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Gillette British Aristocrat Jr. — and avocado

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SOTD 29 May 2013

BBS result, but I had to work a bit for it, so I replaced the Astra Superior Platinum blade immediately after the shave.

My Rooney butterscotch Emilion got a very good lather easily and quickly, thanks in large part to TOBS Avocado Shaving Cream, which lathers easily and who mild, gentle fragrance I like. Three passes with a fair amount of blade buffing following the last pass, then a dab of Saint Charles Shave Avocado Oil aftershave balm.

Face feels very nice.

Written by Leisureguy

29 May 2013 at 10:56 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. How exactly do you blade buff? Is it small focused strokes?


    29 May 2013 at 12:31 pm

  2. Yeah: sort of like scribbling with the razor. The razor doesn’t leave the skin and no additional lather is applied—just several quick strokes over a patch, perhaps varying the direction of the cut, and feeling with the non-dominant hand to check how it’s going. Obviously: very light pressure. You do NOT bear down: just more strokes and changing the direction of cutting, and perhaps changing the blade angle a little.


    29 May 2013 at 12:44 pm

  3. One thing that puzzles me is why people try to get 4 or more shaves from the same blade? For me it is 2 shaves and out. It works out to $0.10 a shave, and to me, the last thing I want to do is change blades mid shave or struggle through the final pass. Interested in your thoughts.

    Stephen Gooze

    29 May 2013 at 3:20 pm

  4. I see no point in throwing out a blade so long as I’m getting good shaves from it. I once used a carbon-steel blade with complete satisfaction. (I did rinse razor head in high-proof rubbing alcohol after each shave to store it dry.)

    I think you might be making the mistake of thinking your own experience is universal. I can easily get 6 or so shaves from an Astra Superior Platinum, but some other shavers find that for them (with their prep, beard, skin, and technique) it lasts only one or two shaves. Everyone is different.

    I think pretty much every DE shaver changes blades as soon as it gets the least bit unsatisfactory. My previous shave with this blade was satisfactory (which is why the blade was in the razor), but on this shave I had to do a little blade buffing. I still got a BBS result, but I did change the blade. (I don’t know how many shaves I got from it, because I use so many razors in my rotation that I don’t maintain use counts. (I recall one guy was using the adjustment ring of his Fat Boy to record number of shaves: 1, 2, 3, etcc. He figured that it only went to 9 because most people replaced the blade by that point.))

    For you, the third shave with that brand of blades and your beard and skin, etc., is not good. Another guy might find it perfectly good. And I assure you, many will find the brand of blades you use—whatever it is—completely unusable and are amazed that you can stand to shave with them at all. 🙂


    29 May 2013 at 3:32 pm

  5. Thanks for the reply. Just to clarify, I do not think my experiences are universal. I have never tried to push a blade past two shaves so I have no idea how many I could get. My point is that since blades are so cheap, my preference is to stop at 2. Thanks again for your insights.

    Stephen Gooze

    29 May 2013 at 4:12 pm

  6. Just as an experiment, it would be interesting to see how many shaves you would get before it felt tuggy. The tuggy sensation is the sign of a dull blade (or, for me, a new Derby)—or poor prep: the feel is exactly the same.


    29 May 2013 at 4:17 pm

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