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

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

What is this even?

A common refrain these days is "there is an app for that"... and while this is not an app, it's another way you can do something on your phone that simply is better done elsehow:
I'm holding out for the more traditional wetshaving attachment.. complete with badger brush and hot towels.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Shave of the day 22nd May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: GEM 1912 SE with a fresh 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

Friday, 19 May 2017

Shave of the day 19th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Teatree Soap
Lather: Arko shaving stick
Brush: Turkish No7
Razor: Yuma with a Personna Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Shave of the day 17th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Dalan d'Men Energic cream
Brush: Omega #10048
Razor: Yuma with a Personna Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, BullDog Moisturiser
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Happy Norwegian Constitution Day y'all!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Take it off, take it all off!

This advertisment would not fly today... I'm amazed it even flew back then. Just take it off baby, take it all of...

Equally interesting to the medicated shave cream is the injector razor... anyone up for IDing it?

Monday, 15 May 2017

Shave of the day 15th May


Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Teatree Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS cream w/ tea tree oil
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: Yuma with a fresh Personna Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, BodyShop Maca Root Energetic Face Protection
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 12 May 2017

Shave of the day 12th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush: Turkish No6
Razor: TGR razor with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, BodyShop Maca Root Energetic Face Protection
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 11 May 2017

A very interesting read

A few years ago Brian Krampert - the man who makes one of my favourite aftershaves - posted an in depth history of the Valet Autostrop; a razor I consider to have one of the more steam-punky looks of them all.
If you haven't read it already, I strongly recommend going and doing it now - it's a very interesting read.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Shave of the day 10th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Dalan d'Men Energic cream
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger brush
Razor: TGR razor with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol Agua Balsamico, and Bulldog moisturiser
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Monday, 8 May 2017

Shave of the day VE-day

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap, Pine & Cedarwood
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: TGR razor with a fresh PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol Agua Balsamico, and Bulldog moisturiser
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 5 May 2017

Shave of the day 5th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: Lord Racer with a Lord Racer
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Shave of the day 3rd May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Teatree Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS
Brush:  Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Lord Racer with a Lord Racer
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

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

An interesting read - a review of the Paradigm Razor

Remember my rant from a couple of days ago?

A trusted source - ie: a wetshaver whos integrity and common sense I trust, even if I do on occation disagree with his conclusions - have done a review on the Paradigm Razor.

Among several interesting tidbits is high praise for the design - the use of a bar instead of pins to lick the blade is pointed out - as well as praise for the shave (after a little bit of adjustment due to the low weight). The difficulty of machining Ti is also pointed out.

You can do a lot worse the next five minutes than to pop over to the Sharpologist and read the review. And once you've done that, you can find even more reviews of the Paradigm over on my favourite shave forum.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Shave of the day 1st May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soa
Brush:  Turkish No7
Razor: Lord Racer with a fresh Lord Racer
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 28 April 2017

Shave of the day 28th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko shaving stick
Brush:  Omega #10048 boar
Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Nivea Sensitive Cooling After Shave Balm
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The worst kind of shilling?

Updated 28th April
There are a couple of things about this hobby that ticks me off... the big one is not unique to wetshaving; shilling. Not to point fingers or mention names, but there is a couple of vendors who either condones or outright encourages shilling - which is bad enough when they use it to shill their own products, but worse when they use it to talk down, belittle or attack the products of others.

Okay, a little back story: A little while ago a new razor manufacturer popped onto the scene, offering something as uncommon (but not unheard of) as a fully machined Titanium razor. Not as cheap as most razors at just shy of 400, but not expensive either all things considered.

For those who don't know, machining Ti is... well, difficult don't quite cover it. It requires skill, longer time to machine, frequent replacement of cutting tools, and so on. It's notoriously hard on tools due it's high strength, elasticity, and poor thermal conductivity. An online source I trust points out that a lot of shops won't machine titanium because of the high costs and wear on tooling. So not only is the base metal costlier than more common materials like steel or aluminium (not to mention zamak and potmetals), but it's also costlier to turn into a complex shape like a razor head - not to mention a tapered, hexagonal razor handle with engraved chevrons. If you also factor in that the razor is manufactured in a first world nation where you'll have to pay your machinist a decent wage, 400 frankly sound downright sensible - it's not far from razors such as the OneBlade, which have gotten near universal acclaim.

I personally have some minor experience in forming, shaping and drilling Ti in sheet form, and even the simple work I did required a whole day (and a fresh piece of sheet metal after I bungled the first). The skill and patience to actually machine it is beyond me - and I strongly suspect beyond most people.

Which is part of the reason why quite frankly got quite pissed when I decided to look for some information on the Paradigm in order to make a tiny blurb on the blog about how someone was making a  razor the hard way - as mentioned machining Ti is hard - and found something else on the first page of the search result.

Lets have a look shall we?


For those that see but don't see it: Multiple threads across multiple forums, all started by users with different usernames - but with pretty much the exact same title and identical punctuation? Add to that the factoid that all the thread starters attack the prize of the razor, yet none states to have tried it.

I don't know about you, but to me something smells more than a little off... it's pretty much the exact pattern you'll see when someone is shilling, but used to attack a very interesting razor (sadly outside my budget) and a brand new manufacturer.

As a fellow shaver and gentleman stated in one of those threads: "For some people , Titanium is not worth the price that is being asked for these days and for others would be their objects of desire." Does the fact that you don't want to pay the asking price for a razor mean that you'll have to try to talk it down? I don't see many people shit-talking the price of a Porce claiming that it shouldn't cost that much to make, nor many scooter drivers shit-talking Harley-Daveson for selling expensive motorcycles.

Overall one have to wonder why there seem to be a drive to talk down a new, promising manufacturer who choose the difficult way to break into the market. Did Paradigm steal some ones thunder by releasing a Ti razor? Is someone out there feeling a bit of pressure and want to get rid of competition? Or is it plain pettiness? Hard to say, but either way it's not a gentlemanly thing to do.

People makes me angry at times. This is one of those times.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Shave of the day 26th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: "Mike's Mixed"
Brush:  Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic with a PolSilver Super Iridium
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, 25 April 2017

More Twin injector information

I have found some references to being able to use the Schick Twin with normal injector blades, but not more than one... on some images online the twin blade looks to be made of two blades that each are thinner than the normal blade... the resulting double blade seems to be a little wider and thicker than a modern single.

A modern single blade in an E2 injector.

A Schick Twin blade in the same razor - same razor and blade as the second to last image in last Thursdays post.

It is also interesting to see the 'naked' blade compared to normal injector blades (modern blade on the left and an original on the right); slightly staggered, and with cut-outs to allow cleaning.

I'm finding several fleaBay auctions for Twin blades, but most of them looks like NOS from late 80s or early 90s... plenty with Japanese or possible Chinese labelling that may be more recent though, hard to tell.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Shave of the day 24th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Citrus Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush:  Turkish No6
Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic with a fresh PolSilver Super Iridium
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, 21 April 2017

Shave of the day 21st April


Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Lavender Soap
Lather: Dr Selby Lavender Luxury Shaving Cream
Brush:  Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger
Razor: Gillette Slim (set for 5) with a Lord Classic
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Nivea Sensitive Cooling After Shave Balm
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Twinjector?

Found these while I was looking for pictures for Tuesday's post:

Twinjectors is something I've never heard about... but they must clearly have been a thing, and as far as I can tell they came out at about the same time as first twin blade cartridges - but they don't seem to have been on the market for very long. Even my favorite shvaing forum - the Shave Nook - only have a single post even mentioning the Twinjector; a want-to-buy post from 2013.

A few more pictures I found while digging for more information:

As often happens, Gillette was not alone in making injectors for twin blades. Both Persona and Schick made them as well in the same time frame, and they seem to have sunk into the murky depths of time without leaving much behind as well.

The Personna Injectore II:


The Schick Injector Twin:

I suspect the various twin blade injectors were plagued by the same fault as most multiblade carts; clogging between the blades...

All in all an interesting little oddity that I'm happy I stumbled across in my meandering trek across the internet.