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    So I finally purchased a real brush, an Omega pro 49, il famoso penello.

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    Since I took this photo, it got washed with shampoo and spent a few days soaking in cold water. I used it twice so far, and this is an upgrade over my Wilkinson brush - which will now be my travel brush.

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    nice acquisition!!!!!! and it is FAMOSO!!!
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    A have two of the big Omega Boars. Fun brushes as you learn how to load and lather with it!
    Good choice.

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    I've never used a boar brush, but some guys really like them. Please let us know how it performs for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefighter2 View Post
    I've never used a boar brush, but some guys really like them. Please let us know how it performs for you.
    They are definitely what you put into them. Dry brush, wet the tips a bit at a time.
    The ratio is everything. I only face-lather, so keep that in mind...
    Keeping the shafts stiff (not soaking!) seems key to getting that nice light pressure lathering.
    Let the brush stand-up!
    I have been able to lather most anything with them so far!

    Certain disappointment will come as tossing any brush in hot water. JMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharptonn View Post
    They are definitely what you put into them. Dry brush, wet the tips a bit at a time.
    The ratio is everything. I only face-lather, so keep that in mind...
    Keeping the shafts stiff (not soaking!) seems key to getting that nice light pressure lathering.
    Let the brush stand-up!
    I have been able to lather most anything with them so far!

    Certain disappointment will come as tossing any brush in hot water. JMHO
    I was already letting my brush stand up - because I didn't invest in one of those stands to have it dry reverse.

    As for the rest, I'm intrigued... That goes against the advice I saw everywhere... which was 'soak a few minutes in hot water, let it drip until it stops, shake once'

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    Once a boar brush is broken in and the tip of the bristles split after about 2 weeks of continuous use it will feel like a different brush.


    I shave with cold water and just swirl the brush in cold water shake a little and start loading the brush adding a little water as I go till I have a pasty lather on the brush. Then go to face and build the lather there adding a bit of water till I get the lather to where I like it for shaving.


    Me, I don't soak any brush be it boar, badger or synthetic, especially synthetics.

    For me, a well broke in boar brush is very satisfying to use since I used one for decades. If you took away my badger and synthetic brushes I would not be too heart broken.

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    I got my first boar brush earlier this year. I was curious because of BobH and others liking them so much.

    I have never looked back. It was stiff and scratchy to start with (compared to what I was used to), but it handled the hard soaps so well I stuck with it. In about 8 to 10 days it just got better and better. Now I hardly ever use my badgers at all.

    Congrats on your purchase, I am sure you will love it.
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    +1 on the above comments.
    I recently got an Omega boar as a present and it keeps getting better.
    I also only get the first inch wet and leave the stiffness in the dryer lower area.
    Great for the harder soaps.
    Congratulations. Iím sure youíll like it.
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    I used these brushes for years, then tried lots of others, both Badger and Boar, Muhle, Thater, Semogue. All were fine, but I'm back to the Omega, it does everything I need.

    Previous ones I had, all ended up with the handle splitting, I had always assumed that the bristles swelled when they got wet and caused this. however, the latest one that I bought around three years ago does not seem to manifest this trait, maybe I just got lucky with this one.
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