A Favorite Shaving Brush

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  1. teeuu

    teeuu Silver Member

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    Yes, and the old Ever Ready (was it one word or two?) were good, too. Badger is too soft for me. I have a couple of Omega boar brushes now and they're fine.
     
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  3. Dave514

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    I didn't miss any of the threads. I don't know any of those people.

    Everybody I know pushes a button on a can. Shaving cream comes out.
     
  4. teeuu

    teeuu Silver Member

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    I've been shaving with a mug & brush for more than half a century. "Button on a can", you say? Never got the hang of those newfangled whatchathingers.
     
  5. porschedog

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    I was given a brush and soap kit for Christmas and started using it in mid-January. I am amazed at how much it improves my shave. I also tried using Cremo with the brush, it was a mess.
     
  6. Jonesee

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    I use a shave brush, shave cream (The Body Shop maca root and aloe) and a modern four blade razor. The best of all worlds.

    I also have a second brush that hasn't been opened. I bought a new brush and my wife gave me a brush so I use the one she gave me and set the other back.

    I first started shaving with a brush and soap in my 20s, I'm almost 59 now.
    If you are using shaving cream out of a can, you don't know what you are missing.

    (and I have a beard, but a well trimmed beard)
     
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  7. Brisman33

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    I prefer a boar brush when using shaving soap as it's stiffer than badger and works better in scrubbing up a lather from a hard cake. Badger is better with the softer creams.

    Genuine boar brushes can leave your face smelling like pig if the bristles aren't cleaned correctly when new, try soaking in white vinegar to get rid of any smell.
     
  8. nam02G

    nam02G First throwing ax bullseye.

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    100+ years ago, during WWI, they were having a wee problem with guys getting anthrax from poorly cleaned horse hair brushes. That's what lead to finding other fibers to use. Now it's hard, but not impossible, to find a horse hair shaving brush.
     
  9. 'Ol Grandad

    'Ol Grandad Director of civil unrest

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    I use these since I can't find Burma shave brushes anymore. I can still find them at Rite Aide and elsewhere.
    [​IMG]
     
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  10. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Synthetic bristles are scratchy.

    Sent from my Jack boot using Copatalk
     
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    I've been shaving with a cup and brush for about 57 years, since Dad taught me to shave. Foam out of a can doesn't compare to even cheap cup soap and using a brush gets the stuff into your whiskers for the best shave. Like Jonesee, I use a modern razor (often a 3 blade disposable) rather than taking chunks out of my face with a DE when I'm in a hurry, and being able to press a little to deform skin makes for a closer shave than you can get being careful doing it old school.

    ETA: I also wore a trimmed beard for 26 years but shaved part of my cheeks and my throat.
     
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  12. Russ in PA

    Russ in PA

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    I agree 100%. I used to hate (I mean HATE) to shave. Maybe 15 years ago I went the wet-shave route & now shaving is a ritual I almost enjoy.
     
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  13. OV1kenobi

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    My grandson is thirteen years old. He wants me to teach him how to shave in a more traditional manner.

    If he wants to go “full-throttle” by using a straight razor and whip up some beautiful lather with a good brush and nice soap, that is up to him.

    He may opt for the latest wonder razor and canned cream.

    That will be his choice.

    Still, he wants to experience a more “traditional” shave at least once.
     
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    A suggestion on how to use Cremo:

    1. Wet your beard/whiskers prior to shaving.

    2. Apply a dollop of Cremo to your wet fingertips and emulsify by rubbing your fingertips together.

    3. Work the Cremo into your wet whiskers with your fingertips.

    4. Using the brush of your choice (preferably pre-soaked in warm water) work up a lather. You might need to dip the tips of the bristles in water now and then.

    5. Shave

    By some trial and error, you will discover what works best for you.

    I have found that applying emulsified Cremo (or any other tube cream) directly onto wet whiskers, rather than onto the brush has always worked better for me.

    YMMV.

    BTW, you will discover that Cremo is a very slick soap. You probably won’t even need a brush. Just dip your fingers into some warm water now and then and remoisten your whiskers.

    I just tried this experiment with an old tube (8-10 years old) of Jordanian Erasmic Shave Cream.

    Still good, and a fine shave.

    I don’t know if you can get this soap anymore. If not, a pity.
     
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  15. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    I use my hand. About a dime's worth of soap, lather, shave.
     
  16. nam02G

    nam02G First throwing ax bullseye.

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    Once upon a time I tried shaving cream from a can. No matter what I did it clogged up my razor. And at the time I used a single blade GEM razor. There is all kinds of room for stuff to get rinsed out of them. Went back to using the brush and I've never had that problem again.
     
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    I Edwin Jagger from England boar brush been using last 8 to 10 years still going strong
     
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    I've been using Cremo out of the tube. A dollop into the hand and warm wet whiskers run it in and go after it with my Merkur Futur and Feather blades. It works great but always looking to do better...