01-16-2013, 11:08 AM
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  • Johnny
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Well, thanks to some guidance from Aaron (Sodapopjones) and the prodding of Teiste, I am becoming a fan of the Omega Premium Line of brushes. I now have these three work horses in my stable and they do a great job with both soaps and creams, as well as both bowl and face lathering.

All three of these make a tremendous amount of lather and none are lather hogs. They freely give up the lather to where it belongs, your face. Right out of the box the tips are soft, but as with most good brushes, the more you use them, the better they get.

I would highly recommend any of these three to someone wanting to try boar/bristle brushes, or someone wanting to start a brush collection without breaking the bank. I purchased these three on sale from Connaught Shaving in the UK for a grand total of $51.16 plus $6.95 in shipping. And yes, that is USA dollars.

You can teach an old dog new tricks and I thank both Aaron and Teiste for the lesson. Will these replace my Semogue brushes? Heck no. Semogue is still the king of boar as for as I'm concerned.

Here are the three brushes and the specs.

   

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 01-16-2013, 11:39 AM
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Wow, Johnny, i didn't know you were an old dog! Tongue
Great looking brushes!

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 01-16-2013, 11:42 AM
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Great looking brushes, looking forward to your reviews.
It is okay to like other brushes, the Semogues can get very jealous of interlopers.

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 01-16-2013, 01:35 PM
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Very elegant brushes ... thank you for sharing. I too have always associated 'high end boar' with Semogue ... perhaps this will change my paradigm.

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 01-16-2013, 01:46 PM
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Nice review Johnny! I'm starting to see a paradigm shift in the boar love...for years Semogue has been all the rave. Semogue makes great brushes, but I think Omega brushes have been underrated for too long.

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 01-16-2013, 06:23 PM
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I'm still not a big fan of their hollow ABS plastic handles, but these solid resin handled brushes are very nice. At this price what's not to like.

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 01-16-2013, 07:16 PM
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Nice review Johnny and congratulations on a great looking trio!

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 01-16-2013, 07:24 PM
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Thank you Johnny! I always enjoy reading your reviews. You, Teiste, and others have really opened my mind to boar brushes. I've always been a staunch user of badger, however, over the past month I've been almost exclusively using my new Semogue 1305 after reading postings from you and Teiste. It took about a week or so to really break in (as you guys advised), but now it is really fantastic. I'll have to give the Omegas a try too.

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 01-16-2013, 07:49 PM
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Excellent review.

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 01-17-2013, 12:08 PM
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Excellent. I just ordered the 35 and 37. They look nice. ... and at a brilliant price. My first boars!

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 01-17-2013, 12:51 PM
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(01-17-2013, 12:08 PM)possumbelly Wrote: Excellent. I just ordered the 35 and 37. They look nice. ... and at a brilliant price. My first boars!

You are going to love them. When you get a chance, order the Omega 40 also. Makes for a nice trio.

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 01-17-2013, 01:26 PM
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I was trying to show some restraint! Mind you, at that price why worry. The 40 was in and out of the basket several times.

I'm accumulating gear at a rapid rate. Have many items awaiting their first use. Razors (valet, gem 1912 x 3, old gillette, R41), soaps, creams.

Thanks for the pointer to the Omegas.

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 01-17-2013, 01:34 PM
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Tanks for the review. I might have to break down and order an Omega boar.

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 01-18-2013, 10:47 AM
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Johnny , the Omega N 40 looks "lovely" , as they would say in good , old England.

Yes , you are discovering the goods of the Omega boar brushes , and Im glad that you are enjoying them.Let us know which one is your favorite of the 3.

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 01-18-2013, 07:32 PM
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(01-18-2013, 10:47 AM)Teiste Wrote: Johnny , the Omega N 40 looks "lovely" , as they would say in good , old England.

Yes , you are discovering the goods of the Omega boar brushes , and Im glad that you are enjoying them.Let us know which one is your favorite of the 3.

Well Teiste, they are all the same. Same boar, loft, and knot. The only difference is the handle. All are in my regular rotation.

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 01-21-2013, 08:26 AM
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Thanks for the review! I have been considering these for a while.
I have the omega 11137 and the b&b essential, which i enjoy quite a bit.
Is the knot in the pro line different than the other line?

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 01-21-2013, 08:56 AM
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I have the slightly larger Omega 73645 (a.k.a. Omega #45) and love it. It is a brush that can be compared, with no shame, to other reputable shaving brushes, like the SOC-boar.

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The handle is another matter. Simply one of the best handles that I've seen. It is lathe turned on some kind of heavy, sturdy material, and can compete with my other handles made by Rooney, Simpson and the like. And it is extremely ergonomic, at least to my hands.

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 01-21-2013, 09:03 AM
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(01-21-2013, 08:26 AM)Galhatz Wrote: Thanks for the review! I have been considering these for a while.
I have the omega 11137 and the b&b essential, which i enjoy quite a bit.
Is the knot in the pro line different than the other line?

These are the Premium Line of brushes and yes, the quality of boar/knot is different than other Omega brushes. At least IMHO.

(01-21-2013, 08:56 AM)oversaturn Wrote: I have the slightly larger Omega 73645 (a.k.a. Omega #45) and love it. It is a brush that can be compared, with no shame, to other reputable shaving brushes, like the SOC-boar.

[Image: P1060245.jpg]

[Image: P1060709.jpg]

The handle is another matter. Simply one of the best handles that I've seen. It is lathe turned on some kind of heavy, sturdy material, and can compete with my other handles made by Rooney, Simpson and the like. And it is extremely ergonomic, at least to my hands.

Emanuel, on your recommendation I bought one of these several months ago and loved it. However my son discovered he loved it and now it's his. I will have to get another someday. As for as knot/loft, the Omega 43 is about the same size.

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 03-20-2015, 06:30 PM
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...can the Omega 73645 still be purchased anywhere???

......it looks like a very nice boar..........

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 03-23-2015, 07:52 PM
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(01-16-2013, 11:08 AM)Johnny Wrote:

Well, thanks to some guidance from Aaron (Sodapopjones) and the prodding of Teiste, I am becoming a fan of the Omega Premium Line of brushes. I now have these three work horses in my stable and they do a great job with both soaps and creams, as well as both bowl and face lathering.

All three of these make a tremendous amount of lather and none are lather hogs.  They freely give up the lather to where it belongs, your face.  Right out of the box the tips are soft, but as with most good brushes, the more you use them, the better they get.

I would highly recommend any of these three to someone wanting to try boar/bristle brushes, or someone wanting to start a brush collection without breaking the bank. I purchased these three on sale from Connaught Shaving in the UK for a grand total of $51.16 plus $6.95 in shipping. And yes, that is USA dollars.

You can teach an old dog new tricks and I thank both Aaron and Teiste for the lesson. Will these replace my Semogue brushes? Heck no. Semogue is still the king of boar as for as I'm concerned.

Here are the three brushes and the specs.


How are these for use on hard soaps and face lathering?

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