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Today, 10/18/2020 I had the greatest shave since starting with DE shaving!
I preped with a long shower and cleansed my face with Nivea Cleansing Gel with lotus flower. I also left 2-3 days pass in betweem shaves and my face had healed from all irritation and pimples.
Razor: Lord L6
Blade: Lord platinum ( the one that came in the packaging with the lord l6 razor) in its third shave
Soap: Proraso sandalwood
Brush: Wilkinson Pure Badger
Pre shave: Proraso Green
Aftershave lotion: Proraso Green
Aftershave balm: Noxzema Cool carbon
Apparently the l6 - lord blade combination does work for me. Furthermore, i avoided going against the grain and only did a WTG pass and one diagonal pass, not exactly XTG. All using close to no pressure and being very careful with the angle. I guess very sharp blades are not for me. At least for now!
Very good shave. The brush was great whipping up an excellent lather. I was a little stuffed up this morning, but from what I could tell the scent was really good. The razor glided beautifully through the lather, and the shave was close and comfortable. Then I decided I had let my goatee get too long, and I had an open comb in my hand, so screw it, I shaved it off. Lots of little weepers; also not as close as the rest of my face because I've almost never shaved my chin, so I don't have a technique for it. But it's gone. I don't like my face without it, so I'll be growing it back in, but it was fun to try it.
Razor: WP&R “The Wheel”
Brush: TSS Rein Dachs Klassik. I really like this brush.
Cream: Gillette Pure (I swear I will 3017 this tube yet this month)
AS: OS Hawkridge
“Tied to a wheel, our fingers got to feel
Bleeding through a tourniquet smile”
The straight razor learning adventure continues apace. This vintage 6/8 was the first one I bought and abused, and had it rehoned. I sure have a hard time getting it to shave close though. Just doesn’t seem to have as easy a time with my whisker wires as other straights and not even close to my best safety razors. Call it DFS-minus, I suppose. It’s fine for now but I’ll have to shave again tomorrow. But then, there was no bleeding today.
H.L. Thater 4376/3 Silver Tip
11/16 J.A. Henckels #415
Tony Miller 3" Fast Bridle Strop
Osma Alum Block
Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum
Art of Shaving Kingsman Bourbon Balm
Banana Republic Cordovan
L'Occitane Cade Shave Soap
Plisson pour L'Occitane
11/16 Puma #91
Tony Miller 3" Steer Hide Strop
Osma Alum Block
Clubman Lilac Vegetal
Nivea Sensitive Cool Balm
Penhaligon's English Fern
Razor: Milwaukee Barber Supply “Milwaukee First” by JA Henckels
Brush: Ever-Ready 100
AS: Aqua Velva. Early ‘70s vintage in the fishing reel bottle
How about some vintage products today?
The same honer did both this razor and the one I used the last time I shaved with a straight, but the edge on this one seems to work much better for me. Maybe because despite its obvious rough life it’s still a Henckels.
The brush has its original knot. You know, it’s weird, I like old boar knots but not new ones. But I dislike old badger knots and really like new ones. Maybe I just like sparse boars better than sparse badgers.
The brush lathered the Williams perfectly for my needs and the razor did glide. Turned into an excellent straight shave. Solid DFS+.
The Williams soap box says to try Aqua Velva for cool comfort after shaving, because there’s something about an Aqua Velva man. Damn right there is.