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An orange shave

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A beautiful sunning morning, Megs basking in the sunlight as she leisurely bathes herself, so I decided, in honor of el sol, to use an orange theme. I have used the Tres Claveles horsehair brush for a while, but it did a good job with Prairie Creations’ fine shaving soap: very nice lather, though thin at the end (which is probably why I don’t use the brush that much). The Progress did its usual bang-up job: three easy passes to perfect smoothness, then a splash of Royall Mandarin. And now, to complete the theme, enjoy:

Written by LeisureGuy

27 April 2011 at 8:09 am

Posted in Jazz, Shaving, Video

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  1. À propos brushes, thin lather, etc., I was sorry to read the other day that you had to demobilize your Grosvenor badger/boar brush. I suspect it gave you many years of service. Mine which is almost brand new is performing very well (three passes and a buffing).

    I notice you have quite a few Omega brushes; I only have an entry-level boar bristle Omega, and was wondering if you’d share your personal favourites among the Omega collection.

    Also, aside from the Tres Claveles brush, what is your view of and experience with horsehair brushes in general?

    BTW, my thanks are overdue for your advice on your favourite blades (apart from the Swedish Gillette). Got a blade sample from Bullgoose that I’m working my way through with very good results from the Asta, Gillette 7 O’Clock, and Treet so far. Only problem is what the Germans call Die Qual der Wahl = the anxiety produced by having so much choice!


    27 April 2011 at 1:12 pm

  2. Yeah, too much choice can be paralyzing.

    In general, I don’t much care for the horsehair brushes. They’re interesting to try, but IMHO a badger (natural or artificial) or boar brush is better.

    Omega brushes: the “artificial badger” synthetics are extremely good, and in fact I recommend one as the best beginner brush: excellent quality for $25. The Lucretia Borgia artificial badger is more expensive but quite attractive.

    The Omega Pro 48 and Pro 49 are my favorite boar brushes: quite reliable and quite good.

    The Omega silvertip badger brushes are exquisite: quite soft but not floppy, and work up a fine lather (soap or shaving cream) and hold a ton of it.

    Hope this helps. Let me know if you have questions.


    27 April 2011 at 4:02 pm

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