Monday, 31 March 2014

Shave of the day 31st March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: TFS Bergamotto Neroli, sample
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger/boar
Razors: Vintage GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf with a GEM
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Friday, 28 March 2014

Shave of the day 28th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange
Lather: Mike's Natural Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger/boar
Razors: Vintage GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf with a GEM
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 27 March 2014

A short review of Martin de Candre soap

A couple of years ago - a Norwegian couple, that is - I received a sample of Martin de Candre as part of a PiF from a fellow shaver. For the longest time I left it alone, but now I've have sampled my way through the sample.

Let me preface by repeating one of the basic tenants of traditional wetshaving:
Your Milage May Vary

That said...
I've read multiple reviews of MdC online, several made by wetshavers whose judgement I trusts. The overwhelming view seems to be that MdC is an awesome soap in every way. Personally I can't see what the fuss is all about, less so given the high cost of it.

Yes, it is long lasting - but so are many of my other soaps.
Yes, it smells pretty nice - but so does many of my other soaps.
Yes, it makes great lather which cushions and provides great slip - but so does many of my other soaps.
No, it don't leave my face feeling dry - but neither do many of my other soaps.
Yes, it is an overall solid performer - but so does many of my other soaps.
And yes, it's costly - more so than many of my other soaps.

Perhaps my view on the McD would been different if I wasn't blessed with soft water, perhaps I would been more awestruck by it if I wasn't spoiled by a certain artisan soap maker...

Don't get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with McD - far from it. But to me at least the McD isn't so right I'll go out and buy more - I rather stock up on more of Mike's Natural Soaps which to me is just as good and comes in a lot more scents.

As I said, YMMV - but if you want to give McD a spin then do yourself a favour and get a sample first.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Shave of the day 26th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Nivea Mild Cream
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse/boar
Razors: Vintage GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf with a GEM
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and BodyShop Maca Root Face Protector

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Method of making razor blades

While I was looking for something unrelated, I stumbled over this patent from 1914;
For the mechanically inclined among us - well, the subset of the mechanically inclined that has access to a well supplied workshop at least - it looks like one could put one together in the shed and start cranking out DE-blades for fun and profit... it grinds, wraps, punches, folds, and packs blades - ready for shipment and sale.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Shave of the day 24th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender
Lather: Martin de Cadre
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razors: Vintage Ever-Ready 1914 SE with a fresh GEM
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Proraso Liquid Cream Aftershave

Comment: The Ever-Ready was patented on 24th March 1914... so while mine was likely made in the twenties or thirties, it is in some way a hundred years old today.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Shave of the day 21st March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Crabtree & Evelyn Cedarwood
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 25C Open Comb and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with a Treet Platinum Super Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Another look at the cost of shaving

Continuing from Tuesday; I'm still poking at the internet to figure out just how much cheaper traditional wetshaving can be, compared to cartridges, and I've found another article that takes shaving cream into account.

Caveat; it's from a online retailer of shaving gear... so there will be a bias. The math is sound though, and his data on the longevity of carts is from the manufacturer.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Shave of the day 19th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea Shave Stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL Open Comb travel razor
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Cost of shaving - a breakdown per shave

Every now and then someone makes the claim that you can save a load of cash by switching to traditional wetshaving. Having a bit of downtime, I decided to hunt the internet for data points, and came across - among a lot of other, semi-related articles - one article that at least seemed to have done the math.

His breakdown?
  • Going electric costs you 0.08 to 0.16 USD per shave - with a high up front cost.
  • Using cheap disposables bought in bulk costs 0.08 to 0.11 USD per shave - or about the same as a gifted electric.
  • Carts sets you back around 0.39  USD per shave - it adds up, even if you eeek the last bit of life from the blade.
  • If you invest in a razor sharpener, both disposables and carts runs to about 0.02 USD per shave - much more reasonable.
  • Traditional DE they claim run in at 0.05 USD per shave - although that is at just two shaves per blade.
  • Traditional DE with a razor sharperner ticks in at ~0.03 USD - or about the same as disposable and carts when sharpened.
Keep in mind that the breakdown don't include pre-shave soap, shave soap, brushes or aftershaves... in fact, I suspect that if the author had invested in a decent shave soap, he would get a lot more than two shaves out of each blade without nicking... or he could be using a less then good brand of blades.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Shave of the day 17th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea Shave Stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL Open Comb travel razor
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 14 March 2014

Shave of the day 14th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea Shave Stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL Open Comb travel razor
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Review of the Vie-Long 14033 mixed badger / horse brush

Somehow I have managed to use - and love - this brush for almost two years... but not gotten around to do a write-up on it. Time to fix that, right now.

I bought this mixed badger / horse brush shortly after the TSN LE 2012 had showed me how nice mixed brushes could be... and to dip my toes both into badger and horse hair. Like most of my brushes it is on the small side - 20mm knot and 50 mm loft - which makes it suitable for both face and bowl lathering.

It can best be described as being fluffy with a backbone - the horsehair adds springiness and a slight scritch, the badger do what badger do best and imitates a fluffy cloud. The combination makes for a efficient lather maker.

If you're looking for a new brush, you can't go much wrong with mixed brush from Vie-Long.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Shave of the day 12th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Mike's Natural Pine & Cedarwood Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-boar
Razors: Merkur 25C Open Comb and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with a Treet Platinum Super Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Review of Vie-Long 13051M pure horse

Horse hair brushes has fascinated me since I got into traditional wetshaving - not only are they traditional (until the anthrax scare, they were the most common brush) but they are also animal friendly.

The Vie-Long 13051M is my first pure horse, and even if it's not everyone's cup of tea it's a keeper for me.

I tend to prefer small brushes, since that makes them useful for both face and bowl lathering. the 13051M has a 21mm knot and a 50mm loft, and holds plenty of lather. It has plenty of backbone, and lots of scritch - if you got sensitive skin or prefer a fluffy, cloudy brush... this is not the brush for you.

If you're in the market for a smallish brush that is animal friendly and don't mind the scritch, I can recommend the Vie-Long 13051M

Monday, 10 March 2014

Shave of the day 10th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Demogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger-boar
Razors: Merkur 25C Open Comb and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with a fresh Treet Platinum Super Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 7 March 2014

Shave of the day 7th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange
Lather: Orange EO Shave Cream
Brush: Demogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger-boar
Razors: Cadet 13 TTO-OC and Cadet 11 TTO, both with a Persona Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Review of the Cadet TTO-11 Open Comb

A few months ago I bought a Cadet TTO-11 OC via shave-a-buck, and for some reason I haven't gotten around to writing a review of it yet.. time to remedy that.


The Cadet TTO-11 OC is - as the name suggests, an Open Comb, Twists-To-Open razor made by the Indian razor manufacturer Cadet... and it's a keeper. I was initially sceptical to the shortish handle - since I tend to prefer razors with long handles - but the balance is very good which makes for an easily manoeuvrable razor.

The open comb and head geometry makes it slightly more aggressive than my other Cadet TTO, but not by much. It's an efficient axe for mowing down stubble, but at the same time great for touch-ups and polishing.

Overall it's a keeper - and if you like Twist-To-Open or Open Comb razors, you could do a lot worse than getting a Cadet TTO-11

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Shave of the day 5th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender
Lather: Derby Shave Stick and Derby Lavender Cream
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razors: Cadet 13 TTO-OC and Cadet 11 TTO, both with a Persona Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

GoBag

Im getting ready to be on the Go for a short while, so I decided to re-evaluate what goes in the GoBag as far as shaving goes. As I mentioned before, part of the issue in my GoBag is space - or rather lack of space. If I put something in, something else have to come out... I have however replaced the liquid shampoo with a travel sized bar of Mike's Natural Shampoo Bar, so there is some free space. Even so, there is not any huge changes since my last time on the Go:
  • Travel sized bottle of Dr Bronner's Peppermint Soap
  • Omega #50014 travel boar brush
  • Merkur 985CL Open Comb travel razor
  • Pack of Lord Platinum
  • Lea Shave Stick
  • Travel tube of alum
  • Travel size bottle of Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
I may or may not change things further... but for now, it's a den away from the den.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Shave of the day 3rd March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Arko Shave Stick and Arko Cool Mint Cream
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed badger/horse
Razors: Cadet 13 TTO-OC and Cadet 11 TTO, both with a fresh Persona Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum