Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Shave of the day 30th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: BEA shavestick
Brush: Omega #10048 Boar Bristl
Razor: Parker 22R Twist To Open Closed Comb with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Define "razor sharp"

razor-sharp adjective (SHARP)
  • ​extremely ​sharp:
  • These ​animals have razor-sharp ​teeth.
razor-sharp adjective (CLEVER)
  • If you ​describe someone or someone's ​mind as razor-sharp, you ​mean that that ​person ​thinks very ​clearly and ​quickly:
  • She's got a razor-sharp ​mind.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Shave of the day 28th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Turkisn No6 'horse hair'
Razor: Parker 22R Twist To Open Closed Comb with a fresh Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80° Below
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 25 September 2015

Shave of the day 25th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko Shavestick
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B pure natural white horse
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 Twist To Open Closed Comb with a Shark blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Burma Shave!

The Burma Shave advertisement along roads were a piece of genuine Americana - also known as kitch from the other side of the pond - that seems to be mostly gone these days.











Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Shave of the day 23rd September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition"
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 Twist To Open Closed Comb with a Shark blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel with aloe vera
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Three-piece, two-piece... one-piece?


Pro: No pieces to loose when you change blades.
Con: Proprietary blade - but a standard DE can be modified.

I might look more into the Segal Safety Razor later.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Shave of the day 21st September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 Twist To Open Closed Comb with a fresh Shark blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay 80° Below
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Friday, 18 September 2015

Shave of the day 18th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Cadet TTO-11 Twist To Open Open Comb with a Green Astra blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Thursday, 17 September 2015

Review time: Wilkinson Sword Badger

A couple of months ago I picked up a Wilkinson Sword Badger brush as a souvenir while abroad. I've been keeping it in my rotation since, and feel I've gotten enough of a feel for it to do a quick review.

The first thing to keep in mind is that the Wilkinson Sword Badger is NOT an expensive brush - I paid 6.25€ for mine in a supermarket - I'm sure it can be gotten even cheaper elsewhere. It would therefore be unfair to compare it a high end badger, or a reasonable priced horsehair for that matter.


The handle is conical with an oval base - it's wider than deep - and sits okay in my hand; not bad, but not great either.  The knot is reasonable soft without being overly floppy, has good flow and don't shed much... a hair every other shave or so. It was slightly scritchy the first couple of lathers, but that has disappeared along with most of the backbone - in other words not the best brush on a hard soap. It works wonders on soft soaps though, loading up fast and efficiently.


Overall I think the Wilkinson Sword Badger is a great brush for the price - keeping in mind that the price is low. Recommended for the shaver on a budget, or for those wanting to try out traditional wetshaving without breaking the bank.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Shave of the day 16th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: Cadet TTO-11 Twist To Open Open Comb with a Green Astra blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Cost of shaving - one more time

As I was stumbling across the Internet, I found an article over on the Sharpologist written a couple of years ago: a financial faceoff. It's a decent read, even if several assumptions are made along the way I find myself not agreeing with all the way - YMMV.

Unsurprisingly, DE's (and one has to assume, SE's) are much cheaper to use then either cartridges or disposables. What did surprise me was the claim that DE's are a quarter of the cost - I had assumed it would be even less (ignoring any Acquisition Disorder you might have picked up along the way, off course).

Monday, 14 September 2015

Shave of the day 14th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Turkish No6 'horse hair'
Razor: Cadet TTO-11 Twist To Open Open Comb with a fresh Green Astra blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Friday, 11 September 2015

Shave of the day 11th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Citrus Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soaps, Lemongrass & Eucalyptus
Brush: Omega #10048 Boar Bristle
Razor: Cadet TP-01 long handled open comb with a Treet Platinnum blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Thursday, 10 September 2015

First shave

Every man remembers his first shave, according to the internet...

I don't.

I do remember my first shave with a traditional safety razor though, and how my face looked afterwards... was hooked right away, despite several nicks. Thinking about it, I do believe my first shaves as a pimply teen was with an unremarkable electric razor... a no-brand rotary. First experiments with carts and canned goo came a little later as I was gearing up for boot camp - I believe my logic was that you can't find an outlet while on exercise in the deep forests. The main takeaway from the first few years was that I dislike canned goo; left my face feeling dry and funky.

Enter stage right; a cheap brush and cream from BodyShop. Much better, even if ingrown hairs and shaving rash still plagued me.. at the time I though that was just how it was.

Over the next couple of decades I waffled between carts (Sensor Excel), various electrics, and growing beards... until I was pointed in the direction of traditional wetshaving while I was gearing up for a one year Tour of Duty as a UN Military Observer in Africa - the logic at the time being that you can't always find an electrical outlet nor reliable buy carts while in a third world country... seems to be a common theme with why I switched to a cart years before.

The anticipation when I slid the Feather blade into my Parker R22 and slowly twisted is closed was palatable... and I promptly opened and closed it a few times to make 100% absolutely sure I had put it in right. I was happy with the lather I had made with my brand new Omega boar brush and my just as new tube of Proraso Green... even if looking back it was frankly not particularly good. And the less I say about my pre-shave, the better... because there is not much to say about splashing some warm water on ones face.

The feeling of sliding a traditional safety razor over my cheeks for the first time? Unforgettable. The actual sound of stubble being sliced through by a piece of wicked sharp steel? Simply wonderful.

Yes, there was several nicks. Blood was drawn. The Feather is, in hindsight, way to sharp for an aggressive razor like the R22. My lather was too watery and provided little cushion. But despite all that I knew one thing for sure when I rinsed the bright red remains of watery lather of my face:

I wanted more. Much more.

To roll back, I think my first shave was forgotten because it wasn't anything special. I do remember my first traditional shave because it was quite simply unforgettable.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Shave of the day 9th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soaps, Mixed
Brush: Turkish No6 'horse hair'
Razor: Cadet TP-01 long handled open comb with a Treet Platinnum blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

There is an app for that...

Apparently there is an app for everything these days - I've deceided to test out once that promises to make it easier to keep track of my gear, add notes, compare shaves and apperantly also makes it easier to share a SOTD.

Stay tuned - the free version only lets you keep track of a limitet number of items in each category (razors, brushes, blades, soaps, aftershaves and other stuff), so I might have to go premium.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Shave of the day 7th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: Cadet TP-01 long handled open comb with a fresh Treet Platinnum blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80° Below Aftershave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Friday, 4 September 2015

Shave of the day 4th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper shavestick
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger
Razor: Merkur 25C long handled open comb with a Green Astra blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Thursday, 3 September 2015

Everone has days like this

Shaving is a way to start the workday by ritually not cutting your throat when you’ve the chance.
- Ben Lerner, 10:04

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Shave of the day 2nd September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: Merkur 25C long handled open comb with a Green Astra blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

More turning

I'm getting a bit better - mostly, I think, due to the fact that a lot more care was taken in drilling out the hole for the bolt used to secure it to the chuck of the horizontally mounted drill (hurrah for reasonable priced drill presses).

And yes, I'm still making simulated brush handles. They are a convenient size to work with, and are something I can easily relate to.


Personally I'm having great fun doing this. it is very satisfying to take a piece of wastewood from the kindling pile and in the span of half an hour turn it into something. Watching a thing take shape is quite rewarding, and while I can't see myself turning wood for a living I can see myself making shaving brush handles and other odds and ends as a hobby.