04-25-2013, 04:07 PM
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A notice to all: Bowl Size Matters!

Ever since I got my WSP Monarch brush I've known that it was a high quality brush, but I've had trouble bowl lathering just about everything with it. The lather would always just suck in and hide deep inside the brush. I would have to work and work and work to get it out.

My last few shaves with this brush I've attempted face lathering with it, which I don't normally do. It was a vast improvement! This led me to believe that this was just a good face lathering brush and a bad bowl lathering brush.

But after an epiphany today I realize my problem was the bowl I was using. The culprit: the dreaded Van Der Hagen deluxe bowl.

On a whim this evening I grabbed a cereal bowl and what I thought was an average performing cream, Real Shaving Co.

The results: incredibly fluffy lather with so little effort I was shocked. And the only variable changed was the bowl!
Now I feel like I need to go back to every single soap and cream I've tried and give them another shot. I have a feeling the ok ones will get good, and the good ones will get great!

The lather:
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Size comparison:
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 04-25-2013, 04:13 PM
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  • slantman
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Great idea. The VDH bowl is small and best suited for a small shaving puck.

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 04-25-2013, 04:20 PM
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  • ben74
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Tools maketh not the lather, but they sure help! Biggrin

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 04-25-2013, 04:27 PM
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I feel like kind of an idiot now, I should have tried this simple thing months ago.

But now I'm so optimistic, I feel like it's my first time wet shaving again and I get to start over, retrying every brush and soap to get a new impression.

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 04-25-2013, 04:42 PM
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  • Grumpy
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I don't think that you should feel like an idiot.

You just fell into a simple trap of being human.

"You knew what you were doing, you knew how to do it and since you knew it all then, if it didn't work out as you thought it should ... then, something must be wrong with the equipment."

Good Luck on your next first time shave.

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 04-25-2013, 06:09 PM
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Congratulations, John, and enjoy all the fun and excitement, all over again!Biggrin

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 04-25-2013, 06:59 PM
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  • ben74
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Given your discovery, I'm switching to this...

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 04-25-2013, 08:51 PM
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Great post taborcarn!

Thanks for the info. Now I'm even more excited to try out my Dirty Bird The Shave Nook 2012 LE Bowl (which is a huge improvement in size / volume) compared to the old coffee mug I'm using.

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 04-26-2013, 02:37 AM
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(04-25-2013, 06:59 PM)ben74 Wrote: Given your discovery, I'm switching to this...

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Worth a shot!

(04-25-2013, 08:51 PM)shave_rookie Wrote: Great post taborcarn!

Thanks for the info. Now I'm even more excited to try out my Dirty Bird The Shave Nook 2012 LE Bowl (which is a huge improvement in size / volume) compared to the old coffee mug I'm using.

Let us know how it works for you. I've had my eye on one of those lately as well.

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 04-26-2013, 03:53 AM
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  • ben74
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I have the Dirty Bird TSN LE Bill Bowl and it is superb!

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