30 Day Rule/Focus; March 2023. All are Welcome!

Discussion in 'Shave School' started by Trigger, Feb 28, 2023.

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  1. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Great shave with that beautiful razor Danny. Thanks for the shout out. Have a super day.
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  2. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Thanks for the affirmation John. In my case, I have about 13 pucks of soaps, excluding samples and tunes of creams so that I really don't need to buy soaps for years to come. Shaving is supposed to be enjoyable so I don't worry how much soap I use.
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  3. palmolive fox

    palmolive fox The British Birdman

    Thank you Joe. Have a great day.
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  4. JACarbone

    JACarbone Well-Known Member


    Shavette Shave # 195
    Rating: 3 / 5
    Razor: Parker SRX
Blade: Gillette Silver Blue
Brush: Big Cyprass 24mm Silver Tip

    Leo Frilot ECWS 2018 Ghost Trails (Bullpen)

    Lather: Stirling Vanilla Sandalwood
Aftershave: B & M Sandalwood
Additional Care:
Omega Alum
Dickenson’s Original Witch Hazel
Stirling Unscented Glacial Balm

    A very disappointing lathering process this morning. I very rarely have any difficulty get a nice lather from a Stirling soap. Today was a chore.

    I opted for the badger brush to be loaded off of the puck. Following the loading the bowl lathering process ensued. I was able to get a decent amount of lather in the bowl. Unfortunately, as I applied it to my face the lather dissipated on my face and into the brush.

    I put a call in to the bullpen for one of my synthetics. Reloaded the brush off the puck, bowl lathered and applied to my face. The lather did not dissipate but I was not the usual quality I have come to expect for a Stirling soap.
    Nonetheless, the slickness of the soap was ever present. I did my usual three pass shave with very nice results. Minor feedback from the post shave alum.

    I will categorize the issue with the lathering process as an outlier for a Stirling soap.

    I hope you all had enjoyable shaves.
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  5. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Very nice shave Joe. I remember when I had similar problems with lathering with my badger brushes. To fix it, I made sure that I made a heavier brush load and just paint the lather until I felt comfortable using circular motions to work up the lather. Pushing the brush too hard on the face at the start of face lathering made the soap move deeper into the bristles. I am surprised that the Stirling Soap performed less than usual while using a synthetic brush. I don't have a solution as to why that happened.
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  6. Herm2502

    Herm2502 off to elf practice

    I've had the same problem with badgers. They love water. I'm finding I prefer synthetics. (Uh oh... Did I really say that?)
  7. JACarbone

    JACarbone Well-Known Member

    Hippie! :happy097:

    Excellent shave Joe.​
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  8. JACarbone

    JACarbone Well-Known Member

    I will chalk it up as an outlier.
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  9. JACarbone

    JACarbone Well-Known Member

    Thanks Herm.
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  10. JACarbone

    JACarbone Well-Known Member

    Excellent throwback shave Danny.
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  11. JACarbone

    JACarbone Well-Known Member

    Awesome Fat 37c shave Chris.
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  12. JACarbone

    JACarbone Well-Known Member

    Thank you Joe.
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  13. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Thanks Joe. However, my Hippie days are long gone. Lol!

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  14. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    March 30 SOTA

    Good afternoon.

    Van der Hagen TTO Razor
    Wilkinson Sword DE Blade (2)
    Rockwell Synthetic Brush
    Stirling Triumph SS
    Fine Accoutrements Platinum AS
    Stirling Alum Block
    Beard Growth: 25 hrs


    I decided to use my VdH razor this afternoon. It's a mild razor that suits me fine while my nick heals from a previous shave. I have to say that I an enjoying these Wilkinson Sword blades. They really are smooth and efficient.
    Unlike @JACarbone Joe, I didn't have a problem lathering this soap with my Rockwell Synthetic Brush. I got a rich, creamy and slick lather that did not dissipate on my brush or face.
    Two passes gave me a BBS shave. Did get a tiny weep on my upper lip, but the alum made it disappear. The alum feedback was slight. Splashed on the Fine Accoutrements Platinum aftershave to finish this "Stirling" and "Fine" shave. Take care.
  15. Hembree

    Hembree Not as pretty smelling

    Tatara Masamune open comb head.
    Signature shaving SSC59 stainless steel handle (bead blasted).
    Astra SP blade.
    Razorock 400 Plissoft synthetic brush.
    Mitchell’s Wool Fat soap.
    Timeless Razor shave bowl.
    Royal Copenhagen cologne.

    Awesome Fat Friday shave. The Fat will reward you if you load heavy and beat the brakes off of it....nice Cool Whip consistency.

    Happy Friday everyone!
  16. JACarbone

    JACarbone Well-Known Member

    No outlier for you. Excellent shave Joe.
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  17. JACarbone

    JACarbone Well-Known Member

    Excellent Fst Friday shave Danny.
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  18. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Fatabulous Friday Shave Danny! Have a fantastic day!
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  19. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Thanks Joe.
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  20. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    Looks to me you just said that. Course others may have different opinions.
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