Saturday, March 23, 2013

Shave of the Day 3/23


Hot Shower
Williams Mug Shaving Cream
Burma Shave Boar Bristle Brush
Gem Feather Weight w/ Gem Personna blade
CWR
Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Aqua Velva Ice Blue AS

Friday, March 22, 2013

Shave of the Day 3/22

Two days off from shaving

Hot Shower
Rise Shave Cream (pre-shave)
Proraso Shaving Soap
Parker badger brush
British Gillette New long comb head - Gillette New Bar handle
Shark Super Chrome blade
CWR
Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Pinaud Clubman AS

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Shave of the Day 3/19


Shower
Rise Shave Cream (pre-shave)
Van Der Hagen Luxury Shaving Soap
Parker badger brush
English Gillette New long comb w/ bar handle
Shark Super Chrome (2)
CWR
Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Pinaud Clubman AS

Loving the open combs

Monday, March 18, 2013

British Gillette New, SOD 3/18


 I picked up this Rise Shave Cream at the Dollar Tree for $1. It's a brushless shave cream, and this is my first shave with it. I was very surprised with its performance. It is very slick and does provide protection against irritation, but it is virtually invisible on the face, so you have to remember where you shaved. After the first pass, there was enough slickness for a second pass. It rinses clean, also. It will do when I have to do a quick shave, but I miss making my own lather.

Also new today was a British Gillette New I just won on eBay. I put a new Shark blade in it and had my first shave with it. It was an easy shave.



Face wash with Williams Shaving Soap
Rise Shave Cream
British Gillette New w/ Shark Super Chrome blade
CWR
Aqua Velva Ice Blue AS


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Shave of the Day 3/17


Williams Shaving Soap face wash
Van Der Williams Shaving Soap
Van Der Hagen bager brush
Gillette New w/Derby Extra SS blade
CWR
Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Pinaud Clubman AS

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Brush/Razor Rack

On March 8, I made this rack initially for brushes. But I decided that I might be able to use it for both brushes and razors. So, here's how it worked out.


The brushes are reflected in the mirror. On the left is my Tweezerman badger brush, chrome handle badger brush, and my vintage Burma Shave boar bristle brush. On the bottom row is a Schick E2 (single-edged injector), Gem Feather Weight (single-edged flip top), and my Gillette New (double-edged open comb).

Friday, March 15, 2013

Shave of the Day 3/15


Proraso Shaving Soap
Parker badger brush
Edwin Jagger 89
Wilkinson Sword SS blade
CWR
Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Pinaud Clubman AS

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shave of the Day 3/14 Happy Pi Day



Williams Mug Shaving Soap Shower
Col. Conk Lime Shave Soap
Burma Shave Boar Brush
Gem Feather Weight w/Gem Personna blade
CWR
Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Aqua Velva Ice Blue AS

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Gem Feather Weight

I just received this sweet Gem Feather Weight I won on eBay. I got it all cleaned up, and I will be trying it out tonight. It is supposed to be a great single-edged razor.  This is the one I remember seeing in the 50s.

Gem Feather Weight


The verdict is in. Had a great BBS first shave with the new Gem Feather Weight. It was as if there was no blade in the razor. I did two passes and a  touch up for a baby's bottom smooth shave.


Van Der Williams Mug Shaving Soap
Parker badger brush
Gem Feather Weight w/ Gem Personna blade
CWR
Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Pinaud Clubman AS

Monday, March 11, 2013

Van Der Williams Shaving Soap


I bought some Williams Mug Shaving Soap yesterday ($1.10) and tried it out. It was pretty good. This morning, I made me some Van Der Williams and used it for the first time. I like it. I was a big fan of VDH Deluxe already. The new Van Der Williams is a great combination.


Van Der Hagen Deluxe and Williams Mug Soap combination

Van Der Williams Mug Deluxe Shave Soap
Chrome pure badger brush
Gillette New w/Derby Extra SS blade
CWR
Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Aqua Velva Ice Blue AS


Tonight, I am going to try out the Williams soap as a shower soap. I got the idea on the Badger & Blade shave forum.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Shave of the Day 3/9



Williams Mug Shaving Soap
Parker pure badger brush
Schick E2 w/CVS SS blade
CWR
Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Pinaud Clubman AS

First shave with Williams. Pretty good.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Inventory Day

I got all my razors and brushes out today and did an inventory. These are my American Saftey Razor SE razors, three different views.  Gem, Star, and Ever-Ready were produced by the ASR company.

Single Edge (lt to rt): Gem 1912, Ever-Ready 1912, Gem Jr., Gem Jr., Gem TTO, Gem Push Button
front view 

Single Edge: side view

Single Edge: back view
Here are my double edged razors: left to right, oldest to newest.


DE Razors: Gillette New (1930), Gillette Aristocrat (1948), Gillette Travel Tech (1962), Parker 60R, Edwin Jagger 89 BL
DE: top view
Top view: Schick E2, Schick E3 (my Dad's razor, he made the handle), Schick E3 (I made this handle)

Top to bottom (side/top view): E3, E3, E2

Side/bottom

Bottom view


First three are vintage boar brushes. Tweezerman badger brush, Parker badger, Van Der Hagen badger, Chrome handle pure badger 

I made and installed this brush rack today to show off my brushes. 

My Shave Nook


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Shave of the Day 3/7


Van Der Hagen Deluxe Shave Soap
Parker Pure Badger brush
Gillette New with EJ89 handle
Derby Extra SS
CWR
Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Pinaud Clubman AS

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Shave of the Day 3/6



Col. Conk Lime Shave Soap
Parker Pure Badger brush
Gem Jr. 1912 with Personna/Gem SS PTFE blade
CWR
Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Pinaud Clubman AS

I like this little SE razor. Got an excellent shave today with no irritation, nicks, cuts, or razor burn.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Shave of the Day 3/4


Today's shave featured Wilkinson Sword SS blades. This is my first shave with WS SS.

Van Der Hagen Deluxe Shaving Soap
Chrome Handle Pure Badger brush
Edwin Jagger 89 head with Gillette New bar handle
Wilkinson Sword SS blades
CWR
Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Pinaud Clubman AS

Today's Wilkinson Sword Classic Double Edge blade retains the original precision-honed Wilkinson Sword edge, but has been improved by Wilkinson's famous triple coating process of chromium to resist corrosion, ceramic for added durability, and PTFE for less irritation.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

New Photos

These are pictures of my Gillette New after it was plated with bright nickel. The New was made in the 1930s.  This one has the original bar handle.  In the last picture, I replaced the bar handle with the handle from  my Edwin Jagger 89. That handle is much heavier and gives the razor a good balance. The original bar handle is hollow and light.

Gillette New

Bar Handle
New with original bar handle

New with an Edwin Jagger 89 handle


Pinaud Clubman After Shave

I just got a bottle of Pinaud After Shave. This is the first time I have used this AS. The scent goes way back. It is a classic scent reminiscent of old time barber shops. It is the AS that the barber would splash on your neck after he trimmed it with a straight razor. I used it today for the first time after a very nice shave.

Clubman after shave lotion is the quintessential after shave. This after shave lotion fragrance burst with top notes of orange, bergamot and mouth-watering lemon with green nuances throughout. The floral heart of jasmine, orange flower and geranium dance with lavender and is completed with a warm musk background.

VDH Luxury Soap
VDH Badger brush
Gillette New w/EJ89 handle
Derby Exrta SS blade
Cold Water Rinse
Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Pinaud Clubman AS (first time, good)