Friday, 29 April 2016

Shave of the day 29th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Wet Shaving Products pre-production sample
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: GEM 1912 SE with a GEM SE stainless steel blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua De Limón
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Viking Blade?

Apparently there is such a thing as "Viking Blade" brand of DE-razors and blades... considering that I hail from the land of the Vikings, this needs to be looked into in the future - even if it seems to be just another Weishi clone.


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Shave of the day 27th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Eucalyptus  Soap
Lather: Crabtree and Evelyn Sandalwood
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: GEM 1912 SE with a GEM SE stainless steel blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Monday, 25 April 2016

Shave of the day 25th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soaps "Mixed"
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: GEM 1912 SE with a fresh GEM SE stainless steel blade
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


Friday, 22 April 2016

Shave of the day 22nd April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Rise Shave Gel brushless shave "cream"
Brush: N/A
Razor: Yuma potmetal razor with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Pseudofolliculitis barbae

Pseudofolliculitis barbae (/ˈsjuːdoʊfəˈlɪkjʊˈlaɪtᵻs ˈbɑːrbiː/; PFB), also known as barber's itch, folliculitis barbae traumatica, razor bumps, scarring pseudofolliculitis of the beard, and shave bumps, is a medical term for persistent irritation caused by shaving. Pseudofolliculitis barbae was first described in 1956.

Read the full article, including the causes and treatment, over at Wikipedia.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Shave of the day 20th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Aubrey Organics North Wood brushless shave "cream"
Brush: N/A
Razor: Yuma potmetal razor with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel with aloe vera
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Monday, 18 April 2016

Shave of the day 18th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Citrus Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush: Turkish No7 'horse hair'
Razor: Yuma potmetal razor with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Shave of the day 16th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Lavender Soap
Lather: Derby Lavender cream
Brush: Omega #10048 Boar Bristle
Razor: Lord Racer with a Gillette Silver Blue
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol After Shave Formula K
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Shave of the day 13th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: Lord Racer with a Gillette Silver Blue
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, 12 April 2016

What is wetshaving all about?

A discussion on my favorite shave forum took a turn for the...well, not nasty, but definitely less pretty than it things usually are. And as a comment to that, I want to say here what I said there:

It should be about getting a good shave and enjoying the process; not about the tools used.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Shave of the day 11th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Teatree Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural "Mixed" Soap
Brush: Turkish No6 'horse hair'
Razor: Lord Racer with a fresh Gillette Silver Blue
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 8 April 2016

Shave of the day 8th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: LEA shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014 Boar Bristle Travel Brush
Razor: Gillette "Khaki" Old Type with a Lord Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: WSP Matterhorn Beard Oil


Thursday, 7 April 2016

Miniature safety razor - but not for your beard

Hair grows all over, not just on out cheeks. Luckily for us, Valentine Heinrich applied for a patent in '37 for a specialty razor for shaving your ears and nostrils.

Despite being described as a simple, practical and inexpensive miniature safety razor, I can find no indications that it was ever manufactured. Looking at the drawing for the patent, my guess is that it was the blade that proved it's undoing; the curved edge is a magnitude harder to manufacture than the straight edge of a regular razor blade.
In the words of the inventor:
I claim as my invention:
A miniature safety razor comprising a handle. a plate detachably applied to. said handle and occupying a position immediately adjacent the end thereof, said plate being inclined with respect to the axis of the handle, the front lower edge of which plate is semi-circular in form and provided with substantially parallel teeth, a lug projecting upwardly from the center of the top of said plate, lugs formed on top of the plate adjacent the sides thereof, a blade removably positioned on top of said inclined plate, the sharpened edge of which blade is semi-circular in shape and overlies the teeth on said plate, said blade being provided with an aperture and notches for the reception of the lugs on the upper surface of said plate, a guard plate overlying the blade, the front edge of which guard plate is semi-circular in form and occupies a position adjacent the sharp edge o! the blade, a depending hook projecting inwardly from the rear edge of said guard plate and there being a transversely disposed groove formed in the under side of said inclined plate for the reception of the free end of said hook.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Shave of the day 6th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: LEA shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014 Boar Bristle Travel Brush
Razor: Gillette "Khaki" Old Type with a Lord Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: WSP Matterhorn Beard Oil


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Four years of blogging about wetshaving

My blog is four years old today - W00t!

While blogging five times a week can be a little bothersome at times - Real Life demanding my attention and all that - it's definitely worth it so far.

To celebrate, here is a video I found by googling "happy shaver" - quite cheerful in an old-school way.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Shave of the day 4th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: LEA shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014 Boar Bristle Travel Brush
Razor: Gillette "Khaki" Old Type with a fresh Lord Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: WSP Matterhorn Beard Oil


Friday, 1 April 2016

Shave of the day 1st April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Lemongrass & Eucalyptus Soap
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition"
Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic with a Green Astra
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