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December 2022 Gentlemanly Restraint Until Month End (GRUME)

Last shave of the year, headshave today - Still out

Gillette Heritage
Astra SS (8)
Yaqi Moka Express 2-Band Badger
Karo Classic
Proraso Red

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I wish you all a Happy New Year and see most of you in the January thread 🍾
I used the restock period to buy the blades before the 2023 sabbatical starts. KAI blades are my new favourites and now I have everything I need to try going a full year without any purchase. Let's see if my will is strong enough for this. If I understood the rules correctly it should not get me out of this GRUME, so I'm still in and completed the month. Thank you guys for the company in restraint and see you in January.
Happy New Year 🎆

My last shave in 2022:
brush: Stando amazaque wood 2band badger
razor: Tatara Muramasa
blade: KAI (6)
soap: Stirling Scots Pine Sheep
aftershave: Proraso White balm
New Years Eve Day
The final day of GRUME, 2022...Still In 💪

Decem🐽 🐷 🐖 🐗, 2022 completed

SV Saturday
Inaugural Semogue Saturday

Rockwell 6S, plate 4 with generic aluminum handle
Astra Platinum (7)
Semogue 830
Saponificio Varesino Manna Di Sicilia


I want to say special thanks to all the thread sponsors for your leadership roles this year.
@FoolishMortal in GRUME
@SharpieB for DecemBOAR
@Guido75 for Muhle Mondays
@Smooth and Sharp for MdC Mondays
@Rusty Blade for the SWS
@Mike M for SV Mondays
@Balin for Synthetic Sundays!
@JAHE for Tallow Tabac Tuesdays
@FoolishMortal for Arko August
@BigJ for Shark Week
@DavidN88 for Semogue Saturdays...made it in the last day of the year!

Sorry for others that I am not remembering at this time. AND a special thanks to a GREAT BUNCH OF GUYS that have made B&B one of the most special places on the internet.

In 2023, I look forward to begin GRUYERE initiated by @KQY61.
365 Shaves in 2023 started by @Leverspro is looking for prospects that are daily shavers. Here is a link.

That wraps up 2022. Thanks and 🍻🥂 for a new year!
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Still out.

New year's Eve shave:

It is both humbling and heartening to realise how much has changed in terms of my outlook in personal life and towards the world.

I've met so many gentlemen from across the globe, and I keep on learning from them.

I hope to be lucky in future as well and continue to enjoy the company, and hopefully give something back to the community as well.


Blackland Blackbird SS
Feather Hi-stainless steel blade
Tabac tallow soap
Semogue Owner's Club boar in Cherry
Lea Alum Stick
Shavologist Jaipur Oud aftershave and balm

Excellent shave marking the end of 2022 and welcoming 2023!
Day 31, 100% complete.

Preshave: Hot washcloth
Soap: Saponificio Varesino Opuntia
Brush: Yaqi 24mm synthetic cashmere
Razor: GC.84 SB, Al Handle, KCG #8
Enhancement: 0.1mm shim
Bowl: Turkish copper
Post-shave: Nivea 2-in-1 Aftershave

Finished the year with a fine near-BBS.

I hope to see some of you over in the January thread.
Made it 🙏🏽

Last shave in 2022.
Good year for learning about many aspect of this passion.
Truly enjoyed your company and support, brethren 👍🏼

Seventh shave in a row with this outstanding Prismatic.
This time I loaded a Permasharp.
One word: awesome.
This Areffa badger fat tallowed soap keeps impressing me too.

Made it, finished the year and broke in the New Year with my old Trac II while on holiday. It took nearly two weeks to realize I had resumed my old bad Trac II habits and that I needed to apply what I learned with the Tech. Ended the trip with the same cartridge but closer shaves. The travel kit with olive tin and Mike’s soap worked well, much less irritation than with the V & E’s that was my former travel lather.
I'm out...

I've decided to stock up on my favourite Stirling aftershave in time before the 2023 GRUYERE starts off. I'm down on my final bottle of this particular AS and the scent has already been discontinued. Thus this AS will likely be gone in 01/2024 (and hey, Mrs JAHE loves it 😉 )...
No threewhaling here, I'd say. I ordered two 100ml bottles. And I added one Zenith boar brush (my first Zenith boar brush ever) for the 2023 DecemBoar event...

TBH, I don't feel overly bad regarding this fail since I know I would have made December GRUME otherwise, if GRUYERE wasn’t a thing.

Today's shave was perhaps my final shave of this year 2022. It's been a rather tough year for me due to many aspects in my life, all beyond shaving. My working/ life balance was quite off recently... 2023 might be a another challenging year... But hey, we shall see.🤷‍♂️

However, I may take the opportunity to thank all of you for your uplifting company in 2022.

And as it had to be expected 😉, here's the obligatory SOTD picture...

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Kommt gut und gesund ins neue Jahr! 😀

Be seeing you!

Thanks for bringing the rules back to mind. I'd call myself "out" , though.
The AS I got might be still in line with the restock idea, but the boar brush I ordered isn't. 😇

I'm out. Purchased aftershave for 2023 shave sabbatical, as well as a synthetic Stirling brush.

I'm out!

I've placed the orders for gifts and a few items for myself as well.

I read the restocking window for GRUME but the items which were ordered for me are not for restocking, so I'll be seeing you in January GRUME and GRUYERE 2023.

I'll share the spoils when I get the deliveries.

Good luck and best wishes to you and your family.

Well, that wraps up the the month and the year. Thanks so much to all to have continued to join me on my journey to minimization and given good company along the way. We're down to the final tally for December, so it's time for one last 2022...

Roll Call!

1) @FoolishMortal - SOMTC
2) @tjsgarden
3) @Multum in parvo
4) Doti B - out (12/11: PDP63 set)
5) iver - out (12/11: Super Slant)
6) @elmo_koffman
7) @BobbyB
8) Balin - out (12/9: FBT) - SOMTC
9) @cryhavoc
10) Tillerman- out (12/30: Stirling synth)
11) @LJBraaten
12) @Jack Goossen
13 ) JAHE - out (12/30: Zenith boar)
14) Contact_vs_Feedback - out (12/30: Stuff)
15) @SharpieB
16) @ChriWilson
17) @wmadoty
18) @JWCowboy
19) Chef455 - out (12/15: SR stuff)
20) @Stuart Ganis
21) @sandorfi - SOTMC
22) @cantujm
23) hopper_64 - out (12/19: SE)
24) Markdad2 - out (12/6: PdP63)
25) Guido75 - out (12/16: Areffa)
26) @Roedeer
27) @FL shaver
28) @sarir97
29) @Dodger59
30) @kjbarth - GRUYERE
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