31/01/2015

SOTD 31/01/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Super Smooth Sheridan's
Vie-Long 13065 Amphora Horse
Ever Ready Lather Catcher
Ever Ready (Vintage) [1]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Musk Aftershave

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

Quite an experience using a vintage Ever Ready blade - I'm not sure just how old it is, but it was fully packaged and sharp, so I disinfected it and gave it a good stropping; in use, quieter than a modern GEM blade perhaps due to it being a little thicker and stiffer, smoother and capable indeed!

30/01/2015

SOTD 30/01/2015


Bulldog Face WashOmega Shaving Cream & Bay Rum EO
Omega 10098 Professional Boar
Miraki & Jaguar JT1/JT3 (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Clubman VIBR

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

28/01/2015

SOTD 28/01/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Omega Shaving Cream & Lavender EO
Omega 10098 Professional Boar
Miraki & Jaguar JT1/JT3 (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Novaya Zarya Shipr Aftershave Cologne
Jaguar Pour Homme EDT

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

27/01/2015

SOTD 27/01/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Master Lather Parma Violet
Muhle 33K256 Silvertip Fibre
Markless 7/8 Hollow Ground
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Geoffrey Beane Grey Flannel After Shave Lotion
Geoffrey Beane Grey Flannel Eau De Toilette

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG

Just the one pass with the grain to neaten up, using my new metal mammoth!

26/01/2015

SOTD 26/01/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Super Smooth South Sea Spray
Muhle 33K256 Silvertip Fibre
Autostrop Valet VC3
Feather FAS (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Aqua Velva Classic Ice Blue Aftershave

Face Lathered
One Pass (Valet VC3) - WTG
Two Pass (Bic Sensitive) - XTG & ATG

I was just chatting to a pal about these blades which reminded me that I still have some and with that first pass remembered why I set them aside ...

To use his phrase: they couldn't cut their way out of a paper bag!

I finished off, well shaved, with a Bic Sensitive.

25/01/2015

SOTD 25/01/2015


Bulldog Face Wash/Scrub
Mitchell's Wool Fat Soap* & Ever Ready 581 Pure Bristle
Durham Duplex & Personna (Blue) [7]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser

*Grapefruit EO

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

24/01/2015

SOTD 24/01/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Arko Stick (Grated) & Vie-Long 13065 Amphora Horse
Vincent (Ejector) - Cloud (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Denim Aftershave
English Leather Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

22/01/2015

SOTD 22/01/2015


Bulldog Face Wash/Scrub
Simpson's Lavender & Vetivert Luxury Shaving Cream
Muhle 33K256 Silvertip Fibre
Diamond Edge DE5000 & DE5001 (1)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Quorum After Shave & EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

... a Dovo shave without the Dovo Tax.

20/01/2015

SOTD 20/01/2015


Bulldog Face WashGFT Eucris Shaving Soap
Omega 10098 Professional Boar
Wilkinson Sword 'Sticky' & SuperMax Blue Diamond (4)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal After Shave Lotion
GFT Eucris Eau De Toilette

Face Lathered
Three Pass - WTG, XTG & ATG

... a sheer triumph of design over engineering.

In Review ... the iKon Shave Craft 102 Slant


iKon Shave Craft 102 Slant

With the Shave Craft 102, iKon made a very mild slant ... so much so I rather wonder why?

The concept of the slant is to perform a "with the grain" movement with a slicing stroke. Yes, you can do this with a regular DE, simply by doing a diagonal stroke AKA 'The Gillette Slide' but the slant does it for you without you thinking. The result is a closer shave in fewer passes ...

Compared to the Merkur slant (the 37C or 39C), I could see off a couple of days' growth in a single pass and it will be smooth, close and nothing missed. With the iKon, it's two passes - the same as I would any DE.

I don't really see the point.

Other than that, the head is a nice weight, it's cool, smooth and a novel shape ... but the handles don't match and the thread is VERY picky about which handles can be used. Vintage is out for handle choice, even modern only 1 in 3 of mine play well with it, all custom by the same maker, all the same thread pitch ... go figure.

As with all mild razors, pairing with a sharp blade seems to bring the best out of it - Sputnik, for me.

In summary, the iKon Shave Craft 102 Slant is certainly a well made razor, well weighted, tactile and a real piece of eye candy ... just let down by performance.

Resources

iKon Shave Craft 102 Slant

18/01/2015

SOTD 18/01/2015


Bulldog Face Wash/Scrub
Omega Crema de Barba
Kent 33K256 Silvertip Fibre
Gold Dollar 66
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Splash
Selin Limon Kolonyasi 80°

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG

16/01/2015

SOTD 16/01/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Tabac Shaving Soap & Vie-Long 13065 Amphora Horse
Christy & Gillette Platinum Plus [3]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Tabac After Shave Lotion & Eau De Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

15/01/2015

SOTD 15/01/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Erasmic Lather Shave Cream
Vie-Long 13065 Amphora Horse
iKon Shave Craft #102 Slant & SuperMax Blue Diamond (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Quorum Aftershave & EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

Hmmm ... a bit light, that Shave Craft.

13/01/2015

SOTD 13/01/2015

Gillette New Standard (1328024 13th January 1920) Patent Anniversary:


Bulldog Face Wash
Eucris Shaving Soap & Omega 10098 Professional Boar
Gillette New Standard & SuperMax Blue Diamond (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel Aftershave Lotion

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG

12/01/2015

SOTD 12/01/2015

Gillette New (1841223 12th January 1932) Patent Anniversary:


Bulldog Face Wash
Ingram's & Omega 10098 Professional Boar
Gillette/Grøm New & SuperMax Blue Diamond (1)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Blue Stratos Aftershave

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG

10/01/2015

SOTD 10/01/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat Soap & Omega 10098 Professional Boar
GEM Junior Bar & GEM Super Stainless (4)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve Aftershave Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & X/ATG

09/01/2015

SOTD 09/01/2015

Tabac Friday!


Bulldog Face Wash & Scrub
Tabac Shaving Soap & Omega 10098 Professional Boar
GEM Junior Bar & GEM Super Stainless (3)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Tabac Aftershave Lotion & Eau De Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & X/ATG

First face lather with the boar and much enjoyed! As for the razor, well, this GEM Junior Bar can do no wrong.

07/01/2015

SOTD 07/01/2015


Bulldog Face Wash & Scrub
Wickham's Super Smooth English Lavender & Omega 10098 Professional Boar
GEM Junior Bar (1910) & GEM Super Stainless (2)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Brut Original Aftershave
Jaguar For Men EDT

Bowl Lathered
Three Pass - WTG, XTG & ATG

New brush, new razor and a full three pass shave. Super smooth and very refreshed.

The GEM Junior Bar is the one! The One!

1910, GEM Cutlery Co. should have closed up their design department and left it at that ... granted, we would not have seen the Damaskeene or the 1912 or the Micromatic or the super-fly Contour, but they would not have been missed. This. That's all ...

05/01/2015

SOTD 05/01/2015


Shower & Bulldog Shower Gel/Face Wash
Wickham's Super Smooth Spice Trade
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Ever Ready 1924 (Brass)
GEM Super Stainless (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Old Spice Original Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & X/ATG

Champion!

03/01/2015

SOTD 03/01/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Rolls Razor Stick
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Gillette Trac II Deluxe & Gillette PII (5)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Imperial Leather (Vintage) Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

01/01/2015

SOTD 01/01/2015

Happy New Year!

Best wishes to all for the forthcoming year ...


T&H No.10 Cleansing Scrub
T&H No.10 Pre-Shave Skin Protector
T&H No.10 Finest Shaving Cream
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Weck Prep & Personna Super Stainless (4)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Quorum Aftershave
Quorum EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG