I have the SOC and I am a believer! My 1305 is breaking in nicely as well. I've actually sold most of my badgers because I am liking the Semogues so much
All of my boar brushes do a great job. So do my badgers. I'm not wearing any clothes, but that's beside the point.
I love Semogue Boar SB's. I think they are of high quality and exfoliate your skin very nicely prior to shaving. If you had any specific questions, shoot Leon an email!
I Roll with a | Merkur: 1904 CC ~ HD & EJ: BChrome | Loaded w/ Red IP Blades!
My 1305 will be picked up after work today at the post office!
Loading a shaving brush is like making love - the less you think about it, the better the result.
It's like a frickin' country bear jambaroo around here.
I load Cella fine and dandy with three different badgers and two different boars and have no trouble whipping up great lather by face lathering. That soap is just plain thirsty, needs lots of water to work right. I never can seem to get the Omega 48 to hold enough water to make useable lather. It sorta goes on gummy or like a paste, almost the opposite of thin runny lather. I have to keep dipping the tips in the sink with this brush. I don't have that problem with any other brush. Same story for AoS and RazoRock soft soaps.
If lather is the combination of product and water, and I can't hold enough water, then doesn't that mean there's too much product?
My reason for liking boar slightly more than badger (so far....) is that badger makes fantastic lather *but* it's stingy giving it out...lots on the sides of the brush and *in* the knot, but not so much out on the tips where I want it , where boar may not have quite the luxuriousness or speed of lather generation (although with the soaps I like best the difference is minimal) but it puts up almost all of the lather right on the tips so I can easily get it to where it's needed: my face!
I don't plan to get rid of either of my badger brushes, but I certainly wouldn't say they're "better" than my boars either! I guess that makes me a moderate in the politics of the Shaving Brush?
21 and under, TOFLAC-U, BOTOC, LEMS, BOTSS ...Can Grappa be used as aftershave?
I love my 1305.. I'm not even using my badgers anymore.. =)
Sweeeeeeet, is the 620 like the 830??
That's Photo shopped! Just kidding! I have the same brush. Fantastic!
Mark_M : Hahaha..i love it, it just get softer and better with every use. I told my friend yesterday: If i had to choose ONE brush to keep, it would be the 1305!
So after a few weeks of trying the Semogue, I think I finally understand a bit better why it's described as "soft"...there isn't a hint of scritch, with tons of backbone, and this brush is probably still a long way from being all the way broken in. But even with my nice badgers, which I never felt were rough, or scritchy in the past (and I do have some scritchy badgers, I just don't like or use them), now that the Semogue is getting a little more broken in, the feel of it as I apply lather, even after the 3rd pass on a particularly aggressive day, is like puffing clouds against my skin. I mean, it's just outrageously soft, to the degree that you don't even think about the fact that there are fibers under there, it just feels like you're dabbing mounds of lather onto your face even when aggressively face lathering on pass 3 and trying to work up a little extra lather for the ATG pass. I'm finding the badger gets increasingly less use. Granted, it takes a lot of extra swirling and product, and lots of water, and can be slightly dangerous when used with Arko on the noggin (http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthr...70#post3991570) but the fluffy feeling with serious backbone is pretty impressive. I see the light.