Pre-shave:- Cold Water straight from the tap Brush:- RazoRock Plissoft Synth. 24/57mm knot Soap/Cream:- Arko (4 shaving sticks grated into a 250ml plastic tub) Bowl/Scuttle:- Captain's Choice Razor/Blade:- Rockwell 6C 'R6' / Vintage NOS Wizamet Polsilver Brown #9 Post-shave:- Thayers Witch Hazel & Tea Tree Oil / WAHL Bay Rum Aftershave Splash Fragrance:- L'eau D'issey Pour Homme
It's been 12 days straight using the Arko shaving soap and it's making my skin slightly drier throughout the night, which isn't too bad in the summer season as I said before we'll always sweat sooner or later so it doesn't dry out too soon. However, I'm starting to get bored using the same soap of Arko, over and over for 12 days straight is about to rip my bloody hair out, I've only got 16 more days to go and I don't think I'll be able to keep going
Date: 12 February 2019
It's been 12 days straight using the Arko shaving soap and it's making my skin slightly drier throughout the night, which isn't too bad in the summer season as I said before we'll always sweat sooner or later so it doesn't dry out soon. However, I'm starting to get bored using the same soap of Arko, over and over for 12 days straight is about to rip my bloody hair out, I've only got 16 more days to go and I don't think I'll be able to keep going
... I'm starting to get bored using the same soap of Arko, over and over for 12 days straight is about to rip my bloody hair out, I've only got 16 more days to go and I don't think I'll be able to keep going
Had this very nice 13/16” RigaRazor come in for honing this week
Paired with the fat and the T&H freshman aftershave with the T&H Aspley cologne for a tidy finish
Was warned the 51200 steel could be prone to micro chipping but no such troubles coming off the Nakayama Asagi
Today's shave is kind go grabbed between travel trips. I came to India thinking I was staying 3 days and I packed a straight just for the hell of it. When I got here the plans changed and I am only staying one day and then I am off to Korea tomorrow. So it is a quick shave and then pack up again ready for the flight. This is an unusual shave fro me in that I am using a synthetic knot - this is the FIRST time in two years of proper shaving that I have used a synthetic. So why not go big eh?
This is called “The King” or the “King of Chub”. The brush is a doorstop, designed by my own good hands and machined to sheeny perfection. It stands about 50mm tall and is 47mm wide at the widest point. A true stubby chubby. The knot is a 30mm, yes you read that right, a 30mm synthetic set just deep enough to give is a whole lot of back bone.
El Capitaine from Art razor in Ukraine. This is a beast of a razor with a fantastic edge, Yuri over at Art Razor sure knows what he is doing - if you have not got an Art Razor then get one… This one is an 8/8” near wedge and again is is AWESOME. Swedish carbon steel, great scales and perfectly polished.
The second one in my stable from Crows Nest - Tortuga which means tortoise in Spanish apparently. The flavour notes for this soap are:
“Safe haven of dangerous, boisterous, drunken, and bawdy. Tortuga is pirate heaven, now make it yours.
The captains private blend of cuban tobacco, amber, spices, cherry, and clove”
It is the amber and the cherry that particularly appeal to me here and it is a rich cherry cake smell. I love it. It lather great after a short bloom, 40-60 seconds tip loading and 2-3 minutes whipping up.
Please please PLEASE Crows nest start making soap again - we need the Jack Daw!!
Van Yulay blue resin bowl, Waterhouse knives wide strop and Proraso white preshave
Altogether and awesome three pass and clean up. Followed by my new favourite, St. John’s Bay Rum
First shave with Haslinger Ringelblumen. It has a light, pleasant scent, which to my uneducated nose has some similarities to the Palmolive Classic Stick.
It is an adjective I don't think I've used before for lather, but the tallow version of the Haslinger Ringelblumen soap produced gorgeous lather. Like the Schafmilch and Honey Haslinger soaps that I have used, the Ringelblumen lathers very easily, and produced large volumes of thick creamy lather with excellent mobility and lubricity.
Three passes and I am absolutely BBS.
I'm really digging a run with the Semogue SOC boar brush - it is getting very soft indeed, but still has good backbone and fast loading characteristics.
Finished with the delightful Acca Kappa 1869 EDP.
re-shave: Hot shower Brush: Tony Forysth P&C LE Platypus shaving brush Soap/Cream: The one, the only, ARKO! shaving soap Razor: Vintage NEW head (replated) on TSW Bren handle Blade: Polsilver 'Brown' (4) Post-shave: Mysrol Formula K aftershave splash Fragrance: Penhaligon's Halfeti
Get up, no hard decisions to make about what to use. Life is simple ...
Soap: Pb French Green Garden Hand Soap
Brush: Vulfix Travel
Razor: Merkur 39C
Blade: Vintage Nacet (2)
Post: Jojoba Oil
Skin wasn’t that happy yesterday with the Nivea shave cream so took a lead from Dove boy. Lather unsatisfactory but still provided a very good shave without the irritation. Mission accomplished.