Monday, 31 December 2012

Shave of the day 31st December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Mike's Pine & Cedarwood
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 badger-boar brush
Razors: Cadet TP-01 and Cadet TTO-13, both with a fresh Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

Last shave of this year, and a very, very nice one too.

Friday, 28 December 2012

Shave of the day 28th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: '58 TV Special with Gillette 7 O'Clock
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Kramperts Finest 80 Below

A shave to make me wake up - and a nice one too.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Wishlist for 2013

We're getting up on a new year, and it's time to take stock of the gear in my den to see what 'holes' that 'needs' filling.

I didn't find a lot of gaps, really.

I got my eye on one or two new brushes; a Omega 343167 synthetic and a Vie-Long 14033M unbleached horse.I would love to get my hands on an affordable and agreeable open comb twist to open razor - not to mention an affordable and agreeable open comb slant. Apart from that... nothing, with the exception of soaps and creams.

At least until my ADs starts playing up again...

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Shave of the day 26th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Orange
Lather: Mike's Orange, Cedarwood and Black Pepper
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed badger-horse brush
Razors: Bakelite slant and '58 TV Special, both with Gillette 7 O'Clock
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

A decent shave, although the yellow 7O'Clock don't quite agree with my Bakelite slant. Works wonderfully in my TV Special though.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Flashback time!

I was gong through the blog I wrote while I was deployed to southern Sudan / South Sudan, and found the first public thing I wrote about the joys of traditional shaving:

I wrote:
It is something very satisfying to whip up your own lather before shaving... to see a tiny bit of shaving cream and a few drops of water turn into a nice, thick, rich and nice smelling lather. The slightly cool feel as the eucalyptus and menthol lather first touches, and then covers, most of the face - and then taking it off with long, controlled strokes with my old fashioned safety razor. A quick splash of water, and then the sting of the alum as it finds the small nicks and scratches that I couldn't see in the mirror.

It don't matter if the lather cup I use is a bright pink snack bow from Ikea. It don't matter if my brush is a reasonably cheap one from Body Shop. It don't even matter that my bathroom is a 'three toilets, three showers' shared ablution container that - frankly - is a bit run down. What matters is that it's five minutes of ManTime, and a link to my more or less daily routine at home. Try that with a spray can full of foam and plastic razors with five blades...
I might be a couple of years older by now, my skills honed somewhat, and my 'nook might be at home with a significantly larger stash of gear... but I still like my ManTime.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Shave of the day 24th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Lavender
Lather: Mike's Lavender & Eucalyptus soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger-boar brush
Razors: Bakelite slant and '58 TV Special, both with fresh Gillette 7 O'Clock (yellow)
Post-shave: Warm water rinse, Witch Hazel, and Kramperts Finest 80° Below

A lovely Christmas shave with a frozen finish - wonderful.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Shave of the day 21st December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Lavender
Lather: Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-badger
Razors: Cadet TTO-13 and Parker 22R, both with Astra Green blades
Post-shave: Warm water rinse, alum, and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

It might be the last shave ever, but it was a damn nice one...

Thursday, 20 December 2012

My axes - one line on each razor I got so far

Just for fun, I summarised all my razors:
  • Ever-Ready 1914 vintage SE; Used to belong to an old friend of the family. Lovely razor, but don't work all that well on my neck. Not given up on it yet..
  • Cadet TP-01; Three piece open comb. More aggressive and less mild than my Merkur OCs - efficient, comfortable, inexpensive and well made razor.
  • Cadet TTO-13; Twist To Open safety bar. Reasonable flat blade angle and medium blade gap makes for an efficient and aggressive razor. Fairly heavy.
  • Feather Popular; Mild Twist To Open of mixed construction. A good razors for beginners and shavers wanting a mild razor - PIFed mine away and misses it.
  • Gillette 1958 TV Special; Vintage Twist To Open short handled razor. Shaves great, fairly mild. Worth it if you can find one in good condition.
  • Merkur 25C; Long handled three piece Open Comb. Mild yet efficient, one of my favourite razors.
  • Merkur 39C: The AXE of my collection. Heavy, slanted and somewhat aggressive, this three piece razor will take a weeks growth off in one pass. Highly recommended.
  • Merkur 985CL; Short handled open comb travel razor. As mild and efficient as the 25C, but half the weight and a shorter handle.
  • Parker 22R; My very first DE, and you'll have to take it from my cold, dead hands. reasonable mild, somewhat unforgiving to user errors. I would recommend it, but be aware that Parker has somewhat of a reputation of poor quality control.
  • Racer razor; Cheap and cheerful mixed construction two piece. Flat blade and largish blade gap makes for an aggressive but not very harsh shave. Cap covers ends of blades, good for travelling and people wanting a cheap razor.
  • Wilkinson Classic; Solid two piece razor of mixed construction. Middle of the road razor as far as aggressiveness goes, good razor for beginners in my opinion.
  • Unknown German Bakelite Slant; Possible made by Merkur, short handled three piece slant. Very light weight and surprisingly mild, it comes highly recommended.
  • Yuma safety razor; Three piece pot metal razor. Feels harsh but gives a smooth shave, very loud due to hollow handle. Not for beginners, but recommended if you want a fun and slightly scary razor.
Links to reviews on this page of my blog.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Shave of the day 19th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Peppermint croap
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Cadet TTO-13 and Parker 22R, both with Astra Green blades
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Kramperts Finest Prototype Menthol

A very refreshing shave.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Pleased and a little horrified

I was out shopping the other day, when I stumbled over something in the non-food section of my local grocery store:
Pleased because even if all they have is canned goo and multi blade horrors, they do now have shaving brushes. A little horrified because frankly... how good can a no-brand brush that cost 49.90 (approx 8.50USD) be, considering that that's ever so slightly more than you'll pay for a Big Mac?
Still, they offer a "quality guarantee" for it, so it can't be half bad... no listing on the back as to the materials used in it, so it's anyone's guess as to what the hairs are - cheap boar, nylon, leftover paintbrushes... Still, it's on the shelf now - so that's an improvement. All they need to do now is to start stocking proper shaving soap or cream, as well as some proper safety razors and blades.

Suggestions from my favourite shaving forum  points towards this being a re-badged Marvy brush - or both Pfeilring and Marvy get it from the same third-party supplier - if so it might be a pretty scratchy boar brush. I might just have to give it a try... or maybe not.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Shave of the day 17th December

Pre-shave: Pure glycerine soap
Lather: Col Conks Bay Rum Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE badger-boar
Razors: Cadet TTO-13 and Parker 22R, both with fresh Astra Green blades
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Thayers Witch Hazel and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

A very nice, very relaxing shave - a great start on my Yuletide vacation

Friday, 14 December 2012

Shave of the day 14th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners liquid euclayptus soap
Lather: Mike's Lavindel & Eucalyptus soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 horse
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R, both with a Rapira Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, Alum and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

A nice shave on a late morning.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Got ye flask

Brian - the guy behind the wonderfulness that is Krampert's Finest Bay Rum (and Prototype Menthol, as well as 80 Below) - has found a more stylish way to present his aftershave; an engraved hip flask.

As much as I love Krampert's Bay Rum, I've always felt that the plastic bottle - while serviceable - sold the after shave short... so when the new flasks came up I just had to get ye flask.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Shave of the day 12th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners liquid orange soap
Lather: GzD shaving stick
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R, both with a Rapira Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, Witch Hazel and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

 Trying out the newly acquired witch hazel - not sure what to think about it yet. DFS otherwise.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Pictures of my travel kit


Not pictured - since I forgot it at work - is the little travel sized alum stick.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Shave of the day 10th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners liquid Peppermint soap
Lather: Mike's Peppermint & Rosemary shaving soap
Brush: Semogue TSN LE badger-boar brush
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R, both with a fresh Rapira Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, Alum and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

A nice shave with a blade I havn't tried before - not the smoothest blade, but a zen-like DFS regardless.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Shave of the day 7th December

Pre-shave: Warm water rinse
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse/badger brush
Razors: Merkur 25C Open Comb and Gillette '58 TV Special TTO, both with a Feather blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, Alum and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

A good shave on a cold morning.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

A suggested 20$ starter kit for new wetshavers

A while ago - well, several months ago - I came up with a suggested 10$ starter kit. Now it's time again, and I'm doubling the ante. As the last time, postage is NOT included; mostly because postage varies wildly depending on where you are in the world.

Total cost as listed is either 20.07$ or 19.52$, depending on your choice of blades. The first option will give a new wetshaver more blades to experiment with, and I have good experiences with all of them. The second option will give a new wetshaver fewer blades, and of only one brand, but it's a very good blade - my current fall back blade in fact.

Like in the 10$ kit I have opted for the Turkish No6 - I honestly feel that you cannot beat it in the low cost end of the brush market. The quality can be a bit spotty, that is true, but the rewamped model seems to be more solidly constructed than the old one and it is a solid performer.

I have not added any pre or post shave treatments to the suggested kit - I wanted to put in a bottle of Krampert's Finest but that would have added another 50% to the cost... but then again changing the pre and post shave isn't critical if you're changing from cartridges to DE. What you done so far will still work - perhaps a bit more care taken to wash and rinse before shaving.

In addition I would suggest borrowing a small bowl from the kitchen to make lather in, as well as setting aside a few hours to go online and read up on how to get a Damn Fine Shave.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Shave of the day 5th December


Pre-shave: Goat Milk bath soap from Prairie Creations
Lather: Col Conks Bay Rum shave soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse/badger brush
Razors: Merkur 25C Open Comb and Gillette '58 TV Special TTO, both with a Feather blade
Post-shave: Warm water rinse, Alum and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

A very relaxing and zenlike shave - there is something therapeutic about the sound of stubble being cut.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Are you content?

Krampers - all around swell guy and the brain behind what might be best Bay Rum aftershave money can buy - asked the question on my favorite shave forum yesterday; "Is anyone else content?"

At first I didn't quite get what he was asking, but his well written little piece slowly bumped my gray matter into motion... Gut reaction was "off course I am".. but as I was reading I started to wonder... Given that I still keep an eye out for more razors, more brushes, more soaps and more blades.. am I content? Could I stop acquiring more gear for my den RIGHT NOW and be happy with my shave?

I wont stop keeping an eye out for treasures, but with the question is rephrased like that I realised that I am truly content with my shaves these days. More than content, in fact I am looking forward to my morning ritual; in sharp contrast to the situation back before I took up traditional wetshaving with brush, soap and a DE razor. What used to be a chore has become a peaceful breathing space in my life. What was best avoided or at best rushed trough has become something to look forward to and to enjoy.

New razors will most likely be procured - not because I believe it'll will give me a better shave, but because it'll add a bit of variation to my shaves. New soaps will be tried - not because I'm unhappy with the two dozen or so soaps and creams I have, but because trying soaps is fun. A new brush or two will find their way to my den at some point - not because the brushes I have now don't make good lather, but because I think I might enjoy trying a mid-range horse or a pure badger. New after shaves... actually, no - Kramperts Finest is too good to change.

So yes, I AM content. New gear will arrive in due time, but that has more to do with the fact that I am a tinkerer at heart. I am content with my shaves, secure in the knowledge that I enjoy shaving a lot more than most people ever will.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Shave of the day 3rd December


Pre-shave: Warm water rinse
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: Body Shop synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor with Wilkins Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized Alum stick and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

Sort of on the Go, so shaving from the GoBag. Got a nice, smooth shave too - last shave out of that blade though.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Shave of the day 30th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Mike's Pine & Cedarwood shave soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse/badger brush
Razors: Merkur 25C Open Comb and Gillette '58 TV Special TTO, both with a fresh Feather blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

It's good to have choices for the shave again - a DFS all told.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Mission accomplished

The last few days I have been on the Go, shaving out of my GoBag and sharing a bathroom with two dozen or so other guys. The downside - apart from being away from my den - is that I have had to pack my kit up and down each time I shave. The upside is that at least two of the guys now are pondering switching from canned go and multiblade horrors to more traditional wetshaving gear.

I would call that "mission accomplished"

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Shave if the day 28th November

Pre-shave: Travel size Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: Body Shop synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized Alum stick and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

Very much on the Go, so shaving from the GoBag.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

The trial of shaving...

Sharing a bathroom with lots of guys can be a test of patience - or sometimes a test of how much warm water there is.

On the bright side, a ice cold shave really wakes me up.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Shave of the day 26th November

Pre-shave: Travel size Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: Body Shop synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized Alum stick and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

Very much on the Go, so shaving from the GoBag.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Shave of the day 23rd November

Pre-shave: Travel size Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: Body Shop synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized Alum stick and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

Very much on the Go, so shaving from the GoBag.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Travel kit

In my line of work I often have to get on the Go - usually for training or exercises - and as such I keep my GoBag packed at all times.

A major issue when it comes to the GoBag is space; if something don't fit in the bag, it means it either dont come with or something else must be taken out... with that in mind, and after a bit of experimentation, I have put together a small yet comprehensive travel kit that not only fit in there, but gives me a DFS too.

While I might still change a thing or two, this is what's in my GoBag:
  • A travel sized bottle of Dr Bronners soap - useful for more than shaving
  • Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor - breaks down into a pouch about 4cm square
  • Body Shop synthetic brush - not the best brush, but small and dries fast
  • Lea Shave stick - shaves well, and the plastic tube protects it well
  • A travel sized bottle of Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
All in all a fraction of the stuff in my den, but I still get better shaves than the electric and cartridge crowd.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Shave of the day 21st November

Pre-shave: Travel size Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: Body Shop synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized Alum stick and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

Very much on the Go, so shaving from the GoBag.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Quick review: German bakelite slant

Some time ago a new, old razor surfaced and got everyone excited - a stash of new old stock of bakelite slants, probably from the dusty shelves of an old abandoned warehouse or something.

Well, the truth of how they were sound is probably less dramatic, but they did cause a stir and suddenly everyone wanted one. I was lucky to get one through my favourite shaving forum, thanks to a fellow shaver who found it too mild for his taste.



The manufacturer of this razors are unknown, although speculations abound.  A popular theory seems to be that they are from Merkur, based upon the similarities to the Merkur 45 in the handle.

The razor itself is very lightweight, due to the all Bakelite construction - the only metal parts are the blades and a small brass nut. This makes for a very manoeuvrable razor, while the small blade gap and large blade angle makes for a reasonable mild razor.

This is not an aggressive slant - but it is still a slant and as such well suited for going through several days worth of beard. If you can live with the idea of a mild slant, and like owning a small piece of history, I can strongly recommend this German Bakelite Slant - if you can find it.

For those curious, bakelite - formally known as polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride - is the first synthetic thermosetting plastic. Invented in 1907 it has found use in everything from saxophone mouthpieces to heatshields for Soviet ICBM warheads... and razors.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Shave of the day 19 November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Racer and Yuma, both with a unmarked blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

Last shave in my den for a while, but it was a DFS. Both the Racer and the Yuma are great performers considering their price.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Shave of the day 16th November

Pre-shave: Warm rinse
Lather: Arko shaving stick and Arko Cool Mint Cream
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Unknown (possible Merkur) German Bakelite Slant with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Last shave for now with an interesting slant - and a DFS it was. Mixing the Arko stick and cream gave a very, very dense lather, requiring quite a bit of dipping of the brush.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Quick review of Prairie Creations Walter's Shaving Soap

A little while back I bought a puck of Walter's Shaving Soap from Prairie Creations. It is meant as her take on the in/famous Williams Shaving Soap, which apparently is one of those you either love or loathe - I've never tried it, so I can't tell you how the Walter shape up against the original.

The Walters is a fairly hard puck of soap, requiring a fair bit of loading to get enough on my brush. It makes a nice, thick creamy lather with plenty of glide and cushion - and it stays nice and creamy too; no collapse or drying out. The Walters could be a bit more moisturising, and the lemon scent is definitely not going to be everybodys cup of tea - in fact, this is the only soap my Better Half insists that I keep in a closed container.

Overall you can do a lot worse than a puck of Walters - I got some better soaps, but they cost a fair bit more.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Shave of the day 14th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid soap, Orange
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter shaving soap (lemon)
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE boar-badger brush
Razors: Unknown (possible Merkur) German Bakelite Slant with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Another DFS with an interesting razor - mild for a slant, yet picky about the angle.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Quick review of Prairie Creations KISS cream

A while back I bought - among other things - a jar of KISS Cream from Prairie Creations. It's the first cream I seen that requires a spoon - but then it has a consistency more commonly found among creams in tubes.

Overall I'm very happy with it; the tea tree oil it is "flavoured" with is neither too strong nor too weak, the lathers has plenty of glide and cushion, but...every rose has it's thorns, and in the case of Krissy's KISS cream it is that it is rather picky when it comes to how much water I add. Too little and the lather collapses during my first pass, too much and it gets all runny - and the line between not enough and too much is very fine. In my opinion this means it's best suited for those of us who lathers in bowls, as opposed to those who face lathers, but as always YMMV.

Spend some time with it and get a good lather tough, and the KISS cream will reward you with a comfortable and well scented shave - and if you're willing to work with it I can recommend Krissy's KISS cream.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Shave of the day 12th November


Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Tea Tree Oil
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS Tea Tree Cream
Brush: Vie-Long 14033 mixed horse-badger brush
Razors: Unknown (possible Merkur) German Bakelite Slant with a fresh Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Back in my own den, and trying the NOS German bakelite slant for the first time. It's a featherweight sledgehammer - mild and efficient. Gave a DFS too...

Friday, 9 November 2012

Shave of the day 9th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick and Arko Cool Ice cream
Brush: Body Shop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum, and Cadet TTO-13 with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Last shave from the GoBag for a little while - mixed lather performed as well today as it did last week. A DFS all told, but I'm happy to head home and change things up a bit more again.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Quick review of the Cadet TTO-13

I have to admit that I like TTO razors; not only do they represent a neat little bit of mechanical ingenuity but they are easy to load with a fresh blade. So when a new player came onto the scene with a range of TTO and three piece razors, I put one on my wish list.

The one I picked was the TTO-13, available from Shave A Buck for a little under 25$. I couldn't not avoid the temptation of ordering a few more things though... so my total was a bit higher.



The Cadet TTO-13 arrived in a decent blue plastic box, just as their three piece TP-01 Open Comb did. The craftsmanship is excellent, even more so when you consider the low price, and the fit and function is close to flawless. It's worth nothing that you twist the whole handle to open the doors on the Cadet TTOs, not just the know on the bottom. In that regard it is similar to my Parker 22R, and unlike my Gillette TV Special. What you prefer might vary - I'm fine with both systems.

The first thing you'll notice when you pick up the TTO-13 is that it's a hefty piece of metal. It's heavier than my Parker 22R, a razor some people are already claoming as being too massive. However the balance on the Cadet is excellent, with the CG being just below the 'double ball' on the handle.

The handle itself is comfortable to hold, and the machined chequerboard pattern makes it near impossible for it so slip even with wet and soapy fingers. It's a quite long handle, so if all you're used to are short handled razor it might take a while getting used to - on my hand I seem to prefer the longer handled razors, so to me the length was a plus.

The head itself is - as mentioned - well made and functions smoothly, and loading a blade is so easy a child could do it. It is worth noting that the Cadet TTO head has a flatter blade angle and a larger blade gap than either my Parker or my Gillette TTO have. This gives a more aggressive shave, and means it's less forgiving to errors in the shave angle. It also means that you can get a potentially closer shave - however that also depends on the blade you're using.

The Cadet TTO-13 shaves very well, and I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone who are in the marked for a long handled, hefty TTO razor.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Shave of the day 7th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Arko Cool Ice cream
Brush: Body Shop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum, and Cadet TTO-13 with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Still shaving from the GoBag, still getting really nice shaves out of it, and still longing for my den with it's wider range of options.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Early chill

A bit early this morning when I went out; -6°C. Not terrible cold, but cold for being this part of Norway this early. Still, the splash of Krampert's Finest Bay Rum I put on my face just before popping out felt great - and the chill brought out the fragrance in a new way.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Shave of the day 5th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Body Shop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum, and Cadet TTO-13 with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Still on the Go, sort of, so still shaving from the GoBag. Getting some really nice shaves out of it, so I'm not complaining.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Shave of the day 2nd November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick and Arko Cool Ice cream
Brush: Body Shop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum, and Cadet TTO-13 with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

The mixed lather - shave stick on my face, a touch of cream on the brush - gave a richer, denser lather than either on their own. A very nice shave away from my main den.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Mixing and matching

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Sometimes when I'm on the Go, I can pack more than just the GoBag - so this time around I brought a tube of Arko Ice Mint along with the Lea Shave Stick that lives in my GoBag.

Mixing the two lathers was fun and rewarding; rubbed the shave stick on my face as usual, put a bit of cream on the brush and went to town. Was rewarded with a thicker, denser lather than either product makes on their own, and plenty of it too.

Going to experiment a bit when I get home to find other fun combos to try out... as it is right now, I got a grand total of four shave sticks (Lea, ARKO, GzD and Derby) and four creams (ARKO Cool Mint, Dalen d'Men Energetic, Derby Lavender and Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol). Unless they changed math since I went to school, that should give me sixteen combos to try out - and to make sure to give it a fair test, each combo should be tried more than once.

Sounds like a fun project!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Shave of the day 31st October

Pre-shave: Warm water rinse
Lather: Arko Cool Ice cream
Brush: Body Shop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum, and Cadet TTO-13 with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Sort of on the go, with an extended Go Kit. A pretty good shave all around, even if I would like more time and a better mirror.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Review of Wilkinson Sword Classic DE Razor

A recent result of my RAD, the Wilkinson Sword Classic (WSC) is in one regard in a class of it's own; It's the only DE razor I've tried so far that feels very much like a cartridge razor in use - apart from giving me a superior shave, that is.

I suspect it's due to the materials and design of the razor; moulded thermoplastic with a metal rod inserted in the handle gives a very tail-heavy balance - unlike pretty much every other razor I've own. The difference in balance means I have had to adjust my grip slightly to get a good shave out of the WSC; however it should also mean that someone coming straight from using a cart should more easily adapt to using the WSC and get to enjoy the pleasures of DE shaving with little or no fuss.

The WSC is a decent razor - not the mildest, nor the most aggressive in my rotation. The construction is sturdy, and the fact that the cap covers the ends of the blade is a nice touch. The head is a little on the big side though; if you shave under your nose it might give a little bit of trouble - the obvious solution is off course to grow a manly moustache. One downside I've noticed - apart from the big head - is that the head quickly clogs up with lather, much quicker than other DE-razors. It don't mean all that much, but it is somewhat distracting to rinse the razor twice as often as I'm accustomed to.

Overall I can recommend the WSC as a good first razor for those interested in trying out a DE, or as a decent razor for travelling. For those of us with incurable RAD, it is a cheap addition to our collection.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Shave of the day 29th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Soap, liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea Shave stick
Brush: Body Shop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a fresh Lord Platinum, and Cadet TTO-13 with a fresh Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Sort of on the go, with an extended Go Kit. First shave with the Cadet TTO, and a nice one at that. A DFS all told.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Shave of the day 26th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Dalan d'Men Energic cream
Brush: New Turkish No6
Razors: Wilkinson Sword Classic, with a Wilkinson Sword blade (3)
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

Still busy with my new gear - todays cream was nicely mentholated. A DFS all around, as usual.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Yet more loot

Thanks to a fellow shaver over on the Shave Nook, I now own a German Bakelite slant of unknown make and year...
These appeared on eBay a few months ago - possible someone found them in the back of an old warehouse - and have more or less exploded in popularity. If it's shaves half as well as everyone says, I'm in for some great shaves.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Shave of the day 24th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint
Lather: GzD shave stick
Brush: New Turkish No6
Razors: Wilkinson Sword Classic, with a Wilkinson Sword blade (2)
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

Still breaking in the new gear. The 'new' No6 is breaking in quickly, and the GzD made a wonderful lather. A DFS all told.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Even more loot

Been a good month for shaving related loot - I guess I should take a sabbatical next month - and today a box from Shave A Buck arrived on my door.
- A Cadet TTO-13 razor; a Twist To Open with a hefty handle and a very interesting checked handle design.
- A Derby shave stick; 'cause shave sticks are nice to have.
- A pack each of Lord Cool and a Flying Eagle blades; just for the names.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Shave of the day 22nd October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender
Lather: Derby Lavender Cream
Brush: New Turkish No6
Razors: Wilkinson Sword Classic, with a fresh Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

An "all new" shave; the cream, brush and razor all arrived last week. A DFS, even if the brush needs a bit of breaking in.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Shave of the day 19th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Teatree
Lather: Mike's Natural Unscented Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 badger-horse
Razors: Racer and Yuma, both with a unmarked blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

A DFS all around - just a shame it didn't last longer.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

More loot

Got a box of shave gear from Turkey again:

From bottom left and clockwise:
- GzD shavestick
- Dalan d'Men Energenic cream (menthol)
- Derby Lavender cream
- Turkish No6 ("Now, more quality, and aesthetics" - replacing a No6 I PIFed away)
- A sleeve of five Perma-Sharp Super
- A sleeve of five Wilkinson Sword
- And in the centre;  a Wilkinson Sword Classic razor.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Shave of the day 17th October

Pre-shave: Cold water rinse
Lather: Walter soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE badger-boar brush
Razors: Racer and Yuma, both with a fresh, unmarked blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Proraso Liquid Cream

I have a sleeve of blades with no markings, simply packed in translucent paper... but they do give a DFS regardless.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Quick review - Aubrey Organics North Wood shaving cream

This has been sitting in my den for a while, not getting much use because I just couldn't get it to lather properly - which I though was a shame since I really like the scent it has.

As they say, well, duh! A bit of digging recently showed me that this is a cream meant to be used with no brush... so no wonder I couldn't whip it into a lather - it's simply not meant to do that, so adding water to it and whipping it just made it runny.

Using it the way it was intended to was a significant improvement, but it can't compare to proper lather in my opinion. Plenty of glide, fairly moisturizing and a pleasant scent... but no cushion at all. Nada. Zip. In that regard it was little different than shaving with just water.

For a brushless cream it's decent enough - so if you're in the market for that you could do worse than picking it up. For a proper 'at home' shave with a brush and enough time to use it.... no.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Shave of the day 15th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Magic Soap, liquid orange
Lather: Mike's Natural Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE badger-boar brush
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R, both with a fresh Treet Dura Sharp Classic
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

I seem to be falling into the habit of having a citrus shave on Mondays...
Either the Dura Sharps are bad blades, or I got a dud one - several weepers and a small nick. A bit of alum and Krampert's Finest will hopefully be enough to patch that up...

Friday, 12 October 2012

Shave of the day 12th October

Pre-shave: Pure glycerine soap
Lather: Aubrey Organics North Wood brush-less (?) cream
Brush: -
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R, both with a Perma-Sharp Super blade (3)
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Proraso Liquid Cream

A different shave, since I used no bowl and brush. Still a pretty good one though, just not great.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

The rest of the body - camphor soap

While the focus on this blog is - naturally - the lower half of my face, I do try to take care of the rest of me as well.

My latest effort in that regard is a bar of "Fan medicated soap", a Chinese soap which is heavily spiked with camphor. It's supposed to "helps troublesome skin conditions and clears away jealousy, evil spirits, and unnatural illness"*, which I suspect is just what my feet needs from being in combat boots all day.

Packaging is simple; small plastic bag in a bright red Art Deco styled cardboard box that's quite stricking. No list of ingredients, but it certainly have no lack of camphor.

The scent of it is strong - to the point where I think we're going to have to keep the bar in a tupperware - but not unpleasant. The bar don't lather easily but by using my hairy legs in much the same way I use my stubble to get soap of a shavestick, I made it work. At least it rinsed off easily...

It made for squeaky clean feet that smells of camphor... somehow I think the scent will linger for a  few hours.

*) All according to the website my Better Half got it from - it's available elsewhere, but not from many places that ships to Norway.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Shave of the day 10th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Magic Soap, liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Mike's Natural Lavender & Eucalyptus Soap
Brush: Vie Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R, both with a Perma-Sharp Super blade (2)
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

A very nice shave, despite a blade that's not terrible smooth in my opinion.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Shaving videos

My favorite shave forum - The Shave Nook - has it's own YouTube channel with is well worth checking out. I've picked up more than a few tip and tricks from there, and it's also great to see what I'm doing different than other wetshavers.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Shave of the day 8th October

Pre-shave: Pure glycerine soap
Lather: Prairie Creations' KISS cream w/ Tea Tree Oil
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger/boar
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R, both with a fresh Perma-Sharp Super blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

First shave with the KISS cream - very soft in the consistency, and made for a very frothy lather. Too much water perhaps? I'll use less next time.
Also getting back into trying out the blades from the various sampler packs I gotten. This one was sharp enough, but not the smoothest. Have to see how it behaves further into the week.
Overall a DFS and a great start on the work week.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Shave of the day 5th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid lavender
Lather: Prairie Creations' Walter Lemon
Brush: Turkish No7
Razors: Merkur 39C slant, Cadet TP-01, both with a Derby Extra blade (4)
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

A DFS with a well performing puck of soap - that was delivered ten minutes before by the mail man.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Cheap brushes and how they are made

Another backdated post - such is life.

One of the members over at my favorite wetshaving forum pointed us all to a little thing he wrote about cheap brushes and how they are NOT made by machine. The discussion it sparked is an interesting read as well.

It's an interesting read - I did honestly assume that cheap and cheerful brushes were at least machine assembled, even if I did assume (correctly in that instance) that the hairs were graded by people. And while machine made brushes might hold true for the ones made with man made fibers*, it's apparently not true when it comes to boar and badger brushes.

I guess that even in 2012 labour is cheap enough in China to not make it worthwhile inventing a knot-making machine...

*) Not to far fetched an idea; some of the really cheap brushes are made with nylon - all the softness and backbone of a painters brush...

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Shave of the day 3rd October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid Peppermint
Lather: Arko stick
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE brush
Razors: Merkur 25C w/ a 7'O Clock (5) and Gillette 58 TV Special w/ a Lord Platinum (5)
Post-shave: Cold water rinse,  and Alum

Somewhat rushed shave, but still very nice.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

The Zen of Shaving

Backdated post - Real Life interrupting my hobbies again.

Shaving time is - at least to me - a quiet, reflective moment. It's me-time; the time when I can close the door and just enjoy myself without a worry in the world. It's also a very manly time; if by manly you mean "waving a very sharp blade around millimeters from your jugular veins... heck, spin that right and it sounds like you're cheating death every time you shave...

On a more serious tone, it is the time each morning I can 'let go' of everyday worries and simply enjoy the 'now' - a perfect moment caught between lather and blade as it were. It's a moment that flushes the system, in a manner of speaking, and lets me put things in perspective. I think that traditional wetshaving have helped making me a better man, as well as a better looking man.

I'm far from the first to notice this off course; a quick search on google will reveal a few hundred thousand hits on the subject. But even so it's something worth keeping in mind, especially when the cartridge-and-canned-goo brigade wonders why we prefers the old fashioned, traditional art of wetshaving.

Forget the 'better shave' spiel; they have heard it a million times before - every time one of the huge multinationals adds another blade they promise the consumers a better shave than ever before.

Forget the whole 'saving money' thing too; most of us succumbs to one or more ADs shortly after we pick up a decent brush and a safety razor.

You might want to quickly bypass the 'better for the enviroment' issue as well; yes, traditional shaving is greener and wastes less plastic, but most people honestly don't care as much about the environment as they claim to do.

But do tell them about that perfect moment caught between lather and blade - those precious minutes every time you shave that lets your worries and concerns simply drain away. The little breathing space where it's you, your razor and perfection.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Shave of the day 1st October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie Long 14033 horse-badger brush
Razors: Merkur 25C w/ a 7'O Clock (4) and Gillette 58 TV Special w/ a Lord Platinum (4)
Post-shave: Cold water rinse,  and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

A DFS and a refreshing start on the new week.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Shave of the day 28th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid lavender
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 39C slant, Cadet TP-01, both with a Derby Extra blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

A damn fine Friday shave before spending the day cleaning and re-stacking the attic.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

What is a good shave?

Sometimes on the shave forums I visit - and even the one I post on - someone will ask what a good shave is.

In my opinion there is only one answer to that question, and only one person who can answer it.

A good shave is a shave you feel happy with - and only you can tell when you had one.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Shave of the day 26th September

Pre-shave: Pure glycerine soap
Lather: Nivea Mild shaving cream
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur 39C slant, Cadet TP-01, both with a Derby Extra blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

First time I used the Nivea in a while - still makes good lather. A DFS all around.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Feeding my ADs

Acquisition Disorders is something many traditional wetshavers seems to gain as part of their hobby - probably because there is just so many brushes, razors and soaps out there to try.

My main AD seems to be centred on soaps and creams, which admittedly is cheaper than razors and brushes.. still, I surprise myself at times. Yesterday I went ahead and ordered a replacement Turkish No6 - having PIFed my original one away - and a order for a 2.45$ brush ended up at just over 20$;
- Wilkinson Sword Classic razor w/ extra blades
- A cheap Plastic Safety razor; if nothing else it'll be good for laughts
- Dalan d'Men shaving cream
- Derby shaving cream
- Tweex shaving stick
and
- Tuskish No6 shaving brush.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Shave of the day 24th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mike's Unscented Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 39C slant, Cadet TP-01, both with a fresh Derby Extra blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's 80 Below

The Derbys ain't the smoothest of blades, but still a DFS with a refreshing end to it.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Shave of the day 21st September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid Orange
Lather: Mike's Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 horse-badger brush
Razors: Merkur 25C w/ a 7'O Clock (3) and Gillette 58 TV Special w/ a Lord Platinum (3)
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Proraso Liquid Cream

A nice and orangy shave - a good, if late, start on the day.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Very quick review of travel sized alum stick

I bought this from Shave A Buck a little while back:
It's alum, it's in a sturdy container, it's the size of my thumb... what's not to like? If you use alum and you like to keep some in your GoBag, you can probably do a lot worse than spending three dollars (US) on this.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Shave of the day 19th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid Peppermint
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol soft soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 horse-badger brush
Razors: Merkur 25C w/ a 7'O Clock and Gillette 58 TV Special w/ a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's 80 Below LE Menthol

Whoa... refreshing! Krampert's latest creation is great, but perhaps best suited for those warm, muggy sommer days.

A DFS all told though!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The cutting edge - one line reviews of blades

I've been trying out various blades in my various razors, and so far this is the ones I remembered to make notes about, ordered alphabetically:

  • Astra Superior Platinum: A blade with a well deserved reputation, smooth and sharp and suited for every razor I've tried it in.
  • BiC Chrome Platinum: Okayish for the first shave, horrible on the second go. Firmly off my list.
  • Feather Hi Stainless: A wicked sharp blade that performs well in any razor, but is best tamed by my Feather Popular.
  • Gillette Goal Stainless: Works rather well in my 22R and 39C - four shaves and still smooth.
  • Laser Super Platinum: Middle to bad blade - sharp enough, but not very smooth. A decent choice if no better blade is available.
  • Lord Platinum: Works very well in my 39C, my 985CL and my 22R.
  • Racer Super Stainless: A middle to good blade, depending on the razor. Worked better in my Parker 22R TTO and in my Racer razor than in my Merkur 39C Slant, no tugging but not the smoothest blades out there.
  • Shark Super Chrome: A middle of the road blade in my 22R and 39C - but gives a very good shave in my Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor. Also works well in the cheap YUMA razor.
  • Treet Platinum Super Stainless: A Pakistani made blade that works well in my 25C open comb and my 958CL. Well worth looking into.
  • Willikins Sword: Shaves well in any razor, especially so in my 39C slant.
  • Zorrik Super Stainless: A pretty decent blade, works fine in my Yuma and 985CL.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Shave of the day 17th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE brush
Razors: Merkur 25C w/ a 7'O Clock and Gillette 58 TV Special w/ a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

A refreshing and DFS to start the week with.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Shave of the day 14th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mike's Pepperming & Rosemary soap
Brush: Vie-Long 14033 horse-badger
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with Laser Super Platinum (2)
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Second shave with these blades -  and last. They lost their edge quicker than most other blades, but still gave me close to a DFS today.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Review of the Cadet TP-01 Open Comb

A little while ago I picked up a Cadet TP-01 from Shave A Buck along with some other things, and I'm happy I did - it's a good razor for a good price.


The box it came in is serviceable, but nothing fancy - then again, we don't buy razors based on the box they come in, but based on how they shave. Well... at least I don't buy razors based on the box - YMMV as with anything relating to this hobby.

The TP-01 is a straight forward three piece open comb razor - pretty much a case of what you see is what you get. It is heavier than I expected, since the handle is solid, not hollow like it is on many other inexpensive razors. This gives it a pleasant balance in my opinion, with the centre of gravity about 3cm below the head. The end result is a remarkable manoeuvrable razor, which should suit most shavers.

A curious side note: the handle of the TP-01 fits the heads of my Merkur 25C, my Merkur 985CL and Yuma - but the head of the TP-01 won't screw all the way onto the handles of said razors. Best guess has to do with the length of the shank - the head of the TP-01 has a longer shank than any of my other razors - and/or the pitch of the screw thread. It is not of any great importance to me - the handle of the TP-01 suits me fine.

The shave I get from the TP-01 is a bit more aggressive and less mild than I get from my other open combs - since the blade angle of the Cadet and my Merkur OCs is virtually the same as far as I can tell, it must be down to blade exposure and blade gap. The sheer depth of the comb might also account for parts of it - all in all a well designed head for a efficient, manly shave.


The craftsmanship of the razor is first class - no visible toolmarks, even plating, highly polished... I can't even tell where the casting sprue have been removed, something I can do on my Merkurs - even if I really had to look.

If you are in the marked for an Open Comb razor, look no further than the Cadet - it's an efficient, comfortable, inexpensive and well made razor.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Shave of the day 12th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid Lavender
Lather: Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE badger-boar brush
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with fresh Laser Super Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest bay Rum

I wasn't having too high hopes for these blades based on what I've been reading online.. but a DFS none the less.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Review of Lea shave stick

Caveat lector: The Lea shave stick have - as far as I can tell from searching - gone through a couple of reformulations over the last couple of years. Mine is the "middle" formulation, without tallow. Older and newer stick should - again as far as I know - contain tallow.

I picked up the Lea shave stick on a whim, and for being cheap - a touch under 3USD from Shave A Buck - it's a reasonable decent stick. Not quite as good as the Arko - which can be had for less if you know where to look - but the Lea have the benefit of coming in it's own plastic carrier; very handy for the Gobag.


As far as the scent goes, it smells of soap and nothing more. That's not a bad thing, even less so when you plan on sticking it in your toiletry bag and leave it there - it wont stink up your other gear. It smells a little bit stronger when wet, but again only of soap as far as I can tell. Compared to a fresh Arko, it's very mild - compared to a slightly aged and aired out Arko it's much the same.

My Better Half claims it smells as if Irish Spring and Dove had a baby - it does remind me of Dove as well, but I've yet to smell the former.She haven't been exposed to Irish Spring in a decade though, so take that for what it's worth.

The lather is quick to whip up and plentiful, and it provides okay glide and cushion. Not the best I've experienced - that honour goes to Mike's Natural Soaps - but far from bad. In my experience it does collapse fairly quickly, which may or may not be an issue of you do three passes - I find it's sufficient for two.

The lack of tallow may give some issues if you got dry skin, but since I always uses a moisturiser after shaving it's a non-issue for me. The newest reformulation - which do have tallow in it - is bound to be better in that regard, even if it seems to be somewhat more expensive online. I have no idea what the latest refomulation is like in regards to scent or lather though, but reviews seems to be positive.

Overall it's a great little package; a sturdy container, a good soap and a low price. Definitely recommended if you want a shaving stick for travel or for use at home - you may want to look for the latest reformulation if you want a tallow based stick though. For me it has displaced the tube of shave cream in my GoBag, taking up less space with less chance of making a mess.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Shave of the day 10th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid Orange
Lather: Orange EO Shave Soap
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Racer razor with a Racer Super Stainless, and Yuma with a Zorrik Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Proraso Liquid Cream

Overall a nice, comfortable and orange shave.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Shave of the day 7th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid Lavender
Lather: Mike's Pine & Cedarwood Soap
Brush: Omega '48 boar brush
Razors: Cated TP-01 with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Felt like some more subtle scents at the end of the week - and it made for a nice, relaxing DFS.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

The P&G walled garden - as exemplified by the Gillette Guard

The main purpose of almost every business is to enrich it's shareholders - which is why you should be very, very sceptical to any claims they make about anything else. With that in mind, have a look at this commercial from Gillette; part of the huge multinational P&G and the company who pretty much invented the DE as we know and love:
The message the ad pushes across? Pretty close to "your get more girls / be more successful / be more popular if you use our razor"... despite the fact that by switching you'll spend more of your hard earned rupies on shaving supplies and those rupies will go into the very deep and already filled pocket of a large multinational.

*sigh*

 The sad story that some seems to forget (or ignore) is that Gillette came up with the Guard - which some reviews state gives a better shave than the multi-blade horrors Gillette and others currently sells in the west - as a way to entrap shavers in the third world. People who can't afford the Fusions and Mach3s and whatchamacallits will - if Gillette have their way - be lured away from reasonable affordable shaving with a wide range of suppliers and into the walled garden of the huge multinationals... and once they are there you can put good money on the fact that they will be milked for what they are worth.

Anybody wants to bet against Gillette coming out with a GuardPlus or GuardElite in a few years? It'll be just a few rupies more but the Bollywood stars uses it, so you should to!!! The tactic worked on consumers in the west, so there is no reason it shouldn't work in the rest of the world.

I have been accused for being too cynical, too dismissive of the Gillette Guard... claims have been made that it is a very good razor as far as cartridges go (if so, why do P&G still peddle the more expensive multi-blade horrors to us Westerners - their profit margins in the west should be higher with something like the Guard?)

Well, I know that the plural of anecdote isn't data, but lets look at what I do know:

First off, Gillette has gone out publicly (link  goes to PDF press release) and said that the goal of the Guard is to get people in the third world who are using DE razors to switch to a Gillette product - refer to their all mighty bottom line; they make nothing if an Indian or Bangladeshi shaver buys another brand or a no-brand DE blade to use in his old, possible interred safety razor.

Secondly, I had the pleasure of going on a 12 month mission to South Sudan as a UN Military Observer a while back - came home just under a year ago - and had the good luck to be sent to a Team Site where a Company of the Bangladesh Army provided the Force Protection. Wonderful people to hang around, great (and spicy) food, lots of things to learn about other cultures. One of the things I noticed while on my first Long Duration Patrol - that is, being out of the Team Site for several days and camping on the road - was that the rank and file were using DE razors and soap, while the officers were using cartridges and canned goo*. I got the chance of asking one of the officers about it some time later, and the reply I got was pretty much "but we have to use western razors, it's expected of people in our position - using an old razor is loss of face.".

So yeah, while the Guard might be a good razor as far as cartridges go, Gillette is most likely trying to get people to buy it due to the perceived "status" of using a modern razor, coupled to the desire to fill their own coffers by locking said shavers into Gillette's walled garden... but when you come down to it that's the job of a company; provide profit for their stockholders. The fact that it'll create more waste, cost the consumers more money and give a shave that is no better (or just as likely - worse) than what a billion men (if we're to trust P&G's press release) uses today is of no importance to Gillette and their mother company.

Maybe it is just me being Western, cynical and well off.. but wouldn't it be nice if Gillette (and by extension P&G) regained their dominant position in the marked by making and providing the best, most affordable DE razors and blades like they used to have a reputation for? I hate walled gardens...

*) With the exception of the Company Commander: he had his batman shave him with a straight razor every morning while the commander was reading - a somewhat surreal sight while in the middle of the African bush.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Shave of the day 5th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE badger-boar brush
Razors: Cated TP-01 with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

A very refreshing DFS - both the soap and the aftershave packs a punch, in the best possible way.


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Interesting read

One of the wonders of the internet is that your local paper can be online, giving you local news and stories for free. One of the bigger wonders of the internet is that you can check out the local papers from across the world... giving you an insight into what normal people in places you never heard reads when they have their morning coffee...

Someone over at my favorite shaving forum pointed us to such a story last week - about the local town vicar and his love of classic wetshaving.

...and now I have shared it with you too - enjoy!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Shave of the day 3rd September

Pre-shave: Pure glycerine soap
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Vie-Long 14033
Razors: Cated TP-01 with a fresh Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Body Shop "Maca Root Energic Face Protector"

Razor, shave stick and pocket sized alum from Shave A Buck - the balm was a free sample  from Body Shop.
Overall a fine shave -  I can see why people have been praising the Cadet OC head sky high.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Shave of the day 31st August

Pre-shave: Pure glycerine soap
Lather: C&E Sandlewood
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Parker 22R with "Wilkinson Sword" and Merkur 985C with "Lord Platinium"
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Proraso Liquid After Shave balm

Shaved in the afternoon, since I overslept this morning. Still a nice shave though...

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Review of Omega 10048 boar brush

The Omega 10048 - aka the Omega 48, Omega Pro, and/or Pro 48 - was the first "real" shaving brush I was exposed to after using an old Body Shop brush for a decade. The one I got was part of a Starter Kit I bought from Barbershop.no, and the box it came it was branded Proraso. The brush itself bears no re-branding, but proudly proclaimed itself to be an Omega boar brush.

The brush is of good quality manufacture, and should last a lifetime if properly looked after. I have no idea what grade of boar it is - I'm really not all that knowledgeable when it comes to boar brushes. What I can tell is that it looks like the hairs have been bleached, the knot has plenty of backbone and is not all that scratchy. It is also a big knot - the biggest in my small rotation - and a big handle... almost too big for my hand.

The knot is, as mentioned, bleached boar bristles. It's a 28mm knot with a 70mm loft, but thanks to the solid backbone it's not in the least bit floppy. The handle is chromed plastic and fairly light - meaning the balance of the brush is firmly towards the knot end of things. And speaking of the handle, I was expecting the chromed plastic to be pretty slippery, but to my pleasant surprise I have found that I can get a great grip on the brush even with wet fingers.

Various places online touts the Omega 48 as the preferred brush of professional barbers in Italy; and as much lather it'll hold I can easily see why. At the same time the things that makes this an excellent brush for lathering someone else makes it - for me at least - a less perfect brush for shaving one self. The sheer size makes it somewhat awkward to use - I feel like I am applying lather with a straight elbow - and the balance makes it less optimal for applying lather. The size also means I can't use it for making lather in my favorite Turkish copper bowl, but luckily I have a back up in the cereal bowl from IKEA The size of it also means I simply can't face lather with it; my goatee gets in the way.

The Omega 48 isn't a bad brush, far from it. It'll whip anything you'll throw at it into lather, be it a soft cream or a rock hard soap. But it is a BIG brush; from base to tip it clocks in at 133mm. If you're in the marked for a boar brush and you like 'em big, the Omega 48 will get you lots of brush at a reasonable price.

As an aside, I see that Omega also sells the 10049 - an ever so slightly smaller brush than the 10048 but with a handle that's coloured either red, black or white. It might be an option for those who find the chrome to be a little too much.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Shave of the day 29th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, Liquid Peppermint
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: TSN 2012 LE badger-boar
Razors: Parker 22R with "Wilkinson Sword" and Merkur 25C with "Shark Super Chrome"
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Another DFS - the TSN 2012 LE seems to be less of a lather hog with soft soaps than with hard ones... so plenty of lather so spare.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

More gear on the way

Shave A Buck, a webshop based in the US, has brought out a new line of razors from India that looks pretty nice. And since I like open comb razors, and one of the open combs got a good review... well, I just had to pick one up for myself.

And as always when I'm shopping online, I tend to spot things I just have to have - this time it was some alum that could survive in my GoBag and a stick of Lea shaving soap which I haven't tried before. The Lea have gotten a lot of mixed reviews online, but so has the Arko stick... If I like it it'll end up in my GoBag as well, which means the only liquid left in there will be my beloved Krampert's Finest and the small tube of toothpaste.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Shave of the day 27th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, Liquid Orange
Lather: Proraso Menthol & Eucalyptus Cream
Brush: Omega 10048 boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a "Lord Platinum", Yuma with a "Zorrik Super Stainless"
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Another DFS - the Yuma is an extremely good razor considering the price, and Krampert's Menthol is a cold blast that chases the last vestiges of sleep away.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Shave of the day 24th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, Liquid Lavender
Lather: Mike's Lavender & Eucalyptus Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a "Lord Platinum", Yuma with a "Zorrik Super Stainless"
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest bay Rum

Yet another DFS - the LE brush is shaping up very nicely indeed.


Thursday, 23 August 2012

Really vintage razors

Since roughly the time we came down from the trees, humans have been worried about how other people see them - in short, how well groomed we are. And while the standards we been holding each other to in regards to hair care and general hygiene have fluctuated over the ages, it seems that the desire men have to scrape the beard off is timeless.

Perhaps it has to do with perceived status - by taking the time to trim your beard you showed everyone who saw you that you had an excess off time; which presumably translated into having an excess of resources in general. And since fashions spread quickly, soon everyone was wanting to take their beard off - creating a market for clam shells, finely made obsidian blades and some time later metal blades made expressly for dragging across downy cheeks.
A early bronze razor from the Hallstatt culture which seems to me to be modeled on a flint blade with a handle - a wonderful piece of craftsmanship

Presumably the first metal razors were status objects by themselves; it seems several of them had holes so they could hang on a string or necklace. The proles still probably used flint blades or went unshaven... possible either complaining loudly or claiming just as loudly that the ones who could afford to shave were a bunch of pansies. Human nature change very little...
Later, as razors got more common they also got more utilitarian. If everyone own s one there is no need to flaunt the fact, so it seems to me that razors got reduced to the bare essentials; a half moon shaped blade:

A more utilitarian bronze razor (and nail trimmer) from the Hallstatt culture.

Slightly more fancy half moon razors - Italy, 8-7 century BC

Or more fancy axe shaped ones - like this ancient Egyptian razor from the Harageh tomb 661, dating to the First Intermediate Period - approx 2181 to 2055 BC

The shave of a Pharaoh - an evolved axe shaped bronze razor from the time of Amenophis II or III - approx   1426 to 1353 BC

How about a Scandivian bronze razor from the 2 century BC - the depicted ship on it a clear predecessor to the Viking longships?

As metallurgy progressed we got the steel razors, then the cut throat razor and finally the modern safety razor... but I still can't help to wonder what it would be to pick up an bronze instrument like one of these to get the stubble of my face.

I wonder if anyone sells working replicas... ?

This post contains pictures from Wikipedia and other online sources.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Shave of the day 22nd August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, Liquid Orange
Lather: Arko Cool Mint shave cream
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Racer Razor with a "Racer Super Stainless", Yuma with a "Zorrik Super Stainless" - both fresh blades
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Proraso Liquid Cream

The cheap gear gives a shave that's just as good - the one nick was the cat's fault for slipping into the bathroom at the wrong time.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Review of the Merkur 25C

I might as well admit to it; I like the Merkur Open Comb head. Which is why I got two of them; the 985CL travel razor and the long handled 25C.

Go ahead - guess which is which...
Having two razors - or three, when I assemble the Franken-nought-four - with the same head gives me an opportunity to compare how the other part of the razor affects the shave. And once I know how the handle affects the shave, it gives me the insight I need to know how the head affects the shave... so it's a win-win, really.

Speaking of the head; Back when I first created the Franken-nought-four I was researching the Merkur 41C, aka 1904, and found something interesting and/or scary... the Merkur Open Com heads were actually intended to be adjustable... by loosening the handle 1/8 to 1/4 turn you can adjust the blade angle and gap, while the springiness of the blade should keep the mechanism tight. While it might work it sounds kinda dicey - and since you're adjusting both the gap and the angle at the same time it'll be hard to predict just how much more aggressive it'll be.

If used tightened all the way - as I do - the Merkur 25C is a mild and efficient open comb razor. It's milder and more manoeuvrable than the 985CL, but at the same time it has a harder time getting a BBS on my neck. Odd how things works out...

It is overall a solid razor, with a handle that's somewhat thicker than your average pencil but not by much. The balance is good in my opinion, but YMMV depending on your taste.

If you're in the market for a relatively mild long handled open comb, you can do a lot worse than picking up a Merkur 25C.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Shave of the day 20th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie-Long 14033 mixed horse-badger
Razors: Merkur 25C with a "Treet Platinum Super Stainless", Merkur 958CL with a "Lord Platinum"
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest Experimental Menthol

Comparing two razors which shares the head but have very different handles - and a DFS with a menthol blast on a gray Monday morning.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Shave of the day 17th august

Pre-shave: Pure glycerine soap
Lather: Arko stick
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE Brush 17/100 mixed badger/boar
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R, both with a "Wilkinson Sword" blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest Experimental Menthol

A pretty good shave - WTG and XTG on my cheeks, 2 times WTG on my neck, since I gotten a couple of angry bumps.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Review of Turkish copper bowl

One thing I can hardly do without when I wetshave is a good bowl to build the lather in... some people face lather (which I do as well when using the Arko stick), some swear at scuttles - I prefer a decent bowl that fits my hand.

I started out with a simple plastic snack bowl "borrowed" from the kitchen cabinet, then switched to a larger cereal bowl from Ikea (which I still use at times) before one of the old-timers at my favorite shaving forum showed off something he had dubbed "the fairy tale bowl".

It is funny how fast ones Acquisition Disorders can go from dormant to "shut up and take my money" mode...

Short story even shorter; once I learned that the bowl had come from bestshave.net and was pretty damn cheap, I placed an order for it as well as a few other odds and ends - funny how you tend to spot something you suddenly need. Shipping was prompt - as usual - and as soon as I unpacked the bowl I knew I was going to like it:



The bowl is beaten out of pretty thin copper sheet, which makes it lightweight and easy to hold in my paws - the downside is that my lather gets cold pretty fast. The dimpled inner surface helps in building the lather, much like the spiral grove you often see in the bottom of scuttles. The reasonable small size of the bowl - 11.7 cm (~4.5") wide and 4.9 cm (~2") deep - means it's best suited for smallish brushes; since most of my brushes have a loft around 5.0 cm (~2") it suits me fine. My Omega 48, with it's significantly higher loft, do not like my copper bowl much...

Overall I can recommend the Turkish copper bowl if you like bowl lathering, like short lofted brushes and are in the marked for a shiny, lightweight bowl.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Shave of the day 15th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, Liquid Lavendel
Lather: Mike's Pine & Cedarwood Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE Brush 17/100 mixed badger/boar
Razors: Merkur 39C slant with a "Wilkinson Sword" blade, and Merkur 25C with a "Treet Platinum Super Stainless" blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Another DFS - the TSN LE brush is breaking in nicely.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Quick review of Col Conk's Bay Rum

Col Conk's Bay Rum was my first exposure to bay rum - and it's very, very different than the scent of Krampert's Bay Rum... not to put too fine a point to it, the scent is markedly inferior to Brian's wonderful aftershave. It is not that Col Conk smells bad - far from it - it's just that Krampert's smells better...

That aside, the soap is pretty good for being a glycerin based soap - it lathers easily and abundantly, the lather has decent slip and cushion, and the lather don't collapse before I'm done shaving. The soap seems reasonable indifferent as to the brush I'm using, even if I find I have to load a soft brush for longer than a stiff brush - that probably holds true for all hard soaps though.

I have come to expect that glycerin soaps don't give as much moisture to the skin as tallow based soaps do, and Col Conk is no exception to that rule - use of a moisturizing aftershave afterwards is a must for me, even if your mileage may vary on that. As several of you already knows, my aftershave of preference is Krampert's finest - and after using Col Conk's Bay Run what better way to round off the shave than some of Krampert's bay rum?

Overall I can recommend Col Cok if you're in the marked for a glycerin based soap that gives a smooth shave - but look to the tallow based soaps if you're after something that don't leave your skin feeling dry afterwards.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Shave of the day 13th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE Brush 17/100 mixed badger/boar
Razors: Merkur 39C slant with a "Wilkinson Sword" blade, and Merkur 25C with a "Treet Platinum Super Stainless" blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert's Finest Experimental Menthol

A bit of a mentholated kick to start the week, and also using the TSN LE brush on my face for the first time. It has gotten three test lathers so far; one with pure glycerine soap, one with Mike's Unscented and one with Col Conks Bay Rum.

The TSN LE brush is... <drumroll> ...very nice. A bit of a lather-hog, and needs more breaking in - but I can see it'll blossom into a great brush after a few more shaves, as long as I load it heavily.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Shave of the day 10th August


Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mike's Peppermint & Rosemary Soap
Brush: Omega 10048 Boar Brush
Razors: Merkur 25C with a "Treet Platinum Super Stainless" blade, and 1958 Gillette TV Special with a "Astra Superior Platinum" blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse and Alum block

Yet another DFS with the TV Special.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

1958 Gillette TV Special

My latest acquisition on the razor front is my second oldest... a 1958 Gillette TTO known as the "TV Special". A fellow shaver over at The Shave Nook decided it was better to sell it than having it sit unused in his rack, so I got the opportunity to snap it up for a little less than twenty dollars - which was a steal, really. Apparently the razor was advertised during the 1958 broadcasts of "Gillette Cavalcade of Sports" and it's notorious online for being a great shaver.

The new beuty - a short handled TTO vintage razor
Head on with the head open - note slight loss of plating on three spots along the right bar

As for the shave, I can best describe it as mild and effective. This isn't a harsh razor by a long stretch - in fact, some might find it to be too mild. So far I've only taken it for a spin with an Astra Superior Platinum blade, but I can't imagine it'll behave significantly worse with another blade... unless it's a bad blade off course.

Despite being a short handled razor, it's remarkable comfortable to hold. The slight flare near the base helps, as do the knurling. The balance is pretty good too, even if I find it slightly top heavy - either the head could have been slightly lighter, or the handle slightly heavier. It's no worse than most of my other razors - I've yet to find a razor with absolutely perfect balance.

I've only had it for about a week so far, and used it a couple of times, but the 1958 Gillette TV Special has gained a slot in my rotation. If you're in the marked for a vintage Twist To Open razor, and like 'em mild... well, you could do a lot worse than picking up one of these babies - even if they can be hard to find at a reasonable price.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Shave of the day 8th August


Pre-shave: Pure glycerine soap
Lather: Mike's Barbershop
Brush: Vie-long 14033
Razors: Merkur 25C with a "Treet Platinum Super Stainless" blade, and 1958 Gillette TV Special with a "Astra Superior Platinum" blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Yet another DFS. The Gillette TV Special is shaping up to be a mighty fine shaver.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Review of Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol cream

Apart from the Maca Cream from Body Shop, the Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol Cream was my first foray into the wonderful world of shaving creams and soaps that don't come in a pressurized can. I received it as part of a traditional wetshaving starting kit, and it went with me on a 12 month deployment with the UN to South Sudan.

A little beat up, but still good

I must say that for a newbie in traditional wetshaving the Proraso Cream is a very good choice. It lathers well with little water, lots of water, hard water, soft water... and with any brush I've tried it with so far. Granted, you won't always get good lather until you learn how to make it, but it's great for giving you plenty of play for experimenting with until you learn. It is also good for shaving with - which is nice since it is in fact a shaving cream.

I used it exclusivity for the year I was in Sudan, along with a Body Shop synthetic brush. After a month or so I was able to make consistently good lather, and started to appreciate just how good the slip, glide and cushion of the Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol Cream was compared to anything that squirt out of a can. The mentholation of this cream is not as strong as some of my other soaps - Mama Bear's Awakeing take the top spot in that regard - but still enough to be noticeable and appreciated on a warm day... as all the days in South Sudan was. I should probably use this cream more often, but I have so many other great soaps and cream to shave with that I cannot stay with one product for any stretch of time.

If you're in the marked for a cream in a tube, and you like menthol, you cannot go wrong with the Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol Cream.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Shave of the day 6th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, Peppermint
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol soap
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Merkur 25C with a "Treet Platinum Super Stainless" blade, and 1958 Gillette TV Special with a fresh "Astra Superior Platinum" blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Krampert's Finest Exp. Menthol

A DFS and a good way to start the week with a new-to-me razor.


Friday, 3 August 2012

Shave of the day 3rd August


Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, Peppermint
Lather: Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood Soap
Brush: Turkish No7
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R, both with "Wilkinson Sword" blades
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

A nice shave on a wet morning.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Review of Krampert's Finest Menthol

First a warning: This stuff isn't for sale - at least not yet. Which means that the first thing you need to do to get hold of it is to ask Krampert to start producing it... which takes money, so perhaps the very first thing you should do is to buy a bottle or two of his Finest Bay Rum... don't worry, it's well worth the asking price.

In short, everthing I like about the healing and moisturising properties of Krampert's Bay Rum is present in his experimental menthol as well - and just like his Bay Rum this is some seriously good aftershave. And just like the Bay Rum, I found myself putting some on even if I havn't shaved just to enjoy the moisturising properties and great scent.

The major difference is off course the menthol. It is refreshingly cooling on muggy mornings, and if I havn't woken up before putting it on I sure am awake afterwards - even more so on the days I gotten a minor nick or two.

This is a seriously good aftershave - if you enjoyed Krampert's Bay Rum, you'll enjoy his Menthol if (when) it'll be available.