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Brush problem

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Generally I can work with any brush I’m given, but today I had a problem with an Omega Silvertip. I used a shaving stick (of course—it’s Monday), and the Omega I selected seemed too large and too soft (not dense enough) to lather satisfactorily on my face. It also seemed a little waterproof, so time for a cleaning (see the video at I’ll clean it and try again when I’m using soap in a tub or a shaving cream.

It was enough of a problem that I rinsed my face (and the brush), used a different shaving stick (the D.R. Harris Almond), and picked up the Plisson HMW Size 12. That did a fine job, and I calmed down. The razor was my new old-stock Gillette NEW (discovered in an old drugstore that was being liquidated) and one of the Wilkinson blades—I think an Economie. This is the NEW with the turned-down comb and the ball-end handle.

Extremely smooth shave—lathering twice seems to have helped—with no sign of nicks or weepers. Still, I used the Thayers Medicated Superhazel—good for bites, burns, and skin irritations. It’s 20% alcohol (their other astringents are 10%), the same as their Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Aftershave. The “medicated” refers to the camphor it contains.

I just noticed that their aftershave comes in a 4 oz bottle: too big for the TSA 3-oz. limit. But the witch hazels in the Thayers sampler pack come in 2-oz. bottles, which meets the TSA limit with room to spare. (Peacefrog pointed this out on TheShaveDen.) That pack doesn’t include the aftershave, but any of them makes a good aftershave.

UPDATE: Giovanni of RazorandBrush writes:

I read your blog about the waterproof Omega brush. The problem you describe can be caused by shaving sticks in which Silicone grease is used as a slider lubricant. Nothing prevents lathering and makes badger hair waterproof faster than silicone grease. I don’t know if this is what happened in your case, but I thought I’d mention it, just in case.

That’s exactly what happened: the shave stick I used was one I made, and I lubricated the inside of the container with silicone grease, which clearly was a Truly Bad Idea. I’m going right now to revise earlier posts and include a warning.

Many thanks, Gio.

UPDATE 2: A post on SMF tells me that no lubricant is in fact needed:

You only need to start with a clean container and then fill it with the desired soap. Allow the soap to harden and you should be good to go. If you find the soap is hard to advance put the stick in the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from the freezer and allow to sit for 10 minutes at room temperature and then try to advance the soap. Once the soap moves freely you are done. Soap is poured and removed from plastic molds all the time and usually does not stick too much so the freezer part may not even be necessary but is a trick soapmakers use on stubborn batches. No oil should be necessary to get the soap to release.

Written by Leisureguy

3 September 2007 at 7:57 am

Posted in Shaving

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