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Today's Shave (yesterday)
A while back I picked up a 100 pack of Derby Premiums because they were so cheap. I originally liked the sample Derby Extras when I started shaving over a decade ago but the next pack I got were horrible. I waited a few years and got some more and those Extras were bad too. I'm not sure how one can enjoy a blade and then despise them. Anyway...

Finally a try w/ the Derby Premium and my trusty Edwin Jagger and Tabac shave stick. I had a little bit of tugging while shaving my head, two passes.
Then things improved a little bit on my face and neck (3 passes) so I'm looking forward to my next shave w/ this blade as I prefer to judge blades by their 2nd and 3rd sessions. I find they are smoother then.
I finished up w/ Geo. F. Trumper West Indian Extract of Limes Skin Food.

An OK shave overall.
 
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I am still fairly new to this forum but this is a thread I can at least hold my own with.


You've been here for a year, but welcome to the forum and the thread, all the same. Smile

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Originally posted by dsiets:
I finished up w/ Geo. F. Trumper West Indian Extract of Limes Skin Food.


I had only recently learnt of this old brand. Going to have to check it out. Apparently the lime shave cream is really nice. Lime anything, I really enjoy.

In fact, I really want to get a sampler of Royall Lyme aftershave in a selection. I don't know if I'll love it or hate it, and the same with Bay Rum, but they've got a few choices and I think I might just snag one off Amazon with one of the gift cards I got for Christmas. They also have a Tangerine that has my interest piqued. After I bought a bottle of Pinaud Clubman and almost gagged when I opened it, I think spending a little more up-front on tiny samples is maybe not a bad idea. I still need to try "decanting" it as someone suggested.
 
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Got a few shaves in with the Georgetown Pottery 20oz scuttle.

First attempt was with a soft badger brush I hadn't used yet with Airmid "Green Man" that my mother-in-law brought back for me from her trip to Ireland. I like the way it smells, and it's pretty slick, but it doesn't lather for shit. Dissipates immediately. The brush also was pretty soft and it just wasn't a good combo. I did one pass and rinsed it all out.

The next day (yesterday), I used Stirling's Orange Chill with the fine hair badger brush that seems to have more spine to it, but concluded that a stiff boar or synthetic would probably work better. Still, I was able to work a hot, whipped foam up in no time. Used the red tip Superspeed and a Feather blade on it's fourth or fifth shave and it was just starting to tug, so I binned it after. Did two passes, one with and one against the grain. Alum bar and since the Feather was tugging, used the Nivea aftershave balm just in case. Feels fine today.

I'm still trying to dial in how much soap to load on the brush, and as I've got three now, it's getting more complicated. The black badger brush, I think would be perfect for a traditional shaving cream like Taylor's of Old Bond Street, etc. It's not meant for aggressive splaying type lathering. I think a good synthetic is something I need to get because while the scuttles are really enjoyable to use and can be done in a reasonable amount of time, sometimes I just want to load a brush with soap and aggressively face lather and get a quick pass and be on my way.

One tip I picked up from GeoFatBoy on YouTube was that when loading a badger brush with soap, don't hold the brush by the handle,palm the handle and choke up to nearly the end of the knot with your fingertips so the hairs don't splay out as much. Also, carefully squeeze from the base of the knot and roll your grip outwards a bit to expel some of the lather you've built after you've gotten some worked up. Should help add to the lifetime of a brush.
 
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Originally posted by P220 Smudge:
Got a few shaves in with the Georgetown Pottery 20oz scuttle.

First attempt was with a soft badger brush I hadn't used yet with Airmid "Green Man" that my mother-in-law brought back for me from her trip to Ireland. I like the way it smells, and it's pretty slick, but it doesn't lather for shit. Dissipates immediately. The brush also was pretty soft and it just wasn't a good combo. I did one pass and rinsed it all out...




Couple of things I have found out...

I’ve found that a dollop of “regular” (red cap) Cremo will help soaps whip up at richer lather if they don’t on their own.

While I have a real nice pure silvertip badger brush and it feels quite luxurious, my regular brush is a boar. The boar gives a better “scrub”






What part of "...Shall not be infringed" don't you understand???



 
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Thanks, I'll try that. And yeah, a boar or good synthetic are next on my hit list.
 
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A follow up w/ the Derby Premium blade at the top of the page:

Derby Premium, first blade of 100, second use. Had an excellent shave on my head and face changing only the soap. I normally don't use the mentholated soaps in the winter but the Stirling Shave co. 'Margaritas in the Arctic' called to me from the drawer and the results were great.
Shower and Shave while listening to Yes- Tormato.
 
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A few weeks before Christmas, in addition to the Gillette open comb DE, I also found a 1912 gold plated Ever-Ready SE, in the travel case with a blade bank and four vintage blades. I was so enamored with the Gillette that it's all I used for a few weeks. Then I got sick, and didn't feel like shaving.

Well, after a few weeks of not shaving and then developing pneumonia, I decided it was time to clean up anyway.

The razor cleaned up very nicely and has been waiting for me. I loaded a new Gem SE blade into it, checked the alignment and went for it. Just in case it didn't go well, I prepped the '55 red tip Superspeed with a fresh Feather.

- Georgetown Pottery 20oz scuttle set to heat before the long shower (steam the lungs out).
- Inferior synthetic brush.
- Bloomed Stirling Spearmint.
- A small dallop of Cremo Cooling Mint (great combo with the soap).
- 1912 Ever-Ready with new Gem blade.
- Cold-wetted alum bar.
- Florida Water.
- Nivea soothing aftershave balm.

I went slow and gentle. The design tends to trap hair underneath the blade in such a way that it doesn't rinse out easily if you produce a lot of growth. Seems like I was only able to go a few strokes or so before I need to open the razor up and rinse out solid clumps of hair. This is definitely a razor designed in a time when men shaved very regularly, and is a bit tedious for knocking down heavy growth, even compared to Gillette TTO types, which really only require you to back off a few turns and run it under the faucet a few seconds.

I only did one pass. It was sufficient. Shaved down on my face and upwards on my neck, called it good. I didn't want to go for the gold with one of the most aggressive razors shy of a straight after a few weeks of not shaving. I'll use it again soon, depending on how my face fares. I was deliberate with the aftercare and should be fine, but we'll see in a few days.

I will say this: It's easier to get a perfect lineup on sideburns and a goatee with a single edge razor than the DE's I've owned so far. The only way it seems to get more precise with the goatee is with an actual straight razor.

If you're getting into the vintage wet-shaving thing and like the DE's, do yourself a favor and look at a Gem or Ever-Ready single edge razor. They're like a straight razor on a stick, being developmentally between straight razors and double-edge safety razors, and they're all an entirely different experience worth having. They're also generally a lot cheaper. I've paid between $8-12 for the three examples I own (1912 and 1922 Ever-Ready and a 50's Gem Featherweight). Oh, and make sure to only buy blades designed for shaving. Buy Gem or Treet blades at any drugstore. Don't buy paint scraper blades from Home Depot and then come complaining that you cut your face off. Eek

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I don't "need it," but I'm going to order some Margaritas in the Arctic from Stirling. I love the other stuff I've gotten from them and lime, citrus and menthol for a shave soap sounds awesome. I keep forgetting the small shave sample they sent me of "Electric Sheep." Guess I oughta try that out tomorrow and see what I think and make it happen.

Fwiw, Stirling is running a winter sale. No, I am not affiliated, I'm just a big fan.
https://www.stirlingsoap.com/collections/sale-items
 
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My best shave recently has been my Game Changer .84-P SB. Used an Astra SS (seventh use) and got a great shave this morning. Proraso tube green for the face, and red tube for the head shave (Bic ST2 disposable (maybe 25th use?)). For head shaving, the Bics last at least a month easy.
 
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