04-18-2016, 03:39 PM
#1
  • DRD_3
  • Junior Member
  • Michigan
User Info
Hello, 

I've recently purchased an Omega 10049 boar brush. I'm aware that boars in particular need a break in period.

The common advice (like on YouTube) would have me soaking the brush in a dish soap solution for up to 10 minutes; and then condition either by lathering a shave soap and setting over night, or by treating with a hair conditioner. You would then soften the brush over time by just using it. The tips split and become softer.

I have conducted the dish soap soak and will be treating my brush by soaking in some axe hair conditioner. I suppose this could be an instance where I use my useless Geo F Trumpers hard soap( bad formula), coconut variety

My question, though, is why couldn't I also add a process here that similar in the way you break in some natural fiber paint brushes. I know that you can soften the ends of these brushes by rubbing on a rough surface, like a concrete wall or sand paper.

Has any one tried this with their boar brush? Or can you think of reasons why doing this would be good or bad?

0 43
Reply
 04-18-2016, 04:41 PM
#2
User Info
I hand lather my 10 boars once a week for 10 weeks straight, and my Semogue 1305 is already almost broken in after just 5 hand latherings and 3 head and face shaves.

24 5,966
Reply
 04-18-2016, 05:12 PM
#3
  • DRD_3
  • Junior Member
  • Michigan
User Info
(04-18-2016, 04:41 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I hand lather my 10 boars once a week for 10 weeks straight, and my Semogue 1305 is already almost broken in after just 5 hand latherings and 3 head and face shaves.

I think you make a good point, I probably don't want to face lather until it is fully broken in. 

I wonder, do they make lather bowls specifically for breaking in boars? What would that be? A rough ceramic surface perhaps? Silicone coating maybe?

0 43
Reply
 04-18-2016, 05:32 PM
#4
  • kav
  • Banned
  • east of the sun,west of the moon
User Info
Break in your boar the old fashioned way- use it.

2 3,171
Reply
 04-18-2016, 05:38 PM
#5
User Info
Just shave with it.  That's the only breaking in a boar brush needs.  I've broken in boar brushes over the years and never gone through all the recommended rituals that are out there. They're unecessary complications of a very simple process.

50 6,081
Reply
 04-18-2016, 05:42 PM
#6
  • kav
  • Banned
  • east of the sun,west of the moon
User Info
Distressed furniture, prewashed jeans, aerosol cans of wine cellar dust- you to can have patination in today's instant gratification society.

2 3,171
Reply
 04-18-2016, 08:21 PM
#7
User Info
(04-18-2016, 05:32 PM)kav Wrote: Break in your boar the old fashioned way- use it.

+1 It will be a more rewarding experience. Thumbsup

83 21,077
Reply
 04-18-2016, 08:43 PM
#8
User Info
(04-18-2016, 03:39 PM)DRD_3 Wrote: ... My question, though, is why couldn't I also add a process here that similar in the way you break in some natural fiber paint brushes. I know that you can soften the ends of these brushes by rubbing on a rough surface, like a concrete wall or sand paper.

Has any one tried this with their boar brush? Or can you think of reasons why doing this would be good or bad?

Though I face lather, I've used a Spice Mortar Bowl for the first 5-10 shaves when breaking in Boars, Horses and softening the tips of my Black Badger without ill effects.  The textured bottom of the bowl is conducive to the process and makes the lather feel a bit different in a very nice way.

1 181
Reply
 04-19-2016, 02:20 AM
#9
User Info
I also like to break in my boars with simple use. I think it's fun to pay attention to the change. It also slightly enhances my ownership of the brush, and holds off sbad for a touch longer. I usually face lather and a new boat works fine after a good soak.

1 40
Reply
 04-19-2016, 02:51 AM
#10
  • BobH
  • Senior Member
  • Thunder Bay Canada
User Info
Another one here that just uses them till they break in. It usually takes a couple of weeks of everyday use to break mine in.

Bob

0 1,694
Reply
 04-19-2016, 07:32 AM
#11
  • chazt
  • Senior Member
  • Bayside, NY
User Info
(04-18-2016, 04:41 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I hand lather my 10 boars once a week for 10 weeks straight, and my Semogue 1305 is already almost broken in after just 5 hand latherings and 3 head and face shaves.

Looks like someone needs to modify his sig line Wink

7 2,145
Reply
 04-19-2016, 10:55 AM
#12
User Info
I like Teiste's video of palm lathering for new boars.
I did that for just a few days with every new boar I owned, to excellent effect.

8 916
Reply
 04-19-2016, 03:35 PM
#13
  • DRD_3
  • Junior Member
  • Michigan
User Info
(04-18-2016, 05:32 PM)kav Wrote: Break in your boar the old fashioned way- use it.

Probably the best wisdom, but I can't help but think there are always ways to do something better.

0 43
Reply
 04-19-2016, 03:37 PM
#14
  • DRD_3
  • Junior Member
  • Michigan
User Info
(04-18-2016, 05:38 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Just shave with it.  That's the only breaking in a boar brush needs.  I've broken in boar brushes over the years and never gone through all the recommended rituals that are out there. They're unecessary complications of a very simple process.

Sometimes it's best to keep it simple, but I have the tendency to complicate things from time to time. It's a character flaw I guess.

0 43
Reply
 04-19-2016, 03:42 PM
#15
  • DRD_3
  • Junior Member
  • Michigan
User Info
(04-18-2016, 05:42 PM)kav Wrote: Distressed furniture, prewashed jeans, aerosol cans of wine cellar dust- you to can have patination in today's instant gratification society.

Ha, Ha...do you think I could get Billy Mays rise from the grave to pitch my shave bowl and/or battery operated brush breaker-iner?! I do get a kick out of how they've put silicone sealant in a aerosol can...

0 43
Reply
 04-19-2016, 03:49 PM
#16
  • DRD_3
  • Junior Member
  • Michigan
User Info
(04-18-2016, 08:21 PM)celestino Wrote:
(04-18-2016, 05:32 PM)kav Wrote: Break in your boar the old fashioned way- use it.

+1 It will be a more rewarding experience. Thumbsup

Probably.

I did just use the brush today with just soaking it in conditioner overnight. I decided to just go ahead and face lather. You know it really wasn't too bad at all. I used my Maggard Limes and bergamot shave soap along with my Ikon B1 Slant w/ bull dog handle, and Kai blade. Followed up with Thayers Lemon witchhazel and the Maggard Limes and bergamot aftershave.

It happened to be a really great shave--one of the best so far. So I guess I really don't need to go crazy breaking in my boar brush.

0 43
Reply
 04-19-2016, 03:52 PM
#17
  • DRD_3
  • Junior Member
  • Michigan
User Info
(04-18-2016, 08:43 PM)TommyGuns59 Wrote:
(04-18-2016, 03:39 PM)DRD_3 Wrote: ... My question, though, is why couldn't I also add a process here that similar in the way you break in some natural fiber paint brushes. I know that you can soften the ends of these brushes by rubbing on a rough surface, like a concrete wall or sand paper.

Has any one tried this with their boar brush? Or can you think of reasons why doing this would be good or bad?

Though I face lather, I've used a Spice Mortar Bowl for the first 5-10 shaves when breaking in Boars, Horses and softening the tips of my Black Badger without ill effects.  The textured bottom of the bowl is coducive to the process and makes the lather feel a bit different in a very nice way.

That is brilliant. I think I even have a mortar bowl somewhere. Great idea! I'll see if I can find my mortar bowl and give it a try.

0 43
Reply
 04-19-2016, 03:56 PM
#18
  • DRD_3
  • Junior Member
  • Michigan
User Info
(04-19-2016, 02:20 AM)Stridercombs Wrote: I also like to break in my boars with simple use. I think it's fun to pay attention to the change. It also slightly enhances my ownership of the brush, and holds off sbad for a touch longer. I usually face lather and a new boat works fine after a good soak.

Learn to appreciate the process, and appreciate the brush. Makes sense, and certainly sounds like it makes the experience that much more enjoyable. 

Thanks,

0 43
Reply
 04-19-2016, 03:58 PM
#19
  • DRD_3
  • Junior Member
  • Michigan
User Info
(04-19-2016, 02:51 AM)BobH Wrote: Another one here that just uses them till they break in. It usually takes a couple of weeks of everyday use to break mine in.

Bob

Yeah, I decided to just use my brush today, and the shave wasn't half bad. Actually a great experience, and no real problems with the brush.

0 43
Reply
 04-19-2016, 03:59 PM
#20
  • DRD_3
  • Junior Member
  • Michigan
User Info
(04-19-2016, 07:32 AM)chazt Wrote:
(04-18-2016, 04:41 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I hand lather my 10 boars once a week for 10 weeks straight, and my Semogue 1305 is already almost broken in after just 5 hand latherings and 3 head and face shaves.

Looks like someone needs to modify his sig line Wink

Ha, Ha. I did notice that...even has a dancing badger!

0 43
Reply
Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)