SOTD : Saturday 26th May - Friday 1st June 2018.

Sotd - Wednesday 30th of May

Razor - Schick I(1)
blade - Schick twin (2)
brush - Simpsons P8 Phyl best badger
soap - Meissner Tremonia Mint Ice Menthol
post - witch hazel
a/s - Alcolado Glacial
balm - Vifrex gel.

Result - cold water shave - refreshing and no mistake.

Still unseasonably warm - time to give into the inevitable - a ne plus ultra cold shave. I had choices in the lather department - honourable mentions to Williams Ice Menthol cream and Lea hard soap - the latter being surprisingly chilly. It really comes down to the MT Ice Menthol and P&B Denali for me - I find both to be equally cold in face feel. The former just wins out - as it is way less fussy to lather. For a non-tallow soap the post shave feel is exceptional. I don't shave that often with cold water - no shit - I live in Scotland - but I must say my skin loves it. There is however - something fundamentally wrong about cold badger. Make of that phrase what you will. Job done - bbs - refreshed and I'm just starting to feel my chin again. My eyes have mostly stopped streaming. Enjoy your shaves one and all - yours - I.

Oh - what did I see out the den window today?

Lucknow - India - the 17th of November 1857. The day after battle. Multiple columns of smoke continue to rise over the shattered city. The streets are littered with corpses - already starting to bloat and blacken in the heat. Ranks of the defeated - the lucky few to have survived - are being led shackled to an uncertain fate. The lament of a lone piper drifts up as the 93rd Highlanders begin to bury their dead. When the Indian revolt of May 1857 kicked off (we can also call it the Indian Mutiny or the first war of Indian Independence - take your pick) the British and sundry other Europeans that couldn't escape came to be holed up in the Residency building in Lucknow. In total they were to be besieged for 148 days - their survival in no small part being due to the foresight of its initial commander - the civilian Sir Henry Lawrence - who saw the writing on the wall and stockpiled as much food as he could get his hands on. The first relief attempt was a shambles - what was left of the expeditionary force ended up trapped in the Residency too. A second force was sent under the command of Sir Colin Campbell - by November 15th he was ready for the final attack the next day - the decisive engagement was the taking of the Sikander Bagh - the gardens of Alexander - the assault being led by the Highlanders. They took appalling casualties - not as appalling as the defenders - at least 2,200 put to the sword and bayonet - literally - as the attackers ran out of ammunition quickly - the troops having out-marched their supply lines by some distance. On the 16th more Victoria crosses were won on a single day - 24 - than before or since. Every one still alive in the Residency was successfully evacuated by Campbell - who then - for sound military reasons - abandoned the city. When asked to update his situation to his commanders - Campbell - ever the taciturn Glaswegian - and evidently a fan of puns, replied with the lapidary phrase - 'I am in luck now.' There is a statue of him in George Square in Glasgow - I'd be surprised if any of the passers by know who he was. A relic of a different age. It's amazing what you can see out your bathroom window. Actually I just made all that up - not the historical stuff - that's all true - but its still Govanhill out there. Shit.
 
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Sotd - Wednesday 30th of May

Razor - Schick I(1)
blade - Schick twin (2)
brush - Simpsons P8 Phyl best badger
soap - Meissner Tremonia Mint Ice Menthol
post - witch hazel
a/s - Alcolado Glacial
balm - Vifrex gel.

Result - cold water shave - refreshing and no mistake.

Still unseasonably warm - time to give into the inevitable - a ne plus ultra cold shave. I had choices in the lather department - honourable mentions to Williams Ice Menthol cream and Lea hard soap - the latter being surprisingly chilly. It really comes down to the MT Ice Menthol and P&B Denali for me - I find both to be equally cold in face feel. The former just wins out - as it is way less fussy to lather. For a non-tallow soap the post shave feel is exceptional. I don't shave that often with cold water - no shit - I live in Scotland - but I must say my skin loves it. There is however - something fundamentally wrong about cold badger. Make of that phrase what you will. Job done - bbs - refreshed and I'm just starting to feel my chin again. My eyes have mostly stopped streaming. Enjoy your shaves one and all - yours - I.

Oh - what did I see out the den window today?

Lucknow - India - the 17th of November 1857. The day after battle. Multiple columns of smoke continue to rise over the shattered city. The streets are littered with corpses - already starting to bloat and blacken in the heat. Ranks of the defeated - the lucky few to have survived - are being led shackled to an uncertain fate. The lament of a lone piper drifts up as the 93rd Highlanders begin to bury their dead. When the Indian revolt of May 1857 kicked off (we can also call it the Indian Mutiny or the first war of Indian Independence - take your pick) the British and sundry other Europeans that couldn't escape came to be holed up in the Residency building in Lucknow. In total they were to be besieged for 148 days - their survival in no small part being due to the foresight of its initial commander - the civilian Sir Henry Lawrence - who saw the writing on the wall and stockpiled as much food as he could get his hands on. The initial relief attempt was a shambles - what was left of the expeditionary force ended up trapped in the Residency too. A second force was sent under the command of Sir Colin Campbell - by November 15th he was ready for the final attack the next day - the decisive engagement was the taking of the Sikander Bagh - the gardens of Alexander - the assault being led by the Highlanders. They took appalling casualties - not as appalling as the defenders - at least 2,200 put to the sword and bayonet - literally - as the attackers ran out of ammunition quickly. On the 16th more Victoria crosses were won on a single day - 24 - than before or since. Every one still alive in the Residency was successfully evacuated by Campbell - who then - for sound military reasons - abandoned the city. When asked to update his situation to his commanders - Campbell - ever the taciturn Glaswegian - and evidently a fan of puns, replied with the lapidary phrase - 'I am in luck now.' There is a statue of him in George Square in Glasgow - I'd be surprised if any of the passers by knew who he was. A relic of a different age. It's amazing what you can see out your bathroom window. Actually I just made all that up - not the historical stuff - that's all true - but its still Govanhill out there. Shit.
An interesting view from your window today or your minds eye and yes I must agree......nothing worse than a cold badger!!! :) P.
 


Paradigm Titanium II (on loan)
Gillette Nacet
Simpsons Manchurian Captain
Martin de Candre Fougère
Myrsol Emulsion

The Paradigm is on loan from @Acer89....and his not getting it back!:p

Brace yourself gents. I actually like this one A LOT.:D

The razor has perfect balance and weight. There isn't an issue with grip on the handle.
The shave was smooth, comfortable and efficient. Finished results were excellent. A very enjoyable shave.

Thanks to James for the loan of the razor. I will return it, eventually.;)

Cheers
Rob
 
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Paradigm Titanium II (on loan)
Gillette Nacet
Simpsons Manchurian Captain
Martin de Candre Fougère
Myrsol Emulsion

The Paradigm is on loan from @Acer89....and his not getting it back!:p:

Brace yourself gents. I actually like this one A LOT.:D

The razor has perfect balance and weight. There isn't an issue with grip on the handle.
The shave was smooth, comfortable and efficient. Finished results were excellent. A very enjoyable shave.

Thanks to James for the loan of the razor. I will return it, eventually. :wink:

Cheers
Rob
Nice one Rob! Would you know what the blade gap is on the Paradigm Titanium II?


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SOTD: 31st May 2018.

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Shaving recipe for today.

Prep: Warm shower:/ Imperial Leather ~ Sea minerals & Black Mint Shower Gel.


Pre:

warm wet flannel to my face.


Pecksniff's ~ Lemon,Cedar,Amber Cream.

Brush: Semogue 1305.

Bowl Lather.

Cream : Super-Max ~ Classic.

Blade: Wilkinson Sword Classic.(2)

Razor: Parker 92R .

Warm wet flannel/ cold wet flannel to rinse my face.

Post:

Alum Block./Cold Water Face Rinse./Homemade Lemon,Lime+Peppermint Oil Witch Hazel Mixture/Aloe Vera Gel.

Arko ~ Comfort Cologne .



Greetings,


Over the last month or so i've re-discovered my inexpensive creams and forgot just how good these wonderful shaving creams can perform..The Super-Max Classic cream created a wonderful slick lather for my shave in no time & leaving a great post shave feeling to my face.

The highlight of the shave this morning was the 92R/W.S. Classic duo performing with smooth non-aggressive efficiency. A excellent dfs.

A very enjoyable 3 pass + pick ups silky smooth shave with no errors to report.

Finishing the shave off with a generous splash of Arko ~ Comfort Cologne .

My face is feeling smooth, & smelling devine.;)

Enjoy your day, ladies & gentlemen.:cool:
 
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The Spice Of Life.

Prep ~ Valbora Gylcerlanoina Soap ~Shower
Razor ~ Cobra Classic
Blade ~ Schick Proline P-30
Soap ~ Stirling - Spice
Brush ~ YaQi Moka Express 26mm Badger
Bowl ~ Giles Shaving
Post ~ Stirling- Spice Aftershave
Scent ~ Viktor & Rolf - Spicebomb Extreme EDP

Having lots of shaving soap can be a double edge sword, it's great to have a vast choice but sometimes a soap may get forgotten about and not used, this was one of those soaps. Stirling Spice, some may disagree but I think it's very much like the original Old Spice from Shulton in both scent and quality of the lather.
So throwing the Cobra fitted out with a Proline and my Moka Express brush into the mix could only mean one thing, a fantastic shave.
A splash of Stirling Spice Aftershave fully woke me up and then a few sprays in the right places with Spicebomb Extreme EDP by V&R completed a very pleasing shave. :) one happy Blademonkey!

Wishing you all a wonderful day......P.
 
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Brush: Frank Shaving 20mm Best Badger
Soap: Meißner Tremonia Wild Woods
Razor: Parker 99R
Blade: Astra Superior Platinum (3)

Like @Blademonkey , I'm reviving a forgotten-about soap today. It was put to one side because it gives some irritation with heavy use, but I've ignored it for the best part of a month so there's no problems in that area today. I was concerned I might have let it dry out and so slightly overload the brush with water, but the Meißner Tremonia can cope.

As I suspected, this blade really sings in the Parker, but doesn't wake the household.

There's a nick on my chin which is entirely down to user error, but I'm very happy with the set up.

Happy shaving, 'tis summer tomorrow!
 
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