Monday, 21 August 2017

Shave of the day 21st August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3.5) with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 18 August 2017

Shave of the day 18th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3.5) with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Shave of the day 16th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3.5) with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Head shaving for n00bs

I'm sure I'm doing pretty much every single thing wrong when it comes to this, but I've shaved my head twice now without neither slicing my noggin to ribbons nor leaving tufts of hairs... so I can't be that far off the mark.

Usually I get help buzzing my head with some decent clippers. Since I'm on the go for right now, I had to take matters in my own hands - I had a hair colour, and that means my hair was longer than I like.

What you'll need:

  • Some form of clippers, if you wait as long between shaving your head as I have been.
  • A razor, and based on other peoples comments on my favorite shave forum, I decided against a DE.
  • A brush, and I picked my cheap synth since it was next to my BiC in the bag.
  • Shaving soap, and stick seemed sensible to me.
  • A handheld mirror, as well as wall mounted mirror
  • Aftershave or moisturizer.

Start by buzzing of as much as possible of the hair, using the mirror to make sure you haven't missed any spots. Rinse well. Apply soap and lather. Shave carefully, using the mirror and avoid any pressure. Rinse and repeat. Wash any remaining soap off, inspect and apply aftershave and/or moisturizer. And that is that.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Shave of the day 14th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3.5) with a fresh Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 11 August 2017

Shave of the day 11th August

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

Note: Kai and the old Gillette is not the smoothest combo.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Shave of the day 9th August

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

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Every man his own barber!

An easy and convenient luxury.
No danger of cutting the face.

I highly recommend clicking on this old advertisement to make it bigger, so you can enjoy it in full and glorious detail. It's a work of art!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Shave of the day 7th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 4) with a Kai
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Saturday, 5 August 2017

No one fights alone!

A Saturday post is a rare thing on my blog, but this is a post with a cause.
Please go read Soap for a Cause on my favorite shave forum and look at Jeff's Soap on CRSW. There is also a GoFundMe campaign if you want to help but don't need more shaving soaps.

Jeff is the brother-in-law to one of my fellow moderators on The Shavenook.

Thank you.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Shave of the day 4th August

Been without WiFi for a couple of days, so this post is backdated
Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 4) with a Kai
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Razor and blade as "pocket litter"

Been without WiFi for a couple of days, so this post is backdated
The term "pocket litter" it a technical term in military intelligence; it is quite literary the stuff you find in captured soldiers pockets. And one of the things you can find is shave gear...

I was reading a very interesting article on German WW2 pocket litter, and realized a couple of thing when I saw this photo:
In the bottom row there is a pack of razor blades, a razor and a loose razor blade. There is a possible shaving brush in the top row, and a mirror more or less in the middle of the table. Even soldiers in the field wants a shave I guess.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Shave of the day 2nd August

Been without WiFi for a couple of days, so this post is backdated
Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a Kai
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Mergress - progress report

I know, bad pun in the headline.

I've been using the Mergress Phil generously gave me for a couple of weeks now, and I can easily see how it can be a daily driver or even only razor.

The mechanism works perfectly smooth. The finish is as far as I can tell spotless. The balance is as close to where I like it as it can get. It shaves great with different blades. It's simply put a great tool for shaving - and it's blinged out too!



Monday, 31 July 2017

Shave of the day 31st July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a fresh Kai
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 28 July 2017

Shave of the day 28th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Shave of the day 26th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Find one problem

Go ahead, I'll wait until you spot it...

...let's just say that I don't think gramps was carrying that water himself, judging by the drawing.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Shave of the day 24th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a fresh Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 21 July 2017

Shave of the day 21st July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a Lord Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The making of razor blades

I found a picture of a razor blade manufacturing line today that I want to share:
It's a little unclear if the picture is used to advertise the machines themselves or the blades the Chinese manufacturer makes on them... I don't read Chinese.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Shave of the day 19th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 4) with a Lord Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Unfurling like a flower of joy


The Artisania Romera Manchurian Badger I was given by Phil of BullGoose is blooming nicely, it is - to dip into poetic turns for a while - unfurling like a flower of joy.

It is already soft like a fluffy cloud, and easily whips up copious amounts of lather - which it is somewhat reluctant to give up.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Shave of the day 17th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3.5) with a fresh Lord Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 14 July 2017

Shave of the day 14th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Shave of the day 12 July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Monday, 10 July 2017

Shave of the day 10th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 7 July 2017

Shave of the day 7th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a fresh PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Vintage travel razor advertisment

Since I've been traveling all day, this seemed quite appropriate...
Trouble of finding that old advertisement is that now I really want one... I don't need it, but I want it!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Shave of the day 5th June

Pre-shave: Cool water rinse
Lather: BEA shaving stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razor: Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor with a Lord
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

First impressions: Tactile Turn Slider

As part of the amazing care package Phil of BullGoose sent me, I received a Tactile Turn Slider.

It's a pen that is a somewhat radical departure from what I usually write with, I tend to be a mechanical pencil and disposable ballpoint kind of writer... and the Tactile Turn Slider is a beautifully machined and heavy piece of brass.

Interesting points to note:

  • The box it came in is the same kind of box I usually see machinist drill bits and reamers come in, which makes a lot of sense since it comes from a machinists
  • The seam between the upper and lower portions of the barrel is not noticeable until you unscrew the pen
  • The tolerances of the moving parts are so fine that the top cap acts as a pneumatic buffer when you close the pen, thus stopping the parts from slamming
  • The clip is significantly stronger than expected, something I believe will help the pen stay put in my pocket

I'm planning to use the Tactile Turn as my my not taking pen the next few weeks as I attend a class, and will report back later with more impressions.



Monday, 3 July 2017

Shave of the day 3rd July

Pre-shave: Cool water rinse
Lather: BEA shaving stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razor: Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor with a Lord
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 30 June 2017

Shave of the day 30th June

Pre-shave: Cool water rinse
Lather: BEA shaving stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razor: Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor with a fresh Lord
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Best care package ever

I'm currently travelling for work, and Phil of BullGoose sent me a care package that'll make my travels a lot more comfortable and enjoyable.

I knew that Phil is an all round Good Guy™ in addition to being a purveyor in bespoke shave gear, on top of being the man behind of my favourite shave forum. Based on the box I received, I have now reached the conclusion that Phil is in fact downright an Awesome Guy™.

I knew Phil wanted to send me a brush, from an artisan he considered taking into his store but for various reasons it didn't pan out despite the brushes being highly regarded. I knew Phil said he would include some Asylum brand shaving soap, some aftershave and "a few other things to fill the package". Phil's idea of package filler simply blew me away... in a good way.

So what did I get in the box from Phil?
  • Two of his own brand Asylum Shave Work's tallow soaps - Frankincense & Myrrh and Old Virginia
  • A bottle of Asylum Shave Work aftershave - Frankincense & Myrrh
  • A total of eight tucks of blades - two each of Kai Stainless, green Astra, Polsilver Super Iridium, and Perma Sharp Super
  • A pen - but not Phil's usual pen with a light on the end, but a TSN LE Tactile Turn Slider
  • A DE razor - and what a razor! A blinged out Mergress Adjustable, a popular razor over on the 'Nook
  • And a Romera brush with a lovely horn handle - Gustavo Romera has a good reputation as an artisan, less so for his communication
Yeah.. blown away is a major understatement, and calling it a major understatement is a major understatement as well...
Some first impressions:
  • The brush have a 28mm or so knot of Artisania Romera Manchurian Badger hair, and is the first 'real' prosumer1 level bagder brush I've owned... it feels niiiice, and I havn't even begun breaking it in. I'm tickled pink over the prospect of seeing and feeling it breaking in over the next few weeks. Gustavo might have a slightly ragged reputation on some forums for his inability to communicate, but this brush feels top notch.
  • The Mergress is another one of Phil's exclusive offerings; an improved Merkur Progress, fixing any minor issues with the original razor and - allegedly - improving the balance (I've not used an original Progress, but the balance of the Mergress is spot in in my eyes). I'm very much looking forward to putting it through it's paces.
  • The soaps and the aftershave come from Phil's own brand and simply smells fantastic. Time will tell how well they work,but the reviews that other shavers have left are overall great. Again I'm looking forward to using them for the rest of my trip.
  • Most of the blades are known and liked by me - I have to wonder if Phil reads my SOTD - but the Kai is new to me. Once I gotten to know the Megress with the help of a Green Astra, I'll have to see what the Japanese Kai can do for me.
  • The Tactile Turn Slider is a lovely artisan pen, with a wonderful steampunk vibe. My handwriting is usually like a monkey on meth, but I still look forward to using this pen.
So a big Thank You to Phil, for his amazing generosity and for making my travels so much better.

1) Per etymology 2; targeted at serious, enthusiastic consumers, incorporating professional features.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Shave of the night 28th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Omega #10048
Razor: BiC Sensitive SE disposable
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Getting ready to fly - carry on shave kit for long layover

Work is sending me on a long course far, far away.. so I figured I should be ready if I found a nice restroom during my almost eight hour layover (my job buys the cheapest tickets):
From the left: A sample-sized cologne, a sample-sized face moisturiser, one of my old BodyShop Synthetics, a disposable BiC Sensitive, what is left of my Lea shave stick, and a sample-sized Lea after-shave balsam (already half used up) - all packed in a see through plastic  toiletry bag, ready to be checked by security at the airport.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Shave of the day 26th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Nivea Shave Cream
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: BiC Sensitive SE disposable
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, BullDog Oil Control Moisturiser
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 23 June 2017

Shave of the day 23rd June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: GzD shave stick
Brush: Turkish No6
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Nivea Sensitive Cooling After Shave Balm
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Zen of Shaving

A thread on my favourite web-forum reminded me of this old post from October 2012, and since it's as true now as it was then I decided to repost the post that gave rice to my blog's tagline:

Shaving time is - at least to me - a quiet, reflective moment. It's me-time; the time when I can close the door and just enjoy myself without a worry in the world. It's also a very manly time; if by manly you mean "waving a very sharp blade around millimeters from your jugular veins... heck, spin that right and it sounds like you're cheating death every time you shave...

On a more serious tone, it is the time each morning I can 'let go' of everyday worries and simply enjoy the 'now' - a perfect moment caught between lather and blade as it were. It's a moment that flushes the system, in a manner of speaking, and lets me put things in perspective. I think that traditional wetshaving have helped making me a better man, as well as a better looking man.

I'm far from the first to notice this off course; a quick search on google will reveal a few hundred thousand hits on the subject. But even so it's something worth keeping in mind, especially when the cartridge-and-canned-goo brigade wonders why we prefers the old fashioned, traditional art of wetshaving.

Forget the 'better shave' spiel; they have heard it a million times before - every time one of the huge multinationals adds another blade they promise the consumers a better shave than ever before.

Forget the whole 'saving money' thing too; most of us succumbs to one or more ADs shortly after we pick up a decent brush and a safety razor.

You might want to quickly bypass the 'better for the enviroment' issue as well; yes, traditional shaving is greener and wastes less plastic, but most people honestly don't care as much about the environment as they claim to do.

But do tell them about that perfect moment caught between lather and blade - those precious minutes every time you shave that lets your worries and concerns simply drain away. The little breathing space where it's you, your razor and perfection.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Shave of the day 21st June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap, Peppermint & Rosemary
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

From aftershave to perfume...

...what is the difference?
Concentration is where it's all, really... which means that things towards the right side of the image not only costs more, but also lasts longer once you put it on.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Shave of the day 19th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Crabtree and Evelyn Sandalwood
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite with a fresh PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest 80 Below
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 16 June 2017

Shave of the day 16th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: Phillips Philite with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Shave of the day 14th June

Pre-shave: Cool water splash
Lather: Aubrey Organics North Wood
Brush: N/A
Razor: Phillips Philite with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum
Beard care: Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

How hordes grown - or how I learned to love Acquision Disorder

A repost from 5 years, 1 month, and 26 days ago

When our grandfathers shaved, they used the razor, blades, soap, and brush they could get in their local area. Perhaps they had a choice, perhaps there was just one to pick from. They would use it until they ran out of blades or scraped the last of the soap out of the bowl, and then go back to the same store and buy the same thing again. Efficient, but hardly exciting - even if the products probably were undeniable better than the canned foam and multi blade cartridge razors most stores stock today.

These days many of us live in a place where traditional shaving supplies are near impossible to get in local stores - the products have been squeezed out by the Big Name Multinationals multi blade cartridge system and pressurised dry foam in cans. The downside of that is not only that many of our friends and fellow men don't know the joy of a good shave, but also that we must turn to the Internet to buy what we need for our daily ritual. And the upside of that is that we're no longer restricted to the brands - or even brand, singular - that our local stores carry... the shaving products of the whole wide world is now ours to buy. The selection is staggering, and finding the right one is a daunting task for a newly converted wetshaver - from what I have seen in online discussion forums, it can be a daunting task even for those old hands who never succumbed to the lure of the multi-blade razors in the first place.

We're lucky enough to live in a time when the whole world is easily - almost too easily - accessible from the comfort of our homes: anyone with an internet connection can within minutes find other people across the world who are passionate about the same things - in our case that thing is traditional wetshaving. We can to our hearts content discuss the finer points of making lather, or nitty-gritty details on how one brush compares to another. And - and this is where the danger of hoarding starts raising it's head - you can easily be moved by glowing reviews of shaving products you never heard of before... be it brands from a different continent or something someone has lovingly crafted by hand on their kitchen counter.

Something else happened at (very) roughly the same time as the multi blade razors were pushed onto the marked: there was the growing realization (or perhaps the re-realization) that men - us big, burly, manly men - should be allowed, or even encouraged to be a little vain. Care about our looks a little further than checking for holes in our pants and scraping the stubble off with a bayonet... it is not without reason that the ads for the early multi blade razors emphasised the smoothness of the shave and how much the girls would like it. Suddenly boys growing into men were told that it was okay to use that nice smelling soap, rub some lotion into the cheeks and, y'know - smarten up a bit. Gets you a bit more positive attention from the girls too - or the boys, if you're tastes run that way. Your Mileage May vary, as it does with so many things in shaving and life.

As mentioned, we live in an age of global commerce. Checking out that barbershop in Turkey is just as easy as checking that one in downtown Houston - even if you happen to live in Norway. And the almost scary part is that it's all easy to place and order and have it shipped straight to your door. No more slugging barefoot through snowdrifts higher than your own head to buy a sorry piece of soap at the drugstore (uphill both ways off course, not that the youth of today would believe it), no more having to make do with the same old blade. Instead we can order new soap and new blades from anywhere we like, and while we're at it we might well put that cream the guys at the forum were raving about in the basket... oh, and lets pick up a yet another sampler pack of blades as well...and that brush that I didn't pick up last time...

The result? The box the poor postman has to drag through the snowdrifts (barefoot, uphill, etc) seems pretty huge when you finally receives it, and the contents can barely be fitted into your shave nook. And where did that new razor come from? The mysteries of online shopping is never more impenetrable than when you're unpacking.

Exposed to fellow shavers and tempting shops online, it's easy for a hoard to grow out of all reasonable proportions. Our forefathers are a testament to the fact that we don't really need four razors, five brushes and seven different soaps and creams in order to shave - but it is nice to to be able to mix and match, try something new, select just the right fragrance before we go out and face the world. We can embrace our manliness by picking something that smells of the great outdoors, or get ready to woo the girl (or boy) in our life with a light rose scent... the only limits is the sky and the size of your cupboard. And that is why I have gotten to rather enjoy my Acquision Disorders; while it does cost me a bit of money (but not much more than buying into the latest fad from the Big Name Multinationals would cost) it gives me much pleasure - not just in the morning spa-experience that a good shave is, but also throughout the day - every day.

Embrace your hoard. Reconquer the bathroom and fill it with products that both you and your partner in life will enjoy. Celebrate your ability to be a manly man with clear skin and a pleasant fragrance. Revel in your Acquision Disorders - but don't spend more than you can afford. And Pay It Forward or sell to a fellow wetshaver when you happens to find something in your stash that you can't understand why you got in the first place - after all, that makes room for more new supplies!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Shave of the day 12th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap, Lemongrass & Eucalyptus
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M
Razor: Phillips Philite with a fresh PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol Agua De Limón
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 9 June 2017

Shave of the day 9th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush: Turkish No7
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf SE with a GEM PTFE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Shave of the day 7th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Rise Shave Gel
Brush: N/A
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf SE with a GEM PTFE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, BodyShop Maca Root Energetic Face Protection
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Monday, 5 June 2017

Shave of the day 5th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: GzD shave stick
Brush: Omega #10048 boar
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf SE with a GEM PTFE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Nivea Sensitive Cooling After Shave Balm
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 2 June 2017

Shave of the day 2nd June

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: Ever-Ready1914 SE with a GEM PTFE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Den improvement

A post that is relevant and off topic at the same time. Funny how it works out at times.

If you want something done right, do it yourself... and if you want to be sure, do it twice. Or rather; if you're doing something you haven't done before, in a material you don't want to go to waste, it can be a good idea to make a prototype or full size model.

More details and loads of photos after the jump:

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Shave of the day 31st May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Crabtree and Evelyn Sandalwood
Brush: Turkish No6
Razor: Ever-Ready1914 SE with a GEM PTFE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest 80 Below
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Another new arrival

Since I'm happy with their face scrub and moisturiser, I decided to pick up some beard shampoo and beard balm.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Shave of the day 29th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS cream w/ tea tree oil
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger
Razor: Ever-Ready1914 SE with a GEM PTFE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Nivea Sensitive Cooling After Shave Balm
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 26 May 2017

Shave of the day 26th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper shavestick
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger brush
Razor: GEM 1912 SE with a GEM PTFE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, BullDog Oil Control Moisturiser
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Retiring a razor

Edited 2017-05-26
Some razors do, to be polite about it, age less well than others. But when it's a razor that cost me slightly less than 3 US dollars to begin with, a five year service life really isn't bad at all... it's all of 60 cents a year.

When new, the Yuma was shiny, full of promises and very, very cheap.



I must say the Yuma - a cheaply made razor with a hollow handle and paper-thin head all made from "who knows what fell into the pot" zinc alloy - has given remarkable good shaves, wear, tear and oxidation have eaten away the molecule thick "chrome" coating. This means that while the razor is technically usable, it simply don't glide across my manly cheeks with any degree of ease any longer... the whole surface is covered in zinc oxide which is used as an industrial abrasive, in effect the opposite of what you'll want for smooth shaves.



I guess I could ship my Yuma out to be replated by the professionals, possible in something more fancy than plain chrome... but it's not worth doing that with something that is so cheap and cheerful. So I guess it's time to put it back in it's presentation box, put it on the shelf and look for a replacement in my rotation.

Update: Over on my favorite shaving forum a fellow gentleman pointed out that the Yuma might be made from aluminium alloy, rather than the zinc alloy I have been assuming for years. If it is aluminium it's some of the least quality alloy of it I've seen... but that would mean that I could - in theory - repolish the head and get back the original shiny finish. I might give that a go at some point, just for fun.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Shave of the day 24th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Wet Shaving Products pre-production soap
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: GEM 1912 SE with a GEM PTFE
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, BodyShop Maca Root Energetic Face Protection
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb