SOTD: Saturday 9th February - Friday 15th February 2019.

North East.UK

SOTD : 9th February 2019.


Shaving recipe for today.

Prep: Hot shower:/ RightGuard ~ Energy Burst Shower Gel.


warm wet flannel to my face.

Pears ~ Transparent Soap. / Bloom Water Face Wash.

Brush: Omega 48 Pro.

Face Lather.

Soap : Kent.

Blade: Derby Premium .(1)

Razor: Muhle R41.


Cold Water Face Rinse./ Homemade Lavender + Tea Tree Oil Witch Hazel Mixture./ Denim Original ASL.

Nivea Men ~ Sensitive Cooling Post Shave Balm.


A early morning start for me again....

A new shave set up to start the weekend.and carrying on with using items within my shaving den that i've hardly gave any attention to.

First outing of the Derby Premium, which were kindly passed on to me by a mate, who bought a batch of 50 giving me 2 packs of five to try out....I didn't hold back on my personal opinion of Derby's,and told him i didn't get on with derby extra's,but i didn't want to sound ungrateful for the offer so i thanked him and told him i would give them a try, that was a while back now,he told me the derby premium blades were totally different to the Derby Extras..So with some hesitant thought's running through my mind i gave them the benefit of the doubt, and opened a pack took a blade from it's jacket done my usual hand-stropping to remove any burrs or imaginary ones from the blade edges and matched it up with my Muhle R41.The verdict?...

After having a very horrible experience with a derby extra blade,which resulted in giving me a nasty bite i was a little apprehensive using the derby premium on the first few strokes, but after that, i gained confidence very quickly because i now know if a blade is suited to my skin type or not in a few seconds the derby premium i found very smooth with no tuggy issues with a sharp efficient edge, which are completely different to it's sibling the Derby Extra, the blade also paired up superbly with my R41,with the lightest of touch both the razor & blade was a smooth duo slicing through my stubble with effortless ease.

My previous experience with derby extra's, thinking back now was probably a combination of the following....

1.'Me, still learning my technique and not enough face preparation'.

2. 'I didn't have enough shaving confidence'.

3. ' Using a dodgy batch of blades, which does happen with any mass-produced DE blades'.

The Derby premium at first glance i'll be honest and thought they where just re-packaged derby extra's, how wrong i was, ok they will never be my favourite de blades, and it's a classic case of YMMV, but as the saying goes, 'don't knock something, until you've tried it'. A surprisingly smooth shave, from the makers of probably the most love/hate DE razor blades on the market in the traditional wet shaving world.

The kent soap like it's sibling MWF performed wonderfully, my skin type is really suited to soaps that contain Lanolin, if i had to pick one favourite soap both MWF & kent would be at the top of the list, along with Scottish Fine Soap & Monsavon, i could happily shave with any of these soaps forever, but like everyone else i like to use a variety of soaps & creams, and using the same soap or cream each time i shave would become predictable mundane & boring ,which traditional wet shaving should never become.

A very comfortable 3 pass + pickups bbs shave with no errors to report.

Finishing to the shave off with a generous dollop of Nivea Men ~ Sensitive Cooling Post Shave Balm.

My face is feeling super smooth & smelling old school devine.

Enjoy the start of the weekend, ladies & gentlemen.

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The Dark Lord of Wet Shaving
Date: 09 February 2019

Pre-shave:- Cold Water straight from the tap
Brush:- RazoRock Plissoft Synth. 24/57mm knot
Soap/Cream:- Arko (4 shaving sticks grated into a 250ml plastic tub)
Bowl/Scuttle:- Captain's Choice
Razor/Blade:- Gillette Rocket HD500 made in England 1950's / Vintage NOS England Wilkinson Sword #10
Post-shave:- Thayers Witch Hazel & Tea Tree Oil / WAHL Bay Rum Aftershave Splash
Fragrance:- L'Eau Bleue D'issey Pour Homme
Kent UK
Sat 9th Feb

Cyril Salter/ Maseto ED. 2 Band.
P & B Spitfire
ER New "Jewel" Combination Set
Gem S/S [ 1 ]
P & B Spitfire A/S Splash.

I finished off my SE rotation with my favourite ER Razor , a Chrome SE from the New "Jewel " Combination Set, aka " Streamline ". I had a good Shave yesterday with a 1912, but a shave with a "Streamline " takes it up a level. Used with care and a light touch it delivers superbly close all round Shaves. Today I had no problems, other than the fact that I might spend some time throughout the day indulging in some Face Stroking. By the way the Leather Case of unknown origin is a perfect fit for the ER case.

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SOTD Saturday 09 February 2019

Pre-shave: Warm shower, Kiehl's Ultra Face Cleanser, followed by cold water splash and Castle Forbes Pre Shave.
Cream: OSP Eucalyptus and Menthol.
Brush: Shavemac ' The Flat Top' Slivertip.
Bowl: Giles Shaving Co - Spotty Pedstal Wet Shaving Bowl.
Razor: Blackland Dart.
Blade: Wilkinson Sword (1).
Post: Cold water, Natural Alum, Ibiza Aloe - Aloe Vera gel and Floid Vigoroso.


A very relaxed 3 pass shave, looking forward to spending some time with SWMBO and the 6 nations this afternoon.

I decided last night to save with the Dart today; its been a while - I love the weight of this razor and the construction - I feel it locks in the blade very well.

WTG, ATG and XTG - BBS finish. I perhaps could have avoided the third pass on the neck - skin okay, feels a little tight. Good feedback from the alum block.

All the best,

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