SOTD : Saturday 18th August - Friday 24th August 2018.

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SOTD 21AUG18
Artesania Romera | REX Ambassador + Wizamet | Eufros​

I received these beauties yesterday; a 28 mm Pazzi in Red Hearth and a 26 mm Rustic Mini Barber, both brushes with the Manchurian fan knots. The knots have been test lathered and are already exhibiting very good backbone and extremely soft tips. The knots are also very dense. I am super happy to have these in my den and look forward to breaking them in.
 
#90
Tuesday AM 2018-08-21

Thrift store mug
Rooney Emillion 2 Porcelain-Jade Finest (26/54)
Floris No. 89 shaving soap (tallow)
Paradigm II Titanium
Wilkinson Light Brigade (4)
Floris No. 89 aftershave (vintage)

As close to a perfect shave as I'll ever have, with my favorite software and the Paradigm, which even on first use was marvelous. My only complaint about the razor, which applies also to the Wolfman, is that with the top quality vintage blades it makes shaving too effortless. With very little audible feedback or skin sense of the blade, it would be easy to become complacent and careless.
 
#92
This is my second upload. Only been wet shaving for about 6 weeks, but now getting used to the razor angle! Loving the experience.

Pre - Hot flannel on face
Brush - Proraso professional boar Omega
Soap - Proraso green
Razor - Edwin Jagger 89
Blade - Polsilver super iridium
Post - Bartsbalm sample, lime

Nice lather up up using the bowl. 3 pass shave, first time using a polsilver blade, been using astra sp since starting. Nice and sharp, no nicks, although I do take my time! I bought the brush in Italy on my recent holiday.
One thing I have learned is not to push the razor onto my face, just gently use the weight of the head. I then listen to the blade cutting the hair, and I know I have a good angle. Bartsbalm lime feels nice, and has a great smell.

Cheers Gents

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#94
This is my second upload. Only been wet shaving for about 6 weeks, but now getting used to the razor angle! Loving the experience.

Pre - Hot flannel on face
Brush - Proraso professional boar Omega
Soap - Proraso green
Razor - Edwin Jagger 89
Blade - Polsilver super iridium
Post - Bartsbalm sample, lime

Nice lather up up using the bowl. 3 pass shave, first time using a polsilver blade, been using astra sp since starting. Nice and sharp, no nicks, although I do take my time! I bought the brush in Italy on my recent holiday.
One thing I have learned is not to push the razor onto my face, just gently use the weight of the head. I then listen to the blade cutting the hair, and I know I have a good angle. Bartsbalm lime feels nice, and has a great smell.

Cheers Gents

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Welcome Bob :)
 
#95
Tuesday 21st August PM



Prep: Warm rinse, Nivea Sensitive Face Wash then Proraso Pre Shave cream Eucalyptus and Menthol
Cream: TOBS Lavender (sample)
Brush: Executive Shaving Medium Jock synthetic
Razor: Merkur 34c
Blade: Feather (1)
Post: Cold rinse, Thayers Witch Hazel with Cucumber then Boots Freshwood Aftershave followed by Barts Balm lavender.

A lavender theme tonight.

I set myself a few targets today. Firstly, I wanted to skip a day shaving to see if an extra days growth would result in a smoother finish, especially on my neck, so no shave yesterday. Secondly, I wanted to try Proraso pre shave to see if that was better than the Nuage shave oil I often use.

I used a TOBS lavender sample which lathered up effortlessly and burst with the floral scent. Not much water needed with me having another foam fest in the ensuite. The lather was a pleasure to apply with a nice consistency and shine.

The usual 3 passes with me noticing a huge difference after the 1st WTG. Certain areas on my face, in particular my cheeks, were smoother than normal. The 2nd pass XTG was effortless and after another rinse even more areas were hitting BBS. The 3rd pass ATG I buffed my neck and was BBS all over in no time.

During the cold rinse I can normally find a few rough spots, but this time I was struggling to find anything. Just smooth.

After another rinse, this time with Thayers, I splashed on some Boots Aftershave then followed up with a @BartsBalm sample. The lavender was lovely and complimented the TOBS lavender scent swirling around the room.

A lovely and refreshing shave with the lavender scent still present. The balm is truly sublime with my skin smooth and nourished.

Conclusion -

1. Shaving with an extra days growth gives me a better shave. Definitely a smoother result and more comfortable shave. I just don’t know if I can live with a days growth at work. I can’t stop rubbing my chin and wishing I had shaved! I just don’t feel clean.

2. Proraso pre shave is a plus point for me. I know some shavers question whether or not pre shaves actually do anything, but I’m happy it works for me. The Nuage shave oil might make a bit of a difference, but not in the same positive way Proraso does.

3. Finally, even though I’m spiralling down the rabbit hole at the speed of light, @BartsBalm will be getting an order soon. I’m sitting here rubbing my face and can’t stop smiling whenever I get a hit of the lavender scent. I’ll be doing another lavender theme soon!

Have a great night folks!
 
#96
Prep: Shower Highgrove pre shave cream
Soap: Stirling Electric Sheep
Brush: Omega Pure Bristle Sterilised
Razor: Gillette Tech head with my Rockwell 6C handle
Blade: Personna Red
Post: Cold rinse
Balm: BodyShop Razor Relief
One off my best shaves the Gillette Tech with the Personna Red went through 3 days growth like a decent razor and blade should ;)
I don't know about anyone else but either side of my throat at the bottom is my problem area its just 2 little patches :mad:
 
My theme for this evening was 'And would sir like his eyebrows trimmed?'

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Before I start my usual prattling rubbish as I painfully describe my SOTD I would just to like to thank those chaps who replied to my thread entitled 'Benefits of SE over DE' by saying

'Noooooooo. I hate you, I hate you, I hate you'

Thank you

After a very pleasant break over in Berlin with my wife and the purchase of a very archetypal tourist baseball hat I have returned home weary, but in a happily weary kind of way. We were actually over there to celebrate her birthday, or at least that is what she was under the impression of. To me it was about getting hammered in what I rate as one of the finest cities in the world...................for getting hammered............I did of course enjoy her birthday and we did a great job of getting very happily inebriated together. It was after all her day..........and my job to pay.

The Berlin wall - Razorock Hawk V2
The Hauptbanoff - Kai Captain
The Tiergarten - Muhle synthetic (the non butterscotch version)
The Reichstag - OSP Barber Shop
The Brandenberg Gate - OSP Barber Shop after shave tonic
Check Point Charlie - YSL Homme
Konzerthaus Berlin - Roland the piano

After asking the question of the benefits of SE over DE (I am sure I mentioned this only a few lines back) I decided that the best way to gain any answer to my curiosity was to 'buy and try'. I had no intention of going overboard and took what seemed the cheapest way in and purchased a Razrock Hawk V2 and a number of Kai Captain blades while at it. I thought the blades were very fitting to my profession and hence liked the name, a Feather Pro could make me sound like a lady of the night.

The Hawk V2 I could best describe as being an upmarket Bic disposable being not that much heavier and probably not that much better in manufacturing quality. A cruel start. The aluminium head took me some time to get a firm grip of the blade and the aluminium to aluminium threads take some care to get right. One miss cue here and the thread would be buggered. After some arsing around with the pins and not being overly brutal on tightening the handle I finally arrived at a 'non chattering' blade being held in place. In passing I must say the handle is pure rubbish and looks cheap and nasty. A simple plain finish would have been a much better option. May I also mention it took some puzzling as to how to get the blades out of the holder (may be I am just stupid). Once I figured out this Mechanical Puzzle I was actually quite impressed by the arrangement. An arrangement which allows one to get a blade out of the packaging in a nice safe manner and then remove ones finger tips afterwards.

So far so good and all digits in relatively good and complete order and all pieces ready to function in what I hope remains as one piece. Man and aluminium in harmony.

Okay, so not overly excited by the Hawk V2 from an engineering aspect this is where the the big shock arrives.

Bloody Hell this is good!

With the first stroke of the overly wide head (compared to what I am used to) I am in danger of removing my eyebrows as I pass down my side burns. This is much wider than I imagined. But wowser, wowser, wowser it is clearing stubble at a far great rate than anything which has passed over my face before. Not only that it is efficient and ruthless to the point where I would call it ruthlessly efficient or even efficiently ruthless. Take your pick. Zero irritation, zero nicks and zero any kind of those things one doesn't want in a shave. The other thing of note to me was how easily it was to get the shaving angle correct and in fact very difficult to get it wrong.

This is the ultimately quick face lawnmower I have experienced to date. Three passes and what a job and in what a short time. This breaks all the laws of the physics of shaving. If there are such laws, which I doubt. I guess what I am saying is, this is fast, this effective and this is heavenly. I can honestly say I now understand those who stand so staunchly for the world according to Single Edged razors. And this is with a razor which I would never describe as a piece of wonderful engineering......but I guess somewhere in there it is really. handle apart.

I just hope someone doesn't jut in and say there are even better blades as I am mesmerised at this level. Is it as good as DE? I would easily put it on a par with the best to date. The big difference being less bathroom time and quicker out the door. A wonderful new and welcome addition to the armoury of razors which sit in my shaving cabinet. Choices choices choices.

The Muhle synthetic is exactly what it says and I am pleased to say I have no reason to make mention it is butterscotch in colour, because it isn't. But what a lathering machine. Quick and efficient, much like my new experience with SE's. At this rate shaves are going to be finished before they have even started.

To add to all this; throw in that heady old school scent of the OSP Barber Shop cream and OSP barber Shop after shave tonic and I am feeling as if I am one of those lucky sods to have survived Sweeney Todd and actually walked out of his emporium having been shaved to perfection. Better that than the contents of a meat pie.

I would usually finish a shave like this with one of those scents of days past, ADP, Alvarez Gomez or similar, but for this occasion I chose YSL Homme as it sits at the back demanding some attention. So I gave it some attention and it has just moved to the front. Not my usual family of scent but I forgot how damned fine it is and my wife chose this years ago because she knows what is good for me and what is not. I always considered it to be one of those 'nocturnal perfumes' but how wrong I was. This is summery fresh daytime if ever. And it still does the night act.

I am now in a right old quandary as I see a further and necessary purchase of a stainless SE being high on the list. Before I go down this road though I am going to try a heavier handle tomorrow night as I see the Hawk needing more weight about it. It is the flimsy lightweight nature which if anything I would continue to whinge about. But it is hard to criticise what it achieves and that is what matters.

So to summarise this new experience I would like to say all those chaps who replied to my thread entitled 'Benefits of SE over DE' by saying

'I hate you, I hate you, I hate you'

Thank you

As for Berlin what a place

 
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