03-07-2012, 09:28 AM
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Zach's article is a classic and a must read if you are thinking about boar. As a result of reading this article back on SMF I bought my first first Omega, then went on to get three Semogues, a 2009 LE, a 1305 and an 830. The 830 has been my "go to" brush and until I bought my New Forest 2201 I used only boar with soaps. Thanks Zach.

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 03-07-2012, 10:49 AM
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I'm getting better lathers every time I use a boar, and this guide has been a definite help. For me a boar brush requires more work as I must use more water and product in my hard water to get the lather I like. The boar bristles definitely pick up the soap faster, but they just don't hold the water like a badger can. I'll continue to use both especially since a well broken-in boar can feel amazingly soft on your face!

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 03-11-2012, 01:19 AM
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I have been shaving with boar brushes this last week with excellent results and sometimes I wonder why did I spent so much money in badger brushes : however,I know the answer,and I dont mine at all,but my boar brushes really make me happy,specially now that I use more painting movements to make lather on the face with them.

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 03-13-2012, 12:09 PM
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An excellent piece on boar bristle brushes!

Today I put in an order with Phil of Bullgoose Shaving for a Semogue 1250 brush. I'm quite happy with my four Omega brushes, but I think in all fairness I need to try one of the Semogues. A recurrence of SBAD! Biggrin

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 03-13-2012, 12:15 PM
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(03-13-2012, 12:09 PM)wknicholas Wrote: An excellent piece on boar bristle brushes!

Today I put in an order with Phil of Bullgoose Shaving for a Semogue 1250 brush. I'm quite happy with my four Omega brushes, but I think in all fairness I need to try one of the Semogues. A recurrence of SBAD! Biggrin

The 1250 its a really good shaving brush,enjoy it.

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 03-13-2012, 12:56 PM
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Thank you Teiste. What a good read.

It's interesting, Zach would often pose a question before answering it. In my mind he was spot on. For example, he asked what is the better brush... then answered, 'the one that makes you the happiest'.

Of course, this was before Freddy's beloved horsehair got so popular.Biggrin

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 03-13-2012, 01:28 PM
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(03-13-2012, 12:56 PM)PanchoVilla Wrote: Thank you Teiste. What a good read.

It's interesting, Zach would often pose a question before answering it. In my mind he was spot on. For example, he asked what is the better brush... then answered, 'the one that makes you the happiest'.

Of course, this was before Freddy's beloved horsehair got so popular.Biggrin

Bob, I have about 20 brushes. Of those only one is 100% horsehair and one is a horsehair/boar blend. The rest are all either badger or boar. My introduction to boars was the Semogue 1305. It is a wonderful brush and still very much in my rotation. Today, though, I did use my Vie-Long 12601100% horsehair and I must say that this unassuming little brush is a winner. I really don't think horsehair should be dismissed if it hasn't been tried. It probably surprises many folks, as it did me. Wink

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 03-13-2012, 01:59 PM
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Horse hair used to be so popular and they are decent performers.My friend du212 got a cheapo Vie Long horse hair brush and hes pretty happy with it too, and so surprise of its quality.
I really like boar brushes and the only horse hair that I have tried (another Vie Long barber type) was kind of disappointing for my taste.

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 03-13-2012, 02:07 PM
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(03-13-2012, 12:09 PM)wknicholas Wrote: An excellent piece on boar bristle brushes!

Today I put in an order with Phil of Bullgoose Shaving for a Semogue 1250 brush. I'm quite happy with my four Omega brushes, but I think in all fairness I need to try one of the Semogues. A recurrence of SBAD! Biggrin

Nick,

WELCOME to The Shave Nook. Glad you joined us.

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 03-13-2012, 04:26 PM
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(03-13-2012, 02:07 PM)Johnny Wrote: Nick,

WELCOME to The Shave Nook. Glad you joined us.

Thanks, Johnny - This sure looks to be an extremely well designed website and forum! Biggrin

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 03-16-2012, 09:09 PM
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Here are my boar bristle shaving brushes. Although I have two nice Rooney badger brushes, I use the boar brushes almost exclusively.

   

From left to right: Omega 10066, Omega 20107, Semogue 1250, Omega 10049, Omega 10005.


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 03-16-2012, 09:34 PM
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Alright Nick, I see you got those pictures working.

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 03-16-2012, 10:41 PM
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Good article, but I must admit I only skimmed it.

I'm a lover of boars and I also have badgers. I can use them both equally well, but if I didn't have my brushes lined up and the only thing locked in for each shave was the next brush in the line, I'd choose my boars more often than the badgers. That's just the way it is.

As was stated in the article they are as soft as a badger and have more backbone. That's a hard combination to beat. When any of my broken in boars are wet I'd put them against any badger for softness; maybe even dry. I know they're easily as soft as my Rooney 3/1 SuperSilvertip.

The last 2 boars I've gotten (Semogue 610 and Omega 10019) have broken in far easier and sooner than I expected. The Omega has possibly 15 lathers on it in one week, maybe more, I didn't count. And it's in the rotation and I'm back to using all of the brushes once again. It has more breaking in to do but it's quite good right now.

I have 4 boars and 4 badgers. I would entertain the thought of another boar, but I have enough badgers.

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 03-16-2012, 10:43 PM
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(03-16-2012, 10:41 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Good article, but I must admit I only skimmed it.

I'm a lover of boars and I also have badgers. I can use them both equally well, but if I didn't have my brushes lined up and the only thing locked in for each shave was the next brush in the line, I'd choose my boars more often than the badgers. That's just the way it is.

As was stated in the article they are as soft as a badger and have more backbone. That's a hard combination to beat. When any of my broken in boars are wet I'd put them against any badger for softness; maybe even dry. I know they're easily as soft as my Rooney 3/1 SuperSilvertip.

The last 2 boars I've gotten (Semogue 610 and Omega 10019) have broken in far easier and sooner than I expected. The Omega has possibly 15 lathers on it in one week, maybe more, I didn't count. And it's in the rotation and I'm back to using all of the brushes once again. It has more breaking in to do but it's quite good right now.

I have 4 boars and 4 badgers. I would entertain the thought of another boar, but I have enough badgers.

I have been using boar brushes for the last two weeks and sometimes I wonder why I did spend so much money in badger brushes...However,I enjoy them,but right now Im getting the boar love back and its gonna be hard to go to the badger again.

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 03-16-2012, 10:45 PM
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(03-16-2012, 09:09 PM)wknicholas Wrote: Here are my boar bristle shaving brushes. Although I have two nice Rooney badger brushes, I use the boar brushes almost exclusively.



From left to right: Omega 10066, Omega 20107, Semogue 1250, Omega 10049, Omega 10005.

Nice collection,my friend.I want to get a Semogue 1250 too.
As I said in the previous post,Im been shaving only with boar brushes for the last two weeks,and I think Im gonna stick with them for a long time,I think.

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 03-17-2012, 03:51 AM
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I've figured out what works for me as far as boars go and have settled on an Omega 49, Semogue Owners Club. Omega 10066, Semogue 830, and an Omega 11047. The best brush out of that lot for me is the Semogue 830 (thanks Celestino!!). It face lathers better than any of the others and just feels right

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 03-17-2012, 01:11 PM
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Excellent article. Well thought out and written.
If you ever hear from Zach, let him know it was well done.


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 03-17-2012, 03:47 PM
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(03-16-2012, 09:34 PM)Johnny Wrote: Alright Nick, I see you got those pictures working.

Yeah, Johnny - sometimes you gotta trim things down to make 'em fit! Biggrin

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 03-18-2012, 09:08 PM
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(03-05-2012, 11:15 AM)Johnny Wrote: Teiste, thank you for posting this. I enjoyed reading it so much, I just ordered my second SOC. I figure a man should have at least two Semogue SOC brushes. One ash wood, one cherry wood.

Johnny,

How do you like your Semogue SOC brush, compared with your other Semogue and Omega boar bristle brushes?


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 03-19-2012, 04:48 AM
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(03-18-2012, 09:08 PM)wknicholas Wrote:
(03-05-2012, 11:15 AM)Johnny Wrote: Teiste, thank you for posting this. I enjoyed reading it so much, I just ordered my second SOC. I figure a man should have at least two Semogue SOC brushes. One ash wood, one cherry wood.

Johnny,

How do you like your Semogue SOC brush, compared with your other Semogue and Omega boar bristle brushes?

They are becoming my favorite boars. Better hair, more densely packed, good firm knot, and a nice loft.

SOC Ash

   

SOC Cherry

   

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