12-18-2012, 12:24 PM
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  • Howler
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  • Fort Smith AR
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I admit that I'm a boar brush guy, Semogues are my choice. I do have two badgers in my Nook a King Parker, a Lujin. They were brushes that were added in the early stages of my shaving journey.

Recently I was the recipient of a Shavemac Silver-tip Badger, from Kris Kringle.

After one use it already fanned out. The first lathering brought my shaving experience up a level. It has me rethinking my thoughts about badgers. My King Parker is a monster of a brush, is losing favor in my nook. More so after trying the Shavemac. I really thought Semogue boars were superior to badgers.

The piggies are envious of the newest badger. Looking forward to using the Shavemac more to truly unlock the joy.

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 12-18-2012, 12:37 PM
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While I readily admit that boar can be as soft as some/most silvertip, badger hair just feels more luxurious.

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 12-18-2012, 12:41 PM
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  • Tonality
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I had similar experiences to you, Howler. I started out with an old ever ready pure badger and an Omega boar, then another boar as it was performing better than the badger. Eventually though I bought a Frank shaving finest which turned my world upside down and have been on a badger kick since.

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 12-18-2012, 12:44 PM
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I go through moods. At one time I had sold or PIF'ed all my boars, only to buy a few to replace them when the mood hit me again.

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 12-18-2012, 01:05 PM
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  • Johnny
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I have a couple of nice badger brushes and I use them every once in a while to remind me why I switched to boar.Smile

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 12-18-2012, 01:12 PM
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  • Teiste
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Howler , I do hear you. While I enjoy badger , Im more of a boar guy.I have spent so much money on some badgers , that when are outperform by cheap boar brushes (Omega and Semogue) I wonder why I paid that price.I know and I don't mind , but as I said , more of a boar guy here.

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 12-18-2012, 02:13 PM
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  • Howler
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I'm not going to give up my boars, it's nice to have a good badger in my Nook.

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 12-18-2012, 02:16 PM
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  • Teiste
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(12-18-2012, 02:13 PM)Howler Wrote: I'm not going to give up my boars, it's nice to have a good badger in my Nook.

You truly got an excellent one.

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 12-18-2012, 02:51 PM
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I use both boar and badger and enjoy what each brings to the shave. I wouldn't want to remove either from my shave cabinet. Both are different, both are pretty darn good! It's apples and oranges for me.

Good for you Howler!

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 12-18-2012, 03:12 PM
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I started with a poor boar. Got a good but inexpensive badger. Got a couple more nicer badgers that didn't give me what I wanted. Went back to some quality boars and loved them. I have now found the qualities I like in badger and have sold, traded, or PIF'd all my boars.

All I can say is that I don't plan on getting rid of my current favorites for boars, but I may end up adding some more boars again in the future. At least it's a lot easier to add boars back into my Nook than it is to do the same with badgers.

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 12-18-2012, 03:57 PM
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(12-18-2012, 03:12 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: At least it's a lot easier to add boars back into my Nook than it is to do the same with badgers.

Yes, yes it is. Very inexpensive manufacturing costs.

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 12-18-2012, 04:29 PM
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  • tgutc
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I think a lot of people start with a cheap badger. They then find out that there are a lot of boars out there that out perform those cheap badgers. I like badgers but you have to pay for a good one. Otherwise I think a good boar is better than a cheap badger any day.

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 12-18-2012, 04:37 PM
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  • ben74
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A quality badger brush requires much monetary investment to acquire the best hair and often multiple purchases to find the hair configuration most suited to your personal needs. A quality boar brush requires the investment of time to break it in. There is probably room for both in any shave den, but my preference is badger.

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 12-18-2012, 08:23 PM
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i started loving boars, but my sensitive skin has moved me towards fine used badger! Hee hee. i just may progress to using my hands. Hee hee.

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 12-23-2012, 10:44 PM
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  • Amzimbo
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I own and appreciate boars, horse, mixed and synthetics in addition to badger. All are enjoyable and perform well. But at the end of the day the aesthetics of a beautiful, quality badger makes these win out over the others for me.

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