Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Looking back, looking forward

Another year older, but still feeling thirteen most of the time...

This attempt at documenting my wetshaving journey have been up for a little more than a year and a half - first post went up early in April 2012 - but along the way the amount of things in my shave den exploded as well as a significant improvement in my technique. Got about ten thousand hits this year, which is not bad for a weblog that is 3/5ths about what lather and razor I used at any given day...
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!

Monday, 30 December 2013

Shave of the day 30th December

Pre-shave: Dr Peppers Liquid TeaTree
Lather: Mike's Natural Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper Shave Stick
Brush: Semogue TSN 2013 LE
Razor: Ever-Ready 1914 with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Proraso Liquid After Shave balm

Friday, 27 December 2013

Shave of the day 27th December

Pre-shave: Dr Peppers Liquid Lavender
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clog Pruf with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Aubrey Organics North Wood aftershave (tail end of a sample)

Thursday, 26 December 2013

A new standard?

Someone on my favourite shave forum posted a link to a now-to-me razor manufacturer: Standard Razors.

While some of their spiel seems... well, a little over-the-top and bombastic, that is the style of advertisement these days. Their actual product looks good - if slightly costly - and has gotten praise from shavers such as Leisureguy. Machined from "aircraft grade" aluminium (why not just tell us what alloy it is?), with a handle that differs from most of the offerings on the market... It is nice to see a razor that is not cast from brass of machined from stainless steel, and I'm sure we'll see more of these pop up on the various shaveforums and blogs in the near future.

In other words, they might be worth keeping an eye on for the future.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Shave of the day 25th December

Pre-shave: Dr Peppers Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mike's Natural Lime Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clog Pruf with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

God jul!

In Norway, as in most of non-Anglo-Saxon Europe, Yule is celebrated on the 24th. The midwinter celebrations are a direct continuation of the old midwinterblót, given a thin christian veneer when Norway was christianised a millennia ago - but our habit of throwing a party when the sun turns goes back way beyond that.



So to everyone out there who happen to read this, I wish a God Jul and a Godt Nytt År.
Or as they would say a millennia ago;

*) To a good harvest / good year and peace / friendship

Monday, 23 December 2013

Shave of the day 23rd December

Pre-shave: Dr Peppers Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: C&E Sandalwood
Brush: Vie Long 13051 pure unbleached horse
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clog Pruf with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Friday, 20 December 2013

Shave of the day 20th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Nivea Mild cream
Brush: Semogue 2012 TSN LE
Razor: GEM 1912 with a GEM "Stainless Coated Single Edge"
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum stick and Proraso Liquid Balm

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Shave of the day 18th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Mike's Coconut Soap (sampler)
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razor: GEM 1912 with a GEM "Stainless Coated Single Edge"
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Adding soap to cream

The other day I was using some Arko Cool Mint shave cream, which makes a pretty decent lather but is - in my opinion - somewhat lacking in the mentholated kick department. Acting on an impulse I added a couple drops of Dr Bronners liquid peppermint soap as I was building my lather...

The result was a thicker lather than usual, with a distinct and pleasant menthol-peppermint kick to it - a definite improvement both on the face-feel and the cushioning. I suspect I'll do it again the next time I use the Arko cream, and possible to some of my other creams too.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Shave of the day 16th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender
Lather: Mike's Hungarian Lavender Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razor: GEM 1912 with a GEM "Stainless Coated Single Edge"
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 13 December 2013

Shave of the day 13th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Arko Cool Mint Cream
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a Lord blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum stick and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Thursday, 12 December 2013

No razor? No problem?

At least not for this Russian guy... apparently, his grandfather told him that "Razors are an expensive, unnecessary luxury" and that during the Great Patriotic War the soldiers would shave with anything - so logically he decided to learn how to do the same.
I'm  not sure about y'all, but I stick to a nice DE for now - and proper lather too, instead of the canned goo I spy on this fellows table.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Shave of the day 11th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: GzD shavestick
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a Lord blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum stick and Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Back in the den

The last month I have been shaving from the GoBag... which means I get a good shave (differences in water hardness non-withstanding), but also means less choices. So I'm happy to be back in my own den and be able to fuss over what soap and brush to use for each shave.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Shave of the day 9th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mike's Orange & Black Pepper Soap
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a fresh Lord blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 6 December 2013

Shave of the day 6th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 5 December 2013

A good read on straight edge shaving

One of the regulars over at my favourite shaving forum also writes articles for his local newspaper. Recently he wrote one on straight edge shaving which I found to be a good read.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Shave of the day 4th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

New slant is being released soon

From time to time a new razor hits the market - but very few of them are slants... and I like slants.

I'm rather excited about the promised RazoRock Slant, but I probably wont be the first to buy - I like seeing what others think before I hand over my cash.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Shave of the day 2nd December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum