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What's your Boar Preparation Preference?

How do you prepare your Boar before the shave (choose 1 from each category)

  • time: I just wet the bristles under a tap

    Votes: 2 3.0%
  • time: I soak for <2 minutes

    Votes: 9 13.6%
  • time: I soak for 2-5 minutes

    Votes: 21 31.8%
  • time: I soak for 5-10 minutes

    Votes: 24 36.4%
  • time: I soak for >10 minutes

    Votes: 9 13.6%
  • amount: I only soak the tips, or bottom 25% of the bristles

    Votes: 4 6.1%
  • amount: I soak to about halfway up the knot

    Votes: 5 7.6%
  • amount: I soak around 75% of the knot

    Votes: 19 28.8%
  • amount: I soak all the way to the top (or nearly the top) of the knot

    Votes: 23 34.8%

  • Total voters
I soak the brush even before I start preparing for the shower. By the time I shower and start shaving, about 30 minutes have already passed. For my needs, it works perfectly and is now a habit.
The other day, I accidentally left my brush hanging for an hour +.

Softest my boat has been so far and performed better than ever.
10+ year wet shaver here. My first brushes are still my favourites: Omega 10098 and 10048, the big mean boars.

My prep is this:
  1. I keep the knot under the warm (almost hot) running tap water for about 15-20 seconds
  2. I place a nugget of shaving creme in the middle of the bristles / I load the brush straight into the bowl of the shaving soap
  3. I face lather for 2 minutes grabbing the brush like the Italian barbers do
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