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Another exquisite shave, with notes on brush break-in

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Today I soaked the knot of this brush, a step I normally omit when the brush is badger. However, given that this brush is still learning the ropes, it seemed a good thing to try. I also selected Otoko Organics, which is unlike other soaps, thinking that it might help the break-in along by presenting a different detergent profile.

And of course I began with Grooming Dept pre-shave. I think that the rubbing with wet fingers in the second half of the application contributes to its efficacy. Specifically:

  1. Wet stubble.
  2. Rub a pea-sized amount of pre-shave into the stubble, all over, massaging it well into skin and stubble for 30 seconds.
  3. Wet fingers and continue to massage your face. I did a second wetting of my fingers this morning, followed by more massaging for a total of 30 more seconds.

I then rinsed my hand, loaded the brush, and began the shave. The pre-shave’s glide seemed more pronounced this morning, but that’s probably a combination of things — the application technique, the Otoko lather, and the excellent MJ90-A, which truly is an excellent razor.

I noted the glide was particularly pronounced, and also that the brush performed better — either the break-in is progressing, or Otoko works especially well with the brush, or both.

Three passes left my face perfectly smooth — the exceptional smoothness that is such a pleasure — and a good splash of June Clover finished the job.

Written by Leisureguy

30 March 2021 at 8:25 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I soak my badger brush for 60 seconds or so. Doesn’t seem to have hurt it and it’s fully ‘blossomed’

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    Larry

    30 March 2021 at 11:16 am

  2. I don’t think soaking a badger brush would hurt, I just found that for me it didn’t seem to make any difference — but perhaps I was testing with brushes that had already been broken in.

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    LeisureGuy

    30 March 2021 at 11:29 am


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