January 2021 - Vintage Month

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Apologies for the picture quality. The razor handle, brush and soap are all from a Boots Monogram gift set, the bowl etc. possibly being gold coloured brass. The handle is a Contour/Atra type but markedly shorter (an inch or so) than the Gillette original. The brush is declared to be pure bristle; the soap may very well be a Yardley. Teamed with a Wilkinson (non-lube strip) Profile blade. All, probably, late 70s or early 80s. The reason for the Schick blades is that the cart couldn't cope with 3 days' growth - the blades are too close together - so I had to resort to my slant
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I'm going to start participating here at My first full face shave for a while as I hacked off my beard today. I'll finish the month with a few vintage razors.

Here's my SOTD

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13/1/21

Brush - Omega 11819
Soap - Vitos Red Coco
Razor - Gillette New OC
Blade - Gillette 7 Yellow
Post - Cien Aqua
AS - Brut Oceans

It seemed like for a vintage themed month it would be right to use a boar brush, and gave my well broken in and favourite brush the Omega 11819 a go today, and even though it's not a vintage soap - Vitos Red seems like a very old fashioned tallow shaving soap.

Now onto the shave, last night I hacked my 3 month old beard to Grade 1 with clippers, and today I cleared the remaining stubble/stragglers the Gillette New OC paired with a 7 Yellow in 3 passes. I'm really impressed with the Gillette New OC, it's the most efficient vintage Gillette I own, and it was very smooth paired with the 7 Yellow, a blade I find to be a bit too much in some razors but worked a delight with the New OC.
Congratulations on the removal of your face fuzz! :)

Paul.
 
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Now onto the shave, last night I hacked my 3 month old beard to Grade 1 with clippers, and today I cleared the remaining stubble/stragglers the Gillette New OC paired with a 7 Yellow in 3 passes. I'm really impressed with the Gillette New OC, it's the most efficient vintage Gillette I own, and it was very smooth paired with the 7 Yellow, a blade I find to be a bit too much in some razors but worked a delight with the New OC.

The New is indeed a surprisingly smooth shaver and very much designed for the kind of shaving you just did. Now, doesn't it feel a lot better? Beards! Huh!
 
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Apologies for the picture quality. The razor handle, brush and soap are all from a Boots Monogram gift set, the bowl etc. possibly being gold coloured brass. The handle is a Contour/Atra type but markedly shorter (an inch or so) than the Gillette original. The brush is declared to be pure bristle; the soap may very well be a Yardley. Teamed with a Wilkinson (non-lube strip) Profile blade. All, probably, late 70s or early 80s. The reason for the Schick blades is that the cart couldn't cope with 3 days' growth - the blades are too close together - so I had to resort to my slant :D

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Lovely spread! Yes, I'm inclined to agree that I think the soap is most likely Yardley. Nice shave, that. I have a Wilkinson of that vintage on an Aramis metal handle (1980s?), and it's a nice shaver. But yes, not great when it clogs on days old growth.
 
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Does vintage soap and splash count?

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Is that the original knot in that brush?
 
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Is that the original knot in that brush?

No, that's a reknot. Vie-Long do horse brushes, which I find horrid but really liked the handle. The knot is one from Haryali and came in that wooden handled brush you asked about once (and said I keep it nicely oiled with birch tar). It was a cheap way of getting the knot and I had intended to simply saw off the top and pop the knot out but as luck would have it, the knot just came out with a firm grip and twist. So, intact wood handle in hand, I popped a cheapo piggy into that and feel the whole thing worked out well.

This one ...

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I suppose in hindsight, the boar might have worked equally well in the Vie-Long.
 
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Wednesday 13th January

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Gillette New Standard 1328024 Patent Anniversary 13/01/1920

Wash with French Pink Clay & Charcoal soap
Lather up with Wickham's 1912 Gothic Revival & RazoRock 400 (Limited Edition) w/Plissoft Noir 24mm
Shave with Gillette 1920s New Improved & Gillette London Bridge Super Stainless (2)
Hot rinse, cold rinse & Wickham's Gothic Revival Aftershave​

The more keen-eyed amongst you will notice the screw in key is not original. I got the razor as part of a mixed box of bits and broken. The razor itself cleaned up really nicely and seemed worth commissioning a replacement key. It's solid stainless, so heavier in the tail and lightening what is otherwise quite a heavy head.

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Stainless!!! o_O That's blasphemous!!! :oops: Did you at least bore the bottom hollow like the original, or do you like your women heavy in the ass? :p
 
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No, that's a reknot. Vie-Long do horse brushes, which I find horrid but really liked the handle. The knot is one from Haryali and came in that wooden handled brush you asked about once (and said I keep it nicely oiled with birch tar). It was a cheap way of getting the knot and I had intended to simply saw off the top and pop the knot out but as luck would have it, the knot just came out with a firm grip and twist. So, intact wood handle in hand, I popped a cheapo piggy into that and feel the whole thing worked out well.

This one ...

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I suppose in hindsight, the boar might have worked equally well in the Vie-Long.
I remember that little brush, love it! (y) :cool:
 
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Stainless!!! o_O That's blasphemous!!! :oops: Did you at least bore the bottom hollow like the original, or do you like your women heavy in the ass? :p

Unusable without, so the prosthetic is warranted. Repair and re-use.

The bottom is indeed bored out ...

Good God! What are we talking about? :unsure:

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Still heavy ended, though. Suits me. As a fencer, I'm a "pommeller" who uses an epee with a tradtional long handle, but held by the very end (the pommel).
 
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