I have a boar brush I quite like for its soft tips a Vulfix 2234, so I thought it might be fun to compare it to the whichever of my Semogues that has the dimensions closest to the Vulfix and it is the 1305.
The knot in the 2234 is rather small and none of my Semogues are that small, but the 1305 is the closest match and the lofts are almost identical, so I still think it will be a fair comparison.
Hair type Boar, Premium 90% tops Boar Handle Wood, painted Plastic Weight [gram] 52.3 60.7 Knot diameter [mm] 21.4 19.9 Loft height [mm] 54.1 53.1 Total height [mm] 111.4 104.2
Even though the 1305 has a slightly larger knot it doesn't feel more dense than the 2234 in dry condition - but then again it is very hard to detect a difference in density of a dry knot.
The brushes were soaked in warm water while showering and then loaded with Palmolive Classic Shaving Soap (EU version).
Before I loaded the brushes I just checked the feel of density of the wet bristles and now I could definitely tell that the 1305 was more densely packed.
Loading: Loading the brushes on the wetted puck for 30-45 seconds and they picked up soap without any problems. I loaded the 1305 for a bit longer than the 2234 due to the larger knot.
First pass: The 2234 felt almost silk like it was very smooth, whereas I could just feel a little prickliness from the 1305. Backbones felt equal at this point.
Second pass: The 1305 felt a little softer in the tips now, but still not quite as soft as the 2234. The 1305 splayed a bit more than the 2234 but it felt more firm, a clear indication of a denser knot.
Third pass: As the second pass, and the 2234 definitely has a softer backbone than the 1305.
Fourth pass: Equal to the third pass.
I have always felt that the Vulfix 2234 had some nice soft tips, and with this comparison my sentiments have only been confirmed.
It is obvious that the slightly larger knot of the 1305 is more densely packed than the 2234 even if the size is taken into account.
That higher density of hairs are showing in the backbone of the brushes as the 1305 is more firm, without I will call the 2234 floppy (although some might).
Should I choose between these two brushes I would have a very hard time doing so.
The Vulfix has some delicious soft tips, but the 1305 has just a little more backbone and a slightly better handle, so...
Well, luckily I don't have to choose between them
All I can say is; in the 2234 Vulfix have made a really nice boar brush, and I am quite keen on trying one of their larger knots to see if it matches this one in the softness of the tips and if a larger knot will give a better backbone.
Hmm...I think I came across a place where they sell Vulfix brushes - well, it can't hurt just to look