11-20-2015, 08:15 PM
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Just joined - been lurking for awhile, learning a lot.  Just got into wet shaving a couple of weeks ago and am very glad I did.  Best shaves I've ever had.  Looking forward to learning more.

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 11-20-2015, 08:20 PM
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Welcome to the forum!  What setup are using?

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 11-20-2015, 08:20 PM
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Welcome to TSN! What hardware and software are you using?

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 11-20-2015, 08:33 PM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Welcome to TSN

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 11-20-2015, 08:43 PM
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Welcome! Hello

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 11-20-2015, 08:47 PM
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  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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Welcome to the Nook! Jump on in, the water's fine.

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 11-20-2015, 08:50 PM
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Thanks all - I bought a Merkur Progress and love it.  Nice shaving stand, Escali brush, Proraso cream, L'Occitane CADE balm, and Shave Secret pre-oil.  Got an initial starter kit from TAS - it was good, but the oil I found a little sticky... otherwise it was fine, but I wanted to try some other things.

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 11-20-2015, 08:52 PM
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  • bullgoose
  • The Enabler
  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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Sounds like a nice set up. The Progress is a great choice for a razor.

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 11-20-2015, 08:53 PM
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  • eengler
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Enjoy the Forum!

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 11-20-2015, 08:59 PM
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(11-20-2015, 08:52 PM)bullgoose Wrote: Sounds like a nice set up. The Progress is a great choice for a razor.

Thanks - yeah I really like it.  Took a couple days to get the hang of it, but I've never enjoyed such great shaves - nor did I ever think I'd actually look forward to shaving in the morning.

Just ordered a scuttle (skuttle?) and am looking forward to using it.  G12?

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 11-20-2015, 09:03 PM
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  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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The joys of warm lather on winter mornings...wise choice!

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 11-20-2015, 09:04 PM
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(11-20-2015, 08:52 PM)bullgoose Wrote: Sounds like a nice set up. The Progress is a great choice for a razor.

Thx, I think so too.  Took a lot of time investigating the different razors and just kept coming back to the Progress.  Good weight, balanced, easy to clean (like the two channels), and adjustable.  I wanted to start there.

May tinker with blades.  I'd ordered (I thought) 10 Merkur blades ($10) and instead received 10 packages of 10!  Guess I'm set for awhile with blades - must've been a special or something.  Might try the Feather blades down the road...

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 11-20-2015, 09:06 PM
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(11-20-2015, 08:50 PM)Niemander Wrote: Thanks all - I bought a Merkur Progress and love it.  Nice shaving stand, Escali brush, Proraso cream, L'Occitane CADE balm, and Shave Secret pre-oil.  Got an initial starter kit from TAS - it was good, but the oil I found a little sticky... otherwise it was fine, but I wanted to try some other things.

Nice choices on razor and creams! I started with an Escali brush too and I'm glad I did because it has been all uphill from there.

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 11-20-2015, 09:07 PM
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(11-20-2015, 09:03 PM)bullgoose Wrote: The joys of warm lather on winter mornings...wise choice!

Smile  Seemed practical too - don't much like putting the cream into my hand and then lathering the brush that way.  Mug I have is for coffee, not lathering (too deep) - and yeah, warm lather will be really nice.  Best part of the shave is the hot washcloth at the end.  Smile

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 11-20-2015, 09:12 PM
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(11-20-2015, 09:06 PM)Hobbyist Wrote:
(11-20-2015, 08:50 PM)Niemander Wrote: Thanks all - I bought a Merkur Progress and love it.  Nice shaving stand, Escali brush, Proraso cream, L'Occitane CADE balm, and Shave Secret pre-oil.  Got an initial starter kit from TAS - it was good, but the oil I found a little sticky... otherwise it was fine, but I wanted to try some other things.

Nice choices on razor and creams! I started with an Escali brush too and I'm glad I did because it has been all uphill from there.

Cool - looked at a lot of them - some (silver tips) upwards of $200-$300!  Little out of my league, I'm afraid.  I can't believe how much it's possible to spend on shaving.  And some of the razors... saw several at $300, with a 6-month waiting period.  I'd have a Duck Dynasty beard in that much time.  Smile

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 11-20-2015, 09:13 PM
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(11-20-2015, 08:53 PM)eengler Wrote: Enjoy the Forum!

Thanks Ed.  Actually been enjoying it from afar for several weeks now.  Learned(ing) a lot.

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 11-20-2015, 09:40 PM
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(11-20-2015, 09:12 PM)Niemander Wrote:
(11-20-2015, 09:06 PM)Hobbyist Wrote:
(11-20-2015, 08:50 PM)Niemander Wrote: Thanks all - I bought a Merkur Progress and love it.  Nice shaving stand, Escali brush, Proraso cream, L'Occitane CADE balm, and Shave Secret pre-oil.  Got an initial starter kit from TAS - it was good, but the oil I found a little sticky... otherwise it was fine, but I wanted to try some other things.

Nice choices on razor and creams! I started with an Escali brush too and I'm glad I did because it has been all uphill from there.

Cool - looked at a lot of them - some (silver tips) upwards of $200-$300!  Little out of my league, I'm afraid.  I can't believe how much it's possible to spend on shaving.  And some of the razors... saw several at $300, with a 6-month waiting period.  I'd have a Duck Dynasty beard in that much time.  Smile

It can definitely get expensive, not just brushes and razors either, but software too. You will be fine with that brush too, I just meant it was all uphill because it is a pure badger and smaller knot, so one day if or when you decide to try a best, finest, or silvertip badger perhaps, and a larger knot, you will definitely notice the difference. I bowl lathered only with my Escali, and then switched to face lathering when I upgraded later. Now I do a combination of palm lathering and face lathering.

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 11-20-2015, 09:49 PM
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Welcome to TSN!

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 11-20-2015, 10:26 PM
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(11-20-2015, 09:40 PM)Hobbyist Wrote:
(11-20-2015, 09:12 PM)Niemander Wrote:
(11-20-2015, 09:06 PM)Hobbyist Wrote: Nice choices on razor and creams! I started with an Escali brush too and I'm glad I did because it has been all uphill from there.

Cool - looked at a lot of them - some (silver tips) upwards of $200-$300!  Little out of my league, I'm afraid.  I can't believe how much it's possible to spend on shaving.  And some of the razors... saw several at $300, with a 6-month waiting period.  I'd have a Duck Dynasty beard in that much time.  Smile

It can definitely get expensive, not just brushes and razors either, but software too. You will be fine with that brush too, I just meant it was all uphill because it is a pure badger and smaller knot, so one day if or when you decide to try a best, finest, or silvertip badger perhaps, and a larger knot, you will definitely notice the difference. I bowl lathered only with my Escali, and then switched to face lathering when I upgraded later. Now I do a combination of palm lathering and face lathering.

Thanks - definitely like the Escali too - and until I learn more about all the in's-n-out's of why this feature and why that, I'll probably just stick with what I've got for awhile (too dumb right now to know/appreciate the differences, I'm sure).

Now, I've not heard that term "knot" before - what's that?

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 11-20-2015, 10:33 PM
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(11-20-2015, 10:26 PM)Niemander Wrote:
(11-20-2015, 09:40 PM)Hobbyist Wrote:
(11-20-2015, 09:12 PM)Niemander Wrote: Cool - looked at a lot of them - some (silver tips) upwards of $200-$300!  Little out of my league, I'm afraid.  I can't believe how much it's possible to spend on shaving.  And some of the razors... saw several at $300, with a 6-month waiting period.  I'd have a Duck Dynasty beard in that much time.  Smile

It can definitely get expensive, not just brushes and razors either, but software too. You will be fine with that brush too, I just meant it was all uphill because it is a pure badger and smaller knot, so one day if or when you decide to try a best, finest, or silvertip badger perhaps, and a larger knot, you will definitely notice the difference. I bowl lathered only with my Escali, and then switched to face lathering when I upgraded later. Now I do a combination of palm lathering and face lathering.

Thanks - definitely like the Escali too - and until I learn more about all the in's-n-out's of why this feature and why that, I'll probably just stick with what I've got for awhile (too dumb right now to know/appreciate the differences, I'm sure).

Now, I've not heard that term "knot" before - what's that?

That is very wise of you. Knot is hair in total, which is called a knot when glued together, and knot diameter is the measurement taken at the base of the knot where it comes out of the brush, or more accurately I believe the base of the knot before it is placed in a brush. I'm not expert on brushes so someone else can correct me if it's base of knot out of handle or in handle but I measure mine at the base installed obviously since I don't have knots outside of handles. The escali worked well for me but I wanted to learn how to face lather and it was too floppy to do so for me. You will get used to the brush and determine what characteristics you feel it does well or lacks. You may find you want a shorter loft (height of hair/knot from where it exits the handle to the top), or a larger knot diameter, or softer tips, or more backbone, etc.

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