08-09-2015, 10:54 AM
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I'm looking to give my Omega Boar a break. Anyone got some suggestions for an outstanding boar brush that hits above its weight class for the price?

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 08-09-2015, 11:16 AM
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I liked the Omega 10810 knot more than any other Omega knot I've used. The handle was comfortable too but it was made of really thin cheap plastic that cracked. The Semogue 830 has a high quality handle and a denser softer knot with finer bristles but is more expensive.

With all that said, I don't think any boar is a good value. They are inexpensive but not as durable as a badger or especially a synthetic. They also use twice as much product to create the same amount of lather a badger or synthetic will produce. They are expensive in the long run.

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 08-09-2015, 11:44 AM
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I'm a big fan of the 610. Great brush for about $20.

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 08-09-2015, 11:53 AM
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Badger & Blade Essential Boar available from West Coast Shaving is a good option. The handle isn't for everyone, but it's got a great Omega knot and some collectibility at about $20. I've been really happy with mine and didn't find it needed any more product than any of my badgers to make a superb lather.
The Semogue 610 has been on my list for a long time too though.

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 08-09-2015, 12:00 PM
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Yeah I do not find that 610 to use any more product or effort than any of my badger or synthetic brushes. It works equally well with hard and soft soaps. In about 30 seconds of loading I get an easy 3+ passes worth of great lather out of it, either face or bowl lathering.

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 08-09-2015, 12:01 PM
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I have a Semogue 1520 and 1305 that I use every day.For the money I think they are a great brush. I like them better than some of my more expensive brushes.

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 08-09-2015, 03:05 PM
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Any of the Semogue boars would be my suggestions. I really like the 830 because of the Premium bristles it uses. 
They are great brushes for the price and a wonderful value compared to higher end badgers, in my opinion. Also, when broken in, I don't find they use any more product than any badger brush.

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 08-09-2015, 05:04 PM
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Thanks guys for the input!

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 08-09-2015, 05:05 PM
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  • TheMonk
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Celestino is right, as usual.

The SOC is a little more expensive, but it remains my all time favorite boar brush.

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 08-09-2015, 05:44 PM
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  • v4257
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I have 2 dissenting opinions: 
1. I have tried a couple of Semogue boars including SOC - and found myself favoring my Omega 48 - which remains my daily driver. I sold my Semogues.
2. I have tried several badgers (incl premium brands) and current gen synths and continue to favor boar brushes. I sold all badgers. I keep a synth on hand for travel.

Just goes to show -- YMMV...

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 08-09-2015, 07:54 PM
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Especially for face lathering I would recommend shorter lofted Semogues (I have the 610) - I had both a SOC and a 2000, and while they were nice brushes, they both were also too floppy for my taste...

I never had the same issue with my Omega 49, which although super cheap, is still my favourite boar brush.

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 08-09-2015, 08:04 PM
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I have 2 boars the omega 48 and the 10066 ,bothbare great brushes,both were also around 10 bucks. I prefer synthetics now but I wouldn't hesitate to use my omegas ever.

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 08-10-2015, 04:45 AM
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if you want my opinion for smaller brushes with some scrub:
My favorite boars: Omega 40033 at 6.75 is ridiculously valued. Then Omega 10066 @ $10.
My favorite synthetics: Muhle 39k257, Muhle HJM
My favorite badgers: Simpson's Wee Scot, Simpson's Case1, Doug Korn Pure badger

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 08-10-2015, 04:07 PM
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Any boar brush is a value brush IMHO

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 08-10-2015, 05:54 PM
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(08-10-2015, 04:07 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: Any boar brush is a value brush IMHO

This is it! Most expensive I have owned is the SOC. Well worth the 45 I think. Well that's what it was when I got mine. It's the only boar in my rotation now.

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 08-12-2015, 06:15 AM
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I enjoy my Semogue 1470 and 1250 brushes a lot. They're both permanent fixtures in my regular rotation. The SOC boar felt "too big" on my face. PIFed it to a buddy who loves it. Otoh the SOC 2 band is a joy to use now that it's breaking in. But I digress... the 1470 costs $13, the 1250, $17. You can't beat that!

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 08-12-2015, 07:21 AM
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Deleted double-post. 

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 08-12-2015, 07:22 AM
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(08-09-2015, 05:44 PM)v4257 Wrote: I have 2 dissenting opinions: 
1. I have tried a couple of Semogue boars including SOC - and found myself favoring my Omega 48 - which remains my daily driver. I sold my Semogues.
2. I have tried several badgers (incl premium brands) and current gen synths and continue to favor boar brushes. I sold all badgers. I keep a synth on hand for travel.

Just goes to show -- YMMV...

You have described my experience concerning brushes - Omega boar is the best. I have found 48 a bit big for face lathering, so I stick to 49.

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 08-12-2015, 07:32 AM
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(08-09-2015, 10:54 AM)Bustedup Wrote: I'm looking to give my Omega Boar a break. Anyone got some suggestions for an outstanding boar brush that hits above its weight class for the price?

Omega 10065 with 5 euro is a real bargain
Excellent performance,some colours to choose for handle.

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 08-12-2015, 09:21 AM
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I think Omega 49 is the best vfm boar! Beats almost everything at the price of 7 euros... Sometimes I prefer it over Semogue OC. I name it soap- killer!

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