Any Wet Shaving Fans?

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Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:57 am 
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Ha! That's a crazy story, James! Thankfully I've never cut myself anything like that. In fact, and somewhat surprisingly (mostly when I first started) I never really cut myself at all. A couple of nicks here and there, but nothing some alum or a styptic pencil couldn't fix right quick.

I finally broke down and picked up a new Dovo Special 5/8" round straight razor and strop. Seeking the Best Shave Ever(TM) and BBS has lead me to this path of disfigurement and destruction. I was going to give it the maiden voyage this past weekend, but ended up not have the time and energy - so hopefully this one coming up. I'm nervous, but excited! I'm good with tools and based on my success with DE shaving... I think it'll go just fine.

That Merkur Futur is an awesome razor! When I first got it, we absolutely did NOT get along. I thought it was ridiculously harsh. Fast forward a few shaves and reassembling it myself, it clicked - and has been my favorite razor ever since! In fact, I shaved with it this morning...


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I had the exact same experience with the Futur! I really thought I had wasted the money on it, but when I returned to it some time later, as you say, "it clicked." I see you use the Plisson brush: how do you like it? Any thoughts on how it compares with Simpsons or Trumpers? My Trumper has served well for a long time, but its been losing individual hairs for a while, and I'm wondering how much more use I'll get out of it.

Also, I've never heard of Speick products, and I'd like to learn more about them. I'll do a Google search, but would be interested if you or any other LVL-ers have any opinions on their products.


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I think that perhaps the Futur just wasn't aligned right as-bought. I took it apart, lubed the threads and made sure the head was screwed all the way in (sometimes they're not). And of course, a little practice in finding the angle - and it was golden!

The Plisson brush is a steal for $30. It's among the best synthetics out there, but is most definitely is a floppy brush. For more backbone, I like the Mühle (or Edwin Jagger) brushes. I like it though... Very plush feeling. I'm more of a silvertip badger kinda guy, and until recently - hated boars. That is, until I picked up the Semogue Owner's Club, for $28 direct from Portugal (http://tinyurl.com/pb9eezj)... Totally changed my opinion of them, and also a steal (they usually go for $40-45)! It does require a break-in period, typical of boar brushes, but it does so quickly - and softens up quite nicely!

Speick makes awesome products that perform very well. The bonus is that they're a drugstore staple in Germanic countries for cheap! The balm is very moisturizing and restorative for those rough days. The aftershave also. It's a unique scent though, rather herbal. Not a bad thing though!

Check out Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements if you like unique, quality artisan soaps and aftershaves. Very good quality at reasonable prices; I'm a huge fan. I have a ton of their products.

They'll be at Big Shave West tomorrow in Pasadena.

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Can't help it but this thread still makes me smile. Damn it, there's no peace from GAS no matter what we LVL'ers start doing :-)

On that note, I'm starting to finally run out of my disposable blades stock so O can start eyeballing "the real shaving kit" and join this "GAS parade"!


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Haha, yeah - no hiding from GAS 'round here buddy. :D

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Thanks for the information. I just placed my first order with Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements. And the GAS just keeps on rollin'


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James Lehrer wrote:
Thanks for the information. I just placed my first order with Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements. And the GAS just keeps on rollin'

You're very welcome! If you have any questions about their stuff, let me know. I have a lot of it... It's a bit of an obsession. ;)

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Does anyone have any experiences with the Bluebeards Revenge series of shaving products?

They seem quite nice products and their marketing fluff suitably "tongue in cheek" for my persona ;-)

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Does anyone have any experiences with the Bluebeards Revenge series of shaving products?

They seem quite nice products and their marketing fluff suitably "tongue in cheek" for my persona ;-)

You don't hear a lot about it, but those that have tried it thought it was pretty good - both in lathering and performance. Back in 2012 they could no longer sell in the U.S. under the name "Bluebeard's Revenge" and have since renamed to Dreadnaught here.

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Well, it's time for me to get my beard wet. Just put in the order for a complete wet shave kit with different kinds of Bluebeards Revenge stuff. Hopefully will have it later this week.. I'll report back when I have my first cuts! (pun intended)

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