Some battle Damage, Shave 8.

Well I have some sad news to report today,

My trusty friend encountered some slight battle damage from the sink today.  I was trying a new method out for warming up the shaving mug with the later in it.  I do not recommend having both your shaving mug in the same sink that you are rinsing your razor off with.  I hit the bottom of the sink with the tip of the sharp edge and now I have to send it off to get fixed since I dont know how to hone yet.  Also my strop looks like a small animal attacked it with scrape marks all over it now.  So time for a new strop as well, oh darn I just have to get more shaving equipment, for shame.

Well onto the actual shave.  Aside from some minor cost in repairs to equipment, my shaving experience today was phenomenal.  I have to say the skills are getting honed in.  I do have to say, even though I wont do it again, that having my mug in warm water made the lather much better feeling, nice and warm.

Started out standard old wtg, then xtg, and slight atg today.  With a mix of all these strokes I actually got my face, even my chin, whisker free.  This was even not shaving for about four days.  Mind you it was like cutting down a small forest, it was still great.  My whiskers must be made of steel as well, I had to stop and strop for each side of my face.  It was strop numero dose that I discovered my nick in the blade.

So I will say, I feel really good about my face today.  Not that I had reason to doubt my face to begin with.  It doesn’t hurt hardly at all, although it might still break a camera or two.  And I only had to stop some minor bleeding on the ching from trying to perfect my shaving in that area.

Farewell my friend for a bit till we meet again after your make over.  I will miss you.  I might cheat on my razor and just pick up another one while it is out to the shop.  Who knows where this little affair might lead.

Till next time, Cant wait till the next shave.

BG

A relfection on my first week in shaving

Hello again,

Well I am giving the old face a break and allowing some blood to flow through my veins in my face, instead of out of my face.  So here is a short recap from shave one to the turkey shave.

From the beginning I have been sort of like a giddy school girl, in the manliest sense, over shaving with a straight razor.  It has a kind of mystic to it.  For over hundreds of years men of both power, influence, creativity, love, passion and every one else, has shaven with some sort of steel.  Most with straight razors until the 20th century and the advent of safety razors.  I was a safety follower of multi bladed face scrapers for years.  Still have to use it as back up for now.  But I will now proudly say I am a convert to straight razorism.  It has improved, even with the many cuts, my face noticeably thus far.  I have less ingrown hairs, pimples, and irritation.

As a warning to those who might think about diving in head first with out first making sure water is in the glass, please read.  Do not, I repeat, do not think this is for the faint of heart.  You will get frustrated, ticked off and want to throw the razor thru the wall.  With how sharp it is it will probably make it all the way to your neighbor’s house if you do so.  But if you are a really tough, determined, testosterone filled, love a challenge, never give up type, DO IT!  For all others, well safe things never hurt any one, never got you a date either.

So in recap, straight razors Rock!  Our grandfathers and more likely our great grandfathers had it right.  Straight is the way to be.  I have also noticed a more daring type attitude about my self.  I feel like racing the grany thru the walmart to beat her to the front of the line, or feel like running that extra few steps to get the last styptic pencil at the local Walgreen.  Who knows, I might take up jumping out of a hot air balloon from space next with all this extra testosterone floating around.

In all seriousness I do feel better about myself after every shave.  Very rewarding feeling like I am accomplishing something more and more each time.  I feel a connection with my forefathers and more relaxed after a nice shave.  So if you are game, take the plunge and dont look back.  If you do you might cut your self.

Till next time, Cant wait till the next shave.

BG

Shave 7, Turkey shave

Hi all,

Well this shave was honored by not only my face being diced up by a very sharp device, a turkey had the same fate.  Thanksgiving is a time of thanks, and I am very thankful for all that I have and have been given.  It is not too often that we all get to slow down and enjoy life.  So on this thanksgiving I continued with the theme of slowing down and broke out the razor for another shot at the perfect shave.

Today was still far from a perfect shave though, even with some more improvement.  I have pretty much got down how to shave to achieve an ok shave on my face.  It may not be as close as I can get with my mach3 still, but every shave I notice more of my face getting smoother.  So improvement is definitely taking place.

Today I thought I would give across, xtg, the grain a shot.  It went better than atg went, less blood flow with xtg.  XTG consists of holding, for the most part, the razor straight up and down and shaving from east to west, or vise versa, on your face.  It is yet another angle of attack that helps cut down the hair closer to your skin.  Stretching was a bit interesting to figure out around the neck and mouth, but I don’t think I will be doing this one again on my lip.  The styptic pencil got a lot of use today, might need a new one by christmas at this rate.  I will say that some rough patches that I have been having on my neck and cheek area were smoother after shaving xtg.  So this is yet another tool I will use in my arsenal of achieving the ultimate shave.

On a side note, my face turned out much better than the turkey’s.  Do turkeys have faces?  At any rate, it was an excellent meal prepared by ladybug and nice to spend time with her and little bug all day.

Until next time, can’t wait till the next shave.

BG

Shave 6. Going ATG, balms away.

Well here we are again talking about my shaving habit,

Today I decided it would be an intelligent decision to go ahead and throw something new in the mix since I was feeling all sorts confident over my last shave.  Lets just say, two steps forward, one step back applies here.  I went across the grain tonight, and I tell you there is defiantly something to be said for going the unpopular route with your whiskers.

So I started out with the shaving ritual, get out the equipment, take a shower, wipe off the steamy mirror and start-up a lather.  I switched out my soap today with my travel soap since it fits better in the mug.  So another small adjustment to the mix with every thing else tonight.  I started with my normal strokes, got all done with only a minor nick.  I was feeling like I was mastering this fine art, who says this can take a while to get down, I’m the Super Shaver.  Well I soon got knocked down off my high horse I was riding.

I relathered and started in on across the grain.  I will say this, my face did get a closer shave in some areas, others, well, I still need to practice.  I was doing ok on the neck, but then the protrusion known as my chin got in the way.  Plus my face just seemed to soak up all the moisture so my razor didnt glide over my face as well tonight.  At any rate, I did get a closer, although not to comfortable, shave on my chin and upper lip.  Didnt too too much work on my chin and neck, just wanted to try out this new stroke.  Not to worry folks, I have discovered that my blood is still pumping and I have lots of it.  My lip holds as evidence to such claims.  Stypen pencil to the rescue, feel the burn.

After the assault on my face I washed up and applied a new product I pickup up due to my face being so dry.  I read about it on the forum, my source of shaving knowledge.  It is called balm, this particular one made by Nivia, for men.  It is kind of like a lotion, kind of like an aftershave.  A mutt basics of the shaving world.  It was nice, not greasy in the slightest, did sting a big though.  So my face does feel a little better with the balm rather than using a liquid aftershave, at least for winter time.

Not much else to report, so till next time.  Cant wait till the next shave.

BG

Shave 5, no hair on my chiny chin chin.

Well folks the verdict is finally in,

I’m officially hooked to straight razors now.  Before it was more of that first love feeling, your emotions and hormones get all mixed up and you think you will be with that special razor for the rest of your life.  Then they cut you and you start to regret possibly entering such a relationship with some one you really didn’t know.  Well tonight was the turn around date.  The stars aligned, the moon was out, and things were all hot and steamy in the bathroom.  Nothing quite like it.  I think I am ready to make this a long-term commitment, and who said men can’t commit.

The first thing I noticed was after much practice with my fury friend I was able to get one heck of a lather out of the soap tonight.  It was huge tonight, I just couldn’t control the lather so much was emanating from the mug.  It was the softest and most luxurious lather to date.  So after that pleasant experience I started applying it to my face after a nice hot shower.  Wow, I barely felt the bristles, it felt quite pleasant.

After the lather was in place I started in with the Dovo.  I figured something out with my grip, it is a standard grip, three fingers on top, thumb on bottom.  Tonight I moved the scales, the covering over the razor when closed, so that it wedged my thumb between the scales and the tang, the rear of the razor.  This both provided better leverage and a more solid grip to my hand.

The actual shave was nice, the razor just glided over my face.  With only a couple of spots of pulling, I backed off when it pulled.  That resulted in just one or two nicks.  The bleeding is minimal now so I should either be worried that my blood supply is low or be excited that my technique is improving.  The chin was the piece de resistance.  Mind my french, googled it.  My chin turned out smooth, not as a baby’s bottom, but smooth enough to be good for work.

There is defiantly a difference between my dominant hand and my left hand, if you didn’t get that the right is my strong hand.  The left side to three times to get it smooth, figure with time that will get better and faster.  Read on the forum the other day to probably not do more than 3 over any given area.  So it turned out ok.

For my next step I am off to different strokes.  No not a lifestyle change, different shaving strokes.  All this time I have been going with the grain, north to south on my face.  I think I am going to try out against and across the grain next time on my neck and chin to try to attain a baby butt smooth feeling.

Until next time, I can’t wait till the next shave.

BG

Old school Prep, meet New School Razor.

Well this morning I was at work and with out my straight razor.  Not yet ready to take it on overnight stays.  But what I did take with me greatly improved my morning shaving while away from home.

For those of you who just don’t feel up to straight razor shaving or even a double edge razor, and just want to stick with your current razor but want a better more enjoyable shaving experience?  Well stop using that junk that comes in a can and pick up some shaving soap and a shaving brush.

I have a metal canister I picked up on eBay that holds my shaving soap and travel boars hair shaving brush, again I take it that no boars were hurt in the creation of this brush, just some possible embarrassment on the boars part.  The metal container came with some generic sandalwood soap, so am using that for now.  I added a tad bit of water to the soap, lathered up and spread it on.

The shave was much smoother, relaxing, and personally I think got closer than I have ever got with the caned stuff that you just apply with your hand.  So in a pinch, or just looking for a more enjoyable way to shave with a new school razor, take it from the Shaver, get some soap and a brush.  Your face will thank you.

BG

The Dangerous Book for Boys

This is a classic collection of all things boy.  It ranges from famous battles, knot tying, and bugs and mud.  I bout this for the little bug so when he is older we can explore the world of boyhood together again.  I highly recommend this book for both grown men and boy a like.

BG

From Amazon:

Equal parts droll and gorgeous nostalgia book and heartfelt plea for a renewed sense of adventure in the lives of boys and men, Conn and Hal Iggulden’s The Dangerous Book for Boys became a mammoth bestseller in the United Kingdom in 2006. Adapted, in moderation, for American customs in this edition (cricket is gone, rugby remains; conkers are out, Navajo Code Talkers in), The Dangerous Book is a guide book for dads as well as their sons, as a reminder of lore and technique that have not yet been completely lost to the digital age. Recall the adventures of Scott of the Antarctic and the Battle of the Somme, relearn how to palm a coin, tan a skin, and, most charmingly, wrap a package in brown paper and string. The book’s ambitions are both modest and winningly optimistic: you get the sense that by learning how to place a splint or write in invisible ink, a boy might be prepared for anything, even girls (which warrant a small but wise chapter of their own).

Inside The Dangerous Book for Boys


Figure 8 Knot

Sheet Bend Knot


The Battle of Waterloo