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Old 01-02-2012, 09:09 AM   #886
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Just checked eBay. More like the US$70.00 to US$100.00 range.
Really? Wow!

A few weeks ago there were a ton of them for $40-$45.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:38 AM   #887
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For the hell of it I picked up a cheap boar's hair brush and a cake of William's shaving soap yesterday. I tried it this morning and can't see any difference between that and plain old gel shaving cream put on by hand.
I found a wool fat soap that lasts forever and is slick as snot, leaves your skin moist and doesn't dry out as quickly as you are shaving. I'm not a fan of Williams soap.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:41 AM   #888
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I found a wool fat soap that lasts forever and is slick as snot, leaves your skin moist and doesn't dry out as quickly as you are shaving. I'm not a fan of Williams soap.
But does the brush accomplish anything? I tried it with King of Shaves gel too and it didn't seem to be any better than just using my hands.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:48 AM   #889
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But does the brush accomplish anything? I tried it with King of Shaves gel too and it didn't seem to be any better than just using my hands.
I think it does, builds up a good lather that doesn't dry out quickly and helps soften up the beard.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:00 AM   #890
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I found a wool fat soap that lasts forever and is slick as snot, leaves your skin moist and doesn't dry out as quickly as you are shaving. I'm not a fan of Williams soap.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:09 AM   #891
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:57 AM   #892
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Really? Wow!

A few weeks ago there were a ton of them for $40-$45.

Just put a bid in on a NOS.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:29 AM   #893
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For the hell of it I picked up a cheap boar's hair brush and a cake of William's shaving soap yesterday. I tried it this morning and can't see any difference between that and plain old gel shaving cream put on by hand.
Did you let the brush soak in hot water for a bit prior to using it? Also, always lather using up and down strokes, this allows the brush to lift the whiskers and gets the soap directly on your skin. Below is a link to a pretty good read about shaving and another for a site that specializes in shaving equipment. I bought a rather inexpensive butterfly safety razor and received a brush set from my brother. I really can tell a huge difference in the results. I also have a straight razor that I use when time permits. I get a fantastic shave and can skip a day when I use it.

Hope this helps!


http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/688684...perfect-shave/

http://www.classicshaving.com/Vulfix...g_Brushes.html
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:37 AM   #894
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Did you let the brush soak in hot water for a bit prior to using it?
Yes, I filled a mug with hot water and stuck the brush in it about 10 minutes before shaving. I'll give it a few more tries since I've already paid for it, but I suspect the brush thing is more about guys liking rituals and toys more than any real benefit.
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:06 PM   #895
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Yes, I filled a mug with hot water and stuck the brush in it about 10 minutes before shaving. I'll give it a few more tries since I've already paid for it, but I suspect the brush thing is more about guys liking rituals and toys more than any real benefit.
I switched over from using an electric razor for the last 30+ years. This may be the reason why I can see / feel a difference in shave quality. I did first try to use a multi-blade razor and canned shaving cream and was not very satisfied with the results. I would have a serious shadow later in the day. My brother is the one who introduced me to the brush, mug, safety razor method.

And you're right, I am a huge fan of toys, gadgets, etc. Most probably a guy thing for sure. Rituals? Well I shower starting from the top and work my way down, shave, drink my coffee, floss, brush and rinse and get dressed in the same order every day so it probably is a ritualistic thing as well.

Hope your results improve!
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I switched over from using an electric razor for the last 30+ years. This may be the reason why I can see / feel a difference in shave quality. I did first try to use a multi-blade razor and canned shaving cream and was not very satisfied with the results. I would have a serious shadow later in the day. My brother is the one who introduced me to the brush, mug, safety razor method.

And you're right, I am a huge fan of toys, gadgets, etc. Most probably a guy thing for sure. Rituals? Well I shower starting from the top and work my way down, shave, drink my coffee, floss, brush and rinse and get dressed in the same order every day so it probably is a ritualistic thing as well.

Hope your results improve!
On top of that, with the multi blades and electrics you pretty much have to shave at least every other day for them to work or else they clog up half way through a stroke.


Safety razors don't give a shit.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:21 PM   #897
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Sorry, this one is my favorite:

http://www.classicshaving.com/catalo...60/8012398.htm

Beck likes Mountain Spice. I tried one from Amazon, but not as good as this one. The are larger cakes and last for a long damn time.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:25 PM   #898
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Just checked eBay. More like the US$70.00 to US$100.00 range.
FYI...I've bought over 20 of these off Craigslist by posting a wanted ad looking for old razors. Many people give them to me for free.

I clean them up, polish and sell on ebay for a nice profit.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:39 PM   #899
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On top of that, with the multi blades and electrics you pretty much have to shave at least every other day for them to work or else they clog up half way through a stroke.


Safety razors don't give a shit.
Couldn't agree more. It's amazing how functional such a simple design is.
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:02 PM   #900
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Couldn't agree more. It's amazing how functional such a simple design is.

I've now been doing the flats of my cheeks and my neck...

But I'm leery to do the chin and upper lip. For some reason i'm feeling "dragging" going into these areas. And its having me stop.

I've been recommended to lather, hot towel, and lather again, may not have time every morning.
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