Hello everyone, and welcome to the next installment of the Brush Chronicles- the Shavemac 177.
Before we proceed, I would like to express my wholehearted thanks to David for asking me to participate in this chronicle. As a relative newcomer to traditional wet shaving, and B&B, I will do my upmost to make it both interesting and informative.
The Shavemac 177 is available from:www.shavemac.com/documents/home.html.
I purchased mine towards the end of last year, and the 177 is both beautifully made and luxurious to use. The brush I have is a 23mm knot Silvertip. The handle is 50mm in height, the loft is 54mm, and is "bulb" shaped. It is available in both smaller and larger knot sizes, ranging from 18mm up to 30mm. Prices range from 61 Euros to 125 Euros (US$86 to US$175) and engraving to personalise the brush is also available for a further 9 Euros. A nice touch, I think!
As a predominant soap user, I was a little sceptical before ordering, as to the backbone of the brush, with a loft of over 50mm. My fears were totally allayed. Even the hardest triple-milled soaps create no problem for this Shavemac, MWF being the obvious example. Furthermore, when you use a brush, and even in the initial stages, there is absolutely no hair loss, you know you are holding a quality brush. I can honestly say that to-date, my brush has not lost a single hair-unbelievable!
Being a face latherer, I prefer my brushes to be extremely soft, and the Shavemac 177 doesn't disappoint here either.
Over the next 2 weeks or so, I shall be putting the Shavemac 177 through its paces with various soaps, starting today with the Italian soft soap, Cella, Crema Sapone Extra Extra Purissima(my number 1 soap). Later soaps will include the likes of D.R. Harris, Floris, La Toja Manantiales, MdC and MWF.
I want this chronicle to be fun and enjoyed by all. Feel free to contribute in any way you wish, either by simple text, or preferably, your experiences of the Shavemac 177 with photos. Please, please, please, don't hold back on this one, gentlemen(and of course, ladies too!)
So here goes the first shave
Cella, Crema Sapone Extra Extra Purissima
Standard practice for me now with all soaps, both soft and hard tripled-milled, is to start with a "wet" brush, by holding it under hot running water for approx 15 to 20 secs. Let's call this, for what we all now know, "Marco's method". I then invert the brush, bristles down, to let excess water run out. The brush is then taken to the soap, making approx one minute of swirls on the soap surface.
I use approx 1-2cm of soft Italian soap in a largish container at a time. This container has been used several times and the thickness is down to around 5mm, but no problem!
15 seconds of swirling and a watery lather is starting to form
30 second on, a richer, creamier lather is forming
45 seconds in and it's getting better.
And after one minute, the lather is ready to transfer to the face, and build further if necessary.
Cella is an extremely easy soap to lather and definitely prefers soaps with soft tips and good backbone. Like Marco, I tend to use my Semogue SOC in preference, but the 177 lathers up Cella like a dream.
The thread has begun guys. Let's get the responses appearing!! Remember, the aim is to have fun!!!