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    Default Semogue 830... hmmm

    I love my cheap Omega boar brush. It's silky, holds enough lather for all three passes and unlike badger the lather is more towards the tip instead of burried in the knot.
    The Semogue is sexier, so I bought it, but now I have to load it twice or even every pass. What gives?
    The Omega is a 27mm knot and the Semogue is a 25mm... is that the issue or does it need to be broken in more?

    Thoughts?

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    This is a persistent issue with most Semogue (boar) brushes. They usually require a bit of a 'breaking in' period. Give it a few weeks to see what happens, but once those tips start splitting, you should see an improvement.
    Try loading for longer than usual, for now.
    Good luck.
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    I have been using a Semogue 830 boar brush intermittently for a couple of months ( maybe twice/week). This is my first boar brush, and I initially had buyer's remorse. . . could not get a decent, consistent lather using various soaps and creams. When the bristles began to eventually look like they were having a really bad hair day, the Semogue finally began producing and holding a good lather. In fact it ranks up there with my cheepo badgers as my go-to brush. Hang in there, give the Semogue a little more time, and I think that you will be happy with it.
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    Gentlemen,

    I don't care for boar brushes, although I have used them through the years. For me, the 830 (820, which is the same brush but without the badger coloring) and the Owners Club are the best of the bunch. They do take time to break in, and when that happens, they will reward. Finally, these brushes need to be loaded well.
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    Thanks gents. I think I'll lather it up a few times a day and see if I can break it in. I love my Omega. Boar, to me, seems to keep the lather where I want it. Badger seems to soak it up to the knot. I haven't gotten the brush bug yet. I have a Parker silver tip that I do like. I just go for the Omega most of the time.
    Hmm, maybe horse hair is where it's at. Haha!

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    I'm breaking in a semogue 620 right now. I knew what I was in for in terms of long break in, but it is a process. Good luck with yours, all the great reviews of these brushes can't be wrong. I guess we should consider it like bonding or dating.

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    Still not hugely impressed. It doesn't seem to hold the lather as well as I'd like. I'm not giving up yet though. I keep thinking I just haven't learned it yet.

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    I have a 13 something, did take a good while to break in, but I'm almost proffering it to my badgers now. Soft and softens my bristles better than my badgers.
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