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    I've not researched brushes too much other than looking at the Kent brushes. I use their combs, and they're good quality, so i would imagine they're shaving brushes are good too. I would eventually like to get some nice brushes like that, but for now I think i'm gonna go with a decent synthetic.

    Great idea with the pill box. Gonna ride out to CVS tomorrow to get one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiseAbove View Post
    I've not researched much about brushes and soaps other than looking at the Kent brushes. I use their combs, and they're good quality, so i would imagine they're shaving brushes are good too. I would eventually like to get some nice brushes like that, but for now I think i'm gonna go with a decent synthetic.

    Great idea with the pill box. Gonna ride out to CVS tomorrow to get one.
    Welcome to the forum....

    When you're thinking of a brush, you should try to figure out if you'll want silky tips, very soft on the face, or you want a brush that digs in a little and does some scrubbing on the skin. I've got a Kent BL12, very floppy brush, no backbone to it, so it tends to splay out.

    If you don't quite know what you want, BobH will pipe in as well.

    I'd suggest you go with a good boar, a Semogue or Omega, which have great scrubbing qualities, and good backbone, but don't necessarily have the silky smooth tips.

    A nice badger brush, in around the $30-$40 dollar range, can set a base for you to decide if you prefer the badgers, synthetic's are inexpensive and worth a try, which is a lot of the fun in this...trying different things until you find what you like, then changing it all again.

    All the different soaps and creams are equally fascinating to explore as well.

    Great first post, think your kit selection was bang on....

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    Thanks!

    I'd like to get one that digs in a little and has some backbone. Do all Kents have that characteristic you mentioned, or do they vary between models and materials?

    I like the idea of a taking a synthetic out on the road with me, and having a good quality boar with back bone to come home to. That's hands down the strangest sentence i've ever written!

    I'm glad i finally took the first steps and started putting a kit together...it seems daunting at first with all the options.
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    That looks ideal as a first brush, and can't go wrong for less than $6. I think i'll get one of those to tie me over and get me familiar with using a brush and at the same time do some more research on the more expensive brushes.

    Water gets sparse sometimes whilst hauling out west on a strict deadline, so that seems a good way to conserve water whilst i'm over the road.
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    Slightly off topic but I ran across this after reading this thread.

    Trench life. Shaving and washing in the trenches. | First World War Poetry Digital Archive

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32t View Post
    Slightly off topic but I ran across this after reading this thread.

    Trench life. Shaving and washing in the trenches. | First World War Poetry Digital Archive
    Great link, some real good audio interviews. I was recently thinking about that subject matter of guys in the services shaving back in the day. A good straight shave must of been a comforting treat to look forward to during service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rickpalisoc View Post
    I like those ideas. I might incorporate those into a straight razor bug out bag for when i'm driving or riding. How did you repurpose the lip balm containers for hair wax and pomade?
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    hey. You first find empty lip balm containers. Turn the base so that the lip balm 'holder' is all the way at the top. Use the back of a spoon or putty knife to scoop out pomade or wax into the base. Gradually lower the holder a bit and top up with more product. Continue this until you reach the bottom. Wax and pomade are great because they don't drip. You could not do this with gel or anything runny. cheers.

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    I use Layrite Pomade, it might be a little too sloppy to try this, but i could probably use this for my Grandpas Pine Tar Soap.
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