06-02-2020, 08:10 AM
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I wanted to post brush reviews of 4 boar brushes that I have so people that maybe have not used them in the past can get an idea of what they are like.  I have until about 2-3 months ago, used pretty much only badgers and mostly high end badgers.  I have used Paladins(used to own 9 or 10, now own one--gifted the rest to my cousins and brothers in law in India).  I also have used M&F, Declaration grooming, Varlet, and Rooney(though not the legendary heritage hair from many years ago)
For people that have, maybe my perspective will offer something new or maybe not.
Also, I exclusively face lather.

First up:
Omega 10083:
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Bought this used from the BST.  It was already pretty much broken in.  I used to use this only on the MdC soaps that I have(Rose and Vetivier) but have started rotating it in.
This is a great brush.  Excellent backbone and the tips are soft.  The brush releases lather and I only need to load for a short time to have enough for around 5 passes(never use more than 3 though).  The handle is easy to hold as well.  I have really enjoyed using this brush.  And, for the price of one high end badger brush, a person can buy a lifetime supply of this brush.  Though, I wouldn't give up badger brushes yet.

Brush #2:
Semogue 1305:
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Bought this new so it wasn't pre broken in.
I agonized over which semogue brush to buy but ended up going for this one because it was cheap and had premium hair as designated by semogue.
The face feel is different than the Omega.  There is more backbone and springiness to the hair but the feel of the tips is still soft.  I started using this to shave from the start instead of doing the 3 day break in as described by many people on the forums and youtube. 
This brush also takes very little time to load and rewards with enough lather for 4 passes.  The first time I used it with haslinger's sandalwood I didn't get enough lather but I think that was because I didn't load enough and it was the first time I used Haslinger's.  Overall, a great value.  Unlike the Omega though, this is a smaller knot and it doesn't feel like a wall of boar.

Next up:
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Brush shown above:
17 or 18 mm boar knot bought by my late father in India from a street vendor.  The label says "Japan" and has some Kanji type lettering on it.
I had these brushes before I started using DEs.  When I first looked at these brushes, I said "no way" and put them in storage.  They were small, stiff and I couldn't see how one could get enough lather for 2 passes let alone 3 or 4.
I read about boar brush and learned that it was possible to soften the brush by breaking it in and using it and I tried the 3 day method but it wasn't that successful.  Then I left them in a cup with water half way up the hair in the fridge for about a month.  And then I started using it.
The tips aren't as soft as the omega but once soap is loaded they are soft.  And there's enough lather for 4 or 5 passes now.
I won't dwell too much on this brush because no one who is reading can actually get one easily.

Last but not least:
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Right off the bat, I saw that the hair is finer than the Semogue and the Omega.  In use the tips are soft and there's plenty of backbone.
I really enjoy using this brush and I'm not sure I would have bought the other brushes had I used this one first.
As with everything people may have different priorities and may choose differently. 
I enjoy using all four and will continue to use all four.

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 06-02-2020, 09:29 AM
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(06-02-2020, 08:10 AM)bkatbamna Wrote: I wanted to post brush reviews of 4 boar brushes that I have so people that maybe have not used them in the past can get an idea of what they are like.  I have until about 2-3 months ago, used pretty much only badgers and mostly high end badgers.  I have used Paladins(used to own 9 or 10, now own one--gifted the rest to my cousins and brothers in law in India).  I also have used M&F, Declaration grooming, Varlet, and Rooney(though not the legendary heritage hair from many years ago)
For people that have, maybe my perspective will offer something new or maybe not.
Also, I exclusively face lather.

First up:
Omega 10083:
[Image: ppXYTRK.jpg]
Bought this used from the BST.  It was already pretty much broken in.  I used to use this only on the MdC soaps that I have(Rose and Vetivier) but have started rotating it in.
This is a great brush.  Excellent backbone and the tips are soft.  The brush releases lather and I only need to load for a short time to have enough for around 5 passes(never use more than 3 though).  The handle is easy to hold as well.  I have really enjoyed using this brush.  And, for the price of one high end badger brush, a person can buy a lifetime supply of this brush.  Though, I wouldn't give up badger brushes yet.

Brush #2:
Semogue 1305:
[Image: PlDXcsy.jpg]
Bought this new so it wasn't pre broken in.
I agonized over which semogue brush to buy but ended up going for this one because it was cheap and had premium hair as designated by semogue.
The face feel is different than the Omega.  There is more backbone and springiness to the hair but the feel of the tips is still soft.  I started using this to shave from the start instead of doing the 3 day break in as described by many people on the forums and youtube. 
This brush also takes very little time to load and rewards with enough lather for 4 passes.  The first time I used it with haslinger's sandalwood I didn't get enough lather but I think that was because I didn't load enough and it was the first time I used Haslinger's.  Overall, a great value.  Unlike the Omega though, this is a smaller knot and it doesn't feel like a wall of boar.

Next up:
[Image: r5HQQ4a.jpg]

Brush shown above:
17 or 18 mm boar knot bought by my late father in India from a street vendor.  The label says "Japan" and has some Kanji type lettering on it.
I had these brushes before I started using DEs.  When I first looked at these brushes, I said "no way" and put them in storage.  They were small, stiff and I couldn't see how one could get enough lather for 2 passes let alone 3 or 4.
I read about boar brush and learned that it was possible to soften the brush by breaking it in and using it and I tried the 3 day method but it wasn't that successful.  Then I left them in a cup with water half way up the hair in the fridge for about a month.  And then I started using it.
The tips aren't as soft as the omega but once soap is loaded they are soft.  And there's enough lather for 4 or 5 passes now.
I won't dwell too much on this brush because no one who is reading can actually get one easily.

Last but not least:
[Image: hy3MP92.jpg]

Right off the bat, I saw that the hair is finer than the Semogue and the Omega.  In use the tips are soft and there's plenty of backbone.
I really enjoy using this brush and I'm not sure I would have bought the other brushes had I used this one first.
As with everything people may have different priorities and may choose differently. 
I enjoy using all four and will continue to use all four.

Thanks for taking the time to review these.  As a pretty exclusive boar brush user I would have to disagree as I believe that Omega makes the finest boar bristle.  However, I'm glad that boar brushes are getting some love.

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 06-02-2020, 04:25 PM
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Boars are also my favorite brushes, and Omegas are my favorite boars.

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 06-02-2020, 06:11 PM
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Nice review.  Thanks.

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 06-02-2020, 07:34 PM
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I am starting to rekindle the romance with boar brushes. I have the Proraso Pro by Omega and the Zenith B2. I prefer the Zenith. 

I have used a Semogue on numerous occasions but no longer own one.

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 06-02-2020, 09:30 PM
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Nice review. 
Lots of boar love here. 
I've tried Modial, Semogue, Zenith, a few vintage brushes and Omega. 
For my preferences, nothing beats an Omega Pro 49 (or similar) relofted on an artisan handle. 
I too have tried and occasionally use alternative bristles Wink

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 06-03-2020, 04:03 PM
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Thumbs up for the Zenith.

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