01-29-2017, 01:49 PM
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The Semogue 1438 was my first real shaving brush after a disastrously misinformed adventure with a Parker brush.  Over the last 4 years, I've used it more than any of my other brushes that I am fortunate to own and it's broken in nicely.  We're pretty fortunate these days with all the artisan brushes available to us, but I wanted to take a step back and acknowledge for myself, the simple beauty of my Semogue 1438.  The handle design is simple and elegant, the knot a wonder when it breaks in, and the paint is evocative of another time while still being modern.  There is also a bit of mystery behind the paint job, with an errant first run of brushes having a black base with red stripe instead of the red base with a black stripe.  I've seen pictures of the 1438 in different colors as well -- blue and green bases -- perhaps from earlier releases.  And yes, the collector in me wants to own all of these color variations!

If I had to (and of course I don't!) I could easily have this as my one brush.  Any other owners and fans of the 1438 out there?

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 01-29-2017, 02:01 PM
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My first boar brush as well, I hadn't used it for quite a while until grabbing it recently and enjoying it for a couple uses. Paint job on mine has gone to sh*t but obviously no impact on the performance from that.

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 01-30-2017, 08:51 AM
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 01-30-2017, 11:14 AM
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  • Gabe
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Nice Tom. I have not tried the 1438. I love the classic paint job on them. What is the brush in your avatar. I like the colors in that one as well.

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 01-30-2017, 11:46 AM
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Thanks Gabe.  The brush in my avatar is the Antiga Barbearia Shave Brush.  I suspect that it's made by Semogue as well, but does not have any Semogue branding on it.  The handle has the same shape as the Barbear Classico LE Shaving brushes by Semogue.  Here is the original picture.


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 01-30-2017, 04:49 PM
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I have been very curious about boar brushes . I have heard a lot of good about them . If I were to buy my first boar what would be a good recommendation besides the listed above  ? Beautiful pictures and brush by the way .

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 01-30-2017, 06:11 PM
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The 1438 of course!  Seriously though, I have four boars, all Semogue -- the 1438, the 610, the 820, and the Antiga Barbearia above.  I like all of them and I don't think you can go wrong with Semogue.  I don't have experience with other brands, but I know there are a lot of boar lovers out there who have more experience to offer.  Based on my brushes, I think I like the shorter loft boars (1438, 610 and the AB) and the dyed bristles (purely aesthetic for me but some say the dyeing makes a difference on the feel of the bristles).  Given all that, boar brushes are so cost effective, you have plenty of room to experiment.

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 01-30-2017, 06:22 PM
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  • Chaddy
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Semogue 2000 or SOC.

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 01-30-2017, 07:04 PM
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(01-30-2017, 04:49 PM)DEdestroyer Wrote: I have been very curious about boar brushes . I have heard a lot of good about them . If I were to buy my first boar what would be a good recommendation besides the listed above  ? Beautiful pictures and brush by the way .

Omega 49

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 01-31-2017, 01:51 PM
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The General and the 1438

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 01-31-2017, 04:33 PM
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  • Gabe
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(01-30-2017, 04:49 PM)DEdestroyer Wrote: I have been very curious about boar brushes . I have heard a lot of good about them . If I were to buy my first boar what would be a good recommendation besides the listed above  ? Beautiful pictures and brush by the way .

I like the Semogue 1305 and the Omega 10290. Both very inexpensive.

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 02-01-2017, 08:57 AM
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 02-01-2017, 09:56 AM
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  • nikos.a
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All Semogue brushes I've tried are really good, but, like all boar brushes, need some time to break in and truly enjoy them. I'd say about 20 test lathers/ shaves. A potential buyer has to know that I guess.

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 02-01-2017, 10:06 AM
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(02-01-2017, 09:56 AM)nikos.a Wrote: All Semogue brushes I've tried are really good, but, like all boar brushes, need some time to break in and truly enjoy them. I'd say about 20 test lathers/ shaves. A potential buyer has to know that I guess.

Agreed.  And once broken in, they are great.  But the break in period can be frustrating as the brushes are stiff and scratchy.

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 02-01-2017, 10:12 AM
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I don't own a 1438 (yet) but, with the exception of one Shavemac, I've gone exclusively Semogue with my brushes.  Multiple SOC badgers, a Mistura, and some boars - all terrific brushes!

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 02-01-2017, 10:25 AM
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(02-01-2017, 10:12 AM)shaveser Wrote: I don't own a 1438 (yet) but, with the exception of one Shavemac, I've gone exclusively Semogue with my brushes.  Multiple SOC badgers, a Mistura, and some boars - all terrific brushes!

The Mistura is an awesome brush!

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 02-01-2017, 01:34 PM
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An absolute favorite is the 830. Top notch in terms of beauty and performance. But that AB... dreamy!


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 02-02-2017, 08:49 AM
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 02-03-2017, 10:09 AM
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 02-03-2017, 01:35 PM
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  • Johnny
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All of the Semogue Boars are great.  But my two favorite are the 1438 and 1305.

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