Monday, 30 June 2014

Shave of the day 30th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: RazoRock XXX croap
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razor: Cadet TP-01 OC with a fresh green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel with aloe vera

Friday, 27 June 2014

Shave of the day 27th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: Cadet 11 TTO OC with a Flying Eagle
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Shaving with stone blades

A rather interesting video showing making and shaving with obsidian flakes.

"I don't advice you to try this without a good deal of prior experience... and lots of band-aids."

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Shave of the day 25th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razor: Cadet 11 TTO OC with a Flying Eagle
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Monday, 23 June 2014

Shave of the day 23rd June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Orange Essential Oil Shave Croap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger-boar
Razor: Cadet 11 TTO OC with a Flying Eagle
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and  Body Shop maca root face protector

Friday, 20 June 2014

Shave of the day 20th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Prorazo Eucalyptus & Menthol Cream
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razor: Cadet 11 TTO OC with a Flying Eagle
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and  Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Shaving brushes and... anthrax?

Unknown to many these days, it used to be common to have your shaving brush made out of horsehair. Horsehair for a brush makes sense on many levels, not the least of which is the fact that they are animal friendly - the hair is harvested as part of the normal grooming of the horse.

However, the horsehair brush fell out of favour around the Great War, since some suppliers were less than good about sterilizing their products. A bit of searching online brings to light some documents from the time:

Anthrax from Shaving Brushes (July 12, 1918)
Anthrax and the Sterilization of Shaving Brushes (May 9, 1919)
An Investigation of the Shaving-Brush Industry, with Special Reference to Anthrax (May 9, 1919)
Isolation of Anthrax Bacillus from a shaving Mug (November 1, 1922)

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Shave of the day 18th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Arko Cool Mint
Brush: Turkish No6
Razor: Cadet 11 TTO OC with a fresh Flying Eagle
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and  Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Monday, 16 June 2014

Shave of the day 16th June

Pre-shave: N/A
Lather: N/A
Brush: N/A
Razors: Phillips AT890
Post-shave: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Got a sunburn this weekend, so opted for a 'worse' shave that wouldn't involve dragging a blade over my tender skin

Friday, 13 June 2014

Shave of the day 13th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree
Lather: Rise brushless cream
Brush: N/A
Razors: Parker 22R with a Feather blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and BodyShop maca root face protector

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Shave on the day 11th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse/boar
Razors: Parker 22R with a Feather blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Kramperst's Finest Prototype Menthol

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Shaving thoughts

From the free (as in both beer and speech) ebook "The Perfect Gentleman" by Ralph Bergengren, downloaded from Project Gutenberg (which still is an awesome site for free books);
The world of shavers is divided into three classes: the ordinary shaver, the safety shaver, and the extraordinary-safety shaver, who buys each safety razor as soon as it is invented and is never so happy as when about to try a new one. To a shaver of this class, cost is immaterial. A safety-razor for a cent, with twenty gold-monogramed blades and a guaranty of expert surgical attendance if he cuts himself, would stir his active interest neither more nor less than a safety-razor for a hundred dollars, with one Cannotbedull blade and an iron-clad agreement to pay the makers an indemnity if he found it unsatisfactory. He buys them secretly, lest his wife justly accuse him of extravagance, and practises cunning in getting rid of them afterward; for to a conscientious gentleman throwing away a razor is a responsible matter. It is hard to think of any place where a razor-blade, indestructible and horribly sharp as it is,—for all purposes except shaving,—can be thrown away without some worry over possible consequences. A baby may find and swallow it; the ashman sever an artery; dropping it overboard at sea is impracticable, to say nothing of the danger to some innocent fish. Mailing it anonymously to the makers, although it is expensive, is a solution, or at least shifts the responsibility. Perhaps the safest course is to put the blades with the odds and ends you have been going to throw away to-morrow ever since you can remember; for there, while you live, nobody will ever disturb them. Once, indeed, I—but this is getting too personal: I was simply about to say that it is possible to purchase a twenty-five cent safety-razor, returnable if unsatisfactory, and find the place of sale vanished before you can get back to it. But between inventions in safety-razors, the extraordinary-safety shaver is likely to revert to first principles and the naked steel of his ancestors.
 I'm not saying he was right - but 95 years later we still have many people who will jump on the latest razor bandwagon... just to return to their old razors, disappointed. May I suggest they pick up a DE razor and some good soap instead?

Monday, 9 June 2014

Shave of the day 9th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Mike's Natural Rose&Cedarwood Soap (sample)
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed boar/badger brush
Razors: Parker 22R with a fresh Feather blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Kramperst's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 6 June 2014

Shave of the day 6th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Aubrey Organics North Wood shaving cream
Brush: N/A
Razors: Yuma pot metal razor with a Shark blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Kramperst's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Shaving made easy - a free ebook

Over at Project Gutenberg - which is an awesome site for free books, by the way - I found a gem from 1905:
Available of reading online, or to download to a Kindle or other ebook reader, it's a keeper. A little thin on the subject of DE- razors for some strange reason*, but covering the straight edge well as well as touching upon the strop, the brush, the soap, and other supplies. Has some sage advice too, that has not changed in over a century, such as:
Next to the razor, the most important article of the shaving outfit is the soap. In its proper use lies the real secret of easy shaving.
And:
If you desire a really clean shave, you must go over the face the second time.
It's a highly enjoyable read, and I urge you to take a few minutes to grab a copy.

*) The first DE Gillettes went on sale in 1903 - so when this booklet was written they were very much the new kid on the block.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Shave of the day 4th June

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, 3 June 2014

Review of Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Krampert's 80 Below is - in my opinion - one of the best aftershaves you can't get; it's a limited edition, and has for all intents and purposes been replaced by Krampert's Frostbite.

The 80 Below shares it's basic properties with Krampert's Finest Bay Rum and Krampert's prototype menthol - all of Krampert's aftershaves do a great job of moisturizing my face after shaving - they work so well I have caught myself using them even if I haven't shaved. They also does a good job of sealing and healing any minor nicks I might have inflicted on myself while shaving, something which is happening less frequently these days.


As far as scent and face feel goes, the 80 Below is... very menthol. If you're not awake by the time you're done shaving, you will be after putting the 80 Below on... also; if you're not awake, why are you waving a sharp razor around your face and throat?


It is interesting to note that while menthol works wonders on warm, muggy summer days, it is just as nice for different reasons on a chilly winter morning... best way to describe it is that it makes you feel alive in a way you have to experience to understand.


While getting hold of a bottle of 80 Below is dependant on a fellow shaver giving up his loot these days, you ought to do yourself a favour and get a bottle of Krampert's Frostbite - like Krampert's Finest Bay Rum it's well worth the asking price.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Shave of the day 2nd June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: Vie Long 14033 horse/badger mix
Razors: Yuma pot metal razor with a Shark blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Kramperst's Finest Bay Rum