01-13-2014, 07:38 PM
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  • Agravic
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As my journey through the world of wet shaving continues, as much as I think I’ve learned, there is so much more to be discovered it seems.

In terms of trying new things out, I’ve realized that more often than not, a single trial is not enough. For me, this is a common reason that I ‘rediscover’ items that I once tried and set aside, thinking that they weren’t up to par. Worse yet, I likely sold items that didn’t get a proper chance to show their true attributes. This, in my experience, has applied to razors, blades, brushes, soaps, aftershaves; the entire spectrum of products used in wet shaving.

Some examples of things that have proven themselves to me over the course of time and repeated use : Martin de Candre soap, Kai Captain Titan Mild blades, 3-band badger brushes, synthetic hair brushes.

What I previously attributed to be product deficiency or incompatibility, turned out to be a form of ‘user error’ on my part, i.e. not allowing for a certain learning period to accustom myself to the item and its nuances.

I have resolved to give new items at least 3 tries before passing judgment.

Anyone else with similar experiences?

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 01-13-2014, 07:43 PM
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Nope! Biggrin

Actually, I completely understand your reasoning and I think it is a prudent thing to do by giving a product some time to see if it works for you.
I think I have been very fortunate so far as I haven't regretting giving up on too many things from the initial trial of them.

The only thing that I want to dedicate more time to are straights and my Kamisori. Having said that, I don't expect to get better shaves than with my Weber DLC! Biggrin

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 01-13-2014, 07:47 PM
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The rule of 3 has worked well for me. Third wife is a keeper. Biggrin

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 01-13-2014, 07:53 PM
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(01-13-2014, 07:47 PM)Johnny Wrote: The rule of 3 has worked well for me. Third wife is a keeper. Biggrin

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 01-13-2014, 08:06 PM
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(01-13-2014, 07:53 PM)Agravic Wrote:
(01-13-2014, 07:47 PM)Johnny Wrote: The rule of 3 has worked well for me. Third wife is a keeper. Biggrin

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32 great years.

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 01-13-2014, 08:12 PM
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(01-13-2014, 08:06 PM)Johnny Wrote:
(01-13-2014, 07:53 PM)Agravic Wrote:
(01-13-2014, 07:47 PM)Johnny Wrote: The rule of 3 has worked well for me. Third wife is a keeper. Biggrin

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32 great years.

Indeed, third time's a charm then for you!

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 01-13-2014, 08:14 PM
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(01-13-2014, 07:47 PM)Johnny Wrote: The rule of 3 has worked well for me. Third wife is a keeper. Biggrin

Good one, Johnny! I had no idea! Biggrin

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 01-13-2014, 08:23 PM
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Ive bought, sold, and bought again several items. But i think ill keep my wifeBiggrin

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 01-13-2014, 10:02 PM
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  • beartrap
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No wife references from me or I'll be looking for another try Biggrin
Other things, it's definitely 3 or more tries, I've bought and sold several of the same item a few times Wink

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 01-13-2014, 10:55 PM
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Yes! I have sold and repurchased many things (3 DLC's bought and sold etc)

I would like to have at least 3 tries for most things, except those that are clearly not going to work.

For things that are "possible" I think I should almost have a 3 month rule due to my thought shifts across the wet shaving spectrum (brushes, razors, blades, software, etc). Seeking to find the "perfect" thing, what is perfect changes regularly and with all of the variables becomes difficult to standardize or replicate … especially when I want variety and to always find something better.

I have definitely learned a lot, with much more to learn. Awesome Biggrin

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 01-13-2014, 11:29 PM
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(01-13-2014, 07:38 PM)Agravic Wrote: As my journey through the world of wet shaving continues, as much as I think I’ve learned, there is so much more to be discovered it seems.

In terms of trying new things out, I’ve realized that more often than not, a single trial is not enough. For me, this is a common reason that I ‘rediscover’ items that I once tried and set aside, thinking that they weren’t up to par. Worse yet, I likely sold items that didn’t get a proper chance to show their true attributes. This, in my experience, has applied to razors, blades, brushes, soaps, aftershaves; the entire spectrum of products used in wet shaving.

Some examples of things that have proven themselves to me over the course of time and repeated use : Martin de Candre soap, Kai Captain Titan Mild blades, 3-band badger brushes, synthetic hair brushes.

What I previously attributed to be product deficiency or incompatibility, turned out to be a form of ‘user error’ on my part, i.e. not allowing for a certain learning period to accustom myself to the item and its nuances.

I have resolved to give new items at least 3 tries before passing judgment.

Anyone else with similar experiences?

I agreee 100%. On top of 3 uses, maybe come back to them at another time too. I'm even finding blades or brushes that I once did not like, I'll come back to them and have a total different opinion. On top of that, I think ones taste/preference can change from day to day as well. With shaving there is so much variation in the lather you build, the angle you used that day, how tired you were, how hard you pressed, etc, etc, that it's really hard to get a good idea of a product or tool just after one or two uses. Because of this very thing I sold a chubby 2 super that I REALLY regret.

That being said, I doubt I can go back and try another Derby blade and have actually enjoy it this time around. 24

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 01-14-2014, 02:19 AM
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Only MW soaps, Ravi, but can I add a nought please? Laughing1Biggrin

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 01-14-2014, 03:09 AM
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(01-13-2014, 07:47 PM)Johnny Wrote: The rule of 3 has worked well for me. Third wife is a keeper. Biggrin

Hear, hear. I firmly believe in third time lucky in the matrimonial field.

When it comes to shaving and other products, I too have learned to be patient and not let one's initial disappointment cloud one's judgement. For example, with a new brush I find it can take me a week of use before I can make a dispassionate judgement.

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 01-14-2014, 03:49 AM
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3 uses, 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months .. depends on the item.

Firm believer in giving new things ample time to either grow on me or earn their way out the door. Wives? Different matter entirely Angel

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 01-14-2014, 09:03 AM
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Yep, you definitely have to give things there chance. Sometimes it helps to set it aside and come back to it, too. This was the case for me with my injector razor.

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 01-14-2014, 09:12 AM
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but if i was stuck with a random setup forever on a desert island i am sure i could handle it eventually. but hey - why would i shave at such a place Blank

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 01-14-2014, 09:26 AM
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(01-13-2014, 07:47 PM)Johnny Wrote: The rule of 3 has worked well for me. Third wife is a keeper. Biggrin

Same for me as well. Just celebrated 15 years last December.

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 01-16-2014, 12:19 PM
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I agree Ravi, it definitely takes several outings with a specific item to get a true feel of it's personality.

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 01-16-2014, 06:36 PM
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  • Giorgio
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I agree as well Ravi. Although I have never formally quantified it, I believe 3 tries is about right for me. Although I think of "tries" as usage periods. I'll try a product and give it a good go, if it doesn't work I'll set it aside and get back to it a few months down the road. If its still a no-go, I'll likely set it aside one more time, before making the decision to pass it along to someone that can make better of it than I.

It's truly amazing some of the thing I thought would never work, end up being a hidden gem in my den a few months down the road Smile

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 01-18-2014, 05:38 PM
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  • DaveL
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I can be persistent,usually try 6 - 8 times before giving up on a product.

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