Blooming Boars

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Blooming Boars

Post by jar » Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:01 am

Just as with Badger or Horse Hair brushes, the knot shape, the design, the bristles themselves and how the brush is treated will determine whether it blooms or not. Generally thicker bristles or straight shape knots will bloom less than fan or bulb shape knots. All Boar knots soften with use as the ends split.

So on to pictures.

Old & New; the two on the left are fairly new knots while the two on the right are over a half century old.


The far left is a replacement knot from TGN and most likely made by Zenith.

These are all likely at least a half century old knots.


Note that the fan shapes show more bloom than the straights.

All new and still in break in phase.


From Left:Omega, Zenith, Jayaruh with Omega Knot, Jayaruh with TGN (likely Zenith) knot.
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Re: Blooming Boares

Post by brothers » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:37 pm

You already know this, but you have a lot of nice brushes. Thanks for posting these pictures. :)

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Re: Blooming Boars

Post by CMur12 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:34 pm

Those are a lot of brushes to break in!

I control the bloom of my favorite boar, a Semogue 1305, by putting a thick rubber band (sourced from the produce section of a grocery store) around the loft as it dries. I live in a dry climate, so the bristle still dries overnight.

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