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Last US SOTD post: Copper Hat silvertip, Antica Barbieria Colla, iKon 102, and the last of my TOBS Sandalwood aftershave

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The Copper Hat silvertip brush I bought while in Victoria, and it seemed a good choice for this final US SOTD post, since Victoria is our destination. It made a fine lather, though it required a little extra loading because the knot holds more than you might think.

The iKon 102 did its usual great job, and I finished off the Sandalwood aftershave.

We’re rapidly getting ready. Packers will show up at 8:00 a.m. Monday morning, and by Friday we’ll be in our new apartment, with possessions soon to follow.

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16 September 2017 at 9:12 am

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Wee Scot, Czech & Speake No. 88, Baby Smooth, and TOBS Sandalwood

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Now I remember how the travel tub of Czech & Speake got to the back of one of the lower shelves of the aftershave case: it’s not very good (at least not for me). It’s odd, given that it has a good reputation (so far as I have been able to determine) and it’s pricey enough. But it lathers indifferently and the fragrance is muted.

Still, I got an okay lather for the first two passes, though for the third I reloaded, and this time from Institut Karité. And the Baby Smooth did its usual excellent job. I’ve mentioned before that the Baby Smooth and the Dorco PL602 have a very similar feel and performance, and both put a major curve on the blade. However, there is the big difference of materials: when I went to remove the blade from the Dorco for packing, the threaded shaft just snapped off. It’s just a $4 razor, so no biggie, but OTOH it’s clear that the Dorco’s plastic is no match for the Baby Smooth’s aluminum alloy.

Three passes to a trouble-free BBS result, and a splash of TOBS Sandalwood. I think I might have one more application from that bottle, so it will not make the move.

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15 September 2017 at 9:52 am

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Aftershaves packed…

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I left out three: the TOBS Sandalwood, which I’ll finish, and Alt-Innsbruck and Alpa 378, both in smallish bottles. I discovered some aftershaves I forgot I had, so once I’m settled, those will come out.

Tomorrow I’ll pack all the kitchen bottles for the move (sauces, oils, vinegars, etc.), using the same technique: line a plastic storage tub with a large trash bag, seal in ziploc baggie any that don’t have a secure lid, then wrap all in bubble wrap and layer them in the lined storage bin. If there’s any leakage, which seems unlikely minimal damage will be done.

Starting Sunday, blogging will minimal for a week. That’s the day we move into a motel, and from then on we are living out of suitcases, at least until the household goods arrive at our apartment in BC.

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14 September 2017 at 5:01 pm

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Fine Classic brush with Mama Spellbound Woods (a fave), the Stealth, and TOBS Sandalwood

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Spellbound Woods has a great fragrance, IMO, and the shave stick worked like a charm, with my Fine Classic making a really excellent lather. Glycerine-based shaving soaps can be excellent (and of course can also be horrible, just like other types of shaving soap).

RazoRock’s Stealth is an excellent slant (for me), and I easily got a very smooth shave. A splash of TOBS Sandalwood, and perhaps I’ll stick with that aftershave until the move: bottle is almost empty, and then I don’t have to move it.

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14 September 2017 at 10:14 am

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Rooney Emilion, QED Vanilla shave stick, Fatip Testina Gentile, and Floïd

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I really liked QED’s old shave sticks—haven’t tried the newer ones—and this Vanilla shave stick is very nice indeed. I couldn’t really see any soap on my stubble after rubbing the stick against the grain all over my beard: the soap is a brownish color and when rubbed off it’s about the color of my skin. But then once I wet the Rooney’s knot and began brushing, the lather came forth, and a very nice lather it was, too. I had to add a bit more water and work it in, but then the consistency was perfect.

I continue to praise Fatip’s Testina Gentile as a really excellent razor. Three passes produced a perfectly smooth finish, and a splash of Floïd aftershave finished the job.

Today I’m packing the aftershaves so less variety the remainder of the week.

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13 September 2017 at 8:22 am

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Omega Mixed Midget, AOS Sandalwood, the iKon X3, and Spring-Heeled Jack for a coffee kick

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I soak the Mixed Midget—wet it well under the hot-water tap and then let it stand while I shower—because of the boar content, and it did a good job make a lather from Art of Shaving Sandalwood shaving soap, a very nice soap indeed.

I haven’t used the X3 for a while, and its minimal blade feel was a delight. This is an excellent twisted-blade slant. Three passes to a BBS result.

Spring-Heeled Jack is a novelty aftershave, and a very pleasant one: you get a good whiff of fresh coffee when you apply it, and then it gradually calms down to a sort of woody fragrance. Quite nice.

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12 September 2017 at 8:38 am

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A small-footprint shave: Wee Scot, D.R. Harris shave stick, iKon 102, and Alt-Innsbruck

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I decided to try a travel possibility. Using a shave stick with a boar brush is guts ball—boar brushes may well require more soap to load than your stubble scrapes off the shave stick—but I felt comfortable with this set-up. My Wee Scot (from the pre-Vulfix Simpson) has amazing capacity and D.R. Harris makes a great lather. And you can always load the brush directly from the shave stick, treating it as an extremely thick puck of narrow diameter.

Shave sticks are, IMO, fun to use and good for travel. Not everyone can use them: men who are just starting to shave have fine, downy stubble that will not scrape off enough soap for a good loading. And men with thick, coarse, tough, dense, cheese-grater beards find that if they rub the shave stick against the grain all over their beard (as I do), they will have poor lather because it’s just too much soap. Such men generally rub the stick against the grain only in the Van Dyke area—moustache and chin—and work up the lather there initially, then work it into the rest of the beard.

If you’ve not tried a shave stick, give it a go sometime. The D.R. Harris format, with the screw-off top and the extendible stick, is particularly good since the soap is protected. Some artisans also use the same general type of container for their shave sticks, but those are substantially larger than the D.R. Harris shave stick.

A really fine lather quickly arose as I brushed my face with the damp brush, and the 102 made easy work of the shave: very smooth and comfortable and my face almost totally BBS at the end of the second pass. A final pass left my face BBS, and the splash of Alt-Innsbruck was a very pleasant finish.

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11 September 2017 at 9:24 am

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