Welcome to February Favorites for 2019!! In the past we've usually tagged February for Fatboy shaves, but now that we've got Fatboy Friday going it's time to change things up. So what is February Favorites you ask? Simple. Pick out a favorite razor or razors, soap or soaps, brush or brushes.....you get the idea, and use those this month just to enjoy a month of great shaves with some favorite gear. Or, if you're trying to find a favorite, this is the month to do some comparison shaves and figure out which really is your favorite. Of course you are free to totally ignore the theme and find your own theme for the month. Want to do Fatboy February? Go for it! Especially if it’s a favorite. And, naturally, Rules and other Focuses are perfectly fine and expected. It's kind of what we do. One quick programming note as we roll into February. We just set another record for number of posts last month. That’s three consecutive months we’ve broken the record. This place is very busy and that’s perfectly ok. I understand it’s sometimes hard to keep up with everything but we do know life gets busy with other things too. If you fall behind just catch up as you can. If you have to, just jump back in where you are. That’s fine too. Will we set another record this month? Can’t say other than doing it in 28 days instead of 30 or 31 would really be a feat! Ok. Moving on. Let’s get back to business and wind up for the “real start” of the month. Welcome back or welcome for the first time!! Wondering what the heck a 30 Day Rule or Focus is? Well, let’s let the one, the only, the legendary and mystical @Bama Samurai remind us. Please rise and remove your hats and hold your favorite razor aloft in tribute. We’ll pause for a moment of revered silence. The 30 Day Rule (designed to build solid technique or learn new technique) 1 brush, 1 soap, 1 brand of blades, 1 razor, 30 Days. The rule is really that simple. It seems boring, but this is probably the most straightforward way to learn for a brand new shaver. This is the exercise that really allowed me to clearly see the interplay between the four elements. It is highly recommended for newly converted shavers and more experienced shavers who have a problem that defies resolution. This exercise eliminates variables and will likely solve any problem you may have, with a strict scientific approach.Any thing that strays from these simple guidelines is not a rule, but rather a focus (not that there's anything wrong with that!) The 30 Day Focus (more flexible, for exploring and comparing) This is a less rigorous exercise, designed for exploration and comparison of gear and technique. This is the most common exercise on the thread. Generally the elements are rotated one by one to allow clear observation. Examples of focus areas include brush types, blades, soaps, razor variants, or technique foci as a standalone. These are the suggested guidelines, and serve as a starting point for the discussion each month. Any thematic elements are up to each individual. We believe that if you've ever sought a great shave, you have something to offer. And if you're searching for great shaves, we will definitely try to help. If you are new to TSD, I believe you've landed in a great place. Everyone here participating would love to answer your questions and help you get the most from your shaving. We are very glad you're here! So, if you're new, stop in for a Valentine cookie and meet the crew. Rules are the same people. 1. New Members always welcome. Start anytime. 2. Old Members always welcome. Ok, ok…you’re not old. You’re experienced. 3. Respect everyone 4. Follow the rules of the forum 5. All razor types and styles welcome 6. There is no such thing as a stupid question, or a question that has been asked too many times. If you need to know something just ask! 7. Given the current state of the cold war between the Cartel and the Cookie Rebellion we are still offering donuts as our second option for daily goodies. We’re negotiating for cake – but until the Rebellion loosens up the Ice Cream supply that will be difficult. Negotiations continue. 8. If you are completely at a loss to understand the Cartel, Rebellion, etc ……know that these all fall under the category of “shenanigans”. It’s just another thing we do. Let's have some great shaves people! Welcome to February Favorites!!! Group hug people!