07-28-2015, 05:41 AM
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Yes, this is another Fat thread. I just have to get this off of my chest.

When I returned to wet shaving 18 months ago, one of my first purchases was a puck of Mitchell's Wool Fat. I immediately fell into the faction that complained of lathering issues; lanolin reactions; etc. That was then and this is now:

Today I had the most magnificent shave with the Fat. What a lather! What slickness! What cushion! AND What a post-shave feel!


Therefore, I humbly retract every negative thing that I ever had to say about the Fat. Today is a new day and I am converted, permanently.


To all of those who have avoided the Fat, for whatever reason, this soap is a must for every den. 

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 07-28-2015, 05:46 AM
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That is truly excellent news, Primo. Smile

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 07-28-2015, 05:51 AM
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(07-28-2015, 05:46 AM)Optometrist Wrote: That is truly excellent news, Primo. Smile
I shake my head wondering how I could not lather this stuff back in the day. It's a snap. One thing that I would recommend and that I think helps load is to grate/press the puck into your bowl. The increase of soap surface area is helpful.

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 07-28-2015, 05:53 AM
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It was just a matter of time.  I had not lost faith in you Primo.

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 07-28-2015, 05:53 AM
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Congrats Primo- I have always loved the Fat and actually never had lather issues luckily.

It is one of my few select soaps for which I always have a back up puck and will never be without as long as available.

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 07-28-2015, 05:55 AM
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That's good to hear Primo. I myself used the Fat this morning and had a wonderful shave.

What though did you do differently that you haven't done in the preceding 18 months?

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 07-28-2015, 05:56 AM
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(07-28-2015, 05:51 AM)primotenore Wrote:
(07-28-2015, 05:46 AM)Optometrist Wrote: That is truly excellent news, Primo. Smile
I shake my head wondering how I could not lather this stuff back in the day. It's a snap. One thing that I would recommend and that I think helps load is to grate/press the puck into your bowl. The increase of soap surface area is helpful.

I've never tried that, Primo. What I always do, though, is thoroughly soak a new puck overnight before use the following morning. Also, I fully soak the puck for 5 mins before each subsequent use.

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 07-28-2015, 05:57 AM
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(07-28-2015, 05:53 AM)Johnny Wrote: It was just a matter of time.  I had not lost faith in you Primo.

Thanks for not giving up on me Johnny.  Biggrin 
BTW, I hope you are healing quickly.

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 07-28-2015, 06:05 AM
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Do I see 30 days with MWF in your future?

The only reason being, sometimes one shave can be magical after a layoff.

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 07-28-2015, 06:06 AM
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(07-28-2015, 05:55 AM)Thug Wrote: That's good to hear Primo. I myself used the Fat this morning and had a wonderful shave.

What though did you do differently that you haven't done in the preceding 18 months?

Good question. First, it wasn't an 18 month trial and error thing with the Fat. After my initial failures, I sold off my supply, only to repurchase a year later. (That seems to be a typical wet-shaver scenario)
Clearly at first I under-loaded; added too much water, was impatient and didn't "work" the lather. *
*Side note: my success lathering Mystic Water really aided in my ability to lather the Fat.
Soaking my puck while showering is sufficient to hydrate the puck. The sticky lather that remains on the puck after loading is applied to my face too; very helpful. Aggressive, oval swirling, alternating with slapping, paintbrush-strokes, is the key. 
I feel like I have matriculated from the school of shave soap lathering. (Summa cum Laude  Wink )

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 07-28-2015, 06:08 AM
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(07-28-2015, 06:05 AM)Bruce Wrote: Do I see 30 days with MWF in your future?  

The only reason being, sometimes one shave can be magical after a layoff.
Hmmmnnn... Hmm Maybe.

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 07-28-2015, 06:23 AM
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Congrats on your success with MWF. When I first tried MWF I did not load it long enough and had too much water also. Now I just load it like I am mad at it.

I can see where grating a hard puck of soap could be helpful although I don't really know why that is the case. It really helped with modern Williams to do so. A friend also sent me a shave stick made up of grated MWF which worked extremely well.

Bob

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 07-28-2015, 06:41 AM
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(07-28-2015, 05:41 AM)primotenore Wrote: To all of those who have avoided the Fat, for whatever reason, this soap is a must for every den.

I'm sure it's great but it just needs to remove the unnecessary evil (lanolin) before I can use it.

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 07-28-2015, 06:44 AM
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One of the best soaps. It has a really nice scent too.

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 07-28-2015, 06:52 AM
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(07-28-2015, 06:06 AM)primotenore Wrote: Good question. First, it wasn't an 18 month trial and error thing with the Fat. After my initial failures, I sold off my supply, only to repurchase a year later. (That seems to be a typical wet-shaver scenario)
Clearly at first I under-loaded; added too much water, was impatient and didn't "work" the lather. *
*Side note: my success lathering Mystic Water really aided in my ability to lather the Fat.
Soaking my puck while showering is sufficient to hydrate the puck. The sticky lather that remains on the puck after loading is applied to my face too; very helpful. Aggressive, oval swirling, alternating with slapping, paintbrush-strokes, is the key. 
I feel like I have matriculated from the school of shave soap lathering. (Summa cum Laude  Wink )

That's wonderful news. 

I tend to think that we under estimate the part the quality of water has on lathering a soap.

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 07-28-2015, 07:00 AM
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(07-28-2015, 06:52 AM)Thug Wrote:
(07-28-2015, 06:06 AM)primotenore Wrote: Good question. First, it wasn't an 18 month trial and error thing with the Fat. After my initial failures, I sold off my supply, only to repurchase a year later. (That seems to be a typical wet-shaver scenario)
Clearly at first I under-loaded; added too much water, was impatient and didn't "work" the lather. *
*Side note: my success lathering Mystic Water really aided in my ability to lather the Fat.
Soaking my puck while showering is sufficient to hydrate the puck. The sticky lather that remains on the puck after loading is applied to my face too; very helpful. Aggressive, oval swirling, alternating with slapping, paintbrush-strokes, is the key. 
I feel like I have matriculated from the school of shave soap lathering. (Summa cum Laude  Wink )

That's wonderful news. 

I tend to think that we under estimate the part the quality of water has on lathering a soap.
Agreed but I feel that the single biggest culprit in poor lather, regardless of soap, is failure to load enough product to start.

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 07-28-2015, 07:07 AM
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(07-28-2015, 06:41 AM)Nero Wrote:
(07-28-2015, 05:41 AM)primotenore Wrote: To all of those who have avoided the Fat, for whatever reason, this soap is a must for every den.

I'm sure it's great but it just needs to remove the unnecessary evil (lanolin) before I can use it.
It's too bad that your skin does not tolerate lanolin. It's not uncommon. 

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 07-28-2015, 07:15 AM
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(07-28-2015, 07:00 AM)kwsher Wrote: Agreed but I feel that the single biggest culprit in poor lather, regardless of soap, is failure to load enough product to start.

Check my title. If people loaded more product, it would cut down on 80% of the "how do I lather" threads.

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 07-28-2015, 07:27 AM
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(07-28-2015, 07:15 AM)Bruce Wrote:
(07-28-2015, 07:00 AM)kwsher Wrote: Agreed but I feel that the single biggest culprit in poor lather, regardless of soap, is failure to load enough product to start.

Check my title.  If people loaded more product, it would cut down on 80% of the  "how do I lather" threads.

Truer words likely not often spoken... I completely agree.

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 07-28-2015, 07:30 AM
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In my experience, if anyone has problems lathering the fat, then they should immediately buy a EJ synthetic badger and the fat will start acting like MdC or something similar that almost immediately bursts into lathers! Although I didn't have problems lathering the fat, but the way the synthetic has its way with the fat is almost magical. I only use the synthetic with the fat now.

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