Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Looking back, looking forward

Another year older, but still feeling thirteen most of the time...

This attempt at documenting my wetshaving journey have been up for a little more than a year and a half - first post went up early in April 2012 - but along the way the amount of things in my shave den exploded as well as a significant improvement in my technique. Got about ten thousand hits this year, which is not bad for a weblog that is 3/5ths about what lather and razor I used at any given day...
I'll keep writing this blog as long as I enjoy shaving and I has the time to do so. Have a Happy and Well Shaven New Year!

Monday, 30 December 2013

Shave of the day 30th December

Pre-shave: Dr Peppers Liquid TeaTree
Lather: Mike's Natural Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper Shave Stick
Brush: Semogue TSN 2013 LE
Razor: Ever-Ready 1914 with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Proraso Liquid After Shave balm

Friday, 27 December 2013

Shave of the day 27th December

Pre-shave: Dr Peppers Liquid Lavender
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clog Pruf with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Aubrey Organics North Wood aftershave (tail end of a sample)

Thursday, 26 December 2013

A new standard?

Someone on my favourite shave forum posted a link to a now-to-me razor manufacturer: Standard Razors.

While some of their spiel seems... well, a little over-the-top and bombastic, that is the style of advertisement these days. Their actual product looks good - if slightly costly - and has gotten praise from shavers such as Leisureguy. Machined from "aircraft grade" aluminium (why not just tell us what alloy it is?), with a handle that differs from most of the offerings on the market... It is nice to see a razor that is not cast from brass of machined from stainless steel, and I'm sure we'll see more of these pop up on the various shaveforums and blogs in the near future.

In other words, they might be worth keeping an eye on for the future.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Shave of the day 25th December

Pre-shave: Dr Peppers Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mike's Natural Lime Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clog Pruf with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

God jul!

In Norway, as in most of non-Anglo-Saxon Europe, Yule is celebrated on the 24th. The midwinter celebrations are a direct continuation of the old midwinterblót, given a thin christian veneer when Norway was christianised a millennia ago - but our habit of throwing a party when the sun turns goes back way beyond that.



So to everyone out there who happen to read this, I wish a God Jul and a Godt Nytt År.
Or as they would say a millennia ago;

*) To a good harvest / good year and peace / friendship

Monday, 23 December 2013

Shave of the day 23rd December

Pre-shave: Dr Peppers Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: C&E Sandalwood
Brush: Vie Long 13051 pure unbleached horse
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clog Pruf with a GEM blade
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Friday, 20 December 2013

Shave of the day 20th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Nivea Mild cream
Brush: Semogue 2012 TSN LE
Razor: GEM 1912 with a GEM "Stainless Coated Single Edge"
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum stick and Proraso Liquid Balm

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Shave of the day 18th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Mike's Coconut Soap (sampler)
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razor: GEM 1912 with a GEM "Stainless Coated Single Edge"
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Adding soap to cream

The other day I was using some Arko Cool Mint shave cream, which makes a pretty decent lather but is - in my opinion - somewhat lacking in the mentholated kick department. Acting on an impulse I added a couple drops of Dr Bronners liquid peppermint soap as I was building my lather...

The result was a thicker lather than usual, with a distinct and pleasant menthol-peppermint kick to it - a definite improvement both on the face-feel and the cushioning. I suspect I'll do it again the next time I use the Arko cream, and possible to some of my other creams too.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Shave of the day 16th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender
Lather: Mike's Hungarian Lavender Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razor: GEM 1912 with a GEM "Stainless Coated Single Edge"
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 13 December 2013

Shave of the day 13th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Arko Cool Mint Cream
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a Lord blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum stick and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Thursday, 12 December 2013

No razor? No problem?

At least not for this Russian guy... apparently, his grandfather told him that "Razors are an expensive, unnecessary luxury" and that during the Great Patriotic War the soldiers would shave with anything - so logically he decided to learn how to do the same.
I'm  not sure about y'all, but I stick to a nice DE for now - and proper lather too, instead of the canned goo I spy on this fellows table.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Shave of the day 11th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: GzD shavestick
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a Lord blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum stick and Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Back in the den

The last month I have been shaving from the GoBag... which means I get a good shave (differences in water hardness non-withstanding), but also means less choices. So I'm happy to be back in my own den and be able to fuss over what soap and brush to use for each shave.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Shave of the day 9th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mike's Orange & Black Pepper Soap
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a fresh Lord blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 6 December 2013

Shave of the day 6th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 5 December 2013

A good read on straight edge shaving

One of the regulars over at my favourite shaving forum also writes articles for his local newspaper. Recently he wrote one on straight edge shaving which I found to be a good read.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Shave of the day 4th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

New slant is being released soon

From time to time a new razor hits the market - but very few of them are slants... and I like slants.

I'm rather excited about the promised RazoRock Slant, but I probably wont be the first to buy - I like seeing what others think before I hand over my cash.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Shave of the day 2nd December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 29 November 2013

Shave of the day 29th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Bugs Bunny Barber

Ten points for style, minus five hundred for technique - I will not let him shave my crop, no matter how daintily he might do it...

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Shave of the day 27th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Monday, 25 November 2013

Shave of the day 25th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 22 November 2013

Shave of the day 22nd November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Shave of the day 20th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a fresh Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Review: BodyShop Hemp Hand Protector

One of the things that was missing in my GoBag was a decent lotion / hand cream... no longer. My local BodyShop was - still is - selling a gift-set with various hand creams; Wild Rose, Almond and Hemp...
I was already somwhat familiar with BodyShop's hemp-products, so I had no calms about picking a set up and gifting the two surplus-to-requirement creams to my Better Half.

The hemp hand protector is close to my ideal skin protection; it goes on easy, dries fast and don't feel greasy on my hands or my face. It also stays on a long time - it has survived on my face for a whole day while out-and-about, in the rain no less. It is also long-lasting; a small peanut sized blob is enough to do my hands, face and neck.

Overall I can recommend the BodyShop Hemp Hand Protector if you're in need of a long lasting moisturising hand and face lotion that won't feel greasy on your skin.

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cera Alba, Panthenol, Methyl Soyate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Talc, CI 77288, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Shave of the day 18th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 15 November 2013

Shave of the day 15th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Military style shaving

A little less than a hundred years ago, Europe was aflame - and since Europe ruled the most of the world back then, so was the world. Due to the introduction of chemical warfare, and with it the respirators, the poor sods in the trenches couldn't just let their beards grow - so Gillette saw a market and decided to fill it.
Give away enough free razors, he figured, and suddenly millions of soldiers is going to buy blades for it... a stroke of genius and luck - after all, a huge war came around just when he needed it - and the rest is history.

I would love to get my hands on an original or reproduction WW1 razor kit - it definitely blows the plastic box with a Sensor, four carts and tiny can of goo I was given in boot camp, courtesy of Gillette Norway.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Shave of the day 13th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Lovely new-to-me razors

A package have arrived, but I'm not at home to properly enjoy right now... two good looking SE razors I'm really looking forward to giving a go - in my mailbox thanks to a generous PIF from a fellow shaver. The silver one is a GEM Micromatic Clog Pruf, the brass beauty is a GEM 1912.

Thank you Joe! I'm looking forward to loading these guys up with some single edge blades and see how my technique holds up.

Shave of the day 11th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea shavestick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 8 November 2013

Shave of the day 8th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & menthol Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-boar
Razors: (Probable Merkur) Bakelite slant and Merkur 45C Bakelite, both with a SuperMax Blue Diamond Platinum blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Shave of the day 6th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Derby Lavender Cream
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: (Probable Merkur) Bakelite slant and Merkur 45C Bakelite, both with a SuperMax Blue Diamond Platinum blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Combining hobbies

I've been spending too much time lately on YouTube, watching wood turning videos...
Yes, I want a lathe now. Badly.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Shave of the day 4th November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razors: (Probable Merkur) Bakelite slant and Merkur 45C Bakelite, both with a fresh SuperMax Blue Diamond Platinum blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Friday, 1 November 2013

Shave of the day 1st November

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Col Conk's Bay Rum
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse / boar
Razors: Cadet Model 11 OC TTO with a Lord Platinum blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Trufitt & Hill West Indian Lime Balm (sample pack)

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Shave of the day 30th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Orange EO Soap
Brush: Vie Long 13051M pure horse
Razors: Cadet Model 11 OC TTO with a Lord Platinum blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Very first impression of Cadet Model 11 TTO OC

This week I'm using my new Cadet Model 11 Twist To Open Open Comb razor. After the first shave - using a Lord Platinum blade - this is my key take-aways:
- not aggressive
- well balanced
- a keeper

Monday, 28 October 2013

Shave of the day 28th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Mike's Coconut Soap (sample)
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Cadet Model 11 OC TTO with a fresh Lord Platinum blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 25 October 2013

Shave of the day 25th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Cream
Brush: Vie Long #13051M pure horse
Razors: Gillette '58 TV Special and Merkur 25C, both with a Feather blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave

Thursday, 24 October 2013

New razor is here!

My new Cadet Model 11 - Open Comb, Twist To Open - has arrived! Shiny, hefty and looking better than the pictures, I'm looking forward to giving it a test drive next week.



As you can see from the photos, Joe at Shave A Buck also sent me a sleeve of blades - blades that are previously unknown to me. Looking forward to taking those for a spin too.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Shave of the day 23rd October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Mike's Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper Stick
Brush: Vie Long #13051M pure horse
Razors: Gillette '58 TV Special and Merkur 25C, both with a Feather blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Very first impressions of Vie Long 13051M pure horse brush

My impressions after the very first use:
- Lovely coloured handle, a wee bit on the small side but not enough to bother me.
- Scritchy! This is definitely not your silky smooth badger, just as I had hoped.
- A vague smell of 'animal' - not to dissimilar from the scent I catch a whiff of when our cat decides to nest on my chest..

Conclusions so far:
- Money well spent.
- A face latherers brush.
- Will likely smell of soap by the end of the week.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Shave of the day 21st October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Mike's Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper Soap
Brush: Vie Long #13051M pure horse
Razors: Gillette '58 TV Special and Merkur 25C, both with a fresh Feather blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 18 October 2013

Shave of the day 18th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Wilkinson Classic and Racer Razor, both with a Racer blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 17 October 2013

No real post today

I don't often throw in the towel and say 'no post today', but in between work and other obligations I haven't had the time... Had hoped that either my new brush or my new razor would have arrived so I could show them off, but both are caught in postal limbo it seems.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Shave of the day 16th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Mike's Unscented (sample)
Brush: Semogue TSH 2012 LE
Razors: Wilkinson Classic and Racer Razor, both with a Racer blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Quick reveiw - Zaza Super / Supreme Stainless Steel

Quite a while ago I bought a couple of sampler packs of blades from my favourite Turkish webshop, and while I tried most of them early I sort of forgot about the rest until recently. Towards the bottom of the bag was a pair of Zaza - blades I could only find meagre information about online.

Bottom line? Not the smoothest in the world, not the sharpest either - but a very nice blend of smoothness, sharpness and longevity. A solid, if uninspired, contender for a fall-back blade... and one that seems like it might be hard to get more of. So far I only seen them for sale in my favourite Turkish webshop, and they are sold out...

Monday, 14 October 2013

Shave of the day 14th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: Turkish No 6
Razors: Wilkinson Classic and Racer Razor, both with a fresh Racer blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 11 October 2013

Shave of the day 11th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS Teatree Cream
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a ZaZa Superior Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 10 October 2013

New gear on it's way!

It's been a while since I bought shaving gear, for various reasons. Today though I finally got of my bum and ordered the pure horse hair brush I been wanting from Gifts & Care... and then I noticed that Shave A Buck had gotten some new Cadet razors in stock - ones that were both TTO and OC. Just had to put in an order for one of those too.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Shave of the day 9th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a ZaZa Superior Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Quick review: Mike's Natural Soaps' Shampoo Bar

Finding the right shampoo can be tricky, even more so when I try to avoid the stuff where the list of ingredients sounds like an accident in a chemical factory... For several years I've been using the shampoo from BodyShop but recently I ordered a shampoo bar from Mike's, based on the overall positive reviews over at my favourite shave forum.

After the first week of use I'm quite satisfied - it's easy to use, although different than the liquid shampoo I'm used to, and my hair is clean. The scent is... well, lets say it took me a couple of days to get used to it, but now I find that I rather like it. I suspect it's the combination of tea-tree oil and peppermint that caused me to pause at first. using the bar is simplicity itself - I just wet my hair, rub the bar over my scalp once, put the bar down, and then proceed as with regular shampoo.

As with everything else, shampoos is a case of YMMV - but with my dryish scalp and short hair I find that Mike's shampoo bar do a good job with no mess. I'm happy I also picked up one of the travel bars to go in my GoBag.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Shave of the day 7th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Mike's Rose & Cedarwood Soap (sample)
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a ZaZa Superior Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 4 October 2013

Shave of the day 4th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko Cool Mint Cream
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a ZaZa Superior Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Shave of the day 2nd October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Nivra Cream
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a ZaZa Superior Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Thayer's Witch Hazel

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Ten minutes to a good shave

Note to Europeans and other people used to measuring temperatures in °Celsius: use water between 40.56°C and 48.89°C.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Shave of the say 30th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Cream
Brush:Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a fresh ZaZa Superior Stainless blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 27 September 2013

Shave of the day 27th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Mike's Lime Soap (sample)
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: YUMA, with a Shark blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Prorasu Liquid Cream After Shave Balm

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Shave if the day 25th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid LavenderSoap
Lather: Mike's Lavender & Rosemary Soap (sample)
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: YUMA, with a Shark blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Monday, 23 September 2013

Shave of the day 23rd September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: Omega 50014
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, tiny alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 20 September 2013

Shave of the day 20 September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko stick
Brush: Turkish No7
Razors: YUMA, with a Shark blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Shave of the day 18th September

Pre-shave: Warm water
Lather: Aubrey Organics North Wood Brushless Cream
Brush: -
Razors: YUMA, with a fresh Shark blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse and alum

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Shaving stick round up

Arko, GzD and Derby shave stick are in my lather drawer, being similar and yet different.

Arko is a case of love it or loath it - most people arge that it works great, but the scent is what divide people. Described variously as a urinal puck or natural fresh, the scent do do away if you leave the stick unwrapped for a few weeks. Good cushion and glide, and since it's a tallow stick it's gentle on the skin too.

GzD is for those who want Arko performance but not the scent. A little softer means it's easier to apply, and the glide and cushion is as good as the Arko and with tallow in the mix it too will look after your skin. The scent has been compared to laundry soap though, but it fades quickly once the stick is unboxed - the GzD did not come wrapped in foil.

Derby is yet another tallow stick, and the more costly of the trio. One sniff and you know where the extra coin goes - I've yet to hear anyone liken it to a urinal puck. It's softer than the Arko but harder than the GzD, and like both the Derby creates ample lather with plenty of glide and cushion. A solid performer, even if not quite as good as the Arko in my eyes.

All can be had for less than two bucks a stick at my favourite Turkish Shaving Webshop - the Arko and Derby can also be had from many other quality online stores.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Shave of the day 16th September

Pre-shave: Pure glycerine soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus  Menthol Cream
Brush: BodyShop Synthetic
Razors: Cadets TP-01 Open Comb and TTO-13 Twist To Open, both with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid After Shave Cream

Friday, 13 September 2013

Shave of the day 13th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Cadets TP-01 Open Comb and TTO-13 Twist To Open, both with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid After Shave Cream

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Shave of the day 11th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: Omega 50014
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, tiny alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Review of Prairie Creations KISS Cream

Some time ago I bought some KISS Cream from Prairie Creations, and while I use it only infrequently it is not because it's a substandard product. On the contrary it's a very nice cream, but I ordered it with tea tree oil for those days my face needs that.
The KISS cream is simple and straightforward... just as it says on the label. And while it can be somewhat hard to get out of the jar, Krissy sent a spoon along with the jar to help dish it out.

The cream is not tallow-based but the main ingredient is aloe vera juice, so there is plenty of skincare to be had - even more so when combined with the tea tree oil, which is claimed to have antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties.

Being a rather stiff cream - or possible croap - it can be a little tricky to lather, and in my experience it's best done in a bowl. It also needs a little more water than you might expect, but once the lather is done it's working well. Plenty of slip and cushion, and as mentioned the skin care is very nice too. It also stays fluffy - I had to leave my den once to see what the cat was up to, and the lather was just as good when I returned.

Overall I can recommend the KISS cream - it's simple and straightforward.

PS: Some people online reports a bit of trouble shopping with Prairie Creations; that is the near opposite of my experience. Yes, it can take a bit of time from you order until it's shipped - but it's artisan soap, not a big company. It's worth the wait.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Shave of the day 09 September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Prairie Creation's KISS Teatree Cream
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Cadets TP-01 Open Comb and TTO-13 Twist To Open, both with a fresh Green Astra
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Review of Derby Lavender Shave Cream

Another of those previously unknown to me products from webshops in the far corners of the world... Derby Lavender Shave Cream at least is from a slightly more familiar brand - if by familiar you mean "have heard of before". It is somewhat easier to find than the Dalan Cream I talked about previously, hence somewhat easier to find reviews online... but the two products are rather similar.

Overall the Derby makes an average lather, perhaps a bit above. It performs better than my glycerine soaps, but less so than my tallow pucks. It has a distinct lavender scent to it, and although it fades quickly it should last you for a three pass shave.


Decent slip and cushion, and okay as far as moisturising goes. Like most creams it's really easy to whip up copious amounts of lather, and it don't collapse between passes either. It's a thirsty cream though, so for once the solution to any lather issues is to add more water, not more cream.

Overall a good choice if you want a cream and don't want to spend too much - something for the traveller on a budget perhaps, or for your back-up den?

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Shave of the day 4th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid LavenderSoap
Lather: Derby Lavender Cream
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur (?) Bakelite Slant and Merkur 45C Bakelite, both with a Derby blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Review of Dalan d'Men Energetic Shave Cream

One of the wonderful aspects of viewing traditional shaving as a hobby is that I have no trouble picking up previously unknown products from webshops in the far corners of the world... Dalan d'Men Energetic Shave Cream is one of those. It's a not much spoken off online, but most of what is said is good.

Overall it makes an average lather, perhaps a bit above. It performs better than my glycerine soaps, but less so than my tallow pucks. It has a hint of menthol, but don't bite - unlike my more heavily mentholated soaps.

Decent slip and cushion, and pretty okay as far as moisturising goes. Like most creams it's really easy to whip up copious amounts of lather, and it don't collapse between passes either. It can leave a little bit of residue, but a good rinse fixes that.

Overall a good choice if you want a cream and don't want to spend too much - something for the traveller on a budget perhaps, or for your back-up den?

Monday, 2 September 2013

Shave of the day 2nd September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Dalan d'Men Energetic Cream
Brush: Semogue 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur (?) Bakelite Slant and Merkur 45C Bakelite, both with a Derby blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 30 August 2013

Shave of the day 30th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Col Conk's Bay Rum
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur (?) Bakelite Slant and Merkur 45C Bakelite, both with a Derby blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Review of Col Conk's Bay Rum shaving soap

About a year ago I did a quick review of Col Conk's Bay Rum soap, so I figured it was time to revisit it in light of what I learned since.
Col Conk Bay Rum is a decent enough glycerin based soap - which means it'll leave my skin feeling dry after a shave. I did read up on the soap before buying, and there are some glowing reviews of it online... but in hindsight I feel it might be more rightly classed as a middle-of-the-road shaving soap and not a great one. It'll gives a good shave and the scent is pretty good too - while not on the level of Krampert's Finest Bay Rum - but other aspects are middling to bad. It is also quite subtle and far from overpowering, which is a Good Thing™.

The lather from Col Conk has decent slip, but the cushion could be better in my opinion. And the moisturizing properties simply are not there - a good aftershave or face balm is a must after using the Colonel. The lather also breaks down quicker than tallow based lather, even more so if you use the brush vigorously... my common approach to all problems with lather - add more product - goes some way  in alleviating the issue though.

The official black oak bowl I got mine in also leeches colour into the lather, leaving me with a gray and less appetizing lather... purely cosmetic, but somewhat distracting. Col Conk's is very lather-able for me, although I do have soft water. If you got hard water it's likely to be a case of YMMV... at least if reports online is to be believed.

Being a glycerine based soap the puck also wears faster than tallow - so even if the soap is cheaper than most it'll wear thin quickly; some shavers online report getting a month of shaves from one puck.

Speaking of reports online - if you put the online reviews Google will find for you on a timeline, you'll find that the most raving ones is the older, while the, ahem,  less glamorous ones are newer. there might be two explanations for this:
- They have changed the formulation, creating an inferior product.
- More and better soaps have emerged, many of which are from artisans.

Don't get me wrong - Col Conk isn't bad for a cheap glycerin soap... it's just that cheap glycerin soaps are bad compared to tallow soaps in general, and compared to artisan tallow soaps in particular. But if you're in the marked for a glycerin soap, a puck of Col Conk might be just the thing.


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Shave of the day 28th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar brush
Razors: Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor with a fresh Lord Platinum blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Sort of on the go, so shaving from the GoBag.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Quick review of the Omega 50014 travel brush

I've mentioned my Omega 50014 before, but now that I used it a bit more I feel I can expand a bit on my first impressions of this travel brush.
Now that it's properly broken in it's gotten to be very soft, almost silky on the tips. It still retains more than enough backbone to get the lather down into my stubble, but I feel myself halfway wishing it had a tad more scritch... just a tad though. It's wonderful for whipping up lather on my face, and works just as well in a bowl of that's your preference while traveling - personally I tend to use a bowl at home and facelather while on the Go, but YMMV and all that; the brush works well both ways.

I do like the fact that you for all practical purposes can choose to have a small or a large handle with this brush; it adds to the flexibility and utility, and should be a boon for those who sometimes suffers from sore and stiff fingers.

The downside of this as a travel brush is that it takes a while to dry - something it shares with all non-synthetic brushes. This means that for me it's a brush to use while going somewhere for staying in one spot... not for when I travel on the Go and don't always know where (or if) I'll get to shave the next morning. It does mean I keep two travel brushes on hand, but it's a very small price to pay for what I get in return; a bit of luxury away from home.

Bottom line? If you like boar, need a travel brush and can live with a brush you have to let dry for a bit... go get a Omega 50014 - it's well worth the rather reasonable price asked.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Shave of the day 26th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Derby Lavender Cream
Brush: Semogue TSN LE 2012
Razors: Merkur (?) Bakelite Slant and Merkur 45C Bakelite, both with a fresh Derby blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 23 August 2013

Shave of the day 23rd August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Semogue TSN LE 2012
Razors: Merkur25C Open Comb and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Shave of the day 21st August

Pre-shave: Pharmacy Oatmeal Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Coconut (sample)
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-badger
Razors: Merkur25C Open Comb and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Stinging nettle infusion

There is more to taking care of ones appearance than a great shave - even if a great shave goes a long way - and one problem many have is dry scalp. Or, put bluntly, dandruff... I suffer from it from time to time - usually in the summertime - but have found a cheap way to deal with it that works wonders for me.

First step is to get some gloves out... because you should go pick yourself a big bundle of stinging nettle leaves. Fresh leaves are best - or so my sources say - and you going to need half a liter of so of packed leaves (that's a pint or so for those who haven't gone metric yet...). Grab an enameled or stainless steel pot and put the leaves in, then add about a half liter of water - distilled or bottled water is ideal, but tap water should work fine unless you got very hard water. Bring to a boil, then pull of the heat and let sit until it's cool.

Once it's cooled down to room temperature you can simply strain the leaves out and transfer the infusion to a plastic or glass container. Used as a rinse when washing ones hair should help against dandruff - I also mix a little with the shampoo to work it into my scalp. Excess infusion keeps well in the fridge by the way, so you can make a large batch early in the season and keep all summer.

In addition to helping with dandruff, nettle is also commonly held to promote glossy hair - which apparently is why some farmers adds it to the cattle-feed. Nettle tea - preferably with a sweetener - is traditionally considered to be good against many ailments, both internal and external, among them disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, locomotor system, skin, cardio-vascular system, hemorrhage, flu, rheumatism and gout.. One should be careful with drinking too much though; nettle extracts can cause increased testosterone levels, and have been used by bodybuilders to achieve that effect.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Shave of the day 19th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper
Brush: Omega 10048
Razors: Merkur25C Open Comb and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with a fresh Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 16 August 2013

Shave of the day 16th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Lime
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-boar
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a Trig blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 15 August 2013

While some of us think one blade is best...

...others still fall for the "more = better" fallacy. Courtesy of 3D printers and people with - in my opinion - misguided ideas, I present the 20 blade razor!

Although in all fairness, the guy who uploaded the pattern for it claims it's for removal of body hair, as opposed to the time honoured, rugged and manly art of shaving ones face.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Shave of the day 14th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Razorock XXX
Brush: Bodyshop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a Trig blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Monday, 12 August 2013

Shave of the day 12th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: C&E Sandalwood
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LW
Razors: Merkur 39C Slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a fresh Trig blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below Menthol

Friday, 9 August 2013

Shave of the day 9th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Cream
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: YUMA and Lord Racer, both with a Racer blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below Menthol

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Shave of the day 7th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Derby Lavender Cream
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: YUMA and Lord Racer, both with a Racer blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Monday, 5 August 2013

Shave of the day 5th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Arko Ice Mint Cream
Brush: Turkish No7
Razors: YUMA and Lord Racer, both with a fresh Racer blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 2 August 2013

Shave of the day 2nd August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter's Shaving Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 25C OC and Gillette '58 TV Special TTO, both with a Persona Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 1 August 2013

The 'problems' of buying canned goo...

I ran across a blog post titled "Which Can Of Shaving Cream Should I Buy? A Surprisingly Complex Analysis." today and I'm like... WTF people?

Solution; a cheap synthetic brush and a stick of Arko. It'll lasts longer than three months, gives a better lather with less wasted soap, more environmentally friendly, and weights less in the bag. Air travel friendly too, come to think of it.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Shave of the day 31st July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Col Conk's Bay Rum
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-boar
Razors: Merkur 25C OC and Gillette '58 TV Special TTO, both with a Persona Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

One more benefit

One of the big benefits of treating traditional wetshaving as a hobby is that you'll be likely to have a range of hardware and software in your shave den, and can thus tailor your shave to fit your mood and - more to the point this time of year - the weather.

Warm, muggy morning? No problem; a cold water shave with mentholated soap and aftershave will make you feel suitable refreshed in no time flat!

Monday, 29 July 2013

Shave of the day 29th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Merkur 25C OC and Gillette '58 TV Special TTO, both with a fresh Persona Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Friday, 26 July 2013

Shave of the day 26th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Eucalyotus Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Teatree KISS cream
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 45C and Bakelite Slant, both with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Menthol on a warm day

I have found one more reason to pity the "cart's and canned goo"-crowd... at least the part of them that uses no or just one aftershave they picked up at the mega-mart.

The reason? Krampert's Finest 80 Below.

Few things feels better on a warm, humid and generally muggy morning than a splash of icy menthol... like sticking my face in the freezer!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Shave of the day 24th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Arko shave stick
Brush: Turkish No7
Razors: Merkur 45C and Bakelite Slant, both with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The Ultimate Shave™

YMMV, but as far as I'm concerned the most important part of getting the Ultimate Shave™ is the mindset you go in with. Personally I don't consider getting a BBS - a baby butt smooth, ie perfect shave with no trace of hair and no nicks - a necessity for getting an Ultimate Shave™ - to me the Ultimate Shave™ is a shave that feels great, make me feel invigorated and put a smile on my face for the rest of the day.

I gotten shaves like that with my pot-metal Yuma razor, using whatever blade was on top of the stack, the love-it-or-loathe-it Arko shave stick and my cheap as shit Turkish "horse-hair" brush... but I've also gotten it with every other razor, brush and soap/croap/cream I own as well.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Shave of the day 22nd July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-boar
Razors: Merkur 45C and Bakelite Slant, both with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Friday, 19 July 2013

Shave of the day 19th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko Cool Mint cream
Brush: Turkish #6
Razors: Merkur 45C and Bakelite Slant, both with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Open source and shaving supplies

I was reminded of a post I wrote last september, on the subject of walled gardens...

If you embrace traditional wetshaving, you are using what is - for all intents and purposes - an open source system of grooming: all the relevant patents and so forth is fallen into the public domain, which means anyone is free to start making razors and the blades for them. The only thing you need to achieve success in the marketplace is a good product at a good price... which means a lot of small scale artisans and manufacturers has to be in it for the sake of the customers, since the return on investment will be low.

P&G and the other big multinationals wants us to use their proprietary hardware (and software), which gives them control of the supply and therefore the cost - to the benefit of their bottom line (as should be expected, since they are in business to make money). New cartridges and other gizmos will be introduced regularly, to keep the buyers in the walled garden... by hook or by crock.

Or in other words, people who start a business to create products for the traditional crowd - and I'm thinking the hardware side of things - can often be compared to the people who write open source software. They want to create (and sell) a great product that people with special interests will use.

On the other hand the people who runs a business aimed at the 'modern' shaver - and again I'm thinking about the hardware - can be compared to such entities as Microsoft, Apple, and SAP AG... they are in it to make money - and there is nothing wrong about that.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Shave of the day 17th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol croap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-badger
Razors: Merkur 45C and Bakelite Slant, both with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Shaving in space, part 2

Apollo 10 featured the first "shave in space", where the crew used "safety razors, a thick shaving gel and a wet cloth to do the work." - after testing showed that electrical shavers with vacuum attachments didn't work. A little later, during the ground breaking Apollo 11 mission, astronaut Michael Collins used a Techmatic razor and Old Spice brushless cream.

This Techmatic and tube of cream, to be specific. Off course, now I need work out a visit to the National Air and Space Museum the next time I'm in the US - just so I can ogle a razor that's been in space...

Monday, 15 July 2013

Shave of the day 15th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavendel Soap
Lather: Mike's Hungarian Lavendel
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 45C and Bakelite Slant, both with a fresh Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and witch hazel

Friday, 12 July 2013

Shave of the day 12th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: Abrey Organics North Wood brushless cream
Brush: -
Razors: Cadet TP-01 and TTO-13, both with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Shave of the day 10th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Cadet TP-01 and TTO-13, both with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Quck review: Rise Shave Gel

I received this a a PIF, not that long after I joined up on my favorite shave forum, and I honestly wasn't impressed with it... because I failed to realise at the time that brushless creams are meant to be used without a brush.

If used with a brush Rise Shave Gel gives a crap shave and a gunked up brush... Used properly however, it has plenty of glide, decent moisturising abilities and almost no cushion. It also leaves less of a mess in the sink that using a 'proper' lather do, so that's a point in it's favour.  The smell of it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's mild and inoffensive so it shouldn't bother anyone terrible much.

Overall it has grown on me - not for everyday use, but for a quick and less messy shave it works well. it would also be a good choice for travellers, since you won't have to bring a brush.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Shave of the day 8th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Lavender & Eucalyptus Soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Cadet TP-01 and TTO-13, both with a fresh Green Astra
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 5 July 2013

Shave of the day 5th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Rise Shave Gel - brushless
Brush: -
Razors: Wilkinson Classic with a Trig
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Shave of the day 3rd July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Orange EO Shave Croap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Wilkinson Classic with a fresh Trig
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

How long does a cart last?

I guess that either the last cart is wicked sharp... or the guy who made this simply forgets to buy new blades.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Shave of the day 1st July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Teatree Soap
Lather: C&E Sandalwood
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Wilkinson Classic with a fresh Trig
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Proraso Liquid Cream Aftershave

Friday, 28 June 2013

Shave of the day 28th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Derby shave stick
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Lord Racer and YUMA, both with a Zorrik Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Bowl or face?

When you boil it down, there are two ways to build lather; in a bowl or on your face.

Both have pros and cons, but the main difference is the dreaded YMMV - different strokes for different folks, it comes down to what you prefer.
  • Doing it in a bowl tends to minimize the variables, and lets you get a better grip of what's going on.. if you need more or less water, more or less soap, more or less vigorous pumping etc, etc, etc.
  • Doing it on your face lets you get the lather right into the follicles and gives you a nice little face massage as well... but can be messy if you're brush is too wet.
For the most part I'm a bowl latherer through and through - so it's kinda funny that this week have seen me use nothing but shave stick and face lathering...

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Shave of the day 26th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: GzD shave stick
Brush: Omega 50014
Razors: Lord Racer and YUMA, both with a Zorrik Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Quick review of Derby Shave Stick

I tend to buy more soaps than I technically need - just like I have more razors and brushes than I can get away with - because variation is the spice of life, and I consider shaving to be a hobby and not a chore.

The downside is that it sometimes takes a long time for me to use a soap enough times to make up my mind on what I think about it, so this little review has been long in coming...

The Derby shave stick is, like most shave sticks, easy to use. It makes lots of lather and smells okay - mostly of soap - but it isn't quite up with the Arko as far as glide and cushion goes, it's more like the GzD in that respect. It's hard like the Arko, not soft like the GzD, and comes wrapped in paper.

If you can't handle the scent of the Arko, the Derby is a good substitute for an inexpensive, efficient shave stick. If you can handle it though, go for the Arko stick.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Shave of the day 24th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko shave stick
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Lord Racer and YUMA, both with a fresh Zorrik Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 21 June 2013

Shave of the day 21st June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko Cool Mint cream
Brush: Omega 50014
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, tiny alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Travelling - but for once not on the Go

Thursday, 20 June 2013

To soak or not to soak...

...that is the question of traditional lather making.

There is a lot of talk about soaking: Should you do it? What brushes should you do it with? For how long? Hot, warm or cold water?

Personally I soak all my brushes, for about five to ten minutes, since then I have a consistent baseline to do a bit of contrast and compare. YMMV off course so if you are happy with just dunking yours in water before shaving, that is great as well.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Shave of the day 19th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: Omega 50014
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, tiny alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Travelling - but for once not on the Go

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

First impression of the Omega 50014 travel brush

Sometimes I'm on the Go, with the GoBag, other times I travel more leisurely and can bring more and other shave gear. It is for the later I invested in a Omega 50014 travel brush.
Being a travel brush, the 50014 comes with a tube to protect it while in on the go. The tube can also double as the handle while using the brush, but if you don't mind a slightly undersized handle you can just put it aside and not worry about it - I don't use the tube as a handle, since I tend to face lather when not at home (at home I'm a dyed-in-the-wool bowl latherer...)

I broke the brush in soon after getting it as per what seems to the recommended way; whipping up lather in my hand, then rinse and repeat. Letting it dry and then doing again a few times broke it in nicely, leaving me with a brush that is soft with plenty of backbone and just enough scritch for my tastes. Once broken in it behaves as a shaving brush should - ie.: it makes lather out of shaving creams and soaps, and helps you put the result on your face... in a most enjoyable way, off course.

The brush is a little on the small side, but that's not really an issue when face lathering - it still holds plenty enough for two passes and then some. Overall I'm quite satisfied with the Omega 50014 so far. If you're looking for a travel brush and don't mind it drying slower than a synth would, I suggest getting one of these.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Shave of the day 17th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick and Arko Cool Mint Cream
Brush: Omega 50014
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, tiny alum stick and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Travelling - but for once not on the Go

Friday, 14 June 2013

Shave of the day 14th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walters Shaving Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN LE 2012
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a ASCO Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest LE 80 Below

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Shaving videos

My favorite wetshaving forum has it's own YouTube channel - why not check it out?

Plenty of instructive videos, lots of tips to pick up.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Shave of the day 12th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Orange Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Lime
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a ASCO Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Pondering shavettes

I am seriously considering dipping my toes in the pool of straight razors, despite the possibility of reenacting scenes right out of Sweeney Todd in my own bathroom. Just to be clear up front; I'm not planning to give up on DE-razors - just pondering the possibility of expanding my horizon a bit. With that in mind I'm looking at shavettes, in particular the 'butterfly' ones from Parker (SR-series).

I raised the issue in a thread on my favorite shave forum, and it seems shavettes is the redheaded stepchild of the shaving world... double so the cheaper ones. It is hard to make up ones mind on the suitability and quality of a razor when no one talks about it - even if the few and far between reviews I've found online seems generally favorable towards the Parkers shavettes.

One suggestion - from a fellow shaver I respect quite a bit - was that I should go full out and head straight for, er, straights; complete with the honing, stropping and the whole nine yards.

Another suggestion - again from shavers I respect - was to invest in a Feather SS shavette; which looks good, has raving reviews and costs five to eight times more than the Parkers.

As much as I want to "embrace the colourful ritual" (which is nice turn of phrase by the way) it's impractical for me; perhaps when I'm retired I can devote that time, but as things stand now I can't. It's a bit of a bummer to realise that, admittedly.

I really cant justify spending a hundred US or more on a proper straight and strop, since even the cheapest option at Whipped Dog runs to 80USD for a straight and a strop - plus shipping and VAT. Double so when I don't know if I'll like it or not... By the same logic, I can't justify spending that amount on a Feather SS either - at least not until I know I can use and get a good shave out of a shavette.

I guess that for now I keep pondering.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Shave of the day 10th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a fresh ASCO Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Friday, 7 June 2013

Shave of the day 7th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Col Conk's bay Run
Brush: Turkish No7
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a Laser Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Gillette Toggle

A short video about a rare but interesting razor - well worth watching:

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Shave of the day 5th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Razorock XXX
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a Laser Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, and Aubrey Men's Stock North Wood After Shave (sample)

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Things to remember about traditional wetshaving as a hobby

YMMV.
Experiment.
Find what works for you.
Experiment more.
Enjoy the journey.
Make mistakes, and learn from them.
Keep experimenting.
High end and bargain bin can be just as good.
Try a new soap / blade / brush / razor.
Try your very first soap / blade / brush / razor again.
Embrace your Acquisition Disorders - within reason.
Shaving is most enjoyable when it is about the process, not the goal.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Shave of the day 3rd June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Peppermint & Cedarwood Soap (sample)
Brush: Semogue TSN LE 2012
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a Laser Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Friday, 31 May 2013

Shave of the day 31st May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender Soap
Lather: Mike's Coconut Soap (sample)
Brush: Omega 50014 travel boar
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 22R TTO, both with a fresh Laser Super Stainless w/ chromium coated edges...
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Shave with a shirt?

There is a thread on my favourite shave forum, discussing if you should shave with your shirt on or off... seems like most traditional wetshavers are a bit messy and prefer shaving bare chested...

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Shave of the day 29th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Lea shave stick
Brush: BodyShop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL travel razor with a Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Shaving from the GoBag

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

First impressions of the Merkur 45C

A little while ago I bought a new razor - a bakelite Merkur 45C, and it's a real looker too.
Last week it was my only razor, to break it in and get me used to it.
It's very lightweight, which I found - rather counter-intuitively - makes it easier to not put any pressure on it at all. It's often said you should let the weight of the razor do the work for you, but in the case of the 45C it's the sharpness of the blade that does it.
The 45C has a rather retro style to it, which suits the material - bakelite - rather well. The reddish-brown and black might not be everybody's cup of tea... but it's nice to get away from the aluminum and chrome for a little while.
So far I've just tried it with a single blade, so it's too early to do a proper review - but if you are looking for a safety bar DE razor somewhat out of the ordinary you could do well to look at the 45C.

As an aside; now that I own one of each I can say that the 'unknown' German white bakelite slant almost certainly is a Merkur product:; the handles are the spitting image of each other and have to have been made in the same molds.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Shave of the day 27th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS Teatree
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur 45C with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Proraso Liquid Aftershave Cream

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Interview with shaving personalities

Sometimes you run across people who can be said to have written the book on a subject or other. Other times someone actually writes the book on a subject. Leisureguy is one of the later, and his book is on traditional wetshaving. I came across an interview with him via my favorite shave-forum.I can heartily recommend his book too - I don't agree with everything he has to say on various subjects, but it's certainly a good read and makes you ask the right sort of questions.

On the same website they also have an  interview with Mantic59, the man behind some of the most instructive shaving videos on YouTube - a must see for a new wetshaver, and good for many old timers too.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Shave of the day 22th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur 45C with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Monday, 20 May 2013

Shave of the day 20th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Mike's Pine & Cedarwood
Brush: Semogue TSN LE 2012
Razors: Merkur 45C with a fresh Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 17 May 2013

Shave of the day 17th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange
Lather: Prairie Creation's Walter Soap
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 33R TTO, both with a Perma Shave Super
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Happy 17th of May!

Today the Norwegian Constitution is 199 years old - and according to some ways of looking at it so is Norway as a country... other ways of counting puts Norway at 1089 years (in 1905 the parliament told the Swedish-Norwegian king that they figured he had failed to fulfil his duties, so bye!), or at 1141 years (Battle of Hafrsfjord, which may or may not have taken place in or around 872).

At any rate, Happy 17th!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Bizarro Razor

After I switched to using a single blade - even if it has two edges - I've been somewhat puzzled as to why you would need 2, 3 or 8 blades. Recently I found this drawing which offer an explanation:

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Shave of the day 15th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Teatree
Lather: Col Conk's Bay Rum
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 33R TTO, both with a Perma Shave Super
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Quick review: Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave

As part of the starter kit I bough way back in the summer of 2010, I got a bottle of Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave - a non-alcoholic after shave balm.

I didn't think too much of it at the time; I was new to the traditional way of shaving and had no real experience in using a post-shave product. So I tried it for a bit, and promptly decided not to bring it with me when I went on a 12 month Tour of Duty in Africa. It was a glass bottle after all, and I needed the space in my bags for other things... looking back I should have brought it. Hindsight is 20/20, and now I know the importance of a decent post-shave routine.

Long story short, I got back home and started picking up on using after shave, which cleared up the issue of dry skin I been troubled with while in Africa.

The Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave is a pretty decent after shave balm; the lack of alcohol mean no burn, and it's fair to decent as far as moisturizing goes. It can leave my skin a little greasy though, so I have to wipe my fingers after using it. Scent is faint, which can be good or bad depending on your preference, and fairly indescribable.

I don't use this as often as I perhaps should - simply because I find Krampert's Finest to be a much superior product as far as moisture and scent goes. Kramper's can give a bad alcohol burn though, if I managed to nick myself...

Monday, 13 May 2013

Shave of the day 13th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood
Brush: Semogue TSN LE 2012
Razors: Merkur 39C slant and Parker 33R TTO, both with a fresh Perma Shave Super
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 10 May 2013

Shave of the day 10th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Eucalyptus
Lather: RazoRock XXX
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Bakelite slant and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with Zorrik Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 9 May 2013

One year and counting

I just realised I made my first post on this blog a little over a year ago. My, does the time pass quickly...

Close to 290 posts, almost 7000 hits... and I'm enjoying shaving more now than I did when I started with traditional wetshaving.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Shave of the day 8th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange
Lather: Mike's Natural Lime
Brush: Semogue TSN LE '13
Razors: Bakelite slant and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with Zorrik Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest 80 Below

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Mixing and matching

What happens if I use a shave stick on my face and some cream on the brush? I decided to find out:

Arko stick with...
  • Arko Cool Mint: Lots of lather, good for shave, needs lots of water - and nice scent too.
  • Dalen d'Men Energetic: Very dense, very thirsty. Subtle scent of menthol
  • Derby Lavender: Very thirsty and dense - almost too dense - lather. No particular scent.
Derby stick with...
  • Arko Cool Mint: thirsty, dense lather with a very noticeable citrus scent.
  • Dalen d'Men Energetic: dense without being overly thirsty, noticeable but not too strong menthol scent.
  • Derby Lavender: dense, rich lather, smelled mostly like soap. Took a bit of work to get going.
GzD stick with...
  • Arko Cool Mint: Made for a dense, thirsty lather - seems like the scents cancelled each other out.
  • Dalen d'Men Energetic: Dense without being overly thirsty - quite strong menthol scent and feel.
  • Derby Lavender: Dense and thirsty lather, but surprisingly good glide and cushion.
Lea stick with...
  • Arko Cool Mint: A thicker, denser lather than either product makes on their own.
  • Dalen d'Men Energetic: Thick, somewhat thirsty. Sort of a soapy menthol scent.
  • Derby Lavender: A thick, but not too dense, lather that smells mostly of soap.
Result? Encouraging - but I'm not the first to try this; after the experiment got under way I was rereading Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving where he describes the combination of shave stick and cream as "superlather".

Monday, 6 May 2013

Shave of the day 6th May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea stick and Dalen d'Men Energetic cream
Brush: Turkish No6
Razors: Bakelite slant and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with Zorrik Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 3 May 2013

Shave of the day 3rd May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Tea Tree
Lather: Arko stick and Dalen d'Men Energetic cream
Brush:Turkish No7
Razors:Bakelite slant and Gillette '58 TV Special, both with fresh Zorrik Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cold water rinse and alum.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Shave of the day 1st May

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mike's Peppermint & Rosemary
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Cadet's TP-01 OC and TTO-13, both with Derby blades
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Proraso Liquid Cream Aftershave

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Occam's razor

Occam's razor (also written as Ockham's razor from William of Ockham, and in Latin lex parsimoniae) is a principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in logic and problem-solving. It states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected.
The term "Occam's razor" first appeared in 1852 in the works of Sir William Hamilton, 9th Baronet (1788–1856), centuries after William of Ockham's death. Ockham did not invent this "razor"; its association with him may be due to the frequency and effectiveness with which he used it. Ockham stated the principle in various ways, but the most popular version "entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity" was written by John Punch from Cork in 1639.

So what does a philosophic principle have to do with shaving? Read that last paragraph again, and pay extra attention to "entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity"... in short, Occam's Razor tells us that you'll only really need one blade (straight, SE or DE) to shave; having two or more introduces needless complexity to the process.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Shave of the day 29th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mama Bear's Awakening
Brush: Semogue TSN 1012 LE brush
Razors: Cadet's TP-01 OC and TTO-13, both with Derby blades
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Prototype Menthol

Friday, 26 April 2013

Shave of the day 26th April

Pre-shave: none
Lather: none
Brush: none
Razors: Philips AquaTouch AT890
Post-shave: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Running short on time, I decided to try the reasonable expensive electric razor we got for my Better Half to do her legs with in summer - I guess I was thinking that a bad shave was better than no shave...

Wrong! Not only did it do a lousy job on my neck, but my neck now itches.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Shave of the day 24th April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid
Lather:Derby shavestick with a touch of Dalen d'Men Energetic cream
Brush: Semogue TSN 1012 LE brush
Razors: Cadet's TP-01 OC and TTO-13, both with Derby blades
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Homemade shaving soap

One of the other members on my favourite shave-forum have experimented with making his own shaving soap. The results are encouraging and the process don't look impossible to emulate - even if I don't think I'll be allowed to turn the crock-pot into a soap maker any time soon...

Monday, 22 April 2013

Shave of the day 22nd April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Orange
Lather:  Orange EO soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: Cadet's TP-01 OC and TTO-13, both with fresh Derby blades
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Friday, 19 April 2013

Shave of the day 19 April

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner's Liquid Lavender
Lather:  Mike's Pine & Cedarwood
Brush: Vie Long 14033
Razors: German Balelite Slant with a Feather, and Gillete '58 TV Special with a Wilkinson
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Quick review of the Gillette Sensor Excel

I know, I know... dabbling in the Dark Side. But how can we see where the light comes from unless we wander in darkness?

Before I started enjoying my shaves, I was pulling my whiskers off with a Gillette Sensor I was given while in Boot Camp. Never got a really good shave with it - or with any of the electric shavers I've tried over the years - but I persevered for lack of anything better (growing a full beard is just not an option). Last summer I decided to revisit the Sensor, to see if it was as bad as I remembered it to be... having spotted it in the back of the cabinet again, I decided to write up a short review:

The Sensor is a mild razor - which is good, since I needed four passes and some touch ups to get close to the DFS I get from two passes and no touch ups with my DE razors. Honestly Gillette; if this is supposed to be "the best a man can get" then I suggest you all hand in your man-cards. Half an hour after shaving I found myself longing for a real shave - and to add insult to injury I got shave bumps again; something I always had before switching to DE and haven't been bothered with since I switched.

I hate shave-bumps with a passion - it used to be because the next shave would slice them open, meaning I'll dislike shaving even more. These days I hate them because it means I have to take a couple of days pause from shaving... things change even if they stay the same.

On the other hand, the shave was better than I got from the Sensor before I switched to DE, so I guess it highlights the benefits of a good prep and a great lather.

On the upside, the handle is rock solid and near indestructible; it has lasted twenty years so far and still see regular use when my Better Half do her legs. I guess it highlights the Gillette Idea; they will pretty much give you the razor, and then gouge you on the cartridges. Which is fitting in it's own way, since the cartridges will gouge your face just as efficiently as Gillette will gouge your wallet...

Bottom line? Rock solid razor, not so much blades. Bad for your wallet and face - Your Mileage May Vary off course, but please don't skimp on the prep-work if you go for cartridges.