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12/2 Oops Upside ya Head

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Maggard Razors Shaving Soap (Tallow) – London Barbershop
Razor: ’88 Gillette Super Adjustable – Black Beauty
Blade: Lord Platinum (2)
Splash:   Wal-Mart Witch hazel 86%
Post: Nivea Sensitive After Shave Balm & Pinaud Clubman Classic

Pretty frosty this morn. Down in the mid 20s.  Still no snow though so I can deal with the cold!  I would not be disappointed if we had a green Christmas!  I really don’t think Chico would be either LOL

Odd shave today.  Started out with a proven favorite from Maggards, London Barbershop.  I’ve talked many times previously about how much I love this soap.  But for some reason today the performance was sub-par.  I know it has to be user error as it’s performed flawlessly for me many, many times.  But I can’t figure out what went south.  I prepared it the same way I always do.  maybe there’s been an unnoticed change in my water.  I just could not get a decent lather.  I got a lather, but it wasn’t the thick, cushion-y lather that I typically get with this soap.  It got the job done, but I was a little disappointed.

Secondly, I previously paired a Lord Platinum blade with my Black Beauty, which is typically a decent match.  Today not so much.  I’m blaming it on the blade.  I have noticed that the Lords can occasionally be inconsistent.  I think that’s the case with this blade.  It just wasn’t smooth at all.  I got BBS, but with mild irritation in many spots. Gonna pull the blade.  Cie la vie!

It’s Hump Day!  My mid-week drink today will be a bottle of Not Your Fathers Rootbeer from SmallTown Brewery!  That beer is good!

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SOTD 11/23 The Holidaze Begins…

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: GBS Pure Badger Brush
Soap: RazoRock Brain Freeze
Razor: ’88 Gillette Super Adjustable – Black Beauty
Blade: Astra SP
Splash:   Humphreys Alcohol Free Cucumber Melon Witch Hazel Facial Toner
Post: Fine Classic After Shave – Platinum

Yep.  Winter has arrived, just in time for Thanksgiving.  it was about 21 degrees Fahrenheit this morning, and we have a good 3 inches on the ground.  Was still a pretty nice walk this morning.  Chico was irritated because he hates walking on salt.  But he wont let me pick him up, and he refuses to wear paw covers, and we live downtown.  There is salt everywhere.  He just has to deal with it. I just keep an eye on his paws for any problems.

Really smooth shave this morning!  Pulled out the RazoRock.  This soap was one of my first artisan soaps.  back when I first grabbed it, RazoRock was all over the shave groups and forums.  Now I never see the brand mentioned anymore.  What’s up with that?  Did he “fall off”?  If I missed something, please fill me in!  Aside from that, I still love this soap.  It was also my first real menthol soap.  It doesn’t feel nearly as icy as it did back then, but I attest that to me becoming more tolerant of it.  Still has a nice chill though.  Makes a nice smooth lather, and has decent glide.  Skin feels moisturized afterwards.  Good soap.

Matched up an Astra SP blade with my Black Beauty.  This is always a great combo.  Performed as expected.  Was able to achieve BBS with minimal effort.  Some tiny spot of irritation on the back of my head but I blame that on user error.

So what are your T-Bird Day plans?

 

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SOTD 11/9 Derby Deuce

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Shea Synthetic Brush
Soap: Derby Shaving Cream – Mint
Razor: Maggard Razors MR3
Blade: Derby Extra
Splash:   Humphreys Alcohol Free Cucumber Melon Witch Hazel Facial Toner
Post: Gillette After Shave Lotion & Pinaud Clubman Vanilla AS

Beautiful brisk weather this morning.  29 degrees Fahrenheit and there’s still dummies walking around in short sleeves.  Even saw one jogger still in shorts!  Really? Smh.  Regardless Chico and I enjoyed our walk, both bundled up appropriately lol

Pulled out another of my “cheap” favorites..Derby Shaving cream.  This soap is so cheap (under $3 most places), and it performs so well!  Just a quarter sized dollop will whip into creamy, slick lather with just a small amount of water.  Great cushion and skin feel.  For less than three bucks!  How can you beat that?  I have two “flavors”, Mint & Lemon.  I have to admit the Lemon is my favorite as it reminds me of the candy Lemonheads.  The Mint is, well I don’t actually smell any mint, nor do I feel an “cooling” so the name Mint could be kind of misleading.  But still it’s a definite must buy!

Made it a double Derby day with a Derby Extra blade in the MR3.  Nicely sharp right off the bat.  Not as smooth as say the Astra SP but not overly harsh either.  Mowed through 3 days growth will little effort.  So couple of small patches of mild irritation is the only down side to this mornings shave.  BBS from dome to neck!

“Be who you truly are, and say what you truly feel…” – Anon

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11/6 Stick ‘Em Ha Ha Ha Stick ‘Em

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Omega 48 Pro Boar (Brushzilla)
Soap: Genuine Ogallala Bay Rum Shave Stick – Bay Rum & Lemon Grass
Razor: ’44(?) Gillette Post WW2 Tech Razor w/ Bakelite Handle
Blade: Gillette Wilkinson Sword (3)
Splash:   Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Lotion & Lucky Tiger Bay Rum AS

Here comes the rain again.. woke up this morning channeling Annie Lennox.  We got drenched over night, and today are going to get hit by a huge cold front.  Fun right? The high temp for today occurred at MIDNIGHT, so it’s all colder from there.  Not looking forward to it.

So I was rumbling around in the bathroom last night and guess what I found stuck behind the shelves, hidden from view?  My Ogallala shaving stick!  I had totally forgotten about this gem!  Outta sight outta mind right?  Well I’m so glad I re-discovered this soap.  First the fragrance.  I love the scent of this soap.  A perfect blend of lemongrass and bay rum!  Just lemony enough without being overbearingly citrus-y.  And I love their take on the classic bay rum scent.  A tad sweet with a nice blend of spices.  Plus it’s a stick!  I love sticks for the convenience and because they are just plain fun to use.  I just rub it on the dome like a stick of butter.  Dosen’t take much, just a thin layer.  Then I pull out my big ole Omega 48 brush and massage up a smooth, slick lather!  The Omega generates and holds enough soap for 3 complete passes on the dome without reapplying the soap!  No bowl needed.  I really need to explore other stick soaps.  I know my favorite Arko has a stick version…

3rd shave on the Wilkinson.  Definitely has lost a lot of smoothness.  Stuttered a bit here and there on only 2 days growth.  Two days growth on my face/dome is probably like 12 hours growth on some of you guys LOL  Ended up BBS but paid for it with a couple of small weepers and some slight irritation over the ears.  Nothing major.  Just have to remember not to take the Sword blades past 2 shaves.

Have a great weekend!

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SOTD 11/2 Dragon Fall

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Kell’s Original Handcrafted Shaving Soap – Dragons Blood (Hemp/Aloe Blend)
Razor: ’44(?) Gillette Post WW2 Tech Razor w/ Bakelite Handle
Blade: Gillette Wilkinson Sword
Splash:   Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Lotion & Master Well Bay Rum AS

Hello November!  Hate to see you so soon, but at least you showed up in a good mood right?  I started a bit early but I’m growing my facial hair for Movember (or No Shave November), whichever LOL  So now just shaving dome and neck.  Great morning walk today. I love getting up an hour later.  Feels like I got away with sleeping in 🙂

Great shave today.  I was lazy this past weekend so I had to deal with 3 days growth this morning.  Pulled out the Dragons Blood soap by Kells.  LOVE the scent of this soap.  Lathers easily and makes a nice smooth lather.  Not super dense, but has great cushion and slickness.  After shave skin feel is smooth and hydrated.  Definitely a recommendation if you haven’t tried a Kell’s soap.

I popped a sharp Wilkinson Sword blae into the WW2 Tech this morning.  Turns out to be a really good pairing.  The Sword is sharp and smooth, and the Tech is just aggressive enough to make mowing down 3 days growth nice & easy.  Very minor touch up in the usual spots.  No errors.  Ended up baby butt smooth dome and throat.  And that’s how she likes it 😉

“It’s Monday.  You can do this..” – Coffee

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SOTD 9/23 On The Silver Tip

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Cherry Sandalwood Vanilla
Brush: WSP Silvertip Badger
Soap: Jeeves of Hudson Street LLC – Butterscotch
Razor: ’72 Gillette Tech with Muhle handle (Frankentech)
Blade:  Sputnik (2)
Splash:   Thayers Natural Remedies Lemon Witch Hazel w/ Aloe Vera Astringent
Post: Lucky Tiger Bay Rum AS

What day is it?  It’s HUMP day!  Only two more days till the weekend!  Supposed to be a beautiful one also!  Great walk this morning.  The weather was clear, crisp, and sunny.  Perfect Fall morning!

Gonna start right off with the most exciting part of this shave.  You may have noticed in the pic that I have… a new brush!  Yes, that’s right I finally obtained a Silvertip!  All thanks to my “patron saint of shaving”, Pete Schiavoni!  He felt I should have one in my “arsenal”!  I cannot say enough about the kindness and generosity of this gentleman.  If you know him, you know of what I speak!  I hope to soon be able to break bread with him in person 🙂

Love this brush!  It is so soft and has a nice backbone.  Not floppy at all.  Holds a decent amount of lather, and feels good applying it to the dome.  My other badger brush, a Pure Badger class, doesn’t feel nearly as nice which is why it dosen’t get much use.  But this badger will get plenty, trust me!

Jeeves of Hudson soap is always a great shave!  Thick, smooth lather.  Very good slickness and cushion.  Great skin feel after the shave.  I like the scent, but it is fairly light for my preferences.  I like a scent to encompass the shave.  This scent is nice but very faint to my nose.

Second shave on the Sputnik.  Still nicely sharp & smooth.  Minor touch up over the ears.  Ended up a BBS and comfortable dome!

 

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SOTD 9/21 London Tech

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Maggard Razors Shaving Soap– London Barbershop
Razor: ’72 Gillette Tech with Muhle handle (Frankentech)
Blade:  Sputnik
Splash:   Wal-Mart Witch Hazel 86%
Post: Gillette After Shave Lotion & Aqua Velva Classic Ice Blue AS

Start of a new week.  Hope your weekend left you feeling refreshed and ready to survive another work week!  Mine did.  Spent a great day with my mother and grandmother.  I’m blessed to still have them both in my life.

Today is a day for classic scents!  Starting with Maggard Razors London Barbershop.  One of the best “barber scents” that I have come across.  As soon as I open the jar, it immediately makes me remember childhood trips to the local barber.  Our barber was like a family member.  He cut my and my brothers hair from toddlers up until I left for the Army Nat’l Guard at 18!  Except for a couple of “jehri curl” years but the less said about that the better 😉

London Barbershop is a classic Maggard soap.  Excellent lather, great cushion & slickness.  The scent is spot on.  Skin feel afterward is smooth.  Maggard soaps definitely hold a spot in my top five soaps.  Did I mention I love the jars that Maggard uses?  Wholly Kaw uses a similar jar.  Those are my favorite type.  So easy to load the brush from them.

First shave on the Sputnik in the Frankenrazor.  Feels pretty sharp and decently smooth.  I could probably drop this blade in a more aggressive razor and get a great shave from it.  Ended up BBS with minimal touch up in the usual spots.

“Oh c’mon, it’s Monday, not DOOMSDAY!  Make it a great day!” – Anon

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SOTD 9/2 Lord Derby

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Shea Synthetic Brush
Soap: Derby Shaving Cream – Mint
Razor: ’38 – ’43 Gillette Black Handle Tech
Blade:  Lord Platinum (Super Stainless?)
Splash:   Humphreys Alcohol Free Cucumber Melon Witch Hazel Facial Toner
Post: Axe Body Spray – Edge

Great morning!  Woke up feeling like I got good sleep last night which is rare for me.  So I’m thinking my latest medical procedure must be working.  Thank God 🙂

Very good shave this morning.  Paired up a Lord Platinum blade and my black handle Tech.  I’m a little suspicious about the Lord blade though.  The package says Lord Platinum.  The actual blade says Lord Super Stainless.  So, I don’t know if these are actual Platinum blades or not.  Regardless it performed very well today.  Was decently sharp, and fairly smooth.  Was able to achieve BBS with minimal effort.  No errors.  Very little touch up needed.

Pulled out the Derby cream.  This soap is another low priced champion that should be in every shavers collection.  Excellent lather with great cushion and slickness.  At this price point it’s really hard to find a better soap than Derby.  My favorite is the Lemon but the Mint is great also.  The only difference is the scent.  For less than $3, you can’t go wrong with this soap.

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8/31 Old Books…

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Grapefruit
Brush: Shea Synthetic Brush
Soap: Chiseled Face Groomatorium Redneck Shaving Soap
Razor: Gillette TTO Black Handle
Blade:  Rapira Stainless Steel(3)
Splash:   Walmart Witch Hazel 86%
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm & Old Spice ReFresh Body Spray –  Wolfthorn

I’m back!  Took a little break from the blog.  Got somethings in order.  Worked on some projects.  But now I’m back on track.  And back to sharing shaves with you!  Oh and I’ve got some ideas that will be coming soon to the blog so stay tuned!

Good shave this morning.  Letting the ‘stache and ‘burns grow back for the Fall, so just shaving the dome and neck.  Pulled out the Redneck soap.  I’ve liked the performance of this soap from the first day I used it, but couldn’t wrap my head around the scent.  Well time changes things doesn’t it?  Because the scent has grown on me and I now even enjoy it.  I still say it smells like wet newspapers or old damp paperbacks, but I associate those smells with positive memories so it works for me.  The performance is top notch.  Great lather, good slickness.  Nice cushion.  I need to explore more scents from Chiseled Face.

The Rapira blade was on it’s 3rd and last shave.  Was still decently sharp but had lost a lot of it’s smoothness.  Was able to chase the baby without any blood loss or irritation.  Not a bad blade at all, but definitely peaks by the 2nd shave.

“When you start to do the things that you truly love, it wouldn’t matter whether it is Monday or Friday; you would be so excited to wake up each morning to work on your passions.”
― E.M.

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SOTD 8/22 Decisions Decisions

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Pre: Maggard Razors PSO – Cherry Sandalwood Vanilla
Brush: Custom Boar by Steve Brown Swirl Handle
Soap: Kell’s Original Handcrafted Shaving Soap – Dragons Blood (Hemp/Aloe Blend)
Razor: ’88 Gillette Super Adjustable – Black Beauty
Blade:  Astra SP
Splash:   Walmart Witch Hazel 86%
Post: Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm & Old Spice ReFresh Body Spray –  Wolfthorn

Beautiful morning today.  Moderate temps, sun shinning, no pan handlers.  I love downtown when it’s like this.  Chico is less distracted and has more time to investigate his route.  It’s a relaxing start to the day.

So so shave today.  I didn’t shave the last couple days out of pure laziness and some indecision.  I think I’ve decided to grow the ‘stache and chops back.  Which means I’ll be going back to only shaving my dome and neck. I’m pretty sure that’s going to be my fall/winter look.  Pretty sure lol

As I said todays shave was so so.  Pulled out the Black Beauty, set it on 4.  Popped in an Astra SP.  SO everything should have been fine but the shave was kind of uncomfortable.  Ended up BBS, but paid for it in a couple of nicks and some minor irritation after the shave.  The witch hazel definitely let me know about it!  Not sure what the issue was, maybe it was me rushing a bit.  Either way I wasn’t entirely pleased.  Tomorrow will be better,.

Also.. I’m thinking I’m starting to get bored with SOTDs.  Thinking of moving the blog in a different but still shave related direction.  I’ll still do SOTDs every now and then, but I want the focus to be on something else.  I’ll let you know what I come up with.

Enjoy your Saturday!

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