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Vintage April, 2024

For today’s Vintage April shave I choose my best SE, my repaired Gem Junior (1912 Series). Judging by the Bakelite handle this was probably manufactured in the 1939s. The Badger brush I use most of the time sports an Ever Ready 200 handle. My Gem blade (shave 12) was freshly stropped on my SE Twinplex and gave me a very good shave! A 9.6.

3 April

Fasan Doppelschräger • Polsilver Super Iridium
B&M Spice soap • Yaqi Mysterious Space brush

The all-metal long screw version of the legendary Fasan. One of my lesser used razors this morning and the only question I have post-shave is... why? Why don't I use this more often?

It requires a very light touch, you really need to let the razor do the work here. Compared to the plastic Fasans it is phenomenally efficient, gliding effortlessly to remove every last trace of stubble with minimal effort. If there's a criticism it's that it's slightly awkward to use accurately around the nose, but this is a very minor quibble. To my great surprise, my most enjoyable shave of the month so far!
Being a bit naughty here, as this mornings razor was made in 1975.
Despite Guido's obvious attempts to make himself look young, I consider this very, very old indeed. :p

This Soviet made Leningrad jubilee adjustable razor is gilded and visually very similar to a Gillette Aristocrat.
It is however extremely aggressive. Setting 3 is just alright though. But my first pass was on setting 4. Red stuff was drawn, alum to the rescue!

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366 daily shaves

Gillette NEW RFBDurable Sharp Titanium (3)Abe’s Brush Works Smokey Bandit
Cold splash
KCG Face Wash
Mike’s Natural Soaps Barbershop (76)
Cold splash
Proraso Green

PassesWTG XTG ATG and touch up
Process Quality
(details here)
Blade Sharpness
10/10 (Clean)5/10 (Sharp)
EffectivenessShave Comfort
8/10 (Smooth)


Summary. In the end an excellent shave with a mild yet ultimately effective razor. Another superb brush by my dad!

For extended shave notes click here.

Enjoy your shave!
3rd of Vintage April…The Service Set Tech….hollow handle, grooved safety bar ,different grip pattern, flat bottom and made in England.
Recently acquired and in excellent shape, this is my second shave with this razor and I like it .
Used with D.R.Harris sandalwood soap , Omega 40033 boar brush and a Kai blade on shave #2.
Great shave….works well for me but I have seen comments that it’s not the best . Seems like other Techs to me…mild and smooth but more than capable of a DFS.
Love its stripped down simplicity and understated looks. It’s a yes from me.

💈SOTD: 3-4-24

Soap: Cella
As: Cella
Razor: Gem Demaskeen ca 1918
Blade: Gem PTFE (1)
Brush: Razorock Moka Hive

Day number three of the Vintage April theme month, today's turn to the oldest type 1912 razor in my collection the Gem Demaskeen, this is also immediately the finest shaving type 1912 in the collection, not that the other models do not shave fine quite the contrary but this one is the finest.

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I tried keepin' it all "vintage" here.

There are no vintage brushes in my rotation but now @gpjoe has me thinking about re-knotting one of the NOS brushes I have in my display cabinet.

This soap and splash I don't think are old enough to adhere to this thread's definition of vintage, so really only the Cologne and Fatboy make the official cut.

A stellar shave!!



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Vintage April 2024

Razor: Gillette England Tech/NEW Hybrid (Rosseforp GTS 25g Handle)
Blade: Feather (2 shaves, 5 passes)
Brush: Rudy Vey Marbled Butterscotch (Shavemac 24mm 2-Band Silvertip Fan)
Bowl: Captain's Choice Copper
Lather: Martin de Candre Fougère
Aftershave: Clubman Pinaud

Same kit as yesterday. Same outstanding performance and results.

Superb shave.
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