01-11-2013, 09:25 AM
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This brush was born back in 2010 , and since then , have won a lot of fame and a lot of love from many wet shavers.

This 830 was an "upgrade" to the famous 1305 , since contains more than 10% of premium boar hair than the 1305 , but not as much as the Semogue SOC (this brush also has a 22 mm knot , while the SOC is a 24 mm knot).

Here a pic comparing the hair density with a 1305 :

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Its handle is another great one , made of acrylic material , with the top half on a burgundy color (gorgeous). Maybe not as comfortable as the 1305/1800/1250 models (those are the best made for Semogue IMHO) but very nice , heavy and comfortable enough to hold while using the brush.

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This brush takes a little bit longer to break in than the 1305 , but let me tell you , this brush is one of those which makes me think twice why I did spend so much money on badger brushes...I know the answer , and I truly will spend more money in badger brushes (blessed by our passion for wet shaving , gents Biggrin ) but this brush could compete with some silvertips I know and own in many departments , and win easily in some.

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This brush contains what many die hard face latherers are looking for : firm backbone and soft tips.Once its fully softened (it takes around 25 days of daily use to archive that state , I will say) , the tips are extra soft , almost no scritch , while keeping a good , firm , backbone.But remember , boar brushes are "adjustable" , and the longer you soak the bristles , the soften the backbone will be , so I will recommend you not to soak this brush , once is fully break in , more than a minute in warm water (no hot water).

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This brush is both perfect for face lathering (with truly excels) and bowl lathering.Its very efficient with tripple milled shaving soaps , shaving sticks and shaving creams.Actually , is the Semogue that I truly most enjoy when using shaving creams or Italian "croaps".This brush makes lather in no time , the kind of thick and creamy lather , like mayo , that many of us like when shaving.

Due to its hair density , and as the Semogue SOC boar , this brush will need more product , either cream or soap , if you want to ensure you have lather for more than 2 passes : so use more product and the brush will reward you with tons of lather (nothing new , right ?)

The price is another plus , since its around 15 euros (no VAT) , which are 22 dollars , and performs much better than so many more expensive black/grey/best badger shaving brushes , even better than some "silvertip" brushes , which are basically very floppy , compare with this one.

This is more than a fancy brush and it will reward you very well indeed , both if you are a face latherer or a bowl latherer. For its price , its truly a bargain (or hidden gem) and one of the Semogue favorites.

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 01-11-2013, 10:27 AM
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I agree with you T. I sold mine in my clearout but I think I will be buying a few more Semogues this year.

Can you imagine if they did a 50mm lofted version of this.... Wow!!!

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 01-11-2013, 10:37 AM
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(01-11-2013, 10:27 AM)Dipesh Wrote: I agree with you T. I sold mine in my clearout but I think I will be buying a few more Semogues this year.

Can you imagine if they did a 50mm lofted version of this.... Wow!!!

The 610 is the answer , my friend .Biggrin

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 01-11-2013, 11:08 AM
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Another great review Teiste! Has me salivating for more piggies.

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 01-11-2013, 11:11 AM
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This is one of my favorite brushes. I don't use it as much as I should. I normally grab my 620.

This will soon change once the SOC arrives.


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 01-11-2013, 11:18 AM
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The 830 is yet another exceptional Semogue brush. Mine is used approximately once every 2 or 3 weeks, and while still very enjoyable, has lost some of its desirable backbone. I like your suggestion Tieste about soaking the brush for only a minute before use. I will give that a try next time I use it.

I also agree that the 610 is a wonderful brush for face lathering. The 610 and 620 are two of my favorite shorter loft Semogue boar brushes that excel for face lathering.

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 01-11-2013, 12:11 PM
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My 830 was great, and the tips became quite soft after extended use. If you like silvertip, it would be awesome. If you like scrubby brushes, not so much Sad

I think the 1305 has held up better in keeping its backbone and facial feel.

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 01-11-2013, 01:07 PM
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This is still, in my opinion, the best overall boar brush there is for the price.
Is it me, or have the bristles changed from the older ones. i had one from 2011 and found the bristles to be a darker and softer than the newer bristles that they use in the recent brushes.
Thanks for the review, Teiste.

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 01-11-2013, 06:55 PM
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Thanks for the review. This is another Semogue I will add to my den eventually.

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 01-11-2013, 07:46 PM
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(01-11-2013, 01:07 PM)celestino Wrote: This is still, in my opinion, the best overall boar brush there is for the price.
Is it me, or have the bristles changed from the older ones. i had one from 2011 and found the bristles to be a darker and softer than the newer bristles that they use in the recent brushes.
Thanks for the review, Teiste.

I know that are , at least , 4 different types of 90% tops premium boar hair , and also 3 or 4 different types of 75% tops , so yes , the boar hair used in this 830 is different than the one from the 830 I got back in 2010 , having more backbone , but the tips are already softened.

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 01-11-2013, 08:32 PM
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(01-11-2013, 10:37 AM)Teiste Wrote:
(01-11-2013, 10:27 AM)Dipesh Wrote: I agree with you T. I sold mine in my clearout but I think I will be buying a few more Semogues this year.

Can you imagine if they did a 50mm lofted version of this.... Wow!!!

The 610 is the answer , my friend .Biggrin

That's it, Teiste - 610, SOC cherry Wood and 830 ordered Biggrin
What about the 620 & 1305 - any other boars favorites for a face latherer of creams and croaps ?

2013 will be the year of the boar for me, I think Tongue
Got to eat some roasted pork tonight, I think Tongue

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 01-11-2013, 08:53 PM
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(01-11-2013, 08:32 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(01-11-2013, 10:37 AM)Teiste Wrote:
(01-11-2013, 10:27 AM)Dipesh Wrote: I agree with you T. I sold mine in my clearout but I think I will be buying a few more Semogues this year.

Can you imagine if they did a 50mm lofted version of this.... Wow!!!

The 610 is the answer , my friend .Biggrin

That's it, Teiste - 610, SOC cherry Wood and 830 ordered Biggrin
What about the 620 & 1305 - any other boars favorites for a face latherer of creams and croaps ?

2013 will be the year of the boar for me, I think Tongue
Got to eat some roasted pork tonight, I think Tongue


The 620 and 1305 are two excellent ones , as well as the 1800 / 1250 , my friend.Sorry , but its hard for me to choose only one.And why choose only one , when 3 of those brushes are still much cheaper than a high end brush and perform excellent...

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 01-12-2013, 01:31 AM
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Is the 610 as soft at the tips as the 830? The 830 I had was scritch free, it had velvety soft tips!

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 01-13-2013, 12:59 PM
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(01-11-2013, 09:25 AM)Teiste Wrote:
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This brush was born back in 2010 , and since then , have won a lot of fame and a lot of love from many wet shavers.

This 830 was an "upgrade" to the famous 1305 , since contains more than 10% of premium boar hair than the 1305 , but not as much as the Semogue SOC (this brush also has a 22 mm knot , while the SOC is a 24 mm knot).

Here a pic comparing the hair density with a 1305 :

[Image: P1260289.JPG?m=1357843741]

Its handle is another great one , made of acrylic material , with the top half on a burgundy color (gorgeous). Maybe not as comfortable as the 1305/1800/1250 models (those are the best made for Semogue IMHO) but very nice , heavy and comfortable enough to hold while using the brush.

[Image: P1260288.JPG?m=1357843742]

This brush takes a little bit longer to break in than the 1305 , but let me tell you , this brush is one of those which makes me think twice why I did spend so much money on badger brushes...I know the answer , and I truly will spend more money in badger brushes (blessed by our passion for wet shaving , gents Biggrin ) but this brush could compete with some silvertips I know and own in many departments , and win easily in some.

[Image: P1260287.JPG?m=1357843742]

This brush contains what many die hard face latherers are looking for : firm backbone and soft tips.Once its fully softened (it takes around 25 days of daily use to archive that state , I will say) , the tips are extra soft , almost no scritch , while keeping a good , firm , backbone.But remember , boar brushes are "adjustable" , and the longer you soak the bristles , the soften the backbone will be , so I will recommend you not to soak this brush , once is fully break in , more than a minute in warm water (no hot water).

[Image: P1260292.JPG?m=1357859526]

This brush is both perfect for face lathering (with truly excels) and bowl lathering.Its very efficient with tripple milled shaving soaps , shaving sticks and shaving creams.Actually , is the Semogue that I truly most enjoy when using shaving creams or Italian "croaps".This brush makes lather in no time , the kind of thick and creamy lather , like mayo , that many of us like when shaving.

Due to its hair density , and as the Semogue SOC boar , this brush will need more product , either cream or soap , if you want to ensure you have lather for more than 2 passes : so use more product and the brush will reward you with tons of lather (nothing new , right ?)

The price is another plus , since its around 15 euros (no VAT) , which are 22 dollars , and performs much better than so many more expensive black/grey/best badger shaving brushes , even better than some "silvertip" brushes , which are basically very floppy , compare with this one.

This is more than a fancy brush and it will reward you very well indeed , both if you are a face latherer or a bowl latherer. For its price , its truly a bargain (or hidden gem) and one of the Semogue favorites.
Love your reviews, it seems like i am buying everything your reviewing.Biggrin

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 01-13-2013, 03:10 PM
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I traded a SOC that I really never grew to love for an 830 which was beautifully broken in. What a wonderful surprise the first time I lathered up my face with it.

I was excited to try the 830 as I really like my 1305, but had let it move to a less frequent part of my rotation as I was largely using a 1250 and 1800 to face lather Mike's and MWF. The first time I lathered with the 830 it was a delicious treat.

In fairness, I hadn't really given the SOC a fair chance as it probably wasn't completely broken in. Yet I know everytime I pick up the lovely red acrylic handle that I'm going to be rewarded with a soft pillow of soap turning into lather on my face.

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 01-14-2013, 05:30 PM
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I am thinking of getting a semogue. Teiste, how this compares to the SOC?

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 01-14-2013, 10:30 PM
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(01-14-2013, 05:30 PM)Galhatz Wrote: I am thinking of getting a semogue. Teiste, how this compares to the SOC?

The SOC has a 24 mm knot , and more hair , I will say , at least 15% more of hair.However , the 830 is consider by many Semogue lovers the one which has the perfect measures , of knot , loft and hair quantity. I truly like both , dont know which one I could say is better , but if you have never experienced a boar brush , I will start with the 1305/1800/1250 first , later get the 830 and the SOC.

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 01-14-2013, 10:32 PM
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(01-13-2013, 12:59 PM)alex2363 Wrote: Love your reviews, it seems like i am buying everything your reviewing.Biggrin

Thank you and , if you havent experienced a Semogue boar , start with the 1305 , 1250 or the 1800 and later get this one.

(01-13-2013, 03:10 PM)redrako Wrote: I traded a SOC that I really never grew to love for an 830 which was beautifully broken in. What a wonderful surprise the first time I lathered up my face with it.

I was excited to try the 830 as I really like my 1305, but had let it move to a less frequent part of my rotation as I was largely using a 1250 and 1800 to face lather Mike's and MWF. The first time I lathered with the 830 it was a delicious treat.

In fairness, I hadn't really given the SOC a fair chance as it probably wasn't completely broken in. Yet I know everytime I pick up the lovely red acrylic handle that I'm going to be rewarded with a soft pillow of soap turning into lather on my face.

As I said , for many Semogue lovers , the 830 is the perfect measures/size brush.It must be a reason for that.Enjoy it , sir !

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 01-19-2013, 04:56 AM
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The 830 is a great brush.

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 01-24-2013, 02:08 PM
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One of the finest boars I have ever used. I would have preferred just a tad more backbone but that's cool...the 830 is my pure luxury boar.

I could just dive into the lather this brush produces!

hmmm...I wonder how the SWMBO would like an MWF lather bath.

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