Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Dabbling in the dark side

A fair number of fellow shavers over on my favourite shave forum thinks that the BiC Sensitive is pretty good razors for being plastic disposables... so when I spotted a bag over at our local tools / work clothes / household goods store for a little more than a bottle of soda, I had to pick it up.


Having used one for a week, I'm somewhat on the fence about them. They are not horrible in the way that carts are for me, in other words no shave bumps and rashes, but they feel fairly flimsy and way too light... probably to be expected from disposables costing me next to nothing, but it does mean I can't find a space for them in my den.


I'll give another one a go next time I'm travelling. If I don't like them for that use, I have free razors to hand out to the conscripts that shows up unshaven on mondays and claims to have forgotten their razors at home...

Monday, 30 March 2015

Shave of the day 30th March

Pre-shave: Soap dispenser soap
Lather: Derby Shave Stick
Brush: BodyShop synthetic
Razor: Gillette 1918 "Khaki" Old Type with a fresh Perma-Sharp blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, and Krampert's Finest Prototype menthol


Friday, 27 March 2015

Shave of the day 27th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Rise brushless Shave Gel
Brush: N/A
Razor: BiC Sensitive SE disposable razor
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, 26 March 2015

Device for razor and toothbrush containing shaving cream dispensers therein

Are you too tired in the morning to remember to use both your razor and your toothbrush? Is travelling with two things too much, not to mention having to remember to bring both shaving cream and tooth paste? Worry not, even the terminally lazy can shave (and brush their teeth) with this wonderful 1987 invention by Mr Kyu H. Kwak!
A razor and toothbrush assembly comprises a body member having chambers disposed therein and handles slidably disposed thereon, the chambers containing shaving cream and toothpaste dispensers disposed therein whereby shaving cream and toothpaste disposed in the shaving cream and toothpaste dispensers are dispensed from the shaving cream and toothpaste dispensers by pressing the handles against the shaving cream and toothpaste dispensers, respectively.
If that legalese from the patent was a little hard to understand, let me put it in simpler words:

A handle, with a razor head on one end and a tooth brush on the other. In said handle, room for two tubes of shave cream and tooth paste respectively. Internal passages that let you squeeze tooth paste into the tooth brush, and shave cream out of the razor head. And that's about it.
To me it seems more like a novelty item, or possible something the airline gives you when they loose your luggage, but it might have a niche as a travel product for people who love to travel light. Not sure how good of a shave you would get by applying shave cream directly to the razor though.

Just make sure you don't mix up the tubes... tooth paste probably gives lousy shaves, and shave cream is not tasty. Speaking of mixing things up, you better make sure you're awake when using it as well; while I joke about taking the fur of my teeth from time to time, I'm fairly sure I don't want to jab a razor in my mouth.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Shave of the day 25th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B  pure natural white horse
Razor: BiC Sensitive SE disposable razor
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

Monday, 23 March 2015

Shave of the day 23rd March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Soap
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B  pure natural white horse
Razor: BiC Sensitive SE disposable razor
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 March 2015

Shave of the day 20th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Pine & Cedarwood Soap
Brush: Vie-Long #12705N  pure natural white horse
Razor: BiC Sensitive SE disposable razor
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, 19 March 2015

Shaving cream can with mirror

Some of the patents I run across can best be categorised as "bleeding obvious" - to the point where I have to wonder how they could be granted... such as this one from 2004:
The present invention provides in two embodiments a cap for use with a shaving cream container. The cap has a top portion and a sidewall which defines an interior space. A mirror having a reflective side is positioned in the cap so that the reflective surface may be viewed from either the top or the bottom of the cap. In addition, the shaving cream container may have a mirror surface located thereon.
Or in short; let's glue a mirror to the cap and/or bottom of the can of goo...
The patent application makes a couple of valid points and one I can't wrap my head around though:
It has been long known that people often shave in the shower using a hand held mirror as an aid. However, there is competing need to economize the number of items used in the shaving process. For example, when traveling it is often difficult to carry a mirror or to store a mirror in the shower area. Further, using a glass mirror in the shower presents a safety concern.
Economizing the number of items used for shaving is pretty much the opposite of what I like to do... well, each to their own.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Shave of the day 18th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014 Boar Bristle Travel Brush
Razor: Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor with a Treet blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Ladies, a suggestion:


Get him a safety razor - and get it now.
And it don't even have to be a Gillette - there is so much to choose from these days.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Shave of the day 16th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014 Boar Bristle Travel Brush
Razor: Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor with a Treet blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 13 March 2015

Shave of the day 13th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014 Boar Bristle Travel Brush
Razor: Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor with a Treet blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Disposable combination razor and shaving cream dispenser

Following up on last weeks invention, today I found a similar concept utilizing an "aerosol actuated push button shaving cream dispenser" - better known as canned goo.

Or to quote the abstract:
A disposable combination razor and shaving cream dispenser having an aerosol actuated push button shaving cream dispenser and a non-removable cap having a razor blade at the upper end and a pushbutton adapted to engage the push button of the dispenser. In this manner, the dispenser body may be used as a handle when shaving and the cream may be dispensed without removing the cap from the dispenser as needed to be applied by the hand into which the cream is dispensed.

This patent is a couple of years younger than last weeks, and despite using canned goo it does fix one potential issue with the previous one; the razor and the goo is both happening at the same end of the handle, instead of opposite ends.

Like most oddball shaving patents I find this one too has lapsed. I suspect the combination of an overly thick handle and having to throw the razor away when you ran out of canned goo limited it's marketability.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Shavew of the day 11th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014 Boar Bristle Travel Brush
Razor: Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor with a Treet blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Shaving architecture


A hundred years ago a world fair - more properly known as the Panama-Pacific International Exposition - was held in San Francisco. And while the booth ladies most likely were an unknown*, the booth for Gillette was suitable pimped up.

*) Wish it was this way today as well... focus on the product, people.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Shave of the day 9th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014 Boar Bristle Travel Brush
Razor: Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor with a Treet blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 6 March 2015

Shave of the day 6th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap Lemongrass & Eucalyptus
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Phillips Philite with a Feather
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 March 2015

Disposable razor with shaving cream in handle

Is carrying both razor and shaving cream just too much? Too much to recall where you put down two items in your bathroom? Worry not - there is a disturbing amount of patents taken out combining the two, and today's patent was granted as recently as 1988:
A disposable razor includes a handle having a compartment for containing a limited amount of shaving cream/gel, with the amount of the shaving cream/gel predetermined to be quantitatively the appropriate amount usable during the relatively short life of the disposable razor. The handle includes provisions for inserting and removing a container for the cream or gel in one embodiment and other embodiments disclose different elements for dispensing the cream or gel from the container through the bottom of the handle.
As mentioned, it is not a terrible original idea, but apparently this way of doing it was novel enough to grant a patent for.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Shave of the day 4th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter shave soap
Brush: Turkish No6
Razor: Phillips Philite with a Feather
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, 3 March 2015

New brush on it's way

It's been a while since last time, but I've ordered a new brush - a Vie Long 12705B pure horse hair brush.

Why?

Well, why not? It's natural white, I don't have a 50-50 mane-tail brush in my rotation already, and I like the way it looks. And since it don't cost an arm and a leg, how could I not buy one?

(image found via GIS)

Monday, 2 March 2015

Shave of the day 2nd March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger-boar
Razor: Phillips Philite with a fresh Feather
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