I have a second unused puck of DaVinci, you can have it if you want to give it a try. Just PM me your address and I'll send it to you.
DaVinci is mainly a brush company, make-up brushes for the ladies (pretty expensive but well worth it according to my wife) and IMO the best badger hair shaving brushes around, beats the 4 I had before that (2 boar, 2 badger). I had been reading a bit on The Badger and Blade and found a thread there of some people claiming the same.
Mine is a 25mm silvertip by the way and the density is really high. Model 292, one of those with the classic white handles, I don't like the looks of the modern ones. Pretty hard to find the white ones.
Check their site, there's a video there on how the brushes are made. It's a German company by the way, not Italian.
I tried the l'Occitane shaving cream (tube) as well this week. Really good stuff, fantastic lather, thick and smooth. Still trying to decide between the cream and soap though.
Their Cade range is way better than the other ranges for shaving but not so good for the fragrance stuff. I bought a shower gel, deo and cologne (LoL ;) ) from their Eau de Beaux range, smells a lot better than their Cade range. The shaving products of Cade have no particular smell though so that's fine.
Also bought me an el-cheapo Feather DE razor with Feather blades. Tried it for the first time yesterday. Not a perfect shave (some very close spots and some not close enough) and no cuts but some bleeding from the skin bursting open due to not being used to it, nothing that a splash of cold water and some aftershave couldn't fix. Mainly due to not knowing the technique well enough yet though. Very different from those multiblade cartridge razors.
Thanks for the offer, I'll gladly accept it if you are sure that you do not like the soap.
My order for the karité soap has been cancelled... So I'm going to order a puck of Provence santé (which is shea butter based too), It's pretty cheap (6 euros/100g) and it has gathered raving reviews on B&B and the shave den (great forum btw..)...
A butterfly razor? I've never tried one but I've heard that it holds the blade less tightly than a classic 2/3 piece razor, which may explain why you end up with such a disparate shave quality.
Edited by customcoco - 12/23/12 at 4:39am