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by Bill_K
Fri May 18, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: Shaving soap or cream of the day
Replies: 1883
Views: 69487

Re: Shaving soap or cream of the day

D.R. Harris Rose shaving cream, for only the second time, ever.

The scent! The lather! Oh, my. So intoxicating.

I definitely have to get the 'Pink' aftershave milk.
by Bill_K
Wed May 16, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: XPEC Shaving Cream
Replies: 15
Views: 1692

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

brothers wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 2:37 pm
Today the XPEC finally ran out. It lasted through 101 excellent lathers. Before today, the record was 100 for the MdC Fougere soap.

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What a sad picture that is. Much like seeing the bottom of my glass of Scotch.
by Bill_K
Wed May 16, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 15
Views: 499

The Winner is...

...the Wilkinson (German-made) blade. Here are the blades in descending order of preference: Wilkinson Sword - Germany Gillette - Silver Blue Voskhod - Teflon Coated Personna - Platinum (Israeli Red) Feather Gillette - 7 O'Clock Super Stainless Rapira - Swedish Super Steel Kai - Stainless Steel Merk...
by Bill_K
Wed May 16, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

May 15 - 16

The Feather blades give me a pretty good shave, but at the cost of some irritation (very much like the Kais in that respect). I can use them, but they're not my first choice.
by Bill_K
Wed May 16, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: How did you discover wetshaving?
Replies: 13
Views: 1313

Re: How did you discover wetshaving?

I used an electric razor for years - probably until I was in my late 20s - until I got tired of having that buzzing contraption heating up my face and neck every morning. For the next thirty-odd years I went through the cycle of two-, three-, four-, and finally FIVE-bladed cartridge razors, but afte...
by Bill_K
Mon May 14, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

May 13 - 14: Feather blades I've confirmed my earlier suspicion that the blades' reputation for sharpness have made me really concentrate on my technique, which is always a good thing. Like the Kais, I get great shaves but I pay for it with redness and irritation. However, the shaves are so good tha...
by Bill_K
Mon May 14, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

May 9 - 12 The Kai blades are sharp... perhaps too sharp for my tender hide. I get really good shaves from them, but at the cost of redness and irritation on my neck. One thing is for sure, though: the fearsome reputation of the Kai and Feather blades has really made me concentrate on my technique! ...
by Bill_K
Tue May 08, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

May 5 - 8 I give the Rapira Swedish Super Steel blades a mixed review; note that as with all the other blade reviews, I used the same blade for four consecutive days: 1st shave: Meh. The blade seemed to pull a bit, yet I did wind up with a decent shave with some irritation, but not a lot. Some lefto...
by Bill_K
Fri May 04, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

May 1 - 4 I've been using the Wilkinson Sword blades for the last four days (the ones made in Germany). Just. Wow. I've been getting really close shaves with virtually no irritation, and the only blood loss was due to my mediocre - but improving - technique. I've been rotating through my soaps as we...
by Bill_K
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: The state of the current English Shaving soaps
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: The state of the current English Shaving soaps

I've been kicking around the idea of adding a drop or two of essential oil to the bowl before I lather. I have lemon on hand (I'm making my own pre-shave oil) but I'd also like to locate some sandalwood. That might just be the ticket to add a little variety to the MWF.
by Bill_K
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: The state of the current English Shaving soaps
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: The state of the current English Shaving soaps

Have you thought about Mitchell's Wool Fat? I've been using it for about a week and a half and I heartily recommend it. Some have complained that it's difficult to lather, but that hasn't been my experience, even with the very hard water in my town (12.6 gpg). To me it has a subtle scent, produces "...
by Bill_K
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

Apr 27 - 30 I've been looking forward to using the Voskhod blades for quite some time, and they did not disappoint. The first shave was so buttery smooth that I had to check and see if I'd forgotten to load a blade into my Merkur 38C! Wow. The three subsequent shaves were excellent. The Voskhod, GSB...
by Bill_K
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

Apr 23 - 26 I've used the same Gillette Silver Blue blade for the last four days. Here are my notes: 1st shave, wow! 2nd, a bit harsh. 3rd, SIMPLY AMAZING! 4th, excellent shave. The GSBs have given me three of the best shaves ever, and one of them was so good that I had to restrain myself from bragg...
by Bill_K
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Soap Review: "The Coast" by Midnight and Two
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: Soap Review: "The Coast" by Midnight and Two

Yes, and Father's Day is coming soon. :wink:
by Bill_K
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Soap Review: "The Coast" by Midnight and Two
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Soap Review: "The Coast" by Midnight and Two

To cut to the chase: this is great stuff! Go get some. You may recall that my two previous experiences with soaps were not happy (Tanglewood's "57 Chevy" and Geo. F. Trumper's "Eucris"). Thus discouraged, I emailed the Midnight and Two company and asked them about their soaps' lathering performance ...
by Bill_K
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

Apr 19 - 22 Now it's time for the Gillette 7 O'clock Super Stainless blades. The first day I had a real "Oh wow!" shave, but for some reason the next three didn't measure up. I wound up with more irritation than I would like and the shave wasn't as close as it was on Day One. They weren't awful shav...
by Bill_K
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

Apr 17 & 18:

I've tried to apply my best technique - such as it is - but I just cannot seem to like the Astra blades. They seem to pull, and I couldn't get the "Oh wow!" shave that I've had with some other blades.
by Bill_K
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

April 15 and 16: I've returned to the Astra Superior Platinum blades; they were the first ones I tried when I bought my Merkur 38C so I'm not giving that experience any weight at all. Surprisingly, they've edged out the Merkur blades; while they don't seem as sharp to me (more pulling) they are quit...
by Bill_K
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

In my excitement to get this thread started, I forgot about the blade that kicked it off: the Merkurs. - razor = Merkur 38C - blade = Merkur They were better than the lab blues but not quite as good as the Israeli reds because I had a tiny bit more irritation. They definitely didn't pull on the firs...
by Bill_K
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

- razor = Merkur 38C - blade = Personna (Lab Blue) - soap = Tabac - after shave = Truefitt & Hill 'Grafton' Today's shave was actually quite enjoyable; for some reason, it seemed smoother - perhaps I'm paying more attention to technique. I have a wee bit of irritation, though, so the Lab Blues are s...