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Postby southpaw » Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:55 pm

Excellent post! As to the women and BBS, might I make a suggestion/observation. Perhaps for appearance women like the scruff / some stubble look, but at "special" moments appreciate the smoothness of a BBS shave. Just a thought. :-k
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Postby pjdatzil » Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:05 pm

My woman likes the BBS....she said the scruff hurts her face!
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Postby GrantPark » Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:01 pm

Best-written post I've read on any forum. Great advice and a pleasure to read. Thanks for taking time to write & post this.
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Postby gagarin » Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:27 am

I've seen little of Michael's inspired scribblings recently. This vintage thread is well worth revisiting.
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Postby bavi » Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:26 pm

haha nice read

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Postby Squire » Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:10 pm

What the lady likes. Works for me.
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Postby IanM » Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:18 am

Great post, Michael. I've read it 3 times already.

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Postby BklynBoy » Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:34 am

Great post. I have come to feel the same way about the relative contributions of the elements of shaving kit to a good shave, that is why when I am traveling I manage to get a passable shave with a cartridge and a good shaving soap
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Postby petr » Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:46 pm

fine posT!
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Re: What I've learned so far...

Postby brothers » Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:10 pm

This week I learned that current generation (for archive purposes today's date is 25March2017) synthetic brushes are overall different (obviously) and better (might as well say it, because it's true) than boar brushes. Superior performance at very reasonable prices. Boar brushes offer adequate performance at bargain basement prices.
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Re: What I've learned so far...

Postby CMur12 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:26 pm

I'll have to disagree with you, Gary. I think the synthetics are pretty good, but I get the best results (better than synthetic or badger) from my Semogue 1305 boar brush. It and the model 830 are made with a grade of bristle different from any other I have tried, and it makes a huge difference. For me, the little 1305 outperforms everything else.

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Re: What I've learned so far...

Postby brothers » Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:48 am

My conclusion was reached over the course of two rotations of the boar, the synthetic, and the badger. My truncated simplified single pass ATG shave function requires only a 15 second loading of a dry brush on a wet soap, followed by face lathering, followed by one pass with the lather and a final touchup with water only. The boar cannot handle it the way I expect and demand from an acceptable brush. The boar bristles require a soaking prior to use. The first appearance in rotation (dry) the boar lost about 5 bristles because dry boar bristles break. The second appearance in rotation I had to soak the boar beforehand to avoid losing bristles and no bristles were lost. The wet boar brush picked up so little soap in the first 15 seconds that it would not lather on the face. As a concession, I went off the clock and loaded the wet boar brush for an extended (unknown) duration, followed twice by adding water from the tap. My expected thick rich (face-built) lather was obtained from the boar only after a much longer and tedious face lathering session. Did the boar work? Yes! Did it take far more time and attention to get the results I wanted? Yes! I can make the boar work. The extended and labor intensive creation of an acceptable lather is not justified, and indicates inferior performance. Some say this is also true of using and maintaining the edge of a straight razor in order to get the desired end result.
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Re: What I've learned so far...

Postby CMur12 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:13 pm

Hi Gary -

The key here is that the boar brushes you tested don't work well for you with your style of lathering and the subtleties of your lathering technique.

Boar brushes vary tremendously within the Semogue line alone, with different qualities of bristle, knots of varying density, and different lofts. For me, only the 1305 and the 830, with their special quality of bristle, work to my satisfaction. They are the only boar brushes I use, primarily the former.

My lathering technique is very different from yours, so it's natural that I would prefer different brushes. When I lathered in a bowl, I used both Semogue boar and Semogue badger, with a preference for the badger. When I decided to shorten the lathering process and lather on top of the cake of soap, I got best results with boar.

I bought Razorock synthetic brushes with 22mm and 24mm knots, and they don't work well for me. The 22mm doesn't splay and the 24mm are too big. The synthetics that work for me are the HJM Black Fibre (19mm knot) and the Asylum BG7 (23mm knot). The BG7 is by far the best synthetic brush I have ever used and it gives my favored boars a run for their money.

So, as I see it, YMMV still reigns in the choice of all shaving tools and expendables.

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Re: What I've learned so far...

Postby brothers » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:31 pm

CMur12 wrote:Hi Gary -

The key here is that the boar brushes you tested don't work well for you with your style of lathering and the subtleties of your lathering technique.

Boar brushes vary tremendously within the Semogue line alone, with different qualities of bristle, knots of varying density, and different lofts. For me, only the 1305 and the 830, with their special quality of bristle, work to my satisfaction. They are the only boar brushes I use, primarily the former.

My lathering technique is very different from yours, so it's natural that I would prefer different brushes. When I lathered in a bowl, I used both Semogue boar and Semogue badger, with a preference for the badger. When I decided to shorten the lathering process and lather on top of the cake of soap, I got best results with boar.

I bought Razorock synthetic brushes with 22mm and 24mm knots, and they don't work well for me. The 22mm doesn't splay and the 24mm are too big. The synthetics that work for me are the HJM Black Fibre (19mm knot) and the Asylum BG7 (23mm knot). The BG7 is by far the best synthetic brush I have ever used and it gives my favored boars a run for their money.

So, as I see it, YMMV still reigns in the choice of all shaving tools and expendables.

- Murray


Yes, Murray, that's the best part isn't it! One size never fits all, that's what makes it so interesting. When I used to take the long way from point A to point B, and the more lathering and razoring and prepping the better, it was during the exploration part of the journey, and it served a great purpose for me. Now that I've shifted from the lavish to the proven and practical, I don't need all that much any more.
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Re: What I've learned so far...

Postby CMur12 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:56 pm

I've narrowed things down to a small number of favorites, myself, Gary. Unfortunately, it's still hard to tell a new wetshaver what will work for him or her, though synthetic brushes have become a good place to start.

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