04-10-2018, 08:26 PM
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So this odd. . . just acquired a Semogue SOC boar - my third ever - and this one has synthetic fibers mixed in with the boar bristles! Check out the photos that clearly show one of the more egregious synth strays. But I don’t mean there are one or two synth fibers randomly mixed in the knot. No, I’m talking synth fibers in a quantity that makes it feel as if a hybrid knot. A new SOC “boarthetic” or “syntheboar” perhaps?!?
Have any of you seen or heard of this?!?
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 04-10-2018, 10:35 PM
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My response is directly regarding your photos. I unfortunately cannot remember which knot I had the same thing in. Multiples of it. I wouldn't say a name unless I could remember with confidence. I must say I found it to have "foreign" characteristics but that isn't to say I knew it wasn't some type of hair. I don't get too wound up about things if something goes wrong but I will say I wasn't happy when I found them in my brush. It felt like the quality of the sorting was passed over too quickly in order to control something like this.

A nod to Lee at WSP as he has stated on his site for years, listing his knots as filler free, 100% use of badger hair. Hopefully more can chime in that have been buying brushes in the last year and share their findings with newer batch knots.

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 04-11-2018, 05:30 AM
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Is that an inverted boar hair?

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 04-11-2018, 05:48 AM
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(04-11-2018, 05:30 AM)isendono Wrote: Is that an inverted boar hair?
Nope. Too springy and elastic when I pull on it to be an inverted boar bristle.
For the record, I have been and continue to be a HUGE Semogue fan. And, to be honest, this SOC feels and lathers BETTER than any of the two other SOC boars I’ve used in the past during break in. Very interesting and mysterious little brush. . .

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 04-11-2018, 05:53 AM
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  • Gabe
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Interesting...It definitely looks like a synthetic fiber.

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 04-11-2018, 03:17 PM
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Have you contacted the vendor?

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 04-11-2018, 03:29 PM
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(04-11-2018, 03:17 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Have you contacted the vendor?
Nope, I bought it on BST. And frankly, I don’t believe I’m a dissatisfied customer. This post was not intended to be a complaint. Just sharing my experience with a very curious brush, and wondering if any other members came across a similar oddity. I wonder how this puppy will break in!

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 04-13-2018, 11:07 AM
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I run across these before in various knots. I think it got something to do with the knot construction. I've never seen multiple (maybe one or two) synthetic fibers in a boar brush, however.

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 04-13-2018, 11:24 AM
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Those are very coarse boar hairs that creep into almost every boar knot I have seen.
I usually clip them at half length.

Most Omegas have them.
My Zenith didn't. 
My Thater surprisingly has quite a few.

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 04-13-2018, 12:20 PM
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I think it's a whisker or something. Maybe a guard hair.

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