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Shave 2 with Fatip Grande

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SOTD 15 May 2014


Extremely nice shave today. I Coloniali is a wonderful shaving cream IMO, and the R&B brush did a fine job once more.

I like the Fatip Grande. It feels good in the hand and it is MUCH more comfortable the Mühle R41 or the Joris open combs: not harsh at all, and a shallow cutting angle works well.

A good splash of Fine l’Orange Noir, and the day gets off to a late start.

Written by Leisureguy

15 May 2014 at 10:58 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Can you elaborate a bit on what you like so much about that R&B brush? Does the knot feel significantly different than other Omega brushes or is it the handle that you like? I don’t know much about boar brushes and thought that basically one Omega brush was the same as any other except for the handle and maybe hair length. It seems like you’ve said in the past that the bristle quality of this one is superior to others.



    16 May 2014 at 6:58 am

  2. The knot is remarkably soft and comfortable. I think this is the boar brush to get if you are getting only one boar brush—not because it is typical, which it is not, but because it feels so good on your face.

    I have quite a few Omega boar brushes, and they do have different feels. Those with a dyed stripe feel somewhat different from the undyed knots, and I prefer the latter. And loft and knot size also affect the feel, just as with badger brushes.

    Yes, this brush is unusually good, and I do recommend it. I’m sorry that wasn’t clear. But I did think I had emphasized that. On 12 May I wrote:

    The Omega R&B Commemorative brush is just wonderful now. You face a bakelite-slant-like situation: when this run is gone, it will probably be gone for good, so I suggest you get one if the $29 price is acceptable. Especially get it if you’ve not tried a boar brush: you don’t know what you’re missing. Give it a week to break in—or make a series of practice lathers.

    On 3 May I wrote:

    My R&B Omega boar brush now seems fully broken in, and it’s a wonderful brush. We probably shall not see its like again for a long time, so if you like boar brushes—or would like to try a great one—I recommend that you get one while they are still available. $29 is a low price for a brush of this quality. I suspect much of the great feel of the brush is due to using unclipped bristles. Note that it will take a couple of weeks to hit its stride: mine, when new, had some lathercidal tendencies, but those now are completely absent.

    On 29 April I wrote:

    The brush continues to be extraordinarily soft and pleasant on the face, presumably from the use of untrimmed bristles.

    And I’m sure when I first got the brush I noticed its unusually pleasant feel.



    16 May 2014 at 8:15 am

  3. Thanks! You definitely had emphasized that and it was clear that you think this brush is top tier. I am relatively ignorant about boar brushes and couldn’t find any information about whether Omega used different bristles for their different brushes. I “thought” one Omega was much like another and I hoped that I could get a similar feel with a different handle (Omega 49) but that doesn’t seem to be the case.



    16 May 2014 at 8:27 am

  4. I think the difference here (besides the handle) is that the bristles are unclippped, which gives them quite a different feel. Wet the knot well under the hot-water tap before you shower and brush will be ready to go when the shower’s over.



    16 May 2014 at 9:04 am

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