06-18-2014, 12:38 AM
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  • jamesrobson5
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My apologies if this has been done before.Angel

I bought a Vie-long 12601 a little over a year ago. I tried it and did NOT like it. I gave it to a buddy and he was not a fan . The brush made its way to the back of the medicine cabinet, and sat there never seeing the light of day. A few months pass and I start to check out a few forums and do a little readingDoubt. So I do a few more test lathers and it starts to improveShocked. A few more and its better stillHmm. After a while this brush broke in to the point that it makes it into regular rotationClap.

I am curious of what you have tried and hatedFiredevil but gave it a second chance and it became something that you loveLove ( or at least made it to a regular in your den)?

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 06-18-2014, 01:32 AM
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Tabac soap ! merkur progress !
i did not like both of them at first but i pushed myself to try more and slowly they grew on me and i like them now. they are in my regular rotation these days.

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 06-18-2014, 05:56 AM
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Feather blades. When I returned to using DE razors, I looked like I was in the short end if a knife fight after shaving with a Feather. Now that I have more experience, they work for me.....not necessarily in the rotation but I give on a go every now and then.

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 06-18-2014, 07:37 AM
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Nothing yet, for me. Everything I disliked, I haven't kept around and I have given many razors a second and even a third chance! Biggrin

Congratulations on bringing the brush back to life! Biggrin

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 06-18-2014, 09:57 AM
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My very first badger brush which is a tiny EJ in best. The knot is about 18mm and the handle is tiny. It's got zero backbone and is scritchy. When I first got it the thing wouldn't stop shedding but after a shampoo and comb through it seems to have stopped it. Hated it in the beginning but now it's the one I reach for when I'm in a rush as the flow through on this thing is phenomenal.

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 06-18-2014, 03:08 PM
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PIFd it to a friend who ended up getting a new razor and gave it back. Now it's my daily driver. Might just sell my Futur, the razor that prevented RAD. Now I want to revisit the Merkurs I PIFd.

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 06-18-2014, 04:48 PM
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Williams soap. I kept at it and got it figured out. Great for head shaves!

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 06-19-2014, 07:46 PM
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Arko. That stuff smelled horrible at first, but turned out to be pretty good after it aired out.

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 06-19-2014, 08:15 PM
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(06-19-2014, 07:46 PM)MegaBullfrog Wrote: Arko. That stuff smelled horrible at first, but turned out to be pretty good after it aired out.

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 06-20-2014, 06:06 AM
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  • evnpar
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  • Portland, Oregon
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Simpson P8. It was my first best badger knot, and it felt far too scritchy compared to my HMW knots. I couldn't understand what others saw in it, and nearly sold it. However, it just needed to be broken in, and is now one of my favorite brushes.

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 06-21-2014, 12:32 PM
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  • cmh8890
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  • Atlanta, GA
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Tabac - I used it regularly in spite of the scent, now really like it.

Semogue 1438 boar brush - shelved it due to not breaking in, then started working it again and it's starting to pay dividends.

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 06-22-2014, 12:31 PM
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My Schick Krona was another one too. I didn't know any better and used a Derby blade in it. Got one of the worst shaves ever. A few months later, I put a Feather blade in it and got a phenomenal shave with it. It's become my favorite razor as long as I pair it with renowned sharp blades.

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 06-22-2014, 01:42 PM
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My Schick golden 500, had a terrible first shave with it. Stored it for a year and when I tried again it was amazing.

Same thing for gem razors.

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 06-24-2014, 11:26 PM
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(06-18-2014, 05:56 AM)LookingGlass Wrote: Feather blades. When I returned to using DE razors, I looked like I was in the short end if a knife fight after shaving with a Feather. Now that I have more experience, they work for me.....not necessarily in the rotation but I give on a go every now and then.

Me too ! And alcohol aftershaves in general, I hated the "slap" effect on the face, and now I love it ! (ok, I'm not saying I like getting slapped, here, just... ok ?)

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 06-25-2014, 07:27 PM
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With me it's not a product I use to hate 'face lathering'. I tried it several times and just could not get the hang of it. Well every now and then I would try it again and I finally got the hang of it this week. Now I like it. I even ordered a stick of La Toja to try.

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 06-26-2014, 04:37 PM
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(06-18-2014, 05:56 AM)LookingGlass Wrote: ...And alcohol aftershaves in general, I hated the "slap" effect on the face, and now I love it ! (ok, I'm not saying I like getting slapped, here, just... ok ?)

I agree! I don't know if I didn't like it or was afraid to try it? I would also have to add menthol to that same logic. I couldn't imagine my shaves with out both now!

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 06-27-2014, 09:35 PM
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TOBS Saint Jermyn cream. It was my bogey cream, for some reason I always got a thin lather out of it. With a bit more of an understanding on lathering this cream I'm glad I didn't trade or PIF it.

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 06-30-2014, 05:21 AM
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Proraso, there, I said it. The scent and I just did not get along at first, but I made myself use it during a hot summer, and developed an appreciation for it.

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