07-08-2015, 06:50 AM
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This is my humble start to what i hope blossoms into a full fledged collection of lower cost shaving brushes. I started out with the Escali in pure then graduated to the Vie-long. From there i turned to the two Omegas(on right) and today i just recieved the three Semogues via swap and shop from another member. Looking to add a big knot boar very soon! Thanks for looking. Reccomendations welcome.

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 07-08-2015, 06:55 AM
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Still no picture Smile

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 07-08-2015, 07:09 AM
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 07-08-2015, 07:11 AM
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ZWhat an embarrassing failure. My apologies.[Image: EY8FN4g.jpg]

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 07-08-2015, 08:20 AM
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(07-08-2015, 07:11 AM)Vielongfomobrushes Wrote: ZWhat an embarrassing failure. My apologies.[Image: EY8FN4g.jpg]
Nice looking collection, really like the semogues

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 07-08-2015, 08:55 AM
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Muhle black fiber--you can buy one for about $20. It will beat out all those naturals.

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 07-08-2015, 10:30 AM
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I feel bad for that escali, he's surrounded by nothing but pigs! The 2 omegas look like they're breaking in nicely though.

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 07-08-2015, 11:33 AM
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(07-08-2015, 10:30 AM)Safelysimpson Wrote: I feel bad for that escali, he's surrounded by nothing but pigs! The 2 omegas look like they're breaking in nicely though.

Lol. Dont forget about the pony! Thanks yeah its going well. Too many brushes to break in not enough beard.

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 07-08-2015, 11:39 AM
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You don't need to spend a fortune to get some great brushes - I ought to know  Angel

For a reasonable big boar, you may want to look at the Omega 10048 or 10049 (which is much the same as the '48, but coloured handle). The later have a 27mm knot with a 65mm loft, the former a 28mm knot with a 68mm loft.

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 07-08-2015, 11:41 AM
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Nice! Horse and boar and badger in harmony!
Recommendations: Plan for a larger drawer or shelf.

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 07-08-2015, 11:42 AM
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I need to try a horse hair one of these days.  Nice collection.....

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 07-09-2015, 05:22 AM
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That Semogue 1438 there is one of the best face lathering brushes in existence! And for a big boar, definitely check out the Omega 10049. They can be had for under $10 and once they break in are just giant soft lather machines. If you don't like the chintzy feeling hollow handle, you can remove the knot/plastic cup really easily with a putty knife and then fill the hollow handle with whatever you like. Another excellent option for a big boar would be a Semogue Owner's Club. Once it blooms out those things can cover a lot of area!

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 07-09-2015, 05:43 AM
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Agreed with the group- nice collection of brushes! The Semogue 1305 is a wonderful brush IMHO too. To echo the comments of Nate and others, the Omega 48 is also a steal. If you like shorter lofts (as I do) the Proraso, made by Omega, is ~60mm vs. the Omega ~70mm but otherwise essentially the same.

Great value, particularly for those that enjoy face lathering.

I picked up a Vie Long Epsilon brown horse hair a while back that I am very pleased with as well. Very dense knot but decent flow through. Soft tips with a TON of backbone. Great for those mornings when you are in the mood for the "rough stuff" as it is a great exfoliator. Happy to have this in my collection and another high value brush worth checking out.

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 07-09-2015, 06:21 AM
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The 1049 definitely fits the bill and will be added to the list! I checked out the vie-long epsilon but cant seem to find it for sale here in the U.S.. I checked italianbarber,shoebox, and amazon. And my idea of badger and boar in perfect harmony is the vulfix grosvenor 404! Another that is on the list along with the hyde park in boar.

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 07-09-2015, 06:26 AM
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(07-09-2015, 06:21 AM)Vielongfomobrushes Wrote: The 1049 definitely fits the bill and will be added to the list! I checked out the vie-long epsilon but cant seem to find it for sale here in the U.S.. I checked italianbarber,shoebox, and amazon. And my idea of badger and boar in perfect harmony is the vulfix grosvenor 404! Another that is on the list along with the hyde park in boar.

The Epsilon is only available via Juan at Gifts & Care [one of our TSN vendors]. I am in the states too but don't let the international shipping scare you off. If you order a couple of things it works out and their service is top notch!

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 07-09-2015, 07:21 AM
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(07-09-2015, 06:26 AM)kwsher Wrote:
(07-09-2015, 06:21 AM)Vielongfomobrushes Wrote: The 1049 definitely fits the bill and will be added to the list! I checked out the vie-long epsilon but cant seem to find it for sale here in the U.S.. I checked italianbarber,shoebox, and amazon. And my idea of badger and boar in perfect harmony is the vulfix grosvenor 404! Another that is on the list along with the hyde park in boar.

The Epsilon is only available via Juan at Gifts & Care [one of our TSN vendors]. I am in the states too but don't let the international shipping scare you off. If you order a couple of things it works out and their service is top notch!
Thanks for the tip. I will strongly be considering the epsilon for my next aquisiton. But you said i gotta get a couple of things for the international shipping to work out. Im sure that wont be a problem!

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 07-10-2015, 07:49 PM
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Those are some fine brushes! Congratulations!  Thumbsup

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 07-12-2015, 07:38 AM
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You have selected some very good quality brushes for the prices you paid. I am fond of boar brushes and use them in preference to the couple good badgers that I have.
Enjoy your selections!
~Richard

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 07-12-2015, 05:56 PM
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(07-09-2015, 05:22 AM)drivenlegend Wrote: That Semogue 1438 there is one of the best face lathering brushes in existence! And for a big boar, definitely check out the Omega 10049. They can be had for under $10 and once they break in are just giant soft lather machines. If you don't like the chintzy feeling hollow handle, you can remove the knot/plastic cup really easily with a putty knife and then fill the hollow handle with whatever you like. Another excellent option for a big boar would be a Semogue Owner's Club. Once it blooms out those things can cover a lot of area!

Totally agree. My 1438 has broken in better than any of my other Semogues. It is an absolute joy to use!

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 08-11-2015, 07:28 AM
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Great choices there! Be sure to check out the Omega 10066 boar and Omega S-brush. Those are the best budget performers I've owned.


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