DECember 2017 30 Day Rule/Focus Pix & Discussion

Discussion in 'Shave School' started by NCoxSTL, Nov 30, 2017.


What would you like to find in your stocking this Christmas?

  1. A decadent Gillette Toggle or other rare vintage DE

    6 vote(s)
  2. A decadent mint condition SE razor from the early 20th century

    3 vote(s)
  3. A decadent vintage straight razor, restored to perfection.

    8 vote(s)
  4. A puck or two of your favorite decadent soap or cream

    8 vote(s)
  5. A luxurious and decadent High Mountain Badger brush (or your favorite type)

    9 vote(s)
  6. A plate of decadent cookies.

    12 vote(s)
  7. Anything besides a lump of coal. Because coal isn't decadent. It's just depressing.

    21 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
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  1. sdguero

    sdguero Well-Known Member


    Pre-shave: hot shower
    Brush: VDH Badger
    Soap: VDH Luxury
    Razor: VDH TTO
    Blade: Feather (2)
    Post-shave: Dickinson's Original WH, Aqua Velva Sensitive 5 in 1 PS Balm, Aqua Velva Ice Blue Cooling AS

    At first today I wasn't planning to shave. I was going to watch my Minnesota Vikings team play and forgo shaving since I usually don't on Sundays. But during commercial breaks I read through a lot of posts, and just as you all enable me to buy stuff you convinced me I should shave on this final day of 2017.

    I retired the Fatboy for the time-being, and I went with the very products that got me into this wet-shaving hobby... the VDH brush, soap and razor. I have VDH blades somewhere but I wasn't going to hunt them down. Overall, it was a very nice shave. My cheeks are baby smooth... but again my neck whiskers refused to cooperate completely.

    This was the first month I've participated in the 30 day rule, and I intend to continue with it. It's been a lot of fun with all of you. Great bunch of guys, all. I hope you enjoy fun and safe New Year's festivities whatever they may be, and that everyone have a happy and healthy 2018!
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  2. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus

    Happy New Year! Thanks for joining in!
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  3. sdguero

    sdguero Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Chris! Happy New Year to you also.
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  4. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    That's just being a father. She will be fine.
  5. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    Happy New Year Dan.
  6. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos

    Happy New Year, Dan! Great picture, and thanks for joining the thread!
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  7. Drygulch

    Drygulch Snowballs

    Still trying to catch up on the thread. Today is my bride’s birthday, so have had a nice quiet day with the family. A few days ago, I tried shaving with the factory edge on my new Gold Dollar Razor, and had to pull the toggle as a rescue razor.
    Today I spent some time on the stones and re-did the edge. My honing is still hit and miss, and this edge isn’t quite there yet. Got a low grade DFS. I always forget how awesome this soap is. Funny thing, three years ago, I would have called this a BBS. Happy New Year’s, everyone!
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  8. sdguero

    sdguero Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Clint! Have fun tonight and have a great 2018!

    Thanks, Jim! I'm glad I joined the thread. It's been fun and a good training ground. Have a great new year, Jim.
  9. mrchick

    mrchick Odd, Terrible Avatar

    Busy day! Finally got my shave in and a chance to check in with you guys. I’ll post more later but wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year!
    Last SOTY
    Stirling Rose Soap
    Stirling Brush
    Brian Brown Razor Works Razor
    Thayers Rose WH
    Stirling Rose After Shave
    I’m off to dinner.
    Happy New Year![​IMG]
  10. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    Sounds like a wonderful day with you wife on her birthday. Happy New Year's Adam.
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  11. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    Happy New Year Brian. The Brain Brown razor looks fantastic. How does it compare to your PRC?
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  12. sdguero

    sdguero Well-Known Member

    I read this earlier, Clint. This is an impressive recap! Clearly, you have a strong focus for numbers. I can understand why your girls may tease you about it. Definitely, this is perfect for a thread based on being focused! ;)
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  13. sdguero

    sdguero Well-Known Member

    Gentlemen, a host of inspired sentiments and shaves to close out 2017. I also feel like I have found brothers here and I look forward to next year! I've already loaded my shavette for January. I'm a little nervous about using it, but eager to start! :happy093:
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  14. sdguero

    sdguero Well-Known Member

    That is beautiful, Jared. I have family in Minnesota not too far from Detroit Lakes(and I was born there as well) and they all have their homes on various lakes.

    Don't forget all of the ice fishing you can do during the winter! :cool:
  15. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    Some great end of year combos, Gentlemen!
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  16. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos

    I've done enough ice fishing for my life. My dad used to get me out of bed at three in the morning to make the trek to the lake a few hours from our house. Then, it was drag all the equipment across the ice and drill holes through 5' of ice by hand. We would sit without a shelter on the wind blown lake freezing our you know what's off. Sure we caught lots of fish, but I am still sensitive to the cold in certain area.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2017
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  17. sdguero

    sdguero Well-Known Member

    Well... I forgot to mention the "challenges" related to ice fishing. :happy097:
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  18. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    It is Jan 1 but posting here since it still Dec31 for many of you

    Irritation A+ Closeness A- Smoothness A Sharpness A-

    Razor: Joe Edson Kami
    Stop: Dry Gulch black latigo
    Brush: Kent BK8
    Pre: Nivea
    Soap: QCS served HOT
    AS: Spieck AS, L’Occitane ASB
    Scent: Dior Cuir Cannage

    ID - 1.jpg
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  19. sdguero

    sdguero Well-Known Member

    Nice picture, Keith! Happy New Year, my friend!
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  20. Screwtape

    Screwtape A Shaving Butterfly

    Happy New Year, everyone!

    I joined both TSD and the 30DC in late October 2016, so 2017 was my first full year here. I have learned a lot and had a lot of fun. Also bought a lot of soaps, brushes and aftershaves that I would never even have heard of if not for all the Enablers on the Crew... I'm not quite sure if that deserves thanks or hisses and boos....

    The friendship and the sharing definitely deserves thanks though.

    I'm looking forward to seeing you all across the fence in next year on next month's thread. I have even bought a Parker SRX shavette in preparation for Shavette January. (I also bought myself a straight razor though I still don't know if I will use it. It was a beautiful piece of cutler's art and was 50% off on a one-day flash sale, so I bit...)
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