10-02-2012, 08:27 PM
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I'm thinking about trying a boar again (tried once before, didn't care for it...). I've come to believe my first encounter with a boar disappointed me because of a lack of knowledge. I knew boars to need time to split at the ends and break in. And I knew the '2-bands' were merely dye. But that was about it. So I when I chose a boar, I was basically throwing darts while blindfolded on a trampoline (and yet somehow survived)...

Now that I firmly know what I like in a badger, I think my best chance of liking a boar is to try one with similar characteristics. That said, I'm hoping some of you gents with a lot of boar experience can help me out by taking at look at the characteristics I like (and dislike) and then suggesting a boar you believe may come close to matching them.

Okay, here we go... What I like in a brush: I'm a face-lathering fool who loves the feel of a big, soft mop in his face. In other words, I like a big brush (e.g. very large, luxurious bloom) that has zero scritchiness (or as close to zero as one can get)...

By the same token, it has to load soaps. It doesn't have to eat pucks alive, but it does need to load.

It needs to have a fan shaped bulb (otherwise a lot of that tip real estate is going to waste instead of caressing my cheeks like it should be...).

And, while it doesn't have to have to march into battle like General Patton, it does has to have at least a hint of a spine - just enough backbone to face lather. So, soft, luxurious mop = yes. Total wet noodle = no.

Some badger examples just in case they'll help to more clearly illustrate the characteristics I'm trying to get closest to:
  • Kent BK12 - LOVE the size. Love the density (or should I say the partial lack thereof). But a little too scritchy
  • Shavemac D01 22mm 3-band flat-top - nice and soft but too small of a bloom
  • Simpsons 2-band PJ2 - way to scritchy
  • TGN 24mm super silvertip - love the softness, not crazy about bulb shape, too small
So what do you guys think, any suggestions for a boar having a large bloom, just a hint of backbone, and very, very little (if any) scritchiness after a few weeks of break in?

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 10-02-2012, 08:37 PM
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  • Teiste
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Semogue 2000 , Semogue SOC and Omega Pro 48/49.

I will go for the Semogue 200 first . Has a 25 mm knot and the tips become soft very soon.Its more expensive than the Omega 48 and 49 , but the handle is much elegant and better (Omega handles are made by plastic while the Semogue is made of wood).

If you like the Semogue , go for the Omega 48/49 Pro second.They both have 27 mm knot.

And finally go for the Semogue SOC.This one has the softer tips of all , but takes a little bit more time to soften the tips.However , is the fav of many gents here.

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 10-02-2012, 08:41 PM
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  • Teiste
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By the way , read this tutorial about boar brushes : A tutorial bout boar brushes ; the science of the boar

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 10-02-2012, 08:42 PM
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  • Tonality
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The more I use my SOC boar, the more I truly appreciate it and the softer it gets. I sure do love that brush.

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 10-02-2012, 08:53 PM
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  • MickToley
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I don't have a 2000, but it sounds right up your alley. Definitely consider a Semogue Owner's Club boar, too.

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 10-02-2012, 10:19 PM
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  • Johnny
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The tried and true 1305 Semogue is also an excellent choice.

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 10-02-2012, 10:56 PM
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  • beartrap
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1305 and SOC!

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 10-03-2012, 03:28 AM
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1305 and SOC boar. Get both or pick between the two based on how important the fastest break-in is to you (1305), bigger size (SOC) and/or looks.

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 10-03-2012, 03:57 AM
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  • Howler
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I have a Semogue Owner's Club it is an awesome brush.

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 10-03-2012, 04:13 AM
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The Omega Pro 48/49 are excellent large brushes, and at an excellent price.

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 10-03-2012, 06:07 AM
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(10-02-2012, 08:41 PM)Teiste Wrote: By the way , read this tutorial about boar brushes : A tutorial bout boar brushes ; the science of the boar

Wow, that has got to be one of the best brush tutorials I've read - thanks for pointing me to that Teiste.

Okay, so far the suggestion tally stands at:
Omega 48/49 - 2
Semogue SOC - 5
Semogue 1305 - 3
Semogue 2000 - 2

I should also mention that I'm not worried about a fast break in - just the softness achieved as the end result. I'm a patient man and would gladly spend a couple months breaking in a boar as long as I knew ahead of time it has the potential to reach the softness I desire...

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 10-03-2012, 11:11 AM
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  • RedRocks
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Sounds like some good advice coming out of this thread. I think I'm going to weigh my options & order up a new boar, if for no other reason but to just compare with the Ever-Readys I already own.

~Frank

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 10-03-2012, 11:24 AM
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  • Johnny
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(10-03-2012, 06:07 AM)Malacoda Wrote:
(10-02-2012, 08:41 PM)Teiste Wrote: By the way , read this tutorial about boar brushes : A tutorial bout boar brushes ; the science of the boar

Wow, that has got to be one of the best brush tutorials I've read - thanks for pointing me to that Teiste.

Okay, so far the suggestion tally stands at:
Omega 48/49 - 2
Semogue SOC - 5
Semogue 1305 - 3
Semogue 2000 - 2

I should also mention that I'm not worried about a fast break in - just the softness achieved as the end result. I'm a patient man and would gladly spend a couple months breaking in a boar as long as I knew ahead of time it has the potential to reach the softness I desire...

Well, since you are a patient man then I change my recommendation from the 1305 to the SOC. Once broken in, you won't find a better boar brush.

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 10-03-2012, 12:57 PM
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  • VT_Hokie
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Semogue 1470 or SOC

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 10-03-2012, 01:01 PM
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I'd have to back the Semogue 1305 suggestions. I've had mine less than a week and love it.

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 10-03-2012, 01:43 PM
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  • J_fro
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SOC all the way with your preferences.

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 10-03-2012, 03:29 PM
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The tally now stands at:

Omega:
48/49 - 2

Semogue:
2000 - 2
1305 - 4
1470 - 1
SOC - 8

Considering it's lead, I'm already beginning to think an SOC will soon be added to my currently, boar-less brush line-up. We'll see where it stands in a day or two...

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 10-03-2012, 08:27 PM
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John, i would have to agree with the SOC from what you are described what you want in a boar. Great bursh.

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 10-03-2012, 10:54 PM
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  • Johnny
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If you would of said you like smaller brushes, I would of recommended a Semogue 1460 hands down. It is the baby brother to the SOC.

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 10-04-2012, 02:28 AM
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I have a 1305. I've never liked it. Too floppy.

I have an SOC. I love it. Much more backbone.

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