Well it wasn't worth posting in the "What have you got in the mail" thread because shipping was only 3 days...
But I just got this sucker delivered tonight. Will be my first synthetic and damn is it soft! Immaculate looks, too.
Any word of advice regarding what to do before first shave or just go go go?
My usual shave routine is in the shower. Brush sits in a bowl of warm water while I shower, then gets gently squeezed out, dab into some TOBS cream and face lather.
Both were available at the same time. I courageously seized the opportunity to complete my purchase, pushing aside the doubts and fears, that little voice inside my head that kept crying 'Enough'. Emboldened and brave I clicked the 'Add to Cart' button not one, but twice - leaving no doubt of my manliness. Haters gonna hate - but I am strong enough to ignore them.
I saw on Twitter that Simpsons Manchurian may soon be no more, they are finding it harder to source. Amongst my brushes, my Manchurian knots are easily my favourite, so I figured I'd snap up the bargain Duke 3. I then figured, it'd be nice to round out the M7 collection and then the SF1 synthetic was too good value to pass up, I've been wanting to try a synthetic for a while now. Happy chappy, but no more brushes.
Started off at a reasonable price on eBay (don't they all) and then quickly escalated to near $100. Still worth it, I hope...have never had a Fatboy, but loved my Black Beauty a few years ago.
Sadly, this is a G2, so not easily (near impossible?) serviced, but it operates beautifully with doors opening and closing evenly, adjustment collar clicking nicely and the 1/4 turn to lock fully operational.
Looked a bit dull at first but with a very simple 10 second buff with a towel has come up very nicely. Can't wait to give it a bit more attention.
As far as cleaning ready for use....20 minute soak in 50:50 vinegar, gentle scrub, then soapy water and rinse?