05-13-2012, 04:31 PM
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I got my SOC yesterday and was curious about the finish on it. Does anyone know what they used because wood being soaked in water isn't a very good idea. The water is beading up and rolling off, so it has something on it.

How do you care for yours?

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 05-13-2012, 04:33 PM
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(05-13-2012, 04:31 PM)Johnny9 Wrote: I got my SOC yesterday and was curious about the finish on it. Does anyone know what they used because wood being soaked in water isn't a very good idea. The water is beading up and rolling off, so it has something on it.

How do you care for yours?

I think it may have some kind of lacquer on it. I just don't submerge it in water. I dry it off & brush the bristles on a towel. Not sure much more needs be done.

So any pics of it? Boar or badger?

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 05-13-2012, 05:16 PM
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Nah, no pics, I think everyone has seen the SOC a hundred times. lol
It's boar with the cherry handle. Forgot to mention that.
You dry yours the same way I dry all of my brushes. This is my first brush with a wooden handle, so I wasn't sure if I should use a type of wax once in a while or not.

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 05-13-2012, 05:30 PM
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(05-13-2012, 05:16 PM)Johnny9 Wrote: Nah, no pics, I think everyone has seen the SOC a hundred times. lol
It's boar with the cherry handle. Forgot to mention that.
You dry yours the same way I dry all of my brushes. This is my first brush with a wooden handle, so I wasn't sure if I should use a type of wax once in a while or not.

I doubt any wax is necessary. These brushes are made to get wet, just not to be submerged for periods of time. I'm sure Leon (Bruno) will be by eventually and give you a more definitive answer. For now, though, I wouldn't change anything.

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 05-13-2012, 06:01 PM
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I never let water touch my handles any more than it has to. When I soak the bristles, I do it in a shallow coffee cup and I only soak the bristles half way up. Again, I do not let water touch the knot or wood. After using it to shave, I rinse well in very warm water (bristles only), shake well, wipe off the handle and hang to dry.

No need for wax unless it just makes you feel better. Sure won't hurt anything.

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 05-13-2012, 07:37 PM
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Thanks for the tips Johnny. I'm breaking it in right now and removing the hog scent.
The bristles are very soft for boar, it really surprised me. The handle if nice and comfortable too.

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 05-13-2012, 08:42 PM
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John,
i do the same as Johnny, but i finish the rinse with cold water to close the pores in the bristles; they are natural after all.
i rarely put water on the handle, but i have been to Portugal many times and i see many products with wooden handles and as long as you keep them dry, you should not have a problem.
Enjoy the brush as it is fantastic!

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 05-14-2012, 02:56 AM
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(05-13-2012, 08:42 PM)celestino Wrote: John,
i do the same as Johnny, but i finish the rinse with cold water to close the pores in the bristles; they are natural after all.
i rarely put water on the handle, but i have been to Portugal many times and i see many products with wooden handles and as long as you keep them dry, you should not have a problem.
Enjoy the brush as it is fantastic!

Thanks and I'm sure I will enjoy it. I soaked the bristles for about 20 minutes, shook out the water and worked the bristles around then hung it to dry. Last night I soaked it again then lathered up some soap to clean out the smell. Rinsed it, dried it, then worked the bristles while I watched a movie.

The brush is nice and dry already, so I'll get to use it today, along with the new Red Proraso and the 1916 Bell Knob Aristocrat I found. SOTD for me.

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 05-14-2012, 03:37 AM
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(05-13-2012, 05:30 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(05-13-2012, 05:16 PM)Johnny9 Wrote: Nah, no pics, I think everyone has seen the SOC a hundred times. lol
It's boar with the cherry handle. Forgot to mention that.
You dry yours the same way I dry all of my brushes. This is my first brush with a wooden handle, so I wasn't sure if I should use a type of wax once in a while or not.

I doubt any wax is necessary. These brushes are made to get wet, just not to be submerged for periods of time. I'm sure Leon (Bruno) will be by eventually and give you a more definitive answer. For now, though, I wouldn't change anything.

Hi gents.

These brushes are made to get wet, yes. When we shave and clean them, they get pretty wet since I need lots of water to remove the excess of lather and make sure the knot is really clean. After that, some vigorous shakes and it's hang upside down in the support.
I always use my towel to make sure it's dry.
The handle has a varnish protection, but it's not meant to be drown.
And for Christ sake, don't use hot water near the knot base and the handle, ok?
The tips can take some heat, but the knot base is the most critical area of the brush.
Improper care can result in hair shedding, hair clipping and the knot falling out.
Please take care of your Semogues.

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 05-14-2012, 04:53 AM
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Thanks for expounding on this Bruno. We certainly want to make sure our Semogues stay in great shape!

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 05-14-2012, 03:39 PM
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Thanks Bruno. I use room temperature to cool water when I shave, so hot water isn't a concern.

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 05-14-2012, 09:43 PM
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Great advice Bruno.

Hot water is for your face, not your brush!

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 05-15-2012, 03:14 AM
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(05-14-2012, 09:43 PM)ben74 Wrote: Great advice Bruno.

Hot water is for your face, not your brush!

Not necessarily. Hot water leads to irritation for me. I'm a lukewarm to cold water shaver. Another case of the ubiquitous YMMV.

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 05-15-2012, 03:32 AM
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While there is debate over a hot water shave versus a cold, there is no debate that hot water is not good for the brush.

I find with the cold water shave the razor tugs at my hair while with hot there is better glide. Therein lies the argument. Hot water causes the hair to swell and according to supporters of cold water shaving the razor glides over the hair rather than cutting it. With cold, the hairs remain stiff and therefore argued it is cut more easily...

Another case as with the majority of things in life, an issue of personal preference.

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 05-15-2012, 05:34 AM
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I need to change my soaking habits. But I also only soak half way up the boar. I never soak the knot in water, no matter what the temp.

Agree with the very warm to almost hot water to prepare my face for shaving.

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 05-15-2012, 06:00 AM
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(05-15-2012, 05:34 AM)Johnny Wrote: I need to change my soaking habits. But I also only soak half way up the boar. I never soak the knot in water, no matter what the temp.

Agree with the very warm to almost hot water to prepare my face for shaving.

What is it that you need to change regarding soaking?

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 05-15-2012, 06:10 AM
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(05-15-2012, 06:00 AM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(05-15-2012, 05:34 AM)Johnny Wrote: I need to change my soaking habits. But I also only soak half way up the boar. I never soak the knot in water, no matter what the temp.

Agree with the very warm to almost hot water to prepare my face for shaving.

What is it that you need to change regarding soaking?

I was using HOT water.

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 05-15-2012, 06:13 AM
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(05-15-2012, 06:10 AM)Johnny Wrote:
(05-15-2012, 06:00 AM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(05-15-2012, 05:34 AM)Johnny Wrote: I need to change my soaking habits. But I also only soak half way up the boar. I never soak the knot in water, no matter what the temp.

Agree with the very warm to almost hot water to prepare my face for shaving.

What is it that you need to change regarding soaking?

I was using HOT water.

Whew, I don't have to change anything then. I use cool to warm water to soak. Currently I soak up to about 2-3 cm before the handle while breaking in. Then as they can hold lather better I tend to only soak the bristles halfway.

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 05-15-2012, 06:42 AM
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(05-15-2012, 06:10 AM)Johnny Wrote:
(05-15-2012, 06:00 AM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(05-15-2012, 05:34 AM)Johnny Wrote: I need to change my soaking habits. But I also only soak half way up the boar. I never soak the knot in water, no matter what the temp.

Agree with the very warm to almost hot water to prepare my face for shaving.

What is it that you need to change regarding soaking?

I was using HOT water.

Given you only soak the hairs halfway, it's unlikely you would do any damage. The area of concern is the base of the knot I believe...

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