10-01-2022, 07:09 PM
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Let’s talk about boar brushes. It’s been a while since there’s been any substantial conversation on the subject. Badger has reigned supreme in my den, but lately I’ve enjoyed getting reacquainted with bristle brushes. They’re much more enjoyable than I remember. You might say I’m reboarn Facepalm These are the five brushes that are currently making me pig out. I’m looking forward to really breaking them in.
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L-R: SOC Butterscotch, Zenith 506N XSE, Semogue C5 Torga, Omega 011842, Danidom Endeavor
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Post your pics. Let’s converse…

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 10-02-2022, 01:37 AM
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Charlie, those bristle brushes you have are very nice.
I have these 3 that I have not used for many years, the bristle hair does not suit me, I have very sensitive skin.

Wilkinson Sword, Vielong, Omega.

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 10-02-2022, 04:26 AM
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(10-01-2022, 07:09 PM)chazt Wrote: Let’s talk about boar brushes. It’s been a while since there’s been any substantial conversation on the subject. Badger has reigned supreme in my den, but lately I’ve enjoyed getting reacquainted with bristle brushes. They’re much more enjoyable than I remember. You might say I’m reboarn Facepalm These are the five brushes that are currently making me pig out. I’m looking forward to really breaking them in.
Piggy_214 
L-R: SOC Butterscotch, Zenith 506N XSE, Semogue C5 Torga, Omega 011842, Danidom Endeavor
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Post your pics. Let’s converse…

The Zenith and Omega look fantastic!

These are my piggies.


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 10-02-2022, 05:26 AM
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(10-02-2022, 04:26 AM)TobyC Wrote: The Zenith and Omega look fantastic!

These are my piggies.

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Thanks, Toby! I like the Zenith and Omega very much. They are unbleached knots. I was hoping they wouldn’t be too scratchy and stiff, and fortunately they have excellent face feel. Those and the SOC are new. The smaller Semogue and the Danidom are perhaps a year or so in rotation. Frankly, I like them all! After a month of nearly exclusive boar lathers, they’re all a real pleasure to use. The most interesting observation so far is how much longer I have to load before face lathering (compared to badger). A wetter knot also helps with loading.

That’s an impressive collection of restored vintage brushes. Where do you find them? Are they sourced locally or on the web? Do you have a few special favorites?

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 10-02-2022, 06:19 AM
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(10-02-2022, 05:26 AM)chazt Wrote:
(10-02-2022, 04:26 AM)TobyC Wrote: The Zenith and Omega look fantastic!

These are my piggies.

[Image: jogLHQY.jpg]

Thanks, Toby! I like the Zenith and Omega very much. They are unbleached knots. I was hoping they wouldn’t be too scratchy and stiff, and fortunately they have excellent face feel. Those and the SOC are new. The smaller Semogue and the Danidom are perhaps a year or so in rotation. Frankly, I like them all! After a month of nearly exclusive boar lathers, they’re all a real pleasure to use. The most interesting observation so far is how much longer I have to load before face lathering (compared to badger). A wetter knot also helps with loading.

That’s an impressive collection of restored vintage brushes. Where do you find them? Are they sourced locally or on the web? Do you have a few special favorites?

Thank you sir! Most are from ebay, and I try to not play favorites, I rotate through all of them, different brush every shave.  Thumbsup

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 10-02-2022, 06:44 AM
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(10-02-2022, 01:37 AM)Wolf Wrote: Charlie, those bristle brushes you have are very nice.
I have these 3 that I have not used for many years, the bristle hair does not suit me, I have very sensitive skin.

Wilkinson Sword, Vielong, Omega.

[Image: WaXBC24.jpg]

Pedro, that’s some serious bloom on the Wilkinson! Very nice. Thanks for sharing Smile

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 10-02-2022, 10:18 AM
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I only have 2 boar brushes.  Both of them vintage.  I like them both.  When I can bring myself to part with the $10 or so, I want to get a new modern one.  [Image: oIt3zHZ.jpg]
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 10-02-2022, 01:16 PM
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(10-02-2022, 10:18 AM)2Chops Wrote: I only have 2 boar brushes.  Both of them vintage.  I like them both.  When I can bring myself to part with the $10 or so, I want to get a new modern one.  [Image: oIt3zHZ.jpg]
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There’s some real personality here! I’m not generally in vintage brush seeking mode like you guys seem to be. Very nice. Very nice indeed Thumbup

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 10-02-2022, 03:31 PM
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If you're gonna be an old school shaver, you have to use old school stuff, and nothing fits that description better than vintage!

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 10-10-2022, 07:16 AM
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Although I primarily use synthetics these days, I occasionally use a boar or badger.  My favorite boar is the Semogue SOC.  I like the big knots in the Omega 48 and 49 brushes, but don't care for their plastic handles.  

These are my three current boar brushes:   

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 10-10-2022, 07:48 AM
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Great looking Boars Guys!!

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 10-10-2022, 08:26 AM
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(10-10-2022, 07:16 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Although I primarily use synthetics these days, I occasionally use a boar or badger.  My favorite boar is the Semogue SOC.  I like the big knots in the Omega 48 and 49 brushes, but don't care for their plastic handles.  

These are my three current boar brushes:   


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Three little pigs!

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 10-10-2022, 11:59 AM
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Semogue are my favourite.
I remember their premium boar bristles from a decade ago, those were fantastic!

From my inventory I see that I have:
  • Semogue Excelsior Boar Limited Edition 2009
  • Semogue Limited Edition 2011 Finest Bristle size 1 #03
  • Semogue Limited Edition 2011 Finest Bristle size 2 #21
I really must revisit these!

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 10-10-2022, 04:36 PM
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My trusty Semogue 1305:

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 10-10-2022, 04:57 PM
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(10-10-2022, 08:26 AM)TobyC Wrote:
(10-10-2022, 07:16 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Although I primarily use synthetics these days, I occasionally use a boar or badger.  My favorite boar is the Semogue SOC.  I like the big knots in the Omega 48 and 49 brushes, but don't care for their plastic handles.  

These are my three current boar brushes:   





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Three little pigs!

SmiliePig   This thread has motivated me to use my boars more.   Ten to twelve years ago, boars and badger were both in my regular rotation.  I then went all badger for years, then transitioned to synthetics.  It's time to appreciate boar again.

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 10-11-2022, 03:34 AM
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(10-10-2022, 04:57 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(10-10-2022, 08:26 AM)TobyC Wrote:
(10-10-2022, 07:16 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Although I primarily use synthetics these days, I occasionally use a boar or badger.  My favorite boar is the Semogue SOC.  I like the big knots in the Omega 48 and 49 brushes, but don't care for their plastic handles.  

These are my three current boar brushes:   






[Image: V7657xV.jpg]

Three little pigs!

SmiliePig   This thread has motivated me to use my boars more.   Ten to twelve years ago, boars and badger were both in my regular rotation.  I then went all badger for years, then transitioned to synthetics.  It's time to appreciate boar again.

I still have a badger, some synthetics, and a horse in my rotation, but boar is what makes me happy.  Thumbsup

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 10-11-2022, 10:36 AM
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I stopped buying Badgers several years ago, I still use one occasionally, but they will go to my grandsons. Synthetics are a no go for me, and believe me I've tried. I have way too many Boars but that's ok, like Toby they just work for me. It's fun to take a high dollar soap and a low priced Boar and get a beautiful lather, it's always the lather that really matters.

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 10-11-2022, 10:44 AM
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Asylum Levante soap and Zenith boar brush today.  

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 10-11-2022, 01:24 PM
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(10-11-2022, 10:44 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Asylum Levante soap and Zenith boar brush today.  


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That looks like a perfect match Ricardo.

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 10-11-2022, 04:39 PM
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(10-11-2022, 10:36 AM)Uncas Wrote: I stopped buying Badgers several years ago, I still use one occasionally, but they will go to my grandsons. Synthetics are a no go for me, and believe me I've tried. I have way too many Boars but that's ok, like Toby they just work for me. It's fun to take a high dollar soap and a low priced Boar and get a beautiful lather, it's always the lather that really matters.

I tried to like synthetics, but most are way too soft, and the ones that claim to have backbone flick lather everywhere. The best I've found (for me anyway) are the Maggard Black and white knots, which actually feel a bit like a two band badger.

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