03-26-2013, 08:59 AM
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  • MrTGun
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I figured I'd start documenting this process not only for myself, but also in the hopes that some of the tribal elders will bless me with some knowledge and give me a firm "I told you so" when I think I have things all figured out.

I posted a couple of my early experiences in my introduction thread (http://shavenook.com/thread-new-blood-li...tively)and in the short span of about a month I've learned a lot, but still haven't gotten close to what I'm looking for shave wise on a comfort level as well as visually.

Weaponry:

- A Muhle R89 Grande
- EJ Best Badger Medium
- Semogue 1305
- Vintage 2 or 3 (Not sure) Triumph badger Brush
- As of today a NOS 1966 still in package Gillette Tech (Date Code L 1)

To summarize, my first few attempts spanned the spectrum from "Not Bad" to "Dear Jesus what have I done!"

Still trying to tame some of last weeks "Feather Attack" where I thought using a Feather and doing an ATG pass would be a good idea. Now I've always been the guy to poke the bear, but this time it seemed I had slapped the Dragon Sad

Shaves since then have been good but I think I have learned that Shea/Coconut or any type of OCM on my fast post shave is a recipe for disaster!

Last night I used an Astra SP, TOBS Avocado, Proraso pre and the shave was good. 1 WTG and 2 XTG passes. Finished with Alum, witch hazel splash and Proraso post. BTW I always shower first and wash with Glycerine Soap. Minimal irritation, went out for a few hours, and all told was rather pleased with myself.

I get home a few hours later and decide to put some Shea on my face before turning in. Well, something about that much oil on my already neurotically sensitive skin post shave that just doesn't work for me. Razor rash, bumps, redness, irritation etc.

Yesterdays lesson: Less is more, and if it's a good sahve, don't try and make it a better one by slathering on every product under the known sun.

Summary:

- Head shaves are effortless. Could be done in the dark with gasoline and a match and my head would nary utter a complaint.

- Astra's are what I'm sticking with right now, right blade for me or not.

- Really anxious to try out the new Tech that arrived today but I think I will be giving my face a few days rest.

- I think I love boar more than badger at this point.

Next Shave will either be tomorrow or Thursday night. In the meantime I am going to look into the local legality of sacrificing a chicken with a Feather in my backyard as an offering to the shave Gods.

Pic of the Tech, which I'm sure I overpaid for Sad

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~TG

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 03-26-2013, 09:46 AM
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Sounds like you've got the lessons learned. The only comment/advice I can give you is that really good boar can be had at the price of a song. Okay, maybe an album... Either case, really good badger hair is much more expensive.

It's not really a case of you get what you pay for either. The tips of boar is really soft once broken in, but if you buy clipped ends, they'll never split and be soft.

But, if you do go badger, cost does equate to softness up to an extent.

If you have any questions about straight razor shaving, I can answer those! Cool Don't use a DE on my face.

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 03-26-2013, 09:58 AM
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I'm new to wet shaving as well, only 3 months now. While I dont think i have as sensitive of skin as you do i do have fairly sensitive skin.

I've used Astra and feathers. I liked both. Dont write off the feathers yet. They can be great in a mild razor like the tech. One of the advice i was given was choose your razor for your skin and the blade for your beard. Sensitive skin = mild razor and course beard = feather blade. Above all absolutely no pressure, play with how you hold the razor to eliminate any unintentional pressure.

I love my gillette tech and NEW long comb. little jealous you have one still in the box, mine was in pretty good condition, but i decided to get it replated in nickel by KronaKruiser.

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 03-26-2013, 10:21 AM
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  • MrTGun
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Lee - Questions will abound as I have that TI on the way that made you jelly Wink The goal is to get to full straight, and then DE for my head.

Perhaps I'll venture into SR head shaving, but only by using a broken mirror shard, when camping and with an evil grin on my face, singing folk song from the motherland in an attempt to terrify the "neighbours" and get my choice of prime camp sites Wink

Boar/Badger - Another badger will enter the line up soon. I want soft as my boar as my EJ is scritchy to the point of badger burn if I'm not careful. I'm thinking WSP Monarch in HMW Wink

~TG

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 03-26-2013, 10:37 AM
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I enjoy reading about your journey.

You've got nice equipment and you are clearly concerned about technique—both good things. I'm surprised that your head is less sensitive than your face, though I've never shaved up there.

1 WTG and 2 ATG is a lot of passes. On the other hand, it provides an incredibly smooth result.

"Less is more" is probably one of the best lessons one can take away from wet shaving. I don't practice what I preach, however, and have the daily weepers to prove it.

Good luck!

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 03-26-2013, 10:58 AM
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  • Agravic
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Good luck on your wet-shaving journey TG.

I couldn't help but smile at the thought of the OPP or RCMP responding to calls about a madman wrestling a chicken, in his yard, with nothing but a Japanese DE blade!
Biggrin

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 03-26-2013, 01:10 PM
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  • MrTGun
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Ok.....please send help. I get home, bath my new weapon in scrubbing bubbles and promise myself I won't shave.

Take dog out for a run, come home, and there she is...all shiny and seductive and new. 2 minutes later I was in the shower prepping.

The good news. Not sure if it was the Tech/Astra SP or cold water rinse pre shave and between lathers (Lather stayed in a warm, not hot scuttle) but this is showing promise.

Tech/Astra SP
TOBS avocado
Semogue 1305 (Face lathered even though I understand it's the realm of thieves, pirates and peasants)
Alum
Thayers cucumber mixed with Proraso Post
Proraso AS

Fingers crossed in three hours I don't look like a pair of badgers had a wrestling match on my face Wink

~TG

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 03-26-2013, 01:43 PM
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  • slantman
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Some day you will laugh at all this. Experience is the best teacher.

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 03-27-2013, 06:57 PM
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  • MrTGun
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Gentlemen,

The Shave Gods have smiled upon me! Not only did last nights shave with the 66 Tech go well but I awoke this morning to find I was the randomly selected winner of a PIF from another forum I originally joined before settling in here. Looks like ill be adding a Merkur 38C, a Shavemac 177, some Trumpers Coconut and a sampler of 70 assorted blades. I'm speechless to say the least. To celebrate I did what any respectable wet shaver wood do. I placed a rather hefty Italian Barber order (insert silent cry for help with my AD here)

Today I learned:

- Wet shavers are good people

- I will payback with a PIF the way I was payed forward

- Cold/Cool water is my friend. I like my showers hot enough to boil eggs and my taps run just as hot. I think my skin was just way too hot/raw going into the shave

- My 66 Canadian tech seems to be a tad more aggressive than my R89

TG

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 03-27-2013, 07:08 PM
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Cold water shaver here. It makes a huge difference. Keep at it.

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 03-27-2013, 08:15 PM
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TG, you do what works for you.

Keep going! You're doing fine.

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 03-28-2013, 07:31 PM
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You're doing well great start so far you're learning quick, You're post gave me a laugh, Enjoy yourself sell you have quite a world to explore in the world of wet-shaving.

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 03-31-2013, 02:12 PM
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  • MrTGun
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Well my Thiers Issard 6/8 arrived and two straight razor shaves later I can report the following.

Shave one (Friday Night):

- Pure effing terror! Left hand work is slow and tedious and taking such gingerly slow strokes doesn't really allow for the blade to work with any efficiency.

- What I think is good lather is starting to flake and dry at the 20 minute marker. Note to self, more water and stop trying to make lather porn worthy lather all the time.

- Stropping on a table strop is slow and scary. I'm terrified I'm going to roll an edge or someone hurt my new weapon.

- 3 passes with a DE finish. Some mild irritation.

Shave two (Sunday Night):

- Waaaaaay better shave, specifically on the right side. More confident strokes lead to an easier time cutting hair.

- I must be stropping correctly as the razor seems as sharp as ever. Have moved to my hanging bridle and despite the fear of nicking it, this is an easier process and with a better draw.

- Left hand still terrifying, still had to DE finish two small spots on my chin.....but.....FIRST EVER IRRITATION/BURN FREE SHAVE!!!!!!!! Smile Smile

- DE Head shave and finishing passes are now at lighting speed, I feel like I'm driving a race car around my face! I think something about using the straight has really hit home what "no pressure" actually means.

I think we're getting somewhere TSNSmile And thankfully, because a big fat Italian Barber order lands tomorrow!!

Happy Easter everyone!

~TG

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 04-05-2013, 02:39 PM
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  • MrTGun
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The past 5 days I learned:

- I'm getting pretty good with the straight minus jawline and left hand work.

- Sadly said straight is starting to tug and pull and no amount of stropping seems to bring her back. This was expected so back to Phil at the classic edge she goes for a honing.

- Astra SP's are like Dragon scales for the first and potentially second shave for me. 3rd shave they turn into angel wings. Next shave we will try the SS's and see if they are smoother for me like some have experienced.

- Listen to your face. Self evident, but hard for my type A personality to grasp. 2 days of rest and today's shave was the best yet. Absolutely, no if ands or buts a BBS 3 pass shave (With, X, Against)

- Trying to convince myself I don't want a slant. Not going so well.

Today's shave:

- R89
- Astra SP
- Cella (This stuff seems to want to drink water)
- Thayers Cucumber
- Floid Blue
- Proud strut out of the can Wink

~TG

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