01-06-2022, 02:06 PM
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Is do not use circular motions with the brush the most ignored advice in shaving? I think it is wise and probably extends the life of the knot but I enjoy using circular motions to build a good lather. How about you?

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 01-06-2022, 02:10 PM
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I ignore it with my boars, but mostly adhere to it with my vintage brushes. 
IMO, what's worse is loading aggressively with dryish brush. That'll rip the bristles out post-haste.

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 01-06-2022, 03:34 PM
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(01-06-2022, 02:10 PM)primotenore Wrote: I ignore it with my boars, but mostly adhere to it with my vintage brushes. 
IMO, what's worse is loading aggressively with dryish brush. That'll rip the bristles out post-haste.

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 01-06-2022, 06:36 PM
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I face lather and use paint motions exclusively, regardless of the type of brush.  To me it's a more natural motion and I find it works just as well as circular motions.

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 01-06-2022, 07:01 PM
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(01-06-2022, 06:36 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I face lather and use paint motions exclusively, regardless of the type of brush.  To me it's a more natural motion and I find it works just as well as circular motions.
I have a hard time building a good lather with painting motions. I may not be doing it correctly.

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 01-06-2022, 07:02 PM
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(01-06-2022, 02:10 PM)primotenore Wrote: I ignore it with my boars, but mostly adhere to it with my vintage brushes. 
IMO, what's worse is loading aggressively with dryish brush. That'll rip the bristles out post-haste.

Good advice!

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 01-06-2022, 08:03 PM
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(01-06-2022, 03:34 PM)Spartan76 Wrote:
(01-06-2022, 02:10 PM)primotenore Wrote: I ignore it with my boars, but mostly adhere to it with my vintage brushes. 
IMO, what's worse is loading aggressively with dryish brush. That'll rip the bristles out post-haste.

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(01-06-2022, 06:36 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I face lather and use paint motions exclusively, regardless of the type of brush.  To me it's a more natural motion and I find it works just as well as circular motions.
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 01-07-2022, 05:19 AM
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  • RyznRio
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since it is a brush, I use painterly strokes on my face after circular strokes in my bowl.

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 01-19-2022, 12:48 AM
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After owning my first expensive badger brush, I followed the instruction only by painting motion. But I end up not enjoying the lathering part more, so I just heck it and went to circular motion and end with painting stroke(rather than 100% circular).

After all, to me, it's just a brush. If it can last me a few years, I'm more than happy. 

If the brush is destroyed, I'll just get another one down the year. Since I can't really feel the difference amongst different knots (I'm as happy using a Synthetic vs a Badger). I just like to have beautiful well-made things.

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 01-19-2022, 07:13 AM
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Gentle circular motion for natural hair brushes and painting for synthetics, since the synthetic that I can use in circular motion is not born yet.
A brush would last indefinitely if one would stop using it and place it in a glass jar for show & tell only.

Now, there is a difference between gentle use of a brush and mushing it on face. Circular or not.

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 01-19-2022, 09:21 AM
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I paint and use circular motions.  Hey, I love lathering.

Haven't ruined a brush yet.

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 01-19-2022, 09:35 AM
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(01-19-2022, 09:21 AM)David Wrote: I paint and use circular motions.  Hey, I love lathering.

Haven't ruined a brush yet.

Me, too!  
When I face-lather, I use circular motions to build up the lather, then painting motions to spread it around and make a Santa Clause beard before shaving.
Doing *both* works best for me, regardless of the type of brush (Boar, Badger, Horsehair, or Synthetic).
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 01-19-2022, 06:29 PM
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I like to use both as well. I find working up the lather with circular motions is the best part of wet shaving. The nice part about synthetics is they are cheap and you don’t have as much invested in them.

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 01-21-2022, 05:41 AM
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(01-19-2022, 09:35 AM)Bax Wrote:
(01-19-2022, 09:21 AM)David Wrote: I paint and use circular motions.  Hey, I love lathering.

Haven't ruined a brush yet.

Me, too!  
When I face-lather, I use circular motions to build up the lather, then painting motions to spread it around and make a Santa Clause beard before shaving.
Doing *both* works best for me, regardless of the type of brush (Boar, Badger, Horsehair, or Synthetic).
  :-)
- Bax


My wife has probably called the brush police to arrest me for a multitude of brush crimes, including but not limited to: over spending, nefarious lathering technique and cruel and unusual punishment. So far I've avoided detainment and arrest.

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 01-21-2022, 06:25 AM
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(01-21-2022, 05:41 AM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: My wife has probably called the brush police to arrest me for a multitude of brush crimes, including but not limited to: over spending, nefarious lathering technique and cruel and unusual punishment. So far I've avoided detainment and arrest.

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