney 1/3 and the EJ Silvertip knots are floppier than the 2013 SE.

Whilst the Selected Slvertip knot used in the 2013 SE is incredibly similar to the D01 knots in the 944 and 173, both the Shavemacs have slightly more backbone and are also a tad scritchier.

The tips of the 2013 LE knot are as soft as the tips of the EJ Silvertip knot and the tips of the Duke 3 & PJ2 brushes.

All of the knots tested have good levels of flow-through and cannot be said to be 'lather hogs'.

These results led me to the conclusion that the two brushes in the picture (the Duke 3 and the PJ2) are the most similar brushes in this test to the Semogue 2013 SE brush.

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Summary

In summary, the following can be said about the Semogue 2013 SE brush:

1) It is an excellent bowl lathering brush with good flow-through.

2) The 2013 SE Selected Silvertip knot has slightly less backbone than similar specification D01 3-band knots but has softer tips than any D01 3-band knot I've owned.

3) This brush is up there with some of the best brushes on the market and, on the presumption that it face lathers as well as it bowl lathers (which I suspect it will), is a brush that I would not hesitate to recommend if you are looking for a solidly-built and aesthetically beautiful wooden handled brush.

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 03-21-2014, 11:24 AM
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  • Agravic
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Nice review ... and beautiful photos of some lovely brushes. Smile

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 03-21-2014, 12:02 PM
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A very interesting review indeed. I've used this brush a couple of times now and I'm very impressed. I exclusively face lather and this is a top top performer.

My top brushes are a M&F 2XL and a Duke 3 in Manchurian and this Semogue SE is right up there, surpassing my Thater and Plisson brushes.

It doesn't quite have the backbone of the 2XL but it more than makes up for it with flow through and super soft tips.

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 03-21-2014, 01:04 PM
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  • Giorgio
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Wow, thanks for the great review! It's great to see this brush getting such praise...certainly refreshing Biggrin

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 03-21-2014, 01:22 PM
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fantastic review, I thank you very much for such a thought out write up. Your photographs are superb, and I appreciate how you compare to other commonly respected brushes. I will second that this brush does a superb job at face lathering. You cannot go wrong with this brush, especially for the price. For me it's the perfect balance between function and asthetics, and seems like a great all around brush. If you're in the market, i'm certain you won't regret it.

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 03-21-2014, 03:20 PM
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  • Deuce
  • Just a guy
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AJC347-I really apreciate the review, this is an excellent format. Most of my brushes are badger, and this winter I've delved into boar. Love 'em both!

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 03-21-2014, 03:31 PM
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  • ajc347
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Thank you very much for your feedback and kind words guys. Smile

It's great to read that this brush is as good a face latherer as I suspected it might be.

It's certainly one of the best brush purchases I've ever made. Smile

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 03-21-2014, 03:38 PM
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Thanks for the review. Mine is on the way. I cant wait to get it!!!

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 03-21-2014, 03:40 PM
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  • ischiapp
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(03-21-2014, 11:24 AM)Agravic Wrote: Nice review ... and beautiful photos of some lovely brushes. Smile
+1

Congrats.
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 03-21-2014, 03:48 PM
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  • TheMonk
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Great review, congratulations!

I agree with you, it really is a great brush, with fantastic hair.

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 03-21-2014, 03:48 PM
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  • Mouser
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What a well done review AJ. Thank you. Thank you very much.

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 03-21-2014, 04:23 PM
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  • ben74
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Wonderful review and great comparisons, thank-you!

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 03-21-2014, 04:23 PM
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A great and creative way to approach a review. I appreciate the time and effort it took to put this together. The comparison approach makes the review very useful.

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 03-21-2014, 04:24 PM
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  • German
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 03-21-2014, 05:40 PM
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  • Karlo
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(03-21-2014, 03:38 PM)Alpedhuez55 Wrote: Thanks for the review. Mine is on the way. I cant wait to get it!!!

Same here! Should get here soon enough. Smile



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 03-22-2014, 07:52 PM
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Great review - BTW awesome lather pics!

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 03-22-2014, 08:27 PM
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Excellent review with some wonderful pics!

This makes me look forward with anticipation to receiving mine and I will definitely be using it to face-lather! Biggrin

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 03-23-2014, 02:03 AM
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Does your arm hurt after lathering all those brushes?

Thanks for the review I am still waiting for mine. Hope to see it soon!

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 03-23-2014, 05:09 AM
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Mine passed customs... Should be here soon... Biggrin

Interesting that some say it feels softer than the 2 Band while others compare it to D01 3 Band. My recollection of the latter is a very dense knot that had not particularly soft tips. I sold all my D01 because of that...

Soon I will know...

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 03-23-2014, 06:40 AM
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  • v4257
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Beautiful pics and great review. Considering the Semogue as my next badger thanks to this review. :-)

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