You’re quickly becoming a favorite of mine here on B&B - keep doing what you’re doing, John! (Even though you are an Eagles fan)And there it is! Thank you, sir!
I love to poke fun at myself because I have a tendency to take myself too seriously at times. This was PERFECT!
Well said!That's exactly right. I think what may be a cause of frustration for newer shavers is they may follow a thread between experienced shavers talking about this process, which we now do without even thinking about it. They then grab a brush they are not so familiar with, and a new product, and try to follow along with what we're doing and end up with a mess of unusable lather, and then they think there is something either wrong with them, or with the product.
You and I could grab a new product and dial it in within a couple, three shaves (sometimes) because we've lathered dozens of other products over many years and we are familiar with the brushes in our den. The new guys will be able to dial it in, but it will likely take them a bit longer because they just don't have that base of experience over dozens of products. I did these two threads to give the new guys a track to run on that guarantees success. There's no hurry. If it takes them 6 shaves to really dial in Sterling and it took me 3, who cares?
Hopefully this demystifies the process for some folks. I sure had fun doing it! And now I find myself wanting a martini with my morning shave!
So, experimentation always goes well with a Martini. Here I am starting out with my 24mm TGN Silvertip reknotted Ever Ready 150. I made it, I know exactly how much water it holds. I am blooming the soap here.
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Now, I pour almost all the water off the soap, maybe leaving a teaspoon on a very wet soap and I shake the brush almost dry. Then I load for 50 swirls (25 was obviously not enough!).
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Now, I swirl it a bit in the bowl, maybe 15 seconds.
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And immediately take it to my
My shave was hours ago, and this Martini seems to be evaporating on its own.
Dear Dan, John @JCinPA has been one of my best friends here on B&B for many years now, he is a truly special person. You Dan are one of B&B's most respected and knowledgeable Team Members and an outstanding Ambassador. It seems very natural to me that you and John get along extremely well, too.
Very kind of you to say, Marco. Thank you.Dear Dan, John @JCinPA has been one of my best friends here on B&B for many years now, he is a truly special person. You Dan are one of B&B's most respected and knowledgeable Team Members and an outstanding Ambassador. It seems very natural to me that you and John get along extremely well, too.
Good write up John with all those great pictures, Seeing is believing and tells a lot more sometimes than a lot of words. Nice Martini to finish your shave I also noticed.Working it around for a while, I add water to the tips a few times (3, 4?) and work it up to this.
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Still looking a bit thin, but I have learned this soap builds with more water and a bit of elbow grease, so I keep at it.
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Oh, baby, now we're getting somewhere! I worked it a little longer, but did not get a photo, but it was marvelous. Thick (not dense, this soap doesn't do dense), and impossibly slick. Here is what was left afterwards.
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So, the Foolproof (TM) method is not a destination, but a stepping stone.
Start waaaaaay below the proper hydration point, use lots of product, if you are new to lather or new to a particular product.
If you get a new product, start that way, and use it daily for a week, to learn how it behaves.
Then you can dial it in so you don't have to start waaaaay below the perfect hydration point or use too much product, you can start with a reasonable amount of product and start just below the right hydration point and get there faster. At this point, I can grab this soap and get it to a beautiful shave in fairly short order. But it took me a couple of weeks of shaves with it to get there.
Hope this makes sense.