Friday, 29 December 2017

Shave of the day 29th December

Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf
Blade: GEM Single Edge Stainless
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh
Aftershave: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh
Additional Care: Alum Block BullDog Original Beard Balm

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Simple pleasures

A repost from another blog of mine, from 2010 - with some pictures from other posts added

It is something very satisfying to whip up your own lather before shaving... to see a tiny bit of shaving cream and a few drops of water turn into a nice, thick, rich and nice smelling lather. The slightly cool feel as the eucalyptus and menthol lather first touches, and then covers, most of the face - and then taking it off with long, controlled strokes with my old fashioned safety razor. A quick splash of water, and then the sting of the alum as it finds the small nicks and scratches that I couldn't see in the mirror.


It don't matter if the lather cup I use is a bright pink snack bow from Ikea. It don't matter if my brush is a reasonably cheap one from Body Shop. It don't even matter that my bathroom is a 'three toilets, three showers' shared ablution container that - frankly - is a bit run down. What matters is that it's five minutes of ManTime, and a link to my more or less daily routine at home. Try that with a spray can full of foam and plastic razors with five blades...

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Shave of the day 27th December

Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf
Blade: GEM Single Edge Stainless
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M
Lather: Nivea Mild
Aftershave: BullDog Oil Control Moisturiser
Additional Care: Alum Block & Scotch Porter Beard Balm

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Moving onwards

Over the last few months I've amassed a fair number of perfume and EdT samplers... the benefit of being patient when my Better Half visits makeup stores ("...and one sample for you for being a good sport", as the cashiers would say).

So I'll do my best going forward to put my unsophisticated nose to work, and do some reviews of those - and my stack of unreviewed aftershaves.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Yule is upon us... Til árs ok friðar!

Like many others, Norwegians feels the need for a mid winter bash or feast. Today we call it Jul (a word using the same root as the English Yule), but the basic concept is in other times and places known as Midwinter blot, Yule, Mōdraniht, Dísablót, Kwanzaa, Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or many other names. The basic concept remains the same; throw a big party at the darkest time of the year and hope that the sun takes the hint and starts to come back...
In Norway, as in most of Germanic, non-Anglo-Saxon Northern Europe, Yule is celebrated on the 24th. The midwinter celebrations are a direct continuation of the old midwinterblót, given a somewhat 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;
Til árs ok friðar*

*) To a good year and peace / friendship

Shave of the day 24th December

aka Christmas Eve Shave
Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf
Blade: GEM Single Edge Stainless
Brush: Omega #10048
Lather: Wet Shaving Products Pre-production Sample
Aftershave: Proraso Wood and Spice
Additional Care: Alum Block & BullDog Original Beard Balm

Friday, 22 December 2017

Shave of the day 22nd December

Razor: TGR Flying Tiger Copenhagen
Blade: Lord Classic
Brush: Semogue TSN LE 2012
Lather: Brutalt Bra TSN LE / Norwegian Wood
Aftershave: Nivea Cooling After Shave Balm
Additional Care: Alum & Block BullDog Original Beard Balm

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Words don't always mean what people think they mean

Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.
No one ever said elves are nice.
Elves are bad.

Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Shave of the day 20th December

Razor: TGR Flying Tiger Copenhagen
Blade: Lord Classic
Brush: Gustavo Rimano Manchurian Badger, imitation horn
Lather: Prairie creations KISS
Aftershave: Myrsol Formula K
Additional Care: Alum Block BullDog Original Beard Balm

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Shave of the day 17th December

Razor: TGR Flying Tiger Copenhagen
Blade: Lord Classic
Lather: Rise Shave Gel
Aftershave: Krampert's Finest 80 Below
Additional Care: Alum Block & BullDog Original Beard Balm

Friday, 15 December 2017

Shave of the day 15th December

Razor: Lord Racer
Blade: Lord Classic
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B
Lather: Mike's Natural Soaps Lemongrass & Eucalyptus
Aftershave: Myrsol Aqua De Limón
Additional Care: Alum Block Big Red Beard Balm

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Lessons identified

The Clearasonic vibrating face brush gadget is a wonderful and efficient tool to get a deep clean of the skin (I might do a full review of it later).

My love for Dr Bronner' 18-in-1 Organic Pure Castile Liquid Soap with Peppermint should be obvious from how often I use it as a preshave soap.

The two combined makes for a rather intense experience... not painful per see, but my face still tingles an hour after the incident.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Shave of the day 13th December

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

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Before you buy the latest and greatest...

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

Monday, 11 December 2017

Shave of the day 11th December

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

Friday, 8 December 2017

Shave of the day 8th December

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

Thursday, 7 December 2017

It might just be me...

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


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Shave of the day 6th December

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

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

FYI: Twitter

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

Monday, 4 December 2017

Shave of the day 4th December

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

Friday, 1 December 2017

Shave of the day 1st December

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

Thursday, 30 November 2017

The 80/20 rule applied to shaving

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Shave of the day 29h November

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

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

How did the old razors shave back then?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 27 November 2017

Shave of the day 27th November

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

Friday, 24 November 2017

Shave of the day 24th November

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

Thursday, 23 November 2017

An odd and interesting shaving bowl / scuttle

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

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Shave of the day 22nd November

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

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Why I shave / buzz my head

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

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

Monday, 20 November 2017

Shave of the day 20th November

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

Friday, 17 November 2017

Shave of the day 17th November

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

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Shave of the day 15th November

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

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

More old brushes

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

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

Monday, 13 November 2017

Shave of the day 13th November

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

Friday, 10 November 2017

Shave of the day 10th November

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

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Mid 1800's shave brushes

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

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

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Shave of the day 8th November

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

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Mid 1800's shave mugs

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