Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Shave of the day 30th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange
Lather: TFS Bergamotto Neroli, sample
Brush: BodyShop synthetic
Razors: Wilkinson Classic and Merkur 25C OC both with a Personna Platinum Chrome blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Military shaving - or not

In my defence, I was looking for a good photo of a military issue DE-razor... but I must have picked the wrong combination of search terms.
Impressive and war-like though they might be, I think I'll stick to my goatee and moustache...

Monday, 28 April 2014

Shave of the day 28th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: TFS Bergamotto Neroli, sample
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Wilkinson Classic and Merkur 25C OC both with a fresh Personna Platinum Chrome blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 25 April 2014

Shave of the day 25th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree
Lather: TFS Bergamotto Neroli, sample
Brush: Semogue TSH 2012 LE
Razors: Cadet 11 TTO OC and Cadet 13 TTO, both with a Ladas Super Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 24 April 2014

New slant on the marked

The first ones that was put up for sale was gone in a flash - I'm looking forward to the reviews, and am seriously considering buying one... even if it's more expensive than most of the razors I own, an "uncompromising slant" sounds fun.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Shave of the day 23rd April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender
Lather: TFS Bergamotto Neroli, sample
Brush: Vie Long 14055 mixed horse/badger
Razors: Cadet 11 TTO OC and Cadet 13 TTO, both with a Ladas Super Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Thoughs on the Gillette FlexBall

Unsurprisingly, the multinationals are once again promising us a smoother, closer, better shave... meet the Gillette FlexBall, coming soon to a store near you:
  • Handle allows blade to pivot - why is this a good thing? I want my razor to go where I tell it to, not crosswise and slicing me open. It's a gimmick, although one that looks like an interesting piece of engineering; a small universal joint.
  • 20% fewer missed hairs - I though that is why you had 5 freaking blades to begin with? Funny how I use a single blade, two passes and have zero to none missed hairs...
  • Cuts hair shorter - which in the case of me and other traditional wetshavers means scraping off the top layer of skin. Also; 23 microns - that is one 50th of a mm, or just shy of a 1000th of an inch. Clearly a major step forward there...
  • Increased skin contact - which is another way to say the previous design was sub-optimal. Also keep in mind that more contact isn't automatically a good thing - it could simply mean 23% more razor burn...
  • Compatible with earlier cartridges - I'll give them that one; it's actually a good idea and will make the buy-in easier for the consumers.
  •  Battery-powered? I'll take that to mean this one vibrates as well then - because sharp blades on a wobbly stick needs to vibrate with at least 120Hz to shave your mug, I guess...
Want to impress me Gillette? Release a line of DE razors again - fixed, adjustable, three-piece, TTO, anything. Match that up with decent quality soaps and creams - the kind that needs a brush. THEN I'll be mightily impressed.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Shave of the day 21st April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange
Lather: TFS Bergamotto Neroli, sample
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razors: Cadet 11 TTO OC and Cadet 13 TTO, both with a fresh Ladas Super Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Shave of the day 19th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: TFS Bergamotto Neroli, sample
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger / boar
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a Lord Super Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Thayers Original Witch Hazel

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Preliminary finding on TFS Bergamotto Neroli

As shown by my SOTD posts, Im currently working my way though a sample of TFS Bergamotto Neroli. While a full review will have to wait, I can share one preliminary conclusion right now: it lasts a lot longer than MdC...

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Shave of the day 16th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: TFS Bergamotto Neroli, sample
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a Lord Super Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and BodyShop Maca Root Face Protector

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

How about a bronze age razor?

Or, more correct, a reproduction of one?
Ravn Forhistorisk Støbeteknikk (Raven Prehistoric Casting Technique) offers many neat reproductions for sale, and this bronze age razor (13-1200 BCE) caught my eye. One can be yours for just 44€ - cheap all things considering. If I was into straights, I would be ordering one right now - but even if I'm not I can show of a shiny piece of workmanship.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Shave of the day 14th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree
Lather: TFS Bergamotto Neroli, sample
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a fresh Lord Super Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 10 April 2014

More band razors

Continuing on from Tuesday...

From what I can tell, the head of the TechMatic was replaced with every cartridge - which means that the shave could change from cartridge to cartridge. We all know that the quality control on disposable cartridges isn't always top notch and it would only take a couple of misaligned cartridges for the razor to gain a reputation as a face-shredder. Since cartridges are no longer made for them, there is basically no way to know today if the reputation as a horrible razor is deserved or not.



Looking at an open cartridge, it's obvious to me that keeping tension on the band will be a major challenge - and one more place where quality control can fail.

Also, I have learned that there were many band razors out there in addition to the Gillette TechMatic;

The Wanie Rollband was razorblades on a roll for use in your regular razor.

The Razor Six had positive control of the blade and tension via a toothed wheel, but required the user to snap off the used portion of the band.

The Reel Watch Razor had a take-up spool like the TechMatic

The Warder-Hudnut Reelshav looked like a audio cassette.

And the Schick Auto-Band which was Schick's counter to the TechMatic, and even looks much the same.

People been spending a lot of energy making the basic idea work over the years...

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Shave of the day 9th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: TFS Bergamotto Neroli, sample
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Vintage GEM 1912 with a GEM
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Wind up razors?

Does this old patent from 1910:
relate to this razor from the mid 1960's:
?

For what it is worth, a lot of people online claims that the Gillette TechMatic was the "worst razor ever" - the head assembly failed to hold the thin strip of steel flat, resulting in cuts, weepers, and scraped skin.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Shave of the day 7th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange
Lather: TFS Bergamotto Neroli, sample
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse/boar
Razors: Vintage GEM 1912 with a GEM
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 4 April 2014

Shave of the day 4th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: TFS Bergamotto Neroli, sample
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razors: Vintage GEM 1912 with a GEM
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The horsehair shaving brush movement

Over at my favorite shaveforum, there is a short article on the how and why of horse hair brushes, by none less than the owner of Vie Long. A bit on the short side, but a good read.

Did I mention I love my Vie Long brushes?

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Shave of the day 2nd April

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, 1 April 2014

Shaving cream and April Fools

There is one added benefit for using proper shaving creams, as opposed to the canned goo; so called friends can never freeze your creams, use a hacksaw to open the can, and dump the resulting mess in your car where the resulting mess will thaw, expand and fill every nook and cranny...