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.