Thursday, 29 December 2016

Old shaving-themed photos from Norway

The National Library of Norway have an amazing collection, most of which is available online. Some of it is even available for people outside of Norway, such as these lovely old photos of shaving in Norway (click to make bigger):

Wilse, Anders Beer / 1907 Apr 01 / Ellevstølane, Vang

Wilse, Anders Beer / 1927-07-01 / "Hansens barbersalong"

Wilse, Anders Beer / 1938 Jul 01 / Oslo

Wilse, Anders Beer / 1938 Jul 01 / Oslo

Wilse, Anders Beer / 1945 Apr 01 / Unknown

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

TGR shaving kit unboxing

I decided to have some fun and get the shaving kit from TGR that I spotted a little while ago. So here is the "official" unboxing:












A few things I noticed:

  • The wood looks like a fast-growing, reasonable soft wood similar to birch. Sapwood, not heartwood.
  • The head relies on the corner tabs to align the blade, which is the first time I see.
  • The "chrome" is rather sloppily applied, as can be seen on the last image.
  • The brush looks, feels and smells like boar.
  • The knot is roughly 22mm, with a 55mm loft. Pretty good backbone, pre-breaking in.
  • The little cup is likely too small for lathering, but good for catching water drips.
  • The stand will most likely not fit most of my razors and brushes

Bottom line? Not a great set, but not bad considering the cost. I'll report again when I've actually shaven with it; I suspect it's a mild shaver suitable for new shavers.


Friday, 16 December 2016

Still no shave of the day 16th December

...but the beard have gotten long enough that I need to put conditioner in it when I shower in the morning.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

I spy, with my little eye...

...a shaving brush in the wild - at Europris no less. While TGR is, in my opinion, the fun kind of dollar store, Europris is more of a.. how to put.. Norwegian version of the American chain Big Lots.


Quality brush they claim.. so much quality they couldn't even get the print centred. Even so, this along with the set spotted at TGR earlier this week, makes me wonder if affordable traditional wetshaving for the masses are coming to Norway - or it might just be a blip on the radar.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

No shave of the day 14th December

As stated on Monday, I'm currently an unshaven mess... I had forgotten how itchy a full beard can be when it grows in.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Spotted while out and about

Flying Tiger Copenhagen, formerly known as TGR, is an odd shop... imagine if a knick-knack store merged with a dollar store (or a pound store, or a 10kr store, or whatever your local equivalent is). Craft supplies, toys, kitchen gear... and today, this:


Granted, the finish on the wood ain't great, the knot is probably a shedding Chinese boar, the cup is just plastic and the head on the razor is thin castmetal... but for 80 NOK (9.50 US $ / 7.50 £ / 9.00 €) I am quite tempted to pick it up just for fun.

Monday, 12 December 2016

A week of no shaves

Due to an injury, I've not shaven for a week... and I likely won't shave until the new year roll around. It's been about a decade since I last grew a full beard, so I'm kind of curious to see just how grey it has gotten...


Thursday, 8 December 2016

A little too close of a shave

I would like to think that my lips, nose and eyes should not be gone when I'm done shaving...

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Friday, 2 December 2016

Shave of the day 2nd December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Dalan d'Men Energic cream
Brush: Turkish No7 'horse hair'
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite with a Treet Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and BodyShop Maca Root Energetic Face Protection
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 1 December 2016

End of an era

As part of a "starter kit" I bought from Barbershop.no back in late June 2010, I got a bottle of Proraso Liquid Cream Aftershave.

Yesterday - after almost six and a half year of sporadic use - I managed to squuese the last bit out of it, and I got proof:

I'm unsure if I'll replace it or not; Proraso have changed the formulation at least once that I know of since I bought it all those years ago.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Shave of the day 30th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko shaving stick
Brush: Omega #50014
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite with a Treet Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and the last of my Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Five o'clock shadow

five o'clock shad·ow
noun
unpunctuated: five oclock shadow; noun: five o'clock shadow; plural noun: five o'clock shadows
    a dark appearance on a man's chin and face caused by the slight growth of beard that has occurred since he shaved in the morning.


Monday, 28 November 2016

Shave of the day 28th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Peppermint & Rosemary Soap
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite with a fresh Treet Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 25 November 2016

Shave of the day 25th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Teatree Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS cream w/ tea tree oil
Brush: Turkish No6 'horse hair'
Razor: Phillips Philite with a Lord Classic
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Shave of the day 23rd November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger
Razor: Phillips Philite with a Lord Classic
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Asylum Shave Works Razor Pouch - first impressions

Long story short: Get one, unless you use very long razors.

The execution looks and feels top notch, the colour is a close match for my load bearing equipment (not a major concerns for most people), and I know the maker. What is not to like?

A few pics - click to make bigger:
 Empty - notice the sealed edges in the seam.

 With a Gillette '58 TV Special.

 With a GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf.

 With a Cadet TTO-13.

With a Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector - my longest razor and the only one that didn't fit.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Shave of the day 21st November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Brutalt Bra Barbersåpe TSN SE "Norwegian Wood"
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: Phillips Philite with a fresh Lord Classic
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Friday, 18 November 2016

Shave of the day 18th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Aubrey Organics North Wood
Brush: N/A
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf with a GEM Stainless
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, 17 November 2016

Old patent - a Swedish safety razor

Be it known that I, MAGNUS H. JOHANSON, a subject of the King of Sweden, residing at Rochester, in the county of Monroe and State of New York, have invented new and useful improvements in Safety-Razors and Safety-Razor Blades.

Okay.. so what did the Swede Magnus Johanson actually come up with back in 1918? Short version; a razor where the top cap is held in place by two spring-loaded latches - and said latches also work to lift the blade against the top cap when the razor is locked. From the somewhat unclear description it appears that, while the design in the drawing utilised a flat spring, Magnus saw the possibility of using the actual razor blade as the spring for the latches.

His improvement on the blade is less of an improvement and more of an added step (and cost) in production:
The blade 13 is of generally semi-circular contour, and rests snugly upon the support 10, as shown. lt's inner surface is formed on the true arc of` a circle, and blade 13 is provided at each end with a notch 15, said notch being preferably disposed centrally.
Part of what made the Gillette successful is that the blade is cheap to make and can be spat out in huge numbers by simple machines, and this is mostly because of the shape. Adding a curve to a tempered blade is difficult, and tempering after curving would require some pretty specialised equipment.

That said, the patent it as far as I can see long expired, so if someone has a machine shop and plenty of spare time it should be possible to adapt the basic idea to regular, flat DE blades.

Note: Remember to press "Publish", not just "Save" :(

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Shave of the day 16th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf with a GEM Stainless
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, 15 November 2016

More upcoming excitment

The Darwin is/was one of the more distinct safety razors out there, with a hexagonal handle and a top cap with a unique shape:


Getting one these days are hard, but when there is an openign in the marked someone might step up to fill it - in this case it's Phil over at BullGoose shaving who have announced the "Evolution", a stainless steel re-imagining of the Darwin.


Given the positive reception and reviews of Phil's Asylum Rx Single Edge razor, I think it's fair to say that the Evolution will be of high quality and give great shaves.

Read more about it on my favourite shave forum.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Shave of the day 14th November

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


Friday, 11 November 2016

Shave of the day 11th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Lavender Soap
Lather: Aubrey Organics North Wood
Brush: N/A
Razor: Ever-Ready 1914 with a GEM Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb