Pre-shave: Dr Bronner’s liquid Eucalyptus Lather: Mike’s Pine & Cedarwood Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 badger-boar brush Razors: Cadet TP-01 and Cadet TTO-13, both with a fresh Green Astra Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum
Last shave of this year, and a very, very nice one too.
Pre-shave: Dr Bronner’s liquid Peppermint Lather: Mama Bear’s Awakening Brush: Turkish No6 Razors: ’58 TV Special with Gillette 7 O’Clock Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Kramperts Finest 80 Below
We’re getting up on a new year, and it’s time to take stock of the gear in my den to see what ‘holes’ that ‘needs’ filling.
I didn’t find a lot of gaps, really.
I got my eye on one or two new brushes; a Omega 343167 synthetic and a Vie-Long 14033M unbleached horse.I would love to get my hands on an affordable and agreeable open comb twist to open razor – not to mention an affordable and agreeable open comb slant. Apart from that… nothing, with the exception of soaps and creams.
Pre-shave: Dr Bronner’s liquid Orange Lather: Mike’s Orange, Cedarwood and Black Pepper Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed badger-horse brush Razors: Bakelite slant and ’58 TV Special, both with Gillette 7 O’Clock Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum
A decent shave, although the yellow 7O’Clock don’t quite agree with my Bakelite slant. Works wonderfully in my TV Special though.
It is something very satisfying to whip up your own lather before shaving… to see a tiny bit of shaving cream and a few drops of water turn into a nice, thick, rich and nice smelling lather. The slightly cool feel as the eucalyptus and menthol lather first touches, and then covers, most of the face – and then taking it off with long, controlled strokes with my old fashioned safety razor. A quick splash of water, and then the sting of the alum as it finds the small nicks and scratches that I couldn’t see in the mirror. It don’t matter if the lather cup I use is a bright pink snack bow from Ikea. It don’t matter if my brush is a reasonably cheap one from Body Shop. It don’t even matter that my bathroom is a ‘three toilets, three showers’ shared ablution container that – frankly – is a bit run down. What matters is that it’s five minutes of ManTime, and a link to my more or less daily routine at home. Try that with a spray can full of foam and plastic razors with five blades…
I might be a couple of years older by now, my skills honed somewhat, and my ‘nook might be at home with a significantly larger stash of gear… but I still like my ManTime.
Pre-shave: Dr Bronner’s liquid Lavender Lather: Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood soap Brush: Vie Long 14033 mixed horse-badger Razors: Cadet TTO-13 and Parker 22R, both with Astra Green blades Post-shave: Warm water rinse, alum, and Kramperts Finest Bay Rum
Ever-Ready 1914 vintage SE; Used to belong to an old friend of the family. Lovely razor, but don’t work all that well on my neck. Not given up on it yet..
Cadet TP-01; Three piece open comb. More aggressive and less mild than my Merkur OCs – efficient, comfortable, inexpensive and well made razor.
Cadet TTO-13; Twist To Open safety bar. Reasonable flat blade angle and medium blade gap makes for an efficient and aggressive razor. Fairly heavy.
Feather Popular; Mild Twist To Open of mixed construction. A good razors for beginners and shavers wanting a mild razor – PIFed mine away and misses it.
Gillette 1958 TV Special; Vintage Twist To Open short handled razor. Shaves great, fairly mild. Worth it if you can find one in good condition.
Merkur 25C; Long handled three piece Open Comb. Mild yet efficient, one of my favourite razors.
Merkur 39C: The AXE of my collection. Heavy, slanted and somewhat aggressive, this three piece razor will take a weeks growth off in one pass. Highly recommended.
Merkur 985CL; Short handled open comb travel razor. As mild and efficient as the 25C, but half the weight and a shorter handle.
Parker 22R; My very first DE, and you’ll have to take it from my cold, dead hands. reasonable mild, somewhat unforgiving to user errors. I would recommend it, but be aware that Parker has somewhat of a reputation of poor quality control.
Racer razor; Cheap and cheerful mixed construction two piece. Flat blade and largish blade gap makes for an aggressive but not very harsh shave. Cap covers ends of blades, good for travelling and people wanting a cheap razor.
Wilkinson Classic; Solid two piece razor of mixed construction. Middle of the road razor as far as aggressiveness goes, good razor for beginners in my opinion.
Unknown German Bakelite Slant; Possible made by Merkur, short handled three piece slant. Very light weight and surprisingly mild, it comes highly recommended.
Yuma safety razor; Three piece pot metal razor. Feels harsh but gives a smooth shave, very loud due to hollow handle. Not for beginners, but recommended if you want a fun and slightly scary razor.
Pre-shave: Dr Bronner’s liquid Peppermint Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Peppermint croap Brush: Turkish No6 Razors: Cadet TTO-13 and Parker 22R, both with Astra Green blades Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Kramperts Finest Prototype Menthol
I was out shopping the other day, when I stumbled over something in the non-food section of my local grocery store:
Pleased because even if all they have is canned goo and multi blade horrors, they do now have shaving brushes. A little horrified because frankly… how good can a no-brand brush that cost 49.90 (approx 8.50USD) be, considering that that’s ever so slightly more than you’ll pay for a Big Mac?
Still, they offer a “quality guarantee” for it, so it can’t be half bad… no listing on the back as to the materials used in it, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what the hairs are – cheap boar, nylon, leftover paintbrushes… Still, it’s on the shelf now – so that’s an improvement. All they need to do now is to start stocking proper shaving soap or cream, as well as some proper safety razors and blades.
Suggestions from my favourite shaving forum points towards this being a re-badged Marvy brush – or both Pfeilring and Marvy get it from the same third-party supplier – if so it might be a pretty scratchy boar brush. I might just have to give it a try… or maybe not.