05-22-2015, 12:52 PM
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Are there different types of boar brushes or is boar just boar? I have a Slivertip badger brush and looking to purchase a boar.

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 05-22-2015, 12:56 PM
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 05-22-2015, 01:30 PM
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I've heard a lot of people say they believe semogue is a better quality boar than omega,but I couldn't tell you. I have 2 of the cheapest boar brushes made omega pro 48 and omega 10066, both cost around 10 bucks,both do a good job,and IMO for the money are hard to beat.

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 05-22-2015, 01:57 PM
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Never owned an Omega but do have a Semouge 1305. Great inexpensive boar. Biggest difference I have seen from pics posted between the 2 is Semouge boars tend to splay more. Both should work just fine. 

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 05-22-2015, 02:02 PM
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Thanks guys!

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 05-22-2015, 02:31 PM
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I'm sure you'll be happy with whatever boar you choose, I would focus more on the size brush you want and if handles are important to you then use that as a factor as well. For me I prefer my little 10066 or 10065 (mine as the white handle) to the pro , the pro is massive and while it's a great brush, epically for bowl lathering with boar , I prefer to face lather and love the size of my omega 1006x, I just recieved a muhle synthetic brush and have used an elcheapodeamazonspecial badger and for the money ,I'll just say boar for me.

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 05-22-2015, 02:36 PM
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This is the little boar brush I can't praise high enough http://bullgooseshaving.com/omega-10066-boar-brush/

The first brush on this page will be my next boar brush.
http://bullgooseshaving.com/semogue-shaving-brushes/

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 05-22-2015, 02:48 PM
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I am using an Ever-Ready 150 that has boar and its a different game than badger.  Takes some time to break in but I like it better.  Like the article says, it's better(for me) on harder soaps.

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 05-22-2015, 04:28 PM
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I have a Semogue Owners Club that I like very much.

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 05-22-2015, 04:31 PM
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(05-22-2015, 04:28 PM)gordon55 Wrote: I have a Semogue Owners Club that I live very much.

What's the difference in the owners club vs regular semogue r such a price difference? Handle ?

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 05-22-2015, 04:41 PM
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(05-22-2015, 04:31 PM)Otis375 Wrote:
(05-22-2015, 04:28 PM)gordon55 Wrote: I have a Semogue Owners Club that I live very much.

What's the difference in the owners club vs regular semogue r such a price difference? Handle ?

It's supposed to be a 'premium' boar. It seems to be a more standardized bristle - they take more care in selecting the hairs. This means that more of the tips split, making for a softer feel.

That said, I found the difference to be pretty minor. I like the SOC boar, but I still think the 1305 is the best bang for your buck.

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 05-22-2015, 06:50 PM
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My 1st boar brush was the Omega Pro48.  I liked it and it broke in quite nicely.  It is huge.  Some face lather with it, but IMHO, it is better suited for bowl lathering.  I just got the Omega 10066.  I like the size for face lathering, but I'm still breaking that one in.

I also have a Semogue 610 boar brush.  That's a good face latherer.  It seems to be taking longer to break in than the Omegas for me.

My other brushes are: a cheapo badger and 4 synthetic brushes.

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 05-22-2015, 07:08 PM
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I started with an Omega Pro 48, then moved onto badgers. I then tried a Semogue boar, and I'm hooked. I love how they actually bloom, I like the non-plastic handles, and I like that they do have different grades of boar bristles (some softer, thinner hairs and some more exfoliating, thicker hairs). Semogues just seem like higher end brushes on a budget price to me. Of course, YMMV.

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 05-23-2015, 01:38 AM
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I have 3 boar brushes, 2 Omega 10066s (got the second nib for 2 bucks so couldn't pass it up) and a Semogue 1305. The Semogue may be a bit softer on the face but I tend to like the Omega which seems a little stiffer. I don't think you could go wrong with either. Just remember that boars will take 2-3 weeks of everyday face lathering to break in. A boar that is broken in feels very different than a brand new one.

Bob

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 05-23-2015, 02:45 AM
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(05-22-2015, 02:31 PM)Otis375 Wrote: I'm sure you'll be happy with whatever boar you choose, I would focus more on the size brush you want and if handles are important to you then use that as a factor as well.

Very good advice; i agree.

Of my three Semogue boars i have a definite preference for the hand feel of the 1250. The 1470 has a great face feel because of the shorter loft, and the SOC has a downright luxurious face feel. But i reach for the 1250 more often. It just feels more comfortable in my hand.

Imho, one of the great things about boar brushes is you can buy many of them for the price of a high end badger. Keep on trying different models until you find the one.

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 05-24-2015, 09:33 AM
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Semouge 1800 is my favorite. Perfect handle and very nice hair and excellent backbone. For $15 on Amazon can't really hurt to give it a shot!

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 05-24-2015, 10:35 AM
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I've used my pro 48 like I hated it literally. Used a lot of pressure during bowl lathering,etc. I haft to say it has broken in and is now so soft and has bloomed very nicely. Remember what others have said in this thread a boar that is new will not feel like a 2 month old brush you've used daily. A boar feels better with time. The smell can be pretty bad at first, I lather some dish soap and rinse then hairconditioner , rinse,then I'll lather proraso green and let the brush sit with lather in it overnight and this will get a lot of the smell out. I have some old van der hagen soap I use to help my boars break in,if I have some spare time I'll go lather the van der hagen.

I also agree with just trying some brushes and I've been known to tell folks to buy boars 2 at a time because I believe and this is just my opinion that a brush breaks in better if you allow it to fully dry, then relather so I'll alternate brushes everyday to allow the previous brush to dry. Of course you can lather then use a hair dryer to do some cycles back to back to speed things up. I've also noticed when the tips of the brush become slightly lighter than the rest of the hairs your brush is breaking in and will really start to shine. Also if nothing really floats your boat give Larry over at whipped dog an email and he can make you a brush at what size you want and he has many different handle colors, he's good people and a pleasure to deal with.

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 05-24-2015, 12:39 PM
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I'm a Semogue guy myself. I have an Omega and the knot actually fell out of it. I know that can happen with other brands as well, but it's the only time it ever happened to me. 

Greg

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 05-24-2015, 12:53 PM
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Semogue for the win. Much better handle options too.

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 05-25-2015, 11:17 PM
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I have 13 Boars in rotation
Omega are the most preferable,they work almost as they came out from the box
I have 2 Semogue,the most beautiful knot from all Boars but they need too much time for break-in and they have the "no lather for the 3rd pass" problem
I have 5 turkish Boars plus a TGN Boar and also i have tested a WD and a Chinese copy Boar.
The "pure bristle" won't count,i have abandoned them.

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