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Semogue 620 Boar

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So a $25 boar, eh? I bought this hoping it would be "the one", as far as boar brushes are concerned. I only face lather soaps, and I found my Vulfix 2233 boar to be too floppy for my purposes, although it is a very soft brush with a great handle. The Semogue 620 has a 22mm knot diameter and 50mm loft.

It appears to be a very well made brush, and the solid acrylic handle has nice heft and lends an air of quality to the brush. I really dig this handle. It's comfortable to use and looks great. I even like the Semogue label. I've only used the brush a few times, so I can't really speak to it's long term durability. I'm expecting Shavemac/Rooney level of quality, though.

This is a dense brush, with rather firm, scrubby tips and a ton of backbone. More backbone than any other brush I own, in fact. It's made me stop thinking I "need" a Rooney Finest. I expect the tips to soften up a lot as they split, but the 620 isn't uncomfortable to use, as is. If you're missing your Boreal 976 (discontinued) that you too hastily sold, this may be a suitable replacement. I actually like this Semogue better than my Boreal 976. I always felt my 976 was too bulb-like and that I was lathering with a brush the size of a pea. It felt as if only the very top of the brush was contacting my face. This is not the case with the Semogue 620.

This brush murders soaps. It's all I could hope for in a boar brush, and it has fully met my expectations. Do I wish it cost a little less? Sure, but the price is fair. Is this "the one" boar brush? For me, definitely! :thumbup:

Please feel free to discuss this review here (photos are there, too).

-Andy

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I just love this brush, probably my favorite brush. If you face lather anything and like a soothing little scrub this is perfection.

Price: Boars rock and are hugely much less than badgers. This runs in the twenties but you get an awesome acrylic handle and its still much cheaper than badger.
Quality: Semogue is straight up quality and this is no exception.
Density: This is a reasonably dense brush, definitely not the densest but holds plenty of lather and gives it up well.
Stiffness of tips: Great backbone on this short lofted brush. Nothing floppy about it. Picks up the hardest soaps like butter.
Softness of tips: This brush is still breaking in but I think (hope) it will always have a gentle scrub. Some boars will be crazy soft to the touch, not this one though which I like.
Ergonomic: The awesome acrylic handle is just... awesome. Well made with a great feel in the hand.
Latherability: I face lather and this brush whips soaps and creams into a frenzy.
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Well after two months of using my Semogue #620 I figured it's time to do a review.

I just like this brush a lot.

The reasons are many.

I like boar brushes over badger because as a face lather I enjoy the stiffness and scrubby feel boar provides. With a boar you can feel the brush exfoliate the skin where a badger just paints the lather on your face.

Is it a wire brush? No, not at all. With a good cream or soap you have plenty of lubrication. Moreover, if you want the feeling of a brush scrubbing cream or soap into your face you may want to consider the #620.

The price was in the twenties which is reasonable because it was shipped from Portugal. Thank you Vintage Scent.

Quality is top shelf for a boar brush. The handle is acrylic which is sturdy and works great for someone who soaks his brush in the sink while showering.

Density, no complaints at all.

Stiffness of Tips, this brush has a short loft and there is little if any floppiness which is why I like boar so much. When a brush is a badger or a boar with a tall loft they tend to paint lather.

Softness of Tips, if you like scrubby brushes you'll love the #620. Will it cause "brush burn"? No, it isn't a silver tip badger so if you like soft brushes this boar is not for you. In fact after two months of using my 620 brushes they have soften very little. Which I like and I have sensitive skin.

Ergonomic, as I mentioned I like acrylic handles. They just feel solid not like the cheap plastic handles you find with many boar brushes. Still, if you have large hands you may find this brush uncomfortable as it is small.

Latherability, all boar brushes seem to me to make a richer lather than a badger.

I like this brush so much it is my only brush now. The only thing I don't like is the black strip that is added. I'm hoping Semogue will come out with a 620 model without it in the future. Then I'll buy seven of them and have one for each day of the week.

If you like boar brushes that are scrubby then you may want to consider the Semogue #620 as your next brush purchase.
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The Semogue 620 is the brush that finally convinced me that boar brushes can be an excellent alternative to badger. I like the density and backbone which this one maintains even after being soaked, and holds enough lather for 2 passes easily. A great face lathering brush. The only reason I marked quality as an 8 is because it was loosing a few bristles per shave for the first few weeks but it seems to have settled in.
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