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    Hello guys,

    I just went to my barber today and was talking about straight razors with him. He gave me some good advice and strategies to attack my thick beard.
    One thing that he mentioned is to try out a Latherking latherizer machine. Said he would help me get one for a good price also.

    My question is... Has anyone here ever used a latherking and a straight razor? What was your mileage and opinions? I think the cool factor would be off the charts and a good conversation piece when people came over.

    Thanks

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    A bit of Google-fu turned this up: Shaveblog Further Adventures of the Latherking
    And a quick glance at a sales page says in plain english "low-volume use will result in degraded lather quality" (Latherking Latherizer Machine)

    So there ya go....
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    my barber uses a latherking and it's okay i guess.. i've gotten a shave on occasion and i enjoy it.. but i further enjoy my brush.

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    I owned one for a time back in the '80s. For a pro barber who keeps the machine plugged in daily for hot (more like warm) lather on customers it is alright. For a home user it would be something you would have to monitor by adding water so it didn't dry out if it were plugged in all of the time.

    Alternatively you could leave it unplugged until an hour before the shave and remember to plug it in to heat up the lather. All this and the lather is nowhere near as thick and creamy as that generated with a brush and a puck of soap or a tub of good cream. That is IME but YMMV.
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    I had one a few years ago and I just could not get a thick and creamy lather. It lathered well and warm for sure, but it was a thinner suds no matter how much I experimented. It was fun to play with for a while though. I have been addicted to better soaps and creams and a scuttle since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn View Post
    I had one a few years ago and I just could not get a thick and creamy lather. It lathered well and warm for sure, but it was a thinner suds no matter how much I experimented. It was fun to play with for a while though. I have been addicted to better soaps and creams and a scuttle since then.

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    See, that's what gets me... I'd never use it, but it would sure be fun to play with...

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    Thanks for the opinions. I was thinking it would be fun to play with and a big conversation piece when people stopped by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slacker007 View Post
    Hello guys,

    I just went to my barber today and was talking about straight razors with him. He gave me some good advice and strategies to attack my thick beard.
    One thing that he mentioned is to try out a Latherking latherizer machine. Said he would help me get one for a good price also.

    My question is... Has anyone here ever used a latherking and a straight razor? What was your mileage and opinions? I think the cool factor would be off the charts and a good conversation piece when people came over.

    Thanks
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    I remember years ago when I was a kid and the barber used it to produce lather to trim sideburns with a straight. It was a really light airy foam. I think if you bought some soap and it produced foam like that you would be a very unhappy guy.
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    this just brought back a memory of being at the barber as a kid and when it came time to clean up my neck i'd feel like molten lava was being spread across my neck.. i guess i was a sensitive kid.. but damn that stuff was hot.

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