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

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Shave of the day 9th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Lavender Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Turkish No7
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

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Need a razor pouch for travel?

Why not try this one? Hand made by one of the members of my faovurite shave forum, the feedback on the prototypes were very good.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Shave of the day 7th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Mixed
Brush: Omega #10048
Razor: Ever-Ready 1914 with a GEM Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol After Shave Formula K
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 4 November 2016

Shave of the day 4th November

Pre-shave: Cold water splash
Lather: Dr Selby Lavender Luxury Shaving Cream
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: GEM 1912 SE with a GEM Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Stahly Live Blade Wind-up Vibrating Safety Razor


Made from the 1940's up into the 1970's. The vibration was supposed to minimize snagging and give a smoother shave, but it would scare the willies out of me.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Shave of the day 2nd November

Pre-shave: Cold water splash
Lather: brushless Rise Shave Gel
Brush: N/A
Razor: GEM 1912 SE with a GEM Stainless
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, 1 November 2016

Isn't it funny...

...how most people think of this when they say razorblade:
But when Joe Avrage goes to buy razor blades, he buys something like this:
I guess it shows how the concept remains even if the physical representation changes, soft of how the save icon on my computer is a picture of a floppy disk...