06-13-2015, 02:50 PM
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When I read the post that these terrific SOC Brushes were on sale, I was fortunate enough to acquire one.
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Gulp, this looks like some major league scritch 
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After a wash and rinse with some dawn, I lathered up some DRH Sandalwood... Sherlock
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Here it'll rest and de-funk (honestly, it didn't have a bad odor) until tomorrow, when I begin my 30-day-get-to-know-you-period. 
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The ergonomics of this handle fits my hand like a glove. My only other Boar is a Semogue 620. Quite different.
So, off to a bar-b-que, where I expect to consume my fair share of  SmiliePig 

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 06-13-2015, 02:52 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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Very nice primo. Enjoy.

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 06-13-2015, 03:05 PM
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I have a SOC and think you will like it very much. Enjoy!  Smile

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 06-13-2015, 03:20 PM
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My only pig is also the 620, a face lather beast of a little piggy  SmiliePig

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 06-13-2015, 04:18 PM
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I also ordered the SOC on sale. I was hoping mine would arrive today but it looks like the US post office decided to route it to the opposite side of the country. This will be my first boar so it will be an interesting experience. I've read that they have a very long break-in period, so it might be a while before I can make any conclusions whether I am a boar person or not.

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 06-13-2015, 08:42 PM
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My favorite of my boars. I had read that some take some time to break in but my hairs were splitting on the second use. Hope u r as lucky as I was. Enjoy!


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 06-13-2015, 09:00 PM
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  • Thug
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Very nice Primo. 

I enjoy mine so will be very interested in your feedback.

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 06-14-2015, 01:02 AM
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What I am really forward is to see that pig evolve withing these 30 days, and Primo´s conclusions as to soaking time and soap use... Lightbulb

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 06-14-2015, 02:06 AM
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The SOC is my only boar brush. I purchased it a little over a year ago. I haven't used it in a long time, but remember it as a wonderful brush that works beautifully. Enjoy it Primo!


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 06-14-2015, 06:03 AM
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I don't know what I was thinking in the OP. I passed my Semogue 620 on to my son. I still have and use my BC Mistura, but this SOC is quite a different creature. I am looking forward to sharing my new 30-day "challenge" with the Forum. (Not much of a challenge really)  Cool

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 06-14-2015, 07:00 AM
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Primo, have fun and enjoy! I love the face feel of my SOC boar. The break-in period was short. It started to feel quite luxurious after just a handful of shaves - certainly less than a dozen. It has since surpassed my 1250 as my preferred boar. Today's shave will be with my new SOC silvertip (only three shaves with it so far), which as of last Thursday was not feeling as luxurious as the boar. Big Love For The Boar!

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 06-14-2015, 01:37 PM
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With 2 exceptions, all my brushes are 2-bands or synthetics.  I still keep 2 boars in my collection - the SOC and an Omega 49.  I know there are many excellent boar brushes out there, but for me the SOC and 49 are arguably the two best.   Both the boars get regular use and I doubt I'll ever stop using them.

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 06-14-2015, 01:43 PM
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(06-14-2015, 01:37 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: With 2 exceptions, all my brushes are 2-bands or synthetics.  I still keep 2 boars in my collection - the SOC and an Omega 49.  I know there are many excellent boar brushes out there, but for me the SOC and 49 are arguably the two best.   Both the boars get regular use and I doubt I'll ever stop using them.
I can see why. I was not overly impressed with the amount of lather I was able to produce this morning. (Face Lather) The bristles, while thoroughly soaked, remained quite stiff and didn't, IMO, soften up enough to create more lather in the breach. I am also assuming that this will improve with use. Tomorrow's #2/30. Onward and upward.

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 06-14-2015, 02:59 PM
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Are these brushes still on sale??if so where might one find one ?? Op my boars were not so good st first either. However after a nice month or so of break in and my boar will make lather with the best of them. Nice and soft too

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 06-14-2015, 05:48 PM
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Best of luck with this brush for 30 days, my friend! It will surely be a substantial difference to your Chubby 3 Manchurian and Chubby 2 2-Band! Boy, your face is not going to enjoy it for the first two weeks, or so! Good luck!   Smile

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 06-14-2015, 06:14 PM
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(06-14-2015, 05:48 PM)celestino Wrote: Best of luck with this brush for 30 days, my friend! It will surely be a substantial difference to your Chubby 3 Manchurian and Chubby 2 2-Band! Boy, your face is not going to enjoy it for the first two weeks, or so! Good luck!   Smile
How I am enjoying that comment my friend. If I start to wallow, please throw me a badger-preserver.  Biggrin

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 06-14-2015, 08:55 PM
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(06-14-2015, 06:14 PM)primotenore Wrote:
(06-14-2015, 05:48 PM)celestino Wrote: Best of luck with this brush for 30 days, my friend! It will surely be a substantial difference to your Chubby 3 Manchurian and Chubby 2 2-Band! Boy, your face is not going to enjoy it for the first two weeks, or so! Good luck!   Smile
How I am enjoying that comment my friend. If I start to wallow, please throw me a badger-preserver.  Biggrin

Best of luck with the brush, Primo and you can just grab one of your beautiful badgers if you're desperate, but I have utter confidence in you to see this through! I admire your tenacity!  Thumbup

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 06-14-2015, 09:14 PM
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  • Johnny
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I would not let that brush set overnight with that lather in it.  Boar hair actually has an inner core that soaks up water and if left standing, soap.  I would not want dried soap inside my boar hair.

When using a boar, I soak the brush in warm water half way up the bristle for between 10-20 minutes to let the water get inside the bristle to swell the bristle and make it softer.  I then lather with a somewhat wet brush.  After use, I rinse well in warm water, give the brush two or three good shakes, the let it hang bristles down to dry overnight.

I shaved with boars for over 30 years and never had one fail me and I never let one set overnight with soap in it.

The SOC is an excellent brush and with proper care will easily last you 10-15 years.

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 06-15-2015, 04:02 AM
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I love my SOC and it's about the only boar I still have. Holds a ton of lather in the knot. Feels great after the hairs split and it's broke in.

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 06-15-2015, 04:17 AM
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  • TheMonk
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You're gonna enjoy the SOC, Primo. It remains one of my favourite boar brushes, and one of the very few that still survive in my essentially badger den.

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