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Silent auction shaving set

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The Younger Grandson’s elementary school in Baltimore is having a silent auction to raise funds for the little children. I’m contributing:

  • Autographed copy of Leisureguy’s Guide to Gourmet Shaving, Fourth Edition
  • Omega artificial badger brush
  • Elite Razor gold-laced black onyx handled razor with Merkur Classic head
  • Collier Row shaving soap from Portman Square
  • A blade sampler (thanks, Zach!)

I gave some thought to the package, some of which you see in the photo above. My assumption is that the winner and/or ultimate recipient is not accustomed to traditional wet-shaving—thus the book.

I wanted the brush to be totally reliable and require no special care, and the artificial badger meets those criteria—and works up a great lather to boot.

Collier Row I picked because I know of no common shaving foams or gels that have an orange fragrance—and an orange fragrance in the morning is quite pleasant. So this should be a novelty. It doesn’t hurt that the Portman Square soft shaving soaps (or hard shaving creams) produce abundant good lather quite easily: again, our guy is probably a beginner.

And for a beginner the Merkur Classic head is an excellent starting place. And the Elite Razor pieces from natural stone (they also offer exotic woods, synthetics and more) are by nature unique. The black onyx with gold lacings is elegant and unusual.

I put together a pretty good sampler from my stash, including Astra Superior Platinum, Wilkinson Sword UK, Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge, and others.

Aftershave is something that any shaver will already have—and probably have his favorites as well. So aftershave will not be part of the package. I picked Alt Innsbruck because it seemed to fit the day.

So today’s shave was a goodbye to these pieces. I’ll ship this off to The Eldest later this week.

And the shave? Extremely good. I used a new Astra Superior Platinum blade, great lather, three passes, and a splash Alt Innsbruck (which somehow made me think of Salems: the menthol/tobacco fragrance, I imagine).

OMG: I almost forgot to include the fresh bar of MR GLO. I’m adding that now. For me, a shave that doesn’t begin with MR GLO is not a real shave. YMMV.

UPDATE: I’ve now also added My Nik Is Sealed.

Written by LeisureGuy

17 April 2011 at 8:27 am

Posted in Shaving

5 Responses

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  1. You might add an attractive container to hold these also, like an inexpensive travel toiletries bag.


    17 April 2011 at 8:48 am

  2. EXCELLENT idea. I’m on it!


    17 April 2011 at 8:58 am

  3. This one will be part of the package. And now I sort of want to include the Alt Innsbruck as well: unusual, pleasant, and manly.


    17 April 2011 at 9:14 am

  4. Great looking kit bag at a great price.
    Agreed on the Alt Innsbruck, but for the $$; maybe a 4711 instead for me, $6 at Perfumania.


    17 April 2011 at 9:50 am

  5. This looks GREAT! Many thanks, Dad. 🙂

    The Eldest

    17 April 2011 at 1:53 pm

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