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Ultra-smooth with Creed Green Irish Tweed and the iKon stainless slant

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The shave began with Grooming Dept Moisturizing Pre-Shave, and then Creed’s quite good (although overpriced in terms of quality per dollar as compared with some of the premium artisan soaps) Green Irish Tweed shaving soap. The lather from this soap is excellent. This brush has two interchangeable knots: the black and white Target Shot synthetic and this silvertip badger. I’ve used the badger infrequently because (a) I like the synthetic, and (b) the few times I’ve used the badger knot it did not seem to accept lather so readily.

This morning it occurred to me that the brush may simply require some more break-in. New boar brushes will actively kill lather until they are used enough that whatever kills the lather leaves the bristles. Badger brushes are not so reluctant to lather, and in my experience after I’ve used them once or twice they perform as well as they ever will. However, this may be an undertreated exception. I’m going to try using it daily for a while and see whether the performance improves. It’s not a bad knot, it just has an odd hesitancy in its relationship with lather, as if it were not yet ready to fully embrace lather and lathering.

iKon’s stainless slant, here with a DLC coating on the head, is right now my favorite slant. Once I moved the handle farther from my face and lightened up on the pressure, it’s performed flawlessly, and the smoothness of my skin following this shave is remarkable.

A small splash of Creed Green Irish Tweed EDT as an aftershave, and the week begins, a week that will take us into April. Spring is definitely here.

Written by Leisureguy

29 March 2021 at 9:51 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Michael, I have found that my badger brushes require several shaves before they reach the optimum performance. The hairs are often coated with animal fat or other grease which takes a few shaves to wash off, and even the best knots–such as those by Lee Sabini–have some kind of chemical which I can feel at the tips until several shaves have washed it out. Some manufacturers clean their knots thoroughly.
    The worst examples seem to be Simpson brushes. At the very least, a dirty brown liquid comes out when washing them the first time or two, and one memorable Simpson brush, which turned out to be a great performer, smelled like it was dropped into a sewer. It took some time before it smelled sweet when still wet after use. I found a kind of satisfaction in taking a brush from such a miserable state to one where it is sweet and clean–a peculiar aspect of our morning (or evening) pastime.

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    Peter Strand

    29 March 2021 at 10:14 pm

  2. I have to agree that badger brushes do require some break-in, but in general I have found that half a dozen shaves is plenty. I’m pretty sure that by the end of the week the performance of this one will improve.

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    LeisureGuy

    29 March 2021 at 10:16 pm


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