Monday, 29 June 2015

Shave of the day 29th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Racer razor with a fresh Personna Super
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Factory Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 26 June 2015

Shave of the day 26th June

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 Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Shave of the day 24th June

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 Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Occam's razor

Occam's razor - also known as lex parsimoniae - is a problem solving principle stating that among competing hypotheses that predict equally well, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. Ockham stated the principle in various ways, but the most popular version, "Entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity" (Non sunt multiplicanda entia sine necessitate) was formulated by the Irish Franciscan philosopher John Punch. Today it's commonly taken to mean that the simplest solution to a problem is the best or most correct one.

Okay... so is the simplest solution to the problem of shaving a semi-disposable piece of plastic and metal that requires a lot of machinery to assemble, or is it a single steel blade securely held in a solid metal razor that lasts several lifetimes?

Monday, 22 June 2015

Shave of the day 22nd June

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 Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard

Friday, 19 June 2015

Shave of the day 19th June

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 Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Souveniers

When a wetshaver is traveling, the choice of souvenirs is... different. I'm very happy with a shave stick and a cheap badger brush, and even more by the fact that I found something useful to bring home with me.


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Shave of the day 17th June

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 Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard

Monday, 15 June 2015

Shave of the day 15th June

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 Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard

Friday, 12 June 2015

Shave of the day 12th June

Pre-shave: Arko shave stick
Lather: Arko shave stick
Brush: Turkish No7 'horse hair'
Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Factory Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Horse hair brushes - softness and backbone

From a thread at my favourite shave forum:
The percentage is around 35% mane and 65% tail but it is not always used in the exact same percentage in every production - it depends on the raw material received each time. The softness is obtained thanks to the mane and the backbone thanks to the tail.
So, speaking logically, a 50-50 mix as some of the Vie Long brushes have will be softer and with less backbone. Good information for those who find Vie Long's regular brushes to be too stiff and scratchy.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

"The Safety Razor"

From Shaving Made Easy, a book in the public domain I like to recommend to shavers new and old:
Of recent years a great number of safety razors have been invented and placed on the market, the manufacturers of each claiming that theirs are superior to all others and that they have at last produced a razor that is destined to revolutionize shaving.
One thing may be said of safety razors in general—that if a man uses one he is less likely to cut himself, but this is all that can reasonably be said in their favor. Of course, if it were impossible to shave with the ordinary razor without cutting one’s self, then the safety razor would become a necessity. The truth is, however, that anyone who has a good keen smooth-cutting razor, lathers the face thoroughly, and will learn—if he does not already know—how to handle the razor properly, will run almost no danger. Such a man will seldom cut himself.
On the other hand, most of the safety razors are difficult to keep clean and dry, and therefore free from rust; and owing to the difficulty of stropping them, it is almost, if not quite impossible to keep them sharp. It is also difficult to make the correct stroke with them. Probably a hundred thousand safety razors have been sold in the United States within the past few years and it is extremely doubtful if ten per cent. of them are now in use.
This may be considered a case of "famous last words"; the Gillette Safety Razor was patented in 1903, and must have been starting to hit the shops as Shaving Made Easy was printed... and the rest, as they say, is history.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Shave of the day 8th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Magic Soap, Lavender
Lather: Derby Lavender cream
Brush: Turkish No6 'horse hair'
Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic with a fresh Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Factory Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Friday, 5 June 2015

Shave of the day 5th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Magic Soap, Peppermint
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Cream
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: PaGillette 1958 TV Special Superspeed with a Feather
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Factory Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Shave of the day 3rd June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Magic Soap, Eucalyptus
Lather: Mike's Natural Pine & Cedarwood Soap
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger
Razor: PaGillette 1958 TV Special Superspeed with a Feather
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Factory Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

"The brush"

From Shaving Made Easy, a book in the public domain I like to recommend to shavers new and old:
Purchase a good brush. The cheap ones are usually the most expensive in the end, and nearly always prove unsatisfactory. It should be remembered that the vital part of a brush is in the setting, and particular attention should therefore[Pg 46] be paid to that part of it. Cheap brushes are commonly set with glue, rosin or cement, which soon cracks and becomes unadhesive; whereupon the bristles fall out. We recommend a brush made of bristles or badger hair and set in hard vulcanized rubber. A brush so constructed, with wood, bone or ivory handle, and hard rubber ferule, will not shed the bristles or crack open, and with proper care will last for years.Do not leave the lather to dry in the brush, but after shaving rinse it out thoroughly and dry the brush with a towel, before putting away. The cup and brush should be kept clean and away from dust. Once a week they should be washed with hot water.
Today we have a great deal more choices when it comes to the materials used in the handle and in the glues used for the knot, but the rest of the advice holds true still - even if my cheap and cheerful Turkish brushes so far has provided fantastic value for the price asked.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Shave of the day 1st June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Magic Soap, Peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badge
Razor: PaGillette 1958 TV Special Superspeed with a fresh Feather
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Factory Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb