A Quicker Way To Break In A Boar Brush by mantic59

Discussion started by SpeedyPC, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail

    What - did somebody mention boars?

    Mine doesn't need any more 'breaking in' I don't think - #govintage #butterscotchrules

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  2. Ferret619

    Ferret619 Member

    Butterscotch does rule! That brush looks good too, buy yum butterscotch.
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  3. SpeedyPC

    SpeedyPC Active Member Grand Society 2017 Sabbatical Fail

    I'm not interesting in the Butterscotch boar brush, I'm very interesting @Mark1966 original Darwin Razor and I want it very very bad..... I must have it :sneaky:..........NOW!! :shifty:
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  4. Ferret619

    Ferret619 Member

    I know they are quite the expensive item but that handle does nothing for me personally, give me an eclipse red ring any day.

    Plz don't delete my account mark , I like it here..
  5. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail

    Sure, yours for ...


    Well I have one of those I like too :) I didn't particularly like the Darwin for a while - but it has grown on me ...
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  6. RustyBlade

    RustyBlade Member

    Broken in alright! Getting close to a re-knot. Thinking cashmere synthetic with a low loft :happy:
    Darwin looks grand, might be time to pull mine back out since my technique has improved.

    @SpeedyPC also not a fan of butterscotch brushes (even though I have one) but each to their own opinions.
  7. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail

    To re-knot or not, that is the question,

    Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer

    The slings and arrows of outrageous bristles,

    Or to take arms against a sea of badgers,

    And by opposing end them?

    [sorry, Bill]
  8. TomG

    TomG Member

    Shakespeare on P&C @Mark1966 ? Although I did enjoy the adaptation ;).
  9. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail

    My wife was an English teacher originally - sometimes I cannot help myself ;)
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  10. Ferret619

    Ferret619 Member

    I'm sure her English class got well and truly sick of hearing about the virtues of the aristocrat #15. :)
    On the bright side the Shakespeare adaptation adds some class round 'ere huh
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  11. shavenardo

    shavenardo Member

    Is mantic59 still around? The last I heard of him was before B&B and YT celeb status when he was just a goon in the wet shaving thread on something awful forums.
    I still like my vie long horse hair brush that I had to pick up from pjotr's letterbox
  12. Sxot

    Sxot Member

    The best way to break in a boar brush is to throw it in the bin and buy a decent badger!
  13. RazorPlay

    RazorPlay Member

    Where's the dislike button?

    You can have my Platypus - just let me keep my Omega 48! It's what I usually end up using - until I feel guilty for for not using my other brushes some of the time.

    Let me count the ways that boars are superior:
    1 - Higher loft for the same backbone = more lather for the same effort as the bristles do more of the work. In boars, my 70mm lofted Omega 48 requires much less pressure or effort than my 60mm Omega Proraso boar brush because the longer bristles do the work without the pressure. Conversely, there is no way to get good backbone from a badger without excessive density (see point 3) or too short a loft, both requiring more work. Boars give quick results!
    2 - Less density means more of the lather ends up on your face rather than in the knot (squeezing out a massive glob of lather from the brush after I have finished shaving is no use to me at all - where was it when I wanted it?)
    3 - Tailored backbone for your requirements depending on the soaking you employ.
    4 - Cheaper - allows you to buy more!
    5 - Just as soft because of the split tips - no other brush gives you a strong bristle backbone and high loft combined with soft tips from the splitting. It's the best of all worlds!

    As for synthetics, I like them too but find they feel "artificial" and are invariably too soft, with the same lack of backbone for the loft equation as the badgers. The ones with thicker fibre flick lather instead and the face feel suffers as well.

    Size is also important. For me, in Omega boars, it's a case of the bigger the better. Whereas I find my 26mm Platypus too big for me and find myself getting annoyed by the amount of lather it holds onto, my 27/28mm Omega 48 boar is perfection in a brush. The plastic handle could always be improved with a custom but I have moved away from that idea as I find the shape is great and the feel is quite "utilitarian" which appeals to my minimalist tendencies. And did I mention the price?

    My smaller Omega boars I don't really like anymore - they take too long to lather up, require more pressure and don't hold enough lather for a 3 pass shave. I find my 48 is really quite a big improvement over my 49, to take just one example. Nothing has come close to beating it yet. And Smogs just splay too much out of the box - not for me. So now I understand all those barbers who swear by the 48s - it's not just about the price! Use low pressure and it really is an excellent brush...

    Of course, YMMV but mine doesn't!
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  14. RazorPlay

    RazorPlay Member

    How to use an Omega 48 from 3:17 onwards... with a tube of Proraso. Along with a masterclass on how to use a shavette very quickly while causing no damage at all. Practice, practice, practice!!!
  15. Ross

    Ross Member

    I am waiting patienctly for my omega 48 what you just wrote is why i ordered it, time will tell but i am favoring my boar "no name" brush at the moment ,and that brush is coming to Lombok on Friday has part of my shave gear for there

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