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SOTD "FREE WEEK" September 13th - September 19th, 2021

DE SOTD, September 15th 2021, Won this razor on a fund raising raffle and it arrived yesterday. It is called a TARMAX adjustable DE and it fair to say American Ingenuity is alive and well in our shaving world.
Tom White invents & designs products and is a seasoned machinist and likes designing razors in different concepts as a Hobby. This adjustable razor was used for my first shave and really did not expect a lot of difference to my other adjustable razors but I was wrong. The TARMAX first pass was smooth and quieter than other adjustables, had to inspect thinking it was not cutting whiskers, but was like shaving on a setting 3-4 on a Fatboy for shaving comparison. It was set on 5 of 8 different settings references on 1st pass so I cranked it to 8 of 8 and on 2nd pass & pickups(you can go pass 8 setting because of design). The results were very good for first time out and received a DFS,BBS. Sweet spot angle seems around 45 degrees. Because of the blade sits flat basically it gives a very different smooth shave. I enjoyed the shave and like variety so it is scores a high score IMO.
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Razor: TARMAX adjustable DE by @twhite (only 4 made)-Mfg 2021, the razor is made of Aluminum and holds a blade excellent, heats up quickly with hot water so no cold steel to face, interesting concept. Gives a smooth shave and is a keeper.
Blade: Gillette Astra SP (testing standard)- Sharp & smooth, great longevity.
Soap: Speick stick, nice spicy scent, excellent lather qualities. Tripled milled soap and well made.
Brush: Yaqi Viper 24mm boar (new), Excellent lather generator, nice soft split end hair tips, nice scrubber, great lather painter, joy to use a nice boar brush IMO.
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 rinse after each pass of 2 + pickups.
Post shave: Witch hazel to clean skin, Lavanda aftershave +a dollop of CeraVe balm (scentless).
Results: CCS,DFS,BBS + no irritation + no weepers = :a17:excellent shave with my TARMAX adjustable DE with a Astra SP blade.
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Have some great shaves!
 
DE SOTD, September 15th 2021, Won this razor on a fund raising raffle and it arrived yesterday. It is called a TARMAX adjustable DE and it fair to say American Ingenuity is alive and well in our shaving world.
Tom White invents & designs products and is a seasoned machinist and likes designing razors in different concepts as a Hobby. This adjustable razor was used for my first shave and really did not expect a lot of difference to my other adjustable razors but I was wrong. The TARMAX first pass was smooth and quieter than other adjustables, had to inspect thinking it was not cutting whiskers, but was like shaving on a setting 3-4 on a Fatboy for shaving comparison. It was set on 5 of 8 different settings references on 1st pass so I cranked it to 8 of 8 and on 2nd pass & pickups(you can go pass 8 setting because of design). The results were very good for first time out and received a DFS,BBS. Sweet spot angle seems around 45 degrees. Because of the blade sits flat basically it gives a very different smooth shave. I enjoyed the shave and like variety so it is scores a high score IMO.
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Razor: TARMAX adjustable DE by @twhite (only 4 made)-Mfg 2021, the razor is made of Aluminum and holds a blade excellent, heats up quickly with hot water so no cold steel to face, interesting concept. Gives a smooth shave and is a keeper.
Blade: Gillette Astra SP (testing standard)- Sharp & smooth, great longevity.
Soap: Speick stick, nice spicy scent, excellent lather qualities. Tripled milled soap and well made.
Brush: Yaqi Viper 24mm boar (new), Excellent lather generator, nice soft split end hair tips, nice scrubber, great lather painter, joy to use a nice boar brush IMO.
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 rinse after each pass of 2 + pickups.
Post shave: Witch hazel to clean skin, Lavanda aftershave +a dollop of CeraVe balm (scentless).
Results: CCS,DFS,BBS + no irritation + no weepers = :a17:excellent shave with my TARMAX adjustable DE with a Astra SP blade.
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Have some great shaves!
Glad it worked out for you.
 
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SOTD WEDNESDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

I recently picked up this little French frameback 6/8. RT&Ce is marked on the frame with LeCoultre N. 2 marked on the removable blade which on arrival showed little if any hone wear. The blade is removable through a slotted screw at the toe end of the spine. These razors were quite popular in France between 1850-60 according to the frameback collector I bought it from who mounted the fresh blade.

A quick run on the Chosera 1k set the bevel which was then finished on the 5k and 12k. For the purpose of overkill, I then took it to the 9 Ball Slate with some Smith’s honing oil, and finished by burnishing the edge to a mirror-like sheen on the Jasper under water until I got good stiction. Then to the Constroption and the Roo-skin strop. The blade passed the styrofoam peanut test all along the edge.

The three pass mug shave checked all the boxes. Incredibly smooth passes resulted in a glassine result. This is one of those shaves my hand will be returning to touch throughout the day. I really like this little razor. It’s a definitely a keeper. My faithful Rex Ambassador performed beautifully as usual as well, leaving my noggin porcelain smooth.

RAZOR: RT&Ce LeCoultre 6/8 Frameback (Mug), Rex Ambassador (Dome)
BLADE: Feather DE
PREP: Cold water rinse followed by a scrub with Argan Oil
BRUSH: Alpha Shaving T-400 Tribute with 26mm Manchurian White Badger Ferrule
SOAP: Mitchell’s Wool Fat
POSTSHAVE: Cold water wash with brush squeezings followed by a rinse with Humphreys Lilac WH. Finished with Canoe EdT and Krampert’s Frostbite AS.
 
Tuesday’s SOTD

Razor:
Blackland Vector Titanium
Blade: Kai Captain Titan Pro Touch MG (1)
Brush: Chisel and Hound Cenote / Shavemac 26mm D01 2-Band Silvertip (Bulb)
Bowl: Captain’s Choice Copper (Heavyweight)
Soap: Murphy and McNeil SFWS South Beach (Kodiak)
Aftershave: Ethos Clean (Unscented) Skin Food Splash

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S.O.T.D - Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Pre-shave:- PAA Tube 2.0
Bowl/Scuttle:- Roger Quintero 3D Printed
Brush: Yaqi 24mm
Soap/Cream:- Seaforth Heather
Razor/Blade:- Schick Adjustable / Personna 74 (3)
Post:- Shave Nation Wide Alum / Thayers Cucumber WH / PAA-MS Balm / Clubman Body Powder
After-shave:- Seaforth Heather​
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15-09-2021

>> STIRLING SOAPTEMBER<<

Preshave: shower, frigid tap water
Brush: YAQI Tuxedo 28mm
Soap: Stirling Soap ~ Lemon
Razor: Karve CB Brass Open Comb D-plate
Blade: Polsilver Stainless (7)
Post shave: frigid tap water, Nivea Cool psb.

The Polsilver and the Karve razor open comb plate D was an exceptional match today. 3 passes, full BBS. Couldn't be happier with the shave.

Happy shaves, y'all!
 
CVH Le Duc, Le Grelot Medaille D'Or (TI C135), Ralf Aust

Frankensoap: laying around graded puck of Williams, Sterling sampler of Mutton tallow unscented, mutton tallow Pine, remnent ring of Central Texas Soap's Critrus Burst. (first use, holy moly is that thing rich and smells decent now)

Kanayama #3 strop

Omega 10065

Speick As

The Le Duc and Le G both felt great on the stones and strop, but toothy on the face. And either my face was already, or the Aust was too hot. It got extra laps on the strop. Back to the stones…

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