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Wee Scot, D.R. Harris Lavender shave stick, Fatip Testina Gentile, Barrister & Mann Fougère Classique

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Despite yesterday’s tiny-brush setback (having to reload the Omega Baby Boar for the third pass), I picked another tiny brush, the Wee Scot, and again used a shave stick, this time D.R. Harris Lavender. I had absolutely no problem in getting three passes from the Wee Scot without reloading. In fact, after three passes, the brush had plenty of lather remaining, so I relathered, rinsed, relathered, rinsed, and continued that for a total of 8 passes (the first 3 being the shave, the next 5 being the experiment). I still had lather in the brush and probably could have continued (perhaps by squeezing the knot), but I figured that very few do a shave of 8 passes. I should mention also that it was very good lather: D.R. Harris makes excellent shaving soaps, whether puck or stick.

Why the difference in performance of the two brushes? My theory is that the Wee Scot uses extremely fine bristles, and thus the total wettable surface area is relatively large, whereas the fewer and coarser bristles of the Omega Baby Board have a much smaller wettable surface and thus less lather capacity.

At any rate, the lathering went fine, and with the Fatip Testina Gentile, the shave itself was also fine: very easy, very comfortable, and very smooth in the result.

A splash of Fougère Classique, and the day is belatedly launched. (I got a late start because I was watching the hearing in which James Comey gave his testimony.)

Written by LeisureGuy

8 June 2017 at 11:27 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I continue to be amazed at the performance of my Wee Scott. In fact it seems to perform better than my Colonel which I have used for a number of years which reminds me of a question I was going to ask. Does a brush loose effectiveness after a few years of regular use?

    Mike

    8 June 2017 at 12:19 pm

  2. I have found that, in general, brushes perform well indefinitely, but they may benefit with cleaning, particularly if the water is hard. See this guide. A good cleaning may restore brush performance.

    LeisureGuy

    8 June 2017 at 8:13 pm


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