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A little background before I get to current saving journey. This journal is mostly to remind myself of what I'm doing and what worked and what didn't work for me personally. If I don't put it here I will forget it. Prior to double edge I was using a Schick 5-blade with a can of gel shaving cream. Not really changing the cartridge until about a month in, shaving daily. I was having some ingrown hairs, some iritation, not smooth shaving with lots of pulling.

I started off Jan 2021 with a dollar store turn to open razor with some Astra SP blades. That was much easier glide but that razor was super light and extremely aggressive, I was nicking myself a lot even when going slow I was using still the can of shave gel. I won a PIF from @SgtCrppls if I hadn't I don't know if I would have kept at it much longer. It was an Edwin Jagger 89 with some blade samples. In my neck of the woods the only de style soaps were creamo and van der hagen shave soap so I started using that. Both of those 3 combined made a huge difference.

Before we skip forward to present day journaling I found that I have sensitive skin and coarse hair, bad combination. My employee finds lots of DE razors and buys them for me. So I'm stockpiling razors. I need a better shave brush. I should consider a bigger lather bowl. The sharper the blade the better, most blades wear out after 3 uses. My face and I don't have the patience to ' break in a blade' where it gets sharper after the 1st cut. I try not to push my luck I only have 1 face.
 
A little background before I get to current saving journey. This journal is mostly to remind myself of what I'm doing and what worked and what didn't work for me personally. If I don't put it here I will forget it. Prior to double edge I was using a Schick 5-blade with a can of gel shaving cream. Not really changing the cartridge until about a month in, shaving daily. I was having some ingrown hairs, some iritation, not smooth shaving with lots of pulling.

I started off Jan 2021 with a dollar store turn to open razor with some Astra SP blades. That was much easier glide but that razor was super light and extremely aggressive, I was nicking myself a lot even when going slow I was using still the can of shave gel. I won a PIF from @SgtCrppls if I hadn't I don't know if I would have kept at it much longer. It was an Edwin Jagger 89 with some blade samples. In my neck of the woods the only de style soaps were creamo and van der hagen shave soap so I started using that. Both of those 3 combined made a huge difference.

Before we skip forward to present day journaling I found that I have sensitive skin and coarse hair, bad combination. My employee finds lots of DE razors and buys them for me. So I'm stockpiling razors. I need a better shave brush. I should consider a bigger lather bowl. The sharper the blade the better, most blades wear out after 3 uses. My face and I don't have the patience to ' break in a blade' where it gets sharper after the 1st cut. I try not to push my luck I only have 1 face.
Send me your address and I will send you an assortment of blades to try.

Doug
 
Razor List and Aggressiveness - Personal grading and to be adjusted later if need be: No grade=haven't shaved with it yet.
Lenient, Mild, Moderate, Aggressive, Very Aggressive, Geezum Crow (Severe)
Merkur 23c - Lenient
Merkur 38c - Mild
Edwin Jagger DE89 - Moderate
Gillette Super speed - Moderate
Gillette Super Adjustable " Black Beauty" x2 - Mild - Very Aggressive
Gillette Slim Adjustable " Standard " - Mild / Very Aggressive
Gillette 3 piece brass (tech?) - Aggressive
PAA - "La Fantasma" slant - Very Aggressive
Gillette Aristocrat
Probak - Aggressive
Dollar store TTO - Geezum Crow
 
11.08.21 - Razor - PAA " La Fantasma" slant -
Blade - Rapira(3) [White box blue footer]
Soap - PAA Diver down - 1st use -like the scent
Brush - Van Der Hagen badger
Remarks - Soap had a cooling feeling after shaving but it's not a menthol, interesting. Closest shave of 2021

11.09.21 - Razor - PAA " La Fantasma" slant - 23c handle - wanted to try a longer handle
Blade - Personna Platinum - (1)
Soap - PAA Diver down - 2nd use
Brush - Van Der Hagen badger
Remarks - Man that went downhill fast! From 1 of the best shaves to one of the worst this year. Too many new variables, handle, soap, blade, 1st time back to back with a slant. Had irritation at neck line, 1st time with a breakout/irritaion/rash. Will dial it back and go back to basics tomorrow

11.10.21 - Razor - EJ89
Blade - Personna (2)
Soap - Muhle - Sea Buckthorn
Brush - Van Der Hagen badger
Remarks - Still a bad shave with a personna platinum.

11.11.21 - Razor - merkur 23c
Blade - Wilkinson
Soap - Muhle - Sea Buckthorn
Brush - Van Der Hagen badger
Remarks - Face needed a break. Used the most lenient razor I have

11.12.21 - No shave - Got new brush though! PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid- Now I figure out how what all of the dimensions mean.
 
11.20.21 - Razor - Gillette Super Adjustable 109
Blade - Big Ben (4)
Soap - Taylor of Old Bond : Jerymyn Sensitive
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

11.19.21 - Razor - Gillette Super Adjustable 109
Blade - Big Ben (3)
Soap - Diver Down PAA
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

11.18.21 - Razor - Gillette Super Adjustable 109
Blade - Big Ben (2)
Soap - Col. Conk Lime
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - Edwin Jagger collapsable travel bowl
Post shave: Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

11.17.21 - Razor - Gillette Super Adjustable 109
Blade - Big Ben (1)
Soap - Arko
Brush - Van Der Hagen badger
Bowl - Blue ceramic
Post shave: none

11.16.21 - Razor - Edwin Jagger DE 89
Blade - Wilkinson (5)
Soap - Future Fiction PAA
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - Edwin Jagger collapsable travel bowl
Post shave: Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

11.15.21 - Razor - Merkur 38c
Blade - Wilkinson (4)
Soap - Diver Down PAA
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Post shave: Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

11.14.21 - Razor - Edwin Jagger DE 89
Blade - Wilkinson (3)
Soap - Muhle - Sea Buckthorn
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Post shave: Thayer's unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

Takeaways: I need to put my shaves on here quicker or I forget about them. I was not loading my brush enough, I didn't have a lather bowl and I was using a sub par brush. Those two things have really help in producing better lather. Better lather = blades that I have previously not liked have been better shavers after revisiting. I have added Thayer's, I think the irritation 2 weeks ago is due to the alum block which I haven't gone back to since. I do not like the Merkur 38C it is too tail heavy. I do like the superslim adjustable it is head heavy with a long handle witch is perfect for me. The superslim adjustable however misses hairs on the bottom corners of my bottom lip even if I am paying attention.
 
11.21.21 - Razor - Edwin Jagger DE 89
Blade - Personna Med prep I think, it was a PIF (1)
Soap - Muhle - Sea Buckthorn
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

11.22.21 - Razor - Gillette Adjustable
Blade - Personna Med prep (2)
Soap - Future Fiction PAA
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

11.23.21 - Razor - Gillette Super Adjustable 109
Blade - Personna Med prep (3)
Soap - Captains Choice - Italia
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling & alum block

Takeaways: I think the personna med prep is not for me, onto the next. I found the cause of the irritation, the alum block. Use only if needed.
 
11.24.21 - Razor - Edwin Jagger DE 89
Blade -Rapira Platinum Lux (1) & Bic Chrome Platinum (1) - Rapira was too slick/dull? wasn't doing a good job cutting hairs
Soap - Muhle - Sea Buckthorn
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

11.25.21 - Razor - Gillette Super Slim Adjustable 109
Blade - Bic Chrome Platinum (2)
Soap - Captains Choice Italia
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

11.26.21 - Razor - Gillette Super Slim Adjustable 109
Blade - Bic Chrome Platinum (3)
Soap - PAA Diver Down
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

11.27.21 - Razor - Gillette 3 piece brass (tech?) open comb
Blade - Rapira Platinum Lux (2)
Soap - Stone Cottage - Spiced Myrrh - This stuff cant be scooped, brushed only, super hard
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

11.28.21 - Razor - Gillette Super Slim Adjustable 109
Blade - Bic Chrome Platinum (4)
Soap - Captains Choice Italia
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

11.29.21 - Razor - PAA "LA Fantasma" slant
Blade - Rapira Platinum Lux (3)
Soap - PAA Diver Down
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

11.30.21 - Razor - Gillette Super Slim Adjustable 109
Blade - Bic Chrome Platinum (5)
Soap - Captains Choice Italia
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

12.1.21 - Razor - Edwin Jagger DE 89
Blade - Nacet (1)
Soap - Muhle - Sea Buckthorn & Captains Choice Italia
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

Note - Rapira Platinum Lux is not for me - I threw the kitchen sink at that blade. I should have binned the Bic Chrome Platinum after 3. I want more cushion from the captains choice, maybe I need to use more.
 
12.2.21 - Razor - Gillette Super adjustable 109
Blade - Nacet (2)
Soap - Captains Choice Italia
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

12.3.21 - Off

12.4.21 - Razor - Merkur 38c
Blade - Nacet (3)
Soap - Captains Choice Italia
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

12.5.21 - Razor - Gillette super speed
Blade - Lord Super Chrome (1)
Soap - PAA Diver Down
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

12.6.21 - Razor - Gillette slim adjustable
Blade - Lord Super Chrome (2)
Soap - PAA Future Fiction
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

12.7.21 - Razor - Gillette Super adjustable 109
Blade - Gillette Silver Blue (1)
Soap - Captains Choice Italia
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

Notes - Man the nacet blades are soooo good. The lord was good, better than the sharks but now that I have better lather technique I will revisit the sharks. I didn't like the GSB blade yesterday, it didn't cut well. Maybe it'll get better but the Lord SC was better than the GSB on the 1st shave.
 
12.8.21-12.29.21 - Notes - I need to write down my shaves daily. Work and holidays are getting busier, I'm not even taking the time to bowl lather. The Gillette Silver Blue didn't get better, that was sad and those are out forever. A lot of people seemed to like them but they were not working for me. Tossed after 3 shaves, I really tried. Voshod did better on the first shave on 2 day stubble than GSB but still not great and really struggled. I can't even remember what my beef was with Voshod, I think too slick, it wasn't cutting and when it did catch after the 2nd shave it was dull. I wasn't even able to get 3 shaves out of it. Had to change blades in the middle of the 3rd shave to Treet platinum. Those were better than the GSB and Voshod. Asco super stainless after that, those were better than the Treet platinum. Then Personna Israeli reds, I really liked those more than I thought because I didn't like the med blue and I didn't have a good few shaves with the Personna Platinums. I think I tried a shark super chrome at this point? It was meh, cut but was wasn't smooth. Then treet carbon steel (black blade) not smooth but cut better than the gsb and voshod about the same as the shark(?), I'd shave again with those but won't be a flagship but any means. Next up, Gillette platinum are MUCH better for me than the GSB's. Apples to oranges difference, I liked the gillette platinums as a middle of the road to good blade. I can't tell if that is recency bias though. I'll have to go back and compare them to the Israeli Reds, better notes next update. Rambling, rambling, rambling, run on sentence aaannndd I'm done.
 
1.5.22 - Razor - EJ 89
Blade - Bic Chrome Platinum (1)
Soap - PAA Diver Down
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

1.7.22 - Razor - Super speed - flare tip
Blade - Bic Chrome Platinum (2)
Soap - PAA Future Fiction
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

1.9.22 - Razor - PAA La fantasma slant
Blade - Bic Chrome Platinum (3)
Soap - PAA Diver Down
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

1.10.22 - Razor - EJ 89
Blade - Dorco Stainless
Soap - Muhle - Sea Buckthorn
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

1.11.22 - Razor - EJ 89
Blade - Topaz Platinum
Soap - Muhle - Sea Buckthorn
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

1.12.22 - Razor - EJ 89
Blade - Super Max Sunrise
Soap - PAA Diver Down
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

1.16.22 - Razor - Gillette Super Adjustable 109 "6 Setting" - Great shave!
Blade - Feather (1)
Soap - PAA Diver Down
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

1.17.22 - Razor - PAA La Fantasma slant
Blade - Feather (2)
Soap - PAA Diver Down
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

1.18.22 - Razor - Gillette Milord
Blade - Feather (3)
Soap - Proraso Red
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

1.21.22 - Razor - Gillette Super Adjustable (6)
Blade - Gillette 7 O'clock "Sharp Edge" (1)
Soap - Muhle Sea Buckthorn
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

1.22.22 -Razor - Henson AL13 medium aluminium
Blade - Gillette 7 O'clock "Sharp Edge" (2)
Soap - PAA - Future Fiction
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

1.23.22 - Razor - 1st pass EJ 89 - 2nd pass Henson AL13 medium
Blade - Gillette 7 O'clock "Sharp Edge" (3)
Soap - Muhle Sea Buckthorn & Captains Choice "Land Ho"
Brush - PAA Phantom Aerolite 26mm Synth Hybrid
Bowl - EJ collapsable travel bowl
Post shave - Thayers unscented & Nivea Sensitive Skin Cooling

Notes: The Henson is AWESOME! The 4 day stubble @ 6 on the super adjustable with feather was heavenly. The 7 O'clock was better than the GSB's maybe even the platinums. Topaz and the Dorco's aren't going to get another chance. The super max is the same a the Treet black beauty. I'll use them if I have to.
 
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