Mixing and matching

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Sometimes when I’m on the Go, I can pack more than just the GoBag – so this time around I brought a tube of Arko Ice Mint along with the Lea Shave Stick that lives in my GoBag.

Mixing the two lathers was fun and rewarding; rubbed the shave stick on my face as usual, put a bit of cream on the brush and went to town. Was rewarded with a thicker, denser lather than either product makes on their own, and plenty of it too.

Going to experiment a bit when I get home to find other fun combos to try out… as it is right now, I got a grand total of four shave sticks (Lea, ARKO, GzD and Derby) and four creams (ARKO Cool Mint, Dalen d’Men Energetic, Derby Lavender and Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol). Unless they changed math since I went to school, that should give me sixteen combos to try out – and to make sure to give it a fair test, each combo should be tried more than once.

Sounds like a fun project!

Shave of the day 31st October

Pre-shave: Warm water rinse
Lather: Arko Cool Ice cream
Brush: Body Shop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a Lord Platinum, and Cadet TTO-13 with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert’s Finest Bay Rum

Sort of on the go, with an extended Go Kit. A pretty good shave all around, even if I would like more time and a better mirror.

Review of Wilkinson Sword Classic DE Razor

A recent result of my RAD, the Wilkinson Sword Classic (WSC) is in one regard in a class of it’s own; It’s the only DE razor I’ve tried so far that feels very much like a cartridge razor in use – apart from giving me a superior shave, that is.

I suspect it’s due to the materials and design of the razor; moulded thermoplastic with a metal rod inserted in the handle gives a very tail-heavy balance – unlike pretty much every other razor I’ve own. The difference in balance means I have had to adjust my grip slightly to get a good shave out of the WSC; however it should also mean that someone coming straight from using a cart should more easily adapt to using the WSC and get to enjoy the pleasures of DE shaving with little or no fuss.

The WSC is a decent razor – not the mildest, nor the most aggressive in my rotation. The construction is sturdy, and the fact that the cap covers the ends of the blade is a nice touch. The head is a little on the big side though; if you shave under your nose it might give a little bit of trouble – the obvious solution is off course to grow a manly moustache. One downside I’ve noticed – apart from the big head – is that the head quickly clogs up with lather, much quicker than other DE-razors. It don’t mean all that much, but it is somewhat distracting to rinse the razor twice as often as I’m accustomed to.

Overall I can recommend the WSC as a good first razor for those interested in trying out a DE, or as a decent razor for travelling. For those of us with incurable RAD, it is a cheap addition to our collection.

Shave of the day 29th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Soap, liquid Peppermint
Lather: Lea Shave stick
Brush: Body Shop Synthetic
Razors: Merkur 985CL with a fresh Lord Platinum, and Cadet TTO-13 with a fresh Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, travel sized alum stick and Krampert’s Finest Bay Rum

Sort of on the go, with an extended Go Kit. First shave with the Cadet TTO, and a nice one at that. A DFS all told.

Yet more loot

Thanks to a fellow shaver over on the Shave Nook, I now own a German Bakelite slant of unknown make and year…

These appeared on eBay a few months ago – possible someone found them in the back of an old warehouse – and have more or less exploded in popularity. If it’s shaves half as well as everyone says, I’m in for some great shaves.

Shave of the day 24th October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint
Lather: GzD shave stick
Brush: New Turkish No6
Razors: Wilkinson Sword Classic, with a Wilkinson Sword blade (2)
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

Still breaking in the new gear. The ‘new’ No6 is breaking in quickly, and the GzD made a wonderful lather. A DFS all told.

Even more loot

Been a good month for shaving related loot – I guess I should take a sabbatical next month – and today a box from Shave A Buck arrived on my door.

– A Cadet TTO-13 razor; a Twist To Open with a hefty handle and a very interesting checked handle design.
– A Derby shave stick; ’cause shave sticks are nice to have.
– A pack each of Lord Cool and a Flying Eagle blades; just for the names.

Shave of the day 22nd October

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Lavender
Lather: Derby Lavender Cream
Brush: New Turkish No6
Razors: Wilkinson Sword Classic, with a fresh Wilkinson Sword blade
Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum

An “all new” shave; the cream, brush and razor all arrived last week. A DFS, even if the brush needs a bit of breaking in.