05-20-2017, 09:11 PM
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Hello,
       I have been thinking of possibly buying my first boar hair shaving brush. I'm not looking for the best there is, just a good one for the money (especially since I'm still a relative beginner with limited funds). I was hoping to find one with a handle made from some kind of natural material, but this isn't an absolute requirement. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thank you

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 05-20-2017, 10:11 PM
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Semogue is a manufacturer that I trust, and they have several affordable models with wooden handles. of the top of my head I know that BullGoose carries some of them, and Gifts&Care carries a lot more - but in the case of the later you'll have to pay shipping from Europe.

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 05-20-2017, 10:58 PM
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Omega makes boar brushes for proraso and I happen to own one. The handle is chrome finish and is Value for money kind of stuff. Semouge is another brand to look at if you are not up for a chrome finish handle.

Gifts and Care or Bullgoose is what I too would suggest you to surf.

You may combine some more items like blades, aftershaves etc to balance the shipping cost.


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 05-20-2017, 11:09 PM
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My preference is for Omega boar brushes. I have two Omega boar brushes that I love to use. The first one I purchased was a 10049, followed by the 10098. They are quite affordable and do a fine job once they are broken in.

I think Omega and Semouge produce some of the finest boar brushes available.

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 05-21-2017, 03:00 AM
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I just got the Omega 81064 from West Coast Shaving. Maggards Razors & Whipped Dog also has boar brushs.

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 05-21-2017, 03:46 AM
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Omega 49.  Available in red, white, or black handle.  Inexpensive.  Great knot.  Some guys will put an Omega 49 knot in a custom handle, which indicates how good the knot is.

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 05-21-2017, 03:59 AM
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Semogue 1305 - I liked this better than omegas personally. Handle feels great in your hand; bristles break in very nicely and have enough backbone and right amounts of scrub without the itch. They know how to do pig in Portugal!


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 05-21-2017, 04:15 AM
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Although I like my badgers a lot, I've become quite fond of boar brushes. Once broken in, they really whip up a great lather with almost any soap (haven't tried them with Williams, however  Biggrin ). An added bonus is that they are unbelievably inexpensive compared to badgers. I own an Omega 31025, a Semogue 830, and a Semogue Owners Club--I feel that the Omega and Semogue brushes are of comparable quality (very good). My personal favorite is probably the Semogue 830, but that's just me -- they are all good brushes and I enjoy using them. I think Vie-Long makes some boar brushes, but am not certain of that. Vie-Long is a quality brush maker, though (I like their horsehair brushes, as well as their badgers).

--Vance

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 05-21-2017, 04:19 AM
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Forgot to mention that another advantage of a good boar brush is that it willingly GIVES UP the lather! Some otherwise very nice badgers tend to be lather hogs. I've never encountered this problem with a boar brush.

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 05-21-2017, 04:55 AM
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Another Omega man here.

The 49 or "Pro" is nice. The handle is like a tea cup without a handle. Somehow it works well that way. The big high lofted knot is no nonsense.

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 05-21-2017, 07:29 AM
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  • Beau
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You might also want to check out the Omega 20102 boar brush. It has a nice knot and wooden handle, and it’s very reasonably priced at around $15.

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 05-21-2017, 01:56 PM
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PM me if interested I have a red Omega 49 that has been palm lathered just twice and never shaved with. I'll pass this along to you at no cost.

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 05-21-2017, 02:00 PM
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(05-21-2017, 01:56 PM)ultra~nova Wrote: PM me if interested I have a red Omega 49 that has been palm lathered just twice and never shaved with. I'll pass this along to you at no cost.

Very nice offer.  Well done.

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 05-21-2017, 02:24 PM
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Very nice Corey.

punchy, don't even think about this generous offer. Just take it and run.  It's a great boar.

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 05-24-2017, 06:35 AM
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Omega 10005.  Un-dyed bristles and a nice plain beechwood handle for less than twenty dollars.

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 05-26-2017, 05:38 PM
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I really love Semogue. When the handle chipped on my 1520 I actually stripped and refinished the handle. I couldn't give up on the beautiful knot that has broken in wonderfully over the last 2 years.  I used it today after a while on the shelf an realized just how much I like it. Semogue or Omega is the way to go IMHO.

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 05-26-2017, 06:49 PM
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Badger & Blade makes a really nice LE boar brush (Omega knot).  Check it out.  I've had mine for years and used it exclusively for extended periods.  It's broken in nicely!!!

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 05-27-2017, 08:16 PM
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(05-26-2017, 05:38 PM)naiyor Wrote: I really love Semogue. When the handle chipped on my 1520 I actually stripped and refinished the handle. I couldn't give up on the beautiful knot that has broken in wonderfully over the last 2 years.  I used it today after a while on the shelf an realized just how much I like it. Semogue or Omega is the way to go IMHO.

Do you have any pictures? I really want to get that brush but have read a lot about the paint chipping.

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 05-27-2017, 09:09 PM
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(05-27-2017, 08:16 PM)Starkicker Wrote: [Image: 4wBueuz.jpg][Image: D2szT3H.jpg]
(05-26-2017, 05:38 PM)naiyor Wrote: I really love Semogue. When the handle chipped on my 1520 I actually stripped and refinished the handle. I couldn't give up on the beautiful knot that has broken in wonderfully over the last 2 years.  I used it today after a while on the shelf an realized just how much I like it. Semogue or Omega is the way to go IMHO.

Do you have any pictures? I really want to get that brush but have read a lot about the paint chipping.

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 05-27-2017, 10:20 PM
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Gotta a PIF if your interested.  PM me.

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