Friday, 30 September 2016

Thursday, 29 September 2016

SOTD photos through the filters

For those using an Android phone to take their SOTD-photo, there is a free and simple app for making them "artsy"; Photo Editor.




































Note that I'm not affiliated with the app in any way other than being a happy user.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Shave of the day 28th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: LEA shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel brush
Razor: Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor with a fresh Lord
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave, some LEA After Shave Balm
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil


Monday, 26 September 2016

Shave of the day 26th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Aubrey Organics North Wood
Brush: N/A
Razor: BiC Sensitive SE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and BodyShop Maca Root Energetic Face Protection
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Friday, 23 September 2016

Shave of the day 23rd September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Gillette 1958 TV Special Superspeed butterfly with a Persona Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol After Shave Formula K
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Thursday, 22 September 2016

Shave the... corpse?

I find weird things on the web some times:
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I can understand why you might want to shave a corpse - if you're doing an open casket funeral, that is - and a razor cut would be most unflattering. So a niche product for a niche marked, but quite possible a forerunner for todays depilatory cream?

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Shave of the day 21st September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko shaving stick
Brush: Turkish No7 'horse hair'
Razor: Gillette 1958 TV Special Superspeed butterfly with a Persona Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Alum is alum - or not

Taken from a thread on my favourite shave forum:

Alum is alum.

Yes, but also no.

Finding the relevant posts would mean going back in the archives a few years, but the key take away is as follows:


  • Alum is both a class of chemical compounds and a specific chemical compound - much in the same way as salt*. The specific compound is potassium alum (aka potash alum, or potassium aluminum sulfate), with the chemical formula KAl(SO4)2. More widely, alums are double sulfate salts, with the general formula AM(SO4)2·12H2O, where A is a monovalent cation such as potassium or ammonium and M is a trivalent metal ion such as aluminum or chromium(III).
  • Potassium alum is a naturally occurring compound, which in the past was obtained from alunite, a mineral mined from sulfur-containing volcanic sediments source. Historically it's been used as a natural deodorant, and as an astringent/styptic and antiseptic -  in addition to the use for tanning, dyeing, clarifying liquids, fire retardant, and pickling.
  • Other alums such as soda alum, ferric alum, and ammonium alum are manufactured, and can be used for many if not all of the things naturally occurring alum is used for. However; since these are different chemical compounds, they will vary in toxicity, taste, skin feel and other properties**.
  • The most common alums used when shaving is potassium alum and somewhat less commonly ammonium alum (aka ammonium aluminium sulfate). The later is sometimes considered inferior, since most shavers feels that it stings more. There is also been claims that there is a link between the use of ammonium alum and dementia, however I have found no solid studies in the field after a brief look.


TL:DR? Stick with potassium alum, but don't freak out about it.

*    ) By salt we commonly mean sodium chloride, but salt is also a class of ionic compound that results from the neutralization reaction of an acid and a base.
**  ) Much like lead diacetate is wildly different from ordinary table salt in taste (it's sweet) and toxicity (it'll give you lead poisoning).
***) Too Long - Didn't Read. Said whenever a nerd makes a post that is too long to bother reading.

Shave of the day 19th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Cream
Brush: Omega #10048
Razor: Gillette 1958 TV Special Superspeed butterfly with a Persona Platinum
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

Friday, 16 September 2016

Shave of the day 16th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: Parker 22R butterfly with a Persona Platinum
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


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Another oddball patent: Multiple blade safety razor with aligning means

While those of us who swears to the single blade (and even single edge), the obsession with having two, three, or even five blades are puzzling... but it's not a recent idea as some might think.

One of the ones that I found was filed by Palmer Harman in '54, and included not just an "improved" safety razor but also a novel blade construction - which probably doomed it in the market.

To quote, the razor:
...comprises generally a plurality of superposed blade retaining plates adapted to receive cutting blades therebetween, and transversely extending pins for positioning the plates and blades.
While not a new idea per see, Harman improved on it by changing the way the blades were separated - so that:
...the teeth on an adjacent pair of blade retaining plates are disposed in alternate or staggered relation so that if a hair is held depressed by the teeth of one plate and missed by the associated blade, such a hair will be guided by the teeth of the next adjacent plate into contact with the cutting edge of the blade associated with the latter plate. In this manner, assurance is provided that no hairs will be missed upon any single movement of the razor.
The main objective of the invention? Almost word by word what the big multinationals claimed when they pushed out the multi blade cartridges:
...as each blade completely cuts all the hairs in the path of razor movement, a pair of blades may be inclined at different angles relative to each other so as to effect both coarse and close shaving upon one stroke of the razor.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Shave of the day 14th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Lavender Soap
Lather: Dr Selby Lavender Luxury Shaving Cream
Brush: Turkish No6 'horse hair'
Razor: Parker 22R butterfly with a Persona Platinum
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, 13 September 2016

Weird patent: intentionally broken brush

Judging by some posts on the shaving forums, the absolutely worst thing that can happen to a brush is the development of a cavity in the middle - some even referring to it as a wound in the knot. What if I told you that someone not only though the cavity to be a good thing, but managed to secure a patent on a brush with such a gaping wound?

Enter Earl D Snodderly, whom in 1965 filed a patent for his "foam shave applier". Most inventions are dreamed up to fill a need - imaginary or not - and the foam shave applier should simplify the operation of applying lather and the brushing action. To quote the word salad from the patent itself:
The present invention relates to foam shave applier and has for an object to provide a shaving brush in conjunction with an attachment therefore by which a suitable cavity is formed in the bristle body opening through an end of the brush for the purpose of receiving shaving cream or the like whereby the operations of applying lather and the like to the face of the shaver and the brushing action by which the lather is worked into the skin are simplified and combined in a single action which will economize time and facilitate the action of working the lather into the areas of the facial skin requiring shaving. 
 And how was this miracle of science to be achieved? By creating a cavity in the brush, with what looks almost like a roofing nail:
Just looking at the drawing makes my insides turn... I'm very happy this invention didn't take off, and I'm sure my brushes are too.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Shave of the day 12th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Brutalt Bra Barbers├ąpe TSN SE "Norwegian Wood"
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger
Razor: Parker 22R butterfly with a fresh Persona Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Friday, 9 September 2016

Shave of the day 9th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: LEA shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014
Razor: Gillette "Khaki" Old Type with a Lord blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Want to win a brand new Asylum Rx Single Edge razor?

Phil - the guy behind my favourite shaving forum - is running a competition where you can win one of his eagerly awaited Asylum Rx razors. I havn't tried it myself, but the feedback from the early testers are encouraging to say the least.

Full disclosure: I'm one of the forum moderators, and I lust for this razor badly myself.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Shave of the day 7th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: LEA shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014
Razor: Gillette "Khaki" Old Type with a Lord blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Traveling shave den

From left to right:LEA shave stick, Gillette Old Type from the khaki set, Omega #50014 travel brush, travel sized Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave, WSP Matterhorn Beard Oil, and a travel sized stick of alum.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Shave of the day 5th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: BiC Sensitive SE disposable
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and BodyShop Maca Root Energetic Face Protection
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 2 September 2016

Shave of the day 2nd September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Dalan d'Men Energic cream
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 Twist To Open Closed Comb with a Treet Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 1 September 2016

3D razors coming of age

Shapeways apparently have a selection of 3D razors for sale, ranging from 12 to 25 USD. I've yet to see any reviews, but some of them look rather unique - I'm half tempted to see if they ship to Norway.