01-17-2020, 08:07 AM
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Since I started on the previous discussion about brush size, I figured I would also ask this esteemed group of extraordinary gentlemen another question.  

I often hear grumblings about "x" brush not holding enough lather for "x" amount of passes, and therefore the brush is somehow lesser.  Are people afraid to "go back to the well"?  

What is the seemingly general distaste of going in for some additional swirls on your soap du jour, or an additional snurdle of your cream of the moment?  Is this felt to be less of a shave?  Why?  

As a face and head shaver, just about every shave I need to reload.  3 passes on my large face, and 2 passes on my fat head can really kill a soapy party if I do not reload.  But on the off days where I don't shave my head, I still reload the brush with additional product.  I figure why not have to much, and sort it out prior to blade touching skin, rather than to little.  

Tell me, tell me, tell me please.

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 01-17-2020, 09:07 AM
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Ok, here is my 2 cents.
I normally use CRSW Glide soaps with numerous brush types (boar, badger, synthetic, boar/badger, horse) and brush sizes (Wee Scot to 30mm) and going back to the well never comes up, to the best of my recollection.

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 01-17-2020, 10:20 AM
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  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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I sometimes go back to the well as am a bowl latherer that prefers taking a lightly loaded brush working into the face for about 5 minutes seeking to avoid mess; lather misplaced to ears or falling to the sink is less than optimum to my perspective.

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 01-17-2020, 10:49 AM
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Why go back to the well when I can just spend a few bucks more and get a brush that does the job the first time? I don’t order my lunch in halves Wink

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 01-19-2020, 04:22 PM
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I don't get the hang up about going back for more soap. It is the normal thing to do in my experience. Lather up for one pass at a time and add more water or soap as needed to get it right each pass.

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 01-19-2020, 04:40 PM
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I do it fairly often.

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 01-19-2020, 04:51 PM
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I mostly use 26-28mm brushes, and don't usually have to reload.  However, I like a lot of lather and occasionally don't load enough soap for a third pass.  When that happens, I don't hesiate taking the brush back to the soap.

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 01-19-2020, 04:58 PM
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  • MaxP
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  • Des Moines, Iowa
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(01-19-2020, 04:51 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I mostly use 26-28mm brushes, and don't usually have to reload.  However, I like a lot of lather and occasionally don't load enough soap for a third pass.  When that happens, I don't hesitate taking the brush back to the soap.

This is pretty much my reply to your question.  Over time, I've curated my brush collection to those that perform in a very satisfactory manner.

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 01-19-2020, 06:13 PM
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i'll generally not have to double dip into a soap, but i don't mind doing it when i have to.  sometimes i add too much water on my face or i don't get enough  soap the first time.  however,  i wouldn't personally own a brush planning on loading two or more times a shave.

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 01-19-2020, 06:17 PM
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(01-17-2020, 10:49 AM)mike_the_kraken Wrote:  I don’t order my lunch in halves Wink

That's funny right there!  

I like to load once and not go back to the soap because I "thin" the lather between passes.  1st pass heavy. Rinse face but don't dry.  Work in 2nd pass and rinse.  By third pass my lather is thinned out, super slick, and let's me get very close.  26-28mm does the trick.

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 01-20-2020, 10:09 AM
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  • Rufus
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I use brushes with knots no bigger than 24mm, use shaving cream 95% of the time, and only lather on my face; I have no difficulty getting 3 passes with one loading of the brush.

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