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Semogue Badger & Boar Hair Shaving Brushes

Once upon a time, in a small village in Portugal, a bitter feud brewed between two families of master craftsmen. One was devoted to making badger-hair brushes for shaving, loving the softness of the bristles on their sensitive (but still manly) skin. The other swore allegiance to boar brushes, preferring the excellent lather and rugged good looks of the sturdier bristles. The feud was settled only when the two patriarchs forged an alliance. They decreed that neither boar nor badger was the one true brush, and from their treaty grew Semogue - a shaving brush company for the ages.

Okay, we may have embellished a bit on the "feud" thing, but Semogue is a brush company of master craftsmen, equally devoted to badger and boar, creating beautiful and durable products for fans of both. Give them a try, and you'll see why we think of their products as legendary.

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Semogue Badger & Boar Hair Shaving Brushes Reviews
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Semogue Owners Club Super Badger Shaving Brush, Cherry Handle "For this price, it's georgeous looks and overall quality, theire is nothing better. Not even Simpsons, Shavemac et cetera.
Quite impressive
Semogue 1460 Pure Bristle Shaving Brush "Now, I don't know about you but I'm a firm believer in "you get what you pay for" (buy cheap, get cheap). I took the gamble at $15. But Boars hair? Never heard of it until recently when my 8 year old silver tip (merkur) which I was never really impressed with, simply degraded in quality and looks. It wore out because I used it hard to lift my whiskers which themselves are tough as comparable copper wire. In short, Badger just doesn't offer any "backbone" to speak of. It's meant to create lather and mildly lift and exfoliate.

Out of the box this Semogue 1460 had no odor worth mentioning. The company logo is a sticker and I simply don't like logos or stickers on anything after I buy them. I took the logos and emblems off my truck. This sticker came off with moderate effort and 30 seconds of patience. It probably wouldn't have lasted very long under shaving conditions anyway.

My first shave was just what I wanted. This brush has very nice backbone but won't rough up your skin. The ends are quite soft but not Badger soft. It really did the job on the whiskers too. Holds water much better than I anticipated. Where have boar hair brushes been all my life?

How well does this brush hold up? Time will tell. Suffice to say that out of the box and one shave did not produce one hair falling out. If the brush lasts 2 years (I'm certain it will last decades if not become an heirloom piece) then $15 every 2 years is still light years cheaper than trying to keep up with modern shaving systems. Who in their right mind needs 5 blades at a time anyway?

I ordered on a Saturday evening and Westcoast got it out that Monday late afternoon . It was in my hands on Wednesday. Honestly, from Chino California to East Coast Florida in 2 days 1st class UPS? I mean that's better than the USPS by 3-4 days.

Hats off to WCS, Semogue and UPS! Thanks to all of you.
Love this brush!
Semogue 830 Pure Bristle Shaving Brush "This is a very fine brush, especially for the money. Good backbone , works up a good lather, but not too stiff at all, and it breaks in very well and is getting a bit softer as it goes along. Lost only a couple of bristles and it looks elegant. Frankly, why spend more?
Semogue 1520 Pure Bristle Shaving Brush "Added this brush as I like to scritch and exfoliate my face once in awhile it works great.
semogue 1520
Semogue 1520 Pure Bristle Shaving Brush "good brush for the money....lathers great
My favorite brush for creams and croaps.
Semogue 730HD Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush "This is a luxurious brush and for it's price range it is a steal. I'm sure that a Kent or a Simpson would be softer or work a bit better but on a quality/$ ratio I'm not sure that the incremental improvement is worth the price. Having said that I've never used a top of the line Kent or Simpson as I cannot afford it. This brush lost a bristle a day for the first 4 days and then not a one for the past 5 months. It is soft, absorbs water a soap like a dream and then releases them on my face during the lather w/o a problem. Unlike it's brother my Semogue 830 Boar brush, it drys out very quickly after a rince and a squeeze in a dry towel. fairly dry in a hour, fluffy dry in 3 hours.

I use it only with croaps and creams though. I use my Semogue 830 Boar brush or my Vie-Long Horse hair brush with hard soaps as it really doesn't have the backbone to easily lather with a hard puck. You can do it but why struggle and perhaps end up prematurely destroying a brush that should last a lifetime. A badger made the "Ultimate Sacrifice" for my face. I owe it the the little critter to preserve its neck fur.
Semogue 1470 shave brush
Semogue 1470 Pure Bristle Shaving Brush "A 5 star brush! Plenty of backbone, exceptional performance, and a beautiful wooden handle.
Good choice for a first brush
Semogue 830 Pure Bristle Shaving Brush "I bought the Semogue 830 as my first brush after abandoning my cartridges. It's been a good choice so far. It didn't stink, even when new. After soaking for five minutes while I brush my hair and teeth it's ready to lather up. I haven't practiced enough with soaps to comment, but I get a thick, low volume lather with the creams I've tried so far. The bristles are soft enough not to be scratchy or irritating. When it's time for a new brush, I might try one with less loft, but I imagine I'll stay with Semogue boar.
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