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SOTD "FREE WEEK" January 18th - January 24th, 2021


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Face wash with Neutrogena Liquid Facial Soap
GD Magnolia
SOC Boar
Rockwell S
PolSilver Super Iridium
Thayers Rose Petal WH & PAA Mysterium Serum
TOBS Sandalwood
SOTD - Sunday 24 January 2021

  • Straight Razor: Saponificio Varesino / Koraat - Leonardo da Vinci - 6/8
  • Shaving Brush: Saponificio Varesino - Cocobolo - 2.0 - 26mm Fan (High Mountain White)
  • Shaving Bowl: Saponificio Varesino - Shaving Grail Bowl
  • Shaving Soap: Saponificio Varesino - Cubebe - Beta 4.3
  • After-Shave: Saponificio Varesino - Cubebe - Splash
  • Fragrance: Saponificio Varesino - Cubebe - EdP (100 ml)



Yesterday morning’s mug shave with the new-to-me H. Hobson Sheffield wedge was a delight. For this morning’s shave I selected my Thistle Cut 5/8, a visually unassuming vintage razor, and one of two I own at the recommendation of a Master Honer who feels the brand and the steel used in the blade represents one of the best values in vintage razors today. At his recommendation and the loan of my son’s Shapton progression I took the blade all the way to 30k. I then stropped it on 0.25 and 0.1 pasted linen and finished it on Horween leather. While yesterday’s mug shave was great, this little Thistle is in a whisker-meltin’ class by itself. Velveteen smooth after only two passes (WTG, ATG).

My dome shave yesterday featured Fine’s “World’s Finest SS Safety Razor”, an assertion I would take issue with. It represented an homage to the vintage Gillette New LC. Frankly, as I said yesterday, I prefer the original Gillette. My dome shaving selection for today was my favorite AC safety razor. I also own a Vector which is without doubt also an excellent razor, but can be a pain in the petoot with random blade sticking issues. The Colonial General V2 has a narrow head profile, not as exaggerated as the Vector’s, is a bit heavier, but more importantly, doesn’t suffer from the Vector’s random blade sticking issue. I usually use the Feather Super, but ran out, so I loaded a Feather Proguard, a blade I enjoy in my Feather DX. It delivered an excellent shave and left me feeling refreshed, clean, and dolphin smooth.

RAZOR: Thistle Cut Co. 5/8 (Mug), Colonial General V2 (Dome)
BLADE: Feather Proguard AC
PREP: Cold water rinse followed by a scrub with Argan Oil
BRUSH: JR Boar #374
SOAP: Mitchell’s Wool Fat
POSTSHAVE: Cold water wash with brush squeezings followed by Humphreys Lilac WH. Finished with A&E Post-Shave Serum.
I've had some beautiful shaves this month, with a lot of products to review and test out. The highlights of the month were definitely testing out the Yaqi Sagrada familia, and getting my first adjustable, a 1965 slim adjustable.

After one use I can already say that the slim is my new favourite razor, there's something absolutely beautiful about being able to change the feel of the shave at the twist of a knob.

This month's first shaves were with the bundubeard "mystery soap", and it's an absolutely fantastic soap. The full review on that will be coming out in the next week or so, but it's definitely a keeper.

It was also fantastic to be able to test out Yaqi South Africa's new glacial slickness cream (the prototype, the final product differs to the best of my knowledge).

Razor- Gillette aristocrat
Blade- polsilver super iridium (1-5)
Soap- bundubeard mystery soap
Brush: Yaqi Sagrada familia
Aftershave- ambassador for men

Shaves 6-9:
Razor- Gillette aristocrat
Blade- polsilver super iridium (6-9)
Cream- Yaqi SA glacial slickness prototype
Brush: Yaqi Sagrada familia
Aftershave- ambassador for men

Shaves 11-14:
Razor- Gillette aristocrat
Blade- polsilver super iridium (11-14)
Soap- Arko shave stick
Brush: Yaqi Sagrada familia
Aftershave- ambassador for men

Shave 15:
Razor- Gillette 1965 slim adjustable
Blade- polsilver super iridium (15)
Soap- Arko shave stick
Brush: Yaqi Sagrada familia
Aftershave- ambassador for men

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SOTD, Sunday, January 24, 2021

Rating: 4 / 5

Razor: Gillette 195 Adjustable "Fatboy" (F2 - 1960)
Blade: Voskhod
Brush: Maggard Silver Tip Badger
Pre-Shave: PAA Cube 2.0 Mentholated
Lather: Long Rifle Soap Company Brown Bess
Aftershave: Stirling Executive Man
Additional Care:
Alum Block
Creed Aventus
Thayers Witch Hazel Astringent (unscented)
cold water splash

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Razor - Merkur Progress Adjustable
Blade - Astra Greens
Soap - Mango Sage Tea by Maggards
Post - Tea Tree Witch Hazel
Serum - Hyaluronic Acid
Balm - Prorasso Green Tea and Oat
EDT - Eau Sauvage by Dior

Comments: Very good shave, following my last video of dialling in the shave with the progress razor, I dialled up a step. Trialling Hyaluronic Acid.
Great idea to actually put up a YT video! 😀

My impression was that you're putting WAY TOO MUCH pressure on your WTG pass and throughout the entire shave. It feels painful to watch. Honestly. I say this with very best intentions. I'd go slower and gentler, perhaps try to hold the razor with just 2 fingers. The idea is gradual stubble reduction.

As for post-shave treat, I think more often than not "LESS is MORE" holds true. Applying 3 distinct products all at once each and every day will do you no good in the long run. It's a chemical overkill. Good quality A/S will have ALL you need in a single product - protection/disinfection, moisturizing properties, soothing/calming effect and GREAT scent.

On a side note: big thumbs-up for Eau Sauvage, one of the all-time classics, love it! 👍👍
Razor: Karve SS CB SB-B I love this plate. Can fly around my face with it!
Blade: Gillette Platinum
Brush: Maggard 22mm SHD re-knot in maggard bronze resin handle (face lathered)
Bowl: Timeless (for soaking/cleaning)
Soap & A/S: Stirling Executive Man
Great shave this morning! Have a great day y’all! 25AE38A5-5714-40DA-A0A9-15C3AF7535D9.jpeg
SOTD (024/2021)

>> Shave Roulette <<

Preshave: frigid tap water
Brush: Omega 10108 Boar 27/56
Soap: Calani ~ Oriental Plum
Razor: Parker 87R
Blade: Wilkinson Sword Germany (2)
Postshave: frigd tap water, Majestät AS, Nivea Cool psb

Enjoy your Sunday, gents


Razor: PAL Injecto-Matic
Blade: Personna Injector
Brush: Simpson's Duke 3 Sapphire Special Edition in synthetic
Pre-Shave: Proraso White
Lather: Art of Shaving Sandalwood Cream
Aftershave: Pinaud Brandy Spice
Additional Care:
Thayers Facial Tonic Witch Hazel Unscented
Imperial Leather Talcum Powder



Brush: Omega 11047 Mixed Midget
Soap: Rasozero Agrumella
Razor: Timeless SSSlim OC [on custom Olive Wood handle]
Blade: Personna Platinum Chrome (6)
ASL: Rasozero Agrumella

A top class shave. :biggrin:

Back to my first (and probably favorite) TFS shaving soap and aftershave today. Simple and excellent (IMO of course).

I have a feeling that the Timeless will be on that podium by the end of my next shave. :yesnod:

Happy shaves guys. :cornut:
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