Monday, 20 November 2017

Shave of the day 20th November

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

Friday, 17 November 2017

Shave of the day 17th November

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

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Shave of the day 15th November

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

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

More old brushes

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

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

Monday, 13 November 2017

Shave of the day 13th November

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

Friday, 10 November 2017

Shave of the day 10th November

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

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Mid 1800's shave brushes

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

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

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Shave of the day 8th November

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

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Mid 1800's shave mugs

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

Monday, 6 November 2017

Shave of the day 6th November

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

Friday, 3 November 2017

Shave of the day 3rd November

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

Thursday, 2 November 2017

A 1945 disposable razor

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

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


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

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Shave of the day 1st November

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

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Scary: Sport and Shave Ken

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

Monday, 30 October 2017

Shave of the day 30th October

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

Friday, 27 October 2017

Shave of the day 27th October

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

Thursday, 26 October 2017

The "decline" of the shave forums

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Shave of the day 25th October

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

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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

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

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

Monday, 23 October 2017

Shave of the day 23rd October

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


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

Friday, 20 October 2017

Shave of the day 20th October

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

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Taking care of face and beard

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

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Shave of the day 18th October

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

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Best of Times and The Worst of Times

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

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

Monday, 16 October 2017

Shave of the day 16th October

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

Friday, 13 October 2017

Shave of the day 13th October

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

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Shave of the day 11th October

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

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Artisania Romera Manchurian Badger

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

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

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

Monday, 9 October 2017

Shave of the day 9th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Asylum Shave Work Frankincense & Myrrh
Brush: Artisania Romera Manchurian Badger
Razor: Cadet TP-01 long handled open comb with a fresh Personna Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Asylum Shave Work Frankincense & Myrrh
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 6 October 2017

Shave of the day 6th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Soap, Peppermint & Rosemary.
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger
Razor: Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector with a Schick
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Shave of the day 4th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Wet Shaving Products pre-production soap
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector with a Schick
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Monday, 2 October 2017

Shave of the day 2nd Ocober

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector with a Schick
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol Agua De Limón
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Friday, 29 September 2017

Shave of the day 29th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector with a Schick
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, 28 September 2017

Gillette and two-part pricing

Note to self: Remember to hit "Publish"
I stumbled across an interesting article on BBC the other day, and wanted to share.

How a razor revolutionised the way we pay for stuff

In short it describes how the safety razor with replaceable blades - the original Gillette blades were meant to be traded in so they could be resharpened at the factory - gave rise to what is known as two-part pricing; ie.: making us pay once for the razor, and then make us keep paying for the blades.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Mental aspects of aftershaves while on the Go

Sometimes I'm simply not able to shave... lack of time and bathroom - or even running water.
But it's amazing how much more human I feel after washing my face with a wet wipe and putting aftershave and beard oil on. I might not be clean nor shaven, but I smell clean and shaven - and that lifts the spirit.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Shave of the day 25th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: GzD shave stick
Brush: Omega #10048 boar
Razor: Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector with a fresh Schick
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Friday, 22 September 2017

Shave of the day 22nd September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Tea Tree Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS cream w/ tea tree oil
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: Merkur 25C long handled open comb with a Lord Racer
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, BullDog Oil Control Moisturiser
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Brushes to pasture

Quite a long time ago - well, before mid May 2012 at least - I picked up a couple of cheap and cheerful "horse hair" brushes from a Turkish online shave shop. About one year later I PIFed the No6 to a new wetshaver and got myself the "new and improved No6". Since then both the new No6 and the No7 have been in my rotation, and given great service despite costing about the same as a small cup of coffee each.

I have however decided to retire both... the No7 is starting to develop a bit of a gape in the middle (I've been accused of abusing my brushes; I twist and swirl in the soaps), and even if the No6 haven't I feel that it has served well and deserves a rest - in part since I got plenty of other brushes I can use, and want to use.
So like my Yuma which I retired earlier this year, these will go on the shelf for now... perhaps to be taken down at some point for old times sake.

Like the YUMA these brushes prove that when it comes to traditional wetshaving, inexpensive don't mean it's not good enough. And for a beginner - as I was when I bought these - inexpensive can be a lot more gentle on both the wallet and the mindset of the shaver.

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.