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Omega Boar Brush - Small Brush Quartet

Discussion in 'Shaving Brushes' started by Missoni, Sunday April 15, 2018.

  1. Missoni

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    I have been searching for my "Goldilocks" Omega small boar brush lately. Four of Omega's small boar brushes have stood out for me, the 10066, 10077, 10051 aka "Chunky Chubb" and the 10290 aka Baby Pro.

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    * Left to right...10077, 10051 "Chunky Chubb", 10290 "Baby Pro", 10066.

    The efficacy of Omega's boar brushes in general, are great they make lather easily, feel great on the face and are inexpensive. It sometimes feels that their is a reverse relationship between the price of Omega's boars and their performance; with some of their lowest price brushes performing the best. I suspect the light-weight plastic handles, primary colours and lack of any perceived feeling of quality will be a deal breaker for many but they are robust, well constructed brushes that perform superbly. No finicky performance, peeling handle paint, shedding knots or brewers droop - they just work.

    Although the difference in knot sizes of these four brushes is small they each feel very different in use. Specs are approximate and taken from vendor descriptions:

    10077 Height 98mm Loft 50mm Knot 21mm
    10051 Height 93mm Loft 51mm Knot 23mm
    10290 Height 105mm Loft 51mm Knot 22mm
    10066 Height 105mm Loft 54mm Knot 24mm

    The Omega 10077 Boar Brush has the smallest knot of the quartet. It comes in three colours (green, blue, red). It has good backbone, more than the 10066, less than the "Chunky Chubb" or "Baby Pro". All of the brushes will easily hold enough lather for three passes and give a scrubby face feel. The handle of the 10077 is comfortable in use. If however you are use to the Pro 49 handle and it's superb ergonomics you maybe disappointed. Although this is a great brush in use, for me the knot was just perhaps a tad too small and the handle a tad too short not significant but noticeable for me when in direct comparison with the other trio.
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    *10077

    The Omega 10066 Boar Brush gets much love on the forums and is a favourite for many new and seasoned shavers alike. It is easy to understand why; the 10066 achieves a terrific balance of backbone, scrub, soft tips (when broken in) comfortable, ergonomic handle and it looks good, to my eyes at least. It splays more than any of the other trio of brushes here and without a light touch you can find yourself lathering with the bristle shafts rather than the tips. I would recommend this brush to any one coming to boar brushes for the first time or seasoned boar fans who have not yet given it a go. The 10066 is an exemplar of how a boar brush can perform and feel and a useful reference point for judging other boar brushes. Other forum members have also commented on the brushes' indestructability with some 10066's clocking-up many years of daily shaving without loss of performance; for some this is the only brush they use - it's balanced performance is that good.
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    *10066

    The Omega 10290 Baby Pro Boar Brush, looks small and feels insubstantial, but boy oh boy does this brush perform. I have yet to find a brush with more back bone or enjoyable scrub, including the Omega Prorasso. The handle feels great in the hand to me albeit a little light, the focus of the knot is superb and it maintains its focus even after many, many lathering's. The amount of lather the brush will hold belies its size. This is a diamond in the rough; and unbeatable for those that love scrub and want to give their face a workout in the morning. This brush will exfoliate your face like no other. That said the Baby Pro will not suit everyone, in many ways the brush has an extreme face feel and performance.

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    * 10290 Baby Pro

    The 10051 Chunky Chubb Boar Brush feels comfortable in the hand and also performs superbly. It comes in three colours (orange, green and yellow). Another small brush yet it just feels right. For me this brush hits a rare sweet spot. It does not have the backbone of the 10290 Baby Pro, but more backbone than the 10066 and the 10077. The face feel and scrub it gives is different to the others, enjoyable but difficult to articulate. You can feel every bristle, it has scrub and softness, a little splay, not as much splay as the 10066 but more than the other two. When I use other brushes, I miss using the Chunky Chubb; it would be easy for me to maintain monogamy with the 10051.
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    *10051 Chunky Chubb

    The Baby Pro and the Chunky Chubb will remain in my brush rotation; they are superb performers. All of the above brushes are inexpensive and worth a punt if you feel like giving something new a go or challenging your own comfort zone if you are primarily a Semogue boar user or only use one type of brush...say synthetics or badgers.
     
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  2. I need a chunky chubb! :) P
     
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  3. Glen_Lee

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    Agreed - great looking handle.
     
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  4. I think the Orange will be the one I go for. :) P .
     
  5. culcreuch

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    And where are these available?
     
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  6. Good question ......Anyone?
     
  7. Where can I buy the Chunky Chubb?
     
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  8. Missoni

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    ...the Chunky Chubb is available on the bay from srl.arbasadasmi0, my experience was good with this seller. I think Shoebox in the States stocks the entire Omega boar range, http://www.shoeboxshaveshop.com. The 10066 is stocked by many vendors including Connaughts www.connaughtshaving.com/10066.html. The 10077 is available on the bay from this seller carebymailltd, again my experience was good with this seller...
     
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  9. I have an orange chunky chubb on order :) you can't have too many brushes right? P.
     
  10. Missoni

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    ...or I have heard it said be too rich or too thin :); its a little gem of a brush I am sure it will shine amongst your others...
     
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  11. culcreuch

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    Really is very sad....but the same goes for me!
     
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  12. Don't be sad, you've got a chunky chubb comming, be glad! :) P.
     
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  13. donnie_arko

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    I'd be interested in how it will compare to the Omega 011829, the latter seems to the king of scrubby Omega brushes and 10051 seems to be the standard range Omega with the great reputation for being a scrubby delight.

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    Fine write up though @Missoni. I've been doing the very best to avoid adding any more brushes to my growing collection but I'm after reading this write up my plans have changed...
     
  14. culcreuch

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    Oh....I will be. It will be sitting beside my 10029 which is almost my favourite boar brush.:)
     
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  15. culcreuch

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    I love that brush.....but I always reach for the 10029 if I want a low loft!
     
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  16. Almost?
     
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  17. Subscribed! Good review and boar bruses oh well what can I say?! I find time and time and again that a 23-24mm boars are the only brushes I need.
    My favourite was the 49 but after unearthing my Semouge Cladsico Barbier limited edition my loyalty expired. Just to show that price is nothing when it comes to boars, this Semouge was grabbed from someone here on the BST for a fiver!
     
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  18. Nisse

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    I find it hard to compare brushes as the feel of a brush differs from day to day ie one day a great shave, next day not so much, same brush no idea what is going on :)
     
  19. culcreuch

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    Well this is a difficult one and will probably prove that I have a weak will and don't really know what I want!

    I have a good collection of Semogues. I usually face lather and over time they have lost the backbone I now desire.
    I absolutely love my Zenith Euro AL But I would prefer a lower loft.....but I still like to use it
    I have an Omega 10029 and now it is perfect.
    Bought an Omega 011829 Premium....its still not perfect....but will get there over time.
    I also have a few Omega 10065 brushes which are well broken in and are used....because they are well broken in!
     
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