07-01-2015, 07:30 AM
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My two brushes are Omega 10098 and 10048 anyone else prefer the big boars?

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 07-01-2015, 07:39 AM
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My brushes are primarily 2-bands and synthetics.  However, I keep a Semogue SOC and Omega 49, and they get regular use.

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 07-01-2015, 07:57 AM
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  • Hanzo
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I prefer boar over badger but I do like a variety. I don't think a big broken in Omega boar can be beaten especially with soaps. It used to  be scripture that " badgers  are for creams and boar for soaps" .  I don't think badger is any more effective to use but the needlessly complicated gourmet demand for badger has helped degrade  boar use steadily.  Its unfortunate to me that people are taught to idolize the $300 2 band limited edition brush when a $13 barber boar will  get you  comfortably to the same place . This idea that you are really shaving the more  complicated, specialized, rare , expensive is leading many of us astray.

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 07-01-2015, 08:10 AM
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I actually prefer the smaller boar brushes. The Semogue 830 being my favourite, followed by the 1305 as I find this grade of hair to be the softest of any boar brush I have used. Nonetheless, I still much prefer my 2-Band badger brushes.  Biggrin

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 07-01-2015, 08:26 AM
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Having owned over 50 Simpson, Rooney, Plisson, Thater, Vulfix, Savile Row, etc since December of 2006 I keep coming back to the practical utility of the BIG Omega boar brushes. All of those Italian Barbers can't be that off base. Sure the aesthetics of the higher priced Luxury brushes beckon us all at one point in time, but I truly think that a well broken in Omega #48 can perform on the same platform as any of the aforementioned Luxury brands. The only downside it the retention of warm lather which the badger brushes have a distinct advantage over their Boar brethren. Does that mean I don't occasionally "window shop" online and off for other brushes to include fancy badger? Of course I do. If I had purchased every badger brush that I placed in an online shopping cart over the last several years the dollar amount would have induced a fainting spell had they all triggered to close of sale. I mentioned on another forum recently as to the BIG Omegas, I often think of professional Barbers in Italy plying their trade with simple boar brushes that if they could speak could tell some wonderful stories. My current Omega #48 gets most of my sink time lately and came to me via eBay for I believe less than $10 shipped. I am not an evangelist as to boar but rather a satisfied daily user that enjoys the simplicity of utility that it offers.

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 07-01-2015, 08:42 AM
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My Omega 48 was the second brush I bought (of eight) and I still enjoy it.
By and large, though, I lean toward the smaller boars. I love both the Bambino and Mixed Midget, and am inclined to get the Wide Waist Midget at some point.

My favorite brush of any kind is the Semogue 620.

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 07-01-2015, 09:23 AM
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  • BobH
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(07-01-2015, 07:57 AM)Hanzo Wrote: I prefer boar over badger but I do like a variety. I don't think a big broken in Omega boar can be beaten especially with soaps. It used to  be scripture that " badgers  are for creams and boar for soaps" .  I don't think badger is any more effective to use but the needlessly complicated gourmet demand for badger has helped degrade  boar use steadily.  Its unfortunate to me that people are taught to idolize the $300 2 band limited edition brush when a $13 barber boar will  get you  comfortably to the same place . This idea that you are really shaving the more  complicated, specialized, rare , expensive is leading many of us astray.

Yes, and that could easily apply to soap/creams and razors too. It gives the wrong impression to newbies.

Although my preference in brushes is for synthetics I keep badgers and boars in my rotation too. I like variety and would not feel the least handicapped if restricted to only being able to use my Omega 10066 or Semouge 1305. A well broke in boar is lovely.

Bob

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 07-01-2015, 10:32 AM
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Loved my SOC, but found it too big. Same with the EJ/Muhle XL synthetics..

I prefer the size if a 620/830

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 07-02-2015, 05:30 AM
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  • v4257
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My favorite brush is the Omega 48. Occasionally I'll get 'inspired' and order a new much more expensive brush (badger, synth, boar included) - but it never works out. I keep coming back to the 48.

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 07-02-2015, 06:12 AM
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  • Coyote
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I keep two boars in my rotation, an Omega 10066 and an oscar11. Both are on the large size and perform flawlessly!

Omega 10066-24mmx54mm

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oscar11-26mmx60mm

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 07-03-2015, 04:25 AM
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What size knot qualifies as a big boar?

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 07-04-2015, 06:57 PM
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Omega 10066 user here. Great budget brush!

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 07-04-2015, 07:32 PM
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I have a omega pro 49 and a 10066 they are great brushes regardless of price point. I prefer synthetics now and use those and badger. I could go the rest if my life and not use a badger again and be ok with it. I used a boar for a long time and never thought I would ever pay for a badger brush or even a synthetic. However IMHO if budget is a factor the cost of a synthetic vs the amount of soap you actually save over the span of using synthetics would probably pay for the synthetic several times over. It seems to me it take about 1/3 the soap to make a 3 pass lather with a synthetic vs a badger. Not sure about boar I'll haft to check it out and see.

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 07-04-2015, 08:48 PM
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  • leonidas
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.... Coyote, where did you get the Oscar 11?

..................it is a great looking brush.......

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 07-04-2015, 09:04 PM
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(07-04-2015, 08:48 PM)leonidas Wrote: .... Coyote, where did you get the Oscar 11?
.................it is a great looking brush.......

He got it from Oscar11 (Steve), Harry.    Smile

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 07-04-2015, 09:07 PM
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  • leonidas
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........thank you, Celestino.........
......i thought Oscar11 was a model of a brush.......... Blush

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 07-04-2015, 09:27 PM
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I strongly dislike boars... They need to be soaked for 15 minutes and I like a brush that is ready for action in a second. I don't even like badger because they require a minute to soak. I am a synthetic fan because of this. Another reason I dislike boars, is that they absorb lather and require much more soap to make lather. They may be cheap to buy initially, but they are expensive in the long run-- they may use twice the product of other brushes.

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 07-05-2015, 07:52 AM
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I have good luck just wetting my boars and go, I do soak them sometimes. Once the ends split boars are quite soft and have great backbone. With the very reasonable price I think they are a very good brush. As far as using to much soap, I can load them once and have enough for three passes and I don't notice my soap depleting any faster.

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 07-05-2015, 08:31 AM
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(07-01-2015, 07:39 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: My brushes are primarily 2-bands and synthetics.  However, I keep a Semogue SOC and Omega 49, and they get regular use.

Same here!

I also cherish a couple of Semogues LE and some small handled boars in the dopp bag.

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 07-05-2015, 10:18 AM
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(07-04-2015, 09:27 PM)fram773 Wrote: I strongly dislike boars... They need to be soaked for 15 minutes and I like a brush that is ready for action in a second. I don't even like badger because they require a minute to soak. I am a synthetic fan because of this. Another reason I dislike boars, is that they absorb lather and require much more soap to make lather. They may be cheap to buy initially, but they are expensive in the long run-- they may use twice the product of other brushes.

I have never had much of an issue using boars as I just soak them in running warm water for 15 seconds or so, then use them. Also, I don't find they require more product than my badgers. Nonetheless, I do find that they don't quite produce as much lather as my badgers and synthetics with the same amount of product, but it isn't a substantial concern as I still get lather for easily 3 passes with touch-ups; it just isn't as generous as with my other brushes and I don't see them being more expensive in the long run. 
As they say, YMMV.  Smile

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