06-29-2018, 03:33 PM
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I just ordered a new Semogue TSN LE boar brush. It is made with premium boar bristles and a beautiful resin handle. (I love the handle.)
It has a 24 mm knot and a 53 mm loft. The bristles are supposed to be of a higher quality than other Semogue brushes. You can get it at BullGoose Shaving supplies. I can't wait to get mine in.  I have very high expectations for this brush.

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 06-29-2018, 05:58 PM
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It has a beautiful handle and, with that Semogue knot, sure to be a winner.

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 06-29-2018, 07:06 PM
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That’s a fantastic handle, well done!

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 06-30-2018, 11:25 AM
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I just purchased one as well! I have always stuck to badger brushes, and this will be my first boar. Fingers crossed!

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 06-30-2018, 12:39 PM
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(06-30-2018, 11:25 AM)Ols67 Wrote: I just purchased one as well!  I have always stuck to badger brushes, and this will be my first boar.  Fingers crossed!

I don't think you will be disappointed. This one really seems like a top shelf brush.

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 06-30-2018, 01:01 PM
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  • Asafiev
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Mine is soaking as we speak.  I prefer to cycle the brush with a five minute soak and then dry for 48 hours on three separate occasions.  Then apply some conditioner before placing the knot into service.  My initial impressions are very favorable.  Semogue has always produced some of the finest boar brushes in the world and this one is no exception.  I might buy one as a backup.

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 06-30-2018, 01:05 PM
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(06-30-2018, 01:01 PM)Asafiev Wrote: Mine is soaking as we speak.  I prefer to cycle the brush with a five minute soak and then dry for 48 hours on three separate occasions.  Then apply some conditioner before placing the knot into service.  My initial impressions are very favorable.  Semogue has always produced some of the finest boar brushes in the world and this one is no exception.  I might buy one as a backup.

Sounds like a good plan but I would be careful with the conditioner. Some of them might damage the bristles.

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 06-30-2018, 01:12 PM
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  • Asafiev
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(06-30-2018, 01:05 PM)shave/brush Wrote:
(06-30-2018, 01:01 PM)Asafiev Wrote: Mine is soaking as we speak.  I prefer to cycle the brush with a five minute soak and then dry for 48 hours on three separate occasions.  Then apply some conditioner before placing the knot into service.  My initial impressions are very favorable.  Semogue has always produced some of the finest boar brushes in the world and this one is no exception.  I might buy one as a backup.

Sounds like a good plan but I would be careful with the conditioner. Some of them might damage the bristles.

Oh, perhaps I will forgo that step.  Thank you for the advice.

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 07-01-2018, 05:55 AM
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(06-30-2018, 01:01 PM)Asafiev Wrote: Mine is soaking as we speak.  I prefer to cycle the brush with a five minute soak and then dry for 48 hours on three separate occasions.  Then apply some conditioner before placing the knot into service.  My initial impressions are very favorable.  Semogue has always produced some of the finest boar brushes in the world and this one is no exception.  I might buy one as a backup.

You could also speed up the process by letting it dry for 24 hours instead of 48. Most guys would agree that it's pretty much dry after 24 hours.

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 07-01-2018, 07:47 AM
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Or, one can just use the brush and let it break in on it's own.

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 07-01-2018, 09:17 AM
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(07-01-2018, 07:47 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Or, one can just use the brush and let it break in on it's own.
Good point.  I have never "artificially" broken in a brush.  I like to just use the brush and watch the ends split and get better with each shave.

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 07-01-2018, 04:40 PM
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Just putting the brush thru wet & dry cycles is still just letting it break in naturally. I will do it a few times with a new brush.

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 07-01-2018, 06:48 PM
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  • Asafiev
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Who knows, it can't hurt to soak the brush a few times and slowly break it in.  The real story is how beautiful the brush is.  I appreciate Phil's efforts in bringing this brush to market.

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 07-01-2018, 07:00 PM
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Let’s see some pics guys!

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 07-01-2018, 07:08 PM
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(07-01-2018, 07:00 PM)DBlitz Wrote: Let’s see some pics guys!

When I get it and use it I will post a short review with pictures. Till then see the first post.

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 07-02-2018, 10:01 AM
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(07-01-2018, 07:08 PM)shave/brush Wrote:
(07-01-2018, 07:00 PM)DBlitz Wrote: Let’s see some pics guys!

When I get it and use it I will post a short review with pictures. Till then see the first post.

Had to order one love the same handle on my badger.

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 07-02-2018, 03:24 PM
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A tip for conditioning a new boar bristle brush appeared a while back on the Portuguese shaving forum BarbearClassico.com: One of the forum members reported that he inadvertently soaked a new boar bristle brush for four days and after letting it dry found it perfectly broken in to his liking.

I tried this with good results on a cheapo Semogue 1438.

Just in the past week I did the same with my new Semogue SOC Taj Mistura (badger/boar) with, IMO, spectacular results.  On my first foray with the Taj Mistura and MdC Agrumes soap produced a near epic shave!

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 07-02-2018, 03:54 PM
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Got my Semouge TSN LE in today. I will try it on Tuesday. Can't wait.

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 07-03-2018, 09:47 AM
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I finally used mine today. No surprises. It was very soft feeling not prickly at all. Of course it whipped up a great lather. I used Van Der Hagen Luxury soap. I always use that as a bench mark soap. Too soon to tell but this brush could turn out to be my favorite boar brush. It certainly is the best looking. 

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 07-03-2018, 11:19 AM
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Very nice handle and knot. Even the loft also looks spot on.

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