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Old 01-22-2012, 09:06 PM   #911
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so justin, are you lathering the whole time on the puck? try this method:
1) soak brush in warm/hot water while showering or whatever, also drop a bit of water on top of the puck while you soak
2) squeeze out 90ish% of the moisture from the brush
3) load soap onto brush for a good 30 seconds from the puck
4) remove puck, or switch to other bowl/mug
5) add in water in small amounts while you work the lather to get to desired consistency, it's easier this way to add in water rather than have to load more soap onto the brush
6) work it for a good 45-60 seconds and you should have a nice lather

if all else fails, just buy some CO Bigelow cream, makes life easier!

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Old 01-22-2012, 09:36 PM   #912
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so justin, are you lathering the whole time on the puck? try this method:
1) soak brush in warm/hot water while showering or whatever, also drop a bit of water on top of the puck while you soak
2) squeeze out 90ish% of the moisture from the brush
3) load soap onto brush for a good 30 seconds from the puck
4) remove puck, or switch to other bowl/mug
5) add in water in small amounts while you work the lather to get to desired consistency, it's easier this way to add in water rather than have to load more soap onto the brush
6) work it for a good 45-60 seconds and you should have a nice lather

if all else fails, just buy some CO Bigelow cream, makes life easier!
This is what I used to do, I'd work the soap into the brush and then build lather in a bowl that had been soaking in the sink with the brush and razor while I showered and have a nice warm lather. I was trying to avoid keeping two bowls around, but it's not a big deal, I'll keep it for the lather with the soap or when using cream.

A number of folks have said they build right on top of the puck and then leave the extra lather in the bowl after the shave is over, so I was trying to figure out how to make that work as well.
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:28 PM   #913
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gotchya. have you tried face lathering? just build up on the puck a bit and then transfer the brush to your slightly wet faceto build lather? that works really well for me.

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gotchya. have you tried face lathering? just build up on the puck a bit and then transfer the brush to your slightly wet faceto build lather? that works really well for me.
That's what I've been doing since I can't get a lather going in the bowl. Just seems to make a mess.
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:54 AM   #915
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Just shaved with an Astra Plat.
It was great. I was able to shave AGT and didnt carve myself up. I think the Feathers were just too aggressive for me.

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Old 01-23-2012, 01:04 AM   #916
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I enjoyed the Astra SP's i had been using but just ran out. I'm going to try the Bluebirds that came with my sampler pack tonight. I'm also almost through my first puck of soap and am going to try some amber glycerine soap this time around. Has anyone noticed a big difference between the cheap Col Conk soaps vs. the expensive brands?

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Old 01-24-2012, 03:23 PM   #917
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Had a nice shave this morning with a fresh Feather in the fat handle Tech. Wanted to check out how that blade performed in both of my regular razors before ordering a bunch.

I enjoy having some music on while shaving and this morning was a throw back with some Bone Thugs-n-Harmony on Pandora. Yes, I'm white, almost 30, and live near Amish folks and nowhere near anything like south central LA, but it was entertaining. A little Dre, Snoop, etc. Goes back to my middle school years.

What's the difference between the yellow packaged feathers and the black and silver packaging? Both are high stainless platinum blades. I am currently using the black and silver blades.

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Old 01-24-2012, 07:14 PM   #918
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My wife must have been paying attention to me a few months ago when I stumbled onto this thread, and mentioned that I'd like to try a straight razor someday.... She bought be a Dovo 515 for my birthday last Friday! It's shave-ready and now i'm dorking out on Badger and Blade forums already. This thing scares the snot out of me, but for some reason, that's part of the appeal to me!

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Old 01-24-2012, 07:22 PM   #919
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That's what I've been doing since I can't get a lather going in the bowl. Just seems to make a mess.
sounds like your brush is too wet.

also, no difference in blade between different types of feather packaging.
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My wife must have been paying attention to me a few months ago when I stumbled onto this thread, and mentioned that I'd like to try a straight razor someday.... She bought be a Dovo 515 for my birthday last Friday! It's shave-ready and now i'm dorking out on Badger and Blade forums already. This thing scares the snot out of me, but for some reason, that's part of the appeal to me!
My old straight scared me a bit too. But having used it every weekend since I got it I feel quite comfortable using it, in fact I have nicked myself far less with it than with my DEs.

For your first few tries I would use it on the large areas and hit your Adams apple and tricky areas like your nose/upper lip with a DE or disposable.
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