Okay, for those that have followed my other thread, I've been wetshaving for less then a week now. My first shave was a complete nightmare, but my technique (angle and pressure mostly) have improved greatly and this morning I actually got a decent shave, still not even up to par with what I could get from my M3 with an ATG pass, but it's pretty close and I know it'll only get better.
Now, here's the thing I'm dealing with right now, and hopefully you gentlemen can help point me in the right direction...
I'm having a terrible problem getting my lather to be very lubricating. My razor sticks and just doesn't glide the way it should. First let me tell you my current setup and then I'll go over my technique, hopefully somebody can help clue me in on what I might be doing wrong.
My brush is the Vulfix #403 best badger brush. Not the best brush in the world obviously, but seems to be a pretty good one, and I certainly have no problems getting a lather whipped up (or at least I don't think I do) ;)
I usually whip in a bowl (just a ceramic cereal bowl) and have tried using Taylor's Avacado cream and several different Classic brand soaps. (all, even the cream seem to have these same results).
I soak the brush and bowl in hot water for a bit, flick some water off the brush, then if I'm using a cream I give a light swirl in it. If I'm using a soap I will have had it wet with hot water previously, dumped the water out (of the mug with soap), then swirl the brush on it until it just starts to lather. At this point I dump the hot water out of the bowl (usually leaves a little water behind) and then start whipping up the lather in the bowl.
Now here's my problem... No matter what I do, I just can't seem to get a lather that seems like it offers good lubrication. If I get some of the lather between my fingers and rub it's not much different then water alone, perhaps a little slicker at first, but NOTHING in comparison to a cream from a can, etc.
Now here's something else interesting to note. With this morning's shave I was using the cream (Taylor's). Started whipping and after getting a lather (stiff peaks that support themselves, etc), put it on my face and shaved. At this point the finger test again didn't seem NEARLY as lubricating as I thought it should be, but it was almost tolerable.
For the next pass I added more water and whipped again, thinking it would get more lubricating with more water.. I added water a few drops at a time and whipped it in. After each whipping I'd test it with my fingers. Here's the thing... It seemed as though the more water I got in it, the less lubricating it became. (Which almost seems to make sense when I think about it, the cream or soap by itself should be far more lubricating then water).
I lathered up anyway and tried my next pass. It was terrible. Even though I had stiff peaks and a lot more water in the lather, the blade was sticking, skipping, etc..
For my next pass I decided to try getting even more water in the mix. I added some water and started whipping again. The lather got thinned out a good bit (testing at this point showed it to be no slicker then water). I whipped and whipped and finally after probably a good 5 minutes or so it started stiffening back up. When I finally got peaks that would support themselves again I gave it another finger test. Still not very lubricating. My next pass was the same as the one before, sticking and skipping.
My last pass I added more water and tried again, it got to the point where my lather consisted of bubbles the size of the tip of a ball point pen. Still checking each step of the way it continued to not offer much lubrication at all. (I was tempted to go whip out the bottle of astroglide and add a few drops. ) I finally ditched it, and started a brand new batch. Again just what water stayed in the brush and the film left in the bowl. After whipping this up it was comparable to the first batch in that it was slightly lubricating, but not terribly so, or at least not what I would EXPECT it need to be.
Now here's the only other info I can offer that might be contributing but I really have no idea.
1) My water is not "HOT!". I keep our water heater set for something like 120 or 125. It's not "steaming hot" by any means, but still hot. You can certainly splash straight water from the tap on your face and not "burn alive" LOL... Could this have something to do with it? Do I need to get a water boiler to use instead?
2) While the condition of my water is very good (very soft, not hard at all), it is in fact city water, so there is chlorine, etc in it. Though in VERY small amounts. You can drink water straight from my tap and not taste or smell any chlorine at all.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!