Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Old style DE blades

This week I'm trying out my 'new' razor - the Gillette "Khaki" Old Type - and is so far quite enjoying the experience.

The blade I'm using is rather different both in alloy and in shape from what the US Doughboys would have tucked away in their dopp bag as they were deposited into the maelstrom of mud and horrors that were the trenches of the great war...

The alloy was mild carbon steel, and there was three more-or-less circular holes. The old school blades were also thicker than the blades used now, which probably to some extent affects the perceived aggressiveness of old razors by dint of altering the blade angle slightly.


Today's blades are commonly made out of stainless steel, and have a single elongated hole shaped to fill all DE razors (not just the three piece razors).

Monday, 29 September 2014

Shave of the day 29th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Crabtree & Evelyn' Sandalwood shave soap
Brush: Turkish No6
Razor: Gillette "Khaki" with a fresh Voskhod Teflon Coated
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Shave of the day 27th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse/badger
Razor: GEM Micromatic Glug Pruf with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Too busy

Real life is taking too much time today - no shaving related post, sorry.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Shave of the day 24th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Nivea Mild cream
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger/boar
Razor: GEM Micromatic Glug Pruf with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

An old soldier go back to war

Introducing my latest razor; a Gillette Khaki Set from WW1 - aka the Great War, the War to End All Wars (that sentiment didn't pan out). Thanks to a fellow from my favourite shave forum, this 96 year old soldier will once again return to active duty - although this time it will hopefully just be for various exercises and when I'm on the Go, and not the muds of Flanders.

The serial number under the guard is a crisp J4173, which according to my source places it as an reasonable early production military razor, manufactured in 1918. Another source claims that the single button closure is a rare variant; perhaps experience proved that a two button closure was more stable.








There is a minor crack in the handle - but from what I can tell online that is both common, repairable and not influencing the shave with these old, classic Gilletter. The mirror has gone AWOL at some point in the life of this old soldier, but my GoBag already have a small, unbreakable mirror in it so I'll manage (unless someone has a spare khaki-set mirror they need to get rid off...). The blade holder should fit one or two modern blades on the diagonal, so I'm set in that regards provided I remember to refill. The fabric and seams are in surprisingly good condition considering the age of this set - the only thing worn is the print on the inside of the flap.

I've yet to shave with this baby, but when I do I'll be sure to share my impressions.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Shave of the day 22nd September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Peppermint & Rosemary Soap
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure unbleached horse
Razor: GEM Micromatic Glug Pruf with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Friday, 19 September 2014

Shave of the day 19th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Orange, Cedatwoor & Black Pepper shave stick
Brush: Semogue TSN LE 2012 mixed badger/boar
Razor: EverReady 1914 with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Thursday, 18 September 2014

1933 oscillating razor


NEW SAFETY RAZOR HAS OSCILLATING BLADE
Especially designed for those with tender skins and tough beards, a new safety razor employs an oscillating blade to cut the hairs. While the razor is drawn across the face, a pair of friction rollers revolve and cause the whole blade to move sideward with a reciprocating motion, as indicated by arrows in the photograph at left. As a result, this miniature mowing machine is declared to give an unusually close shave with a minimum of chafing and discomfort. The one piece razor may be operated and cleaned with one hand.
Friction rollers? In other words, they put something in the razor that requires you to increase the pressure you put on the skin... which is kinda stupid, seeing as how one of the key to a great shave is to use minimal pressure. I can see why this brilliant idea didn't take off quite as much as the inventors surely hoped for...

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Shave of the day 17th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol cream
Brush: Turkish No6
Razor: EverReady 1914 with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Monday, 15 September 2014

Shave of the day 15th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatreeoil Soap
Lather: Prairie Creation's Teatree KISS cream
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure unbleached horse
Razor: EverReady 1914 with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Friday, 12 September 2014

Shave of the day 12th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse/badger
Razor: 1912 GEM with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Be careful!

An insect bite and a very sharp blades makes for scary stuff...
Looked much worse than it was though.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Shave of the day 10th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Wet Shaving Products pre-production soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger/boar
Razor: 1912 GEM with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

More old clippings - modified razor

MODIFIED SAFETY RAZOR GIVES CLOSE SHAVE
To obtain an extra close shave with a standard type double-edge safety razor, I filed off all the guard teeth on one side of the razor holder except the two end ones. I first shave rapidly with the guarded side and then finish more cautiously with the unguarded side. There is very little danger of cutting oneself because the tooth left at each end forms a satisfactory guard. It is important, however, not to remove them. Experiments made with a razor having all the guard teeth filed off on one side revealed that the corners of the blade were likely to cause small cuts, no matter how carefully the razor was used.—P. W. Calhoun.
Uhm... not for me. If I want a more aggressive razor, or a razor that cuts closer to the skin, I just reach for one of my other razors. For the curious and/or experimental shaver it might be worth a shot though.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Shave of the day 8th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure unbleached horse
Razor: GEM 1912 SE with a fresh GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol


Friday, 5 September 2014

Shave of the day 5th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Hungarian Pine & Cedarwood Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger/boar
Razor: YUMA pot metal razor with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum




Thursday, 4 September 2014

Emergency razor?

An emergency razor that fits in my wallet? YMMV, but I rather be unshaven than doing a dry shave with a cartridge razor.

Neat idea and execution though...


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Shave of the day 3rd September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Hungarian Peppermint & Rosemary Soap
Brush: Vie Long 114033 mixed horse/boar
Razor: YUMA pot metal razor with a Wilkinson Sword bladae
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Monday, 1 September 2014

Shave of the day 1st September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Hungarian Lavender Soap
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razor: YUMA pot metal razor with a fresh Wilkinson Sword bladae
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum