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Technique Question

Postby rlb2444 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:11 pm

I am just learning the art of shaving and there is something that I am sure it's simple but I can't grasp it.

I spend some time warming up my face and softening my whiskers. Skin is soft and warm when I start lathering my face with my brush. The lather is nice and warm as well. When I am through with the first pass I start lathering for the second pass but the lather has cooled down.

There has got to be a way to keep the brush and the lather warm thought the shave but I can't figure it out.

Would you please share me some tips how you deal with this?


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Re: Technique Question

Postby Jbbmad2 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:30 pm

Welcome sir! I'm probably the least qualified to answer compared to the wisdom of others, but most seem to use a scuttle which would keep your cream warm for the duration of your shave. I simply splash hot water back on my face between passes if I feel like I need it. I'm sure you'll get more answers later this evening.
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Re: Technique Question

Postby TheMonk » Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:40 pm

Welcome to SMF, Rob!

For the purpose of keeping the lather warm, I'd say your best option is definitely a scuttle.

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Re: Technique Question

Postby CMur12 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:35 pm

Welcome to SMF, Bob!

I don't really worry about keeping the lather warm, myself, but those who do use a new type of scuttle with a reservoir of hot water to keep the brush and lather warm. Perhaps the most famous in these parts in the Moss Scuttle, invented by our own Dr Chris Moss (SMF Admin), though there are many others that have arisen subsequently, as well.

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Re: Technique Question

Postby rlb2444 » Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:09 am

Thanks to all those that responded.

Learned something new today and it's only 5:00 AM. What a way to start the day!

Moss Scuttle....never heard of it but did a Google and found their website. I had tried to improvise by sitting my bowl in hot water in the sink. Problem is running water on razor during shave. The concept was right but the implementation stunk!

The Moss Scuttle will do exactly what I want.

Thank you very much!

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Re: Technique Question

Postby brothers » Fri Dec 12, 2014 4:10 am

Hi Bob, and thanks for joining us at SMF. It sounds like you're in for some toasty hot lather!
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Re: Technique Question

Postby jww » Fri Dec 12, 2014 7:17 am

Welcome to SMF ..... a light rinse with hot water between passes, and a Moss -- that'll get you where you wanna go. :D

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Re: Technique Question

Postby fallingwickets » Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:34 pm

Another alternative: become a one pass shaver!! :D :D

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Re: Technique Question

Postby Squire » Fri Dec 12, 2014 8:41 pm

Hey Bob, welcome aboard.
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Re: Technique Question

Postby Thalay Sagar » Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:52 pm

Hi Bob. Welcomes to SMF!

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Re: Technique Question

Postby numerouno » Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:13 pm

Welcome buddy. Why do u want to shave with a hot lather ? Hot lather breaks down fast and you wouldn't want that. would you ? We all love lather and want it to last long ;) it will break down, dry up very soon if its HOT ! But if u want it hot then you must have heat a scuttle with hot water and then lather in it. shave away !
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Re: Technique Question

Postby brothers » Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:24 pm

Well, there are some soaps and creams that have certain recipes that cause them to be not so good with hot. There are some that thrive on it. Find which ones don't fade away with heat and stick to 'em. Don't use the ones that can't take hot water. Same thing for hard/soft water. It's all trial and error, and when you find the ones that treat you right, then you've got it! Enjoy your journey!
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Re: Technique Question

Postby gil3591 » Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:43 pm

try an alternative. try a COLD shave. it will be slightly ruffer on your skin but you will get a much more efficient cut and it will be a closer shave!
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