<Backdated – Real Life sometimes means no Internet for me> 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.
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.
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.
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.
Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Peppermint Lather: Dalan d’Men Energic cream Brush: New Turkish No6 Razors: Wilkinson Sword Classic, with a Wilkinson Sword blade (3) Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum
Still busy with my new gear – todays cream was nicely mentholated. A DFS all around, as usual.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Liquid Teatree Lather: Mike’s Natural Unscented Soap Brush: Vie Long 14033 badger-horse Razors: Racer and Yuma, both with a unmarked blade Post-shave: Cold water rinse, Alum block and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum
A DFS all around – just a shame it didn’t last longer.