02-01-2018, 11:56 AM
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(01-31-2018, 07:56 PM)chazt Wrote: Interesting that brushes haven’t yet been cited as part of the equation.
I was saying that to myself this morning. Good catch, Charlie Smile

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 02-08-2018, 09:14 AM
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(01-31-2018, 04:46 AM)Johnny Wrote: An extremely hot shower, a shot of rye, and listen to a little Leon Redbone.  That usually does it for me.

All good repies, but this is the one I’m most interested to try. Smile

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 02-09-2018, 06:00 AM
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After a rough shave (or a couple) I go to my “rescue” setting:

Blackbird SB with a fresh Gillette Nacet
Nuavia Rosa
Paladin Falstaff
ABC aftershave balm

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 02-10-2018, 06:03 AM
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One thing that seems to work for me really well is to substantially change what I'm using - particularly the razor - to something I haven't used in a long time. I find that I have to pay extra attention to what I'm doing, so my technique is much better.

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 02-11-2018, 04:01 PM
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(01-31-2018, 04:46 AM)Johnny Wrote: An extremely hot shower, a shot of rye, and listen to a little Leon Redbone.  That usually does it for me.

Good advice, bad shave or good shave.

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 02-11-2018, 06:46 PM
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I’ve reduced my gear down to what works well every time. Every once and a while, I’ll pull a bum blade - but you can usually tell on the first pass and rescue the shave. Still, what leads me to a rough shave: too much pressure, soap that just isn’t protective enough, shaving too often, or rushing while loading/making lather.

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 02-12-2018, 12:52 AM
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I get back to the basics: angle, pressure and beard reduction.  I also find that if you frequently experient with different gear, getting back to what you know works for you can be good.

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 02-12-2018, 07:34 PM
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 02-19-2018, 03:02 PM
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Try Using a good slick pre-shave, I use Cremo shave cream(lots of fragrance choices these days) which is outstanding and only a little must be used. Then any kind of soap or cream of your choice lathered on top. Cremo provides the slickness missing in most creams and soaps. This after face washing and a hot towel of course. Then use an outstanding mild mannered razor(like a Gillette Tech or a Feather AS-D2) and a new not so sharp blade. Then proceed with a lit touch and a little care. One or two passes only, with a little touch up on your trouble spots. Draw no blood and you will be on your way!! Using this method you will eventually develop the technique necessary for avoiding bad shaves altogether!

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 02-20-2018, 12:04 PM
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(01-31-2018, 04:30 AM)BrickHud Wrote: I always assume pilot error.  So I try to get more conscious of what I'm doing and stop doing what I'm doing wrong.  Usually it's from being nonchalant about some aspect of the lather or shaving technique.  One of the reasons I got into traditional wet shaving was for the way in which if forces me to focus on the here-and-now of what I'm doing.  When I start getting mindless and casual, beating up a quick lather and whizzing through a shave, something can go wrong.  It's just a matter of figuring out what, slowing down, and refocusing.

+1.  On another forum we like to say "technique trumps tools", and advocate if you are having trouble or in a funk, go back to the basics.  Use the same razor, same soap, same brush & same blade for 30 days and focus on the problem.  From newbies to old pros I've never seen this not work for figuring out and/or solving a problem.

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 02-21-2018, 01:19 PM
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ha ha. this is great.

if I have that many bad shaves in a row I freak out and change everything. I sell everything that doesn’t work and start over.

it’s a bit overkill but brutally keeps my gear down to what works extremely well.

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 02-21-2018, 03:49 PM
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Easy. I grab the Stirling  soap, they never fail me. My life is simple, simple life, simple problems.

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