Discussion in 'Shave School' started by Trigger, Aug 31, 2023.
Terry, this is a good post.
Looking forward to the pics and details.
Thanks Terry. I think you misread my post and thought I shaved my head with the Parker shavette. I headshaved with the Fatboy and faceshaved with the Parker. However, I have headshaved with my shavettes and straights, but today wasn't the day.
Thank you Charlie.
Congratulation GPa! She looks perfect!
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I think anyone who shaves the head with a straight, safety or other implement of torture is a madman, truly brave and tough as iron with a touch of insanity mixed in for good measure.
Thank you, Troy my family calls me Pop Pop
Thank you Joe
20 Sep 2023
something < 48 hours
Prep = Cold Water splash but no soak (seniors moment) and Aloe Vera
Soap / Cream = TOBS Lime Zest
Brush = Old Vulfix, love this 20 mm knot so easy to rinse
Bowl = Timeless
Razor = Vintage Gillette shave OC
Blade = Voskhod (1) just for fun
Passes = 3 with intra-pass clean ups
Post = CWR, alum, cwr, Thayers, Rinfrescante
Scent = Proraso Vetyver
Damage = none, just some minor lefovers
Score = 8.5 / 10
Comments = Good shave, not the smoothest, either because of the blade, or the lack of my usual 3x 30seconds cold water soaks. Seniors moment. Wife loves the Vetyver so I can’t complain!
Tuesday September 19 - September S is for Skin-Clearing
Prep: Hot shower with Aleppo soap
Razor: Supply 2.0 injector with SE comb plate / vintage US-made Schick Plus Platinum (7)
Soap: Neutrogena Skin Clearing Shave Cream
Lather Bowl: none
Post: rinse, alum, rinse, Stirling Barbershop splash
Last shave: Saturday - 3 days
I decided to repeat shaves this month. Only difference with this shave was I added the splash at the end
One pass removed the thin layer of cream along with all my whiskers. The usual WTG on the face and ATG on the neck. That was all I really needed for a DFS. And, after last shave's error of doing a pass without re-lathering, that was all I did.
I added the Stirling Barbershop splash for a touch of extra skin care and some pleasant scent and went about my day.
However, when I looked in the mirror a few hours later, I again noticed a spackling of half a dozen dried pinpoint blood spots, this time directly on the underside of my chin. ?!!!
After some consideration, I have concluded that the cause was a failure of my lathering technique. Assuming, of course, that rubbing cream into your face can properly be called "lathering"... Anyway, my cream smearing technique is to squirt a dollop of cream from the tube onto the fingers of my right hand and then rub it all over my face down to my chinline. I then do my neck up to my chinline. The cream is an off-white colour coming out of the tube but is mostly translucent when spread on the whiskers, which makes it hard to tell at a glance what areas have been covered. I believe I have been missing a strip of coverage at the seam where my two areas of smearing meet -- at my chinline. Which is where the blood spots happened.
Basically, on my ATG strokes from the base of my neck up to my chin, my razor has been hitting a strip of badly lubricated skin right at the end of the stroke with unfortunate results.
Next shave, I will use an extra dollop of cream on my neck and will ensure I rub well up onto the front of my chin to ensure there are no areas of missed coverage.
Live and learn...
Lovely shave and post Barry, every time I go online looking for La Toya....sold out
Thanks Joe, not complicated, just fun. Not enough stuff in my den to spreadsheet my shaves I am afraid! Lol!
Yes thanks Terry, I found the cap a while ago, it's fine on the flats, just the convex bits that mean go slow
I do like the idea of using a fresh blade each day, one less variable
Hard water, I just add some citric acid to the basin also helps with the clean up esp with tallow soaps
I like the PC (which you don't recommend) comments! Can't say I wasn't warned!
have a great day
waiting for those pics....
Nice write up, John not every shave is perfect, that would be boring
I just got home and decided to check the back of my head. We'll I thought I just has a small nick from this afternoon's headshave. I am surprised and sorry to say that I was wrong. I got another nick and a big cut on the back of my head. Man oh man, I did mention that the new non Gillette Wilkinson Sword blade was a little rough, but I didn't think it was that bad. Oh well, they will heal. In the meantime, I will just wear my baseball cap and no one will be the wiser. The next time I headshave, I will use a milder razor to help with the healing. I probably will use the Van der Hagen Razor.
Nice shave Chris. Yes, it's important to keep the wife happy, otherwise...
Decent shave despite the blood spots John. It happens to all of us. I had a bad headshave and that's rare for me. You would think with 14 yrs of headshaving experience that it wouldn't happen, but it did. It just shows we are human and still need erasers on pencils.
Sorry to hear that, Joe. Sounds like either a dud blade or else the new Wilkies are now a dud brand.
Very true, Chris!
If I wanted, I could pick my Dad's Gillette Tech, my stash of bulk packaged Personna Lab Blues and Israeli Platinums, my Simpson's Chubby 2 Synthetic (or any other decent synthetic brush) and my carton of Arko sticks (they were a killer deal). Then dispose of everything else in my Shave Den ... and "just shave" for the rest of my life. But where's the fun in that?
Not to mention styptic pencils...
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