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Blenheim Bouquet all the way

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I came across the l’Occitane Cade shaving oil when I was looking for the Timor razor shown. I’m featuring it because it’s the razor featured in this Gizmodo post.

The shave: I used the Cade shaving oil as a pre-shave oil and once again no effects that I could tell. I did massage it in before washing with MR GLO, so I expect I rubbed it on and washed it off. Tomorrow I’ll try applying it after the MR GLO face wash, massaging it into my wet beard.

The Frank Shaving brush (and thanks to psywiped for pushing me to try the FS brushes again) worked quite well and feels good in the hand. Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet made an exceptional lather—perhaps it’s not so strange that expensive, high-end products often turn out to be very good—and three passes produced a smooth visage.

Only the first two passes were done using the Timor, holding a new Treet Black Beauty blade. As I wrote on Wicked_Edge, “I would not recommend this razor. It could be good, but the base platform and top doors seem to be punched from metal and the ends not well finished, so the corners are unpleasantly sharp and uncomfortable. With more finish it might be a decent razor, but right now it’s not.”

It was so bad, in fact, that by the end of the second pass, I had had more than enough. I set it aside and used my vintage Slant for the final ATG pass.

I’m keeping the Timor. At some point I’ll take a file to those sharp corners and see whether a decent razor can emerge. [UPDATE: After thinking about it, I removed the blade from the razor and took the razor to a whetstone and rounded the sharp corners: very easily done (soft metal) and now a lot more comfortable. I’ll do another shave and see what the modified razor is like.]

A pass with the alum block, a rinse, dry, and splash of Blenheim Bouquet, and I’m set: clean apartment, no appointments, and The Eldest has loaned me a Kindle book.

Written by Leisureguy

1 December 2011 at 8:57 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I haven’t handled a Timor, but it looks like raw aluminum rather than say brass or zinc coated with chrome. If so, aluminum is fairly soft and something like a fine emory board might suffice to buff the burrs off of rough edges. Are the rough spots on the corners of the actual guard bar? Silo doors? End caps?

    Dirty Texan

    1 December 2011 at 1:52 pm

  2. I just tried a whetstone, and it worked fine. I’ll shave again now with this razor. The sharp places were the ends of the guard bars, where they turned down. Those are now nicely rounded. Whetstone is the ticket: doesn’t gouge or remove metal too quickly, leaves smooth finish (especially if I finish with an 8000-grit).


    1 December 2011 at 2:33 pm

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