01-02-2013, 11:56 AM
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  • Teiste
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Gentlemen :

I would like to know which Semogue boar brush would you consider is the best for facelathering and why (yes , I know , hard to choose...).

I will go for :

-Semogue 1520 : for some reason , I like this one better than the 620 , which I gave to a very good friend.I like its handle , even when is not the most ergonomic of all the Semogues.The 75% tops have the perfect amount of firm backbone and a little bit of scritch (nothing unpleasant at all).

-Semogue 610 : the same soft tips than the 1305 , the same flow but better backbone.I also like its handle a lot.

-And there is a tight between the 1800 and 1250 (and the Italian Barber LE).

But , If I only have to pick up one , that would be the 1250 (or the Italian Barber LE , which behaves so similar to that).

What about you , gentlemen ?

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 01-02-2013, 12:02 PM
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  • Johnny
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Wow, there are so many good ones, but if you held a gun to my head and said just choose one, it would be my 1438.

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 01-02-2013, 12:09 PM
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It won't be perfect for everyone, but of the Semogue boar brushes, I like the 2000 the best.

It is large and luxurious, but maintains enough backbone and is fantastic for face lathering.

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 01-02-2013, 12:11 PM
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  • oscar11
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1800, I can't really explain it but I just like the feel of this brush better.

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 01-02-2013, 12:22 PM
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I have never tried a boar Blush

Is boar also for cream users or mostly preferred for soaps and croaps ?

I just don't like the look of boar brushes Confused

Maybe some day eventually a boar will find its way into my collection Smile

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 01-02-2013, 12:23 PM
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For the price, 2030B is an excellent face lathering brush.

Up the chain, I really like the SOC. It is a bit on the large side for a face lathering brush but I've no complaints.

The 830 became a bit floppy for me once it was broken in, and I sold it. Not recommended by me.

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 01-02-2013, 12:26 PM
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SOC for me. A little larger than I prefer but a great brush

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 01-02-2013, 12:26 PM
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(01-02-2013, 12:22 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: Is boar also for cream users or mostly preferred for soaps and croaps ?

I think it's perfect for croaps. For whatever reason, the boar does a really nice job with these. Put it this way: when I'm using a croap, all I use are boars.

I face lather, and find that they also work for creams. Hard soaps they are OK on, I prefer a stiffer badger brush for those.

If you don't have a "travel brush" already, I'd recommend getting the 610 or 620 to start with. It may not be the best boar brush but it's very good.

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 01-02-2013, 12:30 PM
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  • Teiste
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(01-02-2013, 12:22 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I have never tried a boar Blush

Is boar also for cream users or mostly preferred for soaps and croaps ?

I just don't like the look of boar brushes Confused

Maybe some day eventually a boar will find its way into my collection Smile

Claus , the Semogue SOC and 2000 , are perfect for creams.Also the 1305.

And the Omega PRO series , the same , like the 48/49 or the Proraso-Omega one.

Time to try one , at least !

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 01-02-2013, 12:32 PM
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(01-02-2013, 12:26 PM)insomniac Wrote:
(01-02-2013, 12:22 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: Is boar also for cream users or mostly preferred for soaps and croaps ?

I think it's perfect for croaps. For whatever reason, the boar does a really nice job with these. Put it this way: when I'm using a croap, all I use are boars.

I face lather, and find that they also work for creams. Hard soaps they are OK on, I prefer a stiffer badger brush for those.

If you don't have a "travel brush" already, I'd recommend getting the 610 or 620 to start with. It may not be the best boar brush but it's very good.

Thanks Smile

I have been contemplating getting boared up for 2-3 months now....
Just never pulled the trigger on one. Have had the Semogue LE 2011 FB 2 Boar in my basket several times at different shaving shops, but emptied the basket each time without buying.

Now that I have my badger brush collection up in gear and almost complete, I think I will start to venture into boar territory a bit more........seriously.......maybe Tongue

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 01-02-2013, 12:57 PM
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I find Semogues shorter lofted brushes to be great face latherers... the 610, 620, 1438, and 1460 all work for me. Of course there are 2 different grades of bristle there, and I like each for what it brings to the shave.

It's a YMMV thing, but I don't care for their higher lofted brushes. For me just a little more loft makes for a HUGE difference in character.

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 01-02-2013, 01:00 PM
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Semogue + Short Loft = Face latherer happiness. Thumbup

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 01-02-2013, 01:02 PM
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  • Songwind
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I use my 1305 for face lathering with zero problems. However, it's my only Semogue boar thus far.

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 01-02-2013, 01:52 PM
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  • tgutc
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I would choose my 1800 followed closely by the Italian Barber LE.

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 01-02-2013, 02:16 PM
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My favorite Semogue boar brushes for face lathering are the 620, 1305, and 610. All three are superb and have an excellent combination of soft tips, sufficient backbone, and ergonomic handles...as well as being objects of beauty.

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 01-02-2013, 02:40 PM
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(01-02-2013, 12:30 PM)Teiste Wrote:
(01-02-2013, 12:22 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I have never tried a boar Blush

Is boar also for cream users or mostly preferred for soaps and croaps ?

I just don't like the look of boar brushes Confused

Maybe some day eventually a boar will find its way into my collection Smile

Claus , the Semogue SOC and 2000 , are perfect for creams.Also the 1305.

And the Omega PRO series , the same , like the 48/49 or the Proraso-Omega one.

Time to try one , at least !

You are so right T Smile

Each time I have had the Semogue LE 2011 FB 2 boar in a basket in the Portugese shaving shop and the Spanish Gifts & Care I almost opened my PayPal or took out my credit card, then I found something else on the shop - a cream, a razor, a badge brush or I got the idea that all boars have to be used 12-15 times for them to settle in and feel soft, but then again I have a scrubby as hell D01 2-Band bulb 46 mm lofted 24 mm Shavemac brush that to some would feel prickly as hell, and I still like to use when I have 2-3 days beard stubbles growing......so why not a boar - think it's how the bristles look from top view that scares me Tongue

It looks a bit messy that boar hair Biggrin

I know you love your boars, so eventually I simply HAVE TO GET SOME BOAR BRUSHES in my den. Now I'm also selling some of my badgers to thin out my den, since I only go for one brush with the same hairs, same loft, same knot in my den and ONLY the best of the best survives once I'm done !
So far I'm now down to 46 badgers in my den, at one point I was at 58 badgers of the highest quality.

I know what a good offer boar brushes are, so I simply have to get me a couple to know what the fuzz is all about.
What boar would you recommend for the Acqua Di Parma pot croap ?
The pot is relatively narrow, so need a boar of HIGH quality but with a small bloom and splay.....so I can dip down in to the pot of ADP with it Cool

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 01-02-2013, 02:44 PM
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Am I the only one that prefers a larger brush for face lathering?

I expected the majority would enjoy the slightly smaller brushes, but didn't think I would be alone here...

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 01-02-2013, 03:32 PM
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(01-02-2013, 02:44 PM)PanChango Wrote: Am I the only one that prefers a larger brush for face lathering?

I expected the majority would enjoy the slightly smaller brushes, but didn't think I would be alone here...

Dale, I could easily use the SOC to face lather but as it kept breaking in it was just getting softer and softer. I think many face latherers want to keep more backbone which the shorter lofted Semogues offer. I also thought the 830 got a bit too soft. If I was going to be adding anymore boars back into my den then I'd be looking for the B&B custom, 610, or 620.

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 01-02-2013, 03:47 PM
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I found the 1250 to be incredibly soft and excellent at making loads of lather.

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 01-02-2013, 05:42 PM
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Dale, I only face lather and have been gravitating toward the larger boars because of the comfortable splay (NOT floppy) and the larger handles. I recommend the Semogue 1800 but will venture into the 2011 LE and SOC side of things.

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