Monday, 30 November 2015

Shave of the day 30th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: the last of my Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: Phillips Philite with a fresh Shark
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, 27 November 2015

Shave of the day 27th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Turkish No6 'horse hair'
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf with a GEM SE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Thursday, 26 November 2015

A cartridge straight

The beauty of a straight is that it's a precision instrument with a single cutting edge which lasts forever if taken well care off. Obviously this is such an old fashioned concept that we need to reinvent it... or at least, that seems to be part of the logic behind Mr Jamshid Ilanlou's invention.
A straight razor has a handle portion and a disposable multi-blade assembly with at least two blades as the cutting edge on at least one of its sides. A molded guard portion at the bottom of the blade portion prevents the blades from cutting into the skin by keeping the cutting edge limited to the surface in common among the sharp edges of the blades and the bottom guard portion.
It could be that the rationale was to make straight shaving more accessible for new shavers, even if the existing shavettes do a nice job of that.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Shave of the day 25th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Tea Tree Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS cream w/ tea tree oil
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf with a GEM SE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol After Shave Formula K
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Gillette's 1950's magazine razor

Vendor lock-in must be a razor manufacturers wet dream; once you gotten inside their walled garden, it's too much effort / cost to get out again. Gillette had this going for them with the traditional DE safety razor, until their patents expired - which basically turned DE's into open source shaving. Ever since they have been trying to regain it, with they (and other multinationals) have managed more-or-less with the advent of the cartridges.

However, getting to the carts was a bit of hit and miss.. the Gillette TechMatic is often considered the worst razor ever, whereas Gillette's 1944 attempt at a four-blade cart (3/4th down the page) had some obvious problems with slicing fingers.

Still they prevailed with odd ideas, patenting several of them. Today I found a magazine razor, patent filed in 1951.
...the magazine razor of our invention includes a head containing a chamber or compartment for a blade stack and having a front wall providing a blade seat at its upper edge. A friction plate overlies the blade seat and engages the blade thereon and a reciprocatory cap is mounted on the head and provided with feeding lugs projecting through apertures in the friction plate for advancing one blade after another from the stack to the blade seat. A complete reciprocation of this cap is all that is necessary in ejecting a used blage from the razor head and replacing it by a fresh As herein shown the razor is organized to handle thin fiat single edged blades in which both the sharpened and unsharpened edges of the blade are offset with respect to the ends of the blade so as to permit one blade to be located by engagement with a second blade lying in the same plane while providing clearance for its sharpened edge.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Shave of the day 23rd November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger brush
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf with a GEM SE
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, 20 November 2015

Shave of the day 20th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Col. Conk Bay Rum with a dab of Nivea Shave Cream
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: Ever-Ready1914 with a GEM SE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Almost a lather cathcer

The Ever Ready 1914 is not usually called a "lather catcher", but it will easily catch one full pass' worth of lather:


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Shave of the day 18th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Wet Shaving Products pre-production soap
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Ever-Ready1914 with a GEM SE
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, 17 November 2015

Appliance for vibrating a safety razor

You want one of the fancy vibrating razors, but can't afford one?

Fear not, fellow shaver; Mr Harry F Partridge patented the solution back in '46 - the aptly named "appliance for vibrating a safety razor". Sleek and unobtrusive... uhm.. well, lumpy and rather obtrusive to be honest... anyhow... you simply clip the appliance onto your razor - or rather; you clip your razor into the appliance - and said appliance improves the shave in much the same way painting go-faster-stripes on an old POS car turns it into a sleek, modern race car. In other words, probably not at all.

In Mr Partridge's own words:
My present invention relates to an improved razor and more particularly to a means for mounting and reciprocating the conventional safety razor wherein the razor including its blade is reciprocated in short swift strokes longitudinally of the blade and the blade head so that the razor will vibrate laterally as it is drawn over the face of the user.

I'm more or less at a loss for words here -but then I'm of the firm opinion that the only thing a vibrating razor is good for is reliving the user of more money compared to a non-vibrating razor.

Mr Partridge again:
This vibration of the razor head and its blade will increase the cutting effect of the razor blade and will result in a vastly improved shaving operation with a closer shave and a less painful shave.
I'm sorry to break it to you, but if your shaves are painful you're quite simply doing it wrong. Try with better prep and a sharp blade - I can all but guarantee* you a smoother, closer and painless shave.

*) Not a legally binding guarantee, Offer void where prohibited by law. May be too intense for some viewers. If condition persists, consult your physician.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Shave of the day 16th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Turkish No7 'horse hair'
Razor: Ever-Ready1914 with a GEM SE
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, 13 November 2015

Shave of the day 13th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper shavestick
Brush: Omega #10048 Boar Bristle
Razor: GEM 1912 SE with a GEM SE
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, 12 November 2015

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Shave of the day 11th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Turkish No6 'horse hair'
Razor: GEM 1912 SE with a GEM SE
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, 10 November 2015

Shaving accidents medical reports

Sometimes I run across things that makes me cringe inside... one of my finds is hospital-data.com, which among other things lists statistics on such things as - for instance - facial accidents involving shavers or razors.

Lets skim a few and see what lessons we can identify, shall we?
61 YO M, C/O FACIAL SWELLING AND PAIN, ABSCESS WITH DISCHARGE, STARTED 4 DAYS AGO AFTER SHAVING AND CUTTING HIMSELF, DX CELLULITIS.
Very ouch, and a reminder to use alum and patch up major cuts.
35 YOM INFECTION ON FACE FROM USING DIRTY RAZOR FACIAL CELLULITIS
Less sympathy here - clean your gear people.
40 YO FEMALE SHAVED WITH RAZOR AND HAS RASH UNDER CHIN FOLICULITIS
I'm going to guess bad prep, in my experience a good prep fixes most rashes.
FOUND RAZOR AND CUT FACE, ALSO TOUCHED HOT BURNER ON STOVE
This one... two year old child. Please don't put your razor where children can find them and play unsupervised - and keep an eye on the stove when the burners are hot.

The database also lists injuries to other bodyparts, as well as injuries caused by other objects. Speaking of the former, it's not too surprising to see that injuries to the fingers outnumber facial injuries about 6.4:1... but the one shaver-or-razor related injury category that really make me cringe is "Eyeball":
PT C/O CUT TO RT EYE AREA LAST NIGHT WITH RAZOR - DX CORNEAL ABRASION.
Eeeeew.. not going there.

PS: I wanted to lighten up the post by adding a few funny pictures of razor cuts or accidents... but the majority I found was about self-injury and rather depressing. If you do suspect someone near you are suffering from this, please do whatever is in your power to get them help.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Shave of the day 9th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger
Razor: GEM 1912 SE with a fresh GEM SE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Formula K
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Friday, 6 November 2015

Shave of the day 6th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Pine & Cedarwood Soap
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: Yuma potmetal razor with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua De Balsamica
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Thursday, 5 November 2015

A possible shocking shave

Over on Paleofuture (a fun blog I recommend by the way) I stumbled over a electric razor (and face massager) from 1926:


Allegedly the vibrating blade should overcome the "pulling effect that an ordinary razor blade has on the beard" - not that I've noticed any tugging since I switched to traditional razors - but what I found most interesting is the way the back-and-forth movement of a solenoid is turned into a side-to-side movement by a clever linkage.

The device was claimed to be "entirely water-proof" and "practically free from troubles of all kinds", hopefully the later included the kind of trouble you could get if the handle wasn't as water-proof as claimed... this US manufactured wonder-razor was supposed to be hooked into the light-fixture for that 110VAC 60Hz goodness.


As an added bonus you could take the razor head off and substitute a massage arm, allowing you to use the device for facial and scalp massaging. According to the ads, men as well as women had "discovered the satisfaction of using the Vibro-Shave Electric Safety Razor."...


According to a website I stumbled over, the Vibro-Shave electric razor was manufactured by the Electric (Safety) Razor Corp., which was located in Long Island City (NY, USA), in the later half of the 1920s. Same site claims there should still be many Vibro-Shave razors on the market, although a quick search didn't reveal much more than one:


A bit of digging revealed that the patent was filed in 1924 by Mr Saul Shaler, and has long since expired. The patent drawing is pretty nice though, and does a good job of explaing the lever arrangement that allowed the solenoid to drive the blade.


The 1924 patent was an improvement (according to Mr Shaler) on a 1923 patent, mostly in the construction of the handle. The Original 1923 patent also includes a drawing of the facial massager.

Mr Shaler was also granted a patent on an improvement on his Vibro-Shaver in 1929 - in other words towards the end of production - covering an improvement in the razor head.

Taken together these three patents offers a fascinating glimpse into the development of this largely forgotten razor and/or electrical hazard.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Shave of the day 4th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Citrus Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Yuma potmetal razor with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua De Limón
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Monday, 2 November 2015

Shave of the day 2nd November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: Yuma potmetal razor with a fresh fresh Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb