07-17-2016, 07:45 PM
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Went to a friend's house and got to experience some high end shave gear. Here is a pic of the shave of my life. I didn't expect there to be such a difference with the high end gear.

Razors: Wolfman and King Cobra

Brushes: Morris and Forndran, Simpson Chubby 2, and Rudy Vey with a shavemac knot.
Soap: Mickey Lee Panty Dropper
After Shave: Wm. Neumann & Co. Absolute Zero


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http://m.imgur.com/a/SjQCl

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 07-17-2016, 08:36 PM
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  • pbrmhl
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I have a Wolfman, Chubby 2 and Wm Neumann Absolute Zero. I believe Absolute Zero and Wolfman (the open comb with the blade gap increased to .74mm) to be two of my best products. I'm more of a synthetic brush fan, so I don't use my Simpson brush very often. Hope you enjoyed your experience, and that you still enjoy the remnants of Absolute Zero!

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 07-17-2016, 09:07 PM
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And you skipped the SV 70th in the background Wink

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 07-17-2016, 09:20 PM
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(07-17-2016, 09:07 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: And you skipped the SV 70th in the background Wink

Amen! Very highly praised vegan soap from Italy.

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 07-18-2016, 02:21 AM
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(07-17-2016, 09:07 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: And you skipped the SV 70th in the background Wink

I've only been wet shaving for 5 months, didn't really know much about this stuff until he was telling me about it after. At least I know what to opt to use in the future.

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 07-18-2016, 02:47 AM
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Mathguy - good for you.  It must have been a treat.

Of course over time technique trumps everything.  Luxury products are nice, but don't make the shave, but simply add to it.

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 07-18-2016, 03:30 AM
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  • beamon
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(07-17-2016, 07:45 PM)Mathguy Wrote: Went to a friend's house and got to experience some high end shave gear. Here is a pic of the shave of my life. I didn't expect there to be such a difference with the high end gear.
You must have felt like a kid in a candy store.
(07-18-2016, 02:47 AM)redrako Wrote: Of course over time technique trumps everything.  Luxury products are nice, but don't make the shave, but simply add to it.
+1  I'm about convinced that I can get a BBS or near BBS shave with virtually any razor & gear if I'm willing to invest the time to work out the technique for a given razor. Some razors just talk nicer to you than others and don't require you to 'sweat the technique' as much. They're the ones that become our favorites. Everything about wet shaving is governed by YMMV.

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 07-18-2016, 05:18 AM
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The YMMV is always true, for me it was a great treat. I will definitely keep working on my technique.

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 07-18-2016, 05:43 AM
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The SV 70th is pretty incredible stuff as a combo. I never used the soap with different post shave. The Wm. Neuman products are also great. The after shave specifically. Next time try the Wolfman for the whole shave with the SV 70th

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 07-18-2016, 05:44 AM
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(07-18-2016, 03:30 AM)beamon Wrote:
(07-17-2016, 07:45 PM)Mathguy Wrote: Went to a friend's house and got to experience some high end shave gear. Here is a pic of the shave of my life. I didn't expect there to be such a difference with the high end gear.
You must have felt like a kid in a candy store.

(07-18-2016, 02:47 AM)redrako Wrote: Of course over time technique trumps everything.  Luxury products are nice, but don't make the shave, but simply add to it.
+1  I'm about convinced that I can get a BBS or near BBS shave with virtually any razor & gear if I'm willing to invest the time to work out the technique for a given razor. Some razors just talk nicer to you than others and don't require you to 'sweat the technique' as much. They're the ones that become our favorites. Everything about wet shaving is governed by YMMV.
Well said Roger, I couldn't agree more.

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 07-18-2016, 06:05 AM
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  • BobH
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(07-18-2016, 05:44 AM)redrako Wrote:
(07-18-2016, 03:30 AM)beamon Wrote:
(07-17-2016, 07:45 PM)Mathguy Wrote: Went to a friend's house and got to experience some high end shave gear. Here is a pic of the shave of my life. I didn't expect there to be such a difference with the high end gear.
You must have felt like a kid in a candy store.


(07-18-2016, 02:47 AM)redrako Wrote: Of course over time technique trumps everything.  Luxury products are nice, but don't make the shave, but simply add to it.
+1  I'm about convinced that I can get a BBS or near BBS shave with virtually any razor & gear if I'm willing to invest the time to work out the technique for a given razor. Some razors just talk nicer to you than others and don't require you to 'sweat the technique' as much. They're the ones that become our favorites. Everything about wet shaving is governed by YMMV.
Well said Roger, I couldn't agree more.

+1  I am also convinced it is down to getting your technique right for the most part. If you can't get it done with ARKO, a decent razor and a boar brush splashing out on expensive gear will not likely improve your shave by a huge amount. Once you have your technique sorted out the more expensive gear will contribute to your overall shave experience.

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 07-18-2016, 02:44 PM
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Nice bro!

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 07-19-2016, 02:39 PM
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(07-18-2016, 02:47 AM)redrako Wrote: Mathguy - good for you.  It must have been a treat.

Of course over time technique trumps everything.  Luxury products are nice, but don't make the shave, but simply add to it.

Ain't that the truth

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 07-19-2016, 02:40 PM
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There goes your wallet!

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 07-20-2016, 09:35 PM
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MLS PD! I love that soap

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 07-20-2016, 09:41 PM
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(07-20-2016, 09:35 PM)llee89x Wrote: MLS PD! I love that soap

I really should try that one, one of these days.

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 07-21-2016, 05:50 AM
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(07-18-2016, 06:05 AM)BobH Wrote:
(07-18-2016, 05:44 AM)redrako Wrote:
(07-18-2016, 03:30 AM)beamon Wrote: You must have felt like a kid in a candy store.


+1  I'm about convinced that I can get a BBS or near BBS shave with virtually any razor & gear if I'm willing to invest the time to work out the technique for a given razor. Some razors just talk nicer to you than others and don't require you to 'sweat the technique' as much. They're the ones that become our favorites. Everything about wet shaving is governed by YMMV.
Well said Roger, I couldn't agree more.

+1  I am also convinced it is down to getting your technique right for the most part. If you can't get it done with ARKO, a decent razor and a boar brush splashing out on expensive gear will not likely improve your shave by a huge amount. Once you have your technique sorted out the more expensive gear will contribute to your overall shave experience.

Agree. Great technique is what allows you to fully appreciate great gear.

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 07-21-2016, 07:19 PM
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  • TONE_Shaves
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Glad you had an awesome shave!

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 07-21-2016, 11:19 PM
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I have a Chubby in Manchurian and a M & F Paladin.  I can get just as good a lather with my $12 Semogue brush.  It just is not as pleasing from a sensory point of view.

High end shaving wquipment is like high end stereo equipment.  Small increments in quality cost large increments in money.  Only worth it if you enjoy it and the money doesn't matter

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 07-22-2016, 04:44 PM
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Hmmn... I don't know if it's exactly small increments in quality per-se. It's better defined as user experienced value. 

Shaver 1 may be looking for a brush that loads fairly well & creates a good lather. They might value that experience between $1 and $30.

Shaver 2 May be looking for the same baseline as shaver 1, but also: extremely soft tips, exceptional flow through, striking 2-band coloring, highly desired handle, a certain creator or vintage, etc. This user may value the experience of such a brush well north of $200.

In this very common example:
  Neither individual is wrong as long as they get a brush they love. 
  Different people value different things, and that's ok. 
  "Quality" may be a true/false option for one individual, while it's a range for another person.
  Some individuals have low thresholds for value once basic needs are met (E.G., as long as it makes lather, I'll pay up to $30). 
  Some individuals place value on aesthetics, brand cachet, and rarity. 
  Gross generalizations are rarely useful outside of individuals (E.G., "my $15 synthetic is as good as a chubby 3 Manchurian")

*High-end stereo equipment is similar, except that we can actually measure the quality differences (and some are quite large). However, while some individuals will pay no more than a few hundred dollars to hear sounds emanate from a box - others will pay thousands for the opportunity to hear every nuance reproduced as if you present at the recording. It's not whether there is a difference in quality (or how large it is), but rather - whether you value the difference and how much you're willing to pay for that experience. 

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