01-31-2018, 07:57 AM
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 01-31-2018, 11:25 AM
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Nice closeup knot shot, Primo. Camera phone?

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 01-31-2018, 12:10 PM
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(01-30-2018, 09:07 AM)shave/brush Wrote: Cino,  What would you say is the main difference between the Thater and the Omega Italian Flag? 

From memory, I'll try to list a few.  

The Italian Flag has very fine very blond hair.  It's the angel hair pasta version of boar bristle.  It's also a big knot at 27mm x 64 mm.  This allows it to hold a ton of lather.  The design of the brush, as with many Omegas, prevents a lot of blooming, so the default characteristic of the knot I'd say is "closed".  When you lather with it you can use light pressure and focus on using the tips, but with increasing pressure the knot splays proportionally and you can focus on using a lot of surface area of the sides of the bristles.  Because the bristles are so fine, it is very easy to splay the knot and easy to control the amount of splay as desired.  If you have ever watched any videos of Italian barbers using large boar brushes you will notice how they control the splay for the desired effect.  This brush can cover a lot of territory if you like.  When new, however, the knot is not the most cooperative and you may have difficulty getting it to splay like you want.  At first, I even feared that I had acquired a floppy brush.  Fortunately, it doesn't take too many shaves for it to break-in. 

The Thater bristle is a bit thicker, maybe the vermicelli of bristle, and less blond, though lighter than say the Omega '49.  The Thater bristle is similar to the Semogue OC except that it brakes-in much faster.  The knot design favors blooming, so I'd say that the default characteristic of the knot is "open".  When using this brush I don't feel a distinction between using the bristle tips or their sides because the brush simply wants to splay.  This makes the knot very soft but due to its density it doesn't feel floppy at all.  I don't know if you have any experience with Thater 2-band badger fan shaped knots, but they are similar to the boar in that they are a soft face full of hair.

I think most people might enjoy the Thater more out of the gate because there is no skill involved; just lather and go.  If you like big boar brushes though, I think that the Italian Flag is one of the greatest values in shaving.  For that matter, at $9, so is the '49, but that knot is different from either of these.  Three great brushes here, I don't think you would regret owning any or all of them.

I hope this helps some.

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 01-31-2018, 12:33 PM
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Thank you for your response Cino. It is very helpful. Now I have to decide if I want the Omega Italian Flag along with my Thater. Two nice brushes.

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 01-31-2018, 01:38 PM
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(01-31-2018, 11:25 AM)chazt Wrote: Nice closeup knot shot, Primo. Camera phone?
An antique 5S... Biggrin

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 01-31-2018, 06:15 PM
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(01-31-2018, 01:38 PM)primotenore Wrote:
(01-31-2018, 11:25 AM)chazt Wrote: Nice closeup knot shot, Primo. Camera phone?
An antique 5S... Biggrin

I still use my 5C. Can’t take a decent photo with it though. I don’t think it’s the camera...

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 02-01-2018, 06:11 AM
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(01-31-2018, 06:15 PM)chazt Wrote:
(01-31-2018, 01:38 PM)primotenore Wrote:
(01-31-2018, 11:25 AM)chazt Wrote: Nice closeup knot shot, Primo. Camera phone?
An antique 5S... Biggrin

I still use my 5C. Can’t take a decent photo with it though. I don’t think it’s the camera...
Biggrin

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 02-01-2018, 07:22 AM
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My 4th shave with the Thater and I'm still so impressed with this brush. I use it mostly for bowl-lathering. I just don't seem to have any luck when I use any boar brush with a shave stick. That's okay. I'll use my synthetics with my shave sticks and the Thater for bowl-lathering. 

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 02-01-2018, 07:25 AM
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Great brush for bowl-lathering.   It has only lost 1 hair so far. I think that's going to be all it loses. 

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 02-01-2018, 09:19 AM
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The last two shaves I have had no further hair loss, so I am only going to update that should it occur. In the past, I have created two 30 day SOC Boar Break-in threads. I have decided to continue to post my feedback on this brush here. I have always been reticent about "reviewing" a product, until I have 30 days of usage. 
I can say that I love the Beehive handle, and the black is very attractive, however, the grooves attract soap film and are difficult to keep clean, especially against the black contrast. I would recommend the cream color to undecided purchasers.
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 02-02-2018, 09:30 AM
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Face lathered WSP Tallow Bay Rum. Really great backbone, but the knot allows itself a nice splay. No shedding.
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 02-03-2018, 02:26 PM
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My butterscotch 4125 arrived.

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 02-03-2018, 02:43 PM
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That is one nice looking brush. You're tempting me. 

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 02-03-2018, 07:11 PM
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(02-03-2018, 02:43 PM)shave/brush Wrote: That is one nice looking brush. You're tempting me. 


I agree. They all look beautiful honestly. I am very tempted myself. The Ivory beehive is very appealing to me. I haven't used boars in years and only about a month ago I started getting back into them. If I continue to enjoy them for another month or so I'll definitely be buying one of these beautiful brushes

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 02-04-2018, 06:17 AM
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(02-03-2018, 07:11 PM)snowman Wrote:
(02-03-2018, 02:43 PM)shave/brush Wrote: That is one nice looking brush. You're tempting me. 


I agree. They all look beautiful honestly. I am very tempted myself. The Ivory beehive is very appealing to me. I haven't used boars in years and only about a month ago I started getting back into them. If I continue to enjoy them for another month or so I'll definitely be buying one of these beautiful brushes

Didn't you buy the black beehive?  I can't decide for my next one if it should be the ivory beehive of the butterscotch octagon handle. They all look so nice.

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 02-04-2018, 05:28 PM
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Here is my trio of Thater Premium White Boar brushes.

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 02-04-2018, 05:36 PM
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(02-04-2018, 06:17 AM)shave/brush Wrote:
(02-03-2018, 07:11 PM)snowman Wrote:
(02-03-2018, 02:43 PM)shave/brush Wrote: That is one nice looking brush. You're tempting me. 


I agree. They all look beautiful honestly. I am very tempted myself. The Ivory beehive is very appealing to me. I haven't used boars in years and only about a month ago I started getting back into them. If I continue to enjoy them for another month or so I'll definitely be buying one of these beautiful brushes

Didn't you buy the black beehive?  I can't decide for my next one if it should be the ivory beehive of the butterscotch octagon handle. They all look so nice.


No I didn't! But I think I am gonna have to get that Ivory beehive

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 02-04-2018, 06:15 PM
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(02-04-2018, 05:28 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Here is my trio of Thater Premium White Boar brushes.

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That is a collection to be proud of.

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 03-21-2018, 10:15 AM
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(12-17-2017, 08:39 AM)Rufus Wrote: Enough already with the pictures, guys. I can feel my resolve to rein in my shaving gear spending crumbling minute by minute. Moreover, my SOC boar and Omega B&B Essential Boar are screaming at me to add a mate.

Following my failure to procure one of Phil’s Semogue 2018 LE 2-band finest brushes, my resolve completely collapsed and I ordered a Thater premium boar with a butterscotch beehive handle. I have high expectations for this brush. My SOC Boar and Omega B&B Essential boar compete very well with most of my 26 badger brushes, and I’m hoping, from the comments I’ve read on the Thater, that it will be up with my most favoured badgers.

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 03-21-2018, 10:39 AM
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(03-21-2018, 10:15 AM)Rufus Wrote:
(12-17-2017, 08:39 AM)Rufus Wrote: Enough already with the pictures, guys.  I can feel my resolve to rein in my shaving gear spending crumbling minute by minute.  Moreover, my SOC boar and Omega B&B Essential Boar are screaming at me to add a mate.

Following my failure to procure one of Phil’s Semogue 2018 LE 2-band finest brushes, my resolve completely collapsed and I ordered a Thater premium boar with a butterscotch beehive handle.  I have high expectations for this brush.  My SOC Boar and Omega B&B Essential boar compete very well with most of my 26 badger brushes, and I’m hoping, from the comments I’ve read on the Thater, that it will be up with my most favoured badgers.

You won't be sorry. it is a unique brush. It knocked my B&B Essential boar out of first place for me.

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