#1

Member
Quebec, Canada
Good morning.
I bought a Semogue 1305 boar brush last week.
I had two shaves since I got it, and let it dry between them.
The knot seems to kill the lather completely, I've never experienced that before, and I had many brushes in the past years.

Is it normal?

Thanks in advance!
François

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#2

Member
Detroit
That is pretty normal for brand new boar brushes. Just hang in there and load more soap! It will get better and better with more uses.

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#3
I misread the title, thought it was "My new boar brush is killing my father" !!!  I was going to say you shouldn't use live boar for lathering.  Rolleyes

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Boar brushes, brass razors, and hard pucks ARE traditional wet shaving. Everything else is modern day fluff for the girly men.

It's like the blues, the best stuff comes from dead guys.
#4
(05-01-2023, 03:11 PM)fblais Wrote: Good morning.
I bought a Semogue 1305 boar brush last week.
I had two shaves since I got it, and let it dry between them.
The knot seems to kill the lather completely, I've never experienced that before, and I had many brushes in the past years.

Is it normal?

Thanks in advance!
François

I think Semogues take ages to break in before they stop eating the lather. I myself believe life is too short to use a brush 100 times before it stops eating lather.

My solution to this issue, was to sell my Semogues and use Omega brushes! But YMMV as ever!

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#5

Member
Quebec, Canada
Thanks guys.
I have a Semogue Galahad boar which is fantastic, so I guess they're not all like my 1805.
I also have a 820 on order. Hope I don't get another one like this.

Regarding my father, he passed away decades ago, so he has nothing to fear. Smile

Later!
François

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#6

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(This post was last modified: 05-02-2023, 04:43 AM by Marko.)
Not unusual - persevere.  Are you adequately pre-soaking the knot in warm (not too hot) water for 10-15 minutes?  That will make a difference as well.  My 1305 is one of my favourite brushes.  In fact, the Semogue boar knots are among the best in my opinion.  It is annoying to have your lather killed I will admit but if you stick with it you will be rewarded with a great brush. Happy2

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#7

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Quebec, Canada
Thanks.
This morning I soaked it for half an hour in cool water then about 5 minutes in hot water just before shaving.

Later,
François

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#8

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Chester County, PA
Use warm water.  Nothing too hot.

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#9

Member
Quebec, Canada
Ok, thanks, will try that next run in a few days.

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#10

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Quebec, Canada
This morning I used my Maggard's boar knot on a AP handle.
Great brush.
I used the same soap as yesterday, Cella extra extra bio, with my Aesop bowl.
While not runny as yesterday with the Semogue 1305, the lather was quite thin.
I'm wondering if the Cella soaps (red and extra bio) are not on the ordinary side now.

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