Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Day 22 November 2012

To all for whom this day is special, enjoy!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Razor blades

Continuing my round up of where I'm now at, these are the blades I now use exclusively after trying more than I can remember.

They are Personna Platinum Chrome made from Swedish super stainless steel. I  bought mine in boxes of 200 from The Gentleman's Shop in Hungerford when visiting the shop.

Monday, November 12, 2012


Like many, I have spent a small fortune on razors described in earlier posts on this blog. I have sold most of them. This is now the razor I use practically every day:

This has a head from an old Gillette Tech and the handle from a cheap Lord razor. This is a relatively mild razor which I can use in comfort, rarely getting a nick, even with a new blade. The handle is a bit longer than the standard Tech which suits me as well as the weight of the razor which is just 40g - much less than the Chatsworth I once preferred. It took me a long time to settle on this razor. I occasionally use another but quickly return to my hybrid.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Shaving creams

These are now the creams which remain among the many I have tried these past three years. They are not necessarily those I will continue to replace. The Coates are now no longer produced but are among the finest creams I have used. I will probably replace the others and occasionally try new products. I suspect I will retain some TOBS creams - about the best value among the quality brand names. Unlike soaps, I have not found a very cheap cream I like as much as these.

Monday, November 5, 2012


If you followed my blog from the start you will see that I have tried many soaps. These have included nearly all the most popular brands across price ranges. The most expensive, partly due to shipping costs, being Martin de Candre.

Only two now survive in my rotation. Both are soaps sticks which I simply stuff in a small casserole dish.

Both these soaps create lather as satisfying to me as any of their much more expensive rivals. Both still cost well below £1. But I don't buy them because they are cheap. It's because they are very, very good.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Three years on ...........

Time moves on.
I started this blog on 11 September 2012 to record my journey into the world of traditional wet shaving. I think it's now time to wind things up for now or at least reduce the frequency of posting, as indeed I have done in recent weeks. My next few posts will sum up where my journey has taken me and include a few lessons I've learnt.

To be continued...........