12-16-2012, 12:08 PM
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  • Teiste
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[Image: Omega%20N%2037.jpg?m=1355601037]

This Omega N37 belongs to the Omega premium boar brushes series , and , to be honest , I dont know whats premium about it...

The measures of this shaving brush are : 24 mm knot , 56 mm loft and 103 mm total height , which makes it a brush similar to the Semogue 2000 boar brush.

Supposedly , this brush contains a better boar hair than the regular Omega banded boar brushes ( thats what I understood) and while I can "feel" that this hair is slightly different , the performance is exactly the same than the cheaper brushes : soft tips , regular backbone and good flow.

The handle is made of resin , so thats an "upgrade" from the plastic made handles , used on the less expensive brushes , so supposedly should be more sturdy.Well , this is what happened today , when the brush did fall from my hand to the sink (less than 15 cm) :

[Image: P1260120.JPG?m=1355686094]

also , the gold paint is also fading away from the handle :

[Image: P1260118.JPG?m=1355686094]

and the knot have started to "move" , so I guess that it will fall too FacepalmFacepalm

No , I dont see where is the "premium" factor on this particular brush.I think that Johnny have been more lucky with his Premium boar brushes ( Omega Premium boar brushes ) , but I cant recommend this brush at all. For the same amount of money , you can get better less expensive Omega brushes.

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 12-16-2012, 12:11 PM
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How much do they cost?

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 12-16-2012, 12:20 PM
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(12-16-2012, 12:11 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: How much do they cost?

Connaught shaving has them, as well as several other "Premium" omegas on clearance with varying prices, this particular one is about $17.50 before shipping. I'm not sure if Teiste ordered his from them or not. I have the #39..which is a larger $20 version of the 37 and I'm not really thrilled with the quality either.

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 12-16-2012, 12:26 PM
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You can buy a very quality Semogue for that price.

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 12-16-2012, 12:40 PM
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(12-16-2012, 12:08 PM)Teiste Wrote:
[Image: Omega%20N%2037.jpg?m=1355601037]

This Omega N37 belongs to the Omega premium boar brushes series , and , to be honest , I dont know whats premium about it...

The measures of this shaving brush are : 24 mm knot , 56 mm loft and 103 mm total height , which makes it a brush similar to the Semogue 2000 boar brush.

Supposedly , this brush contains a better boar hair than the regular Omega banded boar brushes ( thats what I understood) and while I can "feel" that this hair is slightly different , the performance is exactly the same than the cheaper brushes : soft tips , regular backbone and good flow.

The handle is made of resin , so thats an "upgrade" from the plastic made handles , used on the less expensive brushes , so supposedly should be more sturdy.Well , this is what happened today , when the brush did fall from my hand to the sink (less than 15 cm) :

[Image: P1260120.JPG?m=1355686094]

also , the gold paint is also fading away from the handle :

[Image: P1260118.JPG?m=1355686094]

and the knot have started to "move" , so I guess that it will fall too FacepalmFacepalm

No , I dont see where is the "premium" factor on this particular brush.I think that Johnny have been more lucky with his Premium boar brushes ( Omega Premium boar brushes ) , but I cant recommend this brush at all. For the same amount of money , you can get better less expensive Omega brushes.

Or just get an Omega knot and get a better handle. It seems like that was not put together well in the first place.

Sorry about that. If you don't get a replacement, then save the knot for later on because usually they are in a capsule and would survive the handle damage.

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 12-16-2012, 12:41 PM
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It sounds like a total fiasco!

Sorry for you, my friend..

Thanks for the honest review and beautiful pictures as always Smile

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 12-16-2012, 01:28 PM
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Wow, that colour is beautiful, though!

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 12-16-2012, 01:40 PM
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(12-16-2012, 01:28 PM)celestino Wrote: Wow, that colour is beautiful, though!

It is , but not the quality I was expecting.

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 12-16-2012, 02:14 PM
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The premiums don't really give the upgrade that you expect over the normal series. Fantastic knots though. I do wish they would put these knots in some nice plexi handles. The best handles, to me, are still the 20 and 64.

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 12-16-2012, 05:37 PM
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I've always felt that Omega has excellent boar knots in low quality handles. I would like to see a good boar knot in a handle of the same quality as a Simpsons, Shavemac or Thater.

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 12-16-2012, 05:42 PM
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(12-16-2012, 05:37 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I've always felt that Omega has excellent boar knots in low quality handles. I would like to see a good boar knot in a handle of the same quality as a Simpsons, Shavemac or Thater.
This is why I got this brush , thinking it was "premium".It seems it wasn't. I'm sure that the ones Johnny got are of a much better quality.

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 12-16-2012, 06:25 PM
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(12-16-2012, 05:42 PM)Teiste Wrote: This is why I got this brush , thinking it was "premium".It seems it wasn't. I'm sure that the ones Johnny got are of a much better quality.

I am wondering what exactly IS premium on these brushes? On my #39, not only is the handle cheap, the knot is fairly lackluster, the hair quality is very good, but the knot is thin and when wet it opens up a donut hole the size of a nickel and you can see all the way down, almost to the bottom the knot.

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 12-16-2012, 06:27 PM
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(12-16-2012, 06:25 PM)Arcadies Wrote:
(12-16-2012, 05:42 PM)Teiste Wrote: This is why I got this brush , thinking it was "premium".It seems it wasn't. I'm sure that the ones Johnny got are of a much better quality.

I am wondering what exactly IS premium on these brushes? On my #39, not only is the handle cheap, the knot is fairly lackluster, the hair quality is very good, but the knot is thin and when wet it opens up a donut hole the size of a nickel and you can see all the way down to the handle.

Yes , the same on mine.I dont really know what is premium on this particular brush , or in yours , which is the bigger one.It seems that we have experienced the same rubbishy kind of brushes.Nono

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 12-16-2012, 06:34 PM
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Here is the donut, I've seen it before, but usually in very cheap brushes...so much for "premium".

   

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 12-16-2012, 06:42 PM
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(12-16-2012, 06:34 PM)Arcadies Wrote: Here is the donut, I've seen it before, but usually in very cheap brushes...so much for "premium".

Thanks for the pic.I didnt mention that on my first post , since enough mad I was with the handle , the paint , and the loose knot , but yes , I have experienced the same.

Well , we know now what brushes we need to avoid from the Omega boar catalog.

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 12-16-2012, 06:46 PM
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On second thought save that knot for an autopsy, because from the top down it looks dead! Facepalm

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 12-16-2012, 07:22 PM
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Im not going to write more on this thread , since I wont say anything positive anymore , but to call this brush "premium" is basically a mockery...

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 12-16-2012, 07:59 PM
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(12-16-2012, 05:37 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I've always felt that Omega has excellent boar knots in low quality handles. I would like to see a good boar knot in a handle of the same quality as a Simpsons, Shavemac or Thater.

A Simpson quality handle (aka turned acrylic) would cost 3-5x the cost of the knot.

A molded or turned resin handle a la Thater/Shavemac would cost the same price as the knot.

A plastic or wooden handle is much less than the knot. More in line with the handle/hair ratio for a generic silvertip knot.

These are manufacturing costs of course.

(12-16-2012, 12:20 PM)Arcadies Wrote:
(12-16-2012, 12:11 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: How much do they cost?

Connaught shaving has them, as well as several other "Premium" omegas on clearance with varying prices, this particular one is about $17.50 before shipping. I'm not sure if Teiste ordered his from them or not. I have the #39..which is a larger $20 version of the 37 and I'm not really thrilled with the quality either.

So, they're only a couple dollars more than the regular versions?

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 12-16-2012, 08:17 PM
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(12-16-2012, 07:59 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(12-16-2012, 05:37 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I've always felt that Omega has excellent boar knots in low quality handles. I would like to see a good boar knot in a handle of the same quality as a Simpsons, Shavemac or Thater.

A Simpson quality handle (aka turned acrylic) would cost 3-5x the cost of the knot.

A molded or turned resin handle a la Thater/Shavemac would cost the same price as the knot.

A plastic or wooden handle is much less than the knot. More in line with the handle/hair ratio for a generic silvertip knot.

These are manufacturing costs of course.

(12-16-2012, 12:20 PM)Arcadies Wrote:
(12-16-2012, 12:11 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: How much do they cost?

Connaught shaving has them, as well as several other "Premium" omegas on clearance with varying prices, this particular one is about $17.50 before shipping. I'm not sure if Teiste ordered his from them or not. I have the #39..which is a larger $20 version of the 37 and I'm not really thrilled with the quality either.

So, they're only a couple dollars more than the regular versions?

Theyre not a couple dollars more : Connaught shaving have them on sale , but the regular price of this brush in pounds is 15.90 , which are roughly 26 dollars.

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 12-17-2012, 06:47 AM
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A premium brush that has turn into a premium disaster. That is a disappointing brush.

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