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