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Old 08-25-2012, 06:19 PM   #1211
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I dunno... I have been looking at a few things... I might get another shea moisture brush and use it as a handle donor and get a TGN silvertip to put in it. I already have a cleaned out VDH boar handle but I do not think I want a 24mm silvertip brush. Kinda want to stick to a slimmer handle profile I think.

I have been looking into getting my NEW's replated but after looking at the price to get em done in rhodium its almost the same price as a whole razor already replated from the razor restorer guy. You can never have too many razors. Maybe even going with a flare tip could be an option.

 
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:19 PM   #1212
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I have two shea brushes as well, my favorite go to brush but I cannot find them at my target stores out here or I would snap up a couple more.
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:20 PM   #1213
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Pre-Shave oil can be used in one and/or two ways. One as a lubricant between your skin and the blade. Or as a softener for the hair follicles and skin (the Art of Shaving rep said that softer skin = softer hair as it grows, don't know if I believe that). I use a light oil (not castor) like Coconut, Almond or Gape seed oil and massage it into my skin and beard for about 3-5 minutes before I shave. DO NOT use a whole lot, just enough to feel a slight "moisturizing" affect. You DO NOT want an oil slick. I've had really great results doing this. I can even shave against the grain on my neck without nicks or irritations. And this is without pre-warming with a hot cloth.

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:09 PM   #1214
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hey all just thought I'd say hi.

I've been wet shaving for a while and will never ever! go back. I use both a straight razor and a safety razor but my wife dropped my safety razor using it on her legs and busted the entire shaving head off of it so I now only have my shavvette and my straight.

my question to you all is what are some good options for honing wet stones. I really need to hone my good straight so I've been using my shavette which works great but I love the weight and blade length of my baby. anyway I'm in the market so to speak and would love some suggestions on a good set of stones that won't break the bank.

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:24 PM   #1215
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hey all just thought I'd say hi.

I've been wet shaving for a while and will never ever! go back. I use both a straight razor and a safety razor but my wife dropped my safety razor using it on her legs and busted the entire shaving head off of it so I now only have my shavvette and my straight.

my question to you all is what are some good options for honing wet stones. I really need to hone my good straight so I've been using my shavette which works great but I love the weight and blade length of my baby. anyway I'm in the market so to speak and would love some suggestions on a good set of stones that won't break the bank.
Im interested in a set of stones as well, I've heard good things about the blue Chinese whetstone but it is 15k plus grit so it is more for polishing the edge to perfection. Aside from that I have to wait to hear from a good honer here.
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:24 AM   #1216
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I have two shea brushes as well, my favorite go to brush but I cannot find them at my target stores out here or I would snap up a couple more.
Word! Love the Shea brushes and lotions. The shaving cream (butter) is useless! I also love the bars of soap! Only 1 target store reliably carries it tho!
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:40 PM   #1217
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Really the only soap or cream you can get that works real well from a non wetshaving brick and mortar is kiss my face. Okay besides that bath and body works carries Bigelow (Proraso) cream... Well Sephora carries AOS stuff.

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:52 AM   #1218
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So I'm using Mitchelle's Wool Fat shave soap, and while it is doing the job, I'd like thicker, creamier lather. It gets mixed reviews on Badger & Blade.

I shave it off in little slivers, add just a little hot water and let it sit a few minutes. I've done this to loose slivers and slivers kneaded into a little pad. I've also just mashed up the slivers some. That seems to give me the closest lather to what I (think I) want, but still pretty far off. It's thin and watery. Is this what yall get with Mitchelle's or is there another technique?

What soap gives a thicker, creamier lather?
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:24 AM   #1219
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I haven't use a tallow soap but it sounds like you're doing something wrong

Is your water really hard?

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:51 AM   #1220
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Not "really". Water hardness maps put us anywhere from slightly to moderately hard. Our city water quality report doesn't even go into it. We don't have build up problems or even problems making lather with any other soap or detergent. No problems using any surfactant.
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