09-23-2013, 06:16 AM
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  • tsimmns
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For all of those that do it, how do you do it? I just received a Valbora stick and while I love it, let's just say I don't love the way it lathers from the stick to my face compared to Arko or Speick. So I'm thinking I might grate it up and use it that way, mainly to get more soap loaded onto the brush in the process.

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 09-23-2013, 06:20 AM
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For many people the best solution grate.

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 09-23-2013, 06:40 AM
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  • Johnny
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I grate all my sticks. I even grate MWF then repack it. Just a standard old cheese grater works fine.

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 09-23-2013, 07:32 AM
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Thanks Johnny, didnt know if there was a certain way or not. After grating do you just pack the flakes together.

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 09-23-2013, 07:57 AM
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I'm not sure how hard it is in comparison to the arko stick but i just ripped the arko stick into 5-6 pieces with my hands and pressed it into the bottom of a small bowl. then just kind of pressed at it until it was pretty flat on the surface and uniform.

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 09-23-2013, 08:35 AM
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The Arko stick is pretty soft compared to the others and you can do that, but I prefer grating.

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 09-23-2013, 08:37 AM
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(09-23-2013, 07:32 AM)tsimmns Wrote: Thanks Johnny, didnt know if there was a certain way or not. After grating do you just pack the flakes together.

Yes. This is the way I do all of them. Here is an example.

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 09-23-2013, 09:03 AM
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Great tutorial, Johnny! Biggrin

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 09-23-2013, 09:29 AM
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Just be sure to use the coarse blades on the grater. If you use the finer ones, you'll just end up with a clogged grater.

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 09-23-2013, 10:06 AM
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Babeando... and don't leave the bowl laying around - might just end up in your pizza! Hambre

~Frank

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 09-23-2013, 10:12 AM
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Thanks for the information Johnny. I will have to make a trip to find me a grater this afternoonSmile Grating a shave stick, who would of ever thought of that.

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 09-23-2013, 10:29 AM
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The only time I have found a shave stick handy is when traveling. At home I would much rather load from a bowl so other than a stick of DR Harris Arlington the rest get the grating treatment. I have found that a little bit of water can help if I am having trouble getting the shredded soap to stick together in its new home.

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 09-23-2013, 12:07 PM
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It helps the shreds to pack into the bowl if you pack it as much as possible first, then add a tablespoon of water at a time until it'll pack more. I find that 2-3 tablespoons is about right for a full bowl, however many sticks that works out to. That may not make sense, but if you do it you'll see that it allows for much better and tighter packing. At least I like it packed tighter.

You don't want it soupy, you just want the shreds to be slippery against each other. If you work it after each tablespoon you'll see what's right. After sitting for a day or two you won't even know you added any water at all.

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 09-23-2013, 02:45 PM
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(09-23-2013, 12:07 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: It helps the shreds to pack into the bowl if you pack it as much as possible first, then add a tablespoon of water at a time until it'll pack more. I find that 2-3 tablespoons is about right for a full bowl, however many sticks that works out to. That may not make sense, but if you do it you'll see that it allows for much better and tighter packing. At least I like it packed tighter.

You don't want it soupy, you just want the shreds to be slippery against each other. If you work it after each tablespoon you'll see what's right. After sitting for a day or two you won't even know you added any water at all.

So are you saying shred, pack, and then add some water, pack again, add water, and repeat until it is packed good? Like you said, your post didn't make much sense but that's just me. Someone else maybe can decipher it better than I canBiggrin

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 09-23-2013, 03:39 PM
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I pack a little at a time and do not add any water until I'm through packing. I just add a little warm water and apply a little pressure with my thumb and rub it around to smooth things out.

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 09-23-2013, 07:52 PM
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I pack it all, as tight as I can pack it. Then I add water, and try to pack it some more. Have no fear, you can't pack it so tight that the water won't soak in like a sponge. Add more water as needed until the shreds get slippery and move into a tighter configuration as you continue to pack it. When you do it you'll understand.

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 09-24-2013, 04:37 PM
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yep...standard cheese grater....I only keep one, actual stick form LEA in my dopp kit....all others get grated and re-packed just like the photo above

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 09-24-2013, 04:44 PM
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I've done this with 5 Palmolive sticks into a small plastic food saver.

250g of superb soap bowl. Biggrin

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 01-15-2015, 03:17 PM
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Old thread, but an awesome one none the less. Thanks to Johnny and Brian for this. I'll be doing some "packing" later on today or tomorrow!

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 01-15-2015, 06:03 PM
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When I was grating my leftovers together into a new puck, I added in a tablespoon or 2 of Proraso Green. I didnt like its performance alone so I used it in my leftover re-mix. The soap flakes were tacky on there own and only added enough of the Proraso till everything was coated thoroughly.

To conclude my usual response to Proraso Green will always be that it makes great re-mix soap cement!

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