February 2019 30 Day Rule/Focus Pix & Discussion

Discussion in 'Shave School' started by NCoxSTL, Jan 31, 2019.

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What favorites will you be using this month?

  1. My favorite DE other than a Fatboy!

    20 vote(s)
    43.5%
  2. My Fatboy - because it's AWESOME!!

    8 vote(s)
    17.4%
  3. Another adjustable - because it's almost as AWESOME as the Fatboy!

    10 vote(s)
    21.7%
  4. A straight razor or two or three - because the Dark Side and I are one!

    14 vote(s)
    30.4%
  5. SE razors - because they are the coolest and vintagiest of all the vintages!

    19 vote(s)
    41.3%
  6. Mostly cookies. Maybe some cake. And ice cream when I can get it!

    17 vote(s)
    37.0%
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  1. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

    February 1st
    Razor: Blackland Blackbird SB
    Blade: Gillette Silver Blue (2)
    Brush: SOC Taj Mistura
    Pre-shave: Stirling Mentholated
    Soap: Stirling Mountain Man
    Lucky Tiger face tonic
    PAA Star Jelly unscented
    AS: Stirling Mountain Man

    Good morning! You fellas have started the month off in grand style!

    I chose the Blackbird to kickoff Favorites February. I haven't picked it up since December 2nd. First stroke felt harsh. Check to make sure the handle is tight. Yup, it is tight. Hmm? I soldiered on and completed my three passes, BBS result but it never smoothed out. I had a wonderful lather from the Stirling, SOC combination (love this brush). The razor has been stored for two months with the blade in it. Wouldn't think the blade would deteriorate? Other than the less than smooth feel it was a fine shave although the alum was warmer than usual on my neck. Tomorrow is another day and another shave. Rapira Platinum Lux set to replace the GSB since I'm approaching hoarder status with the RPL's.

    Have a great Friday and a wonderful February! [​IMG]

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  2. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    That was actually Andrew!
     
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  3. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    It's only 3 (down from 4), but who's counting?
     
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  4. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    Very nice photo, Jim! Mountain Man is a wonderful scent. Too bad about the harshness of the blade.
     
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  5. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

    Thanks, Perry! I knew Mountain Man would be a full size purchase from the first use. I picked up the AS some time ago thinking the AS sample would run out quickly. Those little bottles are deceiving or I'm not using enough.

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  6. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    01/Feb/19
    Still on the Autostrop kick. These razors are good shavers, and look awesome! I wanted to start February out great, so these were my products...
    (I should have changed that blade last suave) IMG_20190201_095749_156.jpg
     
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  7. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    February Focus
    [​IMG]
    Barrister & Mann Roam~~Paladin PK-47~~Dovo 91
    Welcome to February. 28 days of Straight Razor shaving.
    SR #15
    Before I even shaved, I was stropping my Dovo...:shocked003:

    On lap #50 took a nice nick out of my strop. Not huge, about 1/4" x 1/4". :angry019:
    Paul @Paul76 warned me about this, but noooooo, I had to purchase a nice leather strop.
    Oh well, like I said before, it's only leather and if am going to cut something, I would rather it be my strop and not my kisser.
    Lathered up the B&M Roam with the Paladin. Nice brush, but I am pretty much done with this brand.
    I find my Rooneys, Morris & Forndran and Simpsons more pleasing and there's something about the history that attracts.
    So how was the shave :signs002:
    The shave was very nice. DFS, in fact.

    I can now comfortably make upward passes on my neck. :happy088:
    The Dovo has a nice shape which allows me to get close to my ears, without removing bits of them. ;)
    I can also get close to my goatee from all sides. :happy088:
    Really, except for "dolphin-smooth", which I don't miss as much as I thought I would,
    these shaves are just as satisfying as my DE shaves were.

    Roam...:signs002: You have to like the smell of a campfire.
    There's no other way of explaining it.
    I like it. It certainly is manly.:signs015:
    I have a couple of new razors coming back from Glen, which I am looking forward to trying.
     
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  8. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    Beautiful shot Jim! Love me some Mountain Man too!
     
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  9. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    On this first day of February, let me comment that My Favorite DE other than Fatboy breaks into the early lead, and I must say this is odd because isn't this Fatboy February? I'm sorry, I'll stick to my job of survey updating.
     
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  10. Killerflyingbugs

    Killerflyingbugs Well-Known Member

    1 pass dfs (shaved yesterday afternoon)
    Franken new/teck
    Parker blade
    Alum
    Which hazel
    A little burn on the alum but went quickly.[​IMG]

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  11. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    Is there a comfortable enough mix of the ingredients in those products, or does tobacco "take the lead"?
     
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  12. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

    Thanks, Andrew!

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  13. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    Wood smoke prevails, followed by thyme and grass. I don't get much tobacco.
     
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  14. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    Great shave Aaron!
    Beautiful shot Joseph! I love that Paladin and that Dovo is schweeet! Too bad about the strop, but the nick can be sanded out.
    Great shave! I don't know how anyone can use a pure badger brush, too much scritch for me.
     
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  15. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    SOTD February 1st
    [​IMG]

    Stirling Mentholated Pre-Shave Soap
    EDRIO #17 1917 Gillette OT Single Ring
    Vintage Schick Platinum Plus
    Wild West Brushworks Jungle Ebonite (26mm. Frigate Class)
    PAA Chocolate Bourbon soap
    Stirling Glacial Unscented PSB
    The Blades Grim Smolder AS

    Finally a good shave out of a vintage Schick blade! I guess this dispenser was stored properly or perhaps it was the platinum coating that protected the edge but this blade was smooth and sharp! Great performance and awesome scent from PAA Chocolate Bourbon. Three passes to a DFS finish, I was expecting BBS but it wasn't quite there. Have a great weekend my friends!

    TGIF!!
    20190127_114639.jpg
     
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  16. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    Southpaw Logan
    Laughing Declan :)
     
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  17. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

    TGIF!!!
    Wonderful picture of those happy young men!

    Glad you got a good shave from a vintage blade.

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  18. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    Thanks Andrew. I stopped by the Portland Razor website and watched the "How to Strop" video...his strop is ALL cut up. :)
     
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  19. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    Thanks Paul
    Thank you, Jim!
     
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  20. Drygulch

    Drygulch Snowballs

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    From January's thread:
    @Paul Turner asked "What's the PAA Creosote about?"
    Creosote is a desert shrub that grows in the Chihuahuan, Mojave, and Sonoran deserts in AZ, CA, NM, NV, UT, TX, and northern Mexico. I have also heard it called greasewood and chaparral. It has small waxy leaves, and long springy branches that make very effective switches, but at least don't have thorns. (This was a very important consideration when I was sent to cut my own switch as a kid.) Most of the time, it has no scent, but after a rain on the desert, Creosote bushes have an amazing smell. Anyone who grew up around them can think of it, but its hard to explain. Its a little dustier and fresher smelling than the wet dirt smell that some soap makers use. The PAA aftershave is made from a tincture of the plant, and I have never seen anything made from this plant. The scent instantly reminds me of home and childhood. I like it, but it probably isn't for everyone.
     
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