The above is a good example of encouragement for those among us who've found themselves in a state of confusion, seemingly buying new stuff - much too often and at great expense - based on glowing reviews, only to become more confused but still hoping to come across that one or two thing that seems just right. This is proof that the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence.jgreenepa wrote: ↑Sat Nov 20, 2021 8:10 am SOTD SATURDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 20, 2021
I realize that I’m a terrible example to new wet shavers with the way I switch up shave equipment daily. The only consistency in my shaves is my daily use of MWF. The key to success in wet shaving is sticking with the same razor, brush and soap for at least 30 days. In fact one of the better known online shave forums has a process called the thirty day concentration with a corresponding thread called the 30DC dedicated to helping newer wet shavers master wet shaving, or even a newer piece of shave hardware or software they may be struggling with. Mentors on that thread provide guidance and direction to the struggling newbie. Yours truly shaved with the same Schick Krona originally purchased in a PX in 1968 for almost 5 decades. So I give myself a pass.
It took me about 10 years of fiddling around with all the stuff that someone somewhere has praised in a positive review. It's mostly all good, and we seem to always be on the lookout for something that works, as most of the new stuff is these days, which is good!
A couple of years ago I stumbled onto a couple of items that just seemed to fit my bill after all of the years of searching. As of right now, I'm quite satisfied with my small assortment of shaving tools and products as currently listed below in every post I've made here at SMF. The upside to this occurrence was the realization that I could and should sell off a metric ton of brushes, razors, soaps, creams, and blades that I had acquired over 10 years of searching. I am fortunate to have found all of the shaving gear that I am happily satisfied to use every single day, year in and year out. I did not cut everything down to one single item, but I did put a stop to my willy-nilly searching and buying this or that new product.
I have and use several brands of soap and cream that I prefer, and plural fragrances of each that I prefer. One safety razor, 4 brushes, two razor blade brands, and one aftershave splash. I've never acquired the perfumes so that's never been a problem. I happen to love old straight razors and didn't sell off any of the 30 or so that I have, but I did decide to only use the 4 or 5 favorite straight razors whenever I decide to use one. Apparently some guys may evangelize about a miracle of using a given shave tool for a specific number of days and pronouncing it perfect. To each his own and good hunting!
PS: regarding the Schick Krona, I got mine in 1969 when Uncle Sam sent me far away. It finally wore completely out about 13 years ago and I was forced to launch my own personal search for shaving nirvana.