May 2020 30 Day Rule/Focus Pix & Discussion

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


What will you be "mixing up" in May?

  1. Razors I rarely/never use

    5 vote(s)
  2. Blades I rarely/never use

    3 vote(s)
  3. Soaps I rarely/never use

    6 vote(s)
  4. Brushes I rarely/never use

    2 vote(s)
  5. A combination of everything just thrown together like a salad!

    15 vote(s)
  6. Who said you could suggest a salad?! We eat cookies here!!!

    5 vote(s)
  7. Gonna PIF some stuff and try to win some PIF'd stuff to replace it!

    3 vote(s)
  8. I miss Chris's intros with only two questions. This is just ridiculous!! Sheesh!

    5 vote(s)
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  1. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    May 7th
    Cooper MonoBilt
    Omega Pro/Walnut&Brass
    Soap Commander Endurance
    B&M Reserve Spice
    IMG_4805.jpg Not my best this morning. I was probably a little cranky anyway and then I got the lather way too airy on the puck before taking it to the face. Too much water to start on this big Omega, I suppose. I got the lather where I wanted it ('ish') but it took me awhile. Operator error, not the product. Then, during the first pass, I was finding the Rapira Swedish just not smooth enough. I could have ridden it out and got a fine shave, but just wasn't in the mood. Switched in an Astra SP I had underneath the sink and the MonoBilt returned to the smooth assassin I prefer it to be. Splashing on the excellent Reserve Spice did improve my mood.
    Have a great day all!
  2. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

    Nice, Jason! Good call swapping out the blade. I have yet to do a mid shave blade swap but I should have on several occasions.
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  3. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Nice shave Jason! Nice pickup on switching blades. I hate switching blades in the middle of a shave unless it really gives me a problem.
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  4. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    Hmm...seems to me if I tried that my finger would be drenched quickly.
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  5. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    Thanks Joe.....without that, we mighta been talkin Top Of The World.
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  6. JACarbone

    JACarbone Well-Known Member

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Kelly Hogan (Blackship Grooming) Birthday SOTD 

    Rating: 5 / 5

Razor: AA Gen Takahashi Tokusei

    Brush: Jayruh 410 with Omega #48 Boar
Lather: Blackship Grooming Company Davy Jones
Aftershave: Libertalia 

    Additional Care:

    Barbero Alum Block

    Thayer's Witch Hazel - Aloe Vera

    A wonderful shave this morning. I love the Davy Jones scent and it’s pairing with the Libertalia splash. The vanilla notes compliment the soap nicely. I am periodically get whiff of the scent as I move about my day.

    The Japanese straight, gone by Glen Mercurio, delivered a fabulously smooth shave. I know eventually I will have to take the next step in the rabbit hole by acquiring honing stones. Most like I will purchase a Gold Dollar razor to practice acquiring the skill set before moving on to my growing den collection of straights.

    Have a great day gentlemen.
  7. jgreenepa

    jgreenepa Nasal Barbarian


    Ok, I admit, I’m really enjoying shaving with this Gillette Big Fellow. For today’s shave I selected Declaration Grooming Sellout Soap. It’s one of their milk steak soap bases, and really generates a wonderful, rich skin-toning lather that stays with one for the rest of the day. My grandson bought me a little Kent Synthetic brush, which was identical to one I received as a gift. I PIF’ed that brush, but did enjoy using its replacement this morning. The Kent had decent backbone, but fell a little short on water retention. Since SWMBO complained about my use of the Fine Platinum AS yesterday, I selected Chiseled Face Natural, a refreshing scent-free AS. The 6 drops of M-Bomb pumped up the Sellout sufficiently to guarantee the kind of cooling lather I enjoy.

    After a cold shower, the shave began with a nice ice water rinse of both mug and dome shaving surfaces. The icy cold mentholated lather felt great felt great. The Big Fellow just feels good in the hand. Historically, the razor was developed for larger men’s hands. At 6’3” I guess I qualify. I’d loaded a Feather blade into this Old Type on steroids. It made short work of my whiskers in that first WTG pass. With continued use I've grown more confident in this razor. The wide sweet spot made whisker obliteration easier with each shave. My second ATG pass led me directly to bloodless BBS land. On that second pass, the shave strokes were shorter, but more confident. My face and dome both felt velveteen smooth, cool and clean.

    RAZOR: Gillette Big Fellow (1920 vintage)
    BLADE: Feather (1)
    PREP: Iced cold water rinse
    BRUSH: Kent Infinity Synthetic
    SOAP: Declaration Grooming Sellout (Milk Steak Base)
    POSTSHAVE: Iced cold water wash with brush squeezings followed by Thayers Lavender WH and Chiseled Face Natural AS Splash. Finished with A&E Post-Shave Serum.
  8. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Great birthday shave Joe!
  9. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Fantastic shave Jeff! I am just 5' 7" and now I know why I look up to you! Have a nice day!
  10. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Well, I have decided to look into purchasing a custom straight. I don't know if I am going to pull the trigger, but I sent an email to Chris of Shavesmith with some specs to get a quote. I will be 65 next month so ths may be a great birthday present to myself. I want to get an 8/8 or 9/8 half hollow straight razor.
  11. brit

    brit in a box

    thank you Blair..:)..
  12. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

    Terrific shaves and reports, Joe and Jeff!
  13. brit

    brit in a box

    thank you Joseph,very happy..
  14. brit

    brit in a box

    very cool Joe.:)
  15. brit

    brit in a box

    awesome shave and pic bowl..
  16. brit

    brit in a box

    thank you Clint,good morning..
  17. brit

    brit in a box

    awesome shave and pic Jim..good morning..
  18. brit

    brit in a box

    thank you Jim..
  19. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

    Thank you, Gary!
    Good morning..
  20. brit

    brit in a box

    thank you Blair,good morning..
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