I've only been straight shaving for about 2 months now, but I already know im not turning back to the Mach 3 ever again. Anyways, for my birthday this year my parents told me to pick out what i wanted. After reading numerous positive reviews of Shavemacs, I decided to go with the 177 model.
I chose all the same specifications, but asked for the handle in Tortoise Imitation. It came out beautiful looking
Silvertip grade (decided against the D01, just seemed a bit pricey...and i was ready for something soft after a month of the scratchy tweezerman).
Right out of the box...
The brush feels great on my face, but I did have a bit of difficulty getting a decent lather using it the first time. I lathered up using Truefitt&Hill cream, and tried some Tabac. Seemed to take a bit longer to get the brush loaded. Is there a bit of a break in period with this, or is it just because this is a larger brush than i have been using? (been using the tweezerman up until today).
Anyways, hope you enjoy the pictures...i really like the tortoise imitation over the ivory handle