08-27-2012, 02:37 AM
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The Omega 10048 - aka the Omega 48, Omega Pro, and/or Pro 48 - was the first "real" shaving brush I was exposed to after using an old Body Shop brush for a decade. The one I got was part of a Starter Kit I bought from Barbershop.no, and the box it came it was branded Proraso. The brush itself bears no re-branding, but proudly proclaimed itself to be an Omega boar brush.

The brush is of good quality manufacture, and should last a lifetime if properly looked after. I have no idea what grade of boar it is - I'm really not all that knowledgeable when it comes to boar brushes. What I can tell is that it looks like the hairs have been bleached, the knot has plenty of backbone and is not all that scratchy. It is also a big knot - the biggest in my small rotation - and a big handle... almost too big for my hand.

The knot is, as mentioned, bleached boar bristles. It's a 28mm knot with a 70mm loft, but thanks to the solid backbone it's not in the least bit floppy. The handle is chromed plastic and fairly light - meaning the balance of the brush is firmly towards the knot end of things. And speaking of the handle, I was expecting the chromed plastic to be pretty slippery, but to my pleasant surprise I have found that I can get a great grip on the brush even with wet fingers.

Various places online touts the Omega 48 as the preferred brush of professional barbers in Italy; and as much lather it'll hold I can easily see why. At the same time the things that makes this an excellent brush for lathering someone else makes it - for me at least - a less perfect brush for shaving one self. The sheer size makes it somewhat awkward to use - I feel like I am applying lather with a straight elbow - and the balance makes it less optimal for applying lather. The size also means I can't use it for making lather in my favorite Turkish copper bowl, but luckily I have a back up in the cereal bowl from IKEA The size of it also means I simply can't face lather with it; my goatee gets in the way.

The Omega 48 isn't a bad brush, far from it. It'll whip anything you'll throw at it into lather, be it a soft cream or a rock hard soap. But it is a BIG brush; from base to tip it clocks in at 133mm. If you're in the marked for a boar brush and you like 'em big, the Omega 48 will get you lots of brush at a reasonable price.

As an aside, I see that Omega also sells the 10049 - an ever so slightly smaller brush than the 10048 but with a handle that's coloured either red, black or white. It might be an option for those who find the chrome to be a little too much.

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 08-27-2012, 02:43 AM
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Hans great review and I couldn't agree more. Having used both a 48 and 49, I found that I prefer the 49. It's not as floppy as the 48 and even though it's just a big smaller, it seems easier to control. Very nice review.

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 08-27-2012, 02:53 AM
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I also have an Omega 20480 - it is the very same #48, with the same knot and specifications, but featuring a golden handle:

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 08-27-2012, 03:16 AM
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Wow Emanuel I have never seen a gold handled Pro 48. Very nice

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 08-27-2012, 03:30 AM
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I like that gold handle Emanuel...

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 08-27-2012, 03:50 AM
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I was always under the impression the loft on the 48 was 65mm.

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 08-27-2012, 04:09 AM
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Look for "Omega #20480".
The loft specifications that you find on the webshops can vary from 65 to 70mm. It is possible that some variability may occur.

Mine came from connaught, and has ~69mm loft. And here's a photo of it doing its job:

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 08-27-2012, 04:32 AM
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I measured mine to 70, and most webshops lists it as either 69 or 70. The '49 is listed online with a 65mm loft.

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 08-27-2012, 04:59 AM
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Somebody mentioned to me that there is a lot of variability on omega lofts, looks like it is so

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 08-27-2012, 07:03 AM
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  • Teiste
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Im not a fan of brushes with knots over 26 mm,but the Omegas 48 and 49 are tempting me.Good prices and people seem to like them a lot.
Thanks for the review,Hans!

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 08-27-2012, 08:55 PM
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Hans, very nice review, my friend. Omega makes some nice brushes.

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 08-27-2012, 09:24 PM
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Good review.

That's a monster of a brush! Yikes!

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 08-28-2012, 03:23 AM
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As a face latherer, I really enjoy using my Omega 49. Good amount of backbone and a bit of scritch but it holds so much lather it feels soft.

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 08-28-2012, 04:16 AM
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.....Connaught Shaving carries the gold handled No. 80 brush...

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 08-28-2012, 08:17 AM
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  • Teiste
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Well,this is the Italian Barbers fav. shaving brush ,so there must be a reason for that.Also the Portuguese ones , uses the Semogue 2000.

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 08-28-2012, 11:48 AM
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(08-28-2012, 08:17 AM)Teiste Wrote: Well,this is the Italian Barbers fav. shaving brush ,so there must be a reason for that.Also the Portuguese ones , uses the Semogue 2000.

I do know that it's a great brush for me to lather up the Better Half's legs when she shaves... but it's a less good brush for me to lather my face since it's big.

YMMV and all that Biggrin

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 08-28-2012, 02:17 PM
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I've got a 49 and love it. It is huge, but that doesn't bother me at all.

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 08-28-2012, 02:41 PM
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(08-28-2012, 08:17 AM)Teiste Wrote: Well,this is the Italian Barbers fav. shaving brush ,so there must be a reason for that.Also the Portuguese ones , uses the Semogue 2000.

Indeed! It all comes down to 'the way you use it'. Italian Barbers are trained the proper way to hold and use these brushes... butt of brush into the palm of the hand, fingers holding the bristles at the bottom of the knot... then they whip and paint like Michelangelo!

There is no better value in the traditional wet shaving world than the Pro 48 and 49 (in my opinion)... and this is coming from someone that owns a shaving brand (that isn't Omega!).Cool

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