10-07-2012, 12:05 PM
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Article courtesy of A Sharper Razor - Straight Razor Sharpening Service & Blog

Semogue is possibly best known for their boar brushes and their signature wooden handles. The Owner's Club takes the classic handle to a new level. Available in Ash or Cherry wood, the SOC is a fine, fine brush.

This brush measures as follows:
  • Knot size 24mm at the handle, 24mm advertised.
  • 52mm loft measured from the metal ring
  • Wooden handle, oil finished
  • 53 grams

Initial Thoughts


This brush is a handsome brush! From the wooden handle to the two band hair that perfectly accents the brush, this brush delivers on aesthetics. I love the look of the finish and really love the burned or carved logo. Well done Semogue, well done. The only thing I don't like is the metal ring. More on that later.


Softness


The brush is made from 2 band Manchurian/hog badger hair. The hairs are considerably thicker than Meles meles hair. While this hair is certainly very good 2 band hair, it is not the absolute top tier. However, it is noticeably better than lower quality hair such as TGN Finest, Lijun, Frank Shaving, etc.

 



The tips are soft on the face, but they do have a noticeable scritch. More than the Vie Long 2 band reviewed here, but not so much as to be uncomfortable or unpleasant. Well, maybe it would be if you don't like a slight scrubbing feeling.

Putting into words what I feel on my face is a slight exfoliating scrub. Noticeable, but not harsh. Not too dissimilar from the act of shaving itself.

Density/Flow


The brush is moderately dense. Possibly on the side of high/medium density. As such the flow is not compromised. The brush is not a lather hog. The knot size combined with the good density of hairs means the brush can hold and generate a good amount of lather. The brush releases the lather well.


Construction


The construction of this brush is everything you would expect from Semogue's best of class. The wooden handle is very ergonomic and easy to hold. However, it is not flaw free. The most obvious shortcoming is the metal ring at the base of the knot. This is simply how the knot is made. The knot is glued to that metal ring, it extends further into the handle and encompasses the base of the knot. The metal could be better polished, but a technical detail, I suppose. In addition, the brush feels a little light for its volume. I'm not going to complain too much at $70.



The wood handle is well constructed and the finish appears as though it will last many shaves. However, what lies under the surface is a very large glue bump inside the knot itself. The glue bump is quite noticeable and shortens the effective loft of the brush by about 16mm. The height of the glue bump. This extra glue probably contributes to the scrubbing feeling.

Final Thoughts


This brush does not cost a lot, so it is easy to overlook the small flaws. The brush performs very well and is a pretty darn good value for your dollar. If you just want to try 2 band hair without buying one of the expensive brand names or rolling the dice with the lesser names, this is the brush to buy.

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 10-07-2012, 02:16 PM
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  • beartrap
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Thanks for the review Lee. Wanted to try 2 band forever, do you think this is worth or is this comparable to the other 2 band brushes to have understanding of this hair grade?

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 10-07-2012, 02:21 PM
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Right now the SOC is quite possibly the best bang for your buck. Considering the very high prices good quality 2 band hair fetches. But maybe if you wait a month or two something new may show up on the market.

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 10-07-2012, 02:32 PM
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  • beartrap
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I've been watching for a while now, had my eyes on Emperor 3 in 2-band but instead it jumped in price, now it's out of the question.
I have SOC boar and like it very much, those handles are fantastic. Maybe I should jump on it now...

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 10-07-2012, 03:44 PM
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  • Teiste
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Now that Simpson have raised its prices , the Semogue SOC is what I could vote the best all rounder shaving brush , position that before was occupied by the Simpson Duke 3 best badger.
Great looking and comfortable handle , excellent two band badger hair and a right price of 65 euros for it.What else can you ask for?
Be patience softening the brush and it will reward you.
Thanks for this excellent review , my friend.

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 10-07-2012, 04:46 PM
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(10-07-2012, 02:32 PM)beartrap Wrote: I've been watching for a while now, had my eyes on Emperor 3 in 2-band but instead it jumped in price, now it's out of the question.
I have SOC boar and like it very much, those handles are fantastic. Maybe I should jump on it now...

Up to you. But patience will probably reward you.

Can't go wrong with the SOC 2 band though. So don't think you're not getting a great product at a decent price.

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 10-07-2012, 04:48 PM
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  • Dave
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Love my SOC 2 band.

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 10-07-2012, 04:52 PM
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... Patience I have gobs of-

and curiosity as to what may show up on the market as well.

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 10-07-2012, 05:01 PM
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Short of lees WSP 2248 this is one of the best values in a brush for the price

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 10-07-2012, 05:01 PM
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(10-07-2012, 04:52 PM)J_fro Wrote: ... Patience I have gobs of-

and curiosity as to what may show up on the market as well.

A little bird tells me Teiste may have a clue and may have posted something in the "What Shaving Brush" thread.

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 10-07-2012, 05:07 PM
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  • J_fro
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Some fascinating stalking... err reading.

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 10-07-2012, 08:23 PM
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(10-07-2012, 04:48 PM)Dave Wrote: Love my SOC 2 band.

Dave, how do you compare the SOC 2-band with the VL 2-band? They are in the same price range. I have an opinion on both but am curious about your perception.

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 10-07-2012, 08:29 PM
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  • Teiste
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(10-07-2012, 08:23 PM)edgerunner Wrote:
(10-07-2012, 04:48 PM)Dave Wrote: Love my SOC 2 band.

Dave, how do you compare the SOC 2-band with the VL 2-band? They are in the same price range. I have an opinion on both but am curious about your perception.

I want to to know your opinion about both 2 band badger hair.

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 10-07-2012, 08:59 PM
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the SOC 2 is just downright sexy looking.

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 10-07-2012, 09:11 PM
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Thank you for this great review, Lee.

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 10-07-2012, 09:44 PM
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Another great review, Lee. Thanks.

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 10-08-2012, 01:18 AM
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(10-07-2012, 12:05 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: The brush is made from 2 band Manchurian/hog badger hair. The hairs are considerably thicker than Meles meles hair.

That's strange. Leon has written in his description on his website that it is 'Meles Meles' hair.

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 10-08-2012, 11:45 AM
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(10-07-2012, 08:29 PM)Teiste Wrote: I want to to know your opinion about both 2 band badger hair.

+1

I would love to hear the comparison as well.

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 10-08-2012, 01:07 PM
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(10-08-2012, 01:18 AM)SLB04 Wrote:
(10-07-2012, 12:05 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: The brush is made from 2 band Manchurian/hog badger hair. The hairs are considerably thicker than Meles meles hair.

That's strange. Leon has written in his description on his website that it is 'Meles Meles' hair.

Well, I'm not going to argue over the internet. But it's not meles meles.

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 10-08-2012, 01:17 PM
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  • Johnny
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One things for sure, it is badger.

Nice review on an excellent brush.

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