Thursday, January 31, 2019

Shave of the Day - 1/31

Cold Water Wash
Tabac Shaving Soap 
Jayaruh #313
Open Faced Damaskeene
ShaVeZee SE
CWR
Tabac AS

My prep was just a cold water rinse. The Tabac Shaving Soap face lathered well with the Jayaruh #313 badger brush. I did two passes with the Open Faced Damaskeene razor with a ShaVeZee SE blade and ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse, I finished off with Tabac AS. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

FrankenStrop Razor

This razor was listed on eBay as: Rare Vintage Gillette Gold Autostrop Division Valet Gold Ornate Shaver EUC

They wanted $59.99 for it, BIN.


I sent a message to the vendor to let him know that this was a Valet head with a Gem/Ever-Ready handle. He did not know. The head is a VC3 (made 1935-1940).

I offered him $6 for it, and he accepted, I am calling it a FrankenStrop.  Gillette had acquired Valet AutoStrop in 1930, so you could say that this is a Gillette SE razor.





On the bottom top it says "Gillette Safety Razor Co." and "Auto Strop Division."










UPDATE: February 4, 2019

The razor arrived today, and I got it all cleaned up. As suspected, the Gem handle made the Valet unworkable. It kept the comb in the lowered position and useless. I took one of my Valet handles and replaced the Gem handle. It turns out the threads are near identical. With the new handle, the razor is functional again.



Now this is the way the razor should look. It is ready for service.


Shave of the Day - 1/30

Cold Water Wash
Williams Mug Shaving Soap
Jayaruh #313
AutoStrop A1
ShaVeZee SE
CWR
English Leather

My prep was just a cold water rinse. The Williams Mug Shaving Soap face lathered well with the Jayaruh #313 badger brush. I did two passes with the AutoStrop A1 razor with a modified Gem SE blade and ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse, I finished off with English Leather AS. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Shave of the Day - 1/29

Cold Water Wash
Tabac Shaving Soap 
Jayaruh #313
Open Faced Damaskeene
ShaVeZee SE
CWR
Tabac AS

My prep was just a cold water rinse. The Tabac Shaving Soap face lathered well with the Jayaruh #313 badger brush. I did two passes with the Open Faced Damaskeene razor with a ShaVeZee SE blade and ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse, I finished off with Tabac AS. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...


Monday, January 28, 2019

Shave of the Day - 1/28


Cold Water Wash
Ingram
Jayaruh #313
Open Faced Damaskeene
ShaVeZee SE
CWR
Osage Rub

My prep was just a cold water rinse. The Ingram Shaving Cream face lathered well with the Jayaruh #313 badger brush. I did two passes with the Open Faced Damaskeene razor with a ShaVeZee SE blade and ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse, I finished off with Osage Rub. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Jayaruh #345






Jayaruh #344









Jayaruh #343






Jayaruh #342

 




Update: First Lathering, January 29, 2019

First lathering with JR#342 and Razorock Classic Artisan Shaving Soap.

Wet with cold water and loaded for 30 seconds.

After working the lather for 30 seconds.

After 30 seconds of working the lather a second time.

After the third time working the lather for 30 seconds.

I let the brush sit for 30 minutes.

I rinsed the brush, painted it dry,  and set it out to finish air drying.
Post bloom

Shave of the Day - 1/27


Cold Water Wash
Arko
Jayaruh #340
Henckels Rapide
GEM Blue Star SE
CWR
Pinaud Special Reserve

My prep was just a cold water rinse. The Arko Shaving Soap face lathered well with the Jayaruh #340 badger brush. I did two passes with the Henckels Rapide lather catcher razor with a GEM Blue Star SE blade and ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse, I finished off with Pinaud Special Reserve AS. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Shave of the Day - 1/26



Cold Water Wash
Arko
Jayaruh #340
Joseph Elliot Wedge 6/8
CWR
Pinaud Special Reserve

My prep was just a cold water rinse. The Arko Shaving Soap face lathered well with the Jayaruh #340 badger brush. I did two passes with the Joseph Elliot Wedge 6/8 straight and ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse, I finished off with Pinaud Special Reserve AS. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...