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by Brutus
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: q shave razors
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: q shave razors

QShave Chinese clone of the Merkur Futur that as been around for a long time. Lower weight, different balance, sloppier tolerances. How do you define “any good”? As good as the original? Clearly not. O.K. to shave with if you never knew the original? Well, maybe... But I doubt that if the original h...
by Brutus
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Barbershop professional shaving bar
Replies: 12
Views: 2136

Re: Barbershop professional shaving bar

It may be one of those soaps that works better if it is used frequently and not allowed to completely dry out. Also, I just noticed that "crater" on the top. Could it be intended to hold a little puddle of hot water to bloom it for a couple of minutes? Williams Mug has a similar crater formed by th...
by Brutus
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Creams or Soaps
Replies: 5
Views: 798

Re: Creams or Soaps

For a long time I favoured soaps over creams, but more recently the ratio has become much more balanced. Part of the reason is that I currently use more Portuguese and Spanish shaving products, the majority of which is available only as shaving cream. (Before anyone mentions it; I consider shaving s...
by Brutus
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Nivea Moisturizing Shaving Cream in tubes - where did it go?
Replies: 3
Views: 937

Re: Nivea Moisturizing Shaving Cream in tubes - where did it go?

Can’t find it on the Shopper’s website, but that is more a function of their poor website design than anything else. #-o London Drugs out West and Loblaws in the East still list the blue Nivea Protect & Care shaving cream and the Canadian Nivea website shows it as well. So it still seems to be avail...
by Brutus
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Musgo Real soap
Replies: 24
Views: 3872

Re: Musgo Real soap

The Classic Scent Musgo Real shaving soap is still shown on the manufacturer’s (Claus Porto) website. So it still seems to be available. After years of believing the bad press, I had bought the hard shaving soap about 3 or 4 years ago and found that it was much better than the reviews made you belie...
by Brutus
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Gokumyo 20k
Replies: 17
Views: 2056

Re: Gokumyo 20k

Had a discussion - if that’s what one wants to call it - on a different forum with a member who was enraged that I dared to suggest that in my opinion factory-fresh Dovos are not quite shave ready. Less than 6 months on that forum and who were other members, including me, to disagree with his weight...
by Brutus
Wed May 29, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Gokumyo 20k
Replies: 17
Views: 2056

Re: Gokumyo 20k

I use the Gokumyo 20k after the Naniwa 12k and am glad I have it. The stone feels different to my range of Naniwas, but it does an exceptional job. When the Gokumyo arrived silly me experimented whether I could reduce or even eliminate the CrOx stropping afterwards, but since I have started to go th...
by Brutus
Wed May 22, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: First razor for young son?
Replies: 18
Views: 3420

Re: First razor for young son?

ShadowsDad wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 5:36 am
3 years later I strongly suspect that it's over and done with. Either that or the child now sports a wimpy beard.
Be an optimist; maybe he's now moved on to straight razors and uses them daily.... 8)
by Brutus
Fri May 10, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?
Replies: 17
Views: 4751

Re: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?

Just an update. After the initial period, when I used these two Shavemac synthetics almost exclusively in preparation for my review, I had expected to go back fairly soon to my usual rotation that heavily favours silvertips, but somehow I just kept going with these two Shavemacs and have hardly used...
by Brutus
Wed May 08, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Starting over with an open blade
Replies: 49
Views: 5713

Re: Starting over with an open blade

This should become an interesting journey. Frustrating a bit in the beginning, but perseverance will pay off, after a while you will hopefully agree that it was worth the efforts, and after some big discoveries in the beginning you will eventually come to the point where discoveries become smaller a...
by Brutus
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible
Replies: 22
Views: 5115

Re: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible

At the risk of digressing: So many times have I heard, or have I thought to myself, how agreeable the old-fashioned soapy Williams scent is that it is really surprising that no soap maker (e.g. Haslinger) ever seems to have thought of producing a similarly smelling and sized shaving soap that works...
by Brutus
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible
Replies: 22
Views: 5115

Re: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible

At the risk of digressing: So many times have I heard, or have I thought to myself, how agreeable the old-fashioned soapy Williams scent is that it is really surprising that no soap maker (e.g. Haslinger) ever seems to have thought of producing a similarly smelling and sized shaving soap that works....
by Brutus
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?
Replies: 17
Views: 4751

Re: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?

Brutus, like you I consider the Muehle synthetics the pinnacle for synths. I used my EJ (same fibers/knot) for 5 years almost exclusively and have another of the same in a custom handle. I would love your feedback on these Shavemac fibers whenever you get a chance. Hello Tim, sorry for the delay, b...
by Brutus
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shavemac - fan vs. flat vs. bulb
Replies: 7
Views: 2127

Re: Shavemac - fan vs. flat vs. bulb

Finally got the notification in the mail, picked up my two synthetic Shavemacs from the post office yesterday, and shaved with one of them this morning. I don’t want to bother your with “first impressions” save to say that I liked how the brush performed this morning, very close to the Mühle Silver ...
by Brutus
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shavemac - fan vs. flat vs. bulb
Replies: 7
Views: 2127

Re: Shavemac - fan vs. flat vs. bulb

In my case, Shavemac fans are in the minority (only one in my stable), but I have two two-band Shavemac bulbs. I have no experience with Shavemac flat brush heads, as face-latherer I don’t find the flat top ergonomically appealing as it does not lend itself to the painting wrist movement that I use....
by Brutus
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: New Gillette Razor - guess how many blades?
Replies: 13
Views: 4040

Re: New Gillette Razor - guess how many blades?

I'm somewhat tempted to try it. My previous favorites have been the Mach 3 and the Guard, and this one is somewhat in between those two. I'm wondering, though, what kind of limit there is on the closeness of the shave. Yes, I too get that sometimes, as Gillette propaganda makes the claimed improvem...
by Brutus
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?
Replies: 17
Views: 4751

Re: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?

Excellent! I can't wait to hear your report. What size knot did you get? Bulb or fan? There’s a 26 mm bulb on the way, and a 28 mm fan on order, but not dispatched yet. I travel regularly and need a sturdy brush to take along. And they are not overly expensive. (At least that’s my excuse. 8) - What...
by Brutus
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?
Replies: 17
Views: 4751

Re: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?

Excellent! I can't wait to hear your report. What size knot did you get? Bulb or fan? There’s a 26 mm bulb on the way, and a 28 mm fan on order, but not dispatched yet. I travel regularly and need a sturdy brush to take along. And they are not overly expensive. (At least that’s my excuse. 8) - What...
by Brutus
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?
Replies: 17
Views: 4751

Re: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?

Yes, mine was shipped on the March 8th and should be here pretty soon if it is not held up in Customs. I am curious to find out whether it is an improvement over Mühle Silvertip Fibres that have been my benchmark in synthtic brushes so far. When I asked whether Shavemac might be using the same fibre...
by Brutus
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Damascus for a straight razor?
Replies: 4
Views: 1793

Re: Damascus for a straight razor?

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