09-11-2015, 02:28 PM
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  • Chaddy
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I'm looking for a boar brush. I have a 2000 and love it. I like something 26mm or bigger. Any suggestions? TIA for y'all's help.

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 09-11-2015, 05:15 PM
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  • v4257
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Gotta try Omega 48

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 09-11-2015, 05:21 PM
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The 48 or 49 work great for bowl or face.

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 09-11-2015, 05:21 PM
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  • kwsher
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(09-11-2015, 05:15 PM)v4257 Wrote: Gotta try Omega 48

The Proraso version of the 48 is solid and has a loft 10mm shorter [60mm] which I like but both are great, inexpensive boar options.

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 09-11-2015, 06:36 PM
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Don't forget the 98...

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 09-11-2015, 06:40 PM
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Or a 30mm from Whipped Dog.......

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 09-11-2015, 06:58 PM
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Omega Pros 48 & 49. The Omega 83 is also a good option. Great brushes for the money.

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 09-13-2015, 05:50 AM
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+1 on the 48 or 49. I actually use a 48 in the shower everday to head lather and in all honesty it's probably my favorite brush of all the brushes I own. And it's the cheapest probably by at least 1 10th.  But with loft and how nice and soft it becomes it is great for bowl lathering as well as some days I build most of my head lather right iin the mug.

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 09-14-2015, 02:11 PM
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I know it's not quite as big, the Semogue SOC was a great bowl lathering brush.  The Semogues have a wider bloom and that seems to work really well in the bowl.  Handle is very comfortable as well.

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 09-16-2015, 11:30 AM
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  • SRNewb
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I have and still use the 1470 Semogue, which is a small, 20mm knot in a small handle, to bowl lather. It's brothers the 1460 and 1438 as well.
Any brush, of any fibre or any size, can be used to bowl or face lather.
Lately though, I've been enjoying high lofted badgers for bowl lathering. The suggestion for the Omegas with their usual higher loft are spot on, I would think.

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 09-16-2015, 06:05 PM
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  • Chaddy
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What's the difference to look for in a face vs bowl lathering brush?

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 09-16-2015, 06:32 PM
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  • SRNewb
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(09-16-2015, 06:05 PM)Chaddy Wrote: What's the difference to look for in a face vs bowl lathering brush?

I'll give you my take on the differences, for me.
As a bowl latherer, I'm looking for a slightly longer handle, and a higher loft, so that there is enough distance between me and the lather in the bowl that I don't get it all over my hands, and so the handle is not banging against the bowl while making lather. I also like a higher loft and less backbone because I believe it whips up lather faster, and incorporates air more readily into the lather. Too dense of a brush, or too short a loft, for me is not as efficient, and hogs lather more, in general. The tradeoff is that the lack of backbone means it will take me a bit longer to load the brush initially.
For face lathering, in general, shorter lofts and denser knots help you load the brush faster, and position the hand closer to the face, which might tend to make building lather on the face more comfortable.
But I use my short lofted, short handled Duke 2 for bowl lathering with no problems, and can face lather with my high lofted badgers just fine. All of it in the end is just preference, IMO.

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 09-16-2015, 08:54 PM
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My vote since you have a Semogue 2000 is to now get an Omega boar. My suggestion is the Omega 21762. Lovely Omega knot in a beautiful handle. I would recommend any of the other professional line that fits your fancy if this one doesn't, but I think the heft of the material and the look is just simply superb and worth the bit of extra cost.


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 09-17-2015, 02:13 AM
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  • Chaddy
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I like big knots.

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 09-17-2015, 04:42 AM
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  • SRNewb
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(09-17-2015, 02:13 AM)Chaddy Wrote: I like big knots.

and I cannot lie!

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 09-17-2015, 09:42 AM
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(09-16-2015, 06:05 PM)Chaddy Wrote: What's the difference to look for in a face vs bowl lathering brush?
The main thing you want to consider is the length of the handle for bowl-lathering as you don't want your fingers hitting against the bowl. A longer handle, 65mm + will remedy this, whereas for face-lathering, the size of the handle/brush makes no substantial difference. Nonetheless, this is all subjective and you can use any brush that works for you.  Shy

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 09-21-2015, 07:30 PM
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the zenith boars are a really nice boar i prefer the semouge myself but the zenith is really nice.

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