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cvac
05-01-2012, 12:17 PM
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1) New brush, pre-bloom.



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2) Test lather with E-Shave Avocado & Linden shaving soap.



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3) Post-bloom density check.



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4) Bloomed brush.



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5) Lined up with my other Semogues

L to R:

SOC Boar, 2030B, 1250, 2015 and SOC Badger.

StuMcB
05-01-2012, 12:24 PM
Good looking boar there and great family line up.Thanks for sharing.

joeboom
05-01-2012, 12:38 PM
Looks like an awesome brush. I cant wait till mine gets here so I can finally try it out.

taco8slo
05-01-2012, 12:40 PM
Nice pictures, so what were your first impressions?

RazoRock
05-01-2012, 12:40 PM
For those looking for a good size boar, it's one of the best.

cvac
05-01-2012, 12:42 PM
Nice pictures, so what were your first impressions?

I'll post them after I've had a chance to actually use the brush. If it's at least as good as my other Semogue boars I'll be happy.

taco8slo
05-01-2012, 12:42 PM
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5) Lined up with my other Semogues

L to R:

SOC Boar, 2030B, 1250, SOC Badger, and 2015.

I think you have the last two switched around.

taco8slo
05-01-2012, 12:43 PM
I have one and have been enjoying it, it is really dense with tons of backbone and soft tips too.

cvac
05-01-2012, 12:43 PM
Yep, had the brushes switched around so just fixed it.

Champion of Capua
05-01-2012, 12:56 PM
Very nice ! It is on my list even though I have a 2011 LE2. Love the look of that cherry.

Optometrist
05-01-2012, 01:13 PM
IMO, the SOC is the best boar brush around. And the cherry wood finish looks superb.

arm017
05-01-2012, 01:37 PM
IMO, the SOC is the best boar brush around. And the cherry wood finish looks superb.
I completely agree!

Obiwan
05-01-2012, 01:57 PM
Mine is getting heavy use since it was recently bought. Very nice. Not sure yet if I like it more than my 2010 custom semogue, but pretty close for sure. An amazing brush!

brucered
05-01-2012, 01:58 PM
I completely agree!

+1 i have the 2011 Bristle LE 2 and the SOC cherry boar and they are very similar to my feel and experience.

both great brushes.

for anyone interested, here are my specs on the SOC (mine at least) when using a digital caliper

SOC:
overall height: 115.84
knot diameter: 25.82
handle height: 60.16
knot loft: 55.68 (deducting overall from handle)

Den
05-01-2012, 02:18 PM
I've contemplated getting the SOC boar in the past, but it's just way too big for my taste. Looking at the 5th pic cvac posted, it's a monster compared to the others. I have a 1250 and find that loft at 55mm considerably too long and splays more than I'd like it to.

I sure wish Semogue allowed you to set custom lofts...a la Vie-Long style. I'd jump on the SOC in a heartbeat!

cvac
05-01-2012, 02:24 PM
I've contemplated getting the SOC boar in the past, but it's just way too big for my taste. Looking at the 5th pic cvac posted, it's a monster compared to the others. I have a 1250 and find that loft at 55mm considerably too long and splays more than I'd like it to.

I sure wish Semogue allowed you to set custom lofts...a la Vie-Long style. I'd jump on the SOC in a heartbeat!

My 1250 isn't that old...I don't have major splay issues with it. Semogue does offer a couple models with a 50mm loft. TBH, I think that a super short boar brush wouldn't be something up my alley. Boar is firmer than badger anyway and doesn't bloom a ton.

Den
05-01-2012, 03:34 PM
My 1250 isn't that old...I don't have major splay issues with it. Semogue does offer a couple models with a 50mm loft. TBH, I think that a super short boar brush wouldn't be something up my alley. Boar is firmer than badger anyway and doesn't bloom a ton.

Yup got myself a 1460 & 1470 which have the 50mm loft. Like those alot, but was thinking of getting a 620 since it's supposed to be firmer. My 1460 & 1470 are well broken in and I find they splay a touch too much.

Love the look of the SOC in cherry. Both badger and boar. Simply beautiful looking brushes.

Sledgehammer39
05-01-2012, 04:23 PM
Sweet looking collection!

sp514
05-01-2012, 05:29 PM
It's one of my favourites! Fantastic brush.

arm017
05-01-2012, 06:57 PM
My 1250 isn't that old...I don't have major splay issues with it. Semogue does offer a couple models with a 50mm loft. TBH, I think that a super short boar brush wouldn't be something up my alley. Boar is firmer than badger anyway and doesn't bloom a ton.


Could you comment on the splay issues with the 1205? Mine does in fact feel a bit floppy compared to my SOC.

cvac
05-01-2012, 07:11 PM
It doesn't really splay that much and doesn't feel floppy to me, but I'm primarily a badger guy so most boar brushes feel somewhat stiff to me. I wouldn't want a boar that had no flex and was the boar equivalent of something like a Rooney 2XL.

My 1250 has been used less than ten times though, so it's pretty new. If I used it a lot more it might feel floppier, but I can't really say for now.

dieselfuel79
05-01-2012, 08:30 PM
I am also curious on how the SOC matches up against the 1250. I love my Semogue, and think the 1250 is perfect.

brucered
05-01-2012, 08:40 PM
I am also curious on how the SOC matches up against the 1250. I love my Semogue, and think the 1250 is perfect.

for $30 shipped, it's worth trying out 1st hand....VINTAGE (http://vintagescent.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=113)

it's a great brush, especially for you diesel, it's a great scuttle brush.

cvac
05-02-2012, 08:17 AM
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1) Pic of Semgoue SOC Boar after 1 facelather with RazoRock Muguet de France. Scuttle being used as a brushwarmer.


Impressions of the brush today were very good. It is not quite as soft on the tips as my 1250 or 2030B, but still much softer than a brand new Omega Pro out of the box. As it breaks in, I'm sure it will get softer. The main difference with this brush compared to my other Semogues is that this one feels like it is higher on the density and backbone scale. Scrubbier for sure but not uncomfortable...remember I'm fairly sensitive to scritchy brushes. As for whether it's "better" than the 1250 or 2030B, I can't really say. I enjoy all these brushes and they're all a little different.

Bengal Tiger
05-02-2012, 08:31 AM
for $30 shipped, it's worth trying out 1st hand....VINTAGE (http://vintagescent.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=113)

it's a great brush, especially for you diesel, it's a great scuttle brush.


If that price includes shipping, it's an excellent deal.

cvac
05-02-2012, 08:35 AM
Shaving.ie is where I got mine. They have a decent selection of Semogues and ship quickly to the U.S. I usually get my stuff from them in about a week. For some reason, orders from Vintage take longer (up to 3-4 weeks), but they have a more extensive selection of Semogue brushes.

johnnypipe
05-02-2012, 10:53 AM
Simply put, you can't beat a Semogue SOC Boar brush. I love both of mine.

Gigan
05-02-2012, 01:41 PM
Awesome collection CVAC, Im looking to pick up a 1305, currently searching the forums here daily for one to come up on sale :)

Oscroft
05-02-2012, 04:51 PM
I've had a SOC boar for some time now, and it really is one of my favourite brushes, even though my favourite hair overall is probably 2-band badger (I have a SOC 2-band too, and a New Forest 2-band, both of which I think are terrific).

My other two SOC boars are a 1305 and a 610 (610 is new - only used once), and by comparison, the SOC boar is a lot denser and quite a bit firmer. But with extensive use (it's by far my most used brush), the tips have become beautifully soft but without the brush losing its firmness, and that's a combination that really suits me well.

It does take a lot of uses before the SOC tips really develop, though, and the brush benefits from a longer pre-use soak than most (with 2/3rds the bristles submerged - I try to keep the handle dry).