Shave of the Day Thread - 2018

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TomG

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Not wanting to fall behind in my duties, time for a new SOTD thread in anticipation of what tomorrow brings!

As I mentioned last year, there is no set format, although, in case this helps, personally I include:

Pre-shave: if applicable
Brush:
Soap/Cream:
Razor:
(setting in parenthesis if adjustable)
Blade: (shave in brackets)
Post-shave:
Fragrance:
(EDT, EDC or EDP) if applicable

Browse through any of the 333 (Wow, impressive!) pages of the Shave of the Day Thread - 2017 if you are still looking for inspiration.
Photos, of any quality, are encouraged but not essential. We don't host images directly on the forum. You will need to host on sites like Flickr or Imgur and use them to generate a BBCode link, see instructions for Flickr and Imgur respectively. Alternatively you can use services like TinyPic, use 'IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards' or Postimage, use 'Hotlink for forums' to generate links.
In all cases it is helpful to resize images with the last two sites recommending 640*480 for forums

Thoughts and reflections on the shave are most welcome too, as are general comments du jour.

Happy shaving guys
....And a big thanks to @Mark1966, @Monsta_AU, @Drubbing, and the other staff contributors for your efforts in 2017. This is an excellent Forum, thanks to your hard work, humour, advice, and enthusiasm, and your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Guys, Guys... I'm still in 2017 over here.
Happy New Years Lads!

Gillette Aristocrat No.21
Gillette "New" Super Silver 1972 @ 3
Taylor of Old Bond Street - Coconut
Old Spice Knockoff from Family Dollar :D

Maxie - if you slip a straight in the grasp of your Christmas Goblin, they will be no sleep 'til Brooklyn!
 
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TomG

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Pre: Valobra Glycerlanolina soap, Castle Forbes Pre-shave gel
Brush: Semogue Owners Club Boar
Soap: Valobra Cologne
Razor: UFO Goliath / Colonial General SE
Blade: Feather Pro
Post: Myrsol Emulsion
EdT: Caron Yatagan

My first crack at a SE razor, thanks to the generous loan from @Greenpike. The Valobra lather was predictably excellent, and off I went. First pass WTG was smooth and efficient - I could certainly detect that the razor/blade combo was very efficient. The second (XTG) pass gave me some minor grief on my troublesome neck whiskers, with a few weepers. Maybe a pressure thing. I could feel that I was very close after two passes - about the same as two passes with my ATT R2 open comb plate. The third pass was more comfortable, and I was very impressed with the buffing performance of this razor.
Pretty much BBS, and a glowing post shave feel. Looking forward to the next shave!
 

Razor Burn

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Happy New Year and thanks P&C for the Birthday wishes upon logging into the site :happy:
Brush: Omega
Razor: iKon SC 102 slant + Bulldog II handle
Blade: Super Max
Soap: APR Lightning Ridge (y)
Post: Witch Hazel wipes + Alum
First shave with the 102 slant on 2 days growth and what I have established is that this razor shaves mild in comparision with the X3, requiring experimenting with different blades to find a better match :unsure: Not all bad though as the APR soap ensured a smooth shave with no nicks and minor iritation which is great. Truly loving the after scent and can't recommend APR enough :joyful: Happy shaves and good night! :sleep:
 

Sticky

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The 2017 Value For Money awards go to:

Brush: Vie-Long, horse
Soap: Mitchell's Wool Fat
Razor: Ming-Shi, Futur clone
Blade: Silver Star
Post: Nivea, Protect and Care

Maybe not the best of everything but a DFS and estimated cost less than $50. Wet shaving can be cheap!
(includes 100 blades, the Ming-Shi was a PIF (thankyou) but I allowed $11, postage costs not included)​
 
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Location
Minchinbury

Razor: Merkur 34C
Blade: Personna Blue
Brush: Maggards Tuxedo 30mm
Soap: Artesana by Luna Java - it's a vetiver based fragrance - very earthy/grassy scent & the lather was quite slick and very protective; reminds me a lot of Eufros soaps
Post-shave: B&M Arctique AS - avoid this if you have a low tolerance for menthol; it's akin to using Dencorub on your face :eek:
Fragrance: D&G Light Blue EDT
 

Mark1966

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Razor: Vintage Gillette NEW head on TSW Bren handle
Blade: Vintage Gillette Super Stainless 'Aussie Spoiler' (7)
Brush: Tony Forsyth P&C LE Platypus shaving brush
Soap/Cream: Soap Sample 3
Aftershave: Pitralon Swiss aftershave

Last day in my sample testing. Enjoyed the process - happy shaves, happy days guys!
 

RustyBlade

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....And a big thanks to @Mark1966, @Monsta_AU, @Drubbing, and the other staff contributors for your efforts in 2017. This is an excellent Forum, thanks to your hard work, humour, advice, and enthusiasm, and your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Second that, bunch of great guys with humour and frankly a breath of fresh air compared to other forums with their rules and trolls.




The 2017 Value For Money awards go to:

Brush: Vie-Long, horse
Soap: Mitchell's Wool Fat
Razor: Ming-Shi, Futur clone
Blade: Silver Star
Post: Nivea, Protect and Care

Maybe not the best of everything but a DFS and estimated cost less than $50. Wet shaving can be cheap!
(includes 100 blades, the Ming-Shi was a PIF (thankyou) but I allowed $11, postage costs not included)​
Nice, have and use three of those items. Was four, (y) glad you are enjoying and using it.
 

lerenau

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Canberra
First try of Mitchell's Wool Fat

Brush:
TSW 452 24mm synthetic
Soap: MWF
Razor: Rockwell 6c (3)
Blade: PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Alum, B&M Reserve: Classic

Well, I shaved yesterday afternoon for a New Year's Day catch-up with family.
Everyone in this thread, seemed to have started the year with some MWF and it seems to be on just about everyone's "top products" list.
So, I decided this was a good time to try the unopened puck I had in my drawer.

The Lather
My last couple of shaves were with GFT (f-ck them) Limes... Terrible terrible product. It sliced me to bits with it's non-existent lather.
Fortunately, a suitable proto-lather soon formed off the fresh MWF puck with the TSW synthetic.
I transferred this to my lather bowl and proceeded to add a little water. I managed to generate an acceptable lather. Not great like some of the other's I'm used to (APR, B&M, WhollyKaw). But it could just be my inexperience with hard pucks.

At this point it's probably worth mentioning that I really had to punish the TSW brush. This is a very soft brush and lacks significant backbone which might have helped with a hard puck.
Next time I think I'll use my St. James of London synth and see if I get a better result - This bush is too scratchy for face lathering. But, might be just the ticket for a hard puck and face-painting.

Does anyone have any success with MWF and a Yaqi?
Do Yaqi's have more backbone than a TSW?

The Shave
For the first pass I was thinking "This stuffs good. But I don't really see any distinguishing qualities". Also, the scent is very - "soapy".
I finished my pass and rinsed. That's when the differences appeared. This soap has significant residual slickness... Even after a rinse. Quite impressive.
I finished 2.5 passes and got a very easy, smooth and close result.

The Post
This is where I started having problems.
I generally leave a lather on my face for a few minutes before a final rinse in order to get any post-shave benefits. Not all soaps benefit from this. And indeed, if I'm going to get an allergic reaction to something, it'll be now. I noticed a slight stinging and redness in my cheeks.
I did my final (cold) rinse. Everything definitely felt soft. But I was also quite red.

With a certain fear I proceeded to use my Alum block... Stinging... So much stinging... Owww...
Once that had dried I applied my B&M Reserve splash... This is normally quite a pleasant experience. But not this time - Dear Mother of Tallow that stung!!! Definitely one of those "that was a mistake" moments.

Verdict
When I turned up to my function, all anyone could talk about for the first ten minutes was "what's wrong with your face? Are you ok? Have you had an allergic reaction to something?". One of those awkward situations where they just wouldn't let it go without my entire history. Coupled with the brutal bluntness that only family can provide... sigh. Eventually the redness went down somewhat (2+ hours). But, the emotional damage was done.

So, do I think it's a failure? No. I noticed enough good qualities that I feel I need to take all recent events into consideration... Namely my recent GFT (f-ck them) debacle.
It had only been a few days since that terrible experience and I think most of my issues this time can be attributed to not having yet recovered from that.
I think I will wait a few more days before giving it another shot.

TL;DR My face hasn't recovered from my recent GFT (f-ck them) experience. Therefore, no shave was ever going to go well. I'll try again once my skin has recovered a little more.
 

Mark1966

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First try of Mitchell's Wool Fat

Brush:
TSW 452 24mm synthetic
Soap: MWF
Razor: Rockwell 6c (3)
Blade: PolSilver Super Iridium
Post-shave: Alum, B&M Reserve: Classic

Well, I shaved yesterday afternoon for a New Year's Day catch-up with family.
Everyone in this thread, seemed to have started the year with some MWF and it seems to be on just about everyone's "top products" list.
So, I decided this was a good time to try the unopened puck I had in my drawer.

The Lather
My last couple of shaves were with GFT (f-ck them) Limes... Terrible terrible product. It sliced me to bits with it's non-existent lather.
Fortunately, a suitable proto-lather soon formed off the fresh MWF puck with the TSW synthetic.
I transferred this to my lather bowl and proceeded to add a little water. I managed to generate an acceptable lather. Not great like some of the other's I'm used to (APR, B&M, WhollyKaw). But it could just be my inexperience with hard pucks.

At this point it's probably worth mentioning that I really had to punish the TSW brush. This is a very soft brush and lacks significant backbone which might have helped with a hard puck.
Next time I think I'll use my St. James of London synth and see if I get a better result - This bush is too scratchy for face lathering. But, might be just the ticket for a hard puck and face-painting.

Does anyone have any success with MWF and a Yaqi?
Do Yaqi's have more backbone than a TSW?

The Shave
For the first pass I was thinking "This stuffs good. But I don't really see any distinguishing qualities". Also, the scent is very - "soapy".
I finished my pass and rinsed. That's when the differences appeared. This soap has significant residual slickness... Even after a rinse. Quite impressive.
I finished 2.5 passes and got a very easy, smooth and close result.

The Post
This is where I started having problems.
I generally leave a lather on my face for a few minutes before a final rinse in order to get any post-shave benefits. Not all soaps benefit from this. And indeed, if I'm going to get an allergic reaction to something, it'll be now. I noticed a slight stinging and redness in my cheeks.
I did my final (cold) rinse. Everything definitely felt soft. But I was also quite red.

With a certain fear I proceeded to use my Alum block... Stinging... So much stinging... Owww...
Once that had dried I applied my B&M Reserve splash... This is normally quite a pleasant experience. But not this time - Dear Mother of Tallow that stung!!! Definitely one of those "that was a mistake" moments.

Verdict
When I turned up to my function, all anyone could talk about for the first ten minutes was "what's wrong with your face? Are you ok? Have you had an allergic reaction to something?". One of those awkward situations where they just wouldn't let it go without my entire history. Coupled with the brutal bluntness that only family can provide... sigh. Eventually the redness went down somewhat (2+ hours). But, the emotional damage was done.

So, do I think it's a failure? No. I noticed enough good qualities that I feel I need to take all recent events into consideration... Namely my recent GFT (f-ck them) debacle.
It had only been a few days since that terrible experience and I think most of my issues this time can be attributed to not having yet recovered from that.
I think I will wait a few more days before giving it another shot.

TL;DR My face hasn't recovered from my recent GFT (f-ck them) experience. Therefore, no shave was ever going to go well. I'll try again once my skin has recovered a little more.

This would be a 'Sorry darling, that GFT soap you gave me really doesn't seem to agree with me. You know I've tried and it was so embarrassing today, I hope you don't mind if I pass it on ...' moment :whistle:
 
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