April 2018 30 Day Rule/Focus Pix & Discussion

Discussion in 'Shave School' started by NCoxSTL, Apr 1, 2018.


Your plan for Arko Adustable April?

  1. Use Arko - DUH!!

    11 vote(s)
  2. Use an adjustable razor - DUH!!

    12 vote(s)
  3. Eat cookies. Lots and lots of cookies.

    11 vote(s)
  4. Use a straight razor - maybe with Arko?

    3 vote(s)
  5. I'll shave whatever way I want, thank you very much Mr. Nosey!

    25 vote(s)
  6. Mail some new survey ideas to Cartel HQ - those guys are dragging us down!

    1 vote(s)
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  1. KenH

    KenH Well-Known Member

    Today's adventure as it is Wednesday, normally R41 day however, the postman delivered what I'm likely going to try as a combo next month....anyway I could not resist
    Razor : FaTip Gold Classic
    Soap: Arko
    Blade: Feather
    Balm Speick
    Splash Speick

    No reviews as such since it was shave #1 with this razor. Suffice to say it was an enjoyable shave. This razor takes a little more care in terms of angle and I've one tiny nick where I stopped concentrating but that's my fault. Finish on this is excellent so it was a great start to the day.

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  2. PanChango

    PanChango Not Cute

    Micromatic Day 154

    Gem Clog Pruf
    Gem Stainless
    Semogue BC Texugo
    Arko Stick

    Things are simple when you have what you want and want what you have. Another nice shave.
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  3. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    Lovely shave and congrats on the new razor.
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  4. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    April 25, 2018
    OneBlade Genesis V2
    Feather FHS
    “Rowl” Shavemac D01 2 Band
    C&E West Indian Lime
    Folsom & Co Capri


    The big flat top provided plenty of scrub while face lathering the West Indian Lime. I started with an ATG pass followed by a XTG pass. After minimal touch ups, I managed to catch the baby which is a rare thing for me on work mornings. A splash of F&C Capri kept the citrus theme going. I hope everyone has a great Wednesday.
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  5. Screwtape

    Screwtape A Shaving Butterfly

    Goodlooking Fatip. Congratulations on a good first shave with it too.

    Succinct. A shave report and words to live by combined.

    Great photo as usual. Do you get smoother shaves generally when you go ATG first?
  6. GawainandtheGreenKnight

    GawainandtheGreenKnight Well-Known Member

    That's a good idea, really need to do more work on technique.

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  7. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    April 25th
    Gillette Black Beauty w Nacet (2)
    Stirling Gin & Tonic SS
    Finest Fan / Maple
    Florida Water
    Finally some warm weather here, so I pulled a combo that I thought was quite Spring-like.
    I am completely smooth after 2+ passes this morning. Unfortunately, I also have about 5 weepers, a couple that needed the Styptic. Apparently, from yesterday to today, the TTO on the BB was backed off quite a bit, probably a quarter turn or so. Not sure how, one of my kids maybe? I’ve heard occasional mention that backing off a 1/4 turn on a Gillette TTO is a good idea. I do not recommend that after this morning. Oh Well, nothing serious.
    Have a great day all!
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  8. GawainandtheGreenKnight

    GawainandtheGreenKnight Well-Known Member

    That is good advice, I pulled the super-speed out last night, and put the brass beauty away. I'm going to to do another rule, probably with the 6 c and try to master theses big, heavy razors.

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  9. Boojum1

    Boojum1 Valet Parking Available Here

    April 25, 2018

    RR Black Mamba DLC
    Feather HS
    Paladin Sumo
    MDC Agrumes LE
    Fine Italian Citrus
    ADP Colonia Essenza

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  10. GawainandtheGreenKnight

    GawainandtheGreenKnight Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the encouragement, I won't give up just yet.

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  11. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    I never tried the walters. Loved her soaps though. I would love to try the rose!!
  12. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    The shaves are smooth but are much closer in two passes when I start ATG. I only do this with certain razors and blade combos.

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  13. Boojum1

    Boojum1 Valet Parking Available Here

    Thanks Dan! :happy088:
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  14. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos

    Great picture!
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  15. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos

    Beautiful picture, Clint!
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  16. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos

    Great picture, Jason! I agree with you on backing the TTO off a 1/4 turn; it has never gone well for me either. There just seems to be too much blade chatter.
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  17. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos

    Excellent picture, Mark!
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  18. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos


    April 25 SOTD:

    Razor: Karve Christopher Bradley
    Blade: Rapira Swedish Super Steel
    Brush: Razorock Plissoft
    Lather: Jeeves of Hudson St Bay Rum
    Aftershave: Aqua Velva Ice Blue/Musk mix
    Additional Care:
    Stirling Unscented PSB

    Another smooth shave with this razor. 2 passes and DFS+. Honestly, this razor is one of my favorites. I enjoy the heft and how easy it is to work around my face. Shave reports while using the razor will be boring. I will have to break out the bolt head razor for MAYhem. I hope everyone has a great day!
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  19. Screwtape

    Screwtape A Shaving Butterfly

    Good photo and it looks like it should have been a great combo. I always doublecheck my razors before I use them now, ever since the blade corner slipped out past the bladestop on a Gem 1912 one day and left a set of gouges down my cheek...

    Beautiful photo. How do you like the MdC Citrus?
  20. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    Fantastic setup Neal. Russial Steel, Turkish Lather, American Brush, A nice diplomatic setup!
    Pressure right now is probably your biggest enemy. With a heavy razor your might actually have to hold some of the weight of the razor off your skin. Try to wipe away the lather without making any indention in your skin. Consider this; a bad angle with no pressure just means that whiskers don't get cut. A bad angle with pressure means your going to be feeling some pain.
    I'm glad you are enjoying it, Fuzzy!
    Sounds like a great setup, Chris!
    Maybe time to souse it ?
    That gold FaTip sure is pretty, Ken!
    We are not worthy, :smiley respect:
    Very nice Jason! The Gillette adjustables definitely weren't designed to backed off a little.
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