06-01-2012, 08:31 PM
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Could someone please explain to me what a shaving stick is? I've never heard of them until today.

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 06-01-2012, 08:37 PM
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Soap in the form of a stick or cylinder. Wet face, wet end of stick, rub all over face to coat with soap then use damp brush on face to make lather.

PM me you address and I will send you a stick of Arko for you to mess around with.

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 06-01-2012, 08:42 PM
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(06-01-2012, 08:37 PM)SteelTown Wrote: Soap in the form of a stick or cylinder. Wet face, wet end of stick, rub all over face to coat with soap then use damp brush on face to make lather.

PM me you address and I will send you a stick of Arko for you to mess around with.

Thank you Dan. PM sent. This product sounds like something that would be handy to have on a trip. I'd just have to carry it, my brush, and my razor.

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 06-01-2012, 08:55 PM
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UD, well, yes they are, but so too are creams that don't even require a brush.

FWIW, I've taken all of my sticks and milled them into bowls for brush loading. It isn't that I didn't like sticks, I just find them more convenient in a bowl. I'll save my creams for travel, or bring a brush and a bowl of soap.

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 06-01-2012, 08:59 PM
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(06-01-2012, 08:55 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: UD, well, yes they are, but so too are creams that don't even require a brush.

FWIW, I've taken all of my sticks and milled them into bowls for brush loading. It isn't that I didn't like sticks, I just find them more convenient in a bowl. I'll save my creams for travel, or bring a brush and a bowl of soap.

Yeah I have also noticed lately the brushless cremes. You know, I must have been completely unobservant when I was young. I don't remember any of these products. One used either the soap made for the shaving mug or just plain bar soap. After the shave you used Old Spice or Mennen or Brut. You could also get the canned soaps like Barbasol. I've been going through the inventories of some of the online shops and I'm amazed at the stuff I see that I never knew existed. Huh

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 06-01-2012, 10:08 PM
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You can't beat a stick like tabac/Irish moos or one of the dr Harris stiicks for travel, IMO

Tallowy goodness in a super container, ymmv

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 06-01-2012, 10:13 PM
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(06-01-2012, 10:08 PM)mhdena Wrote: You can't beat a stick like tabac/Irish moos or one of the dr Harris stiicks for travel, IMO

Tallowy goodness in a super container, ymmv

I'm anxious to try one. It will be brand new to me. Biggrin

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 06-02-2012, 11:50 AM
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(06-01-2012, 08:59 PM)uncledave Wrote: Yeah I have also noticed lately the brushless cremes. You know, I must have been completely unobservant when I was young. I don't remember any of these products.
I remember my stepdad using Noxema brushless as far back as the early 60's. I don't know what he would have done had he not passed away a few years before it was discontinued.

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 06-02-2012, 12:43 PM
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UD, I don't mean brushless creams, though I know there are truly brushless products. I mean Bigelow and KMF being 2 that I know of. The directions suggest hand lathering, that is, using the fingertips to lather the product. They work fine that way, great slickness, but one gives up any hope of cushion. A little goes a very long way using these creams this way.

Of course the option is there to lather with a brush and I like them better that way.

Let us know how you like the ARKO. Just bear in mind ARKO is a water hog. It'll take plenty.

Do you know how to use it as a stick?

I moisten my face and use my beard as a rasp for the stick. The little that comes off and goes onto the face and whiskers is plenty. Then just face lather. It'll blow you away, how good the idea of a stick works.

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 06-02-2012, 01:25 PM
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The best brushless shave cream I've tried is Nancy Boy. They have Replenishing, that reminds me of TOBS Avocado, but the main scent is supposed to be cucumber. Very refreshing. They also have the Signature.

I find this to be the only truly cushioning brushless out there. I lathered it a bit the first time I used it, not realizing it was brushless. It makes for a very comforting shave with very pleasant scent.

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 06-02-2012, 01:31 PM
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[quote='SteelTown' pid='42133' dateline='1338611822']
Soap in the form of a stick or cylinder. Wet face, wet end of stick, rub all over face to coat with soap then use damp brush on face to make lather.

+1

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 06-02-2012, 01:39 PM
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(06-01-2012, 08:55 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: UD, well, yes they are, but so too are creams that don't even require a brush.

Creams need to be packaged with your toothpaste and other 'liquids/gels' though. Soap sticks don't. Also soap sticks are cool. Cool

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 06-02-2012, 03:45 PM
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Thanks guys, I'll let you know how it works out for me.

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 06-02-2012, 05:15 PM
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I am pretty sure that Isaac Hayes was inspired to write the song "Shaft" after he used a Shave Stick!

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 06-02-2012, 05:52 PM
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(06-02-2012, 05:15 PM)mctmatt Wrote: I am pretty sure that Isaac Hayes was inspired to write the song "Shaft" after he used a Shave Stick!

That Arko is one bad mother-

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 06-03-2012, 07:58 AM
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Teiste has made a good video on how to use a shaving stick that you might want to check out!



MrGuy also has a nice shaving stick video.


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 06-03-2012, 12:44 PM
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I don't know if you guys are aware of this or not, but you can use a puck of soap such as Tabac, MWF, DVH, Harris, etc. like a stick. Just, uh, rub the puck on your face.Biggrin

(06-02-2012, 05:52 PM)Songwind Wrote:
(06-02-2012, 05:15 PM)mctmatt Wrote: I am pretty sure that Isaac Hayes was inspired to write the song "Shaft" after he used a Shave Stick!

That Arko is one bad mother-

I'm waiting to see what Mike's sticks are like. I don't like sticks that are too small in diameter like Palmolive. Feels like I'm rubbing a pencil on my face. Arko is a good size. I think Mike said his sticks are going to be 1.5" wide. Sounds about right.

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 06-03-2012, 01:00 PM
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(06-02-2012, 05:52 PM)Songwind Wrote:
(06-02-2012, 05:15 PM)mctmatt Wrote: I am pretty sure that Isaac Hayes was inspired to write the song "Shaft" after he used a Shave Stick!

That Arko is one bad mother-

Shut your Mouth!!

I like every shave stick I've tried. Arko, Valobra, Irisch Moos (RIP), La Toja, but my two favorites are Speick and Palmolive.

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 06-03-2012, 01:15 PM
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CM, Sticks can be shredded and turned into pucks if you don't like them the way they are.

I do that as a matter of course with all sticks anymore. There was a time when I used them as sticks, I just find them more convenient now as pucks pressed into a container.

Yeah, I know they're not sticks anymore used that way.

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 06-03-2012, 01:17 PM
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(06-03-2012, 01:15 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: CM, Sticks can be shredded and turned into pucks if you don't like them the way they are.

I do that as a matter of course with all sticks anymore. There was a time when I used them as sticks, I just find them more convenient now as pucks pressed into a container.

Yeah, I know they're not sticks anymore used that way.

Yep. Some time ago I grated my Palmolive stick into a glass bowl and then grated my Spieck on top of that. So, when my Spieck runs out, I'll hit the Palmolive below it.Tongue

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