Sunday, April 30, 2017

Shave of the Day - 4/30




Dove Men Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat
Bunny B-400 Boar
Gem 1911 Lather Catcher
CVS SE
CWR, Asma Alum Block
Thayer's Lemon WH
Pinaud Clubman

The Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap face-lathered well with my Bunny B-400 Boar brush. I did two passes the Gem 1911 Lather Catcher razor and CVS SE blade, and I ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse and alum block, I finished off with Thayer's Lemon WH and then Pinaud Clubman AS. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Shave of the Day - 4/29




Dove Men Face Wash
VDH Luxury
Bunny B-400 Boar
Wade & Butcher Spanish Tip 5/8
CWR, Asma Alum Block
Thayer's Lemon WH
Pinaud Clubman

The VDH Luxury Shaving Soap face-lathered well with my Bunny B-400 Boar brush. I did two passes the Wade & Butcher Spanish Tip 5/8 razor, and I ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse and alum block, I finished off with Thayer's Lemon WH and then Pinaud Clubman AS. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...

Friday, April 28, 2017

Jayaruh #168 Begins













Update: After first coat of polycrylic.


Update: May 9, 2017





Another Queen

I have started another queen brush. I made this one from a Louisville Slugger stub.



Japanese Horse Chestnut

A young Aussie living in Japan adopted one of my brushes. He also dabbles in brushes. He sent me two blocks of Japanese Horse Chestnut to try out. This is the first of the two. I borrowed the design of this brush from a brush maker in Canada. It is pleasing to the eye and to the hand. The boar knot may or may not be the final knot for this brush. I will finish the handle before I decide on the final knot.





Update: First coat of polyurethane and two-band badger.


Update: April 29, 2017

I finished the brush today when I set the 2-band badger with silicone. It will be going out to its new home in Connecticut on Monday.





Shave of the Day - 4/28




Dove Men Face Wash
Razorock Classic Shaving Soap
Bunny B-400 Boar
Parker Variant
Wilkinson Sword
CWR, Asma Alum Block
Thayer's Lemon WH
Pinaud Clubman

The Razorock Classic Shaving Soap face-lathered well with my Bunny B-400 Boar brush. I did two passes the Parker Variant razor and Wilkinson Sword blade, and I ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse and alum block, I finished off with Thayer's Lemon WH and then Pinaud Clubman AS. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gillette Adjustables Compared


I now own four of the Gillette Adjustable razor types, so I thought I would redo my comparison graphic. I made measurements with my new digital calipers. The weights were gleaned from the Internet. Gillette also made a bottom dial and a toggle. The bottom dial and toggle are very hard to come by and when you do, they are very expensive.

The Fatboy or 195 is the shortest and heftiest of the four razors. Its handle is the "fattest" of the three. The Slim's handle is about the thickness of  a standard pencil. The Super 84 is just a tad longer than the Slim. The Super 109 has the longest handle at about 4 inches and is about mid-way thickness between the Fatboy and Slim. The Super-84 and Super-109 are also referred to as Black Beauties.

Shave of the Day - 4/27




Dove Men Face Wash
L'OCCITANE Cade Shaving Soap
Bunny B-400 Boar
Parker Variant
Wilkinson Sword Stainless
CWR, Asma Alum Block
Thayer's Lemon WH
Pinaud Clubman

The L'OCCITANE Cade Shaving Soap face-lathered well with my Bunny B-400 Boar brush. I did two passes the Parker Variant razor and Wilkinson Sword Stainless blade, and I ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse and alum block, I finished off with Thayer's Lemon WH and then Pinaud Clubman AS. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Parker Variant

Today, I received a Parker Variant from a fellow TSD member to try out. First impressions: heavy (110 g. almost 4 oz.), long handle (4 in.), very nicely built, good balance.

It is two pieces and adjustable. Tomorrow, I will take it for spin.

Bunny B-400 and Parker Variant






Shave of the Day - 4/26




Dove Men Face Wash
Old Spice Lime
Bunny B-400 Boar
Acevivi Dual-comb
Wilkinson Sword
CWR, Asma Alum Block
Thayer's Lemon WH
Pinaud Clubman

The Old Spice Lime Shaving Soap face-lathered well with my Bunny B-400 Boar brush. I did two passes the Acevivi Dual-comb razor and Wilkinson Sword blade, and I ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse and alum block, I finished off with Thayer's Lemon WH and then Pinaud Clubman AS. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Made-Rite 12 Restore

 I got this Made-Rite 12 on eBay. I have been wanting a green a brush for a while, and this fit the bill. It also gave me something I can practice a restore on.





Moving  to the outside to remove the knot and start the restore.

I cut the bristles off in preparation for removal of the knot.

Here I have removed the knot with my Dremel.


 Using a buffer pad on my Dremel, I cleaned up the outside of the handle.

 The bottom had some cracks. I will clean it up as best I can and go from there.

 I had to make the opening a little bigger to accommodate this boar knot. It is going to look pretty good when I am through.