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Wee Scot at the Dead Sea, with Maggard V2 open-comb and Barrister & Mann Reserve Spice

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I’m liking the Wee Scot these days, as you’ve doubtless noticed. And I like the Dead Sea shaving soap quite a bit as well. Gave the brush a good shake so it was just damp—Dead Sea doesn’t like water—and made a fine lather with enough left after three passes to do another three (or more).

The Maggard V2 open-comb is a fine razor, here with the MR7 handle. Three passes, no problems, BBS result, and a good splash of Barrister & Mann Reserve Spice to finish the job. This is shaving as it should be.

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15 June 2017 at 10:41 am

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A shave of favorites: the Vie-Long brush I like best, Tallow+Steel Grog, and the Dorco PL602

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Of the various Vie-Long horsehair brushes I’ve tried, this one is my favorite, and I believe it’s still available. It made a very nice lather with my favorite of the Tallow+Steel fragrances, Grog. I thought I would like Dark better—and I do like Dark a lot—but Grog is particularly entrancing to me. (Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be available any longer.)

I noticed that as I loaded the brush I automatically added water a couple of times. I no longer have to think about it. I can just observe how the brush is loading and see directly now that it needs a bit more water to do the job, and I did that twice, resulting in a very fine lather indeed.

The Dorco PL602 is such a fine razor, in terms of comfort and efficiency, that I think everyone should try it. Even when I know it will give an excellent shave, it still surprises me by just how excellent it is. I need to buy a few more to have on hand for gifts.

Three passes, BBS result, no nicks, and a good splash of Grog to finish the shave.

I can’t believe how long I shaved with cartridge razor and canned foam, hating it. Ignorance is a terrible burden and a devastating curse.

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14 June 2017 at 8:56 am

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Wet Shaving Products Stubby silvertip brush up for auction

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Another brush up for auction. You can see it here.

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13 June 2017 at 9:53 am

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Wee Scot, Stubble Trubble’s Up and Adam, Rockwell R3, and Speick

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The Wee Scot is an appealing brush, I find, and I very much like Stubble Trubble’s Up and Adam, which has a fragrance of coffee and vanilla. The ingredients:

Stearic Acid, Distilled Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sodium Hydroxide, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sodium Lactate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glycerin, and Fragrance

A mentholated version is also available, but I’m not that big a fan of menthol, so I prefer this. And with the Wee Scot, I had lots of very fine lather.

Rockwell’s R3 “setting” did a great job, as usual, with no problems at all and a very smooth finish, to which I applied a splash of Speick, whose fragrance is also very appealing, particularly in the spring and summer.

Something I meant to mention yesterday, but forgot: a nice finding by Craig B, who found that using Kiss My Face shaving cream as a pre-shave works extremely well. KMF, as he points out, does not provide much cushion, but it is very slick. So he uses a thin layer of KMF on his wet stubble and then applies lather over that. It works a treat, he finds.

And in fact my treasured MR GLO works by (a) helping the stubble absorb water (soap reduces water’s surface tension) and (b) adds some slickness. I think KMF would be even better at (b).

Worth a try.

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13 June 2017 at 8:34 am

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A Pogonotomy.com Vie-Long brush, Cooper & French Old Goat, the iKon 102, and Pashana

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Pogonotomy.com was a shave forum that has in recent years become inactive. Some years back they offered a horsehair shaving brush, and I got one. It does a good job, but my favorite horsehair brush seems better: a slightly denser knot.

Cooper & French’s Old Goat shaving soap seems appropriate at the this stage of my life, and it makes a fine lather. I like the fragrance, perhaps because when I began shaving in high school I used Old Spice shaving soap, and Cooper & French note:

The scent is an homage to the original 1930’s Shulton Old Spice fragrance! A classic that remains a popular favorite among men who are searching for a timeless scent that embodies notes of citrus with a subdued hint of warm vanilla.

The ingredients:

Goat Milk, Water, Potassium Stearate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sodium Stearate, Potassium Tallowate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Tallowate, Glycerin, Fragrance, Sodium Lactate

The iKon 102 is an ideal razor for Monday’s two-stubble (and Tuesday’s one-day stubble, for that matter). Three easy passes left a perfectly smooth result with no problems.

A small splash of Pashana finished the job and the week already is off to a good start. I’m making Sam Sifton’s Picadillo for dinner. (The olives to use are the small salad olives, not the queen-sized Martini olives.)

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12 June 2017 at 8:14 am

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Continuing the tiny-brush series: Vie-Long horsehair, Mickey Lee Drunken Goat, and the iKon 102

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Yet another tiny brush, this Vie-Long horsehair brush did a fine job and held plenty of lather for all three passes. Mickey Lee Soapworks Drunken Goat is a favorite soap, and is well worth getting IMO.

Three passes with the iKon 102 left my face perfectly smooth, with no problems encountered along the way. A splash of Klar Seifen Sandalwood, and the weekend begins.

I’ll mention again: if you experience clogging with the 102, make sure your lather is not too dry: add a little more water and see if that solves the problem.

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10 June 2017 at 9:44 am

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Simpson Case, Stirling Executive Man, and the Rockwell 6S R3

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I’m on a small-brush kick, so the Simpson Case (one-time Wee Scot 3) was selected this morning. It worked up a fine lather quite easily for my sample-puck construction of 3/4 Executive man, 1/4 Sharp-Dressed Man. As is common with Stirling soaps, I had to add a little water as I loaded.

The Rockwell 6S remains a favorite razor. I have been using R4, but this morning I backed off to R3, and I admired again the design that makes it easy to remove and replace the baseplate while the blade stays securely in the cap.

Three passes, totally smooth, no problems, and a good splash of Executive Man aftershave finished the week.

I changed my email address—the local ISP I have used for almost 30 years has suffered a severe decline in quality of service—so that means a week or two of updating my email on various sites until I pull the plug. plus figuring out a few oddities. (For some reason, mail that arrives in my Apple Mail from Gmail ends up both in the Inbox folder and in the Archive folder. Eventually I’ll get that sorted.)

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9 June 2017 at 8:07 am

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