New to DE razors

...The Tech is a bit mild for me to be a daily driver but it's a great razor to use occasionally, that's why I was surprised you found it uncomfortable...
Many make that same statement yet I can get a BBS shave with one if I shave ATG and a DFS without it. There is a "sweet spot" for the Tech that I think some either are not finding or perhaps they are shaving on a moving train. :D ;)
 
Many make that same statement yet I can get a BBS shave with one if I shave ATG and a DFS without it. There is a "sweet spot" for the Tech that I think some either are not finding or perhaps they are shaving on a moving train. :D ;)
We each have different skin and stubble types. My skin type prefers less passes and pick ups and my grey stubble is tougher than old boots.
My favourite Gillette is an Old Type Single Ring but if I ever had to choose a daily driver it would be an SE - the Cobra springs to mind :)
 
I wouldn't advise that the point he's at, Borus, it's another variable.....If he does dial his lather in, applying it to oil will break the oil down spoiling the lather to a degree, which will cloud the lather issues.
Executive Shaving"s Pre-Shave Oil is water-based and is broken down by water and not so much by soap.I use it regularly.
Good point, not being a user of pre-shave I don't know it's short comings. I find a slick tallow soap (e.g. Stirling) or a good veggie soap (e.g. Sudsey Soapery) provide all the slickness I need.
p.s. It's Boru (the man who deposed my ancestors), not Borus :)
 
Good point, not being a user of pre-shave I don't know it's short comings. I find a slick tallow soap (e.g. Stirling) or a good veggie soap (e.g. Sudsey Soapery) provide all the slickness I need.
p.s. It's Boru (the man who deposed my ancestors), not Borus :)
A lot of the time that's true, BORU;-).....my first attempts with shave oil led to clogged brushes, poor lather, and scummy sinks.
Exec Shaving's oil doesn't do that, lovely wake-up smell as well, great to put on after shower, whilst lathering up.
BBA Shave Oil also doesn't clog and leave residue.
 
A lot of the time that's true, BORU;-).....my first attempts with shave oil led to clogged brushes, poor lather, and scummy sinks.
Exec Shaving's oil doesn't do that, lovely wake-up smell as well, great to put on after shower, whilst lathering up.
BBA Shave Oil also doesn't clog and leave residue.
Thanks for the info but I'm happy with my results and stuck in my ways :)
It may be something for the OP to consider after taking your excellent advice on learning one soap before moving on.
I actually used Palmolive Stick solely for years before using a DE and joining a forum/rabbit Warren.
 
Thanks for the info but I'm happy with my results and stuck in my ways :)
It may be something for the OP to consider after taking your excellent advice on learning one soap before moving on.
I actually used Palmolive Stick solely for years before using a DE and joining a forum/rabbit Warren.
Palmolive stick would be an excellent soap for him to use exclusively to master,before moving forward.
 
I don't see how growing a beard will help making my lather slicker. I've whipped superb lathers elsewhere, but not at home. I use the same brush, soap and loading time. The only variable is the water. Belgian water was the best so far; the slickest lather I've made. And it happened multiple times, so I don't think it was a coincidence.
Anyway, thanks for the pertinent replies!
Cheers!

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So move. When I learned that over 80% of accidents happen near home that is what I did and I have not been in a single accident since then. Location, Location, Location!
 
Yes that does appear to be the case but it would be good to see him getting to grips with the lather thing so he can start enjoying his shaves like the rest of us.
Every little helps(advice I mean).
I think @Far Cry Toff gave him the best bit of advice, no not grow a beard, stick with one soap.
Once he's mastered that, learning to lather a different soap will be easier.
 
I’ll be honest, I’ve not read all 17 pages, but what is the difference in water between your house and other locations?

I have very hard water at home. A new kettle had visible scale in 1 week, and I get a chalky sink from shaving.
I still get great lather, but obviously requires more soap and more water than somewhere else with soft water, for the same outcome.

If you use the same razor, blade type, soap, and brush as the location you’ve had great shaves in, then you should be able to dial in the lather.





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I would like to thank everybody for the good pieces of advice.
I guess I was looking for that magic recipe for slick lather. I blamed the water. It was the only variable that changed. Maybe it was just me. I don't know. I did take notes: that's how I know the water was the only thing different. Maybe my skin was slightly irritated and I thought there was no glide. I do take one soap and practice with it until I get the lather that I want. I've abandoned the Tech after just 3 shaves. Maybe it is one of those YMMV things. The same for the Astra SP blades. But who knows? Maybe the two combined will give a good result. I will try it at some point. Ever since I got the Rockwell I've been using it almost exclusively. It is very smooth for me and the weight is just right. I'll keep practicing!
Apologies for the long post.
 
So I've been "practicing" fir the last weeks, paying more attention to whatever I was doing. I think I was applying too much pressure (more than "no pressure"). It is much better now with no pressure. I've also tried the Tech with an Astra SP blade and surprisingly to me, the combo was a good one. I do not like the thin ball end handle though. The razor is smooth and mildish. I guess it just needed the right blade.

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So I am stuck in the UK because of the weather. Most hotel are fully booked. I ended up in a hotel outside Norwich. It is an old building from the 17th century. How do you guys manage with the two taps? One has ice cold water and the other scorching hot. I know ... fill the basin. It was a challenge to brush my teeth - I should have used a glass I guess. But why is the mirror on the other wall and not behind the basin?

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So I am stuck in the UK because of the weather. Most hotel are fully booked. I ended up in a hotel outside Norwich. It is an old building from the 17th century. How do you guys manage with the two taps? One has ice cold water and the other scorching hot. I know ... fill the basin. It was a challenge to brush my teeth - I should have used a glass I guess. But why is the mirror on the other wall and not behind the basin?

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The taps, I can understand they must be odd if you are used to a mixer tap but the mirror is on the other wall so it doesn't get steamed up from the hot tap! ;) P.
 
So I am stuck in the UK because of the weather. Most hotel are fully booked. I ended up in a hotel outside Norwich. It is an old building from the 17th century. How do you guys manage with the two taps? One has ice cold water and the other scorching hot. I know ... fill the basin. It was a challenge to brush my teeth - I should have used a glass I guess. But why is the mirror on the other wall and not behind the basin?

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I too can understand why you miss the mixer tap, but anything other than cold water for brushing and rinsing confuses me.
 
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