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!