Hi all, my name's Barry and I'm new to the forum and to DE shaving. I used to use cartridge razors, 2, 3, 4 blade monstrosities. I always preferred wet shaving but got sick of poor performance from expensive cartridge and disposable razors and switched to electric. That was OK but never shaved as close as a wet shave so I thought about trying a DE razor.
Well a couple of days ago I took possession of a couple of my dad's old razors. A Wilkinson Sword Empire SE razor - gorgeous old thing still in it's metal box but not really practical - especially as the strop is missing!
I also got a Gillette G1000, nasty plastic thing but I read they're good shavers so I gave it a go. Coupled with a Wikinson Sword blade (black box made in Germany) I had a very nice shave - no nicks or soreness, could have been closer but better than my electric ever managed. Great shave, cheap and I love the ritual so I'm a convert.
So now to my question! I tried two soaps and attempted to whip up a proper lather. First I tried a new Palmolive shave stick and struggled to get enough lather. Then I tried an old (5 years +!) Body Shop shaving cream I've had lying around and that worked a treat! So how do I get a good volume of lather from the stick? I know Palmolive sticks are supposed to be good so I must be doing something wrong. I worked the brush on the stick the transferred the brush to a bowl to whip up the lather, then went back to the stick to get more soap but I just couldn't seem to build up any volume in the bowl. The tube of cream was easy in comparison but there isn't much left of that and I don't want to waste the stick!