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Standard Pinaud Clubman (my daily go to), VIBR both in big bottles. Then a normal bottle of Reserve. And minis of Lime Sec and Citrus Musk. Not convinced on the minis but warming to the Reserve. Regular PC ASL is addictive like crack.
I'm a Phoenix & Beau fan but decided to try Goodfellas Smile tallow soaps Tallow n.1 and Inferno. Both good soaps but I need to use them a bit more to dial in the lather. Scents very nice though somehow not quite what I expected from description.
Try adding more water than you think you need. I quite like Arko stick on my face but for me it takes a properly wet brush to get a good lather. And it isn't as moisturising as e.g. TOBS or my artisan soaps even then.
Off to New York for a short getaway soon. I figure there has to be a good shave shop / emporium somewhere so I can pick up some of the artisan soaps and aftershaves etc that cost a fortune on import. Anyone know where it is?
Thanks PB. Shaves beautifully. Am sure I need to work on my honing as factory edge felt very good. NB I'm newish to honing but this felt genuinely very nice with light stropping. 6/8" blade good to control as slightly shorter than some due to the very gentle round heel.
Update - following the only real test (i.e. a shave), resetting the bevel has worked. Not really surprising, given it's creating a new cutting edge, but reassuring. Also doesn't now need to be at a steep angle to cut, so I'm inclined to think it was overtaped when setting the previous bevel...
Thanks all - very helpful. Had a quiet afternoon so spent some time working the hones (800 / 3000 / 8000 / 12000) and have reset the bevel. Used a Sharpie but couldn't see clearly so I guess I won't know for sure what the cause was.
Now seems comparable to the Boker on AHT which I use to test...
Trying to decide between luxury strops. I think I've narrowed it down to Tony Miller (Heirloom) and Westholme. Probably in the 'notovan' if Heirloom, or Cordovan if Westholme, but I'm also tempted by Tony's Old #2 Steerhide. Both involve a wait: as I'm based in the UK, the Tony Miller also...
I'm having difficulty with an old vintage Kropp I got. Since I got it, sharpness has deteriorated to the point where I can barely use it, even though it's not been used for that many shaves (maybe 15?) and despite a couple of returns to the hone (see separate thread). All this time my main...
A question about hone quality. I started out with an Ohishi 3k/8k which is a really lovely hone and the only thing I've used on my new manufacture Boker. Efficient, smooth, and the 8k side puts a lethal edge on it.
Reading around here, I decided to try for an even finer edge and settled on the...
SOTD: the brave shave
Muhle traditional silvertip badger
Phoenix & Beau Denali
Proraso green ASL
Decided to try this set up on a hot day with a 3d growth (mine is heavy to start with so there was a lot to take off).
Unsurprisingly no trouble cutting through...
So having seen videos of people doing this, I recently tried using my left hand to hold the razor when shaving the left side of my face (I'm a rightie). First time I tried it was pretty terrifying, so I just did the bit below my sideburn. Now I can do most of the left side of my face as well as...
Neck is also my trouble area, with either razor burn or not getting close enough the usual consequence.
The right soap definitely helps - for me it was Arko puck, until I discovered Phoenix and Beau. Seems I need tallow soaps; results with Proraso were not good. YMMV of course.
Thanks - that's pretty much the plan, with the addition of something pasted for touching up the edge.
As an aside does light/heavy draw on the strop make any difference to the edge? Or is it just personal preference for how it feels?