Thursday, 29 December 2016

Old shaving-themed photos from Norway

The National Library of Norway have an amazing collection, most of which is available online. Some of it is even available for people outside of Norway, such as these lovely old photos of shaving in Norway (click to make bigger):

Wilse, Anders Beer / 1907 Apr 01 / EllevstĂžlane, Vang

Wilse, Anders Beer / 1927-07-01 / "Hansens barbersalong"

Wilse, Anders Beer / 1938 Jul 01 / Oslo

Wilse, Anders Beer / 1938 Jul 01 / Oslo

Wilse, Anders Beer / 1945 Apr 01 / Unknown

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

TGR shaving kit unboxing

I decided to have some fun and get the shaving kit from TGR that I spotted a little while ago. So here is the "official" unboxing:

A few things I noticed:

  • The wood looks like a fast-growing, reasonable soft wood similar to birch. Sapwood, not heartwood.
  • The head relies on the corner tabs to align the blade, which is the first time I see.
  • The "chrome" is rather sloppily applied, as can be seen on the last image.
  • The brush looks, feels and smells like boar.
  • The knot is roughly 22mm, with a 55mm loft. Pretty good backbone, pre-breaking in.
  • The little cup is likely too small for lathering, but good for catching water drips.
  • The stand will most likely not fit most of my razors and brushes

Bottom line? Not a great set, but not bad considering the cost. I'll report again when I've actually shaven with it; I suspect it's a mild shaver suitable for new shavers.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Still no shave of the day 16th December

...but the beard have gotten long enough that I need to put conditioner in it when I shower in the morning.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

I spy, with my little eye...

...a shaving brush in the wild - at Europris no less. While TGR is, in my opinion, the fun kind of dollar store, Europris is more of a.. how to put.. Norwegian version of the American chain Big Lots.

Quality brush they claim.. so much quality they couldn't even get the print centred. Even so, this along with the set spotted at TGR earlier this week, makes me wonder if affordable traditional wetshaving for the masses are coming to Norway - or it might just be a blip on the radar.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

No shave of the day 14th December

As stated on Monday, I'm currently an unshaven mess... I had forgotten how itchy a full beard can be when it grows in.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Spotted while out and about

Flying Tiger Copenhagen, formerly known as TGR, is an odd shop... imagine if a knick-knack store merged with a dollar store (or a pound store, or a 10kr store, or whatever your local equivalent is). Craft supplies, toys, kitchen gear... and today, this:

Granted, the finish on the wood ain't great, the knot is probably a shedding Chinese boar, the cup is just plastic and the head on the razor is thin castmetal... but for 80 NOK (9.50 US $ / 7.50 £ / 9.00 €) I am quite tempted to pick it up just for fun.

Monday, 12 December 2016

A week of no shaves

Due to an injury, I've not shaven for a week... and I likely won't shave until the new year roll around. It's been about a decade since I last grew a full beard, so I'm kind of curious to see just how grey it has gotten...

Thursday, 8 December 2016

A little too close of a shave

I would like to think that my lips, nose and eyes should not be gone when I'm done shaving...

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Friday, 2 December 2016

Shave of the day 2nd December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Dalan d'Men Energic cream
Brush: Turkish No7 'horse hair'
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite with a Treet Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and BodyShop Maca Root Energetic Face Protection
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 1 December 2016

End of an era

As part of a "starter kit" I bought from back in late June 2010, I got a bottle of Proraso Liquid Cream Aftershave.

Yesterday - after almost six and a half year of sporadic use - I managed to squuese the last bit out of it, and I got proof:

I'm unsure if I'll replace it or not; Proraso have changed the formulation at least once that I know of since I bought it all those years ago.