Poll: Do you soak your badger brush before using it ?
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 11-12-2016, 07:08 PM
#1
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Do you soak your badger brush before using it ?

I prefer to do it, but sometimes only just run it under the warm (not hot) tap water for 30 seconds.

I think my rougher 2-band Manchurians definitely benefits more from being soaked, than my softer Thäter Silvertip brushes does.

What's your preference ?

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 11-12-2016, 07:18 PM
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I have always soaked my brushes before using them.

Straight hot water out of the tap into a mug. Only deep enough to cover the knot and perhaps a little bit of the handle. I set it aside while I take a shower. Usually shave in the shower last. So maybe 5 minutes or more.

I probably spend more time rinsing and shaking the brush out than I do actually shaving sometimes.

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 11-12-2016, 07:40 PM
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  • evnpar
  • Emeritus
  • Portland, Oregon
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Only boar brushes require soaking. My badgers soak up more than enough water with a quick dip before going to the puck.

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 11-12-2016, 08:09 PM
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  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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No soaking for badger brushes here; I agree with Richard in that boar brushes benefit from soaking.
As for 'blooming', my view is that this concept is utter nonsense.

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 11-12-2016, 08:31 PM
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I did some light research a while back that demonstrated badgers becoming mostly saturated with water after soaking for about 2 minutes. A quick dip didn't really trap much water at all.

Now, personal preference about how much water folks want in the brush prior to loading is a different question altogether.

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 11-12-2016, 09:47 PM
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  • Shanman
  • Reserve Collection Squirrel Hair
  • NE Florida
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Was a tad paranoid the higher the brush value went as I traveled the badger highway. Didnt want to stress dry hairs/tips due to facelathering until they had a few minutes to soften and be more resilient to the onslaught. Works for me whether it is necessary or not.

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 11-12-2016, 10:34 PM
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I have read that badger brushes don't need soaking, but boars do.  Nevertheless, I prefer to soak my badger because I like warming the hairs and my scuttle prior to lathering.  I do squeeze excess water out, but I believe it is personal preference.  I like to maximize the warmth of my lather.

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 11-13-2016, 02:56 AM
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  • BobH
  • Senior Member
  • Thunder Bay Canada
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I just swirl the brush, badger, boar or synthetic, in cold sink water. Then give them a shake and proceed to load the brush before face lathering. No fuss no muss just get on with the job at hand.

Bob

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 11-13-2016, 03:07 AM
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I only soak my boar. Badger doesn't need it.

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 11-13-2016, 03:24 AM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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No, I just run it under warm water.

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 11-13-2016, 03:27 AM
#11
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Yes, always. I soak my brush while i take the shower.


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 11-13-2016, 05:25 AM
#12
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I soak in warm water while I shower.

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 11-13-2016, 06:06 AM
#13
  • eengler
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  • South Dakota, USA
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(11-13-2016, 05:25 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I soak in warm water while I shower.

Same here. I like the warmth Firedevil

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 11-13-2016, 06:23 AM
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  • refles
  • Senior Member
  • New York
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I leave mine soaked anywhere from 20-40 seconds if that's consider soaking, it's while I prepare the razor I'm going to use or selecting the soap for that day. But it's never a complete immersion of the hairs, sometimes on the bigger knots I press down to push out the air bubbles to get better saturation of the hairs during that quick soak.


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 11-13-2016, 08:59 AM
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(11-13-2016, 03:24 AM)ben74 Wrote: No, I just run it under warm water.

Signs011

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 11-13-2016, 09:53 AM
#16
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Quick dip. Cold to tepid water.

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 11-13-2016, 11:36 AM
#17
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Every time. Usually while I shower

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 11-13-2016, 12:43 PM
#18
  • nikos.a
  • Senior Member
  • Athens, Greece
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I always soak my brushes, except of the synthetics, in warm water for about 8-10 minutes.

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 11-13-2016, 12:45 PM
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  • nikos.a
  • Senior Member
  • Athens, Greece
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"It's called blooming, not soaking :-)"


I see what you did there, Claus! Eusa_whistle

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 11-13-2016, 12:47 PM
#20
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Always soak for at least 30 seconds, usually a couple of minutes in ice water (what I shave with).  Seem to speed up loading and lathering as I don't need to add as much water.

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