#1
Hi,
I am fairly new to the hobby, and new to the site.  I have a badger and a few synths, but I am looking for suggestions for my first boar brush.  I would like something that will last and I don't mind spending more for quality and a nice handle.
Thanks!
#2
Can you tell us something about what you are looking for in a boar bristle brush and why you want one?

Is there something about your badger or synthetic brushes that you do not like?

There is a vast range of size and face feel in boar brushes so some information would be helpful.
#3

Just Here for the Shaves
Williamsburg, KY
Just speaking in generalities for a short answer. Of the ones I've tried, I've been most happy with my Semogue Owners Club Boars.

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#4
I'd say pick up an Omega on Amazon. It takes a dozen shaves or more to break in a boar but after the break-in I love a boar brush. Get it wet and build a lather. No real need for soaking. JMO.
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#5

Member
Wisconsin
My humble suggestion would be a Semogue 1305.  
It’s inexpensive and a good starter brush.  
Probably around $20…
You will need to learn how to break in a boar brush, but they are great when the tips split a bit and they become soft.
Have fun!

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#6
(This post was last modified: 02-21-2024, 03:57 PM by ewk. Edited 1 time in total.)
Omega, Zenith, and Semogue are the best known makers of boar brushes. The really good news is that they are less expensive. My Omega 49 is a large brush that is still the best $10 I have spent on shaving. I have grown fond of Zenith. Bleached bristles are softer out of the box. In the US, you can get Zenith brushes with great handles from https://www.thegentleshave.com/. The RazoRock blondie is made by Zenith.

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#7
(02-21-2024, 02:26 PM)Gasman Wrote: I'd say pick up an Omega on Amazon. It takes a dozen shaves or more to break in a boar but after the break-in I love a boar brush. Get it wet and build a lather. No real need for soaking. JMO.

I find that if I do not pre-soak my boars I get broken bristles and bristles that fall out.
#8
I do like my badger and synthetic brushes, but just wanted to see if I would like a boar.  I like a large knot, maybe a little exfoliating than my badger and I bowl lather.
#9

Member
New York
(This post was last modified: 02-22-2024, 03:38 AM by mrdoug.)
(02-22-2024, 03:21 AM)SandmanCT Wrote: I do like my badger and synthetic brushes, but just wanted to see if I would like a boar.  I like a large knot, maybe a little exfoliating than my badger and I bowl lather.
After seeing ewk use one in DecemBoar, I picked up a 26mm Zenith with a plastic handle. It's densely packed and feels like a good sized knot. I've been working to break it in, before i use it (as I like soft soft brushes). It seems like it'll be a good brush. I only paid ~$15 for it, so it was a cheap investment to try. It might be a good place to start.

https://www.thegentleshave.com/products/...-colors-b3

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#10
(02-22-2024, 03:21 AM)SandmanCT Wrote: I do like my badger and synthetic brushes, but just wanted to see if I would like a boar.  I like a large knot, maybe a little exfoliating than my badger and I bowl lather.

Hmmmm.......I'm not sure that bowl latherers get much benefit from the extra backbone of a boar brush. Most of us who love boars are face latherers and love a good scrub . For a bowl latherer, the main benefit of a boar brush would be easier loading of hard triple milled soaps. An inexpensive Omega would be good at that. Look at a 10065. They are cheap, and very stiff. They will never have tips as soft as a Semougue, but if you are not face lathering I don't think it really matters much.


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