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SOTD "FREE WEEK" May 17th - May 23rd, 2021

SOTD - Tuesday 18 May 2021

  • Straight Razor: Fontani Scarperia - Lapis Lazuli - Barber's Notch - 7/8 - Near Wedge - Full Mirror Finish
  • Shaving Brush: Acqua di Parma - Barbiere Yellow - 24mm Fan (Synthetic)
  • Shaving Cream: Acqua di Parma - Barbiere
  • After-Shave Balm: Acqua di Parma - Barbiere
  • Fragrance: Acqua di Parma - Colonia Intensa - EdC (100 ml)
SOD Tuesday May 18, 2021

Brush: Parker Synth Brush
Bowl: Shave Nation (Not Pictured)
Lather: Proraso White Soap
Razor: Gillette 1959 E4
Blade: Bic Chrome Platinum
Post: Shavex Alum Block
Post: Thayers Witch Hazel
Balm: Proraso White

Just a fantastic shave this morning with Proraso. Definitely one of my ATF shaving product lines that will always have representation in my shaving rotation.



Moderator Emeritus
Face wash with Neutrogena Liquid Facial Soap
Grooming Dept. Magnolia
Paladin PK 47
Captain’s Choice Copper
Feather AS-D2
Thayers WH & PAA Mysterium Serum
TOBS Sandalwood
7th Shave with AS-D2 and Feather blade. It always amazes how many more shave I can get with a Feather blade when I use this razor. An excellent close, smooth shave.
Razor: Parker Variant (2.5)
Blade: Israeli Personna (3)
Brush: Vie-Long 04503 Horse, 21mm

Soap: Stirling Scots Pine Sheep

Post :Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel,
Reef Point Soaps, Fougere Santal Aftershave Balm

Have a great day everyone

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Today is
18 May, 2021


Brush: PAA "StarCraft"
Bowl: Captain's Choice Heavy Copper
Lather: Proraso green cream
Razor: Oristo
Blade: Derby "Premium"
Post: GBS alum block
Balm: CeraVe Moisturizer
Frag: Bandit
*For the umpteenth time I've given up
on pre-shaves . . . until the next time.

In the meantime, I had a wonderful
shave to begin a beautiful day.

Stay healthy, everyone!

MMMonday, May17th, 2021, Daily Double! Gem Micromatic VS (New)Yaqi Excalibur shaving 1/2 face (Left side with Gem), both razors IMO are excellent daily drivers + also <midrange & give similar results. I gave the Gem Micromatic the tougher beard side because I know this razor well and just with feel testing the results were excellent with similar feels of both razors final results.
The Gem is easier to load imo and the Yaqi is doable but a little more fidgeting with the tiny thinner blade.
The Micromatic is at least 3 times the weight and built to last while the Yaqi has no brass in the head(Zamac) with a Aluminum handle with this model. Both razors are a joy to use and the Gem would be least expensive to operate over time with blade costs per 100pcs IMO. Both razors have no blade tabs exposed, another positive.
This confirms my belief that the Gem Personna blades are just as sharp as the Feather blades & has a great proven record for longevity + both blades are excellent in proven sharpness IMO. Yaqi also makes a Excalibur model with a brass handle if you like weight or just use a stainless handle like some folks have done if you like heft. I like this Yaqi handle feel so it will stay for now.

Razor: Gem MicroMatic Flying wing SE - Mfg 1947-50, excellent mid range, great daily driver, built well, easy to load blade.
Razor: Yaqi Excalibur SE- Mfg 2021> excellent mid range, great daily driver, harder to load, great feel to this razor IMO.
Blade: Gem Personna SS PTFE(4), excellent blade, very sharp, great longevity, smooths out nicely & predictable.
Blade: Feather Professional AC 50mm(3), excellent blade, very sharp, smooth& sharp, longevity?.
Soap: Razorock Blue barber, nice scent + excellent lather qualities.
Brush: Yaqi Atlantis 24mm- excellent lather generator, cloud like soft tips, great backbone for scrubbing + excellent painter.
Pre shave: Brush wash whole face with CeraVe hand bar cleanser + a dollop of clear Aloe vera gel on the cleaned beard area.
Prep: cold water rise after each pass of 2 + pickups. WTG + ATG + pickups.
Post shave: Razorock Blue barber with witch hazel+ a dollop of Nivea balm.
Results Gem F.W: CCS,DFS,BbS + no irritation + no weepers= :a17:excellent shave with my Micromatic Flying wing.
Results Yaqi Excalibur: CCS,DFS,BBS + no irritation + no weepers=:a17:excellent shave with my Yaqi Excalibur.

MMMonday, May17th 2021.jpg

Have some great shaves!
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