Originally Posted by apex.predator
that's a hell of a question! You CAN lather with your hands, and in Italy top barbers used to do just that - to massage the lather, whipped with a simple big boar brush, to the customer's face, to obtain the ultimate 'control' in applying the lather. But that's a little overkill, to 'just' shave. Will also require more soap. A simple, good boar brush is easier to use, will create a richer, softer lather, and will spare you some time. It will last years (or a lifetime, if you are lucky). A badger brush will spare you more time (it's faster) and money (needs less soap) but that's theory-given the fact that it's more expensive in the beginning of the process. Break-even points maybe years in the future, depending from the cost of the selected soap.
Anybody can be affected by AD; being minimalist is REALLY a hard way.
Razor: Fatboy, Slimboy, Tech, Knack.
Brush: Kent H8, BK4, Omega boar (small, big).
Soap: Woolfat, C&E Nomad, Proraso Green, Tabac, Cella.
Cream: Valobra Mentolo, TOBS Sandalwood.
Aftershave: Floyd Blue, Proraso Pre-Post, Dopobarba, Crema.
Other AS: Chimique Clinique, Capucci, Cerruti 1881.
All items top to bottom in my taste- YMMV