Thursday, 31 January 2013

Pay It Forward

Wetshaving in the internet-age isn't just about getting a damn fine shave while (potentially) spending significantly less money that you would if you went for canned goo and cartridges.

It is also about - at least for some of us - social interaction with others with whom we share a hobby. Being active on an online forum means you get to share hints, tips and sometimes more... many wetshavers are happy to Pay It Forward, which can both serve to give other shavers a chance to try something new as well as culling the horde some of us accumulate.

To mark my 1000th post over at The Shave Nook - a  very friendly and open minded shaving forum - I decided to pay forward a tub of Mama Bear's Brazilian Coffee that I've barely touched. With luck the guy who got it will enjoy it - and in time pay the favour forward.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Shave of the day 30th January


Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Walter's Shaving Soap
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Cadet TP-01 OP and TTO-13, both with a "Flying Eagle" blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse

The Flying Eagles are a bit rougher in the Cadets, but still decent blades. And Walter's is still a nice soap.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Soaps, croaps and creams

It is amazing really - no matter how often you shave, the sheer amount of soaps and creams don't seem to be reduced.

Clearly the reason for this apparent miracle is that we're living in the future now, and soaps, croaps and creams have become self-replicating... it's the only logical solution. The other hypothesis - that they breed - is just too... off-putting.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Shave of the day 28th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Hungarian Lavender Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE badger-boar
Razors: Cadet TP-01 OP and TTO-13, both with a fresh "Flying Eagle" blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Trying out the Flying Eagles in a new pair of razors, as well as a new soap.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Shave of the day 26th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol croap
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Merkur 25C and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with a "Flying Eagle" blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

The last day of the Flying Eagles, they have given me two weeks worth of Damn Fine Shaves.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

3D printed razor

The idea of using a 3D printer to make shave gear have taken firmly root in my head, to the point where I find myself messing around with free 3D-CAD software just to try to visualize how razors and brushes could be created... someone beat me to it though:
Click here for the relevant files
It may just be me, but I think the shape of the head could do with a little work... well, a lot of work. But it shows that it can be done, so the question becomes how to make it better. Well, that and justifying spending a pile on cash on a 3D printer.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Shave of the day 23rd January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Dalen d'Men Energic cream and GzD shave stick
Brush: Vie-Long 14033 mixed horse-badger
Razors: Merkur 25C and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with a "Flying Eagle" blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

The Flying Eagles is still giving me a DFS - today's lather was dense without being overly thirsty.


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Blade review: Flying Eagle

At times I do things for reasons that can be described as 'less sane' - like picking up a sleeve of razor blades I've never heard about before just because I like the name. Sometimes it even works out...

I was over at Shave A Buck, ordering one of the new Cadet Razors (the Twist To Open TTO-13, which is a damn fine razor by the way) when I spotted a couple of blades I knew I had to pick up just because of their names; Lord Cool and Flying Eagle. While I haven't tried the former yet, the later is actually surprisingly good blades.

More about that later, first we got to have pictures:
The front of the cardboard sleeve - and no, I have no idea what it actually says.
Back of the sleeve - all I can figure out from it is where to open the damn thing.
The back of the individual wrapper - the front of it is the same as the front of the sleeve.
The blade unwrapped - unlike some more expensive blades, the Flying Eagle is double wrapped.
The inside of the wrapper, and the surprise of the day - an advertisement for a cartridge razor called the Gillette Vector!
One side of the Flying Eagle blade - mounted in my Gillette 58 TV Special.
The other side of the blade - for us white barbarians who don't read Chinese I guess.
The Flying Eagle gives me - at least in my Gillette 58 TV Special and my Merkur 25C OC - a very good shave. It's sharp and smooth, and stays that way; it actually stays good for longer than my current fall back blade - even if it starts out slightly less sharp that is a trade off worth considering.
YMMV as always, but I think everyone who likes to experiment with blades that are from outside the beaten track should give these a go - for less than 2 bucks for five they are reasonable priced, and they might give you as good an experience as they gave me.

As an offside, the Gillette Vector mentioned in the advertisement seems to be a Far East clone / remake of the Gillette Sensor; pivoting head, two blades, lubrication strip and 'micro fins'.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Shave of the day 21st January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Derby Lavender cream and Lea shave stick
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE boar-badger
Razors: Merkur 25C and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with a "Flying Eagle" blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

The blade that keeps on giving - a DFS in it's second week.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Shave of the day 18th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Derby Lavender cream and GzD shave stick
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Merkur 25C and Gillette '58 TV Special, but with a "Flying Eagle" blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Another combo that gave a very thirsty lather, but also a DFS.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

More on angles

Linked from badgerandblade.com
It's easier to understand with pictures: the two most important things when it comes to how aggressive a razor feels is the blade gap and the blade angle - the larger they are, the more aggressive the razor feels in my opinion.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Shave of the day 16th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Derby Lavender cream and Derby shave stick
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed boar-badger
Razors: Merkur 25C and Gillette '58 TV Special, but with a "Flying Eagle" blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Another DFS, with copious quantities of dense lather.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Angle of Attack

If you'll excuse the aeronautical term, the angle of the blade have been somewhat on my mind lately - not the angle it has in regards to the razor (which differs between various razors), but the angle it has in regards to the skin when it cuts.

It is - like many other things - the fault of the cartridge shaving systems... the so called modern razor tends to have a flexible head, which is supposed to make shaving easier. A cartridge razor teaches us a lot of bad habits - use of excessive pressure is the one mentioned most often, but just as bad is the lack of proper angle... and when shaving DE (or SE) the angle of attack is alpha and omega in my opinion for getting that great shave.

The head of a traditional safety razor does NOT pivot. Therefore the pivoting action have to come from the wrist - making shaving a little more labour intensive, but more importantly giving the shaver near perfect control... unlike a wibbly-wobbly plastic hinge.

Maintain proper AoA at all times - and check your six for bogeys.

/ for a more complete discussion on the how and why of the shaving angle, please see this article over at the Badger & Blade wiki

Monday, 14 January 2013

Shave of the Day 14th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Derby Lavender cream and Arko shave stick
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-badger
Razors: Merkur 25C and Gillette '58 TV Special, but with a fresh "Flying Eagle" blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Still plodding along with mixing creams and sticks, as well as trying out a new blade.DFS all around, more so from a 'weird' blade.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Shave of the day 11th january

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Arko Cool Mint cream and Derby shave stick
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger-boar
Razors: Racer and Yuma, both with a Racer blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Still experimenting with combining shavesticks and cream - thirsty, dense lather with a very noticeable citrus scent. DFS though, and nick free.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Make your own shave gear

The post the other day where I showed an old time razor made from a bent metal plate made me think of 3D printed razors. I figured that if I could come up with that idea, so could other clever people, so I headed over to Thingiverse - one of the better known places online to share all things 3D printed.

No razors - at least that I could find - but plenty of shaving gear. A few I liked:
- A fancy razor stand
- A less fancy razor stand
- A combined razor and brush stand
- A combined razor and brush 'hang'
- A shave brush handle
- A blade disposal box

Now, if I could only justify spending a huge wad of cash to buy a 3D printer I would have all the razor stands I would ever need... but no printed razor.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Shave of the day 9th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Arko Cool Mint cream and GzD shave stick
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-badger
Razors: Racer and Yuma, both with a Racer blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Yet another DFS with a mixed lather.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

More old time razors

Stumbled over an interesting web page the other day; Origins of the safety razors.
Lots of interesting razors, even if I like the so called Pig Scraper the most:
I can actually see making something like this on a modern 3D printer, suitable modified to use a modern SE or DE blade... shouldn't me too hard.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Shave of the day 7th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Arko Cool Mint cream and Arko shave stick
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Racer and Yuma, but with a fresh Racer blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Harking back to an experiment I did a couple of months ago, I've started an experiment... one that today resulted in rich, creamy lather and a damn fine shave - as usual.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Shave of the day 4th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Derby lavender Cream
Brush: Turkish No7
Razors: Cadet TP-01 and Cadet TTO-13, both with Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave

Yet another DFS.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

First loot of the year - soap

Got the first loot of the year today; a huge order of shaving- and bath soaps from Mike's Natural Soaps.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Shave of the day 2nd January

Pre-shave: Oatmeal soap
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: Vie Long 14033 horse-badger brush
Razors: Cadet TP-01 and Cadet TTO-13, both with Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

First shave of this year, and the first with the RazoRock croap in a long time. DFS.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Looking back

This attempt at documenting my wetshaving journey have been up less than a year - first post went up early in April - but I come a long way since then. Not only have the amount of things in my shave den exploded, but so has the number of hits on this blog - off to a slow start with less than 40 hits the first month, quickly growing to about five hundred a month before a new spike in December. All told not far from 4000 hits so far, which is not bad for a blog that is 3/5ths about what lather and razor I used at any given day...
It's been fun so far - and I'll keep writing this blog as long as I enjoy shaving and I has the time to do so. Have a Happy and Well Shaven New Year!