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Sandalwood morning

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This is the good (i.e., old) Geo. F. Trumper and that RazoRock Italian-flag synthetic easily created a fine lather. The Baby Smooth (here in stainless steel) was unexpectedly unruly this morning, delivering a couple of good nicks on my upper lip during the across-the-grain pass. No idea why it suddenly turned vicious, but I replaced the blade since I’ve observed that some brands become quite nicky as they age. (It was a Treet Platinum, generally a very nice blade for me. I replaced it with an Astra Keramik Platinum.)

A good splash of Saint Charles Shave’s Sandalwood Extract EDT as an aftershave, and the day begins. Despite the nicks, the overall result of the shave is a remarkable smoothness of face.

Written by Leisureguy

4 June 2021 at 8:13 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. That’s why I quit the x grain pass. Since I went two pass ( down then up) I haven’t drawn blood. It always happened to me on the third pass across.



    4 June 2021 at 8:32 am

  2. Generally speaking I don’t get a nick, but I agree that when I do, more likely than not it’s on the XTG pass. However, that pass does make the ATG pass easier, particularly on my upper lip, and My Nik Is Sealed means that a nick is not a problem. (I’ve not gotten a cut, as opposed to a nick, for years.)

    But my advice in general is to try things and discard those that don’t work well for you. (I do think it is important to try, and also to stick with the novel approach until one has accumulated some experience, since experience often shows how to resolve difficulties.)

    In this case I think it is the blade’s age. We’ll see when next the razor comes out to play.



    4 June 2021 at 8:54 am

  3. I find it useful to discard a blade routinely after X days of shaving with it. For me, the X day for a DE blade is every 7 days of daily shaving, assuming 3 or 4 pass shaves.

    The possible exception is the Kai blade. I’ve only used the recently-purchased Kai once, and it was still going strong after 7 days of excellence. But I don’t like making a judgment on only one experience.


    Steve Riehle

    4 June 2021 at 12:30 pm

  4. Your method works fine for someone who uses only one or two razors. As you have no doubt observed, I cycle through about 60 razors, and I use a variety of brands of blades. I hope you’re not suggesting that I track the number of uses of each blade.



    4 June 2021 at 12:37 pm

  5. No. Formally tracking the number of uses on each blade when many blades are involved could make shaving an onerous chore, rather than a pleasure.

    OTOH getting nicked with a worn out blade, and perhaps changing a blade in mid-shave, are not pleasures either.


    Steve Riehle

    4 June 2021 at 2:15 pm

  6. I don’t find it pleasurable, but I don’t find it much of a displeasure — it’s more along the lines of taking a sip of coffee that’s too hot.

    If I understand your implied recommendation, it is to stick with shaving with only one or at most two razors. I don’t think I’ll do that. The pleasure of variety great exceeds for me the minimal displeasure of a very rare nick. YMMV.



    4 June 2021 at 2:19 pm

  7. I have about 70 DE, SE, and injector razors. Only about 20% of them are in (irregular) weekly rotation.

    This week it’s the Pal Injecto-matic injector razor, made 1952 to the mid 1960’s. It’s a real joy. I’m shaving this week with distilled water, and thus the injector blade will last 14 days, instead of the usual 12 days. I don’t want to use the same razor for 2 weeks (boring), so I’ll put it aside after 7 days and return to it in a month or so. That keeps my juices flowing.

    I’m using PAA lilac and fig CK-6 soap. I find it does not lather worth a [insert your favorite expletive here] in my hard water. It does much better (though not perfect) in distilled water. What is your experience and/or secret in lathering with that soap?


    Steve Riehle

    4 June 2021 at 5:31 pm

  8. I use each razor once and then move to the next until I go through the entire set.

    The secret seems to be — if you have very hard water and must use stilled water — is to use 80-90% distilled water and 20-10% tap water. Pure distilled makes airy foam, so adding just a little tap water helps.

    Homeowners should consider getting a water softener installed. The damage hard water does to you lather is nothing compared to the damage it does to your plumbing (pipes, faucets, hot-water tank, etc.). That option is not available to renters, however.



    4 June 2021 at 5:41 pm

  9. So, slightly hardened water gives the lather a little substance? Interesting. I wonder what the scientific explanation of that might be?

    I’ll give the 80/20 water a try tomorrow morning. Thanx


    Steve Riehle

    4 June 2021 at 6:10 pm

  10. Let me know how it works. I have soft water so I’ve not had to try it, so my recommendation is based on the experience of others.



    4 June 2021 at 6:14 pm

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