SOTD : Saturday 4th August ~ Friday 10th August 2018.

Fri 10th Aug.
Stirling Syn. 26mm
Stirling Baker Street
ER Natural Angle/ Gem S/S- shave aborted
Merkur Futur-2.5
Personna Lab Blue [ 1 ]
Tuff Green A/S Lotion

After a somewhat disappointing Shave with an ER 1924 yesterday, I decided to try the blade out again but this time in an ER Natural Angle. After a few strokes was obviously not working and the blade was a dud so I stopped further use with it.
As an alternative I decided on a DE Shave , which I have rarely use since I got involved with Vintage SE/Injectors and more latterly AC/SE Razors. I personally find DE Razors a lot less forgiving of user error than the other types , and also get Shaves as good if not better with other types too. However, by using a low setting and not rushing I was very pleased with the finished Shave, which was fault free and nice and close all round. I did feel the need for an application of Alum to soothe the skin.

I will make sure I keep my hand in with my DE Razors, but will not be tempted by any of the good looking S/S models currently in favour, will confine myself to putting likes on SOTD reports showing them. :)

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It's always good to keep your hand in even if it's only once a week a little variety is good :) P.
 
It's always good to keep your hand in even if it's only once a week a little variety is good :) P.
Hi Paul.
You are much better at rotation discipline than me, you constantly are ringing the changes.I really seem to have
lost my liking for DE Shaves, but will try a bit harder. Funnily enough I quite fancy the Black Rocca so I can use the black handle with the Alu. General head.
A weekend off for a change, but some Athletics to watch on TV. Hope your weekend is good.
Mike
 
Friday

Phoenix and Beau Baskerville
RazoRock Plissoft 24mm synth
Face lather
Feather Artist Club SS Kamisori
Feather Professional
Alum
BBA balm

2 passes and some buffing for a perfectly smooth finish. Completed by the tremendous (but getting dangerously low) BBA balm. It’s good to use the @phoenixandbeau Baskerville again; like Whitechapel, Star Noir and (of course) Spitfire, it really is a top notch performer.
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Hi Paul.
You are much better at rotation discipline than me, you constantly are ringing the changes.I really seem to have
lost my liking for DE Shaves, but will try a bit harder. Funnily enough I quite fancy the Black Rocca so I can use the black handle with the Alu. General head.
A weekend off for a change, but some Athletics to watch on TV. Hope your weekend is good.
Mike
I hope so too, I shall be spending some of it at the Boardmasters music festival Nr Newquay Cornwall, only really going to see the Chemical Brothers, should be a great show :) I hope there are some enjoyable athletics to watch on the tv, enjoy :) P.
 
Friday 10th August



Pears Glycerine Soap
Proraso Green Tea and Oat Preshave
Stirling Glastonbury Shaving Soap
Simpson Special in Best Badger
Focus R48 SE with a Bic Platinum Chrome Blade
Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Aloe Vera Gel
Pashana Original AS

Its raining with me at the moment, and the garden is full of earthy smells....so I decided to go with a Glastonbury day today followed by some Pashana which I think compliment each other rather well. I liked it so much....I think I will splash on more before work this evening!
I resurrected the Focus a short time back and enjoyed the shaves so much that I decided to give it another go. Perhaps it was the break I had taken and then retrying.......but this really is proving itself to be a very good little razor. I was DFS+ at the end of the first pass but carried on and was rewarded with a BBS finish after three:)
 
Pre: Cold water face wash,
Brush: The Wee Scot
Soap: Haslinger Schafmilch
Razor: Gem HFT
Blade: Treet Super CS
Post: Cold water rinse, Brian's Bay Rum ASL (sample)
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The fourth and final Bay Rum sample sent to me by the generous and thoughtful @culcreuch and it was his homemade one.
Brian's Bay is not bad stuff at all, a little bit heavy on the cloves for me but a nice warm smell and apart from the clove tingle on my top lip a nice skin feel.
Cheers Brian
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Happy Shaving one and all.
 
Pre: Cold water face wash,
Brush: The Wee Scot
Soap: Haslinger Schafmilch
Razor: Gem HFT
Blade: Treet Super CS
Post: Cold water rinse, Brian's Bay Rum ASL (sample)
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The fourth and final Bay Rum sample sent to me by the generous and thoughtful @culcreuch and it was his homemade one.
Brian's Bay is not bad stuff at all, a little bit heavy on the cloves for me but a nice warm smell and apart from the clove tingle on my top lip a nice skin feel.
Cheers Brian
.
Happy Shaving one and all.
Thanks Kevin....... I am inclined to agree. It was made for last Christmas and it may be this christmas before I use it again! Next time fewer/no cloves. I am afraid it was a case of no going back.....and it took 4 months to find out!
 
Friday 10th August PM



Prep: Shower, Nivea Sensitive Face Wash then BBA Shave Oil
Cream: Alvarez Gomez Barberia (sample)
Brush: ES Medium Jock synthetic
Razor: Merkur 34c
Blade: Gillette 7 O’clock Super Stainless (3)
Post: Cold rinse, Thayers Witch Hazel with Cucumber then Barts Balm Lavender (sample).

An evening of samples tonight. I used my usual preparation then enjoyed lathering up the Alvarez Gomez Barberia sample cream I have. I adore the scent from this Spanish delight and took a good amount of time getting to the consistency I wanted. It seemed really thirsty tonight but was lathered on in copious amount.

I used the same routine and techniques as last night and I was satisfied with the overall result. Again more stubble seemed to come off my neck yet there is still room for improvement.

After a cold rinse and Thayers Witch Hazel I used the smallest amount of Barts Balm lavender. It’s true that a little goes along way and the lavender really complimented the Alvarez Gomez. My skin feels refreshingly smooth and balanced. Really smooth and moisturised. This was a sample kindly provided by @BartsBalms. Thank you very much. A purchase will be on its way pronto!

An enjoyable shave this evening with work still needed in the neck area. Everywhere else is lurverly!

Have a great night folks and here’s to the weekend!

 
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The theme for this particular shave was more because of the end result. 'A rather fine shave if ever'

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A rather fine razor - Ikon SB
A rather fine handle - ATT Colossus
A rather fine blade - Polsilver Lodz
A rather fine brush(?) - Traditional shaving co best badger
A rather fine cream - OSP Shogun
A rather fine after shave balm - l'Occitane Cade
A rather fine water - Courtesy of the East Yorkshire water supply

After my recent less than satisfactory shave with a Feather wedged between the plates of an ATT M2 tonight was more a return to shaving accoutrements I know work in harmony. The only odd ones out being the choice of brush and a change of water being as I am at my father's house over in Market Weighton at the foothills of the Yorkshire wolds. Like so many other pretty little market towns Market Weighton has become a developers dream world replacing the words quintessential and quaint with quaintly ugly. Thank God they haven't changed the water which I have always thought contributes towards some of the best shaves I can recall. Can water really make a difference? I think so

When I first set out on this DE road and I introduced the Ikon in to my life I inevitably walked around looking like a victim in a slasher movie. This made me rather shy away from using it to the point I dare not even give it a glance in fear old wounds would open up in terror. Improvements in technique, improvements in preparation and improvements in actually understanding my own face have moved this razor to a top ranking facial hair removing tool in my books. I may prattle on about the Timeless being top dog (which it is), but this is the dogs bollocks. It is the ease of use with the Timeless which makes me love it so much but with the Ikon it takes care and attention to gain results, but boy oh boy are the results good or what? By far my most memorable shaves are from using the SB. Closer, smoother. But it is not a razor to use in a hurry and if time isn't to hand I simply won't touch it.

It may be simple in design, but it is wonderfully manufactured, wonderfully balanced and wonderfully wonderful.

The Colossus handle is just a chunk of machined stainless bar which just so happens to have been machined in a lovely 'isn't this a nice grippy handle?' type of thing and gives confidence with great weight and length. It is a big hand thing. It would be just as happy with a ball pin hammer head on the end.....and probably quite effective.

At least this evening I don't have to write, Muhle because it is, butterscotch because it is butterscotch in colour and synthetic because it is. Tonight it is time to say The Traditional Shaving Co because it says so on the handle and best badger because I presume they caught the best badger in the cete and extracted some shaving bristles from it. I can't say I understand this brush thing too much and find a synthetic does all I need a brush to do in a simple to clean and simple to care form. I struggle with natural fibre brushes and just don't seem to have the same knack as a synthetic to create wonderful lather. May be I need to brush up on my brushes or the best badger in the cete was measured only on fighting and mating ability,
What I will say in its favour is that I doubt if synthetics will ever bloom in such a beautiful fashion and neither will they smell so divine of all those shaves past. To quote Spinal Tap, 'Smell the glove brush'.

If you want a scent with a difference. If you want a creme which lathers in to a head of luxurious thick shaving cream and if you want a cream where the results reflect the love, care and attention which has gone in to its creation, then OSP Shogun is a good place to start. Then again I could say the same for their Spice Road, Barbershop, Neroli etc etc etc . The only thing I can curse OSP for is having the cheek to take a two month break.

When shaves are this brilliant then it needs the icing on the cake and for this purpose I can't think of anything more rewarding than Cade after shave balm. And I mean skin as slick as ice here.

And so to the all important was it a good shave? Sticking my irritation free neck on the line after a full three pass shave I am going to say 'This was one of the great shaves in my life'. Everything was perfect in every way and my skin has never felt so smooth and so wonderful for a long time. Every other BBS was really just bottoms being smooth. This was all about going in to competition with my granddaughter over who has the smoothest skin. Of course she wins hands bottoms down, but for a crinkly wrinkly old granddad I ain't doing too badly.

 
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The theme for this particular shave was more because of the end result. 'A rather fine shave if ever'

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A rather fine razor - Ikon SB
A rather fine handle - ATT Colossus
A rather fine blade - Polsilver Lodz
A rather fine brush(?) - Traditional shaving co best badger
A rather fine cream - OSP Shogun
A rather fine after shave balm - l'Occitane Cade
A rather fine water - Courtesy of the East Yorkshire water supply

After my recent less than satisfactory shave with a Feather wedged between the plates of an ATT M2 tonight was more a return to shaving accoutrements I know work in harmony. The only odd ones out being the choice of brush and a change of water being as I am at my father's house over in Market Weighton at the foothills of the Yorkshire wolds. Like so many other pretty little market towns Market Weighton has become a developers dream world replacing the words quintessential and quaint with quaintly ugly. Thank God they haven't changed the water which I have always thought contributes towards some of the best shaves I can recall. Can water really make a difference? I think so

When I first set out on this DE road and I introduced the Ikon in to my life I inevitably walked around looking like a victim in a slasher movie. This made me rather shy away from using it to the point I dare not even give it a glance in fear old wounds would open up in terror. Improvements in technique, improvements in preparation and improvements in actually understanding my own face have moved this razor to a top ranking facial hair removing tool in my books. I may prattle on about the Timeless being top dog (which it is), but this is the dogs bollocks. It is the ease of use with the Timeless which makes me love it so much but with the Ikon it takes care and attention to gain results, but boy oh boy are the results good or what? By far my most memorable shaves are from using the SB. Closer, smoother. But it is not a razor to use in a hurry and if time isn't to hand I simply won't touch it.

It may be simple in design, but it is wonderfully manufactured, wonderfully balanced and wonderfully wonderful.

The Colossus handle is just a chunk of machined stainless bar which just so happens to have been machined in a lovely 'isn't this a nice grippy handle?' type of thing and gives confidence with great weight and length. It is a big hand thing. It would be just as happy with a ball pin hammer head on the end.....and probably quite effective.

At least this evening I don't have to write, Muhle because it is, butterscotch because it is butterscotch in colour and synthetic because it is. Tonight it is time to say The Traditional Shaving Co because it says so on the handle and best badger because I presume they caught the best badger in the cete and extracted some shaving bristles from it. I can't say I understand this brush thing too much and find a synthetic does all I need a brush to do in a simple to clean and simple to care form. I struggle with natural fibre brushes and just don't seem to have the same knack as a synthetic to create wonderful lather. May be I need to brush up on my brushes or the best badger in the cete was measured only on fighting and mating ability,
What I will say in its favour is that I doubt if synthetics will ever bloom in such a beautiful fashion and neither will they smell so divine of all those shaves past. To quote Spinal Tap, 'Smell the glove brush'.

If you want a scent with a difference. If you want a creme which lathers in to a head of luxurious thick shaving cream and if you want a cream where the results reflect the love, care and attention which has gone in to its creation, then OSP Shogun is a good place to start. Then again I could say the same for their Spice Road, Barbershop, Neroli etc etc etc . The only thing I can curse OSP for is having the cheek to take a two month break.

When shaves are this brilliant then it needs the icing on the cake and for this purpose I can't think of anything more rewarding than Cade after shave balm. And I mean skin as slick as ice here.

And so to the all important was it a good shave? Sticking my irritation free neck on the line after a full three pass shave I am going to say 'This was one of the great shaves in my life'. Everything was perfect in every way and my skin has never felt so smooth and so wonderful for a long time. Every other BBS was really just bottoms being smooth. This was all about going in to competition with my granddaughter over who has the smoothest skin. Of course she wins hands bottoms down, but for a crinkly wrinkly old granddad I ain't doing too badly.

Great write up and now I have a new collective noun, cheers.
 
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The theme for this particular shave was more because of the end result. 'A rather fine shave if ever'

View attachment 37622

A rather fine razor - Ikon SB
A rather fine handle - ATT Colossus
A rather fine blade - Polsilver Lodz
A rather fine brush(?) - Traditional shaving co best badger
A rather fine cream - OSP Shogun
A rather fine after shave balm - l'Occitane Cade
A rather fine water - Courtesy of the East Yorkshire water supply

After my recent less than satisfactory shave with a Feather wedged between the plates of an ATT M2 tonight was more a return to shaving accoutrements I know work in harmony. The only odd ones out being the choice of brush and a change of water being as I am at my father's house over in Market Weighton at the foothills of the Yorkshire wolds. Like so many other pretty little market towns Market Weighton has become a developers dream world replacing the words quintessential and quaint with quaintly ugly. Thank God they haven't changed the water which I have always thought contributes towards some of the best shaves I can recall. Can water really make a difference? I think so

When I first set out on this DE road and I introduced the Ikon in to my life I inevitably walked around looking like a victim in a slasher movie. This made me rather shy away from using it to the point I dare not even give it a glance in fear old wounds would open up in terror. Improvements in technique, improvements in preparation and improvements in actually understanding my own face have moved this razor to a top ranking facial hair removing tool in my books. I may prattle on about the Timeless being top dog (which it is), but this is the dogs bollocks. It is the ease of use with the Timeless which makes me love it so much but with the Ikon it takes care and attention to gain results, but boy oh boy are the results good or what? By far my most memorable shaves are from using the SB. Closer, smoother. But it is not a razor to use in a hurry and if time isn't to hand I simply won't touch it.

It may be simple in design, but it is wonderfully manufactured, wonderfully balanced and wonderfully wonderful.

The Colossus handle is just a chunk of machined stainless bar which just so happens to have been machined in a lovely 'isn't this a nice grippy handle?' type of thing and gives confidence with great weight and length. It is a big hand thing. It would be just as happy with a ball pin hammer head on the end.....and probably quite effective.

At least this evening I don't have to write, Muhle because it is, butterscotch because it is butterscotch in colour and synthetic because it is. Tonight it is time to say The Traditional Shaving Co because it says so on the handle and best badger because I presume they caught the best badger in the cete and extracted some shaving bristles from it. I can't say I understand this brush thing too much and find a synthetic does all I need a brush to do in a simple to clean and simple to care form. I struggle with natural fibre brushes and just don't seem to have the same knack as a synthetic to create wonderful lather. May be I need to brush up on my brushes or the best badger in the cete was measured only on fighting and mating ability,
What I will say in its favour is that I doubt if synthetics will ever bloom in such a beautiful fashion and neither will they smell so divine of all those shaves past. To quote Spinal Tap, 'Smell the glove brush'.

If you want a scent with a difference. If you want a creme which lathers in to a head of luxurious thick shaving cream and if you want a cream where the results reflect the love, care and attention which has gone in to its creation, then OSP Shogun is a good place to start. Then again I could say the same for their Spice Road, Barbershop, Neroli etc etc etc . The only thing I can curse OSP for is having the cheek to take a two month break.

When shaves are this brilliant then it needs the icing on the cake and for this purpose I can't think of anything more rewarding than Cade after shave balm. And I mean skin as slick as ice here.

And so to the all important was it a good shave? Sticking my irritation free neck on the line after a full three pass shave I am going to say 'This was one of the great shaves in my life'. Everything was perfect in every way and my skin has never felt so smooth and so wonderful for a long time. Every other BBS was really just bottoms being smooth. This was all about going in to competition with my granddaughter over who has the smoothest skin. Of course she wins hands bottoms down, but for a crinkly wrinkly old granddad I ain't doing too badly.

Superb report! 11/10.
 
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