Monthly Archives: January 2011

Safety Razor Shaving Drive-by reviews

Checking in on my new hobby, budget wise. Wanted to share.

So I decided to tally my initial damages and drive-by reviews as a newb:

VDH Soap and Boar Brush: $10
Brush works well, I like the scrubbing action. Loses hair somewhat (1~2 per shave)
VDH Soap also works well but alas the scent will relegate it to emergency or mix-in use only now that I have better things.

Col Conk’s Bay Rum Soap: $4.85
Love it. Smoooooth. Good smell. (yeah I will wear Creed one day and Old Spice the next, so what? )

Parker 99R: $31.88
My first DE, a beautiful TTO with good heft. Love it. No problems.

Merkur Progress: $48.91
Bought this soon after, for me its even better than the 99R, but thats the fiddly engineer inside me loving the ability to adjust the blade. My every day shave now.

Blade Sampler: $21
will take me a long time to work through all these. No losers yet but only noticing variability in # of good shaves.

AOS creams (2) Lavender and Sandalwood: $28
Both of these work very well, like the Sandalwood best.

Proraso tube: $10.75
Fantastic stuff. Great shaves, I like the smell.

The Body Shop synthetic brush: $11
snagged in an airport as travel option, have not used yet.

Parker Silvertip Badger Brush: $59.88
My first badger. Its far superior to the boar for me, lathering machine, love it. Wish it was slightly stiffer.

Brushed metal “toothbrush” stand from Meijer: $9
on a whim. looks nice

Ceramic wide coffee mug: free from my cabinet
Best possible starter lathering bowl, right under my nose

CO Bigelow small tube, green: free from B&BW sale (wifey got more expensive items)
Haven’t used yet, know I will love it, q.v. Proraso

Now on order: TABAC in bowl $13.99
gotta see what the fuss is about

So, in two months this crazy new hobby has cost me: about $250

Wow. Thats… so… not bad! compared to my past hobbies!! Now to be sure its frivolous and a lot of money, but what a fun way to get a lot of stuff (most of it was acquired via Christmas gift money.) I shudder to think about watches and knives Acquisition Disorders in the past.


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