Friday, 31 March 2017

Shave of the day 31st March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Teatree Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS cream w/ teatree oil
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 Twist To Open with a Green Astra
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, 30 March 2017

The Caped Crushaver?


Found at a blog called "Under the Giant Penny". I am, however, puzzled at the combination of canned goo and a brush...

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Shave of the day 29th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 Twist To Open with a Green Astra
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


Monday, 27 March 2017

Shave of the day 27th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Lavender Soap
Lather: Dr Selby Lavender Luxury Shaving Cream
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 Twist To Open with a fresh Green Astra
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, 24 March 2017

Shave of the day 24th March

Pre-shave: Cold water splash
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush: Turkish No7
Razor: Cadet TTO-11 Twist To Open Open Comb with a Green Astra
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, 23 March 2017

A crank magnet for the cart crowd

Remember those old patens I've posted about that revolves around the idea of using magnets to - allegedly - keep your razors sharp? Turns out that the magnet-cranks have not died out yet... I present for your amusement a patent from 2014: Magnetic Blade Sharpener by a couple of German gentlemen.
Being a German patent, the patent text read a bit more poetically than most current US patents. Even so, the crankiness stands out:
Magnetic blade sharpener according to claim 1, characterized in that - the magnetic sharpening of individual magnets which - with or without a frame are made into a magnet block with alternating poles or - which is already configured as a magnet block with individual magnets in adjacent oppositely directed polarity and - with the tray body the filing and re-sharpening device is one-sided integral multipolar or two-sided multi-polar pronounced.
Uuuuhm.. if you place South to North and vice-versa you'll pretty much cancel out most of the magnetism, in short you'll end up with a much weaker magnetic field than you would otherwise.
Not that it matters much, since magnets don't magically sharpens razors anyhow.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Shave of the day 22nd March

Pre-shave: Cold water splash
Lather: Aubrey Organics North Wood (brushless)
Brush: N/A
Razor: Cadet TTO-11 Twist To Open Open Comb with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

What is it about magnets and razors?

In the parade of crackpots, I present to you the patent "Magnetic razor conditioning and device therefor", being a "simple and effective means for producing or maintaining a good magnetic influence" from 1927 by John S Forber.

Ooookay. The OCR on the google patent is pretty bad, but I'm assuming it's the same crank idea that placing your razor blade in a magnatic field will magically either sharpen it or keep it from getting dull.

It is kind of funny how Mr Forber made sure to explain in his patent that a razor is made up of:
...a pronged guard 18, a curved clamp head 14, and a handle 15 adjustably connected to the head 14.
I almost wondr if Mr Forber believed that his device worked best for Open Comb razors... which makes sence if you know a little about magnetic fields, but not enough to grasp that magnets don't sharpen blades.

The notches on either side of the main magnets seems to be intended to either 'demaginitise' the blade, or allow the blade to rest in closer contact with the magnet, or possible both. As mentioned the patent obviously didn't OCR well, and the parts of the description I can make out is - as often is the case - verbose yet confusing.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Shave of the day 20th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Citrus Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper shavestick
Brush: Omega #10048 boar
Razor: Cadet TTO-11 Twist To Open Open Comb with a fresh Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Nivea Cooling After Shave Balm
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 17 March 2017

Shave of the day 17th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Dalan d'Men Energic
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Cadet TP-01 with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Nivea Cooling After Shave Balm
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Welcome y'all

Lately I've been noticing an increase in traffic at my blog, and I just noticed a lot of it is coming from Mantic59's Sharpologist blog. So welcome to my corner of the internet, feel free to look around and hopefully you'll like what you see.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Shave of the day 15th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Lavender Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Hungarian Lavender Soap
Brush: Turkish No6 'horse hair'
Razor: Cadet TP-01 with a 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

Monday, 13 March 2017

Shave of the day 13th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Peppermint & Rosemary Soap
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger
Razor: Cadet TP-01 with a 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, 10 March 2017

Shave of the day 10th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Eucalyptis Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Pine & Cedarwood Soap
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: Cadet TP-01 with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 9 March 2017

More magnetic magic - razor blade edge reconditioner

Seems like the cranks simply don't give up... and the patent office keeps granting patents like the one they granted to Maurice A Keller in 1957.

On the surface this is much like the one I talked about a couple of days ago... but if you go deeper you'll find that it's exactly like that one. Place razor in device, then wait for the magic...

As for the specific claims;
Magnetic razor blade sharpeners heretofore known have generally been inconvenient to use because they required disassembly of the razor so that the blades could be inserted into a suitable magnetic sharpener.
Uhm.. the previous one didn't require you to dissemble the razor either.
These types of Sharpeners have not been successful because they required the provision of large horseshoe type magnets which are very expensive; or else they required magnets of special shapes not generally available as stock mass produced items.
I'll kind of grant Mr Keller that claim, except they have not been successful because magnetism don't work that way.



Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Pseudo-scientific razor-conditioning device

Cranks and quacks tells uss that after pyramids, magnets is just the thing to keep razor blades sharp... or as John S Forbes states in his 1930 patent on a magnetic razor-conditioning device:

...a simple and effective means of producing or maintaining a good edge on a razor blade by magnetic influence.


While the patent description is somewhat tortured and hard to follow, it seems like the basic idea was that storing your razor on a magnet should keep the blade sharp. Needless to say, reality don't work like that.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Shave of the day 6th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Citrus Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Lemongrass & Eucalyptus Soap
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: Cadet TP-01 with a fresh PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua De Limón
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 3 March 2017

Shave of the day 3rd March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
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

Thursday, 2 March 2017

The start of military shaving

September 30, 331 b.c. was the beginning of the smooth shaved military man. According to the ancient historian Plutarch, Alexander the Great - sometimes referred to as the greatest military mind of the ancient world - ordered his men to shave so the Persians couldn't grab them by the beard and kill them.

Or perhaps he just liked the look of a clean shaven man... we only have a single source as to the logic behind the decision, but we know that shaving suddenly became common among the Greek at the time.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Shave of the day 1st March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Rise Shave Gel
Brush: N/A
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