The 102 is still wonderful, Martin de Candre is a candidate for the one-soap man, and horsehair brushes are great
The title pretty much says it all. I continue to think that someone new to wetshaving should acquire (gradually, over time) one brush of each type—badger, boar, horse, and synthetic—so he can learn which he prefers. And it may turn out that he likes them all (as do I) and enjoys the variety: different face feels, different performance characteristics, but each good in its own way.
This Vie-Long chestnut horsehair brush (referring to color: the handle is olive wood) is a treat to use, and this morning I thoroughly enjoyed the feel and the lathering.
Martin de Candre is definitely in the running for those inclined to be a one-soap shaver—and there are many of them. Someone asked on Wicked Edge why there were not more posts by minimalist shavers, but the reason is (I think) obvious: those of a settler mindset, who find familiar things and activities to be deeply satisfying and who greatly enjoy their shaves while having one razor, one brush, one soap, and one aftershave, tend to run short of new material after a post or two, even though they do in fact get great enjoyment from every single shave.
Those with an explorer mindset—who are novelty-seeking—might not get any greater enjoyment, and maybe not even as much, but they do have more things to write about: new soaps, new brushes, new razors, and new techniques. There’s also great satisfaction in trying new things if that’s your mindset.
So we once again run into YMMV. But it’s clear why the explorers and novelty-seekers are more frequently encountered in the forums: more new material.
Martin de Candre is a great soap, and the lather I got this morning was wonderful. I did add and work in a little additional water as I face lathered: I improved the lather somewhat and also extended the (highly enjoyable) lathering.
I picked the 102 because I’ve not used it in a while, and it is still a really great razor for me. Totally comfortable, and by the end of the second pass most of my face was BBS. Final result was BBS everywhere and not a nick or even a close call: a very comfortable razor.
A splash of Speick EDT as an aftershave, and the week is launched.
What a fine shave. I truly enjoyed that.