Friday, 29 August 2014

Shave of the day 29th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter Shaving Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed badger/horse
Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic DE, with a Trig blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Steampunk razors

There is a certain overlap between traditional wetshaving - using yesterdays razors today, because they give a superior shave - and steampunk.*

If you're travelling the internet and have a taste for the steampunk aesthetic - and I quite enjoy the steampunk aesthetic - you can't fail to spot a few really niiice razors here and there. Mostly straights, but then there is a limit to what you can do to a DE or SE... not enough surface area for a good etch, gluing some gears on simply isn't good enough, and some of them look pretty steampunk already.**

Anyhow.. here is a few steampunk inspired straights I spotted around the web lately:


*) According to Wikipedia: Steampunk perhaps most recognisably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art.
**) My brass GEM 1912 springs to mind, not to mention the Rolls Razor with it's built in honing device.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Shave of the day 27th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: C&E Sandalwood
Brush: Vie Long 13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic DE, with a Trig blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A clip on light for your razor

http://books.google.no/books?id=zCgDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA247&dq=popular+science+%22safety+razor%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FEn2U7vVC4bIyAPs84CAAw&ved=0CEMQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=popular%20science%20%22safety%20razor%22&f=false
A New-Safety Razor with a Lamp Attachment
AN Englishman, weary of bloodshed, has bethought him of a means of enlightening the gloomy and otherwise dangerous ritual of the shave. He has invented a miniature electric lamp provided with an adjustable clip and flexible cord which may be attached to the razor and light the path of the blade through the tough bristles of the human face.
With his lamp attachment one may plunge fearlessly into the blackest depths of a three days' growth of beard and emerge from the ordeal unscathed. The lamp is attached to a conventional type of razor by a simple clip. It travels with the blade or with the motion of the hand. By looking in the mirror the man shaving himself can determine just what progress he is making and whether or not he is going to come through the operation with his two ears intact.
The lamp clip can be attached to any one of the many makes of safety razors. The inventor is now busy on another lamp attachment for the old type of razor.
Gloomy and dangerous my bum... well, maybe it was in August of 1916.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Shave of the day 25th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger/boar
Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic DE, with a fresh Trig blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below


Friday, 22 August 2014

Shave of the day 22nd August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper Shave Stick
Brush: Vie Long 13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Lord Racer with a Lord Cool Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and BodyShop Maca Root Face Protector

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Review of the Yoresh scuttle

About seven weeks ago, the scuttle I ordered from Yoresh on Etsy arrived. Since then, I've used it for the majority of my shaves.



It performs well - the fact that I have used it for almost all my shaves is a testament to that.

The bowl is slightly shallow, but a deeper bowl would mean a much larger scuttle overall, so it's a trade off that is worth it in my opinion. The patterning in the bottom helps building the lather, even more so if your brush is springy with lots of backbone.

It retains the heat well when I fill it with hot water, and even without water it stays warm to the touch for quite some time - the thich walls gives it quite some thermal mass. The downside of that is that it needs time to preheat as well... again, a trade off that is worth it.

Bottom line, if you're in need for a scuttle, a Yoresh might be just the thing.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Shave of the day 20th August

Pre-shave: GzD Shave Stick
Lather: GzD Shave Stick
Brush: Turkish No6
Razor: Lord Racer with a Lord Cool Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Priorities... I have mine set straight.

I'm having a broken tooth extracted today - long story, not all that relevant here, etc.

But the real, burning, important question I keep coming back to is this; Will the swelling go down so I can shave tomorrow? Because, as you all know, shaving is important.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Shave of the day 18th August

Pre-shave: Arko Shave Stick
Lather: Arko Shave Stick
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed boar/badger
Razor: Lord Racer with a fresh Lord Cool Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Shave of the day 16th August

Pre-shave: Derby Shave Stick
Lather: Derby Shave Stick
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse/badger
Razor: Parker 22R TTO with a Perma-Sharp blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Four score and some years ago

84 years, 3 months, and 2 days ago Jacob Schick patented the first electric dry razor - paving the way for countless razor burns and bad shaves... well, maybe not. Some people do claim to get a good shave from the electrics, but I'm not one of them. Still, the electric shaving machine is older than many people might realise - and the first model was quite a bit simpler than the modern devices.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Shave of the day 13th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger/boar
Razor: Parker 22R TTO with a Perma-Sharp blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayer's Original Witch Hazel

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

All That Newfangled Shaving Gear Can’t Compare to the Old-Fashioned Stuff

Found an interesting article over at WIRED that states what is obvious to me; disposables can't hold a candle to traditional safety razors.

Also, I liked this comment on disposables:
Some of the pricier varieties are miracles of engineering, with more blades than a flotilla of sea pirates.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Shave of the day 11th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Mike's Lavindin & Aucalyptus
Brush: Vie Long 13051M unbleached horse
Razor: Parker 22R TTO with a fresh Perma-Sharp blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Prototype Menthol

Friday, 8 August 2014

Shave of the day 8th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather:Arko Ice Mint cream
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed badger/horse
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 with a Derby blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Shaving in the trenches

Trench foot, trench fever and trench mouth be dammed - the gallant fighting men needs to be clean shaven (so the respirators wont leak, one has to presume). The implied horrors of the first world war notwithstanding, it is a rather nice period photograph I stumbled over on Wikipedia while looking for something unrelated.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Shave of the day 6th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Cream
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger/boar
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 with a Derby blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and BodyShop Maca Root Face Protector


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Review of soap sample from Wet Shaving Products

A while back Lee from Wet Shaving Products offered up some samples of a soap he's been working on. I jumped on, and he sent a very large sample indeed. This is my assessments after a couple of weeks of using it for shaving:

Value: N/A
Being a sample, I got it for the cost of shipping. For retail I'll would be willing to pay quite a bit for it, since this soap is good stuff.

Quality: 5/5
It ticks off all the right boxes for me; presentation, performance, and overall feel

Packaging: 4/5
I would still prefer a tin with a wider mouth, however that is a very minor issue. Wrapped in paper would work just as well - I'm not too fuzzy on the packaging.

Scent: 5/5
Being an unscented or nearly unscented puck it sure smells good, clean but without the "hospital like" undertone a number of other unscented soaps has. The lack of a strong scent also means it will work with any combo of pre- and postshave treatment.

Lather: 5/5
The soap makes loads of it with ease, and it isn't terrible thirsty (caveat: I got soft water).

Skin care: 4/5
The soap do leave my skin with a slightly dry feeling, but without the skin actually being dry. Makes no sense, but maybe it's just me?

Moisturising: 4/5
Despite the initial dry feeling mentioned above, you could get away without using an aftershave or moisturiser as part of the post-shave routine. I still use one, but then Im a creature of habit when I got the time for it.

Slickness: 4/5
The lather the soap makes is not as slick as a couple of my other soaps, but it's a minor issue. Both my Merkur 45C (which is rather fuzzy on the lather) and my Gillette '58 TV Special (which is not) works without issue with the lather.

Cushion: 4/5
The rich, creamy lather still provides plenty of cushion without impeding on the actual cutting action, just like good lather should. It has less cushion that some of my other soaps though, so 'only' four out of five.

Overall impression: 4.5/5
A good soap indeed, and one to keep an eye for when Lee put it up for sale.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Shave of the day 4th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Nivea Mild
Brush: Turkish No6 'horse'-hair brush
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 with a fresh Derby blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 1 August 2014

Shave of the day 1st August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Sample from Wet Shaving Products
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed badger-horse
Razor: Gillette '58 TV Special with a Ladas blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum