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  1. Ridpath

    Suggestions for soothing balm/aftershave.

    Apologies if this has already been asked a billion before. Could someone please recommend a soothing aftershave to use in order to calm irritated skin after a shave? I don’t mind scents, but I would prefer a weakly scented aftershave or an unscented aftershave if possible. I’ve never used...
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    Review: the Blackland Tradere (pre-launch)

    Hi everybody, this is my review of the (new) Tradere by Blackland. For those that don’t know, the Tradere is a storied razor, initially released in the early 2010s and was produced in extremely limited quantities. The razor had a reputation for being very well constructed and for an amazing...
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    Discount on all badger brushes at Exec Shaving

    Executive Shaving from Glasgow have been trying to clear their stock of badger brushes, in a bid to move toward synthetics. I think it was connected to animal rights or something like that, there was something on YouTube about it. They’re offering 30% off all the badger brushes they have in...
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    Simpson’s different brushes and their distinctions

    For those of you that own multiple Simpsons, what are the differences between the models that Simpson makes (eg the Chubby v the Duke etc)? From what I can tell, the difference is largely in handle design - some seem designed for head lathering, while some are easier to lather in a bowl with...
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    Knot size - large or small?

    In my time as a wet shaver, I’ve pretty much only used the one brush I had, a small boar brush, maybe 19mm knot. Only recently I obtained my first badger brush and that was a 21/22mm knot. In terms of building lather, I couldn’t see any advantage to having a larger knot - when loading the...
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    Things to look out for when buying used

    This forum has been the worst for comfort shoppers. Just one week of returning and I’ve been tempted into buying either a Rex Ambassador or a Timeless. However, the problem is that they’re quite pricey instruments, and I don’t like reselling anything once I’ve bought it - hence I’ve decided to...
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    Lurker finally crawling out from under the rock

    Greetings one and all, been a long time browser of these boards over the past few years and decided to finally make an account. Bit about myself: live across the pond in not-so-great Britain. Been a wet DE razor shaver ever since I had a moustache or beard to shave, although I didn’t really...