Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Shave of the day 20th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Arko shaving stick
Brush: Turkish No6
Razor: Merkur 25C long handled open comb with a Lord Racer
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Nivea Sensitive Cooling After Shave Balm
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Shaving and anthrax...

...is a subject I touched upon before - as well as mentioned in passing in regards to a disposable shaving brush - but I found a recent article discussing the same thing.

Given that the latest article focuses on a 'mere' 200 cases in the US and the UK, and there were literally millions of soldiers and civilians shaving daily... I think the whole anthrax scare was little more than a scare overall; serious for the people who contracted the disease, but a rather minute risk if the manufacturers of shaving brushes had taken a tiny bit of care in the manufacture.

Key take away? You might want to be wary of old shaving brushes, but there is plenty of other things that are more likely to make 100 year old brushes dangerous to use...

Monday, 18 September 2017

Shave of the day 18th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Lavender Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap, Lemongrass & Eucalyptus
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger
Razor: Merkur 25C long handled open comb with a fresh Lord Racer
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol Agua De Limón
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 15 September 2017

Shave of the day 15th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Lavender Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap, Hungarian Lavender
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: Merkur 39C slant bar with a Personna Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, BullDog Oil Control Moisturiser
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Musical accompaniment

Some people like to shave in silence, some like letting the tap run, some likes putting on some music to complement the shave. Myself, I belong in the later camp - anything from classic via pop, rock and dance to heavy metal. My play list can be surreal at times...

There is a whole thread devoted to the issue on my favourite shave forum, but it don't really address HOW to play it. Until recently I have just used my phone (a waterproof and shock resistant Android), but I've never been really happy with the tinny sound it makes. So when I found this on sale at a local gadget store I knew I just had to have it:
A screaming pink waterproof Bluetooth speaker. I can leave my phone in the charger and still get to enjoy the musical accompaniment.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Shave of the day 13th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Rose Soap
Lather: Nivea Shave Cream
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: Merkur 39C slant bar with a Personna Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Nivea Sensitive Cooling After Shave Balm
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Monday, 11 September 2017

Shave of the day 11th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap, Peppermint & Rosemary
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Merkur 39C slant bar with a fresh Personna Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 8 September 2017

Shave of the day 8th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Tea Tree Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS cream w/ tea tree oil
Brush: Turkish No7 'horse hair'
Razor: German Bakelite Slant with a Lord Classic
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol After Shave Formula K
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Vintage Scandinavian razorblades

Updated 7th September 2017
Just a few pictures I found online:
Observations:
  • All wrappers are marked in Danish , or possible Norwegian.
  • The orange wrapper is 50% more expensive than the blue, possible because it's guarantied Swedish steel and have a hollow ground. Chef is the Danish (and old Norwegian) way to spell Chief, as in department head or leader.
  • The blue and green wrappers held blades of "control grounded electro-steel".
  • The green wrapper is marked as a new model with a slot.
Late 30's I would think, based on the spelling and graphical design... not the early 40's, considering the War. Possible late 40's if they are Danish... written Danish and Norwegian are fairly close, and was closer back in the day. Å became an official letter in Norwegian in 1917 (replacing AA in most instances), but not before 1948 in Denmark... so that would indicate a Danish blade. But nothing is ever easy when it comes to Norwegian orthography; the use of AA continued in 'Riksmål'...
I think it's possible that the air-plane is supposed to evoke a DC-6 (in production from 1946) or a DC-4 (in production from 1942) - both were in use as passenger aircraft in Scandinavia after the war - which would place these blade wrappers in the time period between 46 and 48.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Shave of the day 6th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Lavender Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Cream
Brush: Omega #10048
Razor: German Bakelite Slant with a Lord Classic
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Myatt Minor razor

I found a picture online of a razor I've not heard about before.
From what I can tell Myatt was/is a British company based in Birmingham, who patented their first safety razor in 1929. The Minor allegedly was manufactured in 1930, and uses diamond shaped studs to locate the blade.
What I find interesting is that the Myatt Minor is a composite razor - the top cap and handle is made from steel according to the sources I found online, but the base plate is bakelite.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Shave of the day 4th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Lavender Soap
Lather: Dr Selby Lavender Luxury Shaving Crea
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: German Bakelite Slant with a fresh Lord Classic
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Thursday, 31 August 2017

DE vs cartridge

Keep in mind that I found this picture at a website that promotes the use of DE razors, but even so.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Shave of the day 28th August

Pre-shave: Cool water rinse
Lather: BEA shaving stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razor: BiC Sensitive SE disposable
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 25 August 2017

Shave of the day 25th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3.5) with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Woodland razor

I found this picture online... but if you loose it in the forest you'll be lucky to find it again.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Shave of the day 23rd August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3.5) with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Monday, 21 August 2017

Shave of the day 21st August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3.5) with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 18 August 2017

Shave of the day 18th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3.5) with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Shave of the day 16th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3.5) with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Head shaving for n00bs

I'm sure I'm doing pretty much every single thing wrong when it comes to this, but I've shaved my head twice now without neither slicing my noggin to ribbons nor leaving tufts of hairs... so I can't be that far off the mark.

Usually I get help buzzing my head with some decent clippers. Since I'm on the go for right now, I had to take matters in my own hands - I had a hair colour, and that means my hair was longer than I like.

What you'll need:

  • Some form of clippers, if you wait as long between shaving your head as I have been.
  • A razor, and based on other peoples comments on my favorite shave forum, I decided against a DE.
  • A brush, and I picked my cheap synth since it was next to my BiC in the bag.
  • Shaving soap, and stick seemed sensible to me.
  • A handheld mirror, as well as wall mounted mirror
  • Aftershave or moisturizer.

Start by buzzing of as much as possible of the hair, using the mirror to make sure you haven't missed any spots. Rinse well. Apply soap and lather. Shave carefully, using the mirror and avoid any pressure. Rinse and repeat. Wash any remaining soap off, inspect and apply aftershave and/or moisturizer. And that is that.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Shave of the day 14th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3.5) with a fresh Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 11 August 2017

Shave of the day 11th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: BEA shaving stick
Brush: Omega #50014
Razor: Gillette "Khaki" Old Type with a Kai
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Note: Kai and the old Gillette is not the smoothest combo.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Shave of the day 9th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: BEA shaving stick
Brush: Omega #50014
Razor: Gillette "Khaki" Old Type with a fresh Kai
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Every man his own barber!

An easy and convenient luxury.
No danger of cutting the face.

I highly recommend clicking on this old advertisement to make it bigger, so you can enjoy it in full and glorious detail. It's a work of art!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Shave of the day 7th August

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 4) with a Kai
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Saturday, 5 August 2017

No one fights alone!

A Saturday post is a rare thing on my blog, but this is a post with a cause.
Please go read Soap for a Cause on my favorite shave forum and look at Jeff's Soap on CRSW. There is also a GoFundMe campaign if you want to help but don't need more shaving soaps.

Jeff is the brother-in-law to one of my fellow moderators on The Shavenook.

Thank you.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Shave of the day 4th August

Been without WiFi for a couple of days, so this post is backdated
Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 4) with a Kai
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Razor and blade as "pocket litter"

Been without WiFi for a couple of days, so this post is backdated
The term "pocket litter" it a technical term in military intelligence; it is quite literary the stuff you find in captured soldiers pockets. And one of the things you can find is shave gear...

I was reading a very interesting article on German WW2 pocket litter, and realized a couple of thing when I saw this photo:
In the bottom row there is a pack of razor blades, a razor and a loose razor blade. There is a possible shaving brush in the top row, and a mirror more or less in the middle of the table. Even soldiers in the field wants a shave I guess.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Shave of the day 2nd August

Been without WiFi for a couple of days, so this post is backdated
Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a Kai
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Mergress - progress report

I know, bad pun in the headline.

I've been using the Mergress Phil generously gave me for a couple of weeks now, and I can easily see how it can be a daily driver or even only razor.

The mechanism works perfectly smooth. The finish is as far as I can tell spotless. The balance is as close to where I like it as it can get. It shaves great with different blades. It's simply put a great tool for shaving - and it's blinged out too!



Monday, 31 July 2017

Shave of the day 31st July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a fresh Kai
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 28 July 2017

Shave of the day 28th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Shave of the day 26th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Find one problem

Go ahead, I'll wait until you spot it...

...let's just say that I don't think gramps was carrying that water himself, judging by the drawing.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Shave of the day 24th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a fresh Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 21 July 2017

Shave of the day 21st July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a Lord Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The making of razor blades

I found a picture of a razor blade manufacturing line today that I want to share:
It's a little unclear if the picture is used to advertise the machines themselves or the blades the Chinese manufacturer makes on them... I don't read Chinese.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Shave of the day 19th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 4) with a Lord Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Unfurling like a flower of joy


The Artisania Romera Manchurian Badger I was given by Phil of BullGoose is blooming nicely, it is - to dip into poetic turns for a while - unfurling like a flower of joy.

It is already soft like a fluffy cloud, and easily whips up copious amounts of lather - which it is somewhat reluctant to give up.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Shave of the day 17th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3.5) with a fresh Lord Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 14 July 2017

Shave of the day 14th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Shave of the day 12 July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Monday, 10 July 2017

Shave of the day 10th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 7 July 2017

Shave of the day 7th July

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner Peppermint
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Tallow Shaving Soap
Brush: Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Blinged out Mergress Adjustable (set for 3) with a fresh PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Vintage travel razor advertisment

Since I've been traveling all day, this seemed quite appropriate...
Trouble of finding that old advertisement is that now I really want one... I don't need it, but I want it!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Shave of the day 5th June

Pre-shave: Cool water rinse
Lather: BEA shaving stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razor: Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor with a Lord
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

First impressions: Tactile Turn Slider

As part of the amazing care package Phil of BullGoose sent me, I received a Tactile Turn Slider.

It's a pen that is a somewhat radical departure from what I usually write with, I tend to be a mechanical pencil and disposable ballpoint kind of writer... and the Tactile Turn Slider is a beautifully machined and heavy piece of brass.

Interesting points to note:

  • The box it came in is the same kind of box I usually see machinist drill bits and reamers come in, which makes a lot of sense since it comes from a machinists
  • The seam between the upper and lower portions of the barrel is not noticeable until you unscrew the pen
  • The tolerances of the moving parts are so fine that the top cap acts as a pneumatic buffer when you close the pen, thus stopping the parts from slamming
  • The clip is significantly stronger than expected, something I believe will help the pen stay put in my pocket

I'm planning to use the Tactile Turn as my my not taking pen the next few weeks as I attend a class, and will report back later with more impressions.



Monday, 3 July 2017

Shave of the day 3rd July

Pre-shave: Cool water rinse
Lather: BEA shaving stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razor: Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor with a Lord
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 30 June 2017

Shave of the day 30th June

Pre-shave: Cool water rinse
Lather: BEA shaving stick
Brush: Omega #50014 travel boar
Razor: Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor with a fresh Lord
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Wet Shaving Products Matterhorn Beard Oil, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Best care package ever

I'm currently travelling for work, and Phil of BullGoose sent me a care package that'll make my travels a lot more comfortable and enjoyable.

I knew that Phil is an all round Good Guy™ in addition to being a purveyor in bespoke shave gear, on top of being the man behind of my favourite shave forum. Based on the box I received, I have now reached the conclusion that Phil is in fact downright an Awesome Guy™.

I knew Phil wanted to send me a brush, from an artisan he considered taking into his store but for various reasons it didn't pan out despite the brushes being highly regarded. I knew Phil said he would include some Asylum brand shaving soap, some aftershave and "a few other things to fill the package". Phil's idea of package filler simply blew me away... in a good way.

So what did I get in the box from Phil?
  • Two of his own brand Asylum Shave Work's tallow soaps - Frankincense & Myrrh and Old Virginia
  • A bottle of Asylum Shave Work aftershave - Frankincense & Myrrh
  • A total of eight tucks of blades - two each of Kai Stainless, green Astra, Polsilver Super Iridium, and Perma Sharp Super
  • A pen - but not Phil's usual pen with a light on the end, but a TSN LE Tactile Turn Slider
  • A DE razor - and what a razor! A blinged out Mergress Adjustable, a popular razor over on the 'Nook
  • And a Romera brush with a lovely horn handle - Gustavo Romera has a good reputation as an artisan, less so for his communication
Yeah.. blown away is a major understatement, and calling it a major understatement is a major understatement as well...
Some first impressions:
  • The brush have a 28mm or so knot of Artisania Romera Manchurian Badger hair, and is the first 'real' prosumer1 level bagder brush I've owned... it feels niiiice, and I havn't even begun breaking it in. I'm tickled pink over the prospect of seeing and feeling it breaking in over the next few weeks. Gustavo might have a slightly ragged reputation on some forums for his inability to communicate, but this brush feels top notch.
  • The Mergress is another one of Phil's exclusive offerings; an improved Merkur Progress, fixing any minor issues with the original razor and - allegedly - improving the balance (I've not used an original Progress, but the balance of the Mergress is spot in in my eyes). I'm very much looking forward to putting it through it's paces.
  • The soaps and the aftershave come from Phil's own brand and simply smells fantastic. Time will tell how well they work,but the reviews that other shavers have left are overall great. Again I'm looking forward to using them for the rest of my trip.
  • Most of the blades are known and liked by me - I have to wonder if Phil reads my SOTD - but the Kai is new to me. Once I gotten to know the Megress with the help of a Green Astra, I'll have to see what the Japanese Kai can do for me.
  • The Tactile Turn Slider is a lovely artisan pen, with a wonderful steampunk vibe. My handwriting is usually like a monkey on meth, but I still look forward to using this pen.
So a big Thank You to Phil, for his amazing generosity and for making my travels so much better.

1) Per etymology 2; targeted at serious, enthusiastic consumers, incorporating professional features.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Shave of the night 28th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Omega #10048
Razor: BiC Sensitive SE disposable
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Getting ready to fly - carry on shave kit for long layover

Work is sending me on a long course far, far away.. so I figured I should be ready if I found a nice restroom during my almost eight hour layover (my job buys the cheapest tickets):
From the left: A sample-sized cologne, a sample-sized face moisturiser, one of my old BodyShop Synthetics, a disposable BiC Sensitive, what is left of my Lea shave stick, and a sample-sized Lea after-shave balsam (already half used up) - all packed in a see through plastic  toiletry bag, ready to be checked by security at the airport.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Shave of the day 26th June

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Nivea Shave Cream
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: BiC Sensitive SE disposable
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, BullDog Oil Control Moisturiser
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb