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Actually, your battery voltage looks very low. 12.2 volts is a battery at 50% charge.
You mentioned the charging voltage was 14.3 in OP so that looks good.
I think something is draining the battery while it sits.
Just for the heck of it, check to make sure there's noting that stays ON while...
Avon Black Suede is one of my favorite scents.
I recently bought a bottle of Stetson Aftershave just for the heck of it.
It's extremely close to Black Suede. Maybe not quite as "deep" of a scent.
I think the older Black Suede has oakmoss which is probably missing from modern blends...
I just got a sample of Chiseled Face - Sherlock.
I haven't lathered it up yet but my initial impression is "Old Dank Musty Basement"
It's supposed to have a dirt smell to it so...
I think there's another Sherlock that's more of a leather, whiskey scent, which is what I thought this one was.
I found some at local grocery store. It was on sale for $5 so I figured I'd try it.
I'll provide a contrasting review since I did not like it.
It lathers up fine (I used a soft synthetic brush in a lathering bowl) but it's a very light foam.
It reminds me of the old Colgate foam in a can which...
I have a re-plated gold fat handle tech.
I apply some paste wax to it when I change blades. I use SC Johnson paste wax.
I'm sure it wears off after a few shaves but I figure it's like a sacrificial layer...
Over the past few days I've been having a reaction to "something"...
It has resulted in what I call "Lobster Face".
Maybe it's sandalwood... I've been using Proraso Red.
I'm going to be finding a mild shave soap/cream to stick with.
Signing off now.
I finally got around to doing a beard map diagram. I've memorized it already but figured it would be good to document it. Maybe I'll find out a few years from now that I was wrong about something...
It's a bit complicated, like someone hit me in the face with a shovel...
Yes, the Astra is just the right balance of sharpness and smoothness for me in the Tech razor.
Great shave this morning on Astra SP, second use. The first use didn't feel as smooth.
Maybe I'll look into the "corking" technique for the first blade use.
I had received a soap shipment from Stirling Soaps yesterday and they were kind enough to include a free sample bar of a bath soap called "Christmas Eve". So I did a combo of this with some Derby unscented shave cream.
Lathered up quite well, not the best for slickness but...
I found this Avon seashell bottle that used to contain a bath oil.
I mix my own AS splash into it using witch hazel, a few splashes of some vintage Avon AS and sometimes a bit of Thayer's Medicated witch hazel.
It's a bit awkward to use but looks nice on the sink.
I thought I had found "My Blade" until I tried a Gillette Silver Blue.
The Astra SP was the sharpest and smoothest of the blades from a couple of sample sets.
I had heard some discussion on the GSB in the blades sub forum so I figured I'd try it.
A 5 pack came in with a soap...
Hi, I've got about 30 new soaps here and on order. Most are samples when possible.
Some that I knew I'd like I bought full tubs, tubes, etc.
That's the thing with using a new one a day - I'd have to wait a year to use it again.
I suspect I'll go over the 52 number. Some of the samples probably...
You could get one of those essential oil diffusers and some good oils for the shave den.
I've had one set up for a few weeks and it's much better than the standard glade, etc deodorizers which just smell synthetic and make me sneeze.
The diffusers are basically an ultrasonic humidifier and it...
Currently have 30 on order.
The one's I'm looking forward to are:
Mickey Lee Soapworks – Pantie Dropper (Supposed to smell like Drakkar Noir)
Wholly Kaw - King of Oud (Never smelled Oud - that I know of)
PAA - Black Bot (I love amber musks)
Tabac (Have to know what all the fuss is about)...
This is the gear I plan to use this year: (subject to change of course)
Razor: Re-plated Gillette post-war fat handle Tech from BackRoadsGold
Blades: Astra SP
Brushes: Parker badger, Proraso (Omega) boar, Maggard's synthetic
Bowls: The brown one is a "redware" bowl from a potter...
While it should be possible to do 'one a day' using a lot of samples, it was beginning to be "not fun anymore".
Maybe in 2020...
Speaking of samples, I realized that some sample size soaps that I've already bought will not likely last through a full week. So I'll just use it up then...
It was Williams Lectric Shave.
I don't have any yet, but I tried something that I do have this morning.
Splashed a bit of "V7" onto my face this morning.
I can't say it helped but it didn't hurt either.
Some people have reactions to Arko. I was fine with it for the first month or so but then started getting irritation and red spots. Now if I use Arko I make sure to use a LOT of pre-shave oil.
I think Arko sucks the oils out of your skin so adding some oil beforehand helps.