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Fine shave with Dr. Selby’s 3x Concentrated Shaving Cream and the Feather AS-D1

with 11 comments

SOTD 31 Dec 2015

I pulled a switcheroo with the razor. I took the photo with an Edwin Jagger head on a UFO handle, but once I got in the bathroom and lathered up, I had an irresistible impulse to use my Feather AS-D1. It’s one of the good AS-D1s: extremely mild on the face while being extremely aggressive on the stubble, and it produced a totally comfortable BBS result.

First, of course, I applied lather. The “synthetic badger” brush shown was one of the first really good synthetic brushes. Mühle seemed to push synthetic R&D early, and their brushes have been among the best of the synthetics. This one performs well and feels good, and it immediately got a wonderful lather from Dr. Selby’s 3x concentrated shaving cream. The bowl’s pedestal in the photo is its lid, and this is one of my favorites.

A good splash of Chiseled Face Easy Street finished the shave—and the year—on a very good note.

Best wishes to you all for a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.

Written by Leisureguy

31 December 2015 at 10:32 am

Posted in Shaving

11 Responses

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  1. Thank you for a year of delightful and interesting posts. Happy and prosperous 2016.


    William Bettis

    31 December 2015 at 10:37 am

  2. Michael, thank you for all of your interesting and informative reviews throughout the year, I’m constantly learning and growing. I had my first full use of the ikon #102 this morning and it was wonderful. I got it a couple of restocks ago but I had been sporting a beard and therefor was only shaving the neck area. I took the beard off last week and so this morning the #102 was loaded with a fresh Gillette Stainless blade and with the OSP Bay Rum soap I set to work and had a very comfortable and enjoyable BBS shave, finished with Dominica Bay Rum AS. It was really a very nice way to start the last day of the year. Thank you for role in my acquisition of a fine razor.
    Happy New Year and all the best in 2016



    31 December 2015 at 10:57 am

  3. Thank you both. And I’m so glad the #102 worked well for you. I think that’s the experience of a good majority, though necessarily (it seems) it will not work for some. (I just ran up against this with Otoko Organics, which worked so well for me that I just assumed it work the same for all. I totally ignored YMMV.

    At any rate, enjoy. It’s truly a lifetime razor.



    31 December 2015 at 11:09 am

  4. I wanted to let you know that at least one Canadian reader makes a point of checking your blog every morning, both for the articles you have collected and commented upon, and for your daily shaving wisdom. Thank you for gathering together some of the most interesting and eclectic internet bits and pieces that I doubt I would otherwise have stumbled upon. I also fully enjoyed your book (gave a copy to my son for Christmas) and look forward to following your blog in 2016. All the best in the New Year.



    31 December 2015 at 1:20 pm

  5. Man, you really made my day. Thank you very much. As noted, this is “A blog written for those whose interests more or less match mine.”



    31 December 2015 at 1:22 pm

  6. Michael – Thank you for all of your posts throughout 2015, I am certainly looking forward to hearing from you during 2016. A couple of things that came up throughout the year that really improved the enjoyment of my routine were the acquisition of a #102 which seems to be perfect. Also, a post contained a link which suggested the angle in the different passes. I found this very helpful, even after 40 years. I had requested the link sometime after it originally posted and you graciously responded as you always do when I request links!

    I would like to wish you, yours and all those who follow you a happy and prosperous New Year!



    31 December 2015 at 1:34 pm

  7. Would it be possible to re-post that link again? The one Mike refers to above on pass angles using a slant. I think I would find that helpful too.



    31 December 2015 at 2:16 pm

  8. Unfortunately, I’m drawing a blank on that link. Perhaps Mike will post it for us.



    31 December 2015 at 2:59 pm

  9. MIchael, I have followed your posts and books (since the 1st edition) and would not be the shaver I am today without them. The biggest change was heeding your advice about getting a slant, which I did some months ago. I would like to wish you all the very best for 2016 – health and happiness.


    Chris R

    31 December 2015 at 6:35 pm

  10. Michael, I want to wish you a Happy New Year, and to thank you for all the help you provided through your book, as I returned to DE shaving after 40+ years. I started with little understanding of the variables that affect the quality of a shave, or of the YMMV principle, and I knew nothing of alternatives to mass-market products. The surplus-soap surprise assortment I bought from you was a very economical introduction to a variety of excellent soaps, and they will all be part of my rotation for some time to come. Thanks also for the daily shave blog posts with the artfully-arranged photo of the day’s products. I’ve added several items to my wish list, based on these. Best regards, Michael Walsh, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.



    1 January 2016 at 11:09 am

  11. I’m pleased that the book has proved helpful and that you like the surprise soap assortment. It’s probably a 4-5 year supply, in fact. Wishing you many fine shaves in the year(s) to come.



    1 January 2016 at 11:17 am

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