01-29-2016, 12:29 PM
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  • vferdman
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  • Western Massachusetts
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I have been wanting to make a boar brush for myself using the Omega 49 Pro knot for a while. I love that knot and enjoyed using it a few times, but never actually owned and lived with one. I've had a few of these sold by TGN (they don't advertise them as Omega, but as made in Italy and they look and feel like the Omega and have the same black plastic ring around the knot and dimensions of a Pro 49). I cut the black ring off so I can set the knot at a slightly lower loft and brushes tend to look better without the plastic around the knot. So the time has come and I have created a large boar brush for myself (not for sale). The resin for this brush came from a fellow brush maker, Matthew Marting who custom-poured this and another blank for me as part of a trade. Matt does not sell blanks, so please don't even ask him. Just buy one of his brushes Smile Anyway, here is my long awaited Big Boar. As usual, the handle looks even more interesting in person. There is light play that just can not be depicted with static photography.

Dimensions:

Total height: 130mm
Handle height: 70mm
Loft height: 60mm
Knot: 28mm

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 01-29-2016, 12:39 PM
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  • vferdman
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Second brush I made for myself is a two band finest TGN with another one of Matt's blanks. I call this one "Fire". This is a fan shaped knot that I've had for a while now waiting for a worthy handle. Here it is.

Dimensions:

Total height: 120mm
Handle height: 73mm
Loft height: 47mm
Knot: 26mm Fan shape

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 01-29-2016, 12:47 PM
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  • evnpar
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Lovely brushes.

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 01-29-2016, 12:49 PM
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Lovely brushes! Thumbsup

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 01-29-2016, 01:16 PM
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Nice. Enjoy!

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 01-29-2016, 01:29 PM
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Beautiful brushes !


Lorenzo.

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 01-29-2016, 01:33 PM
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Very nice!

Enjoy!

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 01-29-2016, 04:12 PM
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Great brushes Vladimir.   I especially like the boar.  Always nice to see a big boar knot in a high end handle.

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 01-29-2016, 04:14 PM
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  • Triad
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Love the uniqueness of your materials

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 01-29-2016, 06:57 PM
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Looks great!!!


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 01-29-2016, 11:22 PM
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I love the dark red one in particular.  Very nice job - beautiful, complex coloring.  And I love the shape.

I'm actually headed to the shop in the morning myself to start turning my first handle - very excited to see how it turns out.

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 01-30-2016, 01:05 AM
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  • BobH
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Looking good.

Bob

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 01-30-2016, 03:43 AM
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Outstanding !!!

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 01-30-2016, 04:36 AM
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Very nice vferdman..... well done!

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 02-03-2016, 04:31 PM
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  • chazt
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Vladimir, your brushes are sensational.

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 02-03-2016, 10:26 PM
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love both materials, handles are also very nice!!

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 02-03-2016, 11:11 PM
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  • SRNewb
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They are both lovely, but I am a fan of TGN 2 band Finest, and "Fire" is absolutely stunning, IMO.
As for Matt's brushes, I second your recommendation on "just buy one of his brushes". I have one, and it is fantastic. As soon as I can, I'll have another, too.

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 02-04-2016, 06:04 AM
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  • vferdman
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Thank you, everyone for the kind words. It's interesting how the blue boar brush is getting almost no love, but the fire one is grabbing all the attention. To me they are both amazing, though I have yet to shave with the boar. I only have one shave on the badger one and I am absolutely blown away with this knot. It is very dense and very soft tipped. Just amazing. Still, I am looking forward to trying the boar today. I really love the Omega 49 Pro brushes (minus the handle) and for a boar fan I think this is the very best there is. Semogue boars are great, but mostly because of their superior (to Omega) construction. The blond Omega knots are usually preferable for me.

Anyway, here was my SOTD with the Fire brush:

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I used a Feather (7) blade and got an amazing shave.

Today the Water brush is up on deck... Stay tuned.

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 02-04-2016, 12:02 PM
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  • SRNewb
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Nothing wrong with a good boar, I own several. But that Fire brush just has it all. The look is spectacular, from the color combination, which is fantastic, to the two band look of that knot, to the loft it is set at, which IMO makes it look much better balanced than the higher lofted boar brush.
Both of them are nice brushes and nice work, but.....
The Fire brush just has a really classy, elegant look to it, in my view.

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 02-04-2016, 02:12 PM
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  • vferdman
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(02-04-2016, 12:02 PM)SRNewb Wrote: Nothing wrong with a good boar, I own several. But that Fire brush just has it all. The look is spectacular, from the color combination, which is fantastic, to the two band look of that knot, to the loft it is set at, which IMO makes it look much better balanced than the higher lofted boar brush.
Both of them are nice brushes and nice work, but.....
The Fire brush just has a really classy, elegant look to it, in my view.

I appreciate your comments and agree that the Fire came out amazingly well. Still, holding both in hand I can tell you that the Water is amazing. I just shaved with it earlier today and was blown away with how well it performed on its maiden voyage. Still a tiny bit of scritch, but not much at all and most hairs have already split at the ends. I have several boars, but they are all smaller and what I really enjoyed about this brush is the actual loft it has without sacrificing backbone. I always loved that whenever I tried the 49, but this Water beats any 49 I have ever tried. I set the loft a few mm lower and This knot just rocks. I almost wish I made the handle a little shorter. Not for looks, but for painting strokes that would be even better. I am nit picking here because really, I can not wish for a better boar brush.

Here are the pictures of my SOTD:

The blade was Astra (1), soap was Mike's Barbersop and boy did this brush make some amazing lather out of it! Aftershave was Thayer's Witch Hazel

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