November 2019 30 Day Rule/Focus Pix & Discussion

Discussion in 'Shave School' started by NCoxSTL, Oct 30, 2019.


We want to KNOW your NO in NOvember!!

  1. I'm gonna go No Variation and RULE it!

    5 vote(s)
  2. I'm gonna go No Repeat and use it all!

    9 vote(s)
  3. I'm gonna go have cookies since they are doubled this month!!

    4 vote(s)
  4. I'm gonna go with my usual gear and just have fun without a theme!

    12 vote(s)
  5. I'm gonna go have ice cream since there's extra this month!!

    6 vote(s)
  6. I'm gonna go over there and watch you all like a stalker!!

    8 vote(s)
  7. I'm gonna go over there and have extra cookies AND ice cream - because I can!!!

    7 vote(s)
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  1. NCoxSTL


    Welcome to NOVember!

    But, you ask....what does NOVember really stand for? Well, for some in the world it’s “no-shave November.” Yeah, that’s not us. We have traditionally called it No Variation November – meaning we choose one setup and work with it the entire month. Kind of like a Rule. Well, it is a Rule but we call it something else in November. However, through the normal daily discussions and brainstorming that goes on around here (granted, there are some storms smaller than others) the idea of a “No Repeat November” emerged last year. So.....we have two possible themes for 2019. If you want to use one razor, one soap, one brush, one blade etc. and set up a hard and fast Rule for the month – it's No Variation for you. If, instead, you have more razors, soaps, etc. than you can safely store and want to use a totally different setup every day then it’s No Repeat November for you! Obviously, if neither of these themes appeals to you there is always the “unfocused focus” option available, or, in keeping with the NOV of the NOVember we could call that.....No Thank You to your silly themes.....I’ll just shave my way, thank you very much. And that, my friends, sums up NOVember 2019!!!

    And now that that’s out of the way, let’s begin with our formal intruduction.

    The Cartel is proud to welcome you to the November 2019 edition of the 30 Day Rule and Focus Discussion.

    If you're new to traditional shaving, or to TSD, WELCOME!!! If you’ve been here awhile you know the drill so jump in and help the new guys get their feet wet. Well, not really, that would mean they have a serious problem with how to shave around a sink…..or the shower….or else their plumbing is just really bad.

    So, what is this group about? A couple of things, really. First and fore most this is a TECHNIQUE focused group. All the fancy and shiny shave toys in the world won’t give you a great shave if you don’t know how to use them. That applies to any type of razor from DE safety razor to injector to traditional straights, kamisori, pain sticks, popsicle stick razors, sharp can lids and all the rest. Second, it’s a COMMUNITY focused group. Everyone here is supportive of the new people learning, the old timers learning new stuff or just working with a new razor or trying to adjust to fix an issue. We support each other and learn together. Third, it’s about SHENANIGANS. Yep, we sometimes drift off topic around here just because we can and it’s fun. As @Bama_Samurai stated in the inaugural edition back in January 2015, this is an un-hijackable thread.

    Well, that’s my introduction for the month. Wondering what the heck a 30 Day Rule or Focus is? Well, let’s let the one, the only, the legendary and mystical @Bama Samurai remind us. Please rise and remove your hats and hold your favorite razor aloft in tribute. We’ll pause for a moment of revered silence.

    The 30 Day Rule (designed to build solid technique or learn new technique)

    1 brush, 1 soap, 1 brand of blades, 1 razor, 30 Days. The rule is really that simple. It seems boring, but this is probably the most straightforward way to learn for a brand new shaver. This is the exercise that really allowed me to clearly see the interplay between the four elements. It is highly recommended for newly converted shavers and more experienced shavers who have a problem that defies resolution. This exercise eliminates variables and will likely solve any problem you may have, with a strict scientific approach.Any thing that strays from these simple guidelines is not a rule, but rather a focus (not that there's anything wrong with that!)

    The 30 Day Focus (more flexible, for exploring and comparing)

    This is a less rigorous exercise, designed for exploration and comparison of gear and technique. This is the most common exercise on the thread. Generally the elements are rotated one by one to allow clear observation. Examples of focus areas include brush types, blades, soaps, razor variants, or technique foci as a standalone.

    These are the suggested guidelines, and serve as a starting point for the discussion each month. Any thematic elements are up to each individual. We believe that if you've ever sought a great shave, you have something to offer. And if you're searching for great shaves, we will definitely try to help. If you are new to TSD, I believe you've landed in a great place. Everyone here participating would love to answer your questions and help you get the most from your shaving. We are very glad you're here! So, if you're new, stop in for a cookie and meet the crew. If this is old hat, welcome back, and let's rock another month out!

    Rules are the same people.
    1. New Members always welcome. Start anytime.
    2. Old Members always welcome. (Don’t like being considered “old”? Too bad, I know your birthdate.)
    3. Respect everyone
    4. Follow the rules of the forum
    5. All razor types and styles welcome
    6. You may not say anything negative about Russian blades, especially Voskhod. The Cartel is listening. And we have spies everywhere. They’re usually passed out drunk, but we get lucky occasionally.
    7. Don't think we don't hear when you badmouth Rapira either. We're vodka loving wannabe Russians, not blithering idiots. Well, ok so sometimes.....and Ivan.....well you get the idea.

    8. You might also want to be careful mentioning anything negative about Feathers. The Yakuza has been more active lately and, frankly, the Russians would be more concerned if they weren’t already drunk.

    As November also ushers in the time of year when we all eat way too much – extra cookies for everyone and double the ice cream!!

    Let's have some great shaves! Welcome to NOVember! Group hug people!

    30 day crew portrait.jpg
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  2. brit

    brit in a box

    awesome.i am repeat..i am in repeat..
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  3. MrEE

    MrEE Half Naked Shave Stalker

    No repeat. I can do no repeat razors. Soaps, brushes, and aftershaves, not so much.
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  4. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

    I'm in for No Repeat November.

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  5. b1hart

    b1hart Well-Known Member

    I’m in. No repeat soaps and aftershaves. Not there yet for razors and brushes.
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  6. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

    I'm in with a birth year Fatboy, a combination of Jabonman/Eufros and Mike's Natural soaps (once I finish up my T&H Sandalwood cream), and whatever brush I choose.

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  7. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    I am in for No Varience November that will go into December because I don't shave every day. I am doing a 30 straight razor shave challenge. It means that I will be using the same straight razor for 30 consecutive shaves. I will also be using the same lineup. So, I decided to use my vintage 5/8 Wolstenholm square point, Stirling boar brush, Stirling's Sandalwood soap and aftershave. 20191031_070249.jpg 20191031_070249.jpg
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  8. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    I am in! Going with a No-Focus Focus since I just did The Fat for October. Looking forward to it!
  9. MrDaniel's

    MrDaniel's Well-Known Member

    No variety for me. DSC_0632.JPG
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  10. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos

    I am going to follow Perry's lead and go with a no focus-focus.
  11. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

    Supporting Vendor
    I think I'll have a plate of that too!
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  12. brit

    brit in a box

    awesome shave Joe..
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  13. brit

    brit in a box

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  14. MrDaniel's

    MrDaniel's Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Gary!
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  15. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Thanks Gary, but I didn't shave with this gear just yet. I am scheduled to start my 30 straight razor challenge on Sat Nov. 2.
    Terry, Hembree, 9nein9 and 9 others like this.
  16. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    I'm in, but I had a different "NO"....that isn't listed. It will be NO more purchases this year(That is, that involve websites of artisan soap companies). Two personal dates I look forward to with pleasure-the parking lots will be ready tomorrow(or are expected to be)for us to return our cars to where they SHOULD be. And the repair of my shower happens on the 4th. I wrote earlier that I will be paying close attention to the info I just received about "Best Razors 4(For) Seniors", and who knows-by month's end I may be deciding on a "Senior(Citizen) Level Razor to try. But in keeping with my NO, I won't purchase it until 2020. Here's to another month of great shaves from us all. :).
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2019
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  17. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    I can't successfully to a "same monthly lineup"....I'm too much a variety freak.
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  18. NCoxSTL


    I like it!
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  19. NCoxSTL


    I agree. You are definitely a freak of some variety. :happy102:
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  20. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Thanks, Neal!
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