12-13-2014, 03:00 PM
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My Girl Friend secretly has bought me 3 Semogue boar brushes for Christmas, and I did not wat to tell her, that I don't like the look of boar and therefore have avoided them in my collection so far.

I have owned two Semogue mixed badger-boar but sold both to get rid of boar hairs in my den Tongue

But now that I found out from my father, that the GF has bought me 3 Semogues - after she carefully researched the internet to find the best performers for a face lather, I actually also received the parcel last week - but of course did not open it up.

But the order note was on the outside Wink
And I'm getting these 3 Semogues for Christmas:
Semogue 1305, 620 & 830

She has also been so kind and bought me the Mongoose Satin M2 set for Christmas also Cool

With that in mind, what is your personal Top 3 100% boars (no mixes) for face lathering (soap or creams) ?

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 12-13-2014, 03:05 PM
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The 620 would be in my top 3 for sure!

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 12-13-2014, 03:46 PM
  • SRNewb
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I don't face lather, but my 1470 has broken in to be incredibly soft, yet still has plenty of backbone. If I were gonna face lather with a boar, that would be the one. The 1460 is the same knot with a painted handle.
Semogue boars are wonderful. You will wish you had tried them earlier.

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 12-13-2014, 04:40 PM
  • Rufus
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My favourite 100% boar for face-lathering is the Omega B&B Essential Boar.

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 12-13-2014, 04:55 PM
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I like my Semogue 620 as well, followed, if it counts, with Vie-Long Lord Randal brown horse.

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 12-13-2014, 10:06 PM
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#1 BC Cerda LE (probably similar to a 620)
#2 1305
#3 SOC

I actually don't like my 830 much, I feel that it just has a bit too much of the 'bad hair day' vibe.

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 12-14-2014, 03:01 AM
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Another 620 vote. And the Omega Bambino is fun to use too!

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 12-14-2014, 05:04 AM
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620 ! no doubt abt it.

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 12-14-2014, 05:36 AM
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I have the 830 and love it. It does have that bad hair day thing as mentioned above. It performs great, so I really don't care.

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 12-14-2014, 05:48 AM
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Omega 10810. Not fussed on the handle, black beehive, but I like black handles, Omega knots and blonde boars. Not many of those about. Really must get around to a custom handle.

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 12-14-2014, 08:18 AM
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I only own two boar/boar-badger brushes, the Semogue 620 and the BC Mistura. Both are well broken in and are magnificent face latherers. While I have nothing else to compare these to, everything I read confirms my appreciation for them.

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 12-14-2014, 08:39 AM
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Best / cute little face leathering brush [Image: 552fe37c71c53efb98cb75910d579094.jpg]

Barbero Classico Cerda

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 12-14-2014, 08:49 AM
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I would also vote the 1460. It's the only boar brush I own. I did have a 1250 in the past, basically the same knot, but the 1460 is a shorter loft. The 1250 was way to floppy and uncontrollable for face lathering. The 1460 is great and breaking in nicely. Another plus for me is its a white/natural boar, not the fake badger dyed boar.

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 12-14-2014, 09:11 AM
  • Niro884
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Omega 73645 also known as the "45". No longer made
Semogue 1305
Omega Proraso Boar. Similar to the 48 and 49 but shorter loft.

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 12-14-2014, 10:14 AM
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The 620 will make a great face lather.
My choices are cerda, soc, and 2000. Although the soc and 2000 have a tall loft and I appreciate the way they perform but many prefer a shorter loft for a face lather.

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 12-14-2014, 10:58 AM
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For me, not necessarily in order:

Semogue 620
Semogue Barbear Classico Cerda
Semogue 830. This brush has the same knot as the 1305 which face lathers equally well; however, I prefer the shorter handle of the 830.


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 12-14-2014, 12:57 PM
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(12-14-2014, 10:58 AM)LookingGlass Wrote: For me, not necessarily in order:

Semogue 620
Semogue Barbear Classico Cerda
Semogue 830. This brush has the same knot as the 1305 which face lathers equally well; however, I prefer the shorter handle of the 830.


Not sure it's the same knot.

It's the same hair and loft, but the knot is more densely packed in the 830.

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 12-14-2014, 04:26 PM
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I m an invertate face lather ( 50+yrs ). I have Semogues 1250, 2000 and SOC...all very well broken in and all in a box in the closet. My choices, all Omega
10005 - hard soaps
266 Colours - soft soaps and creams
Both are great face lathers


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 12-14-2014, 09:43 PM
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When I was using boars: Biggrin
* 830
* 610
* 1470

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 12-15-2014, 04:06 AM
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For facelathering, I would recommend (in order of preference):

- Semogue Barbear Classico Cerda (same soft boar hair type than the 830/1305 but more densely packed knot with shorter loft - a monster for face-lathering)

- Omega 73645, a.k.a. #45 (a discontinued brush, was made exclusively for connaughtshaving. Specs were nearly the same as the SOC, but has less density yet similar backbone, thus better overall performance)

- Semogue 620/1438/1520 - these small beauties work specially well with face-lathering.

- Honourable mention: Omega 11126 (very nice backbone despite the higher loft, a joy to use), Semogue 830 (densely packed, nice backbone also and very soft tips once broken) and Semogue SOC (nice brush for facelathering, although I prefer using it for bowl lathering).

(12-13-2014, 10:06 PM)explodyii Wrote: #1 BC Cerda LE (probably similar to a 620)

No, the knots are different. The hair on the BC Cerda is softer on the tips (same hair than the 1305/830, different from the 620), and the knot is more densely packed.

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