Sunday, February 27, 2011


I rarely try new blades these days. I have a large stock of red personna and Gillette Super Thins that are serving me well. But for a few days I've been using a sample pack of Dorco ST300 blades. Very comfortable, irritation free, no soreness. They don't seem to rate much of a mention on the forums and certainly haven't impressed some of my friends at The Shaving Room. They certainly work well enough for me to now consider adding some to my rotation.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

They have to go somewhere!

Tigris Perla reaches U Tube!

Now sold out, but with more coming soon, the New Forest 2206 Tigris Perla has performed on U Tube!

Always happy to see New Forest brushes in action! See it here.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bowl lathering creams

A dollop of cream in a bowl. A pre soaked brush. A quick swirl. Loads of thick creamy lather. Paint it on. Swirl and scrub if you wish. Then smooth over, and off you go.

I sometimes wonder why I bother with soaps. Some say it saves washing up a bowl and that it's less effort, particularly if you face lather. But simply using a soap in it's bowl is a messy business and it needs cleaning up afterwards.

So it's bowl lathering with creams.

That's at least until I remember just how good some of the old favourites are.. Tabac, Palmolive, Proraso, Arko, oh - and Martin de Candre. Then out they come.

Then back to the creams.

We are a funny lot!

Friday, February 18, 2011

SOTD - Not me!

It's always good to see this sort of thing!

Saturday, 1.29.11

Aura Glow and Hot Towel Prep... Because I'm worth it..
Tabac Shave Cream
New Forest #2221 High Mountain White
Hayashi Diamond #74 13/16ths
Tony Miller "New Standard" Strop .. 35 Linen/65 Latigo
Witch Hazel
Nivea AS Balm
Ogallala Bay Rum .. Limes & Peppercorns

Great shave today, and this concludes my "week with creams" and tests of the New Forest High Mountain White badger brush... These shaves were a total success...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My razor - Edwin Jagger Chatsworth

I now seem to use this razor every day. It's a heavy razor, weighing in at 110g, not too aggressive but not too mild either. After trying over a dozen razors, including the very expensive Feather stainless steel razor, I'm comfortable with this. Too much chopping and changing razors didn't suit me. I'm happy to use different brushes, soaps and creams every day but I enjoy the familiarity of one razor.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

After Shave Balms - great value.

Before I started treating shaving as a hobby and looking out for new products I used quite expensive after shaves like Givenchy and Floris.

This group of four balms from Wilkinson, Proraso and The Body Shop together cost less than my last Floris Balm. And they are just as effective. So shop around, there's great value out there!

Saturday, February 12, 2011


I love it when people send me photos like this!

And it's good to know the durability of New Forest Brush logos has now improved.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Two Band Brushes - Value for money.

I read a post on Badger and Blade by someone seeking advice about how to spend $100 on a two band brush. I noted that eventually someone suggested that he should check out New Forest Brushes.Wise advice. For about $50 you can match the performance of other two band brushes for over twice the price. And the new brushes now hand made in the New Forest are made from the same materials used by Rooney in their top of the line hand made brushes which are at least as good as the quality of Simpson handle materials.

More and more shavers are realising that they no longer need to pay high prices for high quality brushes.

Thursday, February 3, 2011