Haven't used a Gillette Platinum for a while as ran out and just got a new lot from Gemstone , very nice indeed. The Vintage Obsession is wonderful and whilst I like the new version , the vintage is a so much stronger cent and to my nose a lot fuller.
St. James Black Pepper and Lime
Cadman M55 30mm Tuxedo
Rex Ambassador (2)
Proraso white asb
On my last shave with the Rex I noticed the drag that some other owners have mentioned concerning this razor in the forum. I swapped out the Personna med prep for a Feather and this time...no drag. An excellent, close, smooth two pass shave was the result.
The mantra in the 30 Day Concentration (30DC) thread at The Shave Den (TSD) is “technique trumps tools”. My concentration this month has been the daily use of MWF. After discovering my grail razor (LaResche 51) and experiencing 7 consecutive,bloodless, irritation-free BBS shaves, I’vealso noticed that my face and dome surfacesappear shiny, soft and well-hydrated. Twoshaves with the LaResche 77 yielded much the same result albeit with some minimal heat. So I asked myself, if soap used is partof our technique, how much of my shave results should I attribute to the daily use ofmy favorite soap?
To test this theory I decided to use my 115 yr old Gillette Single Ring. This old girl’snickname is “The Weeper Maker”. She always delivers a very close shave, but I’ve never escaped without at least one weeper. In order to maintain at least the semblance of consistency, I loaded the same blade I’vebeen using, a Wizamet Super Iridium, a relatively sharp and smooth blade from my remaining stash of 200 original Polish blades.
The Viking Silvertip Badger brush generated its usual thick MWF paste. Thispaste was applied to the shaving surfaces and then face and head lathered with sufficient amounts of warm water over the prior scrub of the those surfaces with PAA’sCube Preshave Soap.
I then picked up “The Weeper Maker” and launched into the first WTG pass. She sang through that first whisker reduction with aplomb. A careful examination afterwardsrevealed no blood on either dome or noggin. I relathered and completed my second XTG pass with no blood and someminimal roughness in the usual spots - theAdam’s Apple and the middle of the back ofmy head.
Now I asked myself, should I tempt fate? I decided to only lather the two rough spots for some ATG buffing. I proceeded gentlyand carefully to bloodlessly eliminate the roughness. A check with the alum blockupon completion yielded some slightstinging in the back of the head and noirritation at all around the troublesome Adam’s Apple! Unbelievable! More powerto MWF! I feel clean, smooth and refreshed!
RAZOR: Gillette Single Ring 1905 Vintage
BLADE: Wizamet Super Iridium
PREP: Cold water rinse followed by a scrub with PAA’s Preshave Cube Soap
BRUSH: Viking Silvertip Badger
SOAP: Mitchell’s Wool Fat
POSTSHAVE: Cold water wash with brushsqueezings followed by Thayers LavenderWH and finished with Fine AccoutrementsLavender Pour Homme AS Splash
Pre: Sainsbury's Luxury Soap, Bergamot & Nectarine
Brush: JR #291 Tuxedo
Soap: Arran Machrie
Razor: Colonial General V2 Stainless
Blade: Feather PB (4)
Post shave: Alum Block, cold water splash, Witch Hazel
Balm: Arran Machrie
Aftershave: Arran Machrie
A bit of a late post today as i am having a lazy day off as its the start of a weeks holiday.
I used the Arran Soap Co. Machrie today and i really enjoyed it, therefore, for the rest this week Both Lochranza & Machrie sets will be used.
The JR Tuxedo #291 made short work of the soap producing a lovely slick lather, it has a good strong backbone and feel to it.
The General delivers a brilliant shave every time paired with the Feather.
The soap has a great post shave feeling for me and the lightly scented balm and aftershave finished off the shave.
Enjoy your weekend All
PreShave: Warm to hot water, most from the boiled kettle some from the tap
Cream: GFT Eucris
Brush: Kent BK8
Bowl: My recycled T&H cream bowl
Razor: The Sledgehammer (Merkur 39C)
Blade Gillette Nacet (1)
Post Shave: Alum
Fragrance: GFT Eucris
A fine three-pass shave, have a good weekend, folks—and avoid the storm.