Another shave today with the Semogue 1520 boar brush, purchased from Fendrihan.com (an excellent on-line vendor, based in Canada). It’s breaking in very nicely, developing a “feathering” at the tip ends which gives it a much better latherability. The bristles are also getting a little softer, although still very stiff compared to a good badger brush. But here’s the rub (pun intended): The stiff bristles are amazing at generating a great lather from a soap, presumably because they are capable of scrubbing off much more soap onto the brush. I used the Semogue with my all-time favorite soap, the Gold-Dachs Spezial Razierseif. An outstanding lather; dare I say it?; better than with my best badger brush. The G-D has the most amazing scent, and the final pass resulted in a super-smooth visage that feels good even 12 hours later at the time of writing.
I find that the interest in boar brushes has rekindled my explorer’s spirit when it comes to shaving. Thanks to Leisureguy for the lead into this very interesting area.