B&B Brothers and sisters, I am proud to have the honor of starting one of our Brush Chronicles, B&B's in depth examination of shaving brushes that puts them through their paces in all manner of uses. We hope to show what a brush can do and how well it can do it. The format is designed for one to two people to lead the discussion, posting regularly over the course of two weeks and recounting their experiences using the brush in question. The best Chronicles are those where many members join in the discussion and share their experiences. And the more pictures the better!
So without further ado, I'm pleased to launch Brush Chronicle #15: The Semogue Owners Club Boar
Launched in 2009 as a special edition, the demand for these brushes quickly led to them be a standard in Semogue's catalog. The combination of densely packed bristles and beautifully shaped and engraved wooden handle (cherry or ash) give this brush more heft than the average boar, yet priced well below similar sized brushes in badger. A 24mm knot with 57mm loft, under $50 shipped, is a lot of brush for the money.
It is frequently recommended here at B&B as the more luxurious option when considering boars. It handles soaps and creams with ease, yet when broken in, can be as soft as pile of feathers while having enough backbone to keep your wheels off the ground when changing tires (do not try this at home, stunt latherers only).
Here the SOC sits on the right of beginish's collection, i believe lording it over slightly less worthy contenders.
The brush can be a little quirky. Rather than splaying like a badger the bristles tend to become wild a crazy guys, spreading in all directions (on right, compared to Omega 11137 on left)
When wet, the bristles can clump together, in the more extreme cases leading to separated-at-birth theories
We only have one review in the wiki so far. Maybe this thread can inspire a few more.
Please join us in putting the renowned SOC Boar through its paces, creams, croaps and soaps, face, bowl and palm.
Show us what you can do with this brush, and what this brush can do for you.