2015: Shaving Hits and Misses

Discussion in 'General Shaving Talk' started by Darkbulb, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. crackstar

    crackstar Israeli Ambassador to TSD

    Oh boy, let's see:


    Stirling soaps, especially the Glacials!
    OSP soaps
    Both of the Krampert's soaps and aftershaves
    Astra blades
    Derby blades
    Lucky Tiger aftershave cream
    Gold Bond moisturizer
    And many others I can't think of at the moment.


    Dorco blades (no good for me)
    Feather blades (dangerous for me)
    Tabac SC (to me the soap is so much better)
    Irisch Moos SC (same as above)
    Boots shaving stick (no skincare)
    Colonel Conk Bay Rum SS (lousy lather and no skincare)
    Colonel Conk Lime SS (forget it)
    Big Ben blades (not enough longevity)

    That's all I could think of for now, but there are others.

    I'm still undecided about Williams SS, because I'm giving it a final chance.
  2. battle.munky

    battle.munky Has the menthol.munky on his back!

    Irish Moos cologne
    40's Super Speed (black and regular tips)
    Lucky Tiger Vanishing Cream (maybe the best addition to my shaves.....good stuff, highly recommend it!)
    Dedicating myself to one soap from beginning of puck to end of puck (good, bad, or indifferent)

    None. I laid off trying and buying over the last few years so the little I do is with intent and luckily has been positive.
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  3. figment714

    figment714 Well-Known Member


    • Saponificio Varesino 70th Anniversary - The best soap in my den, period.

    • Yoresh Pottery Lather Bowl - A little wider and shallower than most, it's just right. Form meets function.

    • Dominica Bay Rum AS - A pure Bay Rum from a tiny island in the Caribbean. The way Bay Rum should be.

    • Bob Quinn (Elite Razors) Brush Handles - True works of art. You need to hold one in your hand to fully appreciate the craftsmanship. His standard, 2-band Silvertip knots from WSP are wonderful too. Hooked tips after first shave.

    • TGN Finest Knots - Performance far exceeds price. A top value.

    MISSES -

    • Mitchell's Wool Fat - I've tried everything; it won't lather in my water. I had high hopes for it too.

    • MdC Fougere - The performance just doesn't live up to the hype... or the price.

    • Barrister & Mann - Tried Rhapsody and Ferox, performance is so so, but scents are muddled, heavy-handed, and cloying (especially Rhapsody). Guess it's a case of YMMV.

    • Catie's Bubbles Spanish Holiday - Marginal performance, relatively high price, and weird consistency (it's too hard for a cream, too soft for a croap). Catie's is typically well reviewed overall, so maybe SH is just a dud, but I was disappointed enough that I will probably not try another. There's too many other quality soapmakers out there.
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  4. battle.munky

    battle.munky Has the menthol.munky on his back!

    Did you try bottled water? I only throw it out there because MWF is that damned good that it would be worth it. Tabac is my favorite soap and MWF is close to it. Not saying you need to like what I like, but if you ahven't tried different water and wanted to see if MWF could work for you, there is a way :D
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  5. figment714

    figment714 Well-Known Member

    Tried bottled water, tried RO water, bloomed the puck for hours, loaded the heck outta it, tried not using PSO, used multiple badger and boar brushes, and on and on... I have Tabac and it lathers like a champ in seconds regardless of brush or water type. It's just MWF that gives me problems. Out of the dozen+ times I've used it, I got a decent lather just once, and I've not been able to replicate it.

    I sure appreciate your suggestions though
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  6. Drygulch

    Drygulch Snowballs

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    For me Th Holy Black is decent, but not great performance. Scent is good. What landed it on your misses list?
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  7. Drygulch

    Drygulch Snowballs

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    Glad for your sake it wasn't The Veg. Can't imagine that in a helmet.
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  8. m54daboll

    m54daboll Well-Known Member

    Yup scent is good but it irritates my skin. Lather is super bubbly and not yogurty. Post-shave is very drying. Also takes tons of soap to load up. Just didn't work well for me. Their aftershave balm isn't good either. I'm looking to trade both away.
  9. Boojum1

    Boojum1 Valet Parking Available Here


    Mongoose razors
    The Varlet Brushes
    Route 66
    RR Black Mamba
    Shave Sticks
    Fine AS


    Barrister and Mann Roam
    Crystal Deodorant Stick
    RR Stealth Slant V-3
    Bowl Lathering
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  10. Drygulch

    Drygulch Snowballs

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    Pre-War Tech Fat Handle: Automatic BBS shaves.
    Straight Razor shaving
    Feather Artist Club/ CJB Kamasori Handle (Pain Stick) shaving
    TSD Soaps and Splashes
    Jabonman Soaps and Aftershaves. Awesome.
    30 Day Focus Threads
    Big Badger knots

    Artery in my neck while doing a scything stroke with a straight razor. (It was a near miss.)
    Osage rub left on my fingers being rubbed on extremely sensitive skin. (Sometimes, menthol burns. Same shave as above.)
    Gen 3 Synthetic Brush (To stiff to splay)
    Sterling Glacial soaps- (Too numbing to feel how the edge is going on my face.)
    Semoge Boar Brush
    Horse Hair Brush
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  11. Hobgoblin

    Hobgoblin Member

    Hits : it was a great year for discovering new products/Suppliers
    Barbasol PH
    Wolfman razors
    Fendrihan SS razor
    Haslinger soaps
    Nacet blades
    Badger Shaving Company

    Misses : not meant as criticism just doesn't work for me
    TOB Eton College soap - love the smell but caused my face to break out
    Cheap chinese knots
    Le Pere Lucien soap - too much work with our hard water

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  12. Drygulch

    Drygulch Snowballs

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    I forgot two misses:
    The Veg, I wasn't chosen.
    Arko, it makes my skin burn
  13. youngunn

    youngunn Where's my TSD aftershave balm???

    Or you can always PIF it. Why waste product?
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  14. Ahh Oui

    Ahh Oui Well-Known Member

    Great thread here!

    Joining TSD!
    Learning tons from you guys/gals
    Stirling 22mm synth brush
    Voskhod blades
    Astra SP blades
    B&M Latha Taiga
    Soap Commander Wisdom
    Rediscovering Noxema

    Didn't work so well for me:
    Col. Conk Bay Rum SS
    Uncle Jon's Cedar SS
    Chiseled Face Cedar & Spice SS
    (Well, I learned I'm just not much of a cedar fan)

    Looking forward to 2016!
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  15. youngunn

    youngunn Where's my TSD aftershave balm???

    Strop Shoppe soaps, awesome stuff
    Chiseled Face soaps
    Maggards Platinum soaps
    RazoRock XXX
    Red Tip, just acquired but love the feel already

    39C, just couldn't get used to the weight length of handle and couldn't ever find a good blade for it. Sold
    Maggards v2 head, just not a memorable shave
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  16. TheFiveO

    TheFiveO Well-Known Member

    Here's to an amazing 2016! My 2015 list is as follows:

    Straight Razor Shaving
    Learning to hone my own straight razors (In development)
    Numerous new friends here on TSD
    @HolyRollah sub group
    Lada Blades
    Vokshod Blades
    Tet-A-Tet Shaving Cream
    Nord Orst Shaving Cream
    Znakhar Shaving Cream
    Polish Shave Creams (Wars, Lider Active and Regular, Bond & Joanna... Thanks @alpla444 )
    Horween Horsehide Modern Barber's Strop from @Drygulch Leather Works (Work of art!)
    Synthetic knot from TGN installed in group buy Olivewood handle
    L'Occitane Cade Shave soap (Used for all of L'Occitober challenge)
    Fine American After Shave
    Nationwide Box Tour II
    MdC (At least in the sample sizes)
    Antica Barbieria Colla

    Several Artisan goat milk shave soaps
    Most all Chiseled Face Soaps. (Adore the scents and the soap qualities, something in them just bothers my skin.)
    Nationwide Box Tour II
    Suavecito Bay Rum A/S
    The Veg....I wasn't chosen
    Superior 71 Bay Rum....smells "plastic" like
    The great signature line debacle of 2015.

    That's about it for now.......I could go on forever it seems like. It's amazing when you start typing this stuff out, how thankful you become for all the products, friends and PIF's you come across in the period of a year.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2016
  17. youngunn

    youngunn Where's my TSD aftershave balm???

    What happened with the box tour
  18. TheFiveO

    TheFiveO Well-Known Member

    Actually it was good and bad. Some of the participants, myself included, felt more "unique" products should have been passed around. But other than that, it was a great experience and I got to try a few new things. Also, I got to meet fellow members of TSD through the event. Lastly, I think @fishcrow deserves a HUGE "ATTA BOY" for his organizing the thing. So @youngunn like I said it was a hit AND a miss.
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  19. youngunn

    youngunn Where's my TSD aftershave balm???

    Sadly some people view it as a way to get rid of stuff they don't like and take valuables. Everyone tries to be gentlemanly about it though. For the next pass around I plan on buying razors and soaps specifically for it. Gotta do something to get level of products up in it. But yes fish crow is to be commended for running it. On other forums, there's specific rules for how much you can take out and how much you put in and it has to equal $30, etc... That's sad. We are gentlemen in this forum and dont need those rules.
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  20. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    Thanks to @SharpSpine who reminded me of a few more and also giving it some more thought...I'd like to add, to my list;

    * Customer Service levels from some companies has been exceptional

    ClassicShaving and OneBlade to mention two​
    * Connaught. Still one of the best online retailers there is
    * TVBShaving - where else can I still find Floid Blue for $28 shipped? :) I now have..uh...six bottles
    * Blackland. Thanks to @ShaneS who, in many ways, restored my faith in that Kickstarter can work

    * Inflation in LE items. It's to the point where if everything is a limited edition..then nothing is
    * Anything HTGAM/PPF/PAA/Crown King has touched/made
    * Rockwell razors. I just can't respect them. I've tried but I just can't.
    * High-End razor quality control.

    Mongoose: it's really sad to see how it's failing so much later half of the year.
    Classic Shaving: The amount of issues people are having with the KCs is just not acceptable
    Heck, I'm even having a OneBlade razor replaced


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