Discussion in 'Shave School' started by NCoxSTL, Jan 31, 2019.
Somebody mention Arko?
I Love Arko
Thanks for the mention!
Whilst using a Fatboy.
Glad you like it! I think the bowl is from the same board as your brush, actually. The lid is from a different piece, as I recall.
So, it's February Favorites, so what's up my sleeve? Why, using my favorite things, of course. I plan on spending a lot of time with Stirling soap this month, although I'll slip a few others in here and there too. As far as razors, look for the Toggle, Fatboy, Fatip and my two newest SE's, the Kampfe Star and 1924 Shovelhead. Blades? All Russian DE and the Treet Super carbon for the SE razors. Brushes? Customs from @Jayaruh and @jtspartan . Can't get much better than that lineup!
The most worthy focus then.
Four pages and the month has not even started!
This month I will restart my focus on reducing software. First up is a half-finished tub of Crowne and Crane Tobacco Leaf and Amber veggie soap. On the weekends I will pick some of my favorite soaps. My mini focus will be to select a theme for the weeks straight razor. This week's theme is JWest razors and today finish that theme.
Feb 1 shave, kicking it off.
Crowne and Crane kicks off the month and hopefully, this one will fall in February. Wrapping up this week JWest theme is my Nichiri extra hollow noisy shaver. The lather was slick and the edge wonderful.
Irritation A+ Closeness A Smoothness A+ Sharpness A+
Razor: Nichiri 6/8 ‘Real Japanese Hollow Ground’
Strop: Drygulch black latigo
Soap: Crowne and Crane
AS: Speick AS, L’Occitane ASB
Scent: Parrum d’ Empire Cuir Ottoman
Welcome to the thread!
You got it. Feathers are a bit sharp to start with, but it’s your call. A lot of people use something like an Astra SP, which is middle of the road. Honestly, the blade is probably not super critical. When staring out, people give too much credit to the blade affecting things. Kinda like crediting the golf club for a good or bad golf shot. It ain’t the club, it’s the guy holding it. Once you develop good technique, any club will do.
Good on you! You’ll be glad you did!
I can change my vote, you know. I’m waiting on the cartel to traffic ice cream before I “lock in” my vote.
That is gorgeous! @jtspartan is the lathe-master!
Speaking of which, Jason has been around longer than I have and hasn’t acquired a CT. Talk about flying under the radar!
Good morning everyone! I just completed my first shave of the month. I started with my favorite safety razor, the Rockwell 6C and used my Omega Pro 49 brush. My lather was VDH luxury soap and AS was my Clubman's I achieved a beautiful BBS with WTG, ATG and XTG passes at the highest setting. Now, I have been using safeties for years, so it is expected that I get a BBS shave everytime w/o any bloodshed. It's why I don't post a grade because it is A+ usually everytime. I must say that I have gotten better shaves applying SR techniques when I use a safety. The Rockwell is my favorite razor because it is very difficult to nick yourself with it. Now, I can't wait for my next shave. I have to decide whether to use my new Ralf Aust or my newly acquired Vintage Friodur. Either way, it is going to be a good choice. Have a great day fellas!
SOTD February 1, 2019
Alphabetical journey through soaps and creams
Fat Friday detour
Prep: Cold water and Stirling mentholated pre-shave soap
Blade: vintage Gillette Platinum
Razor: Schick M1
Brush: Omega 10049 boar
Soap: Mitchell's Wool Fat
Post: Witch hazel, Fine American Blend aftershave
Easy shave with The Fat. Whipped up gobs of lather with the Omega boar and then swiped it away efficiently with the M1 adjustable. Smooth and comfortable throughout. Finished with old formula American Blend as usual.
Something I haven't divulged here yet is that I scoured and stocked up on the old formula of American Blend the past few months. Chuck at Shave HQ had some NOS bottles and I originally bought four and then went back and bought three more and cleaned him out. Sealed, unopened. I already had two bottles. Then one or two more came along in BST, so I grabbed them as well. The old formula is far superior to the new bottles. So I have 11 or 12 bottles of American Blend. Think I'm set for life.
Have a great day!
Nice shave! VDH is an underrated soap.
@jtspartan is quite careful with his speech and carries himself with a dignity and posh that we can only aspire to emulate.
Thanks! It is inexpensive, lathers well and is slick. You can't ask for anything more. Oh, I failed to mention that I used a VDH blade for my shave.
I like the smell of their luxury soap.
Yes, I do as well. However, some people have complained that it smells like Baby Wipes. I guess you can't please everyone.
How's it going. This month I am gonna use a teck/new Frankenstein with parker blades and mix and match soaps untill I find my favorite. Gonna do 3 shaves with each soap.
This morning soap is sterling electric sheep, I really like the mutton tallow.
Getting that off your chest must have been really liberating, Perry!
Not everyone likes the Veg either, but I do.
Hey, salad's got nothin' on this mutton.
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