I’m trying to understand the high regard in which some hold Semogue brushes, but so far no luck. Yesterday I linked to a Wicked_Edge post comparing the knots of the two brushes above (Omega 40033 on the left, Semogue Owners Club on the right), and today I used both. The Semogue does indeed have a soft feel after soaking, but the knot’s unruliness did not go away and by the second pass the lather in the Semogue had pretty much vanished, while the Omega, feeling slightly stiffer and with a very together knot was still lathering like a champ on the third pass and beyond. (I didn’t refresh either brush at the soap, which does have a mild and pleasant whisky fragrance.)
I remain in the dark about why Semogues are appealing to some, particularly in comparison to Omega, but I guess this is yet another example of YMMV.
The two razors are side by side simply to show the similarities between the Apollo Mikron and the Merkur Progress; the latter seems to me to be a cost-engineered version of the former, with cost savings through design simplifications. Both shave quite well, and I used the Mikron this morning. The Swedish Gillette blade was on its last legs, though, and at the end of the shave I switched it out for a new blade for next use. Still, I did achieve a good shave, and with a hearty splash of Alt-Innsbruck I’m ready for a little more unpacking today, plus kitchen clean-up and some grocery shopping.