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Take a look at the Schone. It is a Fatip OC but with a different number of teeth and spacing. I find it less aggressive than my regular Fatip OC but shaves just as efficiently. As a plus the Schone finish is also MUCH better than the Fatip.
My Osma block is holding up after months of constant use. Dry the surface with a quick wipe. Also use a rubber band around it to prevent it from slipping. I think I got mine from a batch of asparagus. I had a couple of other blocks that crumbled and the Osma is better IMHO.
For me, the Fatip Gentile feels slightly rougher and not as smooth as a Tech but it is more efficient. There is also more blade feel with the Gentile. I have pre-war and post-post war techs and I prefer them to the Fatip.
I found the original makers in Italy and contacted them via email a couple of times months ago about it. Nothing in response. I may be one of the unlucky ones that just got a so-so product. I'm not losing any sleep over it. Like I said, it's a minor annoyance and I don't reach for the brush as...
I have all three brands in boar: 3 Omegas, 5 Semogues and 2 Zeniths. I've found each of the brands very good but among all my brushes, one of the Zeniths annoys me the most. It's very soft and broken in. It looks great with an aluminum handle. The knot is packed with bristle but almost every...
My first DE setup was the following:
Merkur 23C (still have it and use it for travel mostly)
Vulfix pure badger brush
Proraso Green soap
Proraso Green aftershave
Astra Platinum blades
I still use them here and there but I've since fell deep in the rabbit hole.
Fine Lavender is the only one in his line I haven't tried. I've been using Lisa's Natural Creations Lavender. It's a very masculine lavender. I mostly use Lavender when I decide to shave at night. It's a nice calming scent.