Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Shave of the day 31st December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Col Conk's Bay Rum
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed boar/badger
Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic with a Treet Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Shaving as an exercise of character

Taken from The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness, from the best French, English, and American Authorities - printed in 1860!
...every sensible man will shave himself, if only as an exercise of character, for a man should learn to live, in every detail without assistance. Moreover, in most cases, we shave ourselves better than barbers can do.
While it may take a little less character to shave in this day and age than it did back in antebellum America, the idea that men (and women) should strive to be self sufficient to the best of their abilities holds true - at the very least when it comes to shaving!

Monday, 29 December 2014

Shave of the day 29th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Orange EO Soap
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure unbleached horse
Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic with a fresh Treet Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Friday, 26 December 2014

Shave of the day 26th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Lemongrass & Eucalyptus
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed boar/badger
Razor: Parker 22R TTO with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid After Shave Balm


Thursday, 25 December 2014

God Jul!

While Norwegians - being sensible people - celebrate Jul (aka Midwinter blot, Yule, Mōdraniht, Dísablót, Kwanzaa, Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or many other mid winter celebrations) on Christmas Eve, I'll take the opportunity on Christmas Day to wish you all a well shaven holiday.
Til árs ok friðar!

Monday, 22 December 2014

Shave of the day 22nd December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Prairie Creation's Walter soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse/badger
Razor: Parker 22R TTO with a fresh Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Friday, 19 December 2014

Shave of the day 19th December

Pre-shave: N/A
Lather: Aubrey Organics North Wood brushless cream
Brush: N/A
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 with a Green Astra blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, and BodyShop Face Protector


Not feeling my best today, but a simple one pass SAS makes me feel better.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Cart? DE? SE? Straight? Shavette?

If you have a problem deciding what kind of razor to use, the invention of Mr M H McIntyre and E L McIntyre might be the answer you didn't know you were waiting for:
A reusable shaving instrument complex having a safety razor member with a guarded blade and a straight razor member with an exposed blade, and a unitary handle constructed and arranged to hold and carry both of said members during use and storage.
The basic idea seems to be to mount a straight and/or shavette in the handle of a safety razor, letting the user use whatever instrument suited their fancy, or the particular needs at the time. One of the amazing things about this patent isn't just the sheer amount of shaving power packed into one razor, but the year it was granted: 1985!

There is also a sideways reference in the patent to the shave head being detachable, opening the possibility of switching between SE, DE and carts. The patent has lapsed - and the invention is therefore in the public domain - but one part of the patent application is as valid today as when it was written:
Safety razors have come into vogue in the last century, and offer the advantages of a safe, clean shave with minimum risk of facial injury, and the replaceable blades eliminate the need for special care in keeping the blade sharp and clean. More recently, the shaving industry has offered so-called one use or throw-away razors which are wasteful and expensive in the long run and such devices are outside the scope of the present invention.
(My emphasis.)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Shave of the day 17th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Prairie Creation's Teatree KISS cream
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure unbleached horse
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 with a Green Astra blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

RazoRock XXX review

Note that this is about the old, black tub of XXX that was discontinued in 2012 - not about the newer, tallow based version.

A while ago - a fairly long while - I was PIFed an almost full tub of RazoRock XXX by a fellow shaver. Now that I've used it all up, and getting the original XXX is getting hard, it's about time to do a short review...

Overall, this is a pretty good soft soap. It lathers like a champ, producing copious amounts of slick and fairly cushioning lather - even if it do leave me with somewhat dry skin afterwards. The scent is distinct without being overpowering, and now that it is gone I'll miss it from my rotation.





Quality 4/5
Packaging 4/5
Scent 5/5
Lather 5/5
Skin care 3/5
Moisturising 3/5
Slickness 4/5

Monday, 15 December 2014

Shave of the day 15th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: RazoRock XXX - used the last of it!
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed baoar / badger
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 with a fresh Green Astra blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Friday, 12 December 2014

Shave of the day 12th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Lime sample
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse / badger
Razor: Gillette '58 TV Special razor with a Wilkinson blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Trouble honing your SE blade?

No worries- Mr C E Le-Valley's patented improvement in safely razors have you covered.
...invention relates to a safety razor and stropping device, and has for its object to produce a razor of this type having novel means for positioning the blade upon the supporting plate or base and there hold and a device connected to the razor adapted to hold the blade for stropping, all of the parts of which article are a adapted to be taken apart and compactly arranged for carrying
 Sounds confusing? They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the drawing accompanying the patent is a lot clearer than the description:
While modern stainless blades don't require stropping, I could see something like this be adapted as a combination SE-razor / shavette.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Shave of the day 10th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Mike's Natural Coconut sample
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger/boar
Razor: Gillette '58 TV Special razor with a Wilkinson blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid Cream

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A word of wisdom

“A good lather is half the shave”
William Hone (3 June 1780 – 8 November 1842)
English writer, satirist and bookseller.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Shave of the day 8th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure unbleached horse
Razor: Gillette '58 TV Special razor with a fresh Wilkinson blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Friday, 5 December 2014

Shave of the day 5th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse/boar
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite razor with Treet blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayer's Original Witch Hazel


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Shaving in the dark...

...must have been a problem during the Depression - it is the only logical explanation I can think of for why Mr F Pollifrone patented a combined safety razor and flash light back in 1928.
...an improved combination safety razor and electric light which will enable the user to secure a better shave due to better light.
 Come to think of it; if this is an improved combination, what combinations came earlier?
The actual invention seems to mainly consist of a flash light with a pair of adjustable arms that holds either a DE or SE razor head. The net effect is a unwieldy and heavy razor.
...the combination with a cap adapted to cover one end of a flash light and to direct light there from, of links pivotally attached at one end to the sides of said cap and diverging in advance thereof in spaced relation to the paths of the rays of light emitted by said flash light, said links being adapted at their upper extremities to be pivotally attached to the end portions of a safety razor for adjustably supporting the same in advance of said cap, and projections on the inner sides of said links adapted to engage in spaced: recesses in said cap for retaining said links in an adjusted position.
The obvious problem I spot - the razor head will throw a shadow directly on the area being shaved - seems to have escaped the worthwhile inventor completely...

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Shave of the day 3rd December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender
Lather: Mike's Natural  Lavandin & Eucalyptus sample
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite razor with Treet blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid After Shave Cream

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

FaceBook users gives Gillette apiece of their mind

Social media... one of my pet peeves, but sometimes even FaceBook can deliver comedy gold:

Gillette posted a picture on their photostream (is that even the right word?) celebrating* 110 years since their first patent... the comments on it probably isn't quite what they have hoped for:


The one from 1904 works better
I prefer the 1904 model
The tagline should read: look how we have ruined a perfectly good and cost effective design for 100 years!
And yet the razor from 110 years ago is far superior.
Thanks Gillette. You've helped me find a new razor. I will now be buying a Merkur 1904 model from Amazon...
*) "celebrating their first DE safety razor" must be corporate speak for "shilling their new wobbly plastic wonder"...

Monday, 1 December 2014

Shave of the day 1st December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange
Lather: Mike's Natural Lime Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger/boar
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite razor with fresh Treet blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum