05-30-2012, 04:51 AM
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  • Balj86
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I finally did it after thinking about it in the back of my mid. I gave a hair cut by reducing the loft to the bristles of my Omega Pro 48! I believe its originally 70mm and I reduced to the size of my Semogue 2011 LE FBristle 2 which is 55mm. Almost a year ago I sold off my Omega 48 b/c it was high lofted but was an amazing brush. But for $14 why not get another and fix it to my liking. I did and its amazing. Noticed that the hairs do not split and adds a bit of scritch/scrub. Also Its the best lather monster! Sure you load more, but you will not find a brush like this which lathers effortlessly. If you want a great alternative to a Semogue 2011 LE FBristle 2, this it it! Also its the biggest boar knot out of the two Smile!

Here's a comparison shot of my Omega Pro 48 next to Semogue 11 LE Fbristle 2.

   

What do you guys think? Try it out and let us know how it goes...

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 05-30-2012, 06:43 AM
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  • TexBilly
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Scrubby to say the least! My only trial at trimming a badger knot did not end well but I was not expecting much. Teh result was a wire brush like consistency. Dodgy

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 05-30-2012, 08:40 AM
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  • Teiste
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My goodness! Can you take a pic of the tips?
Isnt scratchy at all?

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 05-30-2012, 09:51 AM
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I did the same thing to a problem Semogue 1250 I was sent by a friend. The original idea was to lop the bristles off and reknot it when I could; probably this autumn.

But since I had the brush and it was going to get destroyed (basically) anyway I took about 1/2" off of the tips.

It's an amazing brush now. Not at all scratchy and I thought it would be. Completely unlike anything else I have.

I did tell the gent who sent it to me that I intended reknotting it, but I'm reluctant to now.

I've been trying to get the tips on mine to split and I can't get the job done either. It's been in use for over a month and has had I have no idea how many lathers. I've even hit it with a hairdryer and nothing is splitting that I can see. So I tried harsher detergents in an effort to get 'em to split, still nothing.

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 05-30-2012, 10:47 AM
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  • Brent
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Interesting. I would have thought that it would be really uncomfortable to use due to the clipped ends and they wouldn't split. Good to see it worked out to both of your liking.

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 05-30-2012, 11:09 AM
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  • Johnny
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I have a Omega 49 setting in a shoe box in the top of the closet. I might just have to play with it to see what happens.

What method did you use to trim the 48?

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 05-30-2012, 11:25 AM
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  • Balj86
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It is scrubby all right! But its not like wire touching your face. Teiste I will post a pic of the tips. I trimmed the tip of the bristles with a hair trimmer. When doig so i had a rubberband tied around the knot. It would be cool to see the tips split but i dont see it happening.

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 05-30-2012, 11:29 AM
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(05-30-2012, 11:25 AM)Balj86 Wrote: It is scrubby all right! But its not like wire touching your face. Teiste I will post a pic of the tips. I trimmed the tip of the bristles with a hair trimmer. When doig so i had a rubberband tied around the knot. It would be cool to see the tips split but i dont see it happening.

Just go in there with some really fine scissors and cut each bristle down the middle to artificially create the forked appearance. You may even be able to cut them a couple times to get the trident split going on.

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 05-30-2012, 06:06 PM
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What an interesting idea!

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 05-31-2012, 01:00 AM
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  • ben74
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I know that trimming the tips off a badger brush results in a very prickly beast! Not something I would recommend. Boar hair might respond differently, but cut badger is commonly associated with a poor grade or low quality of hair...

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 06-05-2012, 04:02 AM
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  • Balj86
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Morning all! I just started a summer class last week and was getting settled with my schedule, which is a lot better now! Sorry for not posting earlier Teiste, but here is a picture of the tips. I've included some other pics as well.

   

   

   

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 06-05-2012, 05:50 AM
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(06-05-2012, 05:47 AM)Randy the Razor Wrote: isn't it ruined now?

Nope! I actually like it a lot more to be honest. The original loft was way to big. If Omega sold this brush at a loft between 55 to 60mm, it would be just perfect b/c the hairs would then split!

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 06-05-2012, 10:22 AM
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  • Java
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(06-05-2012, 05:50 AM)Balj86 Wrote:
(06-05-2012, 05:47 AM)Randy the Razor Wrote: isn't it ruined now?

Nope! I actually like it a lot more to be honest. The original loft was way to big. If Omega sold this brush at a loft between 55 to 60mm, it would be just perfect b/c the hairs would then split!

I agree with you, Balj86. The loft is exactly why I've never bought an Omega 48. As to it being ruined; clipped boar isn't as nice as a good broken in boar. But I still use my old (clipped boar) Burma Shave brush every once in a while. Maybe I'm just too crude and unrefined to understand, but I'd rather use a clipped boar brush than a floppy brush.

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 06-05-2012, 10:56 AM
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You may be able to split the ends with a 5 minute hot bath. 160 degree water just on the tips, could make it softer. I would have cut them by hand on a steep angle to make them thinner at the tips--at least 'tried' to. LOL

Good luck with it.

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 06-06-2012, 01:27 AM
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  • steve g
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You guys are splitting hairs.














Please don't ban me.Tongue

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 06-06-2012, 07:03 AM
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(06-05-2012, 05:50 AM)Balj86 Wrote:
(06-05-2012, 05:47 AM)Randy the Razor Wrote: isn't it ruined now?

Nope! I actually like it a lot more to be honest. The original loft was way to big. If Omega sold this brush at a loft between 55 to 60mm, it would be just perfect b/c the hairs would then split!

They actually do. They call it No. 83. They also do 20248, and all 1000 series and 10000 series.
Since you cut yours in half, are you going to call it Omega 24?
I bet it feels on skin like a bundle of toothpicks.

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 06-06-2012, 07:51 AM
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  • Balj86
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I actually looked into those models and the knot is 27mm if i'm correct. I wanted the pro knot with the chrome handle which is at 28mm. If they sold a brush like mine but softer, they should call it the Omega Mighty Pro 48 or Omega Pro 49 lol!

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 06-06-2012, 10:15 AM
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Omega 20248. No?

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