Bad news - suddenly a shedder

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Bad news - suddenly a shedder

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All of a sudden, my old favorite Semogue 2000 (boar) decided to start shedding like crazy. I've had it for years, and I've used it well all this time. Now (yesterday actually) it's throwing out bristles all over the place. Obviously, a section of the glue has failed, or something is causing the bristles to break off at the root by the dozens. My options are limited, throw it away or keep using it and hoping the shedding stops. I've got other wonderful brushes that will easily take its place, but it's pretty annoying.
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I remember I had a shedder once. Think it was a Simpson
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the shedding would be more annoying to me than the annoyance of having to throw it away, or at the very least parking it on the pseudo DrP shelf!! :D :D

For me, either way and even with lots of other brushes, my psyche would require that the brush gets replaced :roll: :roll:

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Not sure when's the last time I posted here, but your post hooked me since I had a Semogue 2000 early in the start of my hobby I liked real well that developed a problem with the handle finish cracking. I contacted the vendor, Vintage Shave, and they put me in touch with the shop. I sent the brush back to them and they fixed it. Shipping was quite reasonable. I was happy I did that as the Semogue color for the 2000 looks much different than what I have now. They were kind enough to include another brush for my problems. Might be an option if you are attached to it like I was with mine. I really need to remember to break mine out and use it sometime.
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If the options are throwing it away or keeping going, I’d give it at least a dozen more shaves to shape up. If it’s still shedding badly maybe it’s done for. Actually among this crowd, it’s a significant achievement to actually wear a brush out! Congratulations are in order.
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it’s a significant achievement to actually wear a brush out! Congratulations are in order.
There should be an SMF award for such a significant milestone :D :D

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I'm loving these responses, gents! :D It's traumatic to lose a good brush. Here's what I did yesterday - I spent about 20 minutes tightly and randomly pinching the bristles over and over again, forcefully attempting to pull out any and all bristles that might have been even thinking about shooting themselves off into the air. I probably pulled out somewhere between 25 or 40, more or less. There were so many bristles on the floor that I had to go get the vacuum cleaner and sweep them all up. But then there were no more after that, no matter how hard I tried to rip them out. It leads me to believe a weak fissure in the glue knot must have opened up and released a few nearby bristles. I used the brush again this morning just to see if there were any others to be lost. There were none, but of course this brush has permanently branded itself as an unreliable shedder, an offense that won't be forgiven. Probably just a matter of time before it vomits more hair. The average brush has so many bristles, the loss of a random amount of hair isn't even noticeable. I'll keep it around for a while for sentimental reasons, and maybe even using it now and again unless the exploding boar begins to eject more hair.
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This morning seemed to be as good as any to give the 2000 another try after the shedding fiasco 9 months ago. The soap was Asylum Bourbon Vetiver from BullGoose (Phil). The lather was great and there were zero problems with the brush. Now it's back among the favorites. I learned a lesson from this shedding event. I was going to try to come up with something philosophical, but came up dry. Anyway, my old wooden handle boar brush is still good at what it does.
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Gary, my Semogue 1305 from early 2009 has started shedding the occasional bristle. My guess is that the bristles are old and worn, and that they are breaking off, as I can see no evidence of the glue plug breaking down.

No appreciable shedding yet, so no reason to get rid of it. I have a couple of new ones in reserve, purchased years ago, just in case!

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