01-30-2015, 05:02 PM
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I'm so glad I didn't give up on Semogue boars after trying the 1250. I found it was to floppy and uncontrolled for face lathering. It had a loft of 55mm. Once I realized that they make brushes with a 50mm loft, I had to give them another shot.

My favorite knot is the Best 90% tops. Once the bristles split, it feels like the perfect brush to me. The Extra 75% tops has broken in nicely, but it's just not as luxurious feeling as the Best. I also love how the Semogues bloom. My Omega and Vulfix don't bloom much at all. To me the Semogues feel much more expensive than they are. I don't find myself reaching for my badgers much anymore.

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A pic of my pigs
Left to right front; 1438, 610, 1460 back; Omega 10029 knot in WD handle, Vulfix VS/1
I've got a 1470 on the way from VS

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 01-30-2015, 05:27 PM
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I've got the 1438, 1460 and 1470. They are all wonderful brushes. I believe the 1460 and 1470 have the Best 90% tops, if I'm not mistaken. My 1470 is softer than most badgers I've used. The 1438 has a different mixture, so it is a bit more stiff and scrubby even after it is well broken in. Still, a great brush, and the classy look of the handle is gorgeous, IMO. The bloom of the Semogue brushes is a huge part of their charm. The overall styling, esthetics and build quality is why I would choose Semogue over any other boar out there. But they will never replace my badgers.
That's o.k., because my badgers will never replace them, either. Both badger and boar have qualities I like, and I enjoy the variety that brings to the shave. There is room in my den for both.
And maybe a horse or two. Maybe.

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 01-30-2015, 06:37 PM
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I have the Semogue 1438, 830, 620, Barbear Classico Cerda, 1305, and 1460.  The Semogues gotta be the best of the best.

Ed

PS...great picture!

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 01-30-2015, 08:14 PM
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That is a very lovely collection!  Thumbsup

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 01-30-2015, 10:59 PM
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I have always enjoyed using my 830 and 2011 Finest Bristle Size 2. I did find that before I was soaking most the knot and the brushes lost their backbone. I was not complaining as I would rather paint than use circular motions. But I started to try soaking just the tips, or 1/3 or 2/3 of the knot and really using the backbone as most folks do and it works well with both the circles and back and forth.

When I am itching for another boar, I will buy my second SOC boar after selling it earlier last year.

Can anyone comment on how hot they like their water to be when they soak their boars? I usually use warm to hot and it works well but when I rinse with cold water, it just seems like the bristles loose some of the elasticity. I guess I would expect after having a brush wet for say 30min that it would stay flexible when I am squeezing out the last bit of soap.

Another question, anyone have a 830 who also has a or had an 820?

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 02-01-2015, 11:50 AM
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I have to agree, the Semogue brushes are quite lovely. If someone came to my home, took my badgers and synthetics away, I'd still be a happy camper with my Semogue boars. I've got a boar SOC in reserve in case something happens and they stop making them. 

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 02-01-2015, 01:52 PM
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(01-30-2015, 05:02 PM)BriDroid Wrote: I'm so glad I didn't give up on Semogue boars after trying the 1250. I found it was to floppy and uncontrolled for face lathering. It had a loft of 55mm. Once I realized that they make brushes with a 50mm loft, I had to give them another shot.

My favorite knot is the Best 90% tops. Once the bristles split, it feels like the perfect brush to me. The Extra 75% tops has broken in nicely, but it's just not as luxurious feeling as the Best. I also love how the Semogues bloom. My Omega and Vulfix don't bloom much at all. To me the Semogues feel much more expensive than they are. I don't find myself reaching for my badgers much anymore.

[Image: nJbMDla.jpg]

A pic of my pigs
Left to right front; 1438, 610, 1460 back; Omega 10029 knot in WD handle, Vulfix VS/1
I've got a 1470 on the way from VS


BriDroid, I'm smitten with your collection!

I've want to buy a Semogue for some time now, and your post has raised some questions.

What is the significance of "Best 90%" and "Extra 75%" tops?
Is it similar to the difference between Best and Super badger?
I don't see Semogue product descriptions talk about the percentages you mention, so how do I know what's what?
Most product descriptions mention "premium bristle" or "premium knot" - is that the 90% top?

Thanks also for pointing out the 50 vs 55 mm loft issue. Based on what you say, I think I'd want to get the 50 mm loft, but with a longer handle - I like to bowl lather, plus I think I prefer less of a bloom.

As more questions arise I will ask...

Thanks BriDroid, and all others with answers / comments / opinions.

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 02-01-2015, 01:58 PM
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 02-01-2015, 02:08 PM
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The Semogue 1305, 1438, 1460, and 1470 have always been my four favorite boars and some of my favorite brushes of all.  At one time all I used was boar brushes but a couple of badgers and synthetics have taken their place for now.  But not to worry, someday these four will be back in my collection.

It was Emanuel (oversaturn), that introduced me to the wonderful world of Semogue.  Maybe he will see this and post a picture of his wonderful collection of Semogue brushes.

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 02-01-2015, 02:33 PM
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(02-01-2015, 01:58 PM)SRNewb Wrote: charlie, this post explains it.

http://shavenook.com/thread-semogue-boar-grades

Thanks, Mike. That was very helpful and educational. Now the SBAD fever is really setting in!

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 02-01-2015, 02:35 PM
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(02-01-2015, 02:08 PM)Johnny Wrote: It was Emanuel (oversaturn), that introduced me to the wonderful world of Semogue.  Maybe he will see this and post a picture of his wonderful collection of Semogue brushes.

I'd say you passed that on!And I agree on his collection. Wonderful is the right word.

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 02-01-2015, 05:59 PM
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Thanks everyone. They are wonderful, very affordable brushes!

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 02-02-2015, 06:44 PM
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Just placed an order for a 1470. I am stoked!! My first Semogue. Thanks for the push you guys!

swmbo didn't even bat an eye. I should've ordered something else...

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 02-02-2015, 06:46 PM
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Should have ordered two, then. LOL.
That's a great brush! Enjoy!

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 02-02-2015, 09:52 PM
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I'd gotten a 620 and was getting irritated by how long it was taking to break in. Once it was broken in it performed so great I bought the 830 within a week

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 02-02-2015, 10:07 PM
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Hopefully I should receive my SOC Boar this morning with some other goodies. Will post a pic in the Monthly Haul thread.

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 02-03-2015, 02:44 AM
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My 1800 is ordered, can't wait to start breaking it in!

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 02-03-2015, 05:19 PM
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Don't have much to compare to but my semogue 1470 is my go to brush. 

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 02-03-2015, 05:57 PM
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So very nice brushes... Love them

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 02-22-2015, 05:31 PM
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Have a Semogue 620 and 1350 badgers and 740 badger. The boars are nice, but have a lot of bloom and tens to splay quite a bit when wet & lathering. I prefer the badger, but Semogues are excellent values due to the very nice quality. Not a hint of shedding from the start! These are three of my weekly rotation. I plan to try others without a doubt.

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