Archive for the ‘Shaving’ Category
Today is the ninth shave with the sample, and it’s still going strong. I would guess that it will last a dozen shaves in total. Maybe more.
Chiseled Face’s angel-hair synthetic is a very nice brush, though not only blemished versions are available. I once again got a fine lather from the Pots o’ Milk Meißner Tremonia shaving soap.
I’m using the #101 to see whether I can detect any difference between the feel and performance of the two sides, and I cannot. I’m not sure whether it’s blade choice, blade angle, face insensitivity, or some combination of those, but for me both sides feel the same and both perform very efficiently: BBS in three passes with no problems. Obviously, YMMV is the rule in shaving, but with a new razor it’s always good to try some blade exploration and experiment judiciously with shaving angle.
A splash of Chiseled Face East St. finished the shave, and we approach the weekend with pleasure.
Very fine shave today, with the Plisson HMW 12 (with a horn handle) bringing forth a fine lather from the sample of Meißner Tremonia soap, the eighth shave with this sample, which I’m starting to think may last a dozen shaves.
The ATT S1 slant head, riding on a UFO handle, did a fine job: three passes to perfect smoothness, but I did pick up one nick on my lower lip in the XTG pass—bad blade angle, I reckon. I tried the alum block as a styptic again: rinsed my face and held the block against firmly against the nick for half a minute. It did quite a good job, but still a bit of seepage, so I closed it up with My Nik Is Sealed.
A good splash of Mickey Lee Soapworks Italian Stallion aftershave milk, a fragrance I like a lot more than I thought I would from reading the description. The milk feels good and dries fast, leaving my face feeling soft and smooth.
Extremely good shave today, the seventh from the sample of Pots o’ Milk Meißner Tremonia shaving soap. I got yet another excellent lather from it using the Kent Infinity synthetic brush, a good synthetic.
The Wolfman Razor did its usual superb job: three passes to a BBS result, and then a splash of Ginger’s Garden Suave aftershave to finish the job. I do like that aftershave.
Very fine shave, all German.
The Mühle brush shown made a very fine lather from my Meißner Tremonia sample, the sixth shave with this sample. The German slant shown has no name and I know little about it except that it has a nice simple design and shaves quite well: BBS without effort.
A splash of Alt-Innsbruck. I thought this would finish the bottle, but I have enough for one more shave, so I’ll save it for an auspicious occasion.
A simple shave, but a thoroughly enjoyable one.
In the Guide I discuss two mindsets: explorers and settlers. Explorers are risk-tolerant and novelty seeking, looking for any excuse to try something new; settlers are risk-averse and prefer the familiar, looking for any excuse to stick with the status quo. I mention that the same differences are seen in the animal kingdom, where they are generally called “bold” and “shy” respectively.
Now it’s found that these different mindsets (if one can call it that) can even be observed in ant colonies at the colony level. (This is not so surprising if you think the difference is genetic, since the ants in a colony are offspring of the same mother.) In Science Claire Asher reports:
. . . Some [ant] colonies are full of adventurous risk-takers, whereas others are less aggressive about foraging for food and exploring the great outdoors. Researchers say that these group “personality types” are linked to food-collecting strategies, and they could alter our understanding of how social insects behave.
Personality—consistent patterns of individual behavior—was once considered a uniquely human trait. But studies since the 1990s have shown that animals from great tits to octopuses exhibit “personality.” Even insects have personalities. Groups of cockroaches have consistently shy and bold members, whereas damselflies have shown differences in risk tolerance that stay the same from grubhood to adulthood.
To determine how group behavior might vary between ant colonies, a team of researchers led by Raphaël Boulay, an entomologist at the University of Tours in France, tested the insects in a controlled laboratory environment. They collected 27 colonies of the funnel ant (Aphaenogaster senilis) and had queens rear new workers in the lab. This meant that all ants in the experiment were young and inexperienced—a clean slate to test for personality.
The researchers then observed how each colony foraged for food and explored new environments. They counted the number of ants foraging, exploring, or hiding during set periods of time, and then compared the numbers to measure the boldness, adventurousness, and foraging efforts of each group. They also measured risk tolerance by gradually increasing the temperature of the ants’ foraging area from 26°C to 60°C. Ants that stayed out at temperatures higher than 46°C, widely considered to be the upper limit of their tolerance, were considered risk-takers.
When they reviewed their data, . . .
There’s quite a bit more, and it’s interesting.
A perfect result today, thanks to a two-day stubble, excellent prep, and the DLC slant.
The Vie-Long horsehair brush shown is a favorite. I really do like the feel and performance of a good horsehair brush—a distinct feel that differs from that of badger, boar, or synthetic. And the performance is excellent. This is the fifth shave with the sample of Meißner Tremonia’s Pots o’ Milk shaving soap, and it’s still going strong. I would guess that three more shaves are in the offing.
I’ve been mentioning recently about how I must be careful to use the iKon stainless slant (and this head is stainless beneath the DLC coating) with light pressure, particularly with the SE handle, which is heavy. But I seem to have unconsciously learned the pressure lesson: I took no special care today, using the razor in a way that (now) seems natural. No nicks at all and a BBS result. I did note that the blade probably requires replacement, based on the slight resistance I felt from the stubble.
A splash of Alt-Innsbruck, with one shave left in the bottle. I do like this aftershave a lot, but I think I won’t replace it: I have too many others to use up. But I’ll still recommend it to your attention.
Wonderful start to the week.
Extremely good shave today, and I attribute some of that to the excellent lather I geet from J.M. Fraser’s wonderful shaving cream.
I used the Omega S-brush shown, which I continue to like a lot, though yesterday I learned that some do not care for it. That the brush flings lather about was totally new to me—it doesn’t do that for me, nor have I heard of the problem for others—but the person complaining about this apparently uses a wet, loose lather. Other comments seem to reflect nothing more than differences in preferences for how a brush feels, and I totally agree that someone who likes stiff, scrubby brushes that have a lot of backbone won’t particularly like this brush. But for me, who prefer a soft, cushiony brush, the regular-size S-brushes are very nice indeed.
Once fully lather with the curiously effective lather that J.M. Fraser makes, I set to work with the Maggard razor shown. It’s quite comfortable and efficient and I had an enjoyable and easy time getting a BBS result with no problems at all.
A splash of Saint Charles Shave Dark Rose, and the weekend is launched.