SOTD : Saturday 11th August - Friday 17th August 2018.

Last night;

Tatara Masamune
Ladas (#1)
OSP

First use of the Tatara with thanks to the generous pass-around. I couldn’t have done things more incorrectly. I bathed beforehand, didn’t quite wet my face enough before trying to lather up, didn’t have quite a damp enough brush and subsequently the lather was beyond sub-par. Yet somehow, still something of a mystery to me, I had an impeccable shave. One pass and a couple of minor touch-ups and I had a belter of a shave. I’m still smooth this morning.
This definitely warrants attempt two tomorrow with a, hopefully, more successful lather.
I love the presentation and build quality. Both are fantastic and it slots together so neatly. Weight is great for me and blade feel is a little low but I cannot fault the efficiency of this. If all good continues I could happily grab one and use only this herein.
 
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~SOTD~

Prep ~ Shower, D.R. Harris Almond Oil Soap
Razor ~ Blackland ~ Sabre L2
Blade ~ Gem Stainless
Soap ~ London Oatcake Shaving Soap - Sample
Brush ~ Omega 011842 Boar
Post ~ Thayers
Scent ~ Guerlain ~ Jicky edp

I received a sample of London Oatcake Shaving Soap from a fellow member, thanks S. So I thought I would give it a try this morning. The first scent I noticed before lathering was nutmeg but as was I lathering I was also getting other spices as well as creamy oatmeal and some other stuff I couldn't put my finger on but it was a very pleasant scent.
It lathered with ease and produced a good stable creamy lather, good stuff and did I mention its got tallow in it as well, I've placed my order. :)
The Shave was a good one, clean shaven and a very good post shave feel from the soap.

Wishing you all a fabulous Friday.....P.
 
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SOTD 16 August 2018

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Pre-shave: Warm shower face wash, Wright's Cold Tar Soap, followed by Proraso (White) Sensitive Skin Green Tea Pre And Post Shave Cream.
Cream: Musgo Real Lavender.
Brush: Muhle Purist, Black Silvertip Fibre Shaving Brush.
Bowl: Aesop.
Razor: Blackland Dart.
Blade: Astra SP (Green) (Day 1).
Post: Cold water splash and Myrsol Baslamic Water, followed by Body Shop Aloe Vera Gel, finished off with Musgo Real No.4 Lavender Cologne.

A very smooth shave today; I don't know if that was down to the Proraso White Pre-shave Cream or the Astra SP blade. The Astra felt great in the Dart - notably smoother than the Wilkinson Sword (yesterday) and the KAI SS (Monday), so my money is on the Astra :).

A three pass shave: WTG, XTG and ATG with no issues to report and a BBS - / DFS + finish. Gentle tingle when I applied the Myrsol.

I think the Dart has the makings of a classic razor, with the right blade. As ever YMMV.

All the best,

Chris
Very interesting Chris.

I too found an Astra SP to be smoother in the Dart than an old English made Wilkinson Sword blade.
Still a sharp and efficient combo but more refined.
 
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~SOTD~

Prep ~ Shower, D.R. Harris Almond Oil Soap
Razor ~ Blackland ~ Sabre L2
Blade ~ Gem Stainless
Soap ~ London Oatcake Shaving Soap - Sample
Brush ~ Omega 011842 Boar
Post ~ Thayers
Scent ~ Guerlain ~ Jicky edp

I received a sample of London Oatcake Shaving Soap from a fellow member, thanks S. So I thought I would give it a try this morning. The first scent I noticed before lathering was nutmeg but as was I lathering I was also getting other spices as well as creamy oatmeal and some other stuff I couldn't put my finger on but it was a very pleasant scent.
It lathered with ease and produced a good stable creamy lather, good stuff and did I mention its got tallow in it as well, I've placed my order. :)
The Shave was a good one, clean shaven and a very good post shave feel from the soap.

Wishing you all a fabulous Friday.....P.
That Sabre is a lovely looking bit of kit, P.
 
Fri 17th Aug
RazoRock Syn. 24mm
P & B Citra Royale
Alu. General + ES S/S Handle
Schick Proline [ 4 ]
Tuff Green A/S Lotion

Since changing the handle on the Alu General, to one from my Claymore I have enjoyed using it more, even though I prefer heavier AC/SE Razors. Today I had such a good Shave that my thoughts of selling it on were put on hold, Smooth ,Comfortable with a good close all round finish,

I got an excellent lather from the P & B Citra Royale, which I used for the first time. It has a very nice summery scent and is very easy to lather, so will replace my occasionally used Arran Aromatics Bay Citrus.

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Date: 17 August 2018

Pre-shave:- Cold Water straight from the tap
Brush:- Platypus P&C LE 2017 24mm Manchurian White
Soap/Cream:- Barrister & Mann ~ Eventide
Razor/Blade:- Karve 'D' / Vintage NOS Gillette Super Stainless (spoiler) #5
Post-shave:- Thayers Witch Hazel & Tea Tree Oil / Lucky Tiger Aftershave & Face Tonic / Lucky Tiger Face Moisturizer
Fragrance:- Proraso Wood & Spice
 
Friday 17th August AM



Prep: Warm shower, Nivea Sensitive Face Wash then Proraso Pre Shave Cream Eucalyptus and Menthol.
Cream: Nivea Sensitive
Brush: Executive Shaving Medium Jock synthetic
Razor: Merkur 34c
Blade: Gillette 7 O’clock Super Stainless (3)
Post: Cold rinse, Thayers Witch Hazel with Cucumber then Nivea 2 Phase followed by Nivea Sensitive After Shave Balm and EAD Divulge EdT.

A morning shave for a change and I decided to go with another Nivea theme.

A bit of a carry-on movie when I looked at how much lather I had made....turned into a foam fest in the ensuite. The lather was nice and slick with the blade gliding without complaint.

A straightforward 3 pass (WTG, XTG and ATG) shave with some pickups.

After a final rinse I was really pleased with a BBS finish. No rough patches.

On with the Thayers, Nivea 2 Phase (a very slight and quick sting) then Nivea balm. Skin feels fresh and smooth. Finished with my bargain buy EAD Divulge EdT which cost me a whole 70p.

A good start for the weekend ahead. Have a great one folks!
 
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