G'day gang

Joined
Aug 2, 2019
Location
Sydney
Happy to be here!

I'm a Sydney based Melbournian, having been DE shaving for about a year now. Started out with a 34C, now in love with a recently acquired Timeless .95 with scalloped baseplate, teamed up with Astra SP blades. And at the risk of ruffling some feathers, I also have to say I prefer synthetic to badger and boar brushes...

I'm into both commercial (love Tabac and MWF) and artisan soaps. The local artisan talent we have here in Aus is seriously impressive - APR and Squadron Soaps are particular favourites.

It's gonna be great learning more about this great hobby from you guys.

Dave
 

RustyBlade

Active Member
2018 Sabbatical
Joined
Feb 27, 2017
Location
Sydney
@datho87 welcome. Yes, Sydney is better than Melbourne these days :p
Nice shave setup already. MWF and the Tabac are great performers, personally found them later on but still use them once and a awhile. bc the local Artisan stuff is too good, especially in winter.

Synth guy, yep hearing you. Just love the simplicity during a morning face shave on a work day. What brushes have you explored to affirm your choice?
 
Joined
Aug 2, 2019
Location
Sydney
@datho87 welcome. Yes, Sydney is better than Melbourne these days :p
Nice shave setup already. MWF and the Tabac are great performers, personally found them later on but still use them once and a awhile. bc the local Artisan stuff is too good, especially in winter.

Synth guy, yep hearing you. Just love the simplicity during a morning face shave on a work day. What brushes have you explored to affirm your choice?
Thanks for the kind words @RustyBlade . I've tried natural hair brushes from Omega, Vulfix and Simpsons. They're really good, to be sure, but I think the best synthetic brushes match them in performance, maybe with the exception of water retention. The lather and massage I get from the synthetics are as good as I want and need. So my vote is with synths, given they're far cheaper and, at the risk of sounding like a tree-hugger, don't put some poor animals through the ringer.

I agree the artisan soaps are absolutely incredible, and definitely my go-to. However I don't want to forget or snob off the commercial classics - I think they're good, unpretentious performers (not saying artisan soaps are pretentious). Using them is also a nod to the heritage of wet-shaving.
 
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