The day started off bright and sunny and a blazing 102°F, but it quickly turned grey and gloomy. The clouds rolled in and the rain began. Unfortunately this did little to kill off the heat, so while I sat in the A/C and waited for my daughter to return from her grandmother’s house I began rooting through my shaving gear and looking for something to brighten my day. I eventually decided to go with some good old, time tested gear. Sometimes it’s just nice to pull out gear that does its job without all of the extra flash.
For my soap I’m using my Van Den Hagen Deluxe/Glycerin blend. I melted a puck of each and mixed them together in a Kingsley dark wood bowl. It’s good, slick soap that works well and looks nice.
The razor is my spifftastic pre-war Gillette fat handle Tech. The fat handle has some nice heft and feels good in my hand. The pre-war Tech head is slightly more aggressive than the newer Tech, but its design makes it incredibly forgiving and easy to use. I’m pairing a Super Iridium Extra Stainless blade with it. The balde is smooth and efficient and works well in my Tech.
The brush for today is the Every Man Jack synthetic. This brush only works well for face lathering, but it has a nice easy to hold handle and a tall loft that feels super soft.
Two and a half passes to perfection. All it took was a with the grain/against the grain and a little clean up on my neck. I finished up with a cold water rinse and some T.N. Dickinson Witch Hazel. Baby butt smooth skin with zero nicks and zero irritation. The Tech is so easy to use that I could shave with my eyes closed, the VDH blend works great every time, the EMJ brush is perfect for face lathering, and the SI blade is smooth and efficient. It was an excellent weekend shave.
Pre: Hot shower and warm water splash
Razor: Gillette pre-war fat handle Tech
Blade: Super Iridium Extra Stainless
Brush: Every Man Jack synthetic
Soap: Van Den Hagen Deluxe/Glycerin blend
Post: Cold water rinse and T.N. Dickinson Witch Hazel
Every Man Jack Synthetic Brush:
Van Der Hagen Deluxe Soap:
Van Der Hagen Glycerin Soap:
Kingsley Dark Wood Bowl: