So... what is everyone getting? Any new shaving purchases? Any new items in the mail you are anxiously awaiting?
Tonight was a pretty good score. I went to AoS, a local soap store, and target and got some cool things:
Art of Shaving:
Container of Sandalwood Shave Cream
Unscented sample pack that included some pre-shave oil. I kept saying "no" when he was trying to up-sale me some pre-shave oil and so finally he just gave me a sample pack and said try it and I would like it.
Soaps and Scents:
Dominica Bay Rum Aftershave
Lightfoot's Pine Scented Shave Soap
Caswell-Massey 1752 Sandalwood Shave Cream
Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood bath soap
Cappuccino mug for a shave bowl
Small ceramic bowl for a shave bowl
Stainless razor holder (fine, they called it a toothbrush holder)
Overall, a nice haul for an evening. Can't wait to try some out.
West Coast Shaving is an awesome site. I ordered from them on Friday afternoon and had a package in my mailbox on Monday.
DE Blade Sampler Pack with the following blades:
Ogallala Bay Rum and Orange Shaving Soap
Proraso Shaving Cream, Sandalwood, 150m
Used the Proraso this morning and enjoyed it.
West Coast is a great spot to shop. I've shopped there myself a few times.
Great score on the shopping. I'm looking forward to trying out my new razor, a 1953 Gillette Super Speed I picked up for 5 dollars over the weekend; and I thoroughly enjoyed êShave's Cream and After Shave Cream on Sunday. I've been wanting to try some Crabtree & Evelyn stuff, but haven't gotten around to it. When you are testing blades you try not to alter too many variables in your routine. I've also seen that Truefitt & Hill have some great sample packs available and I've heard good things about them. This is the last blade in my test group for a while so I have some things I can change up, like finally putting me Merkur 34C to the test and giving my new Super Speed a run.
Agree with you on not changing up too much when trying new things. I struggle with that because I want to try everything new all at once. Just need to slow down, take my time, and enjoy the shaves.
On the way:
EJ DE89lbl Razor
Tweezerman Badger Brush
Deluxe Stainless Steel 4 Prong Safety Razor and Shave Brush Shave Stand
I love my EJ DE86. Which I have been referring to as a DE89 forever, and I've been totally wrong. LOL. I want a new brush bad, I'm waiting for more stock to arrive at starshaving.com so I can pick me up a Silvertip at a Pure price.
Have you checked out whipppeddog brushes? I've heard great things about them and want to try one down the road.
Definitely gonna look into that. His site is very interesting and it seems like a minimal investment for a silver tip. In the brushes I liked, it looked around 31 bucks or so. Thanks for the tip Jax.
Sure, you are welcome!! Learning about this shaving stuff is a blast.
On the way
From West Coast Shaving:
Semogue 1800 Pure Bristle Shaving Brush
Valobra Almond Soft Shave Cream Soap
D.R. Harris Lavender Shaving Soap
Speick Shaving Soap Stick
Also picked up some travel containers/sleeves and a blade bank.
Thayers Alcohol-Free Lavender Witch Hazel Toner
Proraso Shaving Cream, Eucalyptus & Menthol, 150 ml, New Formulation (the green one)
Also on the way from Amazon is a stick of Arko and an Alum block.
While researching, and purchasing, a silvertip with a Firehouse Potter Handle from Whipped Dog, I discovered another website that has some great prices on shave brushes. The Golden Nib also sells knots and handles separately, and for those that have a lathe handy, they sell blanks so you could make your own handle.
I have also given some consideration to purchasing a vintage brush, and placing a new knot inside it. Sounds like it could be an interesting project. There are some very cool vintage brushes on ebay, and with the prices of the knots at TGN and Whipped Dog it would warrant a silvertip brush at very low prices.
Got my new brush today.
I purchased a 24mm Silvertip Knot placed in a Ceramic handle from Whipped Dog. I purchased the ceramic pottery handle because I wanted something unique that most likely no one else would be able to own, and since that is the nature of hand made ceramics, I felt this was my best bet, total cost including shipping: 31 dollars. I must say I'm quite impressed with the brush, the quality of the work in the handle and speedy service from Whipped Dog. I know most of these knots are made in China and time is the true test of its quality, but these are initial impressions only. As for the speedy service, I ordered the brush on Friday and it was in the mail box this morning. I am lucky however that the owner of Whipped Dog lives about 20 miles are so away from where I live, so most won't get this speedy of service, but the brush was ordered in the morning and shipped by the afternoon, I still consider that speedy. I will follow his cleaning instructions, and will shave with it asap. I will report on any issues that I may encounter, but I don't foresee any issues coming about.