08-09-2015, 09:48 AM
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I am debating if I should give boar brushes another go. 
I had the SOC Boar which I didn't like much because it was too floopy for my taste. It made amazing lather though. 
Also had the Omega 11137 which started to shed so i gave up on it. 

My preference is for small knot size and strong backbone. I face lather and almost always use shaving soap. 

The ones i am debating are 620,610 and 1800. 

If you own 2 or 3 of the above, I'd really appreciate your opinion. 

 Cheers,
Erez

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 08-09-2015, 11:51 AM
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610 fits that bill. Once broken in the tips are nice and soft and it has great backbone. 620 would work well as well.

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 08-09-2015, 02:59 PM
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610, 620, 820, 1438, 1460, 1470 are all brushes that seem to meet your requirements; short loft, small knot and good backbone.   
You may find the 1800 has a higher loft than you like, possibly. 
Good luck.

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 08-09-2015, 07:56 PM
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I had the same issue with the SOC and the 2000. I have a 610, which definitely fits your requirements.

Having said that, my favourite boar is still the Omega 49. I just like larger knots, and the large Omegas are not floppy...

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 08-10-2015, 12:10 AM
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If the 610 is the hair with the black dye, then I think you would enjoy the broken in hair along with the balance of backbone and gradual splay as it continues to get used frequently.

I really enjoy the first Semogue I got which was also my first introduction to a boar brush. I got a red handle 830 with the taller loft and 3 band dyed appearance. It was fun to break in and I always got great lather. It was the exact brush I needed when I only had beginner badger brushes and didn't want to pay serious cash for badger brushes.

Semogue needs to continue making more models, dare I say Limited Editions????? Haha no. That isn't necessary but I have tried a couple of the premium grade boar and it is very high quality boar hair.

While we are all here, can we throw out the pronunciation of how we all say Semogue? I say it like "Seh-Mah-Guh".

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 08-10-2015, 04:10 PM
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I tried 6 Semogue boars. Compared to my 25 prime badgers, they just can't compete. They are outclassed by far IMHO.
For value, boar is great though.

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 08-10-2015, 04:15 PM
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I think the 610 is what you're looking for.  Great brush!

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 08-10-2015, 04:16 PM
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I still like my 620 better than any other brush I own.
If I were to be forced at gunpoint to pick one alone, I'd be quite content with it.

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 08-10-2015, 04:20 PM
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If the 610 is the hair with the black dye ...

610 is the Natural Bristle one, no die. It's the one to get, not to mention I can't stand died boar brushes to look like badger.



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 08-10-2015, 06:41 PM
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I had a 620 and have the IB LE which has an non-dyed 830/1305 knot. Strict face latherer only and as much as many love the 620, I did not. Simply did not hold enough lather for me. The 1305 sized knot in my IB LE just works out much better and ultimately was the only boar I've decided to keep.

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 08-10-2015, 07:11 PM
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Semogue 820 is another good one. A bit longer loft then the 610 I think. I have the 610, 820 and SOC. 610 gets used the most as I face lather, SOC used for bowl lathering from time to time. They are so cheap, you can experiment a bit with them.

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 08-10-2015, 07:59 PM
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My soc is just starting to get split hairs and fray.  I think it has serious backbone and stiffness so if people think this is floppy I am so curious to see what "stiff" boar brushes feel like.

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 08-10-2015, 11:08 PM
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I agree with Billium.

My SOC has great backbone and lovely soft tips.

Better hair than any Omega I have owned.

A very under rated brush IMO.

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 08-11-2015, 01:17 AM
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The 620 and the 1305 are my only remaining boar brushes left. The 620 is an excellent little brush though with excellent backbone and a nice scrubby brush for face lathering, it really excels when handling soaps. The only downside (for me) is the handle, not really a fan of the shape it doesn't feel as comfortable to hold as some other Semogue offerings.

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 08-11-2015, 04:06 AM
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  • Balj86
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I own all three technically. Instead of the 620 I have the 1438 which is same exact knot and dimensions but with a wooden handle. Out of the three in order my favorites are the 1800, 1438 (620) & 610. My issue with the 610 is that it doesn't have that great of a flow through but has backbone. The 610 knot is Best 90% tops and performs better with a taller loft imho which are models 820 or 1250 (only difference are the handles). But out of those the 830 and SOC are also awesome options. if you don't mind the break in period I would suggest the SOC if not 830 would be the next choice. Have a good one.

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 08-11-2015, 04:55 AM
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2010 LE boar, killer brush.

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 08-11-2015, 12:23 PM
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  • Gabe
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A Cerda would be my pick. Its a wonderful face lathering brush. Much smaller and shorter than the SOC.

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 08-11-2015, 01:16 PM
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(08-09-2015, 09:48 AM)Galhatz Wrote: I am debating if I should give boar brushes another go. 
I had the SOC Boar which I didn't like much because it was too floopy for my taste. It made amazing lather though. 
Also had the Omega 11137 which started to shed so i gave up on it. 

My preference is for small knot size and strong backbone. I face lather and almost always use shaving soap. 

The ones i am debating are 620,610 and 1800. 

If you own 2 or 3 of the above, I'd really appreciate your opinion. 

 Cheers,
Erez

Well, I have those three (and then some more Rolleyes ). For a face-latherer, and of those three, the 620 would definitely be my choice.

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 08-11-2015, 01:24 PM
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Thanks guys, i think i'll drop a 620 on the next order from connaught.

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 08-12-2015, 07:34 AM
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I think Semogues are generally softer than Omega boars.

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