08-31-2012, 11:34 AM
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I wanted to include a new Semogue brush in my rotation with the occasion of Semogue-tember month and settled on a 620.
I am planning on using it with soaps exclusively.
Yesterday I gave it a good wash with shampoo and Williams soap and have been shocked by its lack of density.

This is after the first lather, taken yesterday:
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This is after the second lather, taken today:
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I will take one picture after it dries and try to compare the knot with a 1350.

Anyone else with a similar knot?

Needles to say, it holds just enough lather for one pass, but that could improve after several wet-dry cycles when, I hope, will get more splits.
What do you think?

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 08-31-2012, 11:37 AM
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  • beartrap
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Yes, it's not the densest brush around but give it a chance. Keep using it for 2-3 weeks, it's simply great when broken in.

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 08-31-2012, 12:28 PM
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  • Teiste
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What Steve have told you.However,its a very nice shaving brush.

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 08-31-2012, 12:35 PM
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  • Dave
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Fantastic Face Lathering brush. Use Teiste's method for breaking it in (palm lathers with hand soaps) and after a few it will be nice and soft and ready to go.

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 08-31-2012, 01:08 PM
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The brush is all wet in those photos - hence, the hairs seem to be all clumped together. And it seems to be not broken in, at all.

Wait until it blooms. It will be a completely different brush. You can use Teiste's method to break-in boar brushes:



The video is in spanish, but you can watch and get the idea easily...

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 08-31-2012, 02:23 PM
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(08-31-2012, 01:08 PM)oversaturn Wrote: ... And it seems to be not broken in, at all...

Yes, it is a new brush. I will obviously give it some time till it starts splitting more hairs (already happening), just that it seems this knot is unique among the other boars I have.
I did not use it for shaving, just only lathering to speed up the process. I will switch from Williams to hand soaps.

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 08-31-2012, 02:53 PM
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No, no. That isn't bad. This is bad.

   
   

Parker/Delong/GBS silvertip with a 66mm loft. I kid you not. That is how it looked after attempting a test lather to my face. Circular strokes = a no no.

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 08-31-2012, 02:59 PM
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I honestly haven't seen a Parker brush yet that's worth a damn (synthetic or badger). That's awful and reminds me of pics of the Parker Synthetic knot as well.

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 07-03-2014, 07:55 AM
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I am likely to add this to the lineup. Whereas I enjoy the Omega 48, its loft is so long that its action is mainly painting. I want to try face-lathering with circular action and something that feels scrubbier.

Knowing Spanish made Teiste's video more enjoyable too.

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 07-03-2014, 08:24 AM
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I can only repeat what others have said here. This is a fantastic brush. I have no brush that produces lather faster than this one.

It splays out when you mash it and just makes lather as you swirl it around your face.

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 07-04-2014, 06:47 AM
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i love my 620 ! its a great face lathering brush. only my muhle stf v2 beats it in face lathering.

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 07-04-2014, 02:39 PM
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(07-04-2014, 06:47 AM)buddingshaver Wrote: i love my 620 ! its a great face lathering brush. only my muhle stf v2 beats it in face lathering.

Plus 1...It is a great brush, and the king of backboned brushes!

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 07-05-2014, 09:16 AM
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(08-31-2012, 02:53 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: No, no. That isn't bad. This is bad.

http://shavenook.com/attachment.php?aid=5633

http://shavenook.com/attachment.php?aid=5632

Parker/Delong/GBS silvertip with a 66mm loft. I kid you not. That is how it looked after attempting a test lather to my face. Circular strokes = a no no.

I can feel you my fellow shaver !
I have shown (here too) many times knots like yours
Wasn't from a torture or destruction test,was from an attempt to make lathers as i have done in the past with other brushes.

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 07-05-2014, 05:53 PM
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Holy thread revival Batman.

Sent from my SM-P900 using Tapatalk

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 07-08-2014, 01:38 AM
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This arrived yesterday. In a show of discipline, I am taking several days to break it in Teiste-style (suavizando).

Good thing a Simpson Berkeley Best (#46) is scheduled to arrive today. It's been lightly used and so can enter the rotation.

I am keen to see how they compare against the big boy, Omega 48.

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 07-11-2014, 08:36 AM
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I gave face-lathering a shot with the 620 today and some TOBS grapefruit.

It didn't produce as much as I thought. I may have either used too little product or not given it enough time.

After working things out with TOBS -- advice is welcome -- I'm going to try with either the La Toja or LEA stick.

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 07-12-2014, 10:00 AM
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(07-11-2014, 08:36 AM)Rory1262 Wrote: I gave face-lathering a shot with the 620 today and some TOBS grapefruit.

It didn't produce as much as I thought. I may have either used too little product or not given it enough time.

You didn't had enough lather for the third pass ?

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 07-12-2014, 04:18 PM
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The second was kind of skimpy too. My feeling is that I went light on product, based on bowl experience (where I didn't need as much).

However, after reading up some more, I noted the following from an Amazon review: "The bristles are tightly packed and stiff which means you will have to work this brush more than a badger to build a lather. Do not let this lead you to the belief that this brush doesn't function well but only that the tight knot and initially stiff bristles do not allow as much air to be incorporated into the lather, which means a deeper stroke technique, a tad more water and a little more movement can achieve a great lather."

Mine is quite new yet. I have just given it three days' worth of softening via five rounds of palm-lathering with glycerine soap.

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 07-13-2014, 08:20 AM
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Me and some other guys have problem with the third pass
Not enough lather for it no-matter the technique.

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 07-15-2014, 01:25 AM
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Today's outing was much better, though the load was still a little light on the third pass. I went a little heavy on the first go.

I think things will continue to improve.

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