GaryTha

Well, you all should meet me. I’m a really cool guy, modest too

;)

I get on fine with proto lather in a bowl, but I don’t like to bowl lather because I don’t like doing dishes when I shave. For me the issue I have with the “W” is usually under-loading so if I do that, the absence of water doesn’t punish me and allows me to work what soap I have into useable lather on my face rather than have most the soap I do have falling into the sink as proto lather.

As you say one of the fun things about shaving is how there are so many ways to do the same thing.

I must be doing something right. In 49 shaves, I’ve only used 4 grams of soap.

Chandu

I must be doing something right. In 49 shaves, I’ve only used 4 grams of soap.

No scale here so I have no idea how much I use or don’t. I’ll have to take a puck and divide the weight by the shaves when it’s gone. I use Williams but not consistently enough to get perfect lather as much as I’d like. It’s never a bad shave because it’s always slick, but I like the days I get the creamy persistent lather.

Williams. I got 240 shaves on my last puck. Only 26 pucks to go.

:)

I don’t think you can get 240 shaves out of a 1.75 ounce puck.

GaryTha

I don’t think you can get 240 shaves out of a 1.75 ounce puck.

It doesn’t matter what you think. I did it.

It doesn’t matter what you think. I did it.

How?

camoloc

D.R. Harris

replacement puck.

I have beat up my marlborough in wood bowl. abused and test lathered a million times. it still hangs in strong. and it’s a good soap to me.

camo

Atlantic59

I can take a guess. The idea is to use it like people used to in the old days. Use the same soap every day, in a mug. Dampen the brush, load only enough soap for one pass. Paint a layer of soap on the face, add a bit more water to build a thin lather. Do a one pass shave. Squeeze the excess lather out of the brush onto the soap puck in the mug. No rinsing the brush, it goes back in the mug till the next day.

It doesn’t matter what you think. I did it.

1.75 oz is 50 grams. If you got 240 shaves, that would be only 0.208 grams per shave. That would be sufficient for a one-pass shave. If you used that amount of soap for a three-pass shave, your lather would have to be incredibly thin. If you can use a lather that thin, you might as well be shaving with hand soap.

BigJ

I can take a guess. The idea is to use it like people used to in the old days. Use the same soap every day, in a mug. Dampen the brush, load only enough soap for one pass. Paint a layer of soap on the face, add a bit more water to build a thin lather. Do a one pass shave. Squeeze the excess lather out of the brush onto the soap puck in the mug. No rinsing the brush, it goes back in the mug till the next day.

That would work! People who grew up during the Depression learned to make stuff last!

Chandu

Number of passes and brush size certainly factor in. I am of the opinion that most of us tend to overload and make way more lather than we need. I can get a three pass shave from a Wee Scott. Think about that amount of soap vs what something like a chubby is going to take per use.

GaryTha

Actually, it was 242 shaves and 347 passes. A new 1.75 ounce puck of Williams weighs 55 grams on the scale. I guess the extra five grams are like a baker’s dozen.

I face lather with a Cremo horsehair brush which is only 20 or 21 mm.

I shaved every day with the same soap except for a 30-day break when I was in the hospital.

I’m squeezing the excess lather back into the cup with my current puck, but I didn’t on the last puck.

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Arko Puck
Proraso Bowl
Cella

fast shaver

The soaps used in my rotation are: Conk,VDH, PdP Arko, Derby ( TUB ) & Cade. Please remember that triple & quad milled soaps even though expensive at first will actually give you more shaves per OZ.

BudgetShaverGuy

So far I have yet to see anything come close to beating Tabac in the cost-per-shave category. Especially if you get the soap pucks from European vendors, about $10.

dmshaver

My two favorites for affordable are:
Martin de Candre Fougere
CBL Tonsorial

Both perform superbly, & cost per shave very low.

DougK

L’Occitane Cade costs a little more per puck than some of the other soaps mentioned here (about $14), but I can easily go six months of daily shaves with a single puck and often get eight months or more. If I used two pucks in a year, it was probably because I got bored and started using it as bath soap just for an excuse to use it up and try something else.

GaryTha Bell Curve

A person interested in growing outside the bell curve should look at outliers in a field. Someone will be legitimately two or three standard deviations outside the average on both sides.

others are doing the same thing

.

All it took in the Excalibur Club for shavers to start getting over 100 shaves/blade was for one person to do it in March 2015. Now, there are a few getting over 200 shaves/blade.

I have no interest in exaggerating stats. That’s not science, and the scientific method is a passion of mine. What difference does it make what the “true” answer is? We all know the range of average is huge.

Besides, it’s just shaving. It’s not like it’s something important like running

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Atlantic59

Bell Curve

A person interested in growing outside the bell curve should look at outliers in a field. Someone will be legitimately two or three standard deviations outside the average on both sides.

others are doing the same thing

.

All it took in the Excalibur Club for shavers to start getting over 100 shaves/blade was for one person to do it in March 2015. Now, there are a few getting over 200 shaves/blade.

I have no interest in exaggerating stats. That’s not science, and the scientific method is a passion of mine. What difference does it make what the “true” answer is? We all know the range of average is huge.

Besides, it’s just shaving. It’s not like it’s something important like running

The Excalibur Club hero gets 20 or 40 times the average blade life from a blade that cost 8 to 12 cents. The Soap Champion gets two or three times the average number of passes per puck on a $1 Williams soap. I’m not sure I see the point other than bragging rights or some feeling of mastery. It seems like reverse snobbery to me.

fast shaver

There are people out there that do get a lot of shaves per blade & get a lot of shaves from a certain soap as well. I don’t think they are showing off at all. My son gets about 30 shaves with the Dorco ST-300 blade which he loves that blade. He has very fine beard hairs though. YMMV applies here.

GaryTha

The Excalibur Club hero gets 20 or 40 times the average blade life from a blade that cost 8 to 12 cents. The Soap Champion gets two or three times the average number of passes per puck on a $1 Williams soap. I’m not sure I see the point other than bragging rights or some feeling of mastery. It seems like reverse snobbery to me.

I don’t see the point in thinking it’s about money every time someone mentions the Excalibur club or getting a lot of shaves from an inexpensive puck of soap. They are both a by product of excellent technique.

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