#1
Hi guys I have just recently brought a boar brush from turn and shave it's called his shoat knot witch is half gelled. Unfortunately I'm having a nightmare getting a good lather out of it. It just eats up the soap I have tried doing a very heavy load but in the end the soap just tends to disapate and can't get a good lather, especially the second and 3rd pass there is no lather left. Is this normal and does it get better the more the knot is broken in?

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#2

Member
Florida
That tends to happen at first, it'll get better. Do you see split ends?

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#3
i had this knot before and it was terrible. It seems that rushing the boars natural "break in" process is a no go. Mine was super slimy feeling when wet and the lather all disappeared. In its defense i didn't give it a whole lot of time but after 3 lathers i gave up on it.
#4
(This post was last modified: 08-07-2020, 07:37 PM by Deus Vult. Edited 1 time in total.)
I find that on my stiffer boars that aren’t yet broken in, I soak them for 15 minutes in super hot water before use and that helps soften them up a bit.
My quick break in for boars is dunking the tips in boiling water and then ice water and then back to boiling etc...
Also in my more limited experience with boar vs badger, boars seem to give up lather better but also require you to relather more than a badger.
#5

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Las Vegas, NV, USA
Was thinking about trying the Shoat. It seems a bit expensive for a boar knot. If this hog knot is also a lather hog, well…

I had some lather issues with boars early on in my shaving journey. My last three boars, an Omega, a Zenith and an Oumo, have presented none of those issues. In fact, the hairs on the Oumo split during the first 3–4 uses, and the knot is just a joy to use. I have no need to load it any more than any other brush, the tips are soft, and it releases the lather easily.

For these knots, I initially did a three-day fridge soak in a glass of water (soaking only the bristles, not the handle or plug). Each day, I'd brush them against a terry towel for a few minutes before returning them to soak.

I’ve seen mentioned that one should use a new boar at least 15–20 times for before judging it. That was not the case with these knots at all, and I can understand how frustrating it would be to keep using a product that turns a pleasant occasion into a tedious task.

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#6

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I have heard how bad these gelled boar knots are. I am not sure there’s anything you can do about it. Chalk it up to experience.

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Ah, che bel vivere, che bel piacere per un barbiere di qualità... Happy2
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#7
Yes I'm really having no joy, unfortunately I spent alot of money on it as it's in a custom HandelSad
#8

Super Moderator
Las Vegas, NV, USA
(08-09-2020, 07:53 AM)LORENZO44 Wrote: Yes I'm really having no joy, unfortunately I spent alot of money on it as it's in a custom HandelSad
Sorry to hear that. If you like the handle, you could remove and replace the knot, or have someone do it for you.
Whenever I go to shave, I assume there’s someone else on the planet shaving, so I say “I’m gonna go shave, too.”
– Mitch Hedberg
#9
Ok yes that's a great idea will give the knot a little more time, then if I still don't like it will try to get someone to replace the knot

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#10

Member
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Lorenzo44, how long do you load that boar? I’m interested! I have been eyeballing Milton’s shoat knots too because I like boars. The boars I own do require a significant loading though.


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