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Your best/worst wetshaving purchase of 2016

Discussion in 'General Shaving' started by Darkbulb, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. Redd

    Redd A Right Member

    Agreed. Good lather - but the scents, not so good. Yeah I know, mileage varies like a Volkswagen emission claim.
  2. Well I haven't bought that much this year...however that doesn't mean I haven't acquired more than expected haha:giggle::confused:

    Best: 1.Zenith boar brushes..simply outstanding right out of the box and really well priced.
    2.Stirling soaps..full of tallow and produce very good lather, slick and protective.
    3. Wunderbar slant ...aggressive but gives me a frighteningly close shave just make sure you move your lips, nose and ears out of the way.


    Ladas Blades...now wait a minute...these blades are actually very good as are most of the Russian blades..but I got a batch with QC issues that literally had no shaving edge on them...but still without a shaving edge they are better than Derbys!
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  3. N_Architect

    N_Architect Forum GOD!

    Best, hardware: Blackbird DE.
    Worst, hardware: Asylum RX.

    Best, software: AoS after shave lotion, OSP + Wickham soaps.
    Worst, software: Some OSP and Wickham scents.
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  4. Bizzyberry

    Bizzyberry Forum GOD!

    Near Edinburgh
    Best Razor: Ikon El Jefe
    Best Brush: Hans Baier Silvertip
    Best Soap: Cella (I have some P&B Baskerville under the Christmas tree so it remains to be seen which is better)

    The worst thing I bought was Taylor of Old Bond pre shave oil, it does work OK but it so damn hard to clean up after I can't be bothered using it sometimes.

    I notice a few others have mentioned a Shick L1, I got two of these a black one and a brown one, and if had not got the El Jefe the Schicks would have been my best buy, firstly because they were my first SE and are noticeably better than any of my DE razors to shave with and secondly the brown L1 was a NOS one complete with some Shick II blades for not very much.
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  5. R181

    R181 Forum GOD!

    I am just going to generalize my experience in buying shave gear. For me the worst thing is to be disappointed in the performance of a costly item and in that there have been numerous occasions where I was just underwhelmed by them. For me the best thing is to be more than pleasantly surprised by the performance of an inexpensive item that is performing well above what it's price would indicate it had any right to do. To date there have been more of the later than the former. I guess it is a matter of expectations.

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  6. Worst: Muhle Sandalwood shaving soap; Muhle Sea Buckthorn shaving soap; Muhle Aloe Vera shaving soap. Anyone discern a pattern here? ATT S1 -- weak sister to my Merkur 39c; Merkur Progress -- again, didn't hold a candle to the 39c.
    Best brush: The little super badger from Executive Shaving. The 45mm loft is perfect for digging into soaps and lathering like a rabid French Mastiff.
    Best razor: Merkur 39c. Surprise!
  7. Nishy

    Nishy Forum GOD! Staff Member

    Best pieces of hardware: Wolfman OC (0.74mm) and Timeless OC
    Worst piece of hardware: SV lathering bowl

    Best pieces of software: Amouage Epic Man, P&B Obsidian and MdC vetiver
    Worst pieces of software: C&E Sienna soap (unlatherable)
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  8. sɐǝɹpu∀

    sɐǝɹpu∀ riverrun

    It's such a pity. It smells soooo lovely, but I'd get better lather from a rock. I would bin it or PIF it, but it sits in its lovely wooden bowl and once a month I have a good sniff and dream of what it could have been... Maybe a candidate for a Wickham 1912 custom scent...
    It was the first hard soap I ever bought and for quite some time I couldn't figure out where my technique went wrong... :rolleyes:

    Just had another sniff.. Damn, it's nice... :cry:
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  9. Burgundy

    Burgundy Forum GOD!

    I'd be keen on that! I also liked Sienna rather a lot but my skin couldn't handle the cream or aftershave. I haven't tried it since mid-2012, mind you.
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  10. Rowlers

    Rowlers Massive Member Staff Member

    Software - Mr Perfume Oils - Stunning scents for peanuts...
    Hardware - RazorRock Hawk, simply an outstanding shave for the money.
    Hardware - FaTip Black Grande - CBA with aligning the blade and even then the shave was nothing special...
    Software - Not bought any full size, but I Coloniali Rhubarb sample was fairly poor!
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  11. Quique

    Quique Forum GOD!


    Jabonman Eufros Premium
    Whickham 1912


    TOBS Sandalwood
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  12. dowsing

    dowsing Legendary Member

    Can you please post a link to Mr Perfume oils? @Rowlers
  13. Batch300

    Batch300 Extraordinarily Uncomplicated

    Best Hardware:
    - Mervyn Cadman C4 Purple Rain shave brush
    - Backbird new razor (85mm)
    Worst Hardware:
    - excellent shaving brush but not exactly "me"

    Best Software:
    - Fitjar Islands Slåtterøy cream
    Worst Software:
    - Caswell Massey After Shave Balm when purchased to be used as shave cream (will read label next time)
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  14. Lord Fatboy

    Lord Fatboy Hirsute Lover

    Best - Wardonia All Metal silver plated found at car booty - my best DE by far. They got the geometry perfect.

    Worst - Executive Shaving "Bravehead" - The poorly wrought screws on the post ate through two handles until I wedged it in a 99p Chinese razor handle. I wanted to like it, I really did, but it is an aggressive razor - tho' not quite aggressive enough - with a narrow angle of competence and with no redeeming smoothness.
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  15. Rowlers

    Rowlers Massive Member Staff Member

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