Friday, 30 January 2015

Shave of the day 30th January

Pre-shave:N/A
Lather: Abrey brushless City Rythm (sample)
Brush: N/A
Razor: EverReady 1914 SE with a GEM Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and BodyShop Maca Root Face Protector
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Thursday, 29 January 2015

Fountain shaving brush

Back in 1931 Mr Isaac S Mathieu  and Mr Frank B Springer patented a fountain shaving brush... an improved fountain shaving brush no less, meaning someone out there patented at least one earlier one. The idea is much like the shaving brushes for canned goo I blogged about last week, in that the shaving cream should be applied directly to the brush with little in the way of mess.
The principal object of our invention is to provide a shaving brush having a hollow handle with cream dispensing means therein so constructed to t directly inside a tube of shaving cream inserted in the handle, whereby to dispense the cream therefrom, or operate simply inside the handle when the same is filled with cream, as by emptying a tube therein. This makes the brush independent of use with any particular sized tube, and the user can employ his favorite cream without regard to the size of tube.

Judging by the drawing, it's a shaving cream syringe attached to a brush...  would make for an awesome travel brush, if anyone feels like setting up a production line.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Shave of the day 28th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Mike's Pine & Cedarwood soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed badger / horse
Razor: EverReady 1914 SE with a GEM Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Phillips Philite razor

Thanks to a generous member over at my favourite shave forum, I have been PIFed a Philips Philite razor.

A bit of background first; Philips started making bakelite object in 1923, but since the word Bakelite was a protected trademark, they had to call it something different. Philite was the name they came up with, which to me sound rather uninspired... than again, different times. Interestingly, while 'standard' Bakelite is a combination of phenol, formaldehyde, and filler (wood flour), the Philips variation also contains urea - I'm not sure if this was to avoid patent infringement or because it had a real purpose in moulding or curing the plastic. There is some indications here and there on the web that Philite could be used in larger moulds than regular Bakelite, but that might just be hearsay or marketing claims.

The addition of urea may explain the slightly pitted surface though - but I'm not familiar enough old bakelite to know how pitted they usually should be... after all, the Philips Philite razor went out of production around the time of the War - World War II that is. So mine is at least 70 years old, quite possible 75 to 85 years old - a respectable age indeed for a plastic product.








Overall the razor is in amazing shape - the pitting don't detract from the overall appearance or feel - and having used it for a week I couldn't be more happy with the shaves I get... at least when pared with a milder blade like the Green Astra.

What little I could find online told me that the Philips Philite should be an aggressive razor, but at least in my opinion it is not. It isn't particularly mild either, being a instead a lovely middle-of-the road shaver. The grip is a little more slippery than most of my razors, about on par with my Bakelite slant and my Merkur 45C, but a quick drying off my hands helps with that minor issue - still, it'll means that the Philite perhaps is not the best razor for those who shave in the shower. The blade loads straight in with no inclination to go crocked, and the head covers the tabs for those who get worked up over such things... I like both covered and uncovered tabs myself.

The balance is a little more "handle heavy" than most of my razors, which helps keep the pressure low when shaving... and when you shave, you'll notice one thing the Philite do that I have seen on no other razor:


The lather will ooze right under the blade and come out on the other side! This is because the half-open comb isn't really open at all - as can be seen in the picture of the base plate there is no openings in the plate for lather to escape, so the lather simply travels between the ridges.

Added bonus; It makes the Philite look interesting when viewed face on since you can see though the head:


Overall a great little razor giving a smooth, comfortable shave. They seem to be reasonable rare, so if you find one you may want to grab it before it disappears.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Shave of the day 26th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger/boar
Razor: EverReady 1914 SE with a GEM Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's 80 Below
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Friday, 23 January 2015

Shave of the day 23rd January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Orange Essential Oil Shave Soap
Brush: Vier Long 13051M pure unbleached horse
Razor: Gem 1912 SE with a GEM Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Shaving brushes for canned foam

When the aerosol can with canned foam appeared on the marked several inventors noted that unlike traditional soap and cream, the new canned stuff made a mess. A common idea seems to have been to introduce the stuff directly into your brush for less messy shaving.

In 1954 Mr Alfred B Miller got a patent on a shaving brush head that would convert a can of foam into a brush... although a rather large and awkward one.
...object of the invention is to provide a device of this character whereby a brush carrying element may be detachably connected to the top of an ordinary container having a supply of soap and wherein an element may be operated to actuate the soap dispensing nozzle of the container.
The next one I found was Mr Cleghorn John, whom in 1965 applied for a patent for a shaving brush that you could attach removably to a can of goo... I guess that is legalese for one you press against the top of the can to load.
...the principal object of our invention to provide a shaving brush that will be removably attachable to a lather dispensing container for use either independently, as an ordinary shaving brush, or in conjunction with a pressurized dispensing can for automatically feeding lather directly to the tip of the brush as needed in shaving.
Part of the patent also describes an "improved" aerosol can where the valve was operated by pushing sideways and not down, for use in conjunction with said brush.
Last one that I spotted on the first page of Google Patent Search was Mr Cleghorn John's patent also applied for in 1965. It actually describes two brushes - with a simple hole through the base for pressing against the valve on a can of foam, one with the can of goo built into the handle...
In the invention in the instant application, these problems are eliminated by encompassing the soap dispensing container in the handle of the shaving brush. The soap is discharged into the base of the brush bristles thereby evenly distributing itself throughout the bristles.
Further, in the event a container separate from the brush is desired or necessary, this invention can readily be adapted to function in substantially the same manner even though utilizing the extraneous soap supply.
While I've never been a fan of canned goo myself, at least when the canned shaving foam was new on the marked there was attempts made to make it more like traditional shaving... I wonder if anything like this ever made it to the marked?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Shave of the day 21st January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko stick
Brush: Vier Long 14033 mixed horse/boar
Razor: Gem 1912 SE with a GEM Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

From samples to puck

Back when I first heard about Mike's Natural Soaps, I naturally wanted to try all of them... so I bought a whole boatload of samples.

Some I finished off, a couple got integrated into the tins I bought later, and some... just hung around. Got used on occasion, but not often. Part of the reason why is that chasing a small piece of soap around the bottom of a tupperware isn't a great way to lather up, part is that there were scents that wasn't my favourites.

In an effort to tidy up and get some use of out the leftover samples, I decided to combine them into something I call Mike's Mixed. The process was simpler and quicker than expected, taking less than ten minutes from start to finish - including some time in the fridge, because I'm impatient at times.

First, gather all the leftover samples. In my case, it was Lime, Unscented, Coconut, Lavindin & Eucalyputs, Barber Shop, and Orange,Cedarwood & Black Pepper.

Place all in a suitable container - I used an empty RazoRock jar, simply because I have it and the lid closes tightly.

Place the container with the soap in a bowl of near boiling water, and add a little less than a teaspoon of boiling water to the mix.

After a minute or so the soap melts, letting you tamp it down and get rid of any air that is trapped. Smooth the top off after removing it from the hot water.

Let it cool, make a label... and that is it. One puck of Mike's Mixed, ready to use.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Shave of the day 19th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's "Mixed"
Brush: Turkish No6
Razor: Gem 1912 SE with a fresh GEM Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard Comb




Friday, 16 January 2015

Shave of the day 16th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: C&E Sandalwood
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 Limited Edition badger/boar
Razor: Phillips Philite razor with a Astra Green blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid Cream
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Thursday, 15 January 2015

Shaving brush for fumble fingers

Do you manage to drop the soap or powder off the brush before lathering? If so, the invention by Mr D Andrew Albright might be the thing you need:
An object of the invention is to provide a cup-like depression in the ends of the bristles constituting the brush, for the purpose of retaining the cream or powder in the center of the brush and to prevent it from falling from the brush...

While I'm not convinced that a cup shaped  brush would be great for shaving - after all, a common complain about cheap brushes is that they develop a hollow space in the middle - it is interesting to note that the erstwhile inventor suggested a mixed brush:
A further and quite important character istic of the invention resides in the'sectional formation of the brush, the innermost section or core being constructed of relatively stiff bristles, such'as pig bristles, while the outermost surrounding section or'enveloping portion is composed of relatively soft bristles such as soft badger hair, the stiff' bristles constituting the core being adapted to Work in the lather to soften the beard while preventing the latter from being misplaced, while the encircling section made of soft hair, allows for the spreading and smoothing off of the lather.
I have a couple of mixed brushes myself - one badger/boar and one horse/badger - but they are not built up like this... not sure if any brushes ever has been built with a stiff core and a soft outer shell.

As an aside; can you even get shaving powder any longer?

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Shave of the day 14th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse/badger
Razor: Phillips Philite razor with a Astra Green blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Initial impression on Krampert's Finest shaving soaps

Scent is slightly overpowering when sniffing the naked puck - much like sticking my nose into the bottle of Krampert's Finest aftershave - but mellows considerable when lathered.

Not particularly thirsty soap, meaning I have to dial back on the amount of water I start out with. Not a bad thing per see, but something to keep in mind.

Upper tier as far as moisturising and slickness goes, but could in my opinion have a bit more cushioning. Added points for being easy to clean out of the brush, unlike a number of big-name offerings.

So far it's a definite thumbs up!

Monday, 12 January 2015

Shave of the day 12th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Orange Essential Oil Shave Soap
Brush: Vie Long 13051M unbleached horse
Razor: Phillips Philite razor with a fresh Astra Green blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below


Friday, 9 January 2015

Shave of the day 9th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Dalan d'Men Energetic
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger-boar
Razor: Lord Racer razor with a Racer blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Body Shop Maca Root Face Protector


Thursday, 8 January 2015

My rotation

Since I have gathered more than a few razors, it's only fair that I use them all... and to give them equal time, I have set up a rotation:

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A - YUMA pot metal razor
B - GEM 1912 SE
C - Ever-Ready 1914 SE
D - GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf
E - Merkur 25C Open Comb
F - Cadet TTO-11 Open Comb
G - Cadet TP-01 Open Comb
H - Merkur 39C Slant
I - Bakelite Slant (most likely Merkur)
J - Merkur 45C Bakelite
K - Gillette '58 TV Special Superspeed
L - Cadet TTO-13
M - Parker 22R
N - Wilkinson Sword Classic
O - Lord Racer

Not in the photo is my Merkur 985CL travel razor and my Gillette Old Type Khaki - the former is in my GoBag, the later in the locker at work.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Shave of the day 7th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko Cool Mint Cream
Brush: Turkish No7
Razor: Lord Racer razor with a Racer blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel

Monday, 5 January 2015

Shave of the day 5th January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Shaving Soap
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure, unbleached horse
Razor: Lord Racer razor with a fresh Racer blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Friday, 2 January 2015

Shave of the day 2nd January

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Shaving Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse/badger
Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic with a Treet Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum


Thursday, 1 January 2015

Straddling the year

It's 2015 over here now...

Last year was fun, frustrating, stressful and boring... in other words, like all years so far. But shaving is still enjoyable and relaxing, and sharing via this blog is still rewarding - so I'll keep doing both.
A razor NOT for shaving with
Have a happy, productive and well shaven 2015!