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Pre-shave:- Cold Water straight from the tap Bowl/Scuttle:- Captain's Choice Brush:- Semogue SOC 2 Band Finest Badger in Butterscotch 24/53mm knot Soap/Cream:- Mystic Water ~ Jeff's Lavender Razor/Blade:- Karve CB Matt SS 'SB-C' / Vintage Gillette Aussie 'Gold' Spoiler #10 Post/After-shave:- T.N. Dickinson Witch Hazel Astringent mixed into the 240ml bottle with Invite E High Potency Pure Oil (30 drops), Natural Plant Glycerin (20) & Tea Tree Oil Antiseptic (5) Fragrance:- Tommy Hilfiger for Men
My first experience with Arko. Great lather, very slick, and the smell is fine. Not my favorite, but fine for a mass-produced soap. Also got the Global Shave Club Fatguy razor in the mail yesterday and took it for it's first spin this morning. I was a crowd-funder, so I got mine for $89. Nice tribute to the Gillette Fatboy, and as good a shaver. I used a new Gillette 7 O'Clock Super Stainless (Green) blade on only 18 hours of growth and it delivered a BBS shave after 3 passes (settings 5, 5 & 3) without any weepers.
Have a great Lord's day, Gentlemen, and enjoy the final day of Thanksgiving break.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Razor: Global Shave Club Fatguy (2020)
Blade: Gillette 7 O'Clock Super Stainless (1)
Brush: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements The Solar Flare 24mm
Pre-Shave: PAA Cube 2.0 Mentholated
Lather: Arko Original
Aftershave: Pinaud Clubman
cold water splash
Neutrogena Men Razor Defense Face Scrub
Thayers Witch Hazel Cucumber Toner
There really is something revivifying about a great shave! Trying to sleep sitting up with broken ribs is not easy, but despite that, this cold, beautiful, sunny morning set the stage for the shave to follow! I selected my favorite, and probably my oldest straight razor, the Manhattan Cutlery 13/16 for the mug shave and the Tom White repaired Schick F Type for the dome.
The MrEE #007 Knurled Aluminum Hybrid Knot brush easily created the two types of MWF lather I like for my shaves - a thin, slick lather for the mug and a nice thick yogurty lather for the noggin. I do love shaving with the Manhattan Cutlery 13/16 Stubtail. Three slow, luxurious (WTG, ATG, XTG) passes with this magical stubtail left me velveteen smooth. I truly feel like a caretaker for this 200 yr old beauty! It always takes exquisite care of me. My son, Ben, shaved with it and shares my opinion. He’ll be the next caretaker.
When I was first gifted this old, somewhat battered Schick F Type by my neighbor, the razor was non-functional. The very able administrations of TSD’s Tom White (@twhite) restored its function. My two pass (ATG, ATG) dome shave with it was close and very comfortable! And as I said earlier, the total shave, both mug and dome, almost made me forget about my broken ribs! I feel cool, clean, refreshed and velveteen!
RAZOR: Manhattan Cutlery 13/16 Stubtail (Mug), Schick F Type (Dome)
BLADE: Schick Proline B-20 Injector
PREP: Cold water rinse followed by a scrub with Argan Oil
BRUSH: MrEE Knurled Aluminum Hybrid Knot
SOAP: Mitchell’s Wool Fat
POSTSHAVE: Cold water wash with brushsqueezings followed by Humphreys Lilac WH. Finished with Osage Rub and Pre de Provence Bergamot & Thyme Balm.
Razor: Schick injector adjustable, M3-Mfg 1970-72, excellent adjustable and well built, One of my favorite Schick injectors. Blade: Personna SS PTFE injector, Very sharp, great longevity, smooths out nicely over shaves and predictable. Soap: Proraso green, OK soap with Menthol, good protection and give a nice cooling magnification sensation to skin after cold water rinse! Brush: Yaqi tuxedo knot 24mm (Sagrada Familia)- excellent lather creator with cloud like soft tips. Pre shave: Brush wash whole face with CeraVe hand bar cleanser + a dollop clear Aloe Vera gel on cleaned beard area. Prep: Cold water rinse after each pass of 2 + pickups. WTG + ATG + pickups. Post shave: Proraso green with witch hazel + dollop of Proraso green (Eucalyptus) balm Results: CCS,DFS,BBS + no irritation + no weepers = Excellent shave with my Schick injector adj M3.
Havw some great shaves! Stay & think safe in these times!