05-10-2016, 05:59 PM
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  • Viking
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  • Ames, Iowa
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I have always been a guy who liked to make my own stuff whenever possible, and trying to make a shaving brush was what got me into wet shaving many years ago. I've been through many razors, tons of blades, lots of AS, soaps, bowls/scuttles but not brushes.

I succeeded in making my own brush (the Tupliwood one on the right), and have used that for nearly 8 years without a ton of additional thought into upgrading to a nicer brush. I thought, "Heck, how much nicer can it get than one I made myself?" When I made it, I gave little thought to loft and just tossed the knot in there, it's a 22mm knot, and honestly I've never measured the loft on it. This brush (and the Chinese one next to it) are really floppy, have little backbone, and can make lather OK, but I had no idea what I was missing.
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Turns out the answer to the above question is, "A LOT nicer."

After joining the Nook, I decided to give Boar hair a shot and ordered a Semogue 620, which I wasn't sure I'd like. The density of the knot and the feel of the boar was strange at first, but I've grown to really enjoy it and it makes some incredible lather. It has softened up a decent amount in the 3-4 times I've used it, but look forward to what it will deliver after a dozen or more uses.
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I decided to ask for a Simpsons Brush (The Duke 2 in Best) for my birthday to step up a notch. The density of the knot floored me. It wasn't as soft as the badger ones I'd been using, but I was OK with that. Incredible step up and I love the lather this thing makes. Face lathering was something I had little comprehension of before this brush, but I've become a big fan in my short time with it.
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Finally, I picked up a Shavemac 2-band from a member here. I am absolutely in love with this brush. Incredible feel all around and I love how robust the knot is (27x48).
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As you all well know, brushes make a huge difference and my lather and shaving experience has been definitely heightened by investing in some proper brushes! Looking forward to slipping even further down the brush slope in coming months...  Badger

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 05-10-2016, 06:24 PM
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Keep up the good work!

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 05-10-2016, 06:27 PM
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That Shavemac looks incredible!

Knots like that will spoil your face.

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 05-10-2016, 06:38 PM
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  • refles
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Wonderful to hear about your path of discovery, enjoy the ride that's to come!

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 05-10-2016, 07:10 PM
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Congratulations on, possibly, the best aspect of traditional wet shaving, but one of the most expensive. Biggrin

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 05-10-2016, 08:12 PM
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  • Viking
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  • Ames, Iowa
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(05-10-2016, 07:10 PM)celestino Wrote: Congratulations on, possibly, the best aspect of traditional wet shaving, but one of the most expensive. Biggrin

Thank you, and yes, I am quickly finding that to be the case! That may be what turned me toward other areas of acquisition in the past.  Smile

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 05-10-2016, 08:21 PM
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  • chazt
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(05-10-2016, 07:10 PM)celestino Wrote: Congratulations on, possibly, the best aspect of traditional wet shaving, but one of the most expensive. Biggrin

Tell me about it  Undecided

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 05-11-2016, 03:22 AM
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(05-10-2016, 07:10 PM)celestino Wrote: Congratulations on, possibly, the best aspect of traditional wet shaving, but one of the most expensive. Biggrin

If you make good decisions it doesn't have to be. If you buy into emotional appeal, romanticized nostalgia, and peer pressure, you're only taking yourself for a ride.

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 05-11-2016, 03:45 AM
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(05-11-2016, 03:22 AM)NSmalls Wrote:
(05-10-2016, 07:10 PM)celestino Wrote: Congratulations on, possibly, the best aspect of traditional wet shaving, but one of the most expensive. Biggrin

If you make good decisions it doesn't have to be. If you buy into emotional appeal, romanticized nostalgia, and peer pressure, you're only taking yourself for a ride.
You mean if you buy into fun. That Shavemac looks lovely, congrats on improving your shaves!

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 05-11-2016, 03:46 AM
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Nah I don't mean that at all. I mean if you buy into allowing yourself to be ripped off.



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 05-11-2016, 04:24 AM
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(05-11-2016, 03:46 AM)NSmalls Wrote: Nah I don't mean that at all. I mean if you buy into allowing yourself to be ripped off.


Your semantically incorrect. It is way to vague to critique and relate aspects of a community review into one person's personal opinion. Everyone will consider a product differently, irrespective of another's review, similarities may be drawn but opinion is not dictated. Unless you are inferring that everyone will be fooled by over zealous reviews. In which case your wrong again.

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 05-11-2016, 04:45 AM
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Lol I really don't care bruh I barely even understood what you just wrote.

What I am referring to is:

When a buyer wishes to purchase something that is unique and not owned by many others, some of which refer to is "limited edition," they are willing to pay extra for it, and deservedly so. When someone labels something as limited edition, and prices it accordingly, and 20+ other people own it, their claim is now fraudulent, hence my reference to the buyer being "ripped off."

Now if my clear and independent thinking continues to bother you perhaps you can do some self reflection. I don't allow people that are good at photoshop to dictate my behavior and purchasing decisions. I do what I truly want to do. Thanks for your questions homie.



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 05-11-2016, 04:59 AM
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Nice post, Viking. That Shavemac knot looks awesome!

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 05-11-2016, 05:19 AM
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(05-11-2016, 04:45 AM)NSmalls Wrote: Lol I really don't care bruh I barely even understood what you just wrote.

What I am referring to is:

When a buyer wishes to purchase something that is unique and not owned by many others, some of which refer to is "limited edition," they are willing to pay extra for it, and deservedly so. When someone labels something as limited edition, and prices it accordingly, and 20+ other people own it, their claim is now fraudulent, hence my reference to the buyer being "ripped off."

Now if my clear and independent thinking continues to bother you perhaps you can do some self reflection. I don't allow people that are good at photoshop to dictate my behavior and purchasing decisions. I do what I truly want to do. Thanks for your questions homie.


Nope I'm good, the fact that you don't understand what my post details tells me enough. Good luck and shave on Smile

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 05-11-2016, 05:20 AM
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It's not that I can't understand it, it's just that it's not worth my time.



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 05-11-2016, 05:21 AM
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(05-11-2016, 05:20 AM)NSmalls Wrote: It's not that I can't understand it, it's just that it's not worth my time.


Ditto

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 05-11-2016, 05:22 AM
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Great brushes Viking. Did you buy the shavemac from Jesse? If so I ordered it from Bernd the end of last year and it's a great brush that I regret selling


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 05-11-2016, 05:32 AM
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It's nice to see your progression Viking.  And your Shavemac is a great brush.

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 05-11-2016, 05:40 AM
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That is a great progression! Have fun with it, for me brushes are the most fun, and a very addicting part of this hobby.

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 05-11-2016, 05:45 AM
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(05-11-2016, 05:22 AM)essrbc11 Wrote: Great brushes Viking. Did you buy the shavemac from Jesse? If so I ordered it from Bernd the end of last year and it's a great brush that I regret selling


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That's the one! It was hard to package up and let go of for me too! But I'm very glad Andrew is enjoying it and glad I could help in his brush progression

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