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Anticipating tomorrow’s shave

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Gillette Super Speed Gillette Super Speed
It’s odd how fascinating the ritual of shaving can be when one becomes obsessed with it—though that, of course, is the nature of obsession. I now routinely enjoy the memory of my morning shave and turn over in my mind what tomorrow’s shave should be.

For example, I’m thinking now that it’s time to try the Taylor’s Sandalwood shaving cream, after reading some discussion of it. My Vulfix 2235 will work well with the Taylor’s shaving cream.

And I have a “new” 1940s Gillette Super Speed (photos are of that model, though not my particular razor) that I’m eager to try after reading how highly it’s regarded. Since my Swedish Gillette blades arrived from the dealer in the UK, I can now use the Gillette Super Speed with Gillette blades, as is only appropriate.

This morning I used Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel (purchased at Whole Foods) as the aftershave: very soothing and comfortable, with a luscious scent that faded faiarly quickly. But since I’m using the Taylor’s shaving cream, it seems fitting to use the Taylor’s No. 74 aftershave. (This morning I used the Vision again—another great shave—with the Cyril R. Salter French Vetiver (select “Salter” from the menu on the left) shaving cream and the Rooney shaving brush.)

I assume that with time the obsessive part will fade, as have other obsessions in the past: Esperanto, rubber stamps, fountain pens, stationery, fencing (sabre), etc.

Written by Leisureguy

16 July 2006 at 4:22 pm

Posted in Daily life, Shaving, Toys

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  1. …tap dancing, bicycling, piano lessons are the ones I remember.

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    Constant Reader

    16 July 2006 at 5:27 pm

  2. Counting the days…

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    the wife

    16 July 2006 at 7:33 pm

  3. I can no longer resist adding this link:

    http://www.theonion.com/content/node/33930

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    2nd daughter

    17 July 2006 at 5:19 am

  4. 🙂 Gillette: tough, to shave tough beards!

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    leisureguy

    17 July 2006 at 7:22 am

  5. Thanks for sharing this Great information on your site – I have started to wet shave but still using the Mach 3 Blades but I have serious interest in the DE shaving or using an injector. Thanks for the great starting information.

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    Merlin

    2 March 2007 at 11:13 pm

  6. How do you like this razor? I just purchased one off e-bay and would like your input out of curiosity.

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Jeff

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    Jeff

    23 April 2008 at 8:17 am

  7. The Super Speed works well. I had to experiment a bit to find the right angle, and it’s milder than the HD, but with a sharp blade it produces an excellent shave. I have several varieties now: the 1940 one in the photo, the same thing in gold (called a “Milord”), the TV Super Speed from 1958, and a couple of flared-tip Super Speeds. I also have the English version, the Rocket, which is quite good and more sturdily made.

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    LeisureGuy

    23 April 2008 at 8:33 am

  8. Hi Michael,

    I too collect (and use) vintage fountain pens as well as collecting and using vintage razors – I wonder if there’s a ‘gene’ that is present in those of us that appreciate things from before the throw-away society, but then again, Mr Gillette was hailed as the pioneer of the disposable culture..

    The 1940s Super Speed is a fine razor – a little more aggessive than the 1950s models, but a great shave. The 50s and 60s Super Speeds are great shavers too though.

    I’m currently using a black turning knob 1940s Super Speed which is a little more aggressive than the standard 40s SS.

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    Dave

    21 February 2009 at 3:01 pm

  9. I have one of those black-knobbed Super Speeds. I’ll give it a go next week.

    Fountain pens are great. I loved them especially after I learned italic handwriting.

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    LeisureGuy

    21 February 2009 at 3:05 pm


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