08-24-2012, 03:01 AM
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  • ben74
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Badger meets Boar...

and The Shave Nook 2012 LE brush was born!


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I'll be honest...

I only purchased this brush because it was The Shave Nook's inaugural Limited Edition brush.
You see, I'm dedicated to badger and I guess somewhat of a purist.
I was of the opinion, why waste my time with boar?
Badger is better...

Well, I'm not about to embark upon culling the badgers
and replacing them with piggies,
but I must admit...

I really like this brush!

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I soaked the brush for a few minutes...
I chore itself in waiting
and something I'm unaccustomed to with badgers.

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I then loaded with some Cella that I had moulded in an Old Spice mug.

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It was at this point I realised just how much water this little brush holds.

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As you can see from the picture I had way too much water!
However a few moments whipping the brush around my mug and...

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and...

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and...

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As you can see, plenty of lather...

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And more than enough for a shave and my two helpers to play with!

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And in bloom...

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I didn't shave with this inaugural lather...
But I did promptly whip up some more, this time face lathering.
There was some sensation,
Ok it was prickly, like "Pure" Badger.
But not unpleasant.
I believe boar softens...
and although I don't mind some sensation I'm hoping it will soften a little.

The one thing I really noticed with this brush was:
The water seemed to be held more at the base of the knot.
And the lather seemed to be concentrated towards the tips.

The result...

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I am very impressed!

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 08-24-2012, 03:06 AM
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  • Johnny
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Ben, nice write up on the TSN 2012 LE. As usual, the pictures are great, especially the ones of the two helpers.

A family that lathers together, stays together.Smile

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 08-24-2012, 03:25 AM
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Great review, excellent write-up and outstanding photos, specially the ones with your lovely children!

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 08-24-2012, 03:34 AM
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  • Dave
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Very nice post

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 08-24-2012, 03:39 AM
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Ben, superlative work as usual when it comes to your posts on brushes. Adding family into the fold just raises the bar that much higher. I look forward to your thoughts as you use this brush and it breaks in.

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 08-24-2012, 05:06 AM
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  • ben74
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I'm happy you enjoyed it gentleman, thank-you for the positive remarks...

What better start to the day than breaking in a new brush, outside in the warm morning sun, with the children giggling and playing with the resulting lather...

Such good, clean fun!

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 08-24-2012, 08:59 AM
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  • Leon
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Have we changed Ben's mind about badgers and boars?

Ben, I'm glad you liked it. It only gets better from now on.

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 08-24-2012, 09:37 AM
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  • Andrew
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Ben, nice write up and pics. I'm a badger fan, too. This TSN LE is my second boar. The first I sold after breaking it in - it just didn't do it for me. But this little guy (the LE) is something else. Every soap I've tested it on has given up gobs of creamy lather. Soaps I had put in the cabinet for not performing as I'd hoped are now seeing use again. Is it the boar hair? Or is it just this special little brush?

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 08-24-2012, 09:40 AM
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  • Howler
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Great review of the Nook brush. The lather pictures were great too.

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 08-24-2012, 11:10 AM
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Really great review and I love the pictures! Biggrin

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 08-24-2012, 11:28 AM
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Great write up on a great brush - and as Leon said, it'll keep getting better.

Mine has about ten lathers by now - half for testing and breaking in, half on my face. It's wonderful Biggrin

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 08-24-2012, 12:10 PM
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  • brg
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It's more than a review, it tells a story! Thanks.

I used my Semogue 605 (boar, same handle with brown insert) for the first time today. The handle is absolutely exquisite, your pictures do it justice, especially the last one where the reflection of the "facets" is seen on the sink. That's how this brush handle rolls...
Another thing I noticed is that due to being very flat, it tends to accumulate lather on the handle very easily. Maybe when it opens up more this will stop happening so frequently.

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 08-24-2012, 01:27 PM
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Lovely pics Ben!

I quite like the slight scritch this brush has. I think this is due to the badger rather than the boar though. The 830 shares the same hair as this and it's got extremely soft tips.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this brush develops.

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 08-24-2012, 04:22 PM
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  • Teiste
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Well,I have red this article 3 times today.Enough said!Clap

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 08-24-2012, 04:24 PM
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  • ben74
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Blush Coming from you Teiste, that's high praise indeed, thank-you... Blush

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 08-24-2012, 05:15 PM
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Excellent review, Ben. Enjoy the brush.

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 08-24-2012, 05:16 PM
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  • ben74
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Thank-you Celestino, I certainly am enjoying the brush and am looking forward to using it again today!

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 08-24-2012, 05:37 PM
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  • Johnny
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Get those kids an agent. They need to make a soap commercial.Smile

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 08-24-2012, 05:42 PM
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A GRAND write up! Bravo!

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 08-24-2012, 09:21 PM
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  • gijames
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Thanks for sharing Ben Smile

lovely kiddos!

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