07-11-2014, 02:28 PM
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So last month I was in London and had the opportunity to experience a shave at Geo F Trumpers at 9 Curzon Street. Anyone want to hear about it?

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 07-11-2014, 03:00 PM
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Yes!
I've been at 9 Curzon Street in 2011, but only as a shopper - I didn't had the time to experience a shave, unfortunately.
However, the shopping experience was very good, they were very nice.

Let us hear your thoughts!

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 07-11-2014, 03:08 PM
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You darn right we want to hear about it. And if you have pictures it's even better.

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 07-11-2014, 03:20 PM
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Please do-sounds like fun

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 07-11-2014, 03:25 PM
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No, not really Wink












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 07-11-2014, 03:56 PM
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Details, please.
What pre-shave?
Soaps, etc.

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 07-11-2014, 04:00 PM
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Sure, why not?Biggrin

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 07-11-2014, 04:40 PM
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Of course!

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 07-11-2014, 07:28 PM
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Ok, I'll have to post about it tomorrow. Its late and I am tired. I'll try to explain the process and experience over there.

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 07-11-2014, 10:00 PM
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Details and pictures would be greatly appreciated. Biggrin

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 07-11-2014, 10:08 PM
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  • ben74
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You tease! Tongue

Pictures and impressions ASAP... Please. Biggrin

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 07-11-2014, 11:59 PM
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(07-11-2014, 07:28 PM)MerchantofShave Wrote: Ok, I'll have to post about it tomorrow. Its late and I am tired. I'll try to explain the process and experience over there.

Thats a deal!

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 07-12-2014, 03:42 PM
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So here it goes: the day I arrived into London I was able to call in and book an appointment at Trumpers, not expecting to get an appointment. I was surprised at how slow things were (I they actually got me in like 15 or 30 minutes earlier). When I walk in, the master barber Kamil Ozturk greeted me and we spent like ten or fifteen minutes looking over brushes and razors. There were display cases full of brushes and razors among other things. He was pushing the new GFT line of brushes which seemed to be high quality. A cheaper alternative to the Simpson chubby line. I started taking pictures of the shop and he goes: "You're not one of those guys that likes to take pictures are you?" I said yes and he said that the owner doesn't approve of it. Other then that he was pretty cool and slick, like a car salesman, showing me the latest and greatest in gear. Anyways, on to the shave.

I was escorted to a curtained-stall constructed in Mahogany and the barber started off by rubbing sandalwood skinfood into my two or three-day old beard then followed it up with a hot towel. The hot towel wasn't as warm as I would have liked it to be, and the towel wasn't molded onto my face like I would have expected. One thing about their towels is that they felt hardened like an old(probably the hard water of London)rather then soft like a hand towel should feel so it didn't really feel as good on my face. The lukewarm towel was followed up wit either more skinfood or another lukewarm towel, which was followed up my more sandalwood skinfood.

Following that the barber (using their coconut oil shaving cream) on my beard. The coconut smelled much different then I was expecting, it had a bitter, medicinal smell to it. He then told me that people make the mistake of choosing the creams based on the scent but that the different creams are actually for the different skin types and he chose coconut for my skin-type. The first pass was a with the grain pass on the right side of my face, which felt pretty good, like a feather (the kind manufactured by birds not the Japanese company) being brushed against the skin, it kind of tickled. What caught me by surprise was that he did the first pass on both sides of the face, but the second and third passes he would do on one side of the face, then re-lathering and repeating, it was hard to tell if he was going across or against the grain. My memory may be fuzzy as he might have only done two passes? Either way he would shave the right side of my face, re-later that side of my face and do another pass. Then repeat the process on the left side of my face.

For the aftershave process, he applied a hotter towel (this time)and whipped off the residue from my face. He then followed that up with an alum block and more skinfood followed this time by a cool but not cold towel. He then applied more skinfood and followed that up with the a moisturizer and another cold towel(which like the others, felt old and hardened) which he then used to fan my face down.

The experience was fine but not worth the $61 I spent. The resultant shave was disappointing (DFS at best), basically an average shave or slightly worse then what I usually give myself each day with my upper lip, mouth area and parts of my neck still feeling a little rough. In other words, I could have given myself a better shave with a DE razor.

How do I attach pics?

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 07-12-2014, 04:52 PM
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I've had a number of barber shaves over the years. Some were outright mediocre. The best ones, including one at Truefitt & Hill, were excellent but not as good as I could give myself. Like you, I walked away questioning whether they were worth the cost ($60 + tip at Truefitt & Hill). While these shaves were not the BBS I can achieve, the relaxation and pampering are very nice and part of what one is paying for.

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 07-12-2014, 05:56 PM
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Thanks for sharing your experience. If I ever get to London, I think I'll skip the shave at Trumpers.

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 07-12-2014, 06:15 PM
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Sometimes the legend outweighs reality.
I appreciate the story. Thanks for contributing.

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 07-12-2014, 06:26 PM
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Best shaves I ever got were from an old barber named Red. He owned Red's Barber Shop in Decatur, TX. I met him when I was a relief agent for the Burlington Northern Railroad. At the time I lived on the south side of Dallas and covered a territory from Bowie, TX to Waxahachie, TX relieving depot agents when they took vacation or sick leave.

After my first shave with Red, he gave me a shave every Saturday morning for almost three years. The old man knew how to handle a straight razor. This was back in the late 70's, early 80's.

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 07-12-2014, 06:29 PM
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Sounds like all your money went on skin food! Confused

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 07-13-2014, 11:32 AM
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(07-11-2014, 02:28 PM)MerchantofShave Wrote: Anyone want to hear about it?

We all take daily pictures of out shave gear, of course we wanted to hear about it Smile

Thanks for sharing your experience, I keep considering getting a shave done but for the money maybe I'll be better served picking up a nice soap to treat myself.


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 07-13-2014, 11:37 AM
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(07-12-2014, 06:29 PM)ben74 Wrote: Sounds like all your money went on skin food! Confused

That's exactly what I was thinking. So many layers of skin food, I don't think the razor could actually find skin. 24

I had a pro shave once at the T&H at 900 N Michigan. A truly enjoyable experience. They used "real" straights then (not sure what the law is now) and it showed.

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