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What did you use today? +Rate the shave 1-10 (10 best)

Today's shave:

Razor: Gillette Old Type
Blade: Gillette Wilkinson Sword (1)
Soap: Long Rifle Hunting Lodge soap
Brush: Omega 10290 Boar
AS: Skin Bracer

Rating: 9/10
  • Cold Water Shave
  • Pre Shave - Grooming Dept
  • Brush - Heritage Shaving Synthetic
  • Shave Soap - A&E L’Orange Verte
  • Razor - Blackland Blackbird
  • Blade - Astra SP (1) Gillette Platinum (1)
  • Post Shave - Thayers Aloe Vera
  • Post Shave - A&E Serum
  • Aftershave - A&E L’Orange Verte
  • 8+/10
The battle contines !!

Tried the Astra SP blade and after the 1st WTG pass quickly changed back to a Gillette Platinum as the former was so rough and I got 2 nicks which I very rarely get.

Finished the shave with the Gillette and TBH it may have been slightly smoother than previous shaves with the Blackbird but the Astra had already caused a bit of irritation.

Can't fault the end result as it is BBS all over but just wasn't the pleasant shave I'm used to with the Karve (it is a closer result than the Karve IMO) Will contine for another week or so before deciding if it is just too aggresive for me - or hopefully if I can get it to work :)

Soap again from Ariana & Evans performed great - fantastic cushion and glide and even after this "rougher" shave the post feeling was soft and felt great. I want to continue using this during the razor trial as I then know everything else can be as good as possible :)

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It is nice to know that someone else thinks the Astra SP is rough. I have never understood how people can give this blade such high praise. Proof positive YMMV!!!:thumbsup:

Excellent gear.
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Hot shower, followed by....

Proraso Green Preshave
M&M Mandate of Heaven
Thater Funf 2-Band Fan
Blackland Blackbird
7OC SharpEdge
Ice Blue Aqua Velva AS

Rating: 9.5/10


Shave 20200111

Continuing my 2020 Resolution to stop chasing BBS!

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Prep: Splashed water on face
Pre-shave: Cremo
Brush: Graydog Backyard Maple Chubby, 26mm "Full Moon" Synthetic
Bowl: Timeless Blue
Razor: Gillette Old Type, CG Brass Handle
Blade: Wizamet Super Iridium (5)
Post-shave: Crystal Alum Stick; Dickinson's Hydrating Skin Toner
Aftershave Balm: Duke Cannon w/Menthol
Aftershave: Clubman Reserve Whiskey Woods

WTG, ATG and XTG. Minor touch-up and buffing.

DFS++ with zero weepers, nicks, cuts or irritation.

This Old Type is such a great razor! Fixing the corners (thank you @Esox ) really transformed it. I can use a steep angle (preferred) or, where needed, a medium shallow angle and the Old Type still mows down the whiskers. Definitely has a place in the Top Tier of my razors.

Fourth shave with the @Graydog Backyard Maple Chubby, 26mm "Full Moon" Synthetic. Not only is it a wonderful face lathering brush, it also whips up a great bowl of lather and makes it easy to paint it evenly to my beard. Excellent all around brush.

This combination of Hardware and Software delivered a really smooth, comfortable, top-flight shave! :)

Merkur 34C HD + Personna Blue (1)
Hot shower
Proraso Green Preshave
Face lather with Razorock Plissoft Monster Synthetic & Proraso Green Shave Cream
4 passes + touch ups to DFS+
No issues. No irritation.
Finished with Nivea Sensitive Cooling ASB
Pleasant shave
Rating: 9.5/10
FaTip Grande
Lord Super Chrome (1)
RR Blondie - face lathering
Osma Tradition soap
Dickinson's WH + Roberts Rose Water
Proraso Green liquid cream aftershave

Relaxing shave; DFS

  • RR Blondie is a rebranded Zenith which unfortunately does not have much backbone (unlike my other Zenith). Probably works OK as a bowl lathering brush; face lathering with it was like applying lather with a boar bristle mop. Amusing, but won't be doing it again anytime soon.
  • Lord Super came from a PIF; FaTip works OK with it; not bad, we'll see how long the blade lasts.
  • Proraso Green balm in honor of warmer weather here today. 😏
Sunday Shave Jan 12th-2020- Schick Sunday with a Schick injector promo series razor for the 1976 Montreal Olympics that was sponsored by Schick.

Razor: Schick injector L type theme series- MFG 1976
Blade : Personna injector SS PTFE (4)
Soap: Razorock Santa Marie del Flore "Frienze" -Excellent soap!
Brush: Yaqi tuxedo 24mm+ with black marble handle
Preshave:Brush wash my face with CeraVe hand bar soap + a dollop of clear Aloe Vera Gel on beard area.
Prep : cold water rinse after each pass of 3.
Post shave: Avon "True Gent"aftershave balm & cologne with witch hazel
Results :7.5/10 or CCS,DFS,BBS + some irritation + 2 blemish weepers = :wink2:

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Have some great shaves!


Razor: Schick I2 Hydro-Magic Injector Razor
Blade: Schick Injector
Brush: Rubberset 203 in Super Badger
Pre-Shave: L'Occitane Cade Shave Oil
Lather: L'Occitane Cade
Aftershave: Mennen Skin Bracer
Additional Care:
Thayers Facial Tonic Witch Hazel Unscented
Pinaud Finest powder
Rating 10


Today’s shave:
Soap: La Toja stick
Brush: Simpsons Wee Scot
Razor: Lord L6
Blade: GSB (3)
AS: Spanish AV

Rating: 9/10
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8/10 - The Creed Viking sample is very nice. I wont likely ever buy a bottle though!
Razor: Rockwell 6S
Blade: Gillette 7 o'clock (3)
Brush: 24mm DS cosmetic Galaxy 2 band silvertip
Pre-Shave: Shower and face wash
Lather: Edwin Jagger Sandalwood (sample)
Aftershave: Creed Viking / Nivea cooling balm
Additional Care: Thayers WH
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Today's Shave:
  • Prep. Wash face with Neutrogena Liquid Facial Soap. Wet face.
  • Soap: Haslinger Coconut
  • Brush: Chubby 2 in Best
  • Razor: Wolfman WR2-SBH
  • Blade: Personna Med Prep blade.
  • Aftershave: Thayers Rose Petal WH + Clubman.
  • Rating: 10/10
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Brush - Viking 26mm Odin’s beard fan
Razor - Timeless .68
Blade - Feather
Lather - DG/CL Weinstrasse
Post - CL Weinstrasse
Rating - 8/10
Great lather, fantastic brush and razor. I’m enjoying switching back to the feather after a few days with Kai blades, but for some reason had a couple of weepers today so not a perfect shave.
Hot shower, followed by....

L’Occitane Cade soap
Simpson Commodore X3 Best
Gillette NEW SC
7OC SharpEdge
Fine Fresh Vetiver AS
L’Occitane Cade ASB
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EDP

Rating: 9.5/10
  • Cold Water Shave
  • Pre Shave - Grooming Dept
  • Brush - Semogue Mixed Boar/Badger
  • Shave Soap - Martin De Candre Unscented
  • Razor - Karve SB Brass "C"
  • Blade - Gillette Platinum (2)
  • Post Shave - Thayers Aloe Vera
  • Post Shave - Martin de Candre Camomile
  • Aftershave - None
  • 10/10
First use of the Semogue mixed 50/50 Boar and Badger brush .. Interesting and think it could be very nice - totally different from the synthetics

MDC performed very well and the shave was pretty much perfect but did lack a bit in the post shave feel that I've got used to with Ariana & Evans ...

Smooth and Irritation free using the Karve ... night and day from the Blackbird

Merkur 34C HD + Personna Blue (2)
Hot shower
Proraso Green Preshave
Face lather with Razorock Plissoft Monster Synthetic & Proraso Green Shave Cream
4 passes + touch ups to DFS+
No issues. No irritation.
Finished with Nivea Sensitive Cooling ASB
Pleasant shave
Rating: 9.5/10
FaTip Grande
Lord Super Chrome (2)
Semogue 1250 - face lathering
Fine Santal Absolut soap
Dickinson's WH + Roberts Rose Water
Nivea Sensitive balm

Nice, clean shave; DFS

  • Very happy with the Fine soap - fairly milld scent like the old AOS Sandalwood, suits me since I don't really want a heavy scent.
  • Lord Super Chrome smoothing out; very OK blade
  • Semogue 1250 always a pleasure, still improving with use