February 2020 30 Day Rule/Focus Pix & Discussion

Discussion in 'Shave School' started by NCoxSTL, Jan 30, 2020.

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Name your favorite!

  1. Straight razors.

    10 vote(s)
    23.3%
  2. Vintage DE razors.

    21 vote(s)
    48.8%
  3. Modern DE razors.

    19 vote(s)
    44.2%
  4. SE razors.

    10 vote(s)
    23.3%
  5. Pain sticks.

    5 vote(s)
    11.6%
  6. Badger brushes.

    16 vote(s)
    37.2%
  7. Boars

    11 vote(s)
    25.6%
  8. Synthetics

    17 vote(s)
    39.5%
  9. Cookies

    10 vote(s)
    23.3%
  10. Polls that don't take 10 minutes to fill out!!

    13 vote(s)
    30.2%
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  1. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Great shave Evan!

    The brush,
    Impressive!
    tp
     
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  2. timabababaluka

    timabababaluka No exceptions. Except.....

    Week 3 (Comfort Week)
    Feb. 15--Episode 15: “All Quiet on the Facial Front”
    So this week, I decided to focus on the 2+ pass shave. The goal is for a comfort score of 5 all week. I’d like it close if I can get it close, but not at the expense of comfort.

    MMOC
    This was a tough razor with which to start Comfort Week. Forget about ‘reverse pressure’, start worrying an area with obsessive buffing, lose track of the shave angle (I ride the cap for the MMOC), and I feel it for the rest of the day--with or without blood…

    MMOC.jpeg

    Week 3 Gear

    • Blade: SS non-coated gem (3)
    • Brush: Kong
    • Soap: Stirling Texas on Fire. I’ve missed using this one over the last couple weeks. Stirling performance and a unique, pleasant scent that is aromatic, and in no way “ashy” to me. Usually I stick with samples, so I have an excuse to try out another soap sooner, but I broke down and ordered a full puck of this. ToF is going to be a permanent fixture in my 3 soap rotation.
    • AS: Tsuka. Tsuka’s on the chopping block this week. I get more of a burn with this AS than I do with Clubman or AV Ice Blue, and I’m trying to decide if I like that burn. I’m also on the fence with the scent. Sometimes I quite enjoy it, and sometimes I feel almost apologetic for it having it on. This will be the week that determines the fate of Tsuka.
    • Balm: Stirling Glacial Unscented. I’ve been dialing down my menthol use this month in order to be more fully aware of how my face feels. The Nivea feels great, but over the last two weeks my face has become more and more dry. When summer approaches, I’ll probably resume sneaking the Nivea from my sons on occasion.
    Week 3.jpeg

    The Shave
    The shave went very well, but with one of those dicey moments on the upper lip on the 2nd pass (there was a slight pimple or ingrown hair or something on my upper lip, and I know it got shaved off, but it never bled. I waited--no blood. I dabbed with tissue just to make sure--no blood. Shave on!

    The Score
    Comfort
    : One hour after the shave, I gave this a score of 5--no irritation present. 8 hours later, though, there is some irritation and itchiness. I'm inclined to blame the AS, which looks bad for Tsuka. Hear that, Tsuka? You've got a week to stop burning!
    Closeness: I'd say this was a DFS overall, though a little scruffy on the southernmost part of the compass. Score: 3

    Tally
    tally.png

    Next up, the 1912. I'm going to try something crazy tomorrow and only load 1 gem in my razor instead of two. Stop! I will not be dissuaded--I live on the edge. :rolleyes:

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everybody--make it awesome! :D
     
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  3. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Great shave there Jason!
    Looks like @MrEE Evan has a following. fan-tastic!
    tp
     
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  4. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Now that's a shave!
    Great going Tim!

    I luv my MMOC!
    :)
    tp
     
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  5. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

    Terrific shave and report, Tim!
     
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  6. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    Thank you Joseph. I will say I am very fortunate to have a wife you indulges my hobbies. ;)
     
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  7. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    Thank you Terry.
     
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  8. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    Wow. Beautiful lineup and photo Jason. The brush pairs great with the MonoBilt.
     
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  9. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    Great shave and recap Tim. Bravo.
     
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  10. timabababaluka

    timabababaluka No exceptions. Except.....

    Thanks, Terry. It's a fantastic razor for sure :D
     
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  11. timabababaluka

    timabababaluka No exceptions. Except.....

    Thanks, Jim! :D
     
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  12. timabababaluka

    timabababaluka No exceptions. Except.....

    Thanks, Clint! And congrats, again, on the new brush :)
     
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  13. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    Thank you Tim. I will be using the new brush most of the week.
     
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  14. NCoxSTL

    NCoxSTL AAACK!

    February Favorites

    February 15

    Razor - 1962 (H1) Gillette Slim (9)
    Blade - [​IMG] (3)
    Soap - Stirling Barbershop
    Brush - @Jayaruh #312
    Post - Alum

    Friday was one long day. By the time I got home after helping feed the lovers of STL all day and evening I just pretty much collapsed and called it a day. That set me up for a shorter day today and plenty of energy to take care of a two day growth with my shave. Third round with the Slim and Voskhod. I chose the Stirling Barbershop and the JR312 with the synthetic horse knot. It's not quite as scritchy as I like my horses but it definitely gives you the same basic feel and handling of the real thing. Gotta love it!

    Three full passes and all were smooth. No issues at all and the alum was silent. Excellent way to end a day, especially with the extra day on the shave. I'm ready to finish the weekend now! Hope yours is going great!!

    February 15 2020.jpg
     
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  15. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos

    Nice shave, Tim!
     
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  16. MrEE

    MrEE Half Naked Shave Stalker

    Thanks Terry! Jason @jtspartan and I worked out a trade and I threw in a bonus last second and Clint @clint64 complemented my prototype one too many times. :) These really are simple brushes to make and I am practicing. I'm working on a few new designs and anodizing so there will be a little more variety out there.
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2020
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  17. timabababaluka

    timabababaluka No exceptions. Except.....

    Awesome shave and report, Neal! I didn't know they made synthetic horse knots. My first brush was horse hair--liked it a lot :)
     
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  18. timabababaluka

    timabababaluka No exceptions. Except.....

    Thanks, Jim! :D
     
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  19. brit

    brit in a box

    cool shave and pics Tim.great report..happy sunday..
     
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  20. brit

    brit in a box

    fine shave and pic Neal..
     
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