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  1. @Rhys I never succeeded with straight razors. I have tried a few different ones supplied by reputable people on The Shaving Room as shave ready but never got on with them. Probably technique. I had more Success with a Feather Artist Club, but after a while decided for me a DE safety razor was the best compromise. I’m quite envious of people who can shave with a straight, it’s definitely a skill. I’m hoping this thread doesn’t reignite a desire to acquire some more razors, I suspect it might. Shaved with my Weber slant tonight, I had forgotten how good that was.
  2. They probably average out at about £150.00 each. The cheapest one there is about £30.00, but the most expensive is nearly £300.00. It's a dangerously expensive hobby.
  3. It was, but I saw sense and have sold most of them. I also needed the money at the time. I only have about 5 brushes now, and I think about 6 razors. I usually use the same soap, razor and brush every day now.
  4. If you find yourself easily falling into rabbit holes I recommend you don't start looking too closey at shaving brushes.
  5. Safety razors are fine to use, you have to be very careless to cut yourself with one. You use no pressure with them, you just let them glide over your face. The blade is much sharper than what you get in modern cartridge razors so they cut through stubble cleanly with no tugging. This is what I used for todays shave.
  6. I never bowl lather, whether using cream or soap. I just wet the brush with hot water, then load soap on to it, then lather it using the palm of hand as a makeshift bowl. It seems to work well. I tried bowl lathering but never had much success. Generally creams are easier to lather than hard soaps, your water makes a difference though, if you have hard water certainly o for a cream, if you have soft water soaps should work easier. Different people find different things work, It is generally accepted in the Shaving community that you can't get a good lather with Mitchells Wool Fat if you have hard water, I have hard Essex water and it is my favourite soap to use.
  7. For a starter I would probably opt for TOBS Jermyn Street, It’s really easy to get a good lather with it and most people find the fragrance agreeable. Taylors of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Collection Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin Screw Tread Pot 150gr https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003VZPTAC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_hOkiFbABZPHVJ
  8. My current setup Gillette 7 o’clock New Open comb, with Stainless steel Bulldog handle, with Personna Med Prep blade New Forest 24mm Super Badger Brush Mitchells Wool Fat soap. Floris JF Aftershave I have quite a few DE razors, Brushes and soaps, but much slimmed down from my once rather excessive collection of about 30 brushes and 50 razors.
  9. My Dog & Hat works out cheaper, not by much, but still cheaper. I've never been disappointed with Dog & Hat's coffee selections so I will stick with them.
  10. I switch on until it heats up to 1 bar, release the false pressure through the steam wand the same as you do. I then lift the lever fully and let a bit of water run through the grouphead and basket. About 45g. This clears any air from the pipe. I then remove the portafilter, put coffee in, tamp, reattach and pull a shot, leaving both switches on all the time until I start pulling the shot, at that point I usually switch it off completely as rarely make more than one espresso, and never use steam, if I am making another shot I switch it back to 1 to keep it warm until I am ready to pull the next shot.
  11. Loveramics get my vote, I have a selection of sizes
  12. I had a lot of rust on mine, I think some comes from the pressure release and steam wand, as mine don't drip onto the drip tray, but just behind it usually. I normally have to dry mine after every use. Mine was fairly rough when I got it and it wasn't a chrome one originally so I just rubbed it down, painted it with a rust converter, then resprayed the whole base. It might be worth doing similar to yours, but just do the bit where the drip tray sits. My Europiccola is nearly 40 years old, so it isn't doing too bad.
  13. I use the Niche for Espresso on Gaggia and La Pav, they require different grind sizes, also my Chemex, and Aeropress which are much coarser. I find switching between grind sizes on the Niche really easy.
  14. Hi How the temperature control works depends on the age of your La Pavoni, some have a thermostat in them and switch on and off, some don't and you have to manually switch them on and off. On mine I have two switches, one turns it on, the other selects between 1 element or 2 elements running. 2. That is the pressure release, it looks the same as mine. 3. The steam arm should move up and down, if you look on the back you will see where it is fitted on with a type of bayonet fitting, so the whole arm assembley should come off. If I get chance I willl take some pictures of mine.
  15. A delivery from Dog and Hat yesterday.
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