Friday, 31 May 2013

Shave of the day 31st May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Mike's Coconut Soap (sample)
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a fresh Laser Super Stainless w/ chromium coated edges...
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Shave with a shirt?

There is a thread on my favourite shave forum, discussing if you should shave with your shirt on or off... seems like most traditional wetshavers are a bit messy and prefer shaving bare chested...

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Shave of the day 29th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: BodyShop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Shaving from the GoBag

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

First impressions of the Merkur 45C

A little while ago I bought a new razor - a bakelite Merkur 45C, and it's a real looker too.
Last week it was my only razor, to break it in and get me used to it.
It's very lightweight, which I found - rather counter-intuitively - makes it easier to not put any pressure on it at all. It's often said you should let the weight of the razor do the work for you, but in the case of the 45C it's the sharpness of the blade that does it.
The 45C has a rather retro style to it, which suits the material - bakelite - rather well. The reddish-brown and black might not be everybody's cup of tea... but it's nice to get away from the aluminum and chrome for a little while.
So far I've just tried it with a single blade, so it's too early to do a proper review - but if you are looking for a safety bar DE razor somewhat out of the ordinary you could do well to look at the 45C.

As an aside; now that I own one of each I can say that the 'unknown' German white bakelite slant almost certainly is a Merkur product:; the handles are the spitting image of each other and have to have been made in the same molds.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Shave of the day 27th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS Teatree
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur 45C with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Proraso Liquid Aftershave Cream

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Interview with shaving personalities

Sometimes you run across people who can be said to have written the book on a subject or other. Other times someone actually writes the book on a subject. Leisureguy is one of the later, and his book is on traditional wetshaving. I came across an interview with him via my favorite shave-forum.I can heartily recommend his book too - I don't agree with everything he has to say on various subjects, but it's certainly a good read and makes you ask the right sort of questions.

On the same website they also have an  interview with Mantic59, the man behind some of the most instructive shaving videos on YouTube - a must see for a new wetshaver, and good for many old timers too.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Shave of the day 22th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur 45C with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Monday, 20 May 2013

Shave of the day 20th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Mike's Pine & Cedarwood
Brush: Semogue TSN LE 2012
Razors: Merkur 45C with a fresh Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 17 May 2013

Shave of the day 17th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange
Lather: Prairie Creation's Walter Soap
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 33R TTO, both with a Perma Shave Super
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Happy 17th of May!

Today the Norwegian Constitution is 199 years old - and according to some ways of looking at it so is Norway as a country... other ways of counting puts Norway at 1089 years (in 1905 the parliament told the Swedish-Norwegian king that they figured he had failed to fulfil his duties, so bye!), or at 1141 years (Battle of Hafrsfjord, which may or may not have taken place in or around 872).
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At any rate, Happy 17th!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Bizarro Razor

After I switched to using a single blade - even if it has two edges - I've been somewhat puzzled as to why you would need 2, 3 or 8 blades. Recently I found this drawing which offer an explanation:

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Shave of the day 15th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree
Lather: Col Conk's Bay Rum
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 33R TTO, both with a Perma Shave Super
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Quick review: Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave

As part of the starter kit I bough way back in the summer of 2010, I got a bottle of Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave - a non-alcoholic after shave balm.

I didn't think too much of it at the time; I was new to the traditional way of shaving and had no real experience in using a post-shave product. So I tried it for a bit, and promptly decided not to bring it with me when I went on a 12 month Tour of Duty in Africa. It was a glass bottle after all, and I needed the space in my bags for other things... looking back I should have brought it. Hindsight is 20/20, and now I know the importance of a decent post-shave routine.

Long story short, I got back home and started picking up on using after shave, which cleared up the issue of dry skin I been troubled with while in Africa.

The Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave is a pretty decent after shave balm; the lack of alcohol mean no burn, and it's fair to decent as far as moisturizing goes. It can leave my skin a little greasy though, so I have to wipe my fingers after using it. Scent is faint, which can be good or bad depending on your preference, and fairly indescribable.

I don't use this as often as I perhaps should - simply because I find Krampert's Finest to be a much superior product as far as moisture and scent goes. Kramper's can give a bad alcohol burn though, if I managed to nick myself...

Monday, 13 May 2013

Shave of the day 13th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood
Brush: Semogue TSN LE 2012
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 33R TTO, both with a fresh Perma Shave Super
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 10 May 2013

Shave of the day 10th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Bakelite slant and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with Zorrik Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 9 May 2013

One year and counting

I just realised I made my first post on this blog a little over a year ago. My, does the time pass quickly...

Close to 290 posts, almost 7000 hits... and I'm enjoying shaving more now than I did when I started with traditional wetshaving.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Shave of the day 8th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange
Lather: Mike's Natural Lime
Brush: Semogue TSN LE '13
Razors: Bakelite slant and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with Zorrik Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Mixing and matching

What happens if I use a shave stick on my face and some cream on the brush? I decided to find out:

Arko stick with...
  • Arko Cool Mint: Lots of lather, good for shave, needs lots of water - and nice scent too.
  • Dalen d'Men Energetic: Very dense, very thirsty. Subtle scent of menthol
  • Derby Lavender: Very thirsty and dense - almost too dense - lather. No particular scent.
Derby stick with...
  • Arko Cool Mint: thirsty, dense lather with a very noticeable citrus scent.
  • Dalen d'Men Energetic: dense without being overly thirsty, noticeable but not too strong menthol scent.
  • Derby Lavender: dense, rich lather, smelled mostly like soap. Took a bit of work to get going.
GzD stick with...
  • Arko Cool Mint: Made for a dense, thirsty lather - seems like the scents cancelled each other out.
  • Dalen d'Men Energetic: Dense without being overly thirsty - quite strong menthol scent and feel.
  • Derby Lavender: Dense and thirsty lather, but surprisingly good glide and cushion.
Lea stick with...
  • Arko Cool Mint: A thicker, denser lather than either product makes on their own.
  • Dalen d'Men Energetic: Thick, somewhat thirsty. Sort of a soapy menthol scent.
  • Derby Lavender: A thick, but not too dense, lather that smells mostly of soap.
Result? Encouraging - but I'm not the first to try this; after the experiment got under way I was rereading Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving where he describes the combination of shave stick and cream as "superlather".

Monday, 6 May 2013

Shave of the day 6th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea stick and Dalen d'Men Energetic cream
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Bakelite slant and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with Zorrik Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 3 May 2013

Shave of the day 3rd May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Tea Tree
Lather: Arko stick and Dalen d'Men Energetic cream
Brush:Turkish No7
Razors:Bakelite slant and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with fresh Zorrik Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse and alum.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Shave of the day 1st May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mike's Peppermint & Rosemary
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Cadet's TP-01 OC and TTO-13, both with Derby blades
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Proraso Liquid Cream Aftershave