Not sure if you are talking about silvertips when mentioning Omega and Semogue, but Omega in particular can be very luxurious. Semogue isn't bad either, but I'd have to give a nod to Omega badgers. In fact, I have a used Omega badger I bought just now I would say rivals my BLK8 in feel.Kent, will do all you need from face lathering to bowl, from soap to cream. It all depends on your budget, what you want to do with it etc, etc. Like other have said go for it but again buy from Kent direct its cheaper than from US vendors. If you want luxury but don't want to spend the money definitely ha e a look around. While not luxury both Omega and Semogue make great brushes. Others like Yaqi and Frank shaving also make great brushes.
Yes, they won't be using badger any more. There was a Facebook post about it quite some time back.Has Kent officially discontinued their badger brushes? If so, this is severely disappointing.