Friday, 22 June 2018

Shave of the day 22nd June

Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite
Blade: Wilkinson Sword
Brush: Gustavo Rimano Manchurian Badger, imitation horn
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh
Aftershave: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh
Additional Care: Alum Block, Big Red Beard Balm and Pereira towel

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Shave of the day 20th June

Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite
Blade: Wilkinson Sword
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Soap
Aftershave: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Additional Care: Alum Block, BullDog Original Beard Oil & Pereira towel

Monday, 18 June 2018

Shave of the day 18th June

Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite
Blade: Wilkinson Sword
Brush: Vie-Long #14033
Lather: Pereira Shavery Shaving Cream w/ Activated Charcoal
Aftershave: Nivea Cooling After Shave Balm
Additional Care: Alum Block, Scotch Porter Beard Balm & Pereira towel

Thursday, 14 June 2018

A razor lost for a hundred years

Recently I found - and I've forgotten how I ended up there - a piece on restoring an old straight. Not just any old straight either; a straight lost at the Somme front during the Great War.

It is well worth a read by the way.

The restorer have some good points about the relative longevity of plastic razor cartridges versus old fashioned straights (and by extension safety razors); to paraphrase a cart lasts for a few shaves and lingers in nature forever, while an old fashion razor will shave forever yet will rust and decompose if lost or thrown away...

...and even a rusty, dinged up, buried for a century razor can still sometimes shave again!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Shave of the day 13th June

Razor: Gillette Old Type "Khaki"
Blade: Astra Green
Brush: Omega #50014 Travel
Lather: BEA Shavestick
Aftershave: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Additional Care: Alum Travel Stick & WSP Matterhorn Beard Oil

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

How much for a blade?

Five cents in 1924?
Twenty-five cents in 1967?
Or just under five cents per blade (bottom left corner) in 1948?
For the record, for my preferred all-round blade I'll happily pay about 13 cents each when buying in bulk... which is dirt cheap compared to what blades used to cost when adjusted for inflation.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Shave of the day 11th June

Razor: Phillips Philite
Blade: Shark Super Chrome
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Aftershave: Body Shop Macau Root Energetic Face Protection
Additional Care: Alum Block, Scotch Porter Beard Balm & Pereira towel