SOTD MONDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 30, 2020 Welcome to a dreary, rain-soaked Monobilt Monday! For today’s shave I broke out a few stalwart members of my shave kit that I just don’t use enough! The Cooper Monobilt, first and foremost amongst them, followed by the Riga Razor 7/8, sadly the only modern straight razor I own, and what used to be a regular feature of all my shaves for half a century, Williams Aqua Velva. The hard-working, bargain basement Rooney Badger generated the two MWF lathers I like to shave with, and the result was as expected, a velveteen smooth, cool, refreshing result. As George Peppard in his A-Team TV character Hannibal Smith used to say, “I love it when a plan comes together”! I’ve grown very fond of my vintage shave tools, and have been neglecting my modern artisan safety razors. I rarely shave with my Karve, my Rex Ambassador, my brand new Fine New LC homage, and my Blackland Tradere sits alone in its box along with several others. So this next month I will have a series of dome shaves with these razors to help me decide which will stay and which will go. My shaves with the Riga straight razor are ok, but just don’t compare to some of my favorite vintage straights. That may be an edge issue, so I’m going to have the edge refinished by my son, Ben, on his jnat progression, and see if that makes a difference. Enjoy your shaves, my shave brothers and sisters! RAZOR: Riga Razor 7/8 (Mug), Cooper Monobilt (Dome) BLADE: Feather DE PREP: Cold water rinse followed by a scrub with Argan Oil BRUSH: Rooney Ebony Badger SOAP: Mitchell’s Wool Fat POSTSHAVE: Cold water wash with brush squeezings followed by Humphreys Lilac WH. Finished with Aqua Velva (Spanish Version) and A&E Post-Shave Serum.