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BBS in 5 min 19 sec

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SOTD 23 Jan 2013

I wanted to time loading the brush, and it seemed the most legible way was simply to start the stopwatch: that is, with my watch in stop-watch function, the seconds are displayed in large (easy-to-read) numerals. So I ended up timing the shave.

Time to wash my beard with MR GLO: 19 seconds.
Time to load the Ecotools with soap: 11 seconds

This was interesting, because some had commented on Wicked_Edge that it took minutes to work up a lather because the brush was so soft. Of course, I do have relatively soft water and Mystic Water soaps lather well and easily.

I then took my time working the lather up and into the stubble. (I am a face latherer.) When I was done, I saw that I had spent 50 seconds doing that. So at 1 minute 20 second elapsed time into the shave, I picked up the Silvertone with a Kai blade and began the shave. I stopped timing at that point because I didn’t think I would remember the per-pass time, plus I was enjoying the shave. The Kai is a sharp blade, and I seemed to have learned the Silvertone because it felt quite comfortable.

I do a three-pass shave: with, across, and against the grain, lathering prior to each pass. I end with a rinse but no alum block and, in this case, no need to seal a nick: nick-free and irritation free result.

When I applied the aftershave, I checked the total elapsed time: 5 min 19 seconds. The last time I timed myself it was 8 minutes, so I guess improvement continues.

This was not a rushed shave, by any means. OTOH, I didn’t tarry: no peering at my hairline in the mirror, no getting lost in thought. But also no sense of haste or hurry.

By the time I replaced the cap on the aftershave, sponged around the sink, washed out brush, etc., I was at 5 min 50 seconds, comfortably under 6 minutes. And the shave truly is a perfect BBS. I attribute that to the lather and the good fit of Kai blade and Silvertone razor—plus, of course, a certain amount of daily practice. I should note that my beard is average: not light and not heavy.

Important addendum: Woods aftershave is again available at Saint Charles Shave (scroll down at the link).

Written by LeisureGuy

23 January 2013 at 7:51 am

Posted in Shaving

6 Responses

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  1. Now you’ll have me peering at my poor old hairline as I shave….


    23 January 2013 at 8:10 am

  2. I have an easy solution that I follow daily. Shave your head and the hairline is no longer a distraction.


    23 January 2013 at 8:43 am

  3. This would seem to confirm my suspicion that there is no significant time savings in using canned goo and a cartridge job- I find it hard to imagine a situation where it would be difficult to find 5-7 minutes in the morning to have a good shave, when the alternative is saving 1-2 minutes and having a terrible shave, the results of which one then has to live with all day.

    Jeff Beyea

    23 January 2013 at 8:56 am

  4. I agree, though it took me some years to achieve the efficiency I have today. Still, having an enjoyable time is better than the hateful, tedious, boring chore that shaving once was.


    23 January 2013 at 9:09 am

  5. Buongiorno, ancora non sono a quei livelli di tempo, volevo sapere visto che ha usato il rasoio Silvertone (made in China) che gia’ conosco, e visto che si abbina alle lamette Ri.Mei.. la mia domanda..ha mai provato queste lamette ?? secondo me sono un po’ dure ma efficienti nella rasatura…. Grazie.-

    Jo 55

    24 January 2013 at 2:59 am

  6. I have not tried those blades. I tend to stick with the collection I have now. In any event, my experience with the blades would be of little relevance to anyone else.


    24 January 2013 at 8:38 am

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