May 2020 30 Day Rule/Focus Pix & Discussion

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What will you be "mixing up" in May?

  1. Razors I rarely/never use

    5 vote(s)
    16.7%
  2. Blades I rarely/never use

    3 vote(s)
    10.0%
  3. Soaps I rarely/never use

    6 vote(s)
    20.0%
  4. Brushes I rarely/never use

    2 vote(s)
    6.7%
  5. A combination of everything just thrown together like a salad!

    15 vote(s)
    50.0%
  6. Who said you could suggest a salad?! We eat cookies here!!!

    5 vote(s)
    16.7%
  7. Gonna PIF some stuff and try to win some PIF'd stuff to replace it!

    3 vote(s)
    10.0%
  8. I miss Chris's intros with only two questions. This is just ridiculous!! Sheesh!

    5 vote(s)
    16.7%
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  1. brit

    brit in a box

    fine progress James..
     
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  2. timabababaluka

    timabababaluka No exceptions. Except.....

    Thank you, Gary! :D

    I agree, Gillette makes some incredible blades even if these turn out to be sub-par for me. But still, I like to treat my blades like I try to treat people--give 'em a few chances to put their best foot forward before coming to any conclusions--the Super Thins will get their day again ;)
     
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  3. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

    May 7 & 8

    Parker SRX
    Feather (2, 1)
    30 DC LE Brush
    Eufros Tierra Humeda (Wet Earth) soap
    Alum, Thayers WH, Stirling unscented body lotion, Jeeves of Hudson Street Blood on Steel, & Aramis EdT


    2020 Shavette Focus Shaves # 36 & 37

    Apologies for not keeping up this week. It turned out to be busy as I completed a project that had been on the back burner for awhile.

    I completed two more shaves with the Parker SRX. Both were two-passers and experimental in that I'm trying some new strokes to smooth out my chin. I am getting pretty good results with about half the strokes I was taking at the beginning of my focus. I paid this morning with a couple of minor weepers as I tried some XTG and ATG strokes. I'm beginning to see that it takes four perfectly executed passes to have a completely smooth and blood-free chin: WTG, ATG, and XTG in both directions. Anything short of that leaves some wiry whiskers. Since I'm generally a two-pass shaver, the additional two passes on my chin are considered touch ups.

    I've been using Jeeves of Hudson Street Blood on Steel aftershave for the past few days. This was part of an LE soap and aftershave set from the 2018 meetup. I like the long-lasting scent and skin feel. It is based on Herod Parfums de Marly. According to the Jeeve's website, top notes are pepper & cinnamon; middle notes are labdanum, incense, tobacco leaf & osmanthus; and base notes are musk, Iso E Super, vetiver, cedar, vanilla & nagarmotha. I don't even know what many of these notes are, but I like that it is a dark, sweet, spicy scent. One splash is all you need to last most of the day. I have a mostly full bottle, so it will take a while to work through it...and even longer considering I can't wear scented products while we're in Minnesota.

    I hope you all have had a great day!

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  4. Tommynick

    Tommynick Well-Known Member

    Happy Friday

    Long week.

    Wednesday’s Shave
    Slim twist
    Wilkinson super sword 3
    Omega Boar
    Aqua Velva AS

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    Friday. 5/8

    Gillette Blue Tip A3
    Wilkinson Super Sword 4
    Amici Ss
    Made Rite Bristle Brush
    Amici AS

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  5. brit

    brit in a box

    i admire you patience..good show..:)
     
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  6. brit

    brit in a box

    fine shave and pic Charlie,have a fine weekend sir..:)
     
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  7. timabababaluka

    timabababaluka No exceptions. Except.....

    Beautiful black and white photo, great gear, and awesome report, Charlie! :D

    That is a busy scent profile, and I don't know half of those notes either, but it still sounds wonderful!
     
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  8. timabababaluka

    timabababaluka No exceptions. Except.....

    Great looking shaves, Tom--love that Blue Tip! :D
     
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  9. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

     
  10. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Ok, nice shavette shave, but I need to share a few things Tim. I wouldn't have used the other half of the bad blade for today's shave. I would have tossed it out and use another DE blade of the same brand to split it in half. I have also have had the same problem with my Semogue badger. It still is a lather hog, so I use light paint strokes to minimize the lather flowing towards the handle. I also turn the brush sideways to roll off the excess lather by the handle on my face and continue to paint it. Finally, I will squeeze the brush to release the lather that is deep within the brush. Bottom-line: there isn't anythimg wrong with our lathering techniques. It is just the property of the brush that causes the lather to flow toward the handle.
     
  11. JACarbone

    JACarbone Well-Known Member

    A superb shave to go with a great looking razor. Happy Friday brother!
     
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  12. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    I have always said that honing straights with lapping films is the way to go because it isn't expensive and it is idiot proof.
     
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  13. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

    Great job honing and terrific shave, James!
    There's that word "need" again. Rarely applies to anything we do here.
     
  14. jtface

    jtface Well-Known Member

    If I can do it, it's idiot proof. Your point reasoning is sound!
     
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  15. jtface

    jtface Well-Known Member

    Cheers, Jim!
     
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  16. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Excellent shaves Charlie! Still praying for you and Kathy. Keep the joy of the Lord!
     
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  17. MrEE

    MrEE Half Naked Shave Stalker

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    I may have to make them out of anodized aluminum. I have lots of that laying around and we don't see many scales made out of aluminum. Of course, anodizing is harder than hardened steel so I'll have to figure that out. Don't want the scales marking the blade.
     
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  18. brit

    brit in a box

    saturday sneak peak.. 20200508_132825_edited.jpg

    finally arrived..canadian 1950s shulton old spice glass bottle,late 60s traveller..smells awesome.. 20200508_132305_edited.jpg
     
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  19. timabababaluka

    timabababaluka No exceptions. Except.....

    Thanks, Joe!

    Interesting about the brushes. Is that a characteristic of badger brushes in general, or just the particular brushes that we have?
     
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  20. brit

    brit in a box

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