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This morning a shower before shaving, and a much better shave

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With new shower curtain installed, this morning I resumed my regular morning routine and showered before shaving, then using MR GLO at the sink. The lather was Nancy Boy Signature shaving cream, using the Wee Scot, and the razor was the wonderful Baili BR171, a $6 marvel. Three passes to perfection, and a splash of Alt-Innsbruck to top it off.

Canadians have more varieties of bacon: not only back bacon (“Canadian bacon” as it’s called in the US) and belly bacon (“bacon” as it’s called in the US), but also side bacon, which I cooked this morning: meat-to-fat ratio higher than belly bacon, and nicely chewy.

Written by Leisureguy

24 September 2017 at 7:53 am

Posted in Food, Shaving

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  1. Did you shave on a Sunday just to verify this observation?



    24 September 2017 at 12:56 pm

  2. (Regarding the difference a shower makes.)



    24 September 2017 at 12:57 pm

  3. In part, but we’re also being out a lot getting things for the apartment and I wanted to look sharp. Plus it’s always a pleasure to shave. 🙂



    24 September 2017 at 3:07 pm

  4. As someone who got his best shaves historically (i.e. back in my Mach3/Barbasol days) in the shower, but usually has shaved at night when trying a safety razor — which I still am struggling off-and-on to get good shaves with — I am grateful for your experimentation. I may just have to get up earlier and try to shave after the shower next time. (I suspect pressure and angle issues — and perhaps lather quality — may also be inhibiting things, but I’m working on those, too.)



    24 September 2017 at 3:47 pm

  5. Don’t overlook the razor itself. Here I list a handful of razors at various prices, with all the razors being really excellent in feel and performance. The Baili BR171 might be worth trying or the Dorco PL602.

    And you might try a quick shower in the evening before the shave: no soap, just water.



    24 September 2017 at 3:51 pm

  6. I’ve tried multiple razors known for being what you would call “efficient but comfortable”: I began, back when I first seriously dabbed in wet shaving (around March 2015, to give you an idea), with the Merkur 23C, but then went on to the EJ DE89, the RazoRock Baby Smooth, and yes, the Dorco PL602. If anything, I think my inability to stay with a single razor/blade combo until I’ve mastered it is the bigger problem here.

    Honestly… I think the *real* problem I’ve got is that I have a lack of patience and discipline when it comes to learning this skill the right way. The prospect that made me want to try wet shaving was of being able to shave every day without razor burn. I suspect I’m going to have to heal my neck somehow (which has been chronically irritated for as long as I can remember) and really commit to trying to learn this “by the book” in order to give myself a fair shot, because as-is I can’t shave often enough to gain muscle memory. Otherwise, if my future employer wants me clean-shaven every day, I may have to only shave with-the-grain.

    Sorry for turning this into a rant, but I felt a need to vent and the opportunity has kind of presented itself. 😛 I would have posted to Wicked Edge for advice a while ago, but I figured I shouldn’t bother until I actually eliminated the issues I’d already self-identified. (There are others I haven’t mentioned here.)



    24 September 2017 at 8:00 pm

  7. In my experience (and this varies somewhat by person), the Merkur 23C, which has the Merkur Classic head, is not so comfortable or efficient as the Edwin Jagger. (See this post for the moment of verification.) And (for me) the EJ is not so comfortable and efficient as the Baby Smooth or PL602 (and those two are about the same in feel and performance for me).

    Patience is important. I discuss this some in the Guide. But take your time and focus on pressure and angle and eventually it will come together.



    24 September 2017 at 8:17 pm

  8. So is this move to Canada a permanent thing? Were visas hard to obtain?



    24 September 2017 at 8:36 pm

  9. It’s a permanent thing, and rather than a visa I got a Permanent Resident card, the equivalent (I think) of the US Green Card. That involved a number of steps and we had a consultant helping. I’m sure that The Wife’s being a Canadian citizen helped, as did the fact that we’ve been married for years (clearly not a marriage of convenience). I “landed” last October, and since then have qualified as a Permanent Resident of Canada, though I continued to live in the US until last Friday. The deal is that so long as I’m married and with The Wife, that counts as being in Canada. No problems coming in this time, though it is more complex because a complete inventory of the goods we’re bringing in is important, since this move is the unique time that duty is waived.

    The car was a little difficult to understand in terms of steps: you export the car from the US (and I strongly recommend the services of a customs broker, a $50 fee but worth it) and must import the car into Canada. The latter is made easier by the on-line RIV (Registrar of Imported Vehicles) site, which allows you to fill out forms and pay the duty ($296 for 5 year old Lexus CT200h) before you arrive. My daughter is driving the car up and will arrive Tuesday.

    Moving here to live is mildly disorienting because of the myriad small differences. In terms of feelings, it reminds me very much when I went from a small Oklahoma town (pop. 2400) to attend college in Annapolis MD (St. John’s College), having never been east of the Mississippi: many small differences that were not unpleasant but kept me a bit off balance and unsure. It does heighten awareness.



    24 September 2017 at 8:46 pm

  10. Ah, interesting. I ask because I know what it’s like to move countries. I moved from Australia to England in 2006, and returned to Australia in 2015 with my wife – herself a UK citizen.

    I wish you all the best in your new Canadian life.



    24 September 2017 at 8:50 pm

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