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Omega... I've tried many from the entry level 10066 & 49 right up to the high end (for a boar) 011829, They were all stiff and scratchy apart from the most expensive one which was also floppy due to a severe lack of density lol. If you like thick bristles which provide an aggressive massage and don't mind massive glue bumps and cheap hollow plastic handles they may be acceptable.

For boars I much prefer Zenith and Semogue, who are just as inexpensive as Omega yet offer much higher quality brushes IMO.
I suppose that is the peculiarities of personal preference. I find the Semogues suffer from disappearing lather and they become floppier much quicker than other boars - that and the construction of their knots which are glued into a conical cup to make them splay - excessively so. The face feel though is excellent from the fatter bristle that they seem to source. Zenith bleached boars use a much finer hair but are lofted too high and feel like a mop - their unbleached boars are very good though. Now a short-lofted Omega's on the other hand hits the goldilocks spot. In any event I find boars are a disposable brush in that they hit their peak for about 6-12 months after being broken in and then become increasingly mushy there after. But when a boar is at its peak and being the best it can be :) - just tremendous.
 
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I suppose that is the peculiarities of personal preference. I find the Semogues suffer from disappearing lather and they become floppier much quicker than other boars - that and the construction of their knots which are glued into a conical cup to make them splay - excessively so. The face feel though is excellent from the fatter bristle that they seem to source. Zenith bleached boars use a much finer hair but are lofted too high and feel like a mop - their unbleached boars are very good though. Now a short-lofted Omega's on the other hand hits the goldilocks spot. In any event I find boars are a disposable brush in that they hit their peak for about 6-12 months after being broken in and then become increasingly mushy there after. But when a boar is at its peak and being the best it can be :) - just tremendous.
Absolutely, it's entirely down to personal taste. Though by the sound of it there is significant variation between brushes from the same manufacturer as your description of Semogue and Zenith brushes does not match my own experience, perhaps down to our own perceptions and expectations as well as taste.
 
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I suppose that is the peculiarities of personal preference. I find the Semogues suffer from disappearing lather and they become floppier much quicker than other boars - that and the construction of their knots which are glued into a conical cup to make them splay - excessively so. The face feel though is excellent from the fatter bristle that they seem to source. Zenith bleached boars use a much finer hair but are lofted too high and feel like a mop - their unbleached boars are very good though. Now a short-lofted Omega's on the other hand hits the goldilocks spot. In any event I find boars are a disposable brush in that they hit their peak for about 6-12 months after being broken in and then become increasingly mushy there after. But when a boar is at its peak and being the best it can be :) - just tremendous.
I've not used any Semogues but your observations of bleached and unbleached Zeniths fits with mine, I really wish their unbleached ones were a little easier to get hold off as they are truly delightful to use.
I've owned quite a few Omega boars and they are incredibly variable for consistency. Even though I have enjoyed using them all at times, I don't think I'd buy another one.
 
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I've not used any Semogues but your observations of bleached and unbleached Zeniths fits with mine, I really wish their unbleached ones were a little easier to get hold off as they are truly delightful to use.
I've owned quite a few Omega boars and they are incredibly variable for consistency. Even though I have enjoyed using them all at times, I don't think I'd buy another one.
Jose from Yourshaving should be able to order-in Zenith unbleached if you drop him an email...
 
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I have 4 omegas... They are "Brushes" they do the job!, No regrets with any of them, how long do you use a brush for..1 minute..2 ?...they are not imo a make or break of a shave. I have a couple of nice best badger that I feel are too soft, I like a scritchy brush and a big omega does that, also lathers any soap no problem while the softer brushes take a lot longer to create a lather on a triple milled soap, I have around 10 or 12 brushes ( waiting on a Simpson ) and I keep going back to the big "O", maybe it just suits me coz I tend to shave with a 3 day growth, but if i'm shaving after one or two days then I do prefer a softer brush, with numerous razors and soaps and brushes...I like to mix it up.
 
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I have 4 omegas... They are "Brushes" they do the job!, No regrets with any of them, how long do you use a brush for..1 minute..2 ?...they are not imo a make or break of a shave. I have a couple of nice best badger that I feel are too soft, I like a scritchy brush and a big omega does that, also lathers any soap no problem while the softer brushes take a lot longer to create a lather on a triple milled soap, I have around 10 or 12 brushes ( waiting on a Simpson ) and I keep going back to the big "O", maybe it just suits me coz I tend to shave with a 3 day growth, but if i'm shaving after one or two days then I do prefer a softer brush, with numerous razors and soaps and brushes...I like to mix it up.
I am currently loving a Goodfella Wild Hog which is an Omega 49 set at a slightly lower loft...wonderful brush...
 
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I've been wet shaving since the 1960's and had a few brushes including decent badger ones like a Simpson's Duke which sits redundant.

My current brush is an Omega Boar Bristle No.49 cost £7.80 from Connaught. Good for soaps and creams and has some body,
Best of the lot.
On your recommendation I bought a red one of these from the Shaving Station last week. It cost me £8.50 with free p&p. I’ve been using it with Proraso green and despite being a novice I can whip up good lather with it.
Today was my fifth shave with it and I noticed it no longer smells.
And so another convert!
 
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I don't know omega makes good low cost badger so why skip the natural superiority of the furry badger brush?
It all has to do with personal preference rather than "natural superiority" those words remind me of the times gone by for some reason :). Many shavers will try synthetic, badger, horse and boar brushes and a mixture of same such as boar/badger or horse/badger. For many there's no generalisation such as a superior brush. The superior brush is the one that works best for you. You will notice that the face feel and the way a brush performs is often unique to the user and many shavers will agonise, and spend a lot of money trying many brushes, endeavouring to find the perfect loft or the glue bump, or knot size or the bristle type, or the handle shape etc for them, to get the face feel and performance that feels great for them - and that may be a boar, horse, badger, synthetic or mixed knot. I prefer Boars over Badgers, because for me they are the best brush but for others that will be different.
 
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Funnily enough, I recently got a Proraso brush (by Omega; it's like a 10mm shorter 48). After an accelerated breaking in process (3 days in the fridge and strong rub against a bath towel for 8-10 mn each day), the bristle splitting happened and the brush became surprisingly soft. As for lathering, it performs as good as a basic synthetic brush; no doubt it will improve significantly with time.
 
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