30/12/2014

SOTD 30/12/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Master Lather Parma Violet
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Jaguar Orca & Jaguar JT1/JT3 (2)
Wilkinson Sword Bonded (3)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal Aftershave Lotion
GFT Eucris EDT

Face Lathered
One Pass (Jaguar) - WTG
One Pass (Wilkinson Sword) - XTG

28/12/2014

SOTD 28/12/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Master Lather Parma Violet
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Dahlgren 5/8 Wedge
Gillette Trac II - Feather FII (3)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Herbs of Bulgaria Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass (Dahlgren) - WTG
One Pass (Gillette) - XTG

Again, what an excellent scent!

One of Wickham's forthcoming scents for 2015, it's Parma Violet. Like their other floral scents, Parma Violet is not over there in the sickly sweet category, but floral and even a little green, retaining the powdery scent of flowers and in this case without being overly powdery like Parma Violet sweets.

On the face, its right there in just the right amount, sufficient to give you the full effect without grabbing your attention throughout the shave leaving you to get on with the task in hand and without getting in the way of your chosen aftershave product.

Alongside English Rose, English Lavender and hopefully other floral scents in 2015, it's a good one and will be in my collection as soon as it hits the market.


26/12/2014

SOTD 26/12/2014

Durham Duplex 1012728 (1911) Patent Anniversary ...


Bulldog Face Wash/Scrub
Arko Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Durham Duplex & Personna Pathology [4]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinned Clubman Special Reserve

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG


25/12/2014

SOTD 25/12/2014

Merry Christmas! Even if it is just after midnight ...


Bulldog Face Wash
Simpson's Lavender & Vetiver Shaving Cream
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Personna (Ejector) & Feather Cut (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Novaya Zarya Chypre

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

24/12/2014

SOTD 24/12/2014

Merry Christmas Eve!


Bulldog Face Wash
Erasmic Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Weck Sextoblade (Lucite) & Personna Super Stainless [4]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Pinned Clubman Musk Aftershave Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG (Slide) & WTG

23/12/2014

SOTD 23/12/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
Nuage Men Shaving Oil
Shavette & Gillette Platinum Plus Injector (1)
Hot Wash & Cold Rinse
Aqua Velva Classic Ice Blue Aftershave

One Pass - WTG

Just neatening up around the edges ...

Injector blades in a shavette?
It works: http://www.theshavingroom.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?tid=30203

21/12/2014

SOTD 21/12/2014


Shower
Wickham's Master Lather Parma Violet
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Gillette Rocket TV Special &
Personna Platinum Chrome (5)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Brut Original Cocktail*

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

*¼ Brut Original Aftershave, ¼ Alcolado Glacial & ½ Brut Original Splash-On

Wow! What an excellent scent!

One of Wickham's forthcoming scents for 2015, it's Parma Violet. Like their other floral scents, Parma Violet is not over there in the sickly sweet category, but floral and even a little green, retaining the powdery scent of flowers and in this case without being overly powdery like Parma Violet sweets.

On the face, its right there in just the right amount, sufficient to give you the full effect without grabbing your attention throughout the shave leaving you to get on with the task in hand and without getting in the way of your chosen aftershave product.

Alongside English Rose, English Lavender and hopefully other floral scents in 2015, it's a good one and will be in my collection as soon as it hits the market.

19/12/2014

SOTD 19/12/2014


Bulldog Face Wash/Scrub
Tabac Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Martin & Co 6/8 Wedge
Gillette GII & Feather FII (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Tabac Aftershave Lotion
Tabac Eau De Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass (Martin & Co) - WTG
One Pass (Gillette) - XTG

17/12/2014

SOTD 17/12/2014


Bulldog Face Wash/Scrub
Simpson's Lavender & Vetiver Luxury Shaving Cream
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Jaguar Orca & Jaguar JT1/JT3 [2]
Gillette Super Speed (1950s) & Personna Platinum Chrome [4]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Novaya Zarya Chypre

Face Lathered
Two Pass (Jaguar) - WTG
One Pass (Gillette) - XTG

15/12/2014

SOTD 15/12/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Super Smooth South Sea Spray
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Weck Sextoblade (Medical) & Personna Super Stainless (3)
Gillette Techmatic
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Blue Stratos Aftershave

One Pass (Weck) - WTG
Two Pass (Gillette) - XTG & ATG

13/12/2014

SOTD 13/12/2014


Bulldog Face Wash/Scrub
Wickham's Super Smooth Sheridan's
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Miraki & Jaguar JT1/JT3 [1]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Jovan Musk Aftershave Cologne

Two Pass (Miraki) - WTG (Diagonal) & WTG
One Pass (Gillette) - XTG

11/12/2014

SOTD 11/12/2014


Bulldog Face Wash/ScrubRolls Razor Shaving Stick
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Jaguar Orca & Jaguar JT1/JT3 [1]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Alt Innsbruck Eau de Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG (Diagonal Slice) & WTG

Wow! That vintage Rolls Razor soap is a lather bomb! No, seriously, I was very glad to have a straight edge razor to slice through all the lather. Old-fashioned scent, like old cotton sheets hand washed and hanging in the wind.

The Jaguar Orca razor is THE easiest shavette I have used to date. Using long blades, flexible like the Feather Artist Club blades, perhaps a touch longer it was a very straightforward and satisfying experience, proven by the alum wash.

Lovely shave!

10/12/2014

SOTD 10/12/2014

GEM Micromatic 1929 Patent Anniversary ...


T&H No.10 Cleansing Scrub
T&H No.10 Pre-Shave Skin Protector
T&H No.10 Finest Shaving Cream
Kent Infinity Silvertex
GEM Micromatic Open Comb
Treet 009RD [5]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal
Armani Pour Homme EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

09/12/2014

SOTD 09/12/2014


Bulldog Face Wash/ScrubGFT Eucris Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Bengall (Borlange) 9/16 Wedge
Astra 901 (Czech) & Personna Platinum Chrome [2]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal
GFT Eucris Eau de Toilette

Face Lathered
One Pass (Bengall) - WTG
Two Pass (Astra) - XTG & ATG

07/12/2014

SOTD 07/12/2014



Bulldog Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Kamisori 13/16 Microtome
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Clubman Classic Vanilla Aftershave

Face Lathered

Two Pass - WTG & XTG

05/12/2014

SOTD 05/12/2014


Bulldog Face WashTabac Shaving Soap Stick
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Wardonia 'New Edge' & Dorco 301 [1]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Tabac Aftershave
Tabac Eau De Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

03/12/2014

SOTD 03/12/2014


Simpson's Lavender & Vetiver Shaving Cream
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Bengall 9/16 Wedge
Durham Duplex 300
Personna (Pathology) [3]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Herbs of Bulgaria Lavender Aftershave

Two Pass (Bengall) - WTG & XTG
One Pass (Durham Duplex) - GTX


01/12/2014

SOTD 01/12/2014


Gilette Sensitive Gel
Weck Bantam - Weck (Vintage) [1]
Wilkinson Sword Bonded [2]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Aqua Velva Classic Ice Blue Aftershave

Brushless Gel (Duh! Why I got the brush out, I don't know)
Two Pass (Weck Sextoblade) - WTG
One Pass (Wilkinson Sword Bonded) - XTG

Two passes with the Weck and a resurrected vintage Sextoblade that I was able to hone on balsa with CrOx and another with Elsterglanz, followed by some linen and leather stropping.

I got a better shave with the Wilkinson Sword Bonded this time; the first seemed a little rough, but it's all in the angle. That, and a damn good palm stropping!

29/11/2014

SOTD 29/11/2014


Wickham's 1902 Mint
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Feather 'Custom Razor'
Personna Super Stainless [2]
Gillette PII & PII [4]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Brut Musk Aftershave

Face Lathered
One Pass (Weck Sextoblade) - WTG
Two Pass (Gillette PII) - XTG & ATG

27/11/2014

SOTD 27/11/2014


Simpsons Lavender & Vetiver Luxury Shaving Cream
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Ern, CF 'Eagle & Snake' 28 9/16 Full Hollow
Autostrop Valet VC1 & Treet 009RD [4]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Quorum Aftershave
Quorum Eau De Toilette

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG (Ern, CF 'Eagle & Snake' 28 9/16)
One Pass - XTG  (Autostrop Valet VC1)

Much thanks to my pal on The Shaving Room forums for his generous gift of a tin of Simpsons - I really like the scent which, to my nose, is practically all vetiver with just the briefest hint of lavender. Just perfect for me! Cheers!

As a cream, a little goes a long way ... a VERY little goes a LONG way!

Today, a first pass with a straight which went well, so I went with a second pass again with the grain. I almost could have left it at that but polished up with a backup safety razor, a Valet VC1, finishing off the Treet blade.

One minor issue on the second pass with the straight - I pressed just a little too hard when first placing the blade on my skin and I think I'll have a little line. Luckily, it was in a neck crease. Otherwise, entirely uneventful.

25/11/2014

SOTD 25/11/2014


GFT Eucris Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
CV Heljestrand MK.24 3/8 Half Hollow
Muhle R41 & Gillette Silver Govt. L3/1966 [4]
Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Pinaud Clubman Musk Aftershave Cologne
GFT Eucris Eau De Toilette

Cold Water
Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG (CV Heljestrand MK.24 3/8)
One Pass - XTG (Muhle R41)

First cold water shave, close but a little irritable the Muhle picking up the strays and polishing after the straight edge shave. An experience.

Regarding Eucris soap, I have read again and again how folks consider it a fairly poor soap that doesn't lather up well and does not provide good cushion. Advice seems to be to make an extended lather, but I think I have two further points to make: first, use cold water to load; second, lather, then let the brush sit for a few minutes before re-lathering.

With an almost dry brush, flicked out once but not excessively and cold water loading seemed to keep any unwanted foaming down. Face lathered onto a cold washed face gave a much better lather than I've seen with this soap when using warm water but it still fell away quite soon. Having left the brush to stand, I re-lathered adding just a touch of water as I went. Now I was getting a decent cover.

Coverage was not voluminous, but it was thick and over-painted adequately, not falling away until a good few minutes; certainly sufficient time to gain a pass with safety razor but I did have to re-lather mid-pass using the straight.

Why persist? Well GFT Eucris is such a great scent, having it in a soap makes the juice worth the squeeze.

23/11/2014

SOTD 23/11/2014


Bulldog Face Wash/Scrub
Wickham's Super Smooth South Sea Spray
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Durham Dorset & Personna (Pathology) [2]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Blue Stratos Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

21/11/2014

SOTD 21/11/2014


Bulldog Face Wash/Scrub
Tabac Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Wilkinson Sword Self-Adjusting Safety Shaver (c.1908) & Treet 009RD [3]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Tabac After Shave Lotion
Tabac Eau De Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

19/11/2014

SOTD 19/11/2014


Bulldog Face Wash/Scrub
Wickham's Super Smooth English Rose
Kent Infinity Silvertex
GEM Damaskeene & Treet 009RD (2)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

16/11/2014

SOTD 16/11/2014


Bulldog Face Wash/Scrub
NSS Ice & Slice
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Durham Duplex & Personna (Pathology) [1]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

15/11/2014

SOTD 15/11/2014

Gillette 1904 patent anniversary shave ...


Bulldog Face Wash/Scrub
Erasmic Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Gillette Brownie (1920s)
Personna Platinum Chrome [1]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Brut Original Aftershave*

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

*Custom Blend: Two parts Brut Original Splash On Lotion, 1 part Brut Original Aftershave & 1 part Alcolado Glacial

13/11/2014

SOTD 13/11/2014

Patent anniversary shave for the Rolls Razor blade:

Patented 13th November 1924 - 224578

Bulldog Face Wash
Rolls Razor Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Rolls Razor A 48 7
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Imperial Leather Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

11/11/2014

SOTD 11/11/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
Arko Stick (Grated)
Kent Infinity Silvertex
GEM Damaskeene & Treet 009RD [1]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Pinaud Clubman Classic Vanilla Aftershave Lotion

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

09/11/2014

SOTD 09/11/2014


T&H No.10 Cleansing Scrub
T&H No.10 Pre-Shave Skin Protector
T&H No.10 Finest Shaving Cream
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Golf (GDR) Razor
Personna Super Platinum [3]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

06/11/2014

SOTD 06/11/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
Sap Bush Hollow Farm Bay Rum
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Emir Bakelite Slant
Personna Super Platiunum [2]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Clubman Musk After Shave Cologne

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

04/11/2014

SOTD 04/05/2014



Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Super Smooth Bay Rum & Club Cola
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Emir Open Comb/Solid Bar
Personna Super Platinum (1)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Old Spice Original Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

01/11/2014

SOTD 01/11/2014


Shower
La Toja Jabón de Afeitar
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Gillette Twinjector & Blade (4)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
La Toja After Shave Locion

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & X/ATG

29/10/2014

SOTD 29/10/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
Rose of Bulgaria Shave Cream
Kent Infinity Silvertex
GEM Push Button
GEM Stainless Coated [5]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

26/10/2014

SOTD 26/10/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Ever Ready Natural Angle DeLuxe
GEM Stainless Coated [4]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Selin Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

Five days, gone in two passes! Lovely!

21/10/2014

SOTD 21/10/2014

There is a world of safety razors out there spanning over a century of innovation. Sadly, many came with custom and proprietary blades which did not win the format wars and so are consigned to display cabinets as pretty pieces of shaving curio, never to taste flesh again.

Every now and again, a happy coincidence is spotted and some modern blade is found to just work ...

 

Bulldog Face Wash
Bulldog Shave Gel
Kross Kross
Gillette Platinum Plus [1]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Selin Lemon Cologne

Brushless Gel
One Pass

Well, if that wasn't one of the softest, safest, smoothest and downright most surprising shave I've ever had, I don't know what is!

Since first seeing the Kriss Kross, I was intrigued. The handle sweeps through a full 180 degree arc, permitting the shaver to select his angle; mimic the straight edge, go conventional safety razor or effect a slant. Shame the blades are no longer available. By happy coincidence, modern injector blades fit perfectly - just press the pivot, insert a blade and let the pivot clamp back down.


There is a small margin for adjusting presentation - I like an aggressive shave, so went with a good presentation. I also found that the handle effecting a slant worked out best for me and I was rewarded with a single pass, clean, effective and so efficient removal of a couple of days stubble.

I still can't get over just how soft the shave was - I was concerned that the blade was not making contact, but the stubble removal was quite evident. Perhaps it's another happy coincidence that this frame can came these very sharp Gillettes?

Much enjoyed!

19/10/2014

SOTD 19/10/2014


Shower
NSS Ice & Slice
Kent Infinity Silvertex
GEM Micromatic Open Comb
GEM Stainless Coated (3)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Clubman Classic Vanilla Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

16/10/2014

SOTD 16/10/2014


Bulldog Face Wash/Scrub
La Toja Jabón de Afeitar
Kent Infinity Silvertex
GEM Featherweight
GEM Stainless Coated (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
La Toja After Shave Locion

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

13/10/2014

SOTD 13/10/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
GFT Eucris Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Wilkinson Sword Roller Safety Shaver (c.1903)
Feather Hi-Stainless (4)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Pinaud Clubman Musk

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

12/10/2014

SOTD 12/10/2014


Shower
Arko Stick (Grated)
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Fromm Shavette
Weck Blade (CrOx Stropped)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG

Just a simple one pass after a good shower, the hair tonic run through my hair and slapped on my face after the alum wash.

After yesterday's Shovel Head, I really didn't need to shave but this just neatened it up ...

11/10/2014

SOTD 11/10/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
Erasmic Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Ever Ready Shovel Head
GEM Stainless (1)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Hai Karake Original Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

09/10/2014

SOTD 09/10/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
Rolls Razor Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Durham No.201
Personna (Blue) [6]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Quorum Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

Great shave! The soap is just lovely - there must be all sorts in that soap from 60 years ago that you just can't put into soap today. Instant lather and so soft, slick and feeding.

The razor was sensational. Stropping these Personna blades leads to a good sharp edge, but such a smooth shave. No irritation, just whisk the whiskers off and we're done ... this is a combination to do just that!

08/10/2014

SOTD 08/10/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Super Smooth English Rose
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Ever Ready 1912
GEM Stainless Coated (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

06/10/2014

SOTD 06/10/2014

Drink: G&T
Music: Bauhaus - Mask


Bulldog Face Wash
NSS Ice & Slice
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Gillette Tech #26
Gillette Silver (Govt) [3]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Brut Original Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

05/10/2014

SOTD 05/10/2014

Durham Duplex Sunday ...


Bulldog Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Durham Duplex (No.1 Set)
Personna (Blue) [5]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Clubman Classic Vanilla

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

03/10/2014

SOTD 03/10/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
Tabac Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
British Bakelite
Gillette Silver (Govt) [3]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Tabac Aftershave

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG

I love this razor - it is soooo fierce! I rather think it puts my Muhle R41 to shame. Just the one pass and I'm done ...

02/10/2014

SOTD 02/10/2014

Drink: G&T
Music: Sunshot


Bulldog Face Wash
Palmolive Shaving Cream
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Weck Bantam
Personna Super Stainless (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Quorum Aftershave
Quorum EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

What a little beauty this is! It's a Weck, the Bantam model. I think it's a hair shaper and it takes those long Personna spined blades.

Guarded, it feels like the Durham Duplex but not as smooth. It certainly nothing like the face shredder that is the Feather Artist Club, but I did get a good number of weepers which I think was more down to angle and lack of lightness.

Post-shave, they've all gone but I do have a patch of irritation on my neck.

In all, a good shave and a fun first attempt with this device - it is a million miles better than any of those half-DE shavettes, a tonne safer than the Feather but not as safe nor as smooth as the Durham Duplex.

01/10/2014

SOTD 01/10/2014

Drink: Sailor Jerry & Aloe Vera Drink
Music: Clint Ruin & Lydia Lunch


Bulldog Face Wash
NSS Ice & Slice
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Personna Safety Razor
Gillette Silver (Govt) [2]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Brut Original Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

What a great razor! Being so sculpted, it fitted up to my face most intuitively!

I have read from another owner that it sort of sticks to the face, and I did feel that. It reminded me that I needed lather ...