06-13-2012, 12:22 PM
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As some of you may know, I received the Semogue Owners Club boar brush a little while ago. Aesthetically, I've always found it to be brilliant; in fact, one of the reasons I bought it was for its great looks. But the first few times I used it I thought "Huh? This is the brush many people in the wet shaving community consider to be one of the most high-end boar brushes out there? Really?!"

Even though I soaked it for a long time before using it the first time, I didn't get very good results and figured I wasted money -- though admittedly not too much -- on the brush. It just didn't feel that good on my face (I face lather), and I had to keep reloading my brush. The second time I used it, I didn't get much better of results and decided to use my Omega Mighty Midget -- which I also just received in the mail -- for my next few shaves since that has been giving me far better results.

On Monday, however, I decided I'd force myself to use the Owners Club again; I'm glad I did. Now that I've used it five times, I'm starting to detect a very nice change in it. The tips are splitting and, as a result, I can see that it's becoming the amazing brush everyone claims it to be. I imagine it will only keep getting better over the course of the next few months.

I can't wait to see what it will be like in three months. Wow! Biggrin

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 06-13-2012, 01:12 PM
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Great brushes, those Semogues! The SOC is quite nice.

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 06-13-2012, 01:16 PM
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Run that baby through some more test lathers!

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 06-13-2012, 01:30 PM
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  • tgutc
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It will continue to get a little better each shave for the next couple months.

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 06-13-2012, 02:09 PM
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  • Philbo
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I would like one myself......I am on holiday in Portugal in a few weeks time so I think I may get one out there.

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 06-13-2012, 03:18 PM
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they only get better and better.

glad its finally coming around for you. Biggrin

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 06-13-2012, 04:14 PM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Let us know what you think after using it 35 times. After 5 uses it's no where near broken in.

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 06-13-2012, 06:41 PM
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  • wlmcad
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  • Memphis, TN
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I have a Semogue 830 and I agree with the rest of the posters it definitely get better with use. I've had mine since mid May and have used it about 15 to 20 times and it has definitely gotten better with age.
Bill

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 06-13-2012, 07:38 PM
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Did any of you not really care for your Owners Club boar, or any Semogue boar for that matter, upon using it for the first time?

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 06-13-2012, 07:44 PM
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  • Brent
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(06-13-2012, 07:38 PM)Pnume Wrote: Did any of you not really care for your Owners Club boar, or any Semogue boar for that matter, upon using it for the first time?

I didn't as much as I was hoping. It was ok but I figured it would get better with time, which it did. Worth the wait

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 06-13-2012, 08:19 PM
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  • gijames
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(06-13-2012, 12:22 PM)Pnume Wrote: *snip*
I can't wait to see what it will be like in three months. Wow! Biggrin

thanks for sharing your experience with us!

it's important to me to read this type of feedback... for any future *AD* goodies Biggrin

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 06-14-2012, 04:55 AM
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  • EHV
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Mine took months to get where I wanted it to be. Thankfully, I was patient. To date, it's been the boar brush that's taken the longest to break in, by far.

I hated it the first time I used it but kept up since I love the feel and look of the handle and I love my SOC 2 band so much.
I now dry my brushes lightly on a bath towel after use and I wonder if the slight roughness of the towel helps the boar bristles split more quickly. That could just be a figment of my imagination though....

I think that you will definitely enjoy this brush more and more as time passes.

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 06-14-2012, 03:34 PM
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I have to say, I have had a Semogue 830 for about 2 weeks, and when I used it today, I was shocked at how soft it is, and I have only been using it every other day.

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 06-14-2012, 05:20 PM
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(06-13-2012, 07:38 PM)Pnume Wrote: Did any of you not really care for your Owners Club boar, or any Semogue boar for that matter, upon using it for the first time?

All of my Semogue brushes are pretty well broken in now, and I use them almost exclusively.

The 1305 was the quickest to break in, then the 1250, and the SOC seemed to take the longest.

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 06-14-2012, 06:18 PM
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(06-13-2012, 07:38 PM)Pnume Wrote: Did any of you not really care for your Owners Club boar, or any Semogue boar for that matter, upon using it for the first time?

Yes, to this point I can't say that I really like my experience with a boar.

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 06-14-2012, 08:07 PM
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couldn't say it better myself
(06-14-2012, 04:55 AM)EHV Wrote: To date, it's been the boar brush that's taken the longest to break in, by far.

I hated it the first time I used it but kept up since I love the feel and look of the handle and I love my SOC 2 band so much.

I think that you will definitely enjoy this brush more and more as time passes.

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 06-14-2012, 10:32 PM
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(06-13-2012, 07:38 PM)Pnume Wrote: Did any of you not really care for your Owners Club boar, or any Semogue boar for that matter, upon using it for the first time?

I freakin hated it and even after the 2nd use I hated it more. I was determined to make this hyped brush perform, so I read the article on boar brushes and did what was written and just like that the brush was totally different.

Boil some water and pour it in a mug deep enough to cover the tips of the bristles. Wait until the water cools to 160 degrees then put the brush in--tips down obviously. Let it sit for 5 minutes then take it out, spin dry and hang to dry.

You'll notice as soon as you put the brush in how fast the bristles react and change. I could barely stand using mine before that and after that it's been the only brush I've been using.

Also, be sure to soak the bristles for at least 20 minutes before using it. That is the most important part. I let mine soak for nearly 40 minutes because I got company, but when I finally got to mixing up my cream, man did it work great.

Good luck.

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 06-15-2012, 04:53 AM
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  • Songwind
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  • Burnsville, MN
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My Semogue boar (1305) was a pleasant surprise for the first use, but I had already started the break in processes on a boar brush before.

That said, it was a while before it worked for face lathering, and a while more after that before it worked for lathering sticks.

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 06-15-2012, 05:09 AM
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  • Johnny
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Patience, patience, patience, REWARD.

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 06-15-2012, 06:29 PM
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As others above have shared - be patient and keep using it and you will not be disappointed. It's definitely worth the wait.Biggrin

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