Semogue Caravela Mistura in Taj Resin

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This brush continues to impress after almost 4 weeks of daily use. It gins up incredible lather from soaps, it holds a huge volume of lather, it gives a nice scrub without scritch, and it came in at 60 bucks. The shape and size of the bloom is lovely and classic. I did a shave with the smallest of my synthetics a couple of days ago and found the experience a bit lacking (no feel from the brush). While the lather came together easily, I didn't enjoy the process of building it on my face nearly as much. I certainly do like the larger synthetics generally, but they still don't feel like natural hair.

If you are fond of the softer versions of Simpson Best hair or Shavemac Finest, I think the Semogue Mistura is an unbelievable performer and a world-class value. If you like less scrubby badger, this may not be for you. I must emphasize, though, that the brush is not a lather hog and is not scritchy at all after the first shave or two.

I bought a backup with a discount code from Phil and will use this Semogue daily for the foreseeable future.
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I just made up a brush using a mixed knot, 70% 2 band badger and 30% boar. I bought the knot from Maggard's and it's 24mm and nice and dense. I'm a big boar fan they're my favorite brush but this brush has a distinct feel to it.
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I've been wondering about that knot, Oscar. Almost ordered one this week but I haven't read enough reviews. I like boar, but I want to make sure the knot avoids the scritch of some lesser (read: not Omega or Semogue) boars.
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My first impression of this knot is positive but I'll admit to being a boar fan, they're my favorite brushes. I'd describe the feel as a refined coarseness. It's not prickly in the least. My only regret is putting it in a wood handle (bloodwood).
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Refined coarseness is a great description of good boar knots. Sounds like a winner. Maybe soon I can add one to an order.

The handle looks great. What did you coat it with?
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Many coats of tung oil. There's 8 coats on this one.
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I have no comment on the brush head, and will leave it to those who know. However, the handle is eye candy on the highest level. Nothing short of a work of art.
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Oscar, do you mind telling me which size knot you got and what loft you set it at? I'm eyeing the 24mm and 26mm.
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I’ve been using the ash handle version of this brush for several days now. Very impressive performance, it seems as if this really does capture the best features of badger and boar without any of the downsides of either one. Not inexpensive but still good value IMO.
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The Semogue Mistura knot remains one of my favorites. I use it regularly and have considered making it my only brush. It has also wound up being a gateway drug of sorts: I now favor Semogue boars over Omegas. Semogue has avoided gel-tipping its badgers and maintained tighter QC than Omega on its boars. This brush, though, is the most unique thing they offer, and it is well worth its price tag.
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