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Excellent info. I want to add that in my lathering tests of late using a 1470 (EX), 610 (EX), and Torga C5, I find the Torga to be dramatically different to the other two. It blooms like they do but has taken a long time to break in at all. The tips are not fully split, but they have come a long...
Well, I've spent more than the following numbers, but at this point, I wouldn't:
Razor - $60
Brush - $60
Blade - $0.50
Soap - $5/oz.
Aftershave - $8/oz.
For the record, this would buy a vintage Red Tip, an SOC Mistura, Med Prep blades, any number of great soaps, and C.O. Bigelow Dr. Galen...
I guess it depends a little bit on what you want to get out of wetshaving. I am a serial acquirer, and I don't like that about myself. I have enjoyed trying a wide variety of products over the last 12+ years. If you're in it to try things, trying a badger makes sense.
That said, I think often...
I have had and loved every knot Shavemac sells except the D01 2-band.
2-band silvertip is amazing. It is soft-tipped and has ample backbone. Mine is a 24mm knot set to 50mm loft. I like it a great deal and don't find it overly large. That said, 22mm would be plenty big for 2-3 passes and then...
I really like lavender, rose, grapefruit, and Mr. Taylor, though. And I haven't tried Lime Zest, Royal Forest, or a couple of others.
And I guess I'm an outlier in that I think their coconut is really nice - drier than some and less artificial and cloying.
I didn't plan on doing Speicktember, but it's been my most-used soap by far as it turns out. I love its scent on a cool morning, and the lather is simply incredible. Used it today for the eighth or ninth day in a row. Fantastic!
You are big-timing someone about how many shave soaps you've tried?! Good grief.
You know what's not an elite experience? Talking smack about shave soap.
P.S. The OP has been kicking around these forums for over a decade, so he may also know what constitutes an elite soap.