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    Default Shave of the Day

    Not sure if this has been done already, but I didn't find previous thread when I searched. I figured there might be a few of you out there who would want to share your shave. While I don't shave daily, I do really enjoy the process and treat it as a moment of reflection and pampering for myself. It's amazing just how great your face can feel when you use quality products. Well, let's see if this gets any traction.

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    Pre-Shave: Hot Shower
    Soap: Declaration Grooming Dirtyver (a dirty, damp vetiver scent, perfect for spring)
    Brush: Custom by Rick Montalvo with a synthetic knot by Wolf Whiskers
    Razor: 3D printed Tnnser 3D (this is an open source single edge razor)
    Blade: GEM Single Edge Blade
    Post-Shave: Alum Block, Declaration Grooming Dirtyver Aftershave Splash, The Ordinary Hylauronic Acid and finally Cremo 24hour Moisturizer
    Fragrance: Tom Ford Beau de Jour
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    I retried a tube of Neutrogena shave cream last night.
    I remember not liking it when I bought it 8 or 9 years ago.
    And yes, every stroke dragged terribly with a three blade cartridge razor that until now had glided effortlessly through every other cream and soap on my face.

    I thought the Neutrogena cream was a terrible shave .......till I applied some alum, and I had to admit there were no alum stings at all (i.e. no micro-nicks).

    Anyhow, I might test it out again in another 8 or 9 years..
    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renato View Post
    I retried a tube of Neutrogena shave cream last night.
    I remember not liking it when I bought it 8 or 9 years ago.
    And yes, every stroke dragged terribly with a three blade cartridge razor that until now had glided effortlessly through every other cream and soap on my face.

    I thought the Neutrogena cream was a terrible shave .......till I applied some alum, and I had to admit there were no alum stings at all (i.e. no micro-nicks).

    Anyhow, I might test it out again in another 8 or 9 years..
    Cheers,
    Renato
    Renato, thanks for sharing!

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    Funny you should ask... just wondering if I can be bothered to shave before dinner. Also wondering if I am brave enough to use my Bluebeard's Revenge Cutlass with its Feather blade. It provides a very close shave but requires a lot of respect. Might stick to the Muhle today. Also using: shaving oil by Bluebeard; Body Shop maca root cream; Trumper's Spanish Leather skin food. Edwin Jagger best badger brush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funwithfrags View Post
    Funny you should ask... just wondering if I can be bothered to shave before dinner. Also wondering if I am brave enough to use my Bluebeard's Revenge Cutlass with its Feather blade. It provides a very close shave but requires a lot of respect. Might stick to the Muhle today. Also using: shaving oil by Bluebeard; Body Shop maca root cream; Trumper's Spanish Leather skin food. Edwin Jagger best badger brush.
    Very nice Funwithfrags, happy shaving and thanks for sharing!

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    Ha. You ask that of a wet shaver....

    Gave myself a three-pass luxury shave tonight.

    Geo F. Trumper Sandalwood Skin Food (as pre-shave)
    Hot Shower
    Art of Shaving Peppermint Scrub
    Merkur Barberpole/Feather Blade
    Kent Silvertip Badger Brush
    Moss Scuttle
    Geo F. Trumper Coconut Shave Cream
    Art Of Shaving Alum Block (damn double edge Feather demands patience...)
    Witch Hazel
    Pinaud Classic Vanilla Aftershave
    Vitaman Moisturizer

    Baby Butt Smoothhhhh here!

    Cap it all off with Xerjoff Naxos
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    A wonderful shave this morning!

    Pre: Hot Shower

    Soap: Arko

    Brush: Simpson Chubby 2 Best Badger

    Razor: Razorock Game Changer .68

    Blade: Astra Superior Stainless

    Post: Alum, Witch Hazel and Floid Vigoroso




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    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    Ha. You ask that of a wet shaver....

    Gave myself a three-pass luxury shave tonight.

    Geo F. Trumper Sandalwood Skin Food (as pre-shave)
    Hot Shower
    Art of Shaving Peppermint Scrub
    Merkur Barberpole/Feather Blade
    Kent Silvertip Badger Brush
    Moss Scuttle
    Geo F. Trumper Coconut Shave Cream
    Art Of Shaving Alum Block (damn double edge Feather demands patience...)
    Witch Hazel
    Pinaud Classic Vanilla Aftershave
    Vitaman Moisturizer

    Baby Butt Smoothhhhh here!

    Cap it all off with Xerjoff Naxos
    Sounds like a wonderful shave!

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    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Hot shower with AOS Lavender Bar Soap
    Zihr Clean face cleanser

    Three pass shave with:

    AOS Lavender Shave Cream
    Shavemac Best Badger Brush
    Moss Scuttle
    Merkur Barberpole/Feather blade
    Dickenson's Witch Hazel
    AOS Lavender Balm

    I note that second shave on a Feather is always better/smoother than first...

    Finish with Caron Third Man
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    After a shower and a face scrub with the old L’Oréal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Deep Exfoliating Face Scrub, I opted for:

    Merkur Futur
    Palmolive Classic shaving cream
    Semogue 830 boar brush
    Wilkinson Sword blade
    Crabtree & Evelyn Indian Sandalwood Aftershave Balm

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    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Hot shower with AOS Lavender Bar Soap
    Zihr Clean face cleanser

    Three pass shave with:

    AOS Lavender Shave Cream
    Shavemac Best Badger Brush
    Moss Scuttle
    Merkur Barberpole/Feather blade
    Dickenson's Witch Hazel
    AOS Lavender Balm

    I note that second shave on a Feather is always better/smoother than first...

    Finish with Caron Third Man
    I have two custom brushes with Shavemac 2-band knots and they are far and away my favorite brushes! Nice choices!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan86 View Post
    After a shower and a face scrub with the old L’Oréal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Deep Exfoliating Face Scrub, I opted for:

    Merkur Futur
    Palmolive Classic shaving cream
    Semogue 830 boar brush
    Wilkinson Sword blade
    Crabtree & Evelyn Indian Sandalwood Aftershave Balm

    Dan, How is the Merkur Futur when it comes to moving around the nose, the head always looked very large and awkward? Sounds like a nice shave!

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    Default Re: Shave of the Day

    Because I have extensive knowledge of this subject I would like to add a few minor(or major depending on your MO) suggestions:

    1. Steam from a shower or hot towel(opens the pores).

    2. A Good Shave Oil(can get a with-the-grain shave closer than without the oil).

    3. Stretch the skin especially on the first pass.

    These suggestions can turn your usual shave into possibly the best shave of your life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinky_Pete View Post
    Dan, How is the Merkur Futur when it comes to moving around the nose, the head always looked very large and awkward? Sounds like a nice shave!
    I have a thread here about the Merkur Futur. I hate it with a passion. The cheap Ming Shi copy of the Futur on Ebay I like better, as it's less aggressive.
    Think of the Futur as something not as bad as a shavette.

    Which means that some guys love the Futur, and some detest it.
    And it's a costly exercise to find out which one you are.
    Regards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinky_Pete View Post
    I have two custom brushes with Shavemac 2-band knots and they are far and away my favorite brushes! Nice choices!

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    Dan, How is the Merkur Futur when it comes to moving around the nose, the head always looked very large and awkward? Sounds like a nice shave!
    Hi there. Well that’s a very good and timely question as I actually thought about that during the shave. When I first used the Futur I found shaving just underneath the nose slightly harder due to the large razor head, which probably won’t surprise you, However, I now find it easy. I change the angle slightly and it’s fine. I’m not sure if it helps that I have more of the blade exposed combined with slightly adjusting the angle too? I use the Futur on setting 5 or 6 now for my first pass whereas initially I’d use it on setting 3 at the most.

    It’s funny because I’d say 90% of the time I use my Edwin Jagger DE89, which has a significantly smaller head and is a lot milder - still a really efficient razor for me though. However, I do enjoy a shave with the heavier and more aggressive Futur. I take my time a lot more with it but the extra blade exposure against the skin is a strangely enjoyable feeling... I sound so odd I know It truly does mow down the beard with its weight though.

    I agree with what Renato said about it being a polarising razor. You can probably tell I’m definitely in the camp of men who love it. Some of those copies of the Futur do look decent though. Paul H Films on YouTube used the Ming Shi copy and the Futur to do a comparison in one video.

    While I was figuring out using the Futur I used to just shave underneath the nose across the grain, which would be as if shaving towards my ears for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan86 View Post

    It’s funny because I’d say 90% of the time I use my Edwin Jagger DE89, which has a significantly smaller head and is a lot milder - still a really efficient razor for me though. However, I do enjoy a shave with the heavier and more aggressive Futur. I take my time a lot more with it but the extra blade exposure against the skin is a strangely enjoyable feeling... I sound so odd I know It truly does mow down the beard with its weight though.
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    Though I'm more often a cartridge shaver, lately when I do shave DE, I've been reaching more often for either my Edwin Jagger DE89 or the DE87.

    As you like the DE89, and somehow like the Futur - I think you'll be impressed with the Ming Shi.
    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChowHimself View Post
    Because I have extensive knowledge of this subject I would like to add a few minor(or major depending on your MO) suggestions:

    1. Steam from a shower or hot towel(opens the pores).

    2. A Good Shave Oil(can get a with-the-grain shave closer than without the oil).

    3. Stretch the skin especially on the first pass.

    These suggestions can turn your usual shave into possibly the best shave of your life.
    Great suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan86 View Post
    Hi there. Well that’s a very good and timely question as I actually thought about that during the shave. When I first used the Futur I found shaving just underneath the nose slightly harder due to the large razor head, which probably won’t surprise you, However, I now find it easy. I change the angle slightly and it’s fine. I’m not sure if it helps that I have more of the blade exposed combined with slightly adjusting the angle too? I use the Futur on setting 5 or 6 now for my first pass whereas initially I’d use it on setting 3 at the most.

    It’s funny because I’d say 90% of the time I use my Edwin Jagger DE89, which has a significantly smaller head and is a lot milder - still a really efficient razor for me though. However, I do enjoy a shave with the heavier and more aggressive Futur. I take my time a lot more with it but the extra blade exposure against the skin is a strangely enjoyable feeling... I sound so odd I know It truly does mow down the beard with its weight though.

    I agree with what Renato said about it being a polarising razor. You can probably tell I’m definitely in the camp of men who love it. Some of those copies of the Futur do look decent though. Paul H Films on YouTube used the Ming Shi copy and the Futur to do a comparison in one video.

    While I was figuring out using the Futur I used to just shave underneath the nose across the grain, which would be as if shaving towards my ears for me.
    Dan, I know what you mean about the blade exposure, I'm very much in the same camp. I Typically use milder razors such as the Merkur 34c, Razorock Game Changer .68p, Karve with the B-Plate, but when I use an aggressive one, there's something great about that blade feeling.

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    Soap: Haslinger Schafmilch
    Brush: Razorock 400
    Razor: PAA BOCS
    Blade: Wilkinson Sword India 3x
    Post: Alum + Pinaud Custom Vanilla

    Overall great shave!

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    Superb three pass shave tonight

    Jack Black Face Scrub
    Moss Scuttle
    Shavemac Best Badger Brush
    Geo F Trumpers Violet Shave Cream (w/hot towel pre-soak)
    Merkur Barberpole/Feather Blade
    Vitaman Mud Masque
    Dickinsons Witch Hazel
    Pinaud Classic Vanilla Aftershave

    Finished off with heavy app of Le Labo Rose 31

    Between the towel soak, the scrub and mud mask my face so baby butt smooth it's crazy. Haven't been this slick and soft in months.

    Love being a wet shaver on days like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    Superb three pass shave tonight

    Jack Black Face Scrub
    Moss Scuttle
    Shavemac Best Badger Brush
    Geo F Trumpers Violet Shave Cream (w/hot towel pre-soak)
    Merkur Barberpole/Feather Blade
    Vitaman Mud Masque
    Dickinsons Witch Hazel
    Pinaud Classic Vanilla Aftershave

    Finished off with heavy app of Le Labo Rose 31

    Between the towel soak, the scrub and mud mask my face so baby butt smooth it's crazy. Haven't been this slick and soft in months.

    Love being a wet shaver on days like this.
    Sounds top notch sir! One thing I did with my Pinaud after shaves was decant. I also experimented by adding witch hazel and aloe vera gel to my Classic Vanilla, and wow, what an amazing performing aftershave now. Give it a try if you feel bold sir, I highly recommend it.

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    Went for a cool as a cucumber theme today

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    Boots cucumber facial skin wash
    Boots cucumber facial scrub
    Gillette Menthol shaving cream
    Taylor of Old Bond St pure badger brush
    Merkur Futur
    Wilkinson Sword Classic blade
    Fine Snake Bite aftershave lotion
    Men’s Master Professional Tea Tree & Menthol aftershave balm

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan86 View Post
    Went for a cool as a cucumber theme today

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    Boots cucumber facial skin wash
    Boots cucumber facial scrub
    Gillette Menthol shaving cream
    Taylor of Old Bond St pure badger brush
    Merkur Futur
    Wilkinson Sword Classic blade
    Fine Snake Bite aftershave lotion
    Men’s Master Professional Tea Tree & Menthol aftershave balm
    Very nice Dan, I bet that was a great shave! I haven't tried any boots products, but I know they are very popular in the UK. Thanks for sharing a picture, I love seeing everyone's shave gear.

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    Merkur Futur with Feather Blade
    Proraso Refreshing Cream ( Green tube)
    3 passes
    Passes 1&2 on setting 3.5 ( WTG/ATG)
    Pass 3 on setting 3
    Alum
    Witch Hazel
    Gillette Sensitive Balm
    4711 Aftershave

    Rochas L'homme as a fragrance ( 15 minutes after the AS has been applied)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinky_Pete View Post
    Sounds top notch sir! One thing I did with my Pinaud after shaves was decant. I also experimented by adding witch hazel and aloe vera gel to my Classic Vanilla, and wow, what an amazing performing aftershave now. Give it a try if you feel bold sir, I highly recommend it.
    I did decant all my Pinauds into glass bottles. Not sure I want to try the witch hazel/aloe/Pinaud mash up though...

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    Kinda getting back into DE shaving because of you Stinky Pete

    I forgot what a satisfying shave and smooth shave you can get with a DE razor and a Feather blade

    Tonight

    Geo F Trumper Rose Shaving Cream
    Gillette Fatboy/Feather Blade
    Moss Scuttle
    Dickinsons Witch Hazel
    Floris JF AS

    Floris No 89 EdT

    Bad move on the AS- the JF kind messed with the No 89...Pinaud Vanilla I find is light and doesn't conflict with EdTs

    You guys are tempting me with that Merkur Futur

    I really like the Fatboy but wish the handle were longer

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChowHimself View Post
    Because I have extensive knowledge of this subject I would like to add a few minor(or major depending on your MO) suggestions:

    1. Steam from a shower or hot towel(opens the pores).

    2. A Good Shave Oil(can get a with-the-grain shave closer than without the oil).

    3. Stretch the skin especially on the first pass.

    These suggestions can turn your usual shave into possibly the best shave of your life.
    You suggestion #1-- Yes- hot towel/washcloth. I find that if I use a technique from Badger & Blade, I always get a great smooth shave. Especially helps with tricky areas on sides of neck.

    -Apply thin pass of shave cream and massage it into face and neck with fingers.
    - I take wash cloth a soak in water as hot as I can stand it.
    - Apply and hold on face for at least a minute. Longer helps more but it's hard to be patient. Need a chair or a book.
    - Rinse and re-apply shave cream for first pass.

    Your suggestion #2- I've had mixed luck with shave oils. I do sometimes use Trumpers Skin Food as a pre-shave treatment before shower, or before shave.

    Your suggestion #3- I have areas of neck that require skin stretching indeed.
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    Today I used hot water, Lucky Tiger shave cream (made in USA) and a Mach 3 razor.
    Applied alum from a natural deodorant stick afterwards - next to no stings.
    Regards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by VCAPH View Post
    Merkur Futur with Feather Blade
    Proraso Refreshing Cream ( Green tube)
    3 passes
    Passes 1&2 on setting 3.5 ( WTG/ATG)
    Pass 3 on setting 3
    Alum
    Witch Hazel
    Gillette Sensitive Balm
    4711 Aftershave

    Rochas L'homme as a fragrance ( 15 minutes after the AS has been applied)
    I love Proaso products, absolute classics they are! I'm a big fan of Proaso blue cream and balm, especially during the colder months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    I did decant all my Pinauds into glass bottles. Not sure I want to try the witch hazel/aloe/Pinaud mash up though...

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    Kinda getting back into DE shaving because of you Stinky Pete

    I forgot what a satisfying shave and smooth shave you can get with a DE razor and a Feather blade

    Tonight

    Geo F Trumper Rose Shaving Cream
    Gillette Fatboy/Feather Blade
    Moss Scuttle
    Dickinsons Witch Hazel
    Floris JF AS

    Floris No 89 EdT

    Bad move on the AS- the JF kind messed with the No 89...Pinaud Vanilla I find is light and doesn't conflict with EdTs

    You guys are tempting me with that Merkur Futur

    I really like the Fatboy but wish the handle were longer

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    You suggestion #1-- Yes- hot towel/washcloth. I find that if I use a technique from Badger & Blade, I always get a great smooth shave. Especially helps with tricky areas on sides of neck.

    -Apply thin pass of shave cream and massage it into face and neck with fingers.
    - I take wash cloth a soak in water as hot as I can stand it.
    - Apply and hold on face for at least a minute. Longer helps more but it's hard to be patient. Need a chair or a book.
    - Rinse and re-apply shave cream for first pass.

    Your suggestion #2- I've had mixed luck with shave oils. I do sometimes use Trumpers Skin Food as a pre-shave treatment before shower, or before shave.

    Your suggestion #3- I have areas of neck that require skin stretching indeed.
    Glad you are getting back into it StylinLA, it has many benefits, both economical, ecological and the one that I honestly care about it how great it makes my face feel. I think we all need to treat ourselves a bit during these crazy times and a solid shave with proper pre / post shave routines really is an amazing experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renato View Post
    Today I used hot water, Lucky Tiger shave cream (made in USA) and a Mach 3 razor.
    Applied alum from a natural deodorant stick afterwards - next to no stings.
    Regards,
    Renato

    Simple yet effective Renato, sounds like a solid shave!

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    Great shave this morning!

    Pre: Hot Shower
    Soap: Tabac
    Brush: Silvertip Badger from West Coast Shaving
    Razor: Tnnser3D with a Ted Pella GEM SE blade
    Post: Alum and Custom Classic Vanilla (witchazel and aloe vera)

    9.5/10
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    Skipped a day so today's shave felt MORE special (as wet shavers know).

    It's a ROSEY Friday for me...

    Shower with rose scented soap
    Zihr Clean facial cleanser
    Geo F Trumpers Rose shave cream
    Shavemac Best Badger
    Moss Scuttle
    Gillette Fatboy/Feather Blade
    Touchup Gillette Mach (as good as I have gotten with DE, there are just a couple of spots the Mach cleans up stubborn stubble better)
    Dickensons Witch Hazel
    Pinaud Classic Vanilla

    EX IDOLO THIRTY-THREE EdP

    Saturday, May 16

    Hey where are ya Pete???

    Hot shower with AOS Lavender soap
    Malin & Goetz Grapefruit Facial Cleanser
    AOS Sandalwood Shave soap
    Gillette Fatboy/Feather Blade
    Shavemac Best Badger Brush
    Moss Scuttle
    Dickenson's Witch Hazel
    AOS Lavender Aftershave Balm

    CREED BOIS DU PORTGUAL EdP
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    Today I used my Merkur 33 head, attached to a Weaponry handle, loaded with a Gillette Astra SP blade, and shaved using Bioetyc Uomo shave cream (it's one of those oily creams that increases drag, but minimises nicks).

    I had used that Astra SP blade about six times, and had hoped it had gotten less vicious by now.
    Not so, three nicks including a big one. Alum stopped two of the nicks, but I had to resort to my styptic pencil (aluminium sulphate) to seal up the big one.

    I think I'll give that Astra SP blade another long rest.
    Regards,
    Renato

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    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    Skipped a day so today's shave felt MORE special (as wet shavers know).

    It's a ROSEY Friday for me...

    Shower with rose scented soap
    Zihr Clean facial cleanser
    Geo F Trumpers Rose shave cream
    Shavemac Best Badger
    Moss Scuttle
    Gillette Fatboy/Feather Blade
    Touchup Gillette Mach (as good as I have gotten with DE, there are just a couple of spots the Mach cleans up stubborn stubble better)
    Dickensons Witch Hazel
    Pinaud Classic Vanilla

    EX IDOLO THIRTY-THREE EdP

    Saturday, May 16

    Hey where are ya Pete???

    Hot shower with AOS Lavender soap
    Malin & Goetz Grapefruit Facial Cleanser
    AOS Sandalwood Shave soap
    Gillette Fatboy/Feather Blade
    Shavemac Best Badger Brush
    Moss Scuttle
    Dickenson's Witch Hazel
    AOS Lavender Aftershave Balm

    CREED BOIS DU PORTGUAL EdP
    Waiting for you to post some pics of your shave setups . In all serious, I shave every three to four days and have been very busy with work so haven't spent much time on the forum. I'll be shaving this morning and will be back in the mix!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renato View Post
    Today I used my Merkur 33 head, attached to a Weaponry handle, loaded with a Gillette Astra SP blade, and shaved using Bioetyc Uomo shave cream (it's one of those oily creams that increases drag, but minimises nicks).

    I had used that Astra SP blade about six times, and had hoped it had gotten less vicious by now.
    Not so, three nicks including a big one. Alum stopped two of the nicks, but I had to resort to my styptic pencil (aluminium sulphate) to seal up the big one.

    I think I'll give that Astra SP blade another long rest.
    Regards,
    Renato

    Renato, might be time to just bin that blade, I typically get 4-6 shaves per blade, before things just get too rough. I know some shavers get a lot more though, how many shaves do you average per blade?

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    Shave of the Day 5.17.20


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    Prep: Hot Shower
    Soap: Terror by Barrister & Mann
    Brush: Chubby 2 Best Badger by Simpson
    Razor: Razorock Game Changer .68
    Blade: Wilkinson Sword India (2x)
    Post: Alum, Terror A/S by Barrister & Mann and Cremo 24hour moisturizer


    Great Shave!
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    Sunday shave.

    In today’s rogues gallery, we have:
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    Prep: Warm shower, Boots Cucumber Facial Wash & Boots Cucumber Facial Scrub
    Soap: Wickham Soap Co. 1912 Vegetal Shaving Soap - Parma Violet
    Brush: Semogue 830 Boar Brush
    Weapon of choice: Edwin Jagger DE89
    Blade: Wilkinson Sword Classic
    Post shave: Men’s Master Professional Tea Tree & Menthol Aftershave balm

    Some usual suspects appearing again. Wickham Soap Co have done a great job with their vegetal soap - it lathers up so easily and produces a good quality lather. I bought it out of curiosity for the scent and am happy to say it is indeed reminiscent of the Parma Violet candies I used to love as a kid - still do actually! I also own their take on the scent of Imperial Leather soap, which they call ‘Russian Leather.’

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    It’s been a while since I last used an Astra SP blade but I didn’t get as many shaves with them before they started tugging compared to other blades.
    I probably throw mine earlier than I need to but on average I get between 5-8 shaves with a blade before I notice tugging. The Gillette Silver Blue, Indian Gillette Wilkinson Sword saloon pack and Gillette Nacet blades have been the longest lasting I’ve used to date, but I have had some Wilkinson Sword classics that have lasted longer too.

    To be honest I don’t need much of an excuse to change a blade - I barely get through that many in a year as it is already seeing as I tend to shave every 3-4 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan86 View Post
    Sunday shave.

    In today’s rogues gallery, we have:
    IMG_20200517_195640.jpg

    Prep: Warm shower, Boots Cucumber Facial Wash & Boots Cucumber Facial Scrub
    Soap: Wickham Soap Co. 1912 Vegetal Shaving Soap - Parma Violet
    Brush: Semogue 830 Boar Brush
    Weapon of choice: Edwin Jagger DE89
    Blade: Wilkinson Sword Classic
    Post shave: Men’s Master Professional Tea Tree & Menthol Aftershave balm

    Some usual suspects appearing again. Wickham Soap Co have done a great job with their vegetal soap - it lathers up so easily and produces a good quality lather. I bought it out of curiosity for the scent and am happy to say it is indeed reminiscent of the Parma Violet candies I used to love as a kid - still do actually! I also own their take on the scent of Imperial Leather soap, which they call ‘Russian Leather.’

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    It’s been a while since I last used an Astra SP blade but I didn’t get as many shaves with them before they started tugging compared to other blades.
    I probably throw mine earlier than I need to but on average I get between 5-8 shaves with a blade before I notice tugging. The Gillette Silver Blue, Indian Gillette Wilkinson Sword saloon pack and Gillette Nacet blades have been the longest lasting I’ve used to date, but I have had some Wilkinson Sword classics that have lasted longer too.

    To be honest I don’t need much of an excuse to change a blade - I barely get through that many in a year as it is already seeing as I tend to shave every 3-4 days.
    Looks like a great shave Dan, I've heard nothing but great things about Wickam soaps. I just have too many soaps at the moment and so I've halted any new purchases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinky_Pete View Post

    Renato, might be time to just bin that blade, I typically get 4-6 shaves per blade, before things just get too rough. I know some shavers get a lot more though, how many shaves do you average per blade?

    People are different. I know some only use a blade twice, then throw it out, while others like me are at the opposite end and take the blade to where it's obviously getting dull but producing no nicks.

    I've tested Astra SP blades before where it remained very sharp and kept nicking me for over two weeks, before it settled down, was okay for another week, then got dull by the fourth week.

    On the other hand, the mildest blade I have is Shark Stainless Steel, which gets dull by the fourth use.

    Most blades lie between these two - I've tended to use Gillette 7 O'Clock and Dorco ones the most..

    That said, Feather blades are sharper than Astra SP, but they don't seem to nick me as much (I know this because I bought a Weber razor that came with Astra SP blades - I couldn't get a close shave with them. But the razor worked fine with Feather blades).

    I've tested about 10 types of blades, and have another 30 or so brands to still test out.

    Recently I bought Bic Poli blades on a recommendation from a person at Badger & Blade. It seems about as vicious on me as Astra SP.
    Regards,
    Renato

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    I love feathers , but I have noticed the quality control on some packs is not as good as other blades
    You get one blade that irritates out of every 4 or 5, I dont know if its my imagination or this seems to happen on the Silver packs and not the yellow ones
    I think its code 6524 That give the irritation, I will check later.To be on teh safe side I now buy from the same ebay vendor everytime.
    I started out on Derbys with my Edwin Jagger DE89 , I still have a soft spot for them, V good shaves but with some mild razor bumps .
    Nowadays I rotate between feathers 70% of the time and Voshkod
    I recently tried Polsilver but they did not impress me
    Voshkod give me 5 good shaves, feather I will change after 4.




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