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Method-5, and end of the series for a while

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I went back to the Shavemaster brush today, and it did indeed do a better job—no thin lather today. OTOH, I also used a larger dab of the Shaving Paste, and that may have made the difference. Yesterday I used a dab the size of a pea, today one the size of a peanut, which I think improved the lather. So I need to take another run at the Rooney, upping the amount of Shaving Paste.

But variety calls me strongly at this point, and I want to wander a bit. I don’t think I’ll ever be solely a Method shaver, or any other sort of shaver: I like to explore alternatives. But I can assure you that the Method stuff I have now will remain in the rotation and repertoire, and I’ll probably add some of the other components in time.

Today’s shave was 9.6. I returned to the Edwin Jagger Georgian and Sputnik blade, since that had done well, and it did well again. Four passes: two down, one sideways, one against the grain. And once again I felt inclined to go with a balm rather than a splash. Today it was Castle Forbes Lavender balm. Very nice.

So tomorrow back to more traditional shaves, and the next Method go-around I’ll try the larger amount of Shaving Paste in the small Rooney.

Written by Leisureguy

12 November 2007 at 7:52 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

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  1. I hope you’ll try the Hydrolast aftershave sometime. Great stuff, whether its with a Method shave or a traditional shave.



    12 November 2007 at 8:17 am

  2. I will, definitely. In fact, my Enchante shopping basket has $97 worth of products in it: the Activator, the Cutting Balm, the Tonic, and the Aftershave Conditioner. But I’m in the pre-holiday moratorium on buying (plus I need to spend my money on presents for others…), so it will have to wait a while. But I definitely do like the whole idea.



    12 November 2007 at 8:24 am

  3. I have been following this series, closely. I don’t have any of the official method shaving products, but I shaved with my own stuff, trying the method techniques. I pre-washed twice with Institut Karite shea soap. I used my Savile Row 3226 brush to lather with Provence Sante shea shaving soap. I used a new Derby blade in my Vision razor. I did two N-S passes, then an ear to chin pass, and finally a very gentle S-N pass.

    To put it simply, I had the very best shave of my life. I have been wet shaving for about 14 months and this was clearly my best result. I intend for this to be my new shaving ritual.



    Tim Cuthbertson

    12 November 2007 at 1:36 pm

  4. Excellent. It occurs to me that one could try using a little dab of shaving cream like the Shaving Paste: lather the brush well with soap, put a pea-sized (or peanut-sized—experiment) dab of cream well down in the middle of the brush, squeeze it shut, lather a bit more on the soap, and then lather your face.

    So much to learn, and we get (generally) just one try a day!



    12 November 2007 at 1:41 pm

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