11-21-2012, 02:32 PM
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Thanks to Beartrap (Steve) I have the chance to try this extra famous shaving brush , the Omega (also sold as Proraso too) 48 Professional.It seems that this is the most famous brush among Italian barbers , with its brother , the 49 Pro.

From the Italian Barber web site regarding this particular brush :

Quote:This brush is made by Omega, in Bologna Italy.(Similar to Professional 48 brush)

Walk into any barbershop in Italy and take a peak at what shaving brush the Master Barbers are using. Nine times out of ten, you will see this brush!

The Proraso Professional Shaving Brush is a classic wet-shaving legend and you would be hard-pressed to find a better brush even if you spend ten times the price.

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This is a very big shaving brush , but normal , since this brush , as some of the Omega Porfessional series , are created to served barbers.The measures of this brush are :
  • 28 mm knot
  • 69 mm loft
  • 64 mm handle height
  • 133 mm total height

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Its handle its made of very durable chrome colored ABS , and its so comfortable to hold , Yes , it doesnt matter if you have big or small hands , this handle its very, very comfortable to use.Its not a really heavy brush , since the handle is quiet light.

As you can see , has a good amount of boar hair on its knot :

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I haven't used it yet (for shaving , I mean) but I tried it earlier with some shaving soap (Culmak) and oh boy , this is a lather monster , lather machine , lather creator , lather maker , whatever you want to call it/named it , Its simply a beast and create such thick lather.Also , eats soap , so be aware of that too.I wonder how this brush will perform with croaps. Im sure its the Italian croaps "nightmare" made bush.

I'll be shaving with it tomorrow and see how it goes , but so far , it seems what I was expecting from it.

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 11-21-2012, 02:38 PM
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How can you make it look better in pictures than it was in real life? Now I want it back! Biggrin
It a fine brush though, it will go through everything with ease.

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 11-21-2012, 02:44 PM
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I also have an Omega 20480 - it is the very same #48, with the same knot and specifications, but featuring a golden handle:

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Of course that the golden #48 performs beautifully - everybody knows that golden shaving brushes perform better than the other ones Laughing1

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 11-21-2012, 02:55 PM
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Emanuel , yours have the "48" on the base and mine doesnt Shok

Yours is "Cani" , find that word in Spanish ....Wink

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 11-21-2012, 03:09 PM
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Stupid Google translator does not know "Cani" but it looks to me like the gold 48 is impostor Dodgy

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 11-21-2012, 03:27 PM
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Laughing1Laughing1

The Proraso brush is the rebranded version, is slightly different from the #48, it doesn't have the "48" at the bottom... TongueWink here's a silver "48":

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I got my "goldie" 48 from one of those Connaughshaving auctions at ebay... Smile

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 11-21-2012, 03:37 PM
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So, my brush was the Proraso brush Huh

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 11-21-2012, 03:58 PM
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You are right , Emanuel , is the Proraso brush the one which doesn't have the 48 engraved on the bottom.

Thanks mate !

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 11-21-2012, 05:13 PM
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I have several brushes, some costing over ten times as much, but I find myself reaching for my 48 most of the time. I face lather and use mostly soaps, and for me this brush is perfect except for the light handle. There is an Italian market here that sells them for $11 so I have a couple in reserve.

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 11-21-2012, 06:40 PM
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I love the 48 and it used to be one of my most heavily used brushes..these days it rarely sees any action. This makes me want to toss it back in the rotation, at least once every week or two.

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 11-21-2012, 07:26 PM
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I, too, love my 48. I have the Omega (not Proraso) and the 48 is clearly stamped on the base. I bowl lather and then paint the lather on my face. Because of the size of the brush, the painting sensation on my face is pure luxury.

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 11-21-2012, 08:30 PM
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The Proraso brush now comes with a shorter loft than the Omega Pro 48... I actually prefer it!

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 11-21-2012, 08:57 PM
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I am still confused. I got that brush as 48. If it was re-branded by Proraso, shouldn't it be the same brush? Did they tweak it by lowering the loft or this happened just recently?
Teiste's measurements look right to me in comparison to 48.

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 11-21-2012, 09:24 PM
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Wow, gents, those are nice brushes!
Emanuel, you are such a tease with those gorgeous brushes. Hee hee.

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 11-21-2012, 11:24 PM
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(11-21-2012, 08:30 PM)RazoRock_Joe Wrote: The Proraso brush now comes with a shorter loft than the Omega Pro 48... I actually prefer it!

How short , my friend ? 65 mm or less? Oh boy , why did you mention that?Now I need one...Rolleyes

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 11-22-2012, 01:33 AM
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(11-21-2012, 11:24 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(11-21-2012, 08:30 PM)RazoRock_Joe Wrote: The Proraso brush now comes with a shorter loft than the Omega Pro 48... I actually prefer it!

How short , my friend ? 65 mm or less? Oh boy , why did you mention that?Now I need one...Rolleyes

That is correct! The Proraso line arrived this year to the Portuguese brick-and-mortar shops, and a friend of mine bought a Proraso Brush.
The current version is definitely smaller, about ~58mm loft and ~27 knot or so

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 11-22-2012, 09:39 AM
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(11-22-2012, 01:33 AM)oversaturn Wrote:
(11-21-2012, 11:24 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(11-21-2012, 08:30 PM)RazoRock_Joe Wrote: The Proraso brush now comes with a shorter loft than the Omega Pro 48... I actually prefer it!

How short , my friend ? 65 mm or less? Oh boy , why did you mention that?Now I need one...Rolleyes

That is correct! The Proraso line arrived this year to the Portuguese brick-and-mortar shops, and a friend of mine bought a Proraso Brush.
The current version is definitely smaller, about ~58mm loft and ~27 knot or so
Oh boy , I want one now...

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 11-22-2012, 09:41 AM
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Used it today , and yes , this is a lather maker like no other out there :

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And the tips are soft , while keeping an excellent amount of backboneThe brush doesnt splays as much as I thought it would and , man , once again , makes the creamiest lather in no time , behaving more like a good synthetic brush.

Now I want the new version...

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 11-22-2012, 10:22 AM
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I drilled a small hole in the bottom of mine and, using a glue syringe, squirted in some slow drying epoxy. A little chrome model paint to touchup the hole and let it harden for a couple days. It added some nice weight to it and improved the overall balance.

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 11-22-2012, 01:14 PM
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No need to drill anything, John... if you pull gently but firmly, the handle will deattach itself, revealing a large hole.

That's where I store my Wee Scott Laughing1Laughing1Laughing1

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Just kidding, the Wee Scott doesn't fit there... but not by much. Biggrin
Just fill the hole with your favourite material and there ya' go. I knew a guy that filled that empty space with sand from the beach, resulting in a very heavy and heftier brush.

(11-22-2012, 09:41 AM)Teiste Wrote: Used it today , and yes , this is a lather maker like no other out there :

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Now I want the new version...

C'mon, Teiste, you are a face-latherer. Use the damn thing directly on the face! Tongue

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