What is a good shave?

Sometimes on the shave forums I visit – and even the one I post on – someone will ask what a good shave is.

In my opinion there is only one answer to that question, and only one person who can answer it.

A good shave is a shave you feel happy with – and only you can tell when you had one.

Feeding my ADs

Acquisition Disorders is something many traditional wetshavers seems to gain as part of their hobby – probably because there is just so many brushes, razors and soaps out there to try.

My main AD seems to be centred on soaps and creams, which admittedly is cheaper than razors and brushes.. still, I surprise myself at times. Yesterday I went ahead and ordered a replacement Turkish No6 – having PIFed my original one away – and a order for a 2.45$ brush ended up at just over 20$;
– Wilkinson Sword Classic razor w/ extra blades
– A cheap Plastic Safety razor; if nothing else it’ll be good for laughts
– Dalan d’Men shaving cream
– Derby shaving cream
– Tweex shaving stick
and
– Tuskish No6 shaving brush.

Shave of the day 24th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid Peppermint
Lather: Mike’s Unscented Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE
Razors: Merkur 39C slant, Cadet TP-01, both with a fresh Derby Extra blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert’s 80 Below

The Derbys ain’t the smoothest of blades, but still a DFS with a refreshing end to it.

Shave of the day 21st September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid Orange
Lather: Mike’s Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 horse-badger brush
Razors: Merkur 25C w/ a 7’O Clock (3) and Gillette 58 TV Special w/ a Lord Platinum (3)
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Proraso Liquid Cream

A nice and orangy shave – a good, if late, start on the day.

Shave of the day 19th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Magic Soap, liquid Peppermint
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol soft soap
Brush: Vie Long 14033 horse-badger brush
Razors: Merkur 25C w/ a 7’O Clock and Gillette 58 TV Special w/ a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum block and Krampert’s 80 Below LE Menthol

Whoa… refreshing! Krampert’s latest creation is great, but perhaps best suited for those warm, muggy sommer days.

A DFS all told though!

The cutting edge – one line reviews of blades

I’ve been trying out various blades in my various razors, and so far this is the ones I remembered to make notes about, ordered alphabetically:

  • Astra Superior Platinum: A blade with a well deserved reputation, smooth and sharp and suited for every razor I’ve tried it in.
  • BiC Chrome Platinum: Okayish for the first shave, horrible on the second go. Firmly off my list.
  • Feather Hi Stainless: A wicked sharp blade that performs well in any razor, but is best tamed by my Feather Popular.
  • Gillette Goal Stainless: Works rather well in my 22R and 39C – four shaves and still smooth.
  • Laser Super Platinum: Middle to bad blade – sharp enough, but not very smooth. A decent choice if no better blade is available.
  • Lord Platinum: Works very well in my 39C, my 985CL and my 22R.
  • Racer Super Stainless: A middle to good blade, depending on the razor. Worked better in my Parker 22R TTO and in my Racer razor than in my Merkur 39C Slant, no tugging but not the smoothest blades out there.
  • Shark Super Chrome: A middle of the road blade in my 22R and 39C – but gives a very good shave in my Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor. Also works well in the cheap YUMA razor.
  • Treet Platinum Super Stainless: A Pakistani made blade that works well in my 25C open comb and my 958CL. Well worth looking into.
  • Willikins Sword: Shaves well in any razor, especially so in my 39C slant.
  • Zorrik Super Stainless: A pretty decent blade, works fine in my Yuma and 985CL.