Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Shave of the day 31st July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Col Conk's Bay Rum
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-boar
Razors: Merkur 25C OC and Gillette '58 TV Special TTO, both with a Persona Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

One more benefit

One of the big benefits of treating traditional wetshaving as a hobby is that you'll be likely to have a range of hardware and software in your shave den, and can thus tailor your shave to fit your mood and - more to the point this time of year - the weather.

Warm, muggy morning? No problem; a cold water shave with mentholated soap and aftershave will make you feel suitable refreshed in no time flat!

Monday, 29 July 2013

Shave of the day 29th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Merkur 25C OC and Gillette '58 TV Special TTO, both with a fresh Persona Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Friday, 26 July 2013

Shave of the day 26th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyotus Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Teatree KISS cream
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 45C and Bakelite Slant, both with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Menthol on a warm day

I have found one more reason to pity the "cart's and canned goo"-crowd... at least the part of them that uses no or just one aftershave they picked up at the mega-mart.

The reason? Krampert's Finest 80 Below.

Few things feels better on a warm, humid and generally muggy morning than a splash of icy menthol... like sticking my face in the freezer!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Shave of the day 24th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Arko shave stick
Brush: Turkish No7
Razors: Merkur 45C and Bakelite Slant, both with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The Ultimate Shave™

YMMV, but as far as I'm concerned the most important part of getting the Ultimate Shave™ is the mindset you go in with. Personally I don't consider getting a BBS - a baby butt smooth, ie perfect shave with no trace of hair and no nicks - a necessity for getting an Ultimate Shave™ - to me the Ultimate Shave™ is a shave that feels great, make me feel invigorated and put a smile on my face for the rest of the day.

I gotten shaves like that with my pot-metal Yuma razor, using whatever blade was on top of the stack, the love-it-or-loathe-it Arko shave stick and my cheap as shit Turkish "horse-hair" brush... but I've also gotten it with every other razor, brush and soap/croap/cream I own as well.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Shave of the day 22nd July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-boar
Razors: Merkur 45C and Bakelite Slant, both with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Friday, 19 July 2013

Shave of the day 19th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko Cool Mint cream
Brush: Turkish #6
Razors: Merkur 45C and Bakelite Slant, both with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Open source and shaving supplies

I was reminded of a post I wrote last september, on the subject of walled gardens...

If you embrace traditional wetshaving, you are using what is - for all intents and purposes - an open source system of grooming: all the relevant patents and so forth is fallen into the public domain, which means anyone is free to start making razors and the blades for them. The only thing you need to achieve success in the marketplace is a good product at a good price... which means a lot of small scale artisans and manufacturers has to be in it for the sake of the customers, since the return on investment will be low.

P&G and the other big multinationals wants us to use their proprietary hardware (and software), which gives them control of the supply and therefore the cost - to the benefit of their bottom line (as should be expected, since they are in business to make money). New cartridges and other gizmos will be introduced regularly, to keep the buyers in the walled garden... by hook or by crock.

Or in other words, people who start a business to create products for the traditional crowd - and I'm thinking the hardware side of things - can often be compared to the people who write open source software. They want to create (and sell) a great product that people with special interests will use.

On the other hand the people who runs a business aimed at the 'modern' shaver - and again I'm thinking about the hardware - can be compared to such entities as Microsoft, Apple, and SAP AG... they are in it to make money - and there is nothing wrong about that.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Shave of the day 17th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol croap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-badger
Razors: Merkur 45C and Bakelite Slant, both with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Shaving in space, part 2

Apollo 10 featured the first "shave in space", where the crew used "safety razors, a thick shaving gel and a wet cloth to do the work." - after testing showed that electrical shavers with vacuum attachments didn't work. A little later, during the ground breaking Apollo 11 mission, astronaut Michael Collins used a Techmatic razor and Old Spice brushless cream.

This Techmatic and tube of cream, to be specific. Off course, now I need work out a visit to the National Air and Space Museum the next time I'm in the US - just so I can ogle a razor that's been in space...

Monday, 15 July 2013

Shave of the day 15th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavendel Soap
Lather: Mike's Hungarian Lavendel
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 45C and Bakelite Slant, both with a fresh Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and witch hazel

Friday, 12 July 2013

Shave of the day 12th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Abrey Organics North Wood brushless cream
Brush: -
Razors: Cadet TP-01 and TTO-13, both with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Shave of the day 10th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Cadet TP-01 and TTO-13, both with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Quck review: Rise Shave Gel

I received this a a PIF, not that long after I joined up on my favorite shave forum, and I honestly wasn't impressed with it... because I failed to realise at the time that brushless creams are meant to be used without a brush.

If used with a brush Rise Shave Gel gives a crap shave and a gunked up brush... Used properly however, it has plenty of glide, decent moisturising abilities and almost no cushion. It also leaves less of a mess in the sink that using a 'proper' lather do, so that's a point in it's favour.  The smell of it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's mild and inoffensive so it shouldn't bother anyone terrible much.

Overall it has grown on me - not for everyday use, but for a quick and less messy shave it works well. it would also be a good choice for travellers, since you won't have to bring a brush.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Shave of the day 8th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Lavender & Eucalyptus Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Cadet TP-01 and TTO-13, both with a fresh Green Astra
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 5 July 2013

Shave of the day 5th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Rise Shave Gel - brushless
Brush: -
Razors: Wilkinson Classic with a Trig
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Shave of the day 3rd July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Orange EO Shave Croap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Wilkinson Classic with a fresh Trig
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

How long does a cart last?

I guess that either the last cart is wicked sharp... or the guy who made this simply forgets to buy new blades.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Shave of the day 1st July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: C&E Sandalwood
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Wilkinson Classic with a fresh Trig
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid Cream Aftershave