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Great shave using mystery brush

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Absolutely wonderful shave today. The brush shown is the Vie-Long Bombito sold by BullgooseShaving.net, which is where I got it. $15, terrific lather generator, but I will continue in my belief that this is horsehair, not boar, or else Andalusian boars are an amazing breed. Example: I’ve used the brush just 3 or 4 times previously—much too soon to break in boar—and I fearlessly used it with the (excellent) Mama Bear Turkish Mocha shave stick. I would not do that normally with a new boar brush, especially one with a relatively small knot (compared to, say, the Omega Pro 48): the brush simply would not hold enough lather for three passes.

With this brush—which also feels like horsehair, not boar, and which I did not soak—I immediately got a very nice lather indeed and was able to work it up quite well. I think it’s a horsehair brush, but whatever it is, it’s a bargain at $15. Go for it.

Turkish Mocha has a great morning fragrance, and the red-tipped Super Speed with a previously used Rapira blade did a fine job: three passes, no nicks, perfect smoothness. A splash of Mr. Klein’s Obsession aftershave, and I’m ready to prepare for the cleaning ladies…

Written by Leisureguy

22 March 2012 at 7:21 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. There are several Vie-Long brushes at the Bullgooseshaving.com store that I’m curious about, including this one. I’m so glad you seem to be feeling better Michael. Your ‘no more SotD’ posts are almost daily!

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    Detail Man

    22 March 2012 at 9:23 am

  2. Compare your Bombito to a natural brown Vie-Long horse. If the Bombito is softer, you are probably correct about the equine origin of the hair. The sketched (bleached then dyed) horse is 50/50 mane and tale, which should be softer.

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    Dirty Texan

    22 March 2012 at 1:21 pm

  3. Definitely horse

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    Zach

    22 March 2012 at 5:17 pm


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