Friday, 27 February 2015

Shave of the day 27th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Orange Essential Oil Shave Soap
Brush: Vie Long 13051M unbleached horse
Razor: YUMA razor with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's 80 Below
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Hand cranked shaving brush

Like shaving with a brush? Don't like rubbing it on your face, or annoyed that the modern shaving brush only requires one hand to operate? Then look no further, Mr Max Shers 1906 patented hand cranked shaving brush is just what you need!
The combination of a frame having a handle, a wheel in the frame, a brush having a projecting stud at the back, eccentrically connected to the wheel, a pair of wheels geared together and having crank pins, a bar connecting the pins and having a bearing through which the stud extends, and means to turn the wheels.
The combination of a cupped casing having a handle connected at one side thereof, a wheel in the casing, a brush eccentrically connected to the wheel, so that as the wheel rotates the brush revolves, a hand crank on the back of the casing, a pair of wheels geared together and connected to the crank, and having projecting studs, and a cross ball having a pivotal connection to the studs and the brush.
The gear train shown on the patent drawing will give the brush an interesting, mesmerising motion at least - it will rotate around it's own axis, while at the same time orbiting the centre of the brush frame. In short, it is a spirograph for your face.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Shave of the day 25th February

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

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Whoops...


...stuff happens when abroad - a bit of plastic film and the remains of the threaded plastic kept it from leaking in my bag.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Shave of the day 23rd February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger / boar
Razor: YUMA razor with a Green Astra
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

Friday, 20 February 2015

Shave of the day 20th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Derby Lavender Cream
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razor: Gillette 1918 "Khaki" Old Type with a Perma-Sharp
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard


Thursday, 19 February 2015

Soap-dispensing shaving brush

Yet another lets-add-the-cream/soap/foam-directly-into-the-brush brush... this one invented by Mr Aubry F Stepelton back in 1929. Like all of these inventions it consists of a brush with a hole in the base, and a way to press the lather maker media into the brush.
In accordance with the present invention l the handle of the brush comprises a barrel erably engaged between said annular member and the sleeve of the cartridge and the barrel is preferably provided, at its lower end, with a part or member adapted to form a continuation of the sleeve of said cartridge to form a uniform bore for said piston.
 In short it is a lipstick holder mated to a brush. It lacks some of the over the top flair some of the other self lathering shaving brushes have.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Shave of the day 18th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Derby Lavender Cream
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razor: Gillette 1918 "Khaki" Old Type with a Perma-Sharp
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Big Red No7 Beard Comb

The parts of my facial growth that I keep and cultivate - ie.: my goatee - needs some tender loving care as well. Oil, balm and wax is part of the solution, but much like lather is useless without a razor, those are of limited use without a proper comb.

When I picked up beard oil and balm from Big Red, I choose a comb as well - the No7 in cherry appealed to my tastes, so that is the one I choose.
The comb is sturdily made from laminated cherry and maple, and the packaging is even more sturdy.

It's not too much to say about the No7 comb, and none of it bad. It combs out tangles, helps spread the beard oil and in general do a wonderful job go taming my curly, wild beard.

If you have a beard or a moustache, you probably need to comb it from time to time... and while a comb from Big Red isn't as cheap as the plastic ones from the corner store, it feels much more natural to use as part of my daily grooming.

Recommended.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Shave of the day 16th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Derby Lavender Cream
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razor: Gillette 1918 "Khaki" Old Type with a Perma-Sharp
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard


Friday, 13 February 2015

Shave of the day 13th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Derby Lavender Cream
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razor: Gillette 1918 "Khaki" Old Type with a Perma-Sharp
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Disposable sanitary shaving brush

Back in 1917, the shaving brush anthrax scare was in full bloom. This may explain why Mr John T Cooney took it upon himself to invent and patent a sanitary, disposable shaving brush.
It is the principal object of this invention to provide a shaving brush which will fully answer the purpose of such brushes in all general respects, yet which may be produced at such a low cost as to make it possible to discard the brush after a'single using thereof, thus making for increased sanitation in barber shops and similar-establishments, where, ordinarily, a brush is used repeatedly for different customers.
Even without the anthrax, it don't actually sound like a bad idea - the sanitary standards were not on the level we're used to today, and brushes made from natural materials usually don't respond well to  repeated visits to an auto-clave or baths in high test barbicide (which by the way was invented much later).
A number of steps were taken to ensure brushes that were cheap, easy to use, attractive for a barber, and yet of a decent enough quality:
The invention further contemplates facilitating the production of a lather by impregnating the brush portion in a suitable soap solution during the course of manufacture so that it is only necessary to dip the brush in water and then apply to the face.
 The inventive idea involved is capable of receiving a variety of mechanical express believed to be a preferred form of the invention which consists of a plurality of strands of fibrous material bunched together and bound intermediate the ends thereof with a suitable wire or cord which is drawn tightly so as to assist in maintaining the ends'of the strands together and in even relation. In order to provide a rigid handle for the brush the strands, after being bound together by the cord or wire, are given a torsional twist as indicated and the strands are then bent upon themselves or doubled and the doubled portion thereof is bound by a cord or wire adjacent to the intermediate portions of the strands, thus forming the handle. The ends of the strands are brought together by the doubling thereof to form the brush portion.
Since the present brush, when completed, consists of a plurality of the strands which are each continuous and unbroken, both ends of each strand are presented to act in the forming of lather on the face of the user; and since the several strands are doubled and bound together at two points, the tendency toward shedding of the strands from the brush during use is reduced to a minimum. 
Overall not a bad idea at all, in my opinion. The end of the anthrax scare probably knocked the bottom out of the market though, even though the basic idea would also make for a nice semi-disposable travel brush.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Shave of the day 11th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Derby Lavender Cream
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razor: Gillette 1918 "Khaki" Old Type with a Perma-Sharp
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Big Red Beard Beard Oil

Beard oil... it's hair oil for your beard!


Those of us who sports a spiffy goatee in addition to our clean shaven neck and cheeks knows just how frazzled and worn the individual strands can get. That is where beard oil (and beard balm) comes to the rescue... it hydrates, styles, fights some of the reasons I get dandruff, and  helps me keep my goatee soft and tangle free.


I selected Big Red on the recommendation of an online friend, and I'm very happy with the beard oil - the scent is woods-y and workshop-y. On their website, they describe it as:
Chopping wood, greasy axels and working in the shop. Smell like you've just emerged from the forest after hunting for your own dinner.
If you sport a beard or moustache, you can probably benefit from beard oil. While my sample size is one right now, I think you could do a lot worse than picking up some Big Red Beard Oil - they sell small bottles as well, so you can test them easily.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Shave of the day 9th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Cream
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure unbleached horse
Razor: YUMA razor with a fresh Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


For being a pot metal razor that costs less than a cup of coffee, the YUMA sure give a smooth shave!

Friday, 6 February 2015

Shave of the day 6th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Peppermint & Rosemary Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14055 mixed badger-horse
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf with a GEM Stainless
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


Thursday, 5 February 2015

Easy clean shaving brush

Does rinsing your brush out take too long? Is is simply too difficult to get all the soap out? Then what you need is Mr Thomas W Boyle's patented shaving brush from 1927!
It is an important object of this invention to provide an improved simplified type of shaving brush the handle of which is hollow and is adapted to have one end thereof removably engaged on the mouth of a faucet to admit water into the handle, while the other end of said handle is provided with a passaged brush head through which the water is adapted to be forced under pressure between the brush fibres to thoroughly wash and rinse the same after a shaving operation.
 It seems that Mr Boyle figured the hollow handle was important, and that it was also important to note that the brush engaged the mouth of a faucet... the claim is repeated three times over the space of three short paragraphs in the patent.
Had this been invented today it would probably been marketed via late night infomercials and be labelled "As seen on TV!", it just gives of that vibe... in the mean time I'll just have to rinse and shake my brushes.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Shave of the day 4th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Wet Shaving Products pre-production sample
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger-boar
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf with a GEM Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Beard oil, beard balm, beard comb and moustache wax

My morning routine is not all about shaving - it's also about grooming the facial hair I don't shave off.

I've been sporting a goatee for the better part of two decades by now, and since shaving it off is not an option (frankly, it's part of who I am) I figured it was high time to start pampering it a bit. An online acquaintance recommended Big Red Beard from Canada, who makes and sells combs, balms, oils, wax and more for the bearded gentleman.


As with anything I do in regards to my facial hair, I simply can't do it half way... so I kitted myself out with the full spread. So much for just needing a comb... watch this space for quick reviews.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Shave of the day 2nd February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter shave soap
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure unbleached horse
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf 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