31/08/2014

SOTD 31/08/2014

Enjoying a long drink of tequila and lime ...

Grooving to PiL ...


Bulldog Facial Scrub
Rose of Bulgaria Shaving Cream
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Merkur 37C
PermaSharp Super [3]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

Super smooth! I was trying the slant to see if it was going to end up on the sale heap, but it has a stay of execution for now ...

29/08/2014

SOTD 29/08/2014

Listening to 'This is PiL' ...


Bulldog Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Durham T Type (201)
Personna (Blue) [3]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Alt Innsbruck Aftershave/Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

Ahhhh! Lovely to be back from a week with a Gillette Guard to scraping my face with obscurities again ...

27/08/2014

SOTD 27/08/2014

Greetings from Malta ...

Cold Shower
Bulldog Shower Gel & Face Wash
Bulldog Shaving Gel
Gillette Guard
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Alcolado Glacial
Selin Lemon Cologne

Brushless Gel
One Pass - WTG

26/08/2014

SOTD 26/08/2014

Greetings from Malta ...

Cold Shower
Bulldog Shower Gel & Face Wash
Bulldog Shaving Gel
Gillette Guard
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Alcolado Glacial
Selin Lemon Cologne

Brushless Gel
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

24/08/2014

SOTD 24/08/2014

Sunburned and mostly pissed, from Malta ...

Cold Shower
Bulldog Shower Gel & Face Wash
Bulldog Shaving Gel
Gillette Guard
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Alcolado Glacial
Selin Lemon Cologne

Brushless Gel
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

22/08/2014

SOTD 22/08/2014

Malta ... 33C

Cold Shower
Bulldog Shave Gel
Gillette Guard
Another cold shower ... hot work, shaving!
Alcolado Glacial
Selin Lemon Cologne

Brushless Gel
One Pass - WTG

20/08/2014

SOTD 20/08/2014


Billy Jealousy White Knight Facial Cleanser
Mitchell's Wool Fat
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Ever Ready 1924
GEM Super Stainless [5]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Blue Stratos Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

18/08/2014

SOTD 18/08/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
Bulldog Shave Cream
Gillette Techmatic (1966 L1)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Clubman Aftershave

Brushless
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

Another champion shave from this Techmatic. I'm on the final rotation in this cartridge, so hoping for another couple of shaves yet.

Enjoying the Bulldog Shave Cream - it's brushless, cooling, gentle scent and just right for these cartridge shaves, albeit this, the first of the cartridges.

Enjoyed!

17/08/2014

SOTD 17/08/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Super Smooth Spice Trade
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Gillette 'Old' & Roller Guard
PermaSharp Super [3]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Shibden Spice

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG

Just a single pass to knock back to smooth and presentable ...

This is where the Roller Guard really comes into its own. It's a smooth shave; mild. I rather wonder if it was intended as a means of converting the man of the house's Gillette into a lady shaver. For removing a day of growth after a baby smooth shave the previous night, just perfect.

Rinsed off and a good splash of my homemade Bay Rum, lovely.

16/08/2014

SOTD 16/08/2014


Billy Jealousy White Knight Daily Facial Cleanser
Tabac Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
British Bakelite Razor
PermaSharp Super [2]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Witch Hazel Splash
Tabac Aftershave Lotion
Tabac Eau De Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

I like razors with a large blade gap. I like that gap to be more than one millimetre! I like adjustable razors on wide open. I like Frankenrazors that give a huge gap.

This razor was a curious purchase. I've no idea who made it, when it was made or any other details about it - I have scoured the usual sourced, but come up empty. It's a bakelite razor in a bakelike or melamine box. The box is just too long for bakelike Gillettes, regular Gillettes and so on ... custom sized for this razor?

Upon loading a blade, the gap was evident - a yawning millimetre, or so. There was also a slight, barely noticeable, but slight bias on the presentation side to side. Great! I love it when razors do this because I have one side for the first pass and one for the second - the greater presentation for that first clearing and the lighter for the second pick-up pass.

The PermaSharp really came into its own in this razor and raised my opinion of the blade considerably.

First pass was good enough. Barely skimming and leaving this blade, unrestrained to do its thing ... it did. I made a second pass to pull a baby smooth shave.

Strong!

14/08/2014

SOTD 14/08/2014

Drink: Dark & Spicy - Cockspur Rum, Lime, Tabasco & Old Jamaican Ginger Beer
Music: Guana Batz


After a cracking Caribbean lunch of Jerk Chicken with Rice & Pea, I fancied something much the same to drink, so went for some good Barbados rum.

For my shave ...

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Spice Trade (Hard Soap)
Pure Badger 23mm
Some bizarre gadget ... see picture
Permasharp Stainless [2]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Alcolado Glacial

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG

In all honesty, I didn't need much of a shave after last night's 1914 shave, so opted for an experimental shave tonight.

I have been lent a folding razor which takes a DE blade. It was no doubt a hair trimmer or nape scraper, but it looked like fun so I shaved with it. It's a (poor) open comb on a folding razor mechanism ... and shaved just like I thought it would, like a poor open comb.

One pass, I got away with it.

I'm possibly a little raggy, but it'll all pick up tomorrow with a decent shave from ... oh, I don't know ... a Gillette Guard, quite possibly.

I wouldn't say fun or enjoyed, but it was an interesting experience; and like a poor open comb, I'll leave it at that. It's no DE equivalent of a Durham Duplex, that's for sure. I think even a shavette was more satisfying.

Poor, but not without results.

13/08/2014

SOTD 13/08/2014

Drink: Guinness
Music: Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy


Shower
Arko Stick (Grated into a vintage Imperial Leather pot)
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Every Ready 1914
GEM Super Stainless [4]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Imperial Leather Aftershave (Vintage)

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

I love vintage juice! Chaps back then wanted a whole different thing from aftershave than we do today ... I like it how it was.

Sweet shave!

11/08/2014

SOTD 11/08/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
SuperMax Ultimate
Kent Infinity Silvertex
GEM Contour II
GEM Super Stainless [3]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Aqua Velva Classic

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

Champion!

10/08/2014

SOTD 10/08/2014


Bulldog Face Wash
LEA Stick
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Frankenrazor! Roller Guard
PermaSharp Super [1]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Brut Original

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & X/ATG

I was kindly offered the load of a Roller Guard which I was very grateful to accept and enjoyed a good, mild shave with it.

I was given this Frankenrazor the other day - the base plate and the handle might be from the same razor, maybe not. The screw in end and the top plate don't seem to go together.

In all, it's a dog ... a skinny, starved dog; and like the good folks who bring those fellows back to some normality, I gave this razor a damn good clean up. I don't often resort of Brillo pads for cleaning a razor and this was the first time I got the sanding blocks out. It's come up good enough, given a reasonable clean-up and can be pressed into action. I rather like it.

It seemed a fun choice for the Roller Guard and with a PermaSharp Super dropped in, screwing the handle tight showed that this guard seriously closes the blade gap and delivers a wonderfully mild shave. I think the roller action prevents clogging that very closed gap.

While it did not bring the closest of shaves, it was certainly good. I got a couple of weepers where I went specifically against the grain leading me to think the is specifically designed for a mild shave with the grain, a shave which it did very effectively.

Thanks! Enjoyed!

08/08/2014

SOTD 08/08/2014

Drinking .... Dark & Spicy - Spiced Rum, Ice, Lime, Tabasco and Extra Fiery Old Jamaican Ginger Beer

Listening to ... Ministry Adios Puta Madres


Bulldog Face Wash
La Toja Stick
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Durham 300 - Bone Handled
Personna (Blue) [2]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Selin Limon Kolonyasi

Face Lathered
Three Pass - WTG, XTG & ATG

My freshly acquired Durham Duplex 300 shaved just how I thought it would. Successive removal of two days' growth and a stunning back stroke up my neck, I'm clean, smooth and very happy.

Boy! That Lemon Cologne is a lot of fun! It's so hot at the moment and sweaty skin turns mushy and gets ingrowers unless I keep cool and dry. This Cologne does that for me. Love it!

06/08/2014

SOTD 06/08/2014


T&H No.10 Cleansing Scrub
T&H No.10 Pre-Shave Skin Protector
T&H No.10 Finest Shaving Cream
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Treet 1912 - Parade Handle
GEM Super Stainless [2]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

First go with a Treet and I was in heaven! Absolutely everything that is right about the 1912 and absolutely everything that is right about the Clog Pruf. Three days growth whipped away effortlessly in a very smooth shave.

I'd like to think the chaps at ASR, or wherever they were, engineered this rather than as I suspect, folks around a Boardroom table mumbling about what patents they still own in a vague attempt to innovate a dying market.

Whichever, it was great engineering or a happy twist of fate.

Loved it!

03/08/2014

SOTD 03/08/2014

It's my birthday ... It's my birthday ...



Bulldog Face Wash
Erasmic Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Comfort Safety Razor (1904)
GEM Super Stainless [1]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
4711 Original EDC (as Aftershave)
Issey Miyake L'eau D'Issey Pour Homme

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG

Two day's growth, one pass ...

This is an efficient combination! I might even say dangerous, but the blade presentation and the angle makes for a super-efficient shave, safe only with the lightest of touches and rather brought a flutter to my heart, like the first time I tried a Feather Artist Club.

True to its name, it caught all the lather. This razor goes into the rotation. The handle is incomplete and I think I'd rather a more solid and slight longer handle.

Time to talk to a man with a lathe ....

01/08/2014

SOTD 01/08/2014

Happy Yorkshire Day!


Routine

Bulldog Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Durham Duplex - Made in Sheffield (Ivoroid Scales)
Personna (Blue) [1]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Shibden Spice

Technique

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

Impression

Champion!