Poll: Which boar brush should I get: The Omega 31025 or the Semogue Owners Club?
 05-09-2012, 10:50 AM
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I've narrowed down the brushes on my immediate "To buy" list to the Omega 31025 and the Semogue Owners Club.

If you've used both of these brushes, which can you recommend over the other?

Here are the specs of the brushes:

Semogue Owners Club:

Height: 116mm

Loft: 55mm

Knot: 24mm

Omega 31025:

Height: 115mm

Loft: 60mm

Knot: 25mm

As you can see, the Semogue Owners Club brush has a slightly smaller knot and loft size than that of the Omega 31025, but I've a feeling it uses higher-quality boar hair than the Omega.

Anyway, hope you guys can help me choose one. I might eventually buy both of them, but I'd like to get the "best" one first.

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 05-09-2012, 11:02 AM
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  • tgutc
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I don't have any Omega brushes but I do hear great things about the Omega 31025. With that being said I know you would be happy with the SOC so I would start with that.

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 05-09-2012, 11:02 AM
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  • Johnny
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Hands down, no if's and's or but's about it. Get the Semogue SOC.

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 05-09-2012, 11:06 AM
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The SOC is one fantastic brush, definitely top of the line in terms of boar hair brushes.

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 05-09-2012, 11:11 AM
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SOC, broken record, SOC! Wink

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 05-09-2012, 11:22 AM
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The Omega brush on the photo looks 81052 to me. I have 31064 which shares the same knot with 31025. It has different properties than my Semogue LE2 which I believe is very similar to SOC. The Omega is very efficient. It splays more, feels bigger and more luxurious on the face. The Semogue feels denser, has more backbone, uses more product. Both are nice brushes for what they are.

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 05-09-2012, 11:56 AM
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I have three Omega and three Semogue boar brushes, including the SOC. No experience with the Omega 31025, but I recommend the SOC without reservation. At the time of this post, the vote is 4 to 0 for the SOC! Biggrin

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 05-09-2012, 12:00 PM
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SOC. it's a fantastic brush and looks better than the omega IMO

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 05-09-2012, 12:08 PM
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I've not had the 31025, but I have tried other Omegas. My favourite boar brush is the Omega Pro (the one Phil sells).

However, if you're set on boar - I agree with the guys above - you're not going to be disappointed with the SOC. It is an excellent brush.

The only issue I have with it (and other Semogues) is the splay of the knot -- too much for my liking.

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 05-09-2012, 12:49 PM
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Well I guess I'll be getting the Semogue Owners Club first -- perhaps as early as this week. I'll get the Omega either when my Semogue is fully broken in or in 3-4 months.

Thanks folks. Smile

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 05-09-2012, 01:10 PM
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I love my Omega Scarlatti (31025). Right now it beats out all of my other brushes. I only wish I could put those bristles in my Vie-Long Zurrito handle.
I bought the SOC, but it hasn't arrived yet, so I can't offer up a comparison.
The Omega hasn't dropped any hairs and hasn't 'bloomed' very much; which is nice, because I like a brush to hold its shape as much as possible.

The Omega works great with creams or soaps. It can face, palm or bowl lather very well. It has a nice loft with plenty of backbone, yet isn't scritchy. I really didn't expect this brush to be all that great, but it became my everyday brush.

Like I said, I can't offer up a comparison between the two, but I don't think the Omega should be easily written off. It's a great brush.

The SOC needs to justify the near $20 price difference over the Zurrito to have me sing it's praises. If the bristles lose their backbone, if it blooms far beyond its original shape, if it can't lather both creams and soaps, if it can't face, palm and bowl lather... I'll be upset because I bought the SOC reputation and hype. The last time I made a purchase based on reputation and hype I ended up with a R41 paper weight.

On a side note...
I've read a lot of peoples opinions on the Semogue 1305 vs. the SOC and the majority prefer the 1305. Just something to think about...

Good luck and have fun.

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 05-09-2012, 01:57 PM
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  • Johnny
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(05-09-2012, 12:49 PM)Pnume Wrote: Well I guess I'll be getting the Semogue Owners Club first -- perhaps as early as this week. I'll get the The Omega either when my Semogue is fully broken in or in 3-4 months.

Thanks folks. Smile


By the time it get broken in, you will want another one. Semogue that is.Biggrin

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 05-09-2012, 02:21 PM
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(05-09-2012, 01:57 PM)Johnny Wrote:
(05-09-2012, 12:49 PM)Pnume Wrote: Well I guess I'll be getting the Semogue Owners Club first -- perhaps as early as this week. I'll get the The Omega either when my Semogue is fully broken in or in 3-4 months.

Thanks folks. Smile


By the time it get broken in, you will want another one. Semogue that is.Biggrin

The more I think about this he really should be both, or even better 2 Semogues. By alternating their use (if a daily shaver) then each brush will get close to a 48hr drying time. Not really necessary, but it works to justify the 2nd brush. Blush

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 05-09-2012, 02:36 PM
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(05-09-2012, 12:08 PM)yohannrjm Wrote: I've not had the 31025, but I have tried other Omegas. My favourite boar brush is the Omega Pro (the one Phil sells).

However, if you're set on boar - I agree with the guys above - you're not going to be disappointed with the SOC. It is an excellent brush.

The only issue I have with it (and other Semogues) is the splay of the knot -- too much for my liking.

I have a similar view here. I voted both, because both are great brushes and sufficiently non-redundant and inexpensive to warrant getting each. But, if I HAD to pick one, I would lean to the Omega. The SOC is not one of my favorite Semogues. It was very slow to break in and now that it has, it has a tendency to splay more than I prefer, and the hair direction in the knot is very "unruly." (meaning it goes every which way leading to a sensation of lower density). None of these issues make it a bad brush, and obviously it gets abundant love and indeed I use it regularly (mostly for bowl lathering creams), but in a zero-sum game, I would pick the Omega.

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 05-09-2012, 03:43 PM
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The SOC is denser, and the hair is softer. The 31025 has a different type of hair, more "erect" (doesn't splay as much as the SOC does).

The SOC has a beautiful wood handle, for me much better and ergonomic than the hollow acrylic from Omega - a natural material will always rank higher in my scale of values than plastic or acrylic.

Said that, it all comes down to personal preferences. Mine would be the SOC. Cool

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 05-10-2012, 09:34 AM
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  • steve g
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I currently have a SOC and until a few months ago had a Scarlatti. I had the Scarlatti for years and it began to splay too much so I used the handle for a badger knot. The Omega was a nice soft knot and whipped up a nice lather. I kept it a long time and probably abused it somewhat. Overall I think the SOC is a better brush for my use so that's what I voted for. It has a better more ergonomic handle.

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 05-26-2012, 02:18 PM
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  • vpayne
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I have both brushes. I prefer the SOC by quite a bit. I do like the handle of the Omega though.
FWIW,
Vic

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 05-26-2012, 02:22 PM
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  • Teiste
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Another vote for the SOC (I have tried both,btw).

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 05-26-2012, 03:26 PM
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get the SOC

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 05-26-2012, 04:06 PM
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I've had both. I still have SOC. Dodgy

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