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Shaving experiment

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Steve, of Kafeneio fame, mentioned a while back using Total Shaving Solution in a polishing pass, so I immediately set about finding a way to get some. It’s not sold in the US, but a friend in Ireland (hi, Aniko!) sent me a small vial, which is the way it comes: 2-3 drops for a shave, a vial containing enough for 90 shaves—i.e., 225 drops.

It has arrived, so this morning the G.B. Kent BK4 brought up a superb lather from the Marke Gold-Dachs-Rasierseife Rivivage Traditional European Shaving Soap (in stock again at, BTW), a soap that seems always to produce a good lather for me.

I selected the Merkur Futur with its Zorrik blade, and did the usual three passes, creating on the across-the-grain pass a tiny nick on my upper lip. So it goes. Then a rinse, and applied 3 drops of the TSS to my beard area, already quite smooth. And then the polishing pass: feeling with my left hand against the grain for any rough spots, and using the razor to smooth them out.

The result is indeed a smooth shave. I’m still not much of an oil guy, but this did show me that I was using WAY too much of the cutting balm yesterday, and also that this technique is good to have for occasional use.

A dab of My Nik Is Sealed (scroll down just a bit) took care of the nick, the aftershave was Pashana, and I’m set for the wait until the next shave. 🙂

Written by Leisureguy

30 January 2008 at 9:48 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. We wet shavers are always waiting for that next shave, aren’t we?

    You may recall that you sent me a copy of your book and some sample blades a few months ago, based on my knowledge of the Western genre…

    I have since received a Merkur HD for Christmas and have been wielding it daily since.

    I have since picked up your book every week or two to review. Thanks for your generosity in getting me hooked on wet shaving!


    John Caneday

    30 January 2008 at 10:33 am

  2. Great to hear! You’ve made my day. And I’m very pleased that you’re enjoying your shaves…



    30 January 2008 at 10:37 am

  3. After some experimentation I’ve come to the conclusion that a “cutting balm” of some sort, either TSS, Hydrolast, or The GR Pre-shave oil, is a wonderful way to get that final polish on the 4th pass. As for the TSS, I find 5-6 drops a bit better than the “recommended” 2-3. And with the others, you do need to use quite a bit more than the TSS, maybe 10-12 drops. You can also add water to your face as you polish with the razor, it seems to slick things up a bit and there’s no risk of washing off the oil. I’ve also found that if you leave the oil on and don’t soap it off, most of it wipes off when you dry your face, leaving a fine residue that does quite a nice job of moisturizing the face and no need for an aftershave balm or cream. Anyway, just some of my personal observations.



    30 January 2008 at 5:48 pm

  4. An other way would be to use a oily soap.
    I have posted a review, in german, about the Windsor Shaving Soap on my new Blog.

    The Windsor soap produces a oily lather wiht a lot of air bubbles. (first I tought it would be a terribel shave but) the shave was realy good. I think the oil helped a lot.



    7 June 2011 at 8:13 am

  5. Thank you for the idea. The soap is available from Canada, and I have ordered it. I’ll be trying it soon.

    Your blog looks good, but my German is sehr rusty. 🙂



    7 June 2011 at 8:31 am

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