12-20-2012, 11:38 AM
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  • Teiste
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I just took this idea from the Italian wet shaving forum "Il Rasoio" , where they are very proud of the Omega shaving brushes , and they have a lot of reasons to be proud of them , I will say.

For some reason , I sometimes feel that Omega brushes , both boars and badger , are not considered enough among wet shavers on the shaving forums.Maybe this could be a wrong perception of mine , but Omega , even when is not the most fancy brush maker out there , offers good shaving brushes for the money , both boar and badger.

My first quality badger brush was an Omega 631 , which I bought when I was 18 in Madrid , and lasted me 10 years.I was very happy with that brush , and I did reknot the handle.

Omega brushes are usually very cheap , and easy to find , both in local stores (if you live in a big city) and online.They offer excellent value for the money , and some of them are simply superb brushes , like the PRO series 48 and 49.

I do have an small collection so far of Omega brushes , but Im planning to change that by adding more.I havent had any problems with them , but with the N 37 , which is a "premium" one.Well , I dont complaint , Im happy with my Omega brushes , and , as I said , Im planning in adding more soon.

Lets see your Omega brushes collections and lets discuss them here.

Grazie Mille Pennellficio Omega !

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 12-20-2012, 11:40 AM
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I have an Omega 636 that is just wonderful. Maybe not as dense as some but very soft and works well with soaps or creams. One of my favorites

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 12-20-2012, 12:51 PM
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  • savagejoerude
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My 100066. A very inexpensive brush ($9.00) and a great performer. I have 6 brushes and only 1 cost more than $25.00. This is my 2nd favorite brush. My bulbous tough VdH brush cost more...
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 12-20-2012, 01:23 PM
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You are spot on Teiste! Great brushes indeed! I think many people think that the more am item costs the better it is and over look Omega...they couldn't be more wrong. Omega brushes are the true value brush.

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 12-20-2012, 01:36 PM
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I love my Omega boar. I have the 31025 banded boar. I also have the Semogue 830 boar. I love both brushes, but lean toward the Omega more, which probably puts me in a minority. The handle is substantial and the bristles feel great on the face. Whether hard soaps or Italian soft soaps, it makes lather in a snap! While I presently don't have any Omega badgers, that could always change.

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 12-20-2012, 01:39 PM
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  • Howler
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I have both a 48 and mini Nice brushes.

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 12-20-2012, 01:41 PM
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  • Johnny
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I only have two at this time, but I do enjoy them. The 40 & 43.

   

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 12-20-2012, 01:44 PM
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Just saw one vendor with a sale on Omegas. don't know if I am allowed to mention the vendor's name!

Also, I was wondering if any of their badgers have decent backbone?

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 12-20-2012, 02:13 PM
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  • Teiste
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(12-20-2012, 01:44 PM)Rockford Wrote: Just saw one vendor with a sale on Omegas. don't know if I am allowed to mention the vendor's name!

Also, I was wondering if any of their badgers have decent backbone?

As far as I know , yes you can mention any vendors name on this forum.

Their badgers are on the soft side (silvertip ,I mean)

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 12-20-2012, 02:42 PM
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(12-20-2012, 02:13 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(12-20-2012, 01:44 PM)Rockford Wrote: Just saw one vendor with a sale on Omegas. don't know if I am allowed to mention the vendor's name!

Also, I was wondering if any of their badgers have decent backbone?

As far as I know , yes you can mention any vendors name on this forum.

Their badgers are on the soft side (silvertip ,I mean)

Thank you for the response Tieste. WWW://Shoeboxshaveshop.com has Omega boar brushes on sale for as low as $6.99, with the 49 for $10.29 and the 48 for $12.99. There were a few under $10 that really caught me eye. SBAD is kicking in again....help me!

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 12-20-2012, 02:58 PM
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  • freddy
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I have the 48 and the 10098, love them both, and neither has left my brush rotation. They are big brushes (both boar) but their tips are softer than some badgers.

I agree with Teiste that sometimes they seem underloved. However, their prices are incredibly reasonable, their boars rank right up there with some of my favorite Semogues, and, frankly, they are just plain fun.

If you are looking for posh handles then I would say, for the most part, don't bother looking here. However, if you want a great workhorse of a boar brush (I have no experience with their badgers) and want some of the softest tips around with decent backbone to the knot then look no further. I also happen to think Omega boars are excellent brushes for newbies who may not have a lot of cash or don't want to invest a lot but are curious about wet shaving.

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 12-20-2012, 03:37 PM
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The 48 is a monster! I have the Proraso version...the brush will beat a soap like nothing else.

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 12-20-2012, 04:12 PM
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I only have one Omega, a 10019 that I'll be using tomorrow. The brush only cost me $8 at Italian Barber, but if anything happened to the handle I'd do what I could to save the knot. That's where the $ is. It's a nice brush where it counts. Very underappreciated in the shaving community IMO.

Edit: Whoops! 2 Omegas. I forgot that I have a 599 Silvertip travel brush.

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 12-20-2012, 04:21 PM
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I have 3 Omegas: the 73645 (A.k.a. #45)...

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...the 20480 (a.k.a. gold #48)...

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..and the 11126 Cool

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 12-20-2012, 04:42 PM
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  • Teiste
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(12-20-2012, 02:42 PM)Rockford Wrote:
(12-20-2012, 02:13 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(12-20-2012, 01:44 PM)Rockford Wrote: Just saw one vendor with a sale on Omegas. don't know if I am allowed to mention the vendor's name!

Also, I was wondering if any of their badgers have decent backbone?
As far as I know , yes you can mention any vendors name on this forum.

Their badgers are on the soft side (silvertip ,I mean)

Thank you for the response Tieste. WWW://Shoeboxshaveshop.com has Omega boar brushes on sale for as low as $6.99, with the 49 for $10.29 and the 48 for $12.99. There were a few under $10 that really caught me eye. SBAD is kicking in again....help me!

Those are great prices! Italian barber has also good selection and prices.Its impossible to save money with you , guys!

(12-20-2012, 03:37 PM)BladeDE40 Wrote: The 48 is a monster! I have the Proraso version...the brush will beat a soap like nothing else.

Do you have the old one or the new one? The new one has even a shorter loft and it seems to be a soap assain...Ill post a pic later compare it to the old Proraso brush.

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 12-20-2012, 05:32 PM
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(12-20-2012, 04:21 PM)oversaturn Wrote: I have 3 Omegas: the 73645 (A.k.a. #45)...

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...the 20480 (a.k.a. gold #48)...

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..and the 11126 Cool

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Which one of those 3 is your favorite , my friend ?

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 12-20-2012, 05:43 PM
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  • MikekiM
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Ugh...you guys are killing me! I just got my year-end bonus and SWMBO said... Do what you want with it..

I had an 80005 that Sodapopjones gave me and I PIF'd it to a new wet shaver with a SuperSpeed... I miss it.

There are a few i have my eyes on...

the Mighty Midget mixed boar/badger just looks like fun,
One of the Professional models
The 100098
Maybe the 20102 Pro model...

Easy enough to buy a few but which ones?

I love short lofted boar. Larger knots..27,28 etc. handle design is less important.
So what says all of you Omega boar lovers? Which should I get?

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 12-20-2012, 05:54 PM
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  • Teiste
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(12-20-2012, 05:43 PM)MikekiM Wrote: Ugh...you guys are killing me! I just got my year-end bonus and SWMBO said... Do what you want with it..

I had an 80005 that Sodapopjones gave me and I PIF'd it to a new wet shaver with a SuperSpeed... I miss it.

There are a few i have my eyes on...

the Mighty Midget mixed boar/badger just looks like fun,
One of the Professional models
The 100098
Maybe the 20102 Pro model...

Easy enough to buy a few but which ones?

I love short lofted boar. Larger knots..27,28 etc. handle design is less important.
So what says all of you Omega boar lovers? Which should I get?

The new Proraso brush , which is a 48 with a lower loft.

Here is a pic comparing the Omega 48 with the new Proraso brush , which is on the left :

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The 10083 looks very similar to the new Proraso brush too , and has a shorter loft than the 48 and 49.

And the Omega 80080 Beehive looks like another one wich will fit your likes.

Man , so many options , and so inexpensive...

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 12-20-2012, 09:55 PM
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  • Kavik79
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Here's my measly collection:
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Left to right:
1) #11047 "Mighty Midget", badger/boar mix
2) #652, 'Purest' Badger
3) #10098, Boar

Apparently I like variety, owning the largest and smallest they make (from what I've seen at least), and no two with the same type of knot LOL

And yes, that #652 is quite floppy Undecided

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 12-20-2012, 11:58 PM
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(12-20-2012, 03:37 PM)BladeDE40 Wrote: The 48 is a monster! I have the Proraso version...the brush will beat a soap like nothing else.

Do you have the old one or the new one? The new one has even a shorter loft and it seems to be a soap assain...Ill post a pic later compare it to the old Proraso brush.
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Teiste....pretty sure its the new one...has a 69mm loft, the 48 had a 70mm loft....a soap assassin indeed.

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