Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Shave of the day 13th December

Razor: Lord Racer
Blade: Lord Classic
Brush: Vie-Long #14033
Lather: Proraso Menthol & Eucalyptus Soap
Aftershave: Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Additional Care: Alum Block & BullDog Original Beard Balm

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Before you buy the latest and greatest...

...think carefully if you truly need it or not.
Advertisements and commercials - for shave gear as well as other things - only have power over you if you give it that power. By all means buy it if you want it, need it and can afford it - but don't buy it because a commercial actor told you to.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Shave of the day 11th December

Razor: Lord Racer
Blade: Lord Classic
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Lather: Wet Shaving Products Pre-production Sample
Aftershave: BullDog Oil Control Moisturiser
Additional Care: Alum Block & BullDog Original Beard Balm

Friday, 8 December 2017

Shave of the day 8th December

Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic
Blade: Lord Classic
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M
Lather: Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood
Aftershave: Myrsol Aqua Balsamica
Additional Care: Alum Block & Big Red Beard Balm

Thursday, 7 December 2017

It might just be me...

..but the grin on the guy in the old Listerine Shaving Cream advertisment screams "I was just thinkin' about skinnin' you like a deer!" and/or "I would wear your face like a mask as I do my little kooky dance!".


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Shave of the day 6th December

Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic
Blade: Lord Classic
Brush: Omega #10048
Lather: Mike's Natural Soaps Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper
Aftershave: BullDog Oil Control Moisturiser
Additional Care: Alum Block & Big Red Beard Oil

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

FYI: Twitter

I'm finally taken the step into the last decade and gotten myself a twitter account: @WegianWarror.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Shave of the day 4th December

Razor: Wilkinson Sword Classic
Blade: Lord Classic
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B
Lather: Prairie creations Walter
Aftershave: Nivea Cooling After Shave Balm
Additional Care: Alum & Block Big Red Beard Balm

Friday, 1 December 2017

Shave of the day 1st December

Razor: Mergress "Bling"
Blade: Lord Classic
Brush: Semogue TSN LE 2012
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh
Aftershave: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh
Additional Care: Alum Block and BullDog Original Beard Balm

Thursday, 30 November 2017

The 80/20 rule applied to shaving

We have all at some point heard about the 80/20 rule, more formally called the Pareto Principle, is usually stated something like "80% of the work takes 20% of the effort". The corollary would be that 80% (16% of the whole) of the remainder takes another 20% of the work, 80% of what's left will take another (3.2% of the whole) takes another 20 % and so forth - in other words you'll be running afoul of the law of diminishing returns fairly fast.

If we consider that shaving consists of
- Prep or pre-shave
- First pass
- Second pass
- Cleanup or buffing
- Post shave
and further assumes that each part takes roughly the same time (which holds true for me at least)... we can quickly estimate that a two pass plus cleanup gets rid of 99.2% of the stubble. A three pass plus cleanup will get a little bit more, but unless you did a sloppy job on the two first passes the difference should be quite minor.

So there you go; a tongue-firmly-in-cheek "proof" that a two pass plus cleanup gives a Damn Fine Shave!

As a sidebar: If you find that 80% of the effort do 20% of the work when you shave, it's time to change your blade or strop your razor.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Shave of the day 29h November

Razor: Mergress "Bling"
Blade: Lord Classic Brush: Gustavo Rimano Manchurian Badger, imitation horn
Lather: Dr Selby Lavender
Aftershave: Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Additional Care: Big Red Beard Balm and Alum Block

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

How did the old razors shave back then?

A repost from oct 2014, for the enjoyment of readers old and new
I been thinking again, and sometimes when I do that my brain gets stuck on questions I cant answer...

Given that the original Gillette blade was - among other differences - noticeable thicker and therefore more rigid than today's blades, and that perceived blade aggressiveness is often linked to blade exposure and angle... would an old razor (like, say, a Gillette Old Type from 1918) shave and feel any different back then compared to these days?

King Gillette's original patent do state the following:
The blade of my razors made of' sheet steel having preferably a uniform thickness of about six one-thousandths of an inch.
Or in measures more easy to understand; 6/1000" = 0.1524 mm.

A fair bit of digging online seems to indicate that modern blades are about 0.10 mm thick, or about 2/3rds as thick as the old blade - assuming, off course, that the original blade was as thick as the patent calls for. It's hard to tell exactly when blades got thinner, but over on another forum I spotted one guy claiming that
[blades] became a lot thinner after that; I have seen blades from the 50's and 60's that went from 0.10 to 0.08 and even 0.06mm.
For all I know the increased thinness of the blades could have started sooner, the the modern shape and perforation of the DE blades seems to have appeared around 1930. Going by the patent numbers listed on a US Gillette Blue from 1935, it's hard to tell... several references to "thin, flexible blade", but nothing on just HOW thin it is.

When I raised this question on my favourite shave forum, the guy making my preferred aftershave pointed out that he likes SE razors due to their thicker, stiffer blades - which like DE blades used to be even thicker and therefore even stiffer - since they flexes less. I should probably get my callipers out to measure a new and old SE blade, just to see how pronounced the difference really is.

Stiffening of a blade can also be achieved by twisting it in a slant razor, and slants are often considered to be more "aggressive"... even if I personally don't think my slants are aggressive, just efficient - perhaps aggressive is the wrong term, even if it's commonly used to denote the opposite of a mild razor.

Making a number of wild assumptions, desperately pulling on what I learned in structural mechanics more than two decades ago, and hoping that this website have got their code right; the old blade ought to be twice as stiff as the current blades - with the biggest caveat being that the modulus of elasticity is the same for the steels used.

These guys offers (or at least offered) three hole blades that are a dimensional match for the pre-1929 Gillette blade... and it seems that one of the thickness's they offer match the old blades. But the blades are made for cutting plastic film, so they will probably be rotten for shaving with.

After all that searching and math, I still have no real idea how a blade twice as stiff would affect the behaviour of an Old Style Gillette... Combining what what we know about SE razors and their stiffer blades with what we know about the torsionally stiffened blades in slants, I'm leaning towards the idea that the Old Type Gillettes using the pre-1929 blades may have been more aggressive than they are with the thinner blades of today.

I may be wrong though, with all the assumptions and guestimates underpinning that idea.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Shave of the day 27th November

Razor: Mergress "Bling"
Blade: Lord Classic
Brush: Vie-Long #14033
Lather: Mike's Natural Soaps Peppermint & Rosemary
Aftershave: Myrsol Aqua Balsamica
Additional Care: Alum Block and BullDog Original Beard Balm

Friday, 24 November 2017

Shave of the day 24th November

Razor: Gillette Slim
Blade: Astra Green
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh
Aftershave: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh
Additional Care: Alum Block and BullDog Original Beard Balm

Thursday, 23 November 2017

An odd and interesting shaving bowl / scuttle

Again a few photos I found online; this time of a glass shaving bowl/scuttle of a design I've never seen before. As far as I can tell it's a vintage item, but it must have been an unusual design even back when since I've not seen anything even remotely like it before.
The possibility do off course exist that the site I found it on is simply wrong, and that its intended use was not shaving... but if so, I have even less of a clue what it might be for.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Shave of the day 22nd November

Razor: Gillette Slim
Blade: Astra Green
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Soap
Aftershave: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Additional Care: Alum and Block Scotch Porter Beard Balm

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Why I shave / buzz my head

As some of you might have guessed from one of my posts earlier this year - titled "Head shaving for n00bs" - I'm in the habit of buzzing and sometimes shaving my head. While people might do that for several good reasons, these are mine reasons to do so:

  • It's damn convenient - saves time in the shower and saves money at the hairdresser
  • It's comfortable, particularly in summer when it's hot (in fact, I started while in Africa) but also under a cap or hat in winter
  • I've been informed that it looks good on me (YMMV)
  • Gray hairs? What gray hairs?
  • Did I mention convenient?

Monday, 20 November 2017

Shave of the day 20th November

Razor: Gillette Slim
Blade: Astra Green
Brush: Omega #10048
Lather: Mike's Natural Soaps Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper
Aftershave: Myrsol Aqua Balsamica
Additional Care: Alum Block and BullDog Original Beard Balm

Friday, 17 November 2017

Shave of the day 17th November

Razor: Gillette 1958 TV Special
Blade: Astra Green
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B
Lather: Mike's Natural Soaps Lemongrass & Eucalyptus
Aftershave: Myrsol Aqua Balsamica
Additional Care: Alum Block, Scotch Porter Beard Balm and BodyShop Maca Root Energetic Face Protection

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Shave of the day 15th November

Razor: Gillette 1958 TV Special
Blade: Astra Green
Brush: Semogue TSN LE 2012
Lather: Brutalt Bra TSN LE / Norwegian Wood
Additional Care: Alum Block and Scots Porter Beard Balm

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

More old brushes

A poster / advertisement for shaving brushes I found online, age unknown. The similarities with the brushes from the US Civil War I posted last week should be obvious; high loft, a 'neck' between the handle and the brush proper, and in some  cases the use of string to secure the knot.

At the same time we can see the development of the modern brush; shorter loft, use of rubber cement and glue to secure the knot, and less pronounced necking.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Shave of the day 13th November

Razor: Gillette 1958 TV Special
Blade: Astra Green
Brush: Gustavo Rimano Manchurian Badger, imitation horn
Lather: Mike's Natural Soaps Hungarian Lavender
Aftershave: Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Additional Care: Alum Block & Scotch Porter Beard Balm

Friday, 10 November 2017

Shave of the day 10th November

Razor: Parker 22R
Blade: Astra Green
Brush: Vie-Long #14033
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Soap
Aftershave: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Additional Care: Alum Block and BullDog Original Beard Balm

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Mid 1800's shave brushes

Some more photos of old shave gear I found online, this time brushes from around the time of the US Civil War. Three things that strikes me right off the bat is the use of string or twine to secure the knot, the length of knot in relation to the diameter, and the narrow neck between the knot and the handle.

While the use of a string to secure the knot most likely was due to the lack of modern glues, and the extreme length of the knot can be down to either the hair used or just the style of the times... the narrow neck probably had a practical purpose; to stop water and lather running down the handle.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Shave of the day 8th November

Razor: Parker 22R
Blade: Astra Green
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Lather: Wet Shaving Products Pre-production Sample
Aftershave: Body Shop Macau Root Energetic Face Protection
Additional Care: Alum Block BullDog Original Beard Balm

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Mid 1800's shave mugs

Just a bunch of photos I've found online... the design of the mugs are interesting, with a "side pocket" to hold soap and other gear. Some seem to have a soap cup that fitted in the top as well.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Shave of the day 6th November

Razor: Parker 22R
Blade: Astra Green Brush:
Vie-Long #13051M
Lather: Prairie creations KISS
Aftershave: Myrsol Formula K
Additional Care: Alum Block and Scotch Porter Beard Balm

Friday, 3 November 2017

Shave of the day 3rd November

Razor: Parker 22R
Blade: Astra Green
Brush: Omega #10048
Lather: Proraso Menthol & Eucalyptus
Aftershave: Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Additional Care: Alum Block Scotch Porter Beard Balm

Thursday, 2 November 2017

A 1945 disposable razor

From time to time I have fun looking through old patents... it is admitedly an odd intererst, but the ingeuity of people never fails to amuse and amaze me.

Today I found a patent for a disposable razor from 1945 - quite possible one of the earliest patents for a disposable - and the resons that Mr Albert D Brown gave for coming up with the idea is quite valid even today:
My invention relates to an improvement in shaving devices or safety razors, and has for one purpose to provide a dispensable razor or shaver.
Another purpose is to provide a razor or shaver adapted for a quick and emergency shave for those who find themselves without the usual shaving facilities.
Another purpose is to provide a packaged shaver which includes or carries enough brushless cream for one shave.
Another purpose is to provide an improved package assembly for dispensable shavers.


While the shape Mr Brown came up with perhaps isn't the most ergonomic of shapes for a razor, I do like the way he carried a small tube of brushless cream inside the handle.
Mr Brown also went a step further than just designing the razor though; he also planned for and patented how to pack, ship, and display in shops his new invention - as well as giving a detailed explanation on the use of his disposable razor:
The abovedescribed container is so proportioned that it can be stacked in pairs, each pair forming together a rectangular body as shown at small a, small b of Fig. 4. As many pairs as desired, arranged to form such rectangular bodies, may be stacked or packaged in a large container. In Fig. 4 I illustrate six containers arranged in three pairs, which, after being stacked or assembled, may be packaged or handled as a larger unit Also they may be loosely stacked, as shown in Fig. 4, for handy disposition in a show case or on a counter.
The inside curved surface 6, 1 provides an efficient resting place for the second joint of the second finger, the thumb and index finger, grasping the ends of the body I. For shaving the upper lip downwardly the handle portion 4 of the body may be grasped with the thumb on the convex side and the index and second finger on the concave side. For shaving upwardly the shaver body is inverted and theindex finger is placed on the concave curved portion 6, I with the thumb and second finger grasping the ends of the body. Thus, I have provided a simple, small, compact shaving body which is adapted for shaving in a variety of directions...

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Shave of the day 1st November

Razor: Parker 22R
Blade: Astra Green
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B
Lather: Prairie creations
Walter Aftershave: Myrsol Aqua De Limón
Additional Care: Alum Block and Scotch Porter Beard Balm

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Scary: Sport and Shave Ken

Is it just me, or is it something somewhat... off... about teaching little girls to shave adult men - even more so if the guy is refereed to as a "Plaid Stallion" and "all man"? The 70's was a different time indeed...

Monday, 30 October 2017

Shave of the day 30th October

Razor: Parker 22R
Blade: Astra Green
Brush: N/A
Lather: Rise Shave Gel
Aftershave: BullDog Oil Control Moisturiser
Additional Care: Alum Block and BullDog Original Beard Balm

Friday, 27 October 2017

Shave of the day 27th October

Razor: Cadet TTO-13
Blade: Astra Green
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B
Lather: GzD Shavestick
Aftershave: Krampert's Finest 80 Below
Additional Care: Alum Block and Scotch Porter Beard Balm

Thursday, 26 October 2017

The "decline" of the shave forums

From time to time we're hearing that the dedicated forum - be it for shaving, computers, woodworking, or any other hobby or interest you might care to mention - is dead, pushing up the daisies, kicked the bucket, shuffled off  its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleeding choir invisible. Killed by groups on Facebook and Reddit, if the reports are to be believed.

It's easy to blame "social media" for the alleged decline in the activity on dedicated forums... except that a forum is also a social media, so finger pointing in that direction don't really work. Onion in my belt, get of my lawn etc... I can recall when Yahoo Groups was the hot place to hang out, so that kind of dates me when it comes to social media and online interactions.

Facebook, Reddit and the like have both lowered the bar and (over)filled peoples time and attention - but the fact that the dedicated shave forums are still here speaks volumes; they offer not just an interest based camaraderie but also a deep well of knowledge that's hard to beat. In addition each board have a certain, how to put, feel to it as a venue... there is no doubt in my mind that people interact differently on places like Facebook and Reddit than they do on a traditional forum, and there is big differences between the various forums as well. To me at least it's more participation on a forum than on what most people think about when they say "social media" - to me the later seems to be more about telling people what you do, rather than about listening to what they do.

But ignoring all that; the traditional shaving forums is still a community of friends first and foremost, and while people come and go it's always great to have a friend come back to the forums.

So welcome back to the forums if you havn't hung out there for a while - and if you haven't hung out at all perhaps you should come over and see what they offer that Facebook and Reddit does not.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Shave of the day 25th October

Razor: Cadet TTO-13
Blade: Astra Green
Brush: Semogue TSN LE 2012
Lather: Nivea Mild
Aftershave: Nivea Cooling After Shave Balm
Additional Care: Alum Block and BullDog Original Beard Balm

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The case of the 50$ Stainless Steel Razor - an analysis

As I'm sure a lot of you in the wetshaving community are aware of by now Italian Barber have put on the marked a stainless steel razor - called the Mamba - that retails for a hair under 50$... a move that have made some people on the forums question the price point of other stainless razors as well as implying that other manufacturers and vendors are pushing prices up to increase their profit.

To me the last bit sounded like what grass turns into after passing through a bovine... I've been privileged enough to be allowed to "peek past the curtain" as it where in my chats with people who have designed, crafted and made razors, and none of them strikes me as people who push prices up for the hell of it - price is always been driven by costs, and the cost of machining have always been on the top of their heads. So I decided to look a bit more into the implied claims and what drives the price of machined razors.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Shave of the day 23rd October

Razor: Cadet TTO-13 
Blade: Astra Green 
Brush: Gustavo Rimano Manchurian Badger, imitation horn 
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh 
Aftershave: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh 
Additional Care: Alum Block & Scotch Porter Beard Balm


Note: I'm trying out the Shave Buddy app for posting a draft directly to my blog, hence the change in layout.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Shave of the day 20th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: Cadet TTO-11 Twist To Open Open Comb with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Taking care of face and beard

A local chain have started carrying this brand, and so far I'm quite satisfied with both the face cleaners, the moisturiser and the beard stuff. I'll review each in more detail as I get around to it.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Shave of the day 18th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: Cadet TTO-11 Twist To Open Open Comb with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Best of Times and The Worst of Times

There is a very interesting thread going on at my favourite shaving forum right now; people discussing the positive and negative changes and development in the wet shaving community over the last decade or so.

Well worth a read - I suggest y'all head over there and look at the thread.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Shave of the day 16th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Brutalt Bra Barbersåpe TSN SE "Norwegian Wood"
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Cadet TTO-11 Twist To Open Open Comb with a fresh Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, BullDog Oil Control Moisturiser
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 13 October 2017

Shave of the day 13th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Omega #10048
Razor: Cadet TP-01 long handled open comb with a Personna Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Shave of the day 11th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Tea Tree Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: Cadet TP-01 long handled open comb with a fresh Personna Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Nivea Sensitive Cooling After Shave Balm
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Artisania Romera Manchurian Badger

A couple of months ago I received the best care package ever from Phil of BullGoose - known on my favorite shave forum as "The Enabler" - and one of the items in the package was a Artisania Romera Manchurian Badger brush with a faux horn handle.
The 28mm Romera is the first high end badger I've owned - my only other experience with badger is two mixed brushes (horse-badger and boar-badger) and a cheap badger I picked up in a Spanish super marked. With that in mind, perhaps I'm somewhat biased... although looking at what other people say about Romera brushes I don't think my experience differs all that much

Short version? The Artisania Romera Manchurian Badger is an awesome brush. Soft tips, enough backbone to whip up copious lather - but not a lather hog, it gives it right back - comfortable handle. It simply feels right to pick this one up in the morning and enjoy my moment of Zen.

For various reasons I've always gravitated towards the smaller knots when I buy brushes - cost is but one side of that equation - but unlike my Omega 48 the Romera is small enough to easily load in most soap tins.
In short, I can recommend getting a Artisania Romera Manchurian Badger. The artisan can - allegedly - be hard to communicate with, but the end result is worth it.