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Treet Black Beauty and BBS result

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SOTD 16 Aug 2013

I thought I’d show off my stash of Treat carbon-steel blades, which I call “Black Beauties”: see the unwrapped blade in front. The little jar once held a pâté de lapin, but any wide-mouthed jar will do. Those that held food products generally open/close with one quarter-turn, so I prefer those. (Canning jars, for example, require multiple complete turns to remove the lid). I get 99% rubbing alcohol at Safeway, where it’s inexpensive.

I worked up a fine lather from the RazoRock artisan soap—quite a nice soap, and then used a Treet blade in my Edwin Jagger DE86bl: three passes and a BBS result, no nicks and no burn.

A good splash of Blenheim Bouquet, and I’m ready for the day.

I’ve sort of cleared off the bathroom counter top—as clear as it’s likely to get—so tomorrow I’ll post a couple of photos of what remains. In another room: a bookcase of aftershaves, two boxes of shaving soaps and creams, and a box of brushes. I’ll occasionally raid the brushes and soaps to bring in items I’ve not used for a while, but as you’ll see, I still have quite a few left available.

Written by LeisureGuy

16 August 2013 at 7:43 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Glad to see the Treet Blade(s), you do have a stash! I get my alcohol at Safeway also.

    Michael Napier

    16 August 2013 at 9:33 am

  2. What do you use the alcohol for?

    Manny K.

    16 August 2013 at 12:12 pm

  3. You swish the head of the razor in alcohol for one or more of three reasons:

    1. You suffer from acne or razor bumps or other skin blemishes, and so you swish the razor’s head in alcohol before and after each shave to sterilize it.

    2. You live in an area with very hard water, so after you rinse the razor at the end of the shave, you swish the head in alcohol to displace the water. The alcohol then immediately evaporates, leaving the blade dry, whereas if you let the (very hard) water evaporate, the edge would be dulled by deposits of minerals from the water. This is my hypothesis: counter-examples welcome.

    3. You use a carbon-steel blade, which tends to rust immediately. So you do the alcohol rinse to get the dry blade: no rusting.

    In this case, it was reason 3.


    16 August 2013 at 1:07 pm

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