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April 2024 Gentlemanly Restraint Until Month End (GRUME)

Day 2, 6.7% complete

Preshave: Hot washcloth
Soap: Mitchell's Wool Fat (Tallow)
Brush: Yaqi 24mm synthetic cashmere
Razor: GC.84 SB, Al Handle, Astra SP #2
Bowl: Turkish copper
Post-shave: Nivea Balm

Used the same kit as yesterday, but the Astra had smoothed out, as expected. I got another easy near-BBS.
1) FoolishMortal - SOTMC, FFFMM
2) ric164
3) Multum in parvo
4) Guido75
5) SmoothOperator
6) awk_m4 GRUYERE
7) Bsamps - GRUYERE
8) Firemonkey
9) iver
10) LJBraaten - GRUYERE, etc.
11) Balin - SOTMC
12) Pyrate
13) ChriWilson - SOTMC, GRUYERE
14) Doti B
15) hopper_64 - GRUYERE
16) geneaut
18) JAHE
19) Chef455
20) blethenstrom
21) cryhavoc - GRUYERE
22) three_bravo
23) tjsgarden - GRUYERE
24) Jack Goossen - GRUYERE
25) BobbyB
26) Markdad2
27) La Malice SOTMC, GRUYERE
28) Jayson74
29) rudewarrior
30) Roedeer - 366er
31) JKaboom GRUYERE
32) Barley
33) WThomas0814 (Grampa Bill)

#31 had to edit my handle from JKaboob to JKaboom LOL 😂
For today’s Vintage April shave I choose my best SE, my repaired Gem Junior (1912 Series). Judging by the Bakelite handle this was probably manufactured in the 1939s. The Badger brush I use most of the time sports an Ever Ready 200 handle. My Gem blade (shave 12) was freshly stropped on my SE Twinplex and gave me a very good shave! A 9.6.


366 daily shaves

Gillette NEW RFBDurable Sharp Titanium (3)Abe’s Brush Works Smokey Bandit
Cold splash
KCG Face Wash
Mike’s Natural Soaps Barbershop (76)
Cold splash
Proraso Green

PassesWTG XTG ATG and touch up
Process Quality
(details here)
Blade Sharpness
10/10 (Clean)5/10 (Sharp)
EffectivenessShave Comfort
8/10 (Smooth)


Summary. In the end an excellent shave with a mild yet ultimately effective razor. Another superb brush by my dad!

For extended shave notes click here.

Enjoy your shave!
Still in....

Evening shave - 4/2/24
Razor: Parker SoloEdge
Blade: Parker Premium Platinum (half) (2)
Soap: BSS #1
Brush: RazoRock Hive 24
Aftershave: Stetson Cooling Moisture
Rating: 9.5/10, DFS+
Very similar shave to previous one, which means that it was nice and comfortable. This razor is a solid performer. I did get a small weeper, but it was gone by the time I was finished.
Still in.

Razor: The Beast (DD Satinedge 13/16") <- GRUME has inspired me to officially nickname all of my razors. Their names have been always running about in my addled brain. This comes from the size of its width. I don't ever expect to get larger than this, and I'm finding my preferred width is 11/16".
Soap: Mitchell's Wool Fat (Tallow)
Brush: Parker Boar (not shown)
AS: Stirling Coniferous

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4-3 Wednesday 10am Still in.
Shave 49/366.
2 pass DFS

Razor: Overlander alu
Blade: Perma-sharp (3)
Soap: WTP Gold
Brush: RR Bruce
Post: Clubman

Switching things up for a bit. Gonna use WTP and Arko! sticks.
Have gotten into a habit of not shaving for several days. The Missus even commented on my scruffy face. Need to be more diligent!
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