05-09-2014, 08:45 AM
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I'll be the first to admit that while I started on my 'traditional wetshaving' journey to improve my shaves, it quickly became a hobby, and then rapidly got out of hand. I have a very large collection of DE, SE, straight razors, brushes, strops, hones, soaps, etc. I have also sold or traded away many items over the years.

This has all been fun, but I also have to admit that a lot of the stuff I've bought has been much of a muchness, and some of them have been disappointing. For example: I spent many hundreds of dollars on a Somerset Simpson Chubby 3 Manchurian. It was a nice brush, and I'm glad I tried it, but it was not transformative. Similarly, razors like the Pils, iKon Slant, Eclipse Red Ring, Darwin - they were all cool, but either performed badly, or didn't really stand out enough to keep them.

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However, I recently did find a couple of items that will stick around for the longer term, and that I'm glad I bought.

1) Standard Razor - For some reason, this razor hits the sweet spot for me as far as DE razors are concerned. It has the right combination of aggression, weight and looks and it just seems to fit my current requirements.

2) Plisson Synthetic brush - This is another purchase I agonized over, as all the other synthetic brushes I'd tried had not been good matches for me. This brush, different as it is from my regular badger and boar brushes, is just a joy for me to use. It feels great, builds a great lather and I really like having it in my den.

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NOTE: I'm not saying that these items will work for everyone else. They do work for me, and I wanted to give them a shout-out.

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How about you guys? Is there anything that you recently bought that really stuck out to you as being something that you're actually going to use often and that you're glad you bought?

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 05-09-2014, 08:57 AM
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I have spent so much cash on shaving gear and software in the last 8 years. my recent acquisition of a pair of Heljestrand MK31's in Genuine Tortoise appears to have ended my search for razors. Can't see me topping those. I have a Thater 26mm brush coming that I hope will halt all brush searches as well. It took me years and many dollars to reach this point. now just to keep the creams, soaps, and aftershaves in check! And I have a penchant for old mugs too. I fended off the temptation to add a Kanayama strop recently as well, my 3 Tony Miller's are leather enough but the urge is still there to explore the craftsmanship of a Japanese strop.

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 05-09-2014, 09:12 AM
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Wow, Yohann! I guess I need to try that good-looking razor! Nice and elegant colour! Biggrin

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 05-09-2014, 09:45 AM
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I've just been wet shaving since last fall. Two things that I'm really glad I bought are:

Omega Mighty Midget Wide Waist (40033)
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Gem Micromatic Flying Wing
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That little boar brush is a lather machine! And the Gem? Let's just say the only reason I still have a DE razor is to remind myself why I'm a Gem SE man.

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 05-09-2014, 11:03 AM
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  • Johnny
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For me it would be two W.S.O. soaps, Bill the Barber and White Lightning, two Edwin Jagger Chatsworth Synthetic Brushes, Fine American Blend After Shave, and a Bolin Webb Razor.

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 05-09-2014, 02:18 PM
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Tiki Land Locked Tallow
Dapper Dragon Signature and Blood Orange
W.S.O. Bill the Barber and GIT
Wiborg 2 Band

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 05-09-2014, 02:24 PM
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Yohann we all have those items, and YMMV is still in effect as always.

For me recently it's been the Simpsons CH2 in synthetic. It probably won't work for you, but it does for me. I almost didn't buy it, but it could very easily be my one and only brush if I didn't force myself to use the entire rotation.

(Biggrin I wonder how long me using only one brush would last!?)

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 05-09-2014, 05:27 PM
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(05-09-2014, 02:24 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: (Biggrin I wonder how long me using only one brush would last!?)

* Brian, I would give you 4 days, tops! Biggrin

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 05-09-2014, 05:41 PM
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Stirling grapefruit and bergamot lavender shave soap samples

Ikon Deluxe OC razor

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 05-09-2014, 07:21 PM
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  • grantmm
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:drool:

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 05-09-2014, 07:43 PM
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I have a few instruments that I'm still tampering with, but I always go back to the Muhle R89 and the Muhle M89 badger brush. The brush is wonderful, just the right amount of scritch, and the R89 is mild and forgiving, but yet delivers a close shave for everyday use.




Rocco

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 05-09-2014, 08:26 PM
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  • evnpar
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Probably the best shaving item that I've ever bought is my Cobra. I've never had such smooth, close, irritation free shaves from any other razor. I'm just hoping that someday I'll feel the same way about straights.

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 05-09-2014, 09:39 PM
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(05-09-2014, 05:27 PM)celestino Wrote:
(05-09-2014, 02:24 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: (Biggrin I wonder how long me using only one brush would last!?)

* Brian, I would give you 4 days, tops! Biggrin

Dang! Am I that predictable!? I bet your guesstimate would be very close though. I'd need to go through the SOTD and find out how many days I used the production CH2 Syn' when I first got it. I bet you aren't far off.

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 05-10-2014, 07:32 AM
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(05-09-2014, 09:39 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Dang! Am I that predictable!? I bet your guesstimate would be very close though. I'd need to go through the SOTD and find out how many days I used the production CH2 Syn' when I first got it. I bet you aren't far off.

Biggrin

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 05-10-2014, 04:03 PM
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(05-09-2014, 08:57 AM)minimalist Wrote: ... Heljestrand MK31's in Genuine Tortoise appears to have ended my search for razors. Can't see me topping those. ...

Do you mind sharing pictures of this razor? I've never seen genuine tortoise anything, i've always been curious as to how it looks.

I'm still searching for my "sweet spot" with regards to my den; so far, I know for sure that I will have a gillette tech in my den. I have one which is a 4 piece; the handle breaks into two and it's the perfect length and weight. I love it so much.

The british OC's in my den continue to give me issues with my shaves; they give me great shaves but aren't very kind to my skin.

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 05-10-2014, 08:51 PM
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I guess it would have to be my Weber PH. Has put everything else on the bench for awhile.

Bob

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 06-04-2014, 01:23 PM
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I recently picked up Strop shoppe alpine frost and some Shave den blue juniper aftershave on the BST. Feels like I am on vacation in the mountains when I use them together. Absolutely awesome!

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 06-09-2014, 07:49 PM
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  • MaxP
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Hmmm. I'll have to think on this matter. As many fine shaving goods as grace my cabinet and drawers, there isn't one that screams "must have."

Weber PH is pretty satisfying as is a Duke 3 two band brush. AoS sandalwood soap brings a smile to my face. But, "must have", I don't think of one.

Maybe, I need a new brush, eh?Wink

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 06-09-2014, 07:59 PM
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Update...I bought the Kanayama..... enjoyed the 26mm Thater but sold it to fund another 26mm Thater Two Band.... Bought and SOLD 3 Western Style Japanese Straights and one Swede since I first posted.... Down to the Twin MK31's and a simple Western Japanese. Much happier without the extras I added....once subtracted, I could once again enjoy the focus on my few things. Here is a photo of the Hawksbill scaled Heljestrand for the Gent who asked....[Image: MhVTI49.jpg]

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 06-10-2014, 02:55 AM
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My shaving purchases have been very limited recently, but I am very happy that I purchased a Semogue BC Mistura. That little mixed knot brush is a fantastic performer.

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