10-04-2015, 02:51 PM
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I think among wet shaving enthusiasts, I must be a minimalist. I have one razor, a 1951 Gillette Aristocrat and one brush, a Kent BK2. Well, actually I also have two Omega boar hair brushes, but I almost never use them. The only soaps and creams I have tried are Proraso and, recently, TOBS. I use only Wilkinson Sword blades. I bowl lather, and would like to get a scuttle. Am I unusual?

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 10-04-2015, 02:58 PM
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I don't think you are that unusual as there are a few folks who are minimalist due to a few different variables.
If it weren't for my photos, I, most likely, would also be a minimalist, but I sure am enjoying not being one and having such a fortunate collection of brushes and a few razors. Shy
As long as you are enjoying your shaves with whatever you are using is the most important thing.

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 10-04-2015, 03:10 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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I would say, no and yes. It used to be the norm to have one razor/brush/soap....etc. 
for many the rotation came about because of years of hating shaving with a cart and cans goo or electric razor. After being exposed to a DE or straight and soaps or creams it makes a man realize that his daily shave can be enjoyable and want to see if he can find an even better set up. I think that most of us have after a time found that there are items that see a lot more use than others. 
Now on a forum like this yes it's less common to see a one set up guy, but hey I think that it's great that you have the one set up that works for you! I personally want to have a set up I love rather than a large rotation of stuff that's just okay. I'm close.

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 10-04-2015, 03:25 PM
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I believe I've now gone minimalist. I make it a point to fill all the shelves in my den and no where else. 
Biggrin

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 10-04-2015, 03:26 PM
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(10-04-2015, 03:25 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote: I believe I've now gone minimalist. I make it a point to fill all the shelves in my den and no where else. 
Biggrin

Freddie forgot to say they are HUGE! Biggrin

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 10-04-2015, 03:46 PM
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(10-04-2015, 03:26 PM)hrfdez Wrote:
(10-04-2015, 03:25 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote: I believe I've now gone minimalist. I make it a point to fill all the shelves in my den and no where else. 
Biggrin

Freddie forgot to say they are HUGE! Biggrin

But of course they are. Where else will I find something to match my..... Ego. 
Biggrin

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 10-04-2015, 03:54 PM
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Ouch!

I guess it was a bad joke, my bad.....

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 10-04-2015, 04:05 PM
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(10-04-2015, 03:54 PM)hrfdez Wrote: Ouch!

I guess it was a bad joke, my bad.....

Not at all. Sorry if I made it seem as such. Thought I made a funny. Biggest problem with the Internet is that with no emojis or lol's you just don't know someone's tone. Smile

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 10-04-2015, 04:11 PM
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I think you are missing out on some great soaps and creams but nothing wrong with that if you like what you have.

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 10-04-2015, 05:43 PM
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  • BobH
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Outside of forums like this one where shaving is a hobby I think minimalism is the norm. I survived quite well for 40 or so years shaving with one brush, one razor and one soap. Enter an interest in SRs and joining a few forums and all that has changed. I am sure I could survive still nicely on one DE, one boar brush and Palmolive shave sticks. It may not be as much fun but is eminently doable.

Bob

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 10-04-2015, 07:58 PM
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(10-04-2015, 05:43 PM)BobH Wrote: Outside of forums like this one where shaving is a hobby I think minimalism is the norm. I survived quite well for 40 or so years shaving with one brush, one razor and one soap. Enter an interest in SRs and joining a few forums and all that has changed. I am sure I could survive still nicely on one DE, one boar brush and Palmolive shave sticks. It may not be as much fun but is eminently doable.
Bob

When does the sale begin, Bob! I have enjoyed your all-amber brush for some time now. Biggrin

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 10-04-2015, 08:20 PM
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I think there are several different reasons for minimalism. For me, I have limited resources / financial goals, and I would rather have a few really nice things than a lot of mediocre things. I think most enthusiasts can understand that.

Minimalism for the sake of minimalism is harder for some people to understand. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying-Up by Marie Kondo is a popular book right now that offers an interesting perspective. The main principle is that if something doesn't bring you joy, why keep it? It's not only clutter, but can detract from your experience or lifestyle. In shaving, this might take the form of using a product just because it's there. Why not use only the stuff you love? This isn't strictly a minimalism argument, but it can lead down that path.


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 10-04-2015, 11:47 PM
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I think there are many minimalists but I doubt most frequent shaving forums.

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 10-05-2015, 12:03 AM
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  • Hanzo
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(10-04-2015, 11:47 PM)DB1 Wrote: I think there are many minimalists but I doubt most frequent shaving forums.

That's the truth.

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 10-05-2015, 01:25 AM
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  • BobH
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(10-04-2015, 07:58 PM)celestino Wrote:
(10-04-2015, 05:43 PM)BobH Wrote: Outside of forums like this one where shaving is a hobby I think minimalism is the norm. I survived quite well for 40 or so years shaving with one brush, one razor and one soap. Enter an interest in SRs and joining a few forums and all that has changed. I am sure I could survive still nicely on one DE, one boar brush and Palmolive shave sticks. It may not be as much fun but is eminently doable.
Bob

When does the sale begin, Bob! I have enjoyed your all-amber brush for some time now.  Biggrin

No sales anytime soon. Having too much fun right now and enjoying the "he who dies with the most toys wins philosophy". I'll keep you in mind should that change though.  Wink 

Bob

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 10-05-2015, 06:15 AM
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Thanks, Bob! Biggrin

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 10-05-2015, 06:24 AM
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  • kwsher
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I would agree with those that mentioned that there are likely a lot of minimalists out there but most that come to these forums are enthusiasts who love to try the latest and greatest.

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 10-05-2015, 06:48 AM
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Nothing wrong with being a minamalist.  Ask yourself - are you happy with what you have and are happy with the shave? 

I for one have no desire to chase the latest handle or some new brush.  I have low cost razors like a Parker, DE89, and a couple Gillettes.  My most exotic brush is a horse hair that does a great job.

The great thing about this hobby or any other hobby is that you can go all in and spend as much as you want or buy one or two items and hang out in the forem to see what others are doing and to meet other like minded people.

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 10-05-2015, 08:15 AM
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I guess I'm somewhat of a minimalist. I have a few brushes, and a few razors. I have a number of soaps, but I'm married to someone in the soap business. I think it's important to maintain an open mind and at least try some new things here and there to see if you can improve your experience.

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 10-05-2015, 09:24 AM
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(10-04-2015, 05:43 PM)BobH Wrote: Outside of forums like this one where shaving is a hobby I think minimalism is the norm. I survived quite well for 40 or so years shaving with one brush, one razor and one soap. Enter an interest in SRs and joining a few forums and all that has changed. I am sure I could survive still nicely on one DE, one boar brush and Palmolive shave sticks. It may not be as much fun but is eminently doable.

Bob

Similar experience here. Less time and DE only but was a 1-1-1-1 shaver for a while. 
Now I hardly every use the razor, won't buy the soap again, don't think I will ever use the brush again other tan for soap testing, but I still enjoy the same blades.

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