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    Thanks everyone for the replies..I should also add that i guess its just my technique because all the soaps i mention i can lather with another brush fine its just the shavemac i havent been able to figure out yet. So since you guys all say that shavemacs lather up fine i will just keep practicing until i get it.

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    From our Library, a useful tutorial for bowl or face lathering soaps:

    https://shavelibrary.com/w/Making_basic_soap_lather
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedster View Post
    From our Library, a useful tutorial for bowl or face lathering soaps:

    https://shavelibrary.com/w/Making_basic_soap_lather
    Thanks for the reply

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    I really doubt anyone will have specific tips on lathering with a Shavemac brush.
    If you continue to have problems I suggest the following.

    Politely ask Celticcrusader, Jamie, to give the brush a test. He lives in Wales.

    If Jamie has issues then it is time to contact the seller for a replacement.

    I hope it does not come to this.
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    Oops
    For some reason I thought you lived across the pond.
    Put your town in the avatar. There may be a member close by that can help
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    I am not sure but I believe that Shavemac makes a number of brushes. Like most other companies the different models will have slightly different characteristics, so may be it'll help if you can tell us which is the one you have.

    Personally after trying many dozens of brushes I ended up with just two - a rooney finest and a shavemac (plus a nifty vintage travel brush that goes inside its handle and a saville row brush that I gifted to my dad who didn't use it).
    My shavemac is custom made - a knot in a vintage sterling silver handle - so it's not a retail model.
    However it's a complimentary brush to my rooney - a much softer brush, both in the tips and in terms of a backbone.
    I also lather directly on my face both with soaps and creams.

    Like Dave said badger brushes work best if you wet them first for a couple of minutes, then pick some soap by swirling on top of it. How long you swirl depends on how hard/dry the soap is, so you have to get a feel for how much to get.
    I find the best way to get that is by doing it. This part is pretty easy since you don't have to wait for your hair to grow back before you make more lather

    If I were you, I'd just spend 20min making lather repeatedly and you'll figure it out. Load some soap, make lather, rinse and start over tweaking things a big - how much soap you load, how much water you pick, etc.

    And of course, as pointed out, the shortcut is to see if you can meet with someone local who can help you.

    Good luck.
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    Shavemac finest in imitation horn

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    I think Gugi has hit on the issue. I have 2 Shavemacs complements of MikeB52.
    One is the bomb whilst the other is soft, not disposed to blooming at all.
    Lots of levels of them, AFAIK

    I am predisposed to hard core Chinese 2-bands. I suppose I just like aggressive brushes as I face-lather.

    Tossing a brush in the water is not for me. I add as I see fit.
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    Okay just test lathered new williams and i think i broke it.. The no lather problem i mean. I was able to build a lather with the brush but it shed a lot of hairs !!!!! Oh well..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaro1069 View Post
    Okay just test lathered new williams and i think i broke it.. The no lather problem i mean. I was able to build a lather with the brush but it shed a lot of hairs !!!!! Oh well..
    If you were able to lather new Williams you are doing well. I have 2 Shavemac knotted brushes and have not had a problem with them shedding. You really don't have to use a lot of force and mash hard down when trying to load a brush with soap or for lathering. If you are doing that it can damage the knot and create excess shedding.

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