12-02-2012, 11:52 AM
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  • Teiste
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Sometimes you don't have to spend a great amount of money to get an excellent brush.Sometimes , a great brush , could be found for less than 15 or even 10 euros.And sometimes , a brush , could give you the same performance than more "expensive and luxurious" shaving brushes.This is something I have experienced it with the Omega 31052 boar hair shaving brush.

This shaving brush cost 7,95 Euros back in Spain , and its easy to find in stores like "El Corte Ingles". I got mine there for that price.I think that here in USA is a little bit more expensive , around 20 something dollars.

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The handle is quiet light , made of plastic , of course , but it doesn't feels "cheap" , like some other plastic handles that I have tried.Its very comfortable to hold , has a medium/big size , so if you have bing hands , you will be able to hold it with no problems.

Its hair density is quiet high , for being an inexpensive boar brush :

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But what it makes this brush very good , its the boar hair used on it . I don't know what kind of tops are used in this hair , but I haven't been using this brush for the last year , very sporadically , and the tips are ultra soft.How could I compare the softness of these tips with? There are not "gel like" , but they're soft as some of the best silvertip badger hairs out there that I have tried.No scritch , scratch or scrubiness at all , just ultra soft tips , with a great backbone , and even , some flow.

Of course , this brush can tackle triple milled shaving soaps with ease , and also shaving creams.I do like to facelather with it , due to the extra softness of its tips and firm backbone , while having , as I expressed previously , some kind of flow , not always present on boar brushes.

Could I compare this brush with the Semogue 1305? Oh yes , I can. Its plastic handle is not as fancy and ergonomic as the 1305 one , but the hair will put to shame to some other badger hairs out there , like pure or even , some kind of best badger , which , of course , are more expensive.

Also , I think that the Omega banded hair is more , but more softer than the non banded Omega hair.I need to find that very soon , comparing "the same" brush (well , handle) one with banded and other with no banded boar hair.

Yes , sometimes you don't need to spend a lot of money on a good , excellent performer , shaving brush : the Omega 31052 is another clear example of that.

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 12-02-2012, 12:04 PM
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I don't own an Omega yet, looks like I need to add one or two to the shelf.
Thanks

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 12-02-2012, 12:07 PM
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  • gijames
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Thank you for another wonderful review Teiste Thumbsup

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 12-02-2012, 12:08 PM
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(12-02-2012, 12:04 PM)Bowhnter Wrote: I don't own an Omega yet, looks like I need to add one or two to the shelf.
Thanks

If you do , banded boar one.

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 12-02-2012, 12:19 PM
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  • Arcadies
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Excellent review! I've always enjoyed Omega's but all have been blond boar and they had fallen out of favor with me because of their cheap hollow handles. I keep meaning to buy a newer banded boar with a high quality handle but never get around to it.
I will soon be ordering some soap refills and injector blades from Connaught and they have some nice Omega's on clearance, maybe a good time to grab one. Darn you enabler's! Tongue

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 12-02-2012, 01:50 PM
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  • Teiste
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(12-02-2012, 12:19 PM)Arcadies Wrote: Excellent review! I've always enjoyed Omega's but all have been blond boar and they had fallen out of favor with me because of their cheap hollow handles. I keep meaning to buy a newer banded boar with a high quality handle but never get around to it.
I will soon be ordering some soap refills and injector blades from Connaught and they have some nice Omega's on clearance, maybe a good time to grab one. Darn you enabler's! Tongue

Yeah , I noticed that Connaught is having an Omega boar sale , specially of the premium boar brushes.Johnny recently reviewed two of those , which now seems to have even a better price.
Who is enabling who now , Arcadies? Wink

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 12-02-2012, 06:30 PM
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Thank you for an excellent review. I've had the Omega 81052 on my wish list for a while now. May be time to bite the bullet and get it, or go in search of the 31052.

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 12-02-2012, 06:41 PM
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(12-02-2012, 06:30 PM)CRAusmus Wrote: Thank you for an excellent review. I've had the Omega 81052 on my wish list for a while now. May be time to bite the bullet and get it, or go in search of the 31052.

They're the same brush , but different presentation.The 31052 comes in a plastic tube with a plastic stand:

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 12-02-2012, 07:38 PM
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They're the same brush , but different presentation.The 31052 comes in a plastic tube with a plastic stand:
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This looks perfect for travel ! Would you know if it is similar to the Semogue 620 in feel and ability to lather ?
It's the only Boar brush I have that didn't come from a drug store at some point and was quite a shock to me.

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 12-02-2012, 08:02 PM
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  • Teiste
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(12-02-2012, 07:38 PM)Nickadermis Wrote:
(12-02-2012, 06:41 PM)Teiste Wrote:
They're the same brush , but different presentation.The 31052 comes in a plastic tube with a plastic stand:

This looks perfect for travel ! Would you know if it is similar to the Semogue 620 in feel and ability to lather ?
It's the only Boar brush I have that didn't come from a drug store at some point and was quite a shock to me.
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The 620 has a heavier handle and its tips arent as soft , but have more backbone , due to its shorter loft and type of boar hair.Both of these brushes are perfect for facelathering , and to use it with hard soaps.

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 12-02-2012, 08:16 PM
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  • CRAusmus
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(12-02-2012, 06:41 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(12-02-2012, 06:30 PM)CRAusmus Wrote: Thank you for an excellent review. I've had the Omega 81052 on my wish list for a while now. May be time to bite the bullet and get it, or go in search of the 31052.

They're the same brush , but different presentation.The 31052 comes in a plastic tube with a plastic stand:

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Awesome. I thought they looked rather familiar, but figured the difference might have been in knot size. Thanks for clearing that up Teiste.

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 12-03-2012, 04:11 PM
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(12-02-2012, 08:02 PM)Teiste Wrote: The 620 has a heavier handle and its tips arent as soft , but have more backbone , due to its shorter loft and type of boar hair.Both of these brushes are perfect for facelathering , and to use it with hard soaps.

Thank you for your help ! I think I would like this.

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 12-03-2012, 05:19 PM
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I have a 620. Love it. That is the main reason I wanted to add another Boar to my nook. Based on Teiste's review. This is the next Boar I'll own.

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 12-03-2012, 06:21 PM
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I have the 31064 which is similar to the 31052. It's a great brush once broken in....really soft tips.

31052 Ht: 106 mm Loft: 56 mm Base: 50 mm Knot: 23 mm

31064 Ht: 113 mm Loft: 59 mm Base: 54 mm Knot: 25 mm

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 12-03-2012, 07:01 PM
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(12-03-2012, 06:21 PM)TonyN Wrote: I have the 31064 which is similar to the 31052. It's a great brush once broken in....really soft tips.

31052 Ht: 106 mm Loft: 56 mm Base: 50 mm Knot: 23 mm

31064 Ht: 113 mm Loft: 59 mm Base: 54 mm Knot: 25 mm

I like the handle of the 31064.I received today the 81054 , which has the same boar banded knot than those other two models :

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 12-03-2012, 07:54 PM
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(12-03-2012, 07:01 PM)Teiste Wrote: I like the handle of the 31064.I received today the 81054 , which has the same boar banded knot than those other two models

Nice Teiste...another one to add to the herd.

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 12-03-2012, 08:11 PM
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(12-03-2012, 07:54 PM)TonyN Wrote:
(12-03-2012, 07:01 PM)Teiste Wrote: I like the handle of the 31064.I received today the 81054 , which has the same boar banded knot than those other two models

Nice Teiste...another one to add to the herd.

Yes , and Im afraid is not going to be the last one from Omega.The handles are ok , but the boar banded hair is quiet good.As good as the Semogue 90% premium tops? Well , no , but they're much cheaper and I like it.

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 12-04-2012, 04:41 AM
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Where do you buy these brushes? Connaught Shaving has been my Omega go-to-guy, but they don't have the 81054 or the 31052.

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 12-04-2012, 05:08 AM
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I found it listed as 81052 at Shoebox Shaving. It measures 23mm x 56mm.

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 12-04-2012, 01:45 PM
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From both my two Omega brushes (banded and non-banded), I certainly can say that the banded boar is - much - softer.

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