Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Demoted Colonel

One of the first soaps I bought was Colonel Conk's Bay Rum. While I was initially enamoured by it, the initial crush wore off fairly quickly as I was exposed to better soaps.

The other day I used it again for the first time in quite some time, and decided that I didn't need it taking up space among my shaving soaps no more... so the Colonel have been demoted to a bath soap.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Shave of the day 27th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Wet Shaving Products pre-production soap
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector with a Schick blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua De Limón
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 24 February 2017

Shave of the day 24th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Col. Conk Bay Rum
Brush: Turkish No7 'horse hair'
Razor: Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector with a Schick blade
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, 23 February 2017

Multiple-edge safety-razor - old and bizarre patent

The human mind can be an overboiling pot of fantastical ideas, letting us come up with all sorts of brilliant and bizarre inventions. King Gillette's double edged blade was arguable one of the former. Malcolm H Baker and Franklin S Frisbie's hexagonal blade probably belongs in the later category...

The idea behind the invention was admirable;
It is the object of the present invention to roduce a razor of the safety type in which the blades by the use of a plurality of cutting edges shall have increased life-in other words, a' razor in which the blades require resharpening or replacing at longer intervals than in devices at present in use.
Blades for the Gillette razors were not - comparatively speaking - nearly as cheap as they are today, and older style safety razors used wedge blades that required tools and skill to hone and sharpen. However... the leap of logic seems to have been that if two edges are good, then more edges must be better. Minor issues like practicality and useability seems to have taken a back seat to having many edges on the blade.

The result is less of a safety razor of the hoe-type and more of a shavette:
A further object is to provide a razor in which the cutting edge in use is in a parallel lane with the handle, and thus to provide or a drawing stroke in shaving, of the same the as is employed in the ordinary old style folding-blade razor.
And finally, they claimed that their new, improved razor also were:
...of few and simple parts, which may be easily taken apart or assembled and which is readily cleansed after use.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Shave of the day 22nd February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Aubrey Organics North Wood, brushless
Brush: N/A
Razor: Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector with a Schick blade
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, 21 February 2017

Nothing new under the sun - razors with rollers

There is - as the saying goes - nothing new under the sun... Apparently Feather have come up with a new innovation to reduce the friction when shaving; namely a roller:
 
Except... it's not all that innovative. At all.

How about a 1903 Mandarin SE (manufactured until 1914 in Germany)?

Or a Roller Guard after-market baseplate for your Gillette, patented May 7 1929? Also, you could apperantly get after-market parts for your razors back in the day, dispelling the idea that razors were cheap.

You could also get the Roller Razor as a full up three piece razor.

Or how about a variant of the J. A. Henckels Rapide, circa 1920's?

Or perhaps a lovely Wilkinson 7 day set from the 1940's?

In fact the oldest patent I could find for rollers on a razor dates back to 16th March 1886! To quote:
My invention consists partly in application to a razor of a roller acting as a guard to prevent the wounding of the skin in the use of the razor, and partly in certain details of construction pointed out in the claims.
Unsurprisingly the razor isn't a safety razor as we know it:


The oldest patent I found for a hoe-style - the blade 90º on the handle - safety razor with rollers I could find with a quick search is ten years younger, from 18th February 1896. Still fairly respectable, and it was even adjustable with a screw so the user could dial in how aggressive it should shave.

So while I can respect Feather for doing something unusual it is not innovative.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Shave of the day 20th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Cream
Brush: Omega #10048 boar
Razor: Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector with a Schick blade
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

Friday, 17 February 2017

Shave of the day 17th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Citrus Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector with a Schick blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol After Shave Formula K
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Darwin DE reimagined

Phil, over at BullGoose Shaving Supples, have come up with a solution for those who wants a Darwin DE and have deep pockets: the stainless steel Asylum Evolution DE.



It looks really, really nice, and the reports from the ones who have used the prototypes are very encouraging. And while I haven't rushed to place an order myself, the price isn't bad for a new production stainless razor... and my birthday is coming up in a few months *ponder*

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Shave of the day 15th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Crabtree and Evelyn Sandalwood
Brush: Turkish No6 'horse hair'
Razor: Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector with a Schick blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

My new blade bank

Used razor blades are still razor sharp, and disposing of them shouldn't be done carelessly. Some shavers live in old houses where they have a slot in the medical cabinet which will let them drop used blades down between the studs (which will cause a hazard for the wrecking crew years or decades from now), some spend cash on designer blade banks or make a bit of DIY from old tins. A lot of shavers use old pill bottles, like I have done until now - which will have to be sealed, marked and disposed of when it's full.

Having filled up the third pill bottle in about six years, I decided a better solution was needed:



Often referred to as a "sharps container", variations is available for cheap at your local pharmacy or medical supply store. While the tub is ugly, it's also sturdy, near unable to open once it's sealed, big enough for years and years of shaving and can be handed in for safe disposal later.

Overkill? Perhaps - but better safe than sorry, and unlike an old pill bottle or a slot in the wall it wont cause a nasty surprise for someone else down the line.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Shave of the day 13th February

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: Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector with a fresh Schick blade
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, 10 February 2017

Shave of the day 10th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger brush
Razor: Merkur 25C long handled open comb with a Personna Med Prep
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, 9 February 2017

Define:shave

shave
SHāv/
verb
1.
cut the hair off one's face with a razor.
"he washed, shaved, and had breakfast"
synonyms: cut off, snip off; More
2.
cut (a thin slice or slices) from the surface of something.
"scrape a large, sharp knife across the surface, shaving off rolls of very fine chocolate"
synonyms: plane, pare, whittle, scrape
"shave off excess wood"
3.
pass or send something close to (something else), missing it narrowly.
"Scott shaved the post in the 29th minute"
synonyms: graze, brush, touch, glance off, kiss
"the shot just shaved my arm"

noun
noun: shave; plural noun: shaves
1.
an act of shaving hair from the face or a part of the body.
"he always needed a shave"

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Shave of the day 8th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap, Pine & Cedarwood
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: Merkur 25C long handled open comb with a Personna Med Prep
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Monday, 6 February 2017

Shave of the day 6th February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS cream w/ tea tree oil
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Merkur 25C long handled open comb with a fresh Personna Med Prep
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, 3 February 2017

Shave of the day 3rd February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Wet Shaving Products pre-production soap
Brush: Turkish No7 'horse hair'
Razor: Merkur 39C slant bar 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

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Shave of the day 1st February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko shaving stick
Brush: Omega #10048 boar
Razor: Merkur 39C slant bar with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb