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Ever-Ready 200 Restoration

One of the services I offer over on ShaveYourFace is the restoration of old shaving brushes.  The process is relatively simple: Removing the old hair by various means (sometimes the old hair knot just pops right out, which is most convenient but doesn’t happen very often); drilling out the old glue which is usually epoxy but sometimes other materials; and then installation of the new hair knot  (knots can be provided by customer or us).  I was recently asked to do this for a customer and he was gracious enough to let me post about the restoration and he also provided some before and after picture.

Before any work. Note the worn out bristles.

Some details about this restoration:  I had been having a lot of trouble with drilling out old epoxy.  The bits I had been using in the rotary tool kept getting dull very quickly, would jump out of the handle damaging it or sometimes rendering it useless.  While not so bad a loss on your own, it would be killer on a customer’s handle.  So I went by the local Woodcraft store, picked up a set of diamond coated bits and MAN they made the biggest difference ever.  They are so much easier to use and control, plus they were a whole lot faster at drilling out the epoxy. Wish I had purchased them a lot sooner.

Another thing for this brush is that the customer had provided a larger knot for installation than the original hole.  After some creative thinking I took some sandpaper and a dowel rod to the opening and this worked especially well. My main concern was getting the opening uneven and egg shaped, I think the dowel rod helped prevent this.  The process opened up the hole in no time and it came out very even and smooth.

After the restoration. Refurbished with a Golden Nib 24mm finest badger hair knot set at 50mm.

Overall I was really pleased with how the brush came out, and so was the customer!  The process taught me a lot about modifying the original handle and I look forward to doing many more.  If you have a brush you would like restored or would like to see our current inventory of brush handles to be restored send an e-mail to info@shaveyourface.com and I’d be happy to work with you!

Now that's a happy shaving brush! Lathered up and ready to go!

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in Restoration

 

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The Village Barber

As it happens, being within a niche community such as the wet-shaving community, one finds all kinds of unique individuals.  These individuals often have great personalities and great ideas bearing fruit to all kinds of wonderful products. this is just the case with Iain Kane, The Village Barber.  From Durham, in the United Kingdom Iain has deevloped what I must say are two very impressive products for shaving.

The First being a Shaving Oil: containing many of my favorite essential oils including clove, sandalwood, myrrh, lavender, juniper berry, and frankincense just to name a few.  In my humble opinion this is a shaving oil that is the cream of the crop that makes the competition quiver in their boots with fear.  It provides an extremely slick surface to shave with and leaves the skin feeling well hydrated and smooth afterwards.

The Village barber Shaving Oil

The second product Mr. Kane provides is a after-shave balm: This balm is a medium weight containing the same essential oils I mentioned above, among others, and is wonderfully paraben free!

The Village Barber Post-shave balm

It was my pleasure to converse with Iain about his products and I was so impressed with them I bought them for our Shave Your Face store!  He was very kind and generous to provide us with two bottles, one of each product, to give away here on the blog!!  So here’s how to get your own bottle of Village Barber goodness:

1. follow us on Twitter @ShaveYourFaceCo

2. “Like” our Facebook fan page

3. Subscribe to our blog here for future posts and leave us a comment telling us you’ve subscribed!

That’s it folks, just follow two of these easy steps and you’ll be entered.  The winner will be picked the Monday before Christmas (12/19) and will be notified by e-mail of direct message.

Happy Shaving y’all!

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2011 in Shaving

 

Article published!

Hey all,

Just thought I’d share the exciting news! An article that I had written a while back has just been published in the JustWeddings.co.uk magazine!!  Here it is below!  A quick and simple narrative on a good shave, found on the far right.

Cheers!

^AW

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Today’s Shave

It’s not often I get to take a picture and post it of my shave, but it was a nice lazy day today (relatively) and thought I’d share.  Especially since the shave contained some new goodies that had been picked up as of late.

Just noticed the pumpkin has some lather on it too.  Oh well, it probably needed a shave too! =)

What we have here:  Merkur Progress with Gillette Rubie blade (used at setting 5), butterscotch Fuller finest badger restoration brush, Mitchell’s Wool Fat shaving soap, a few drops of Drakkar type fragrance oil, Shave Secret pre-shave oil, a Bluebeard’s Revenge lather bowl, and the Proraso Pre/Post cream.

A word about the fragrance oil: I had bought it a couple of years ago to make some aftershave.  The vendor I bought it from assured me it was 100% skin safe (even thought it doesn’t say that on the bottle, nor does it say “cosmetic grade”) and unknowing at the time I didn’t ask to do a patch test.  Needless to say the aftershave burned like heck, and unfortunately after a while so did today’s shave.  If you are going to use any type of fragrance oil or even essential oil, please don’t do what I did.  Make sure you try a patch test to see if your skin is sensitive to the oil.  It makes things a lot more pleasant in the long run.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Interview with Andreas Muller

Hey all,

Over on Badger and Blade there is a great interview by Codfish with Andreas Muller of the shaving company Muhle.  They speak quite in length about the new R41 DE razor and Muhle’s upcoming designs and thoughts.  It’s a great read and I highly encourage you to check it out!!

Interview with Andreas Muller

 

Cheers!

^AW

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Trying new software

Just received an email this week from WordPress about their new iOS app and thought I would give it a try. At first run through it’s a quite simplified but very usable version of the web software. You can still view stats, write posts (as I am doing now), edit settings and a bit more. Hopefully this will allow me to update quite a bit more frequently!
Anyone out there using the WordPress app have any tips or suggestions? I would be glad to hear from you!

Thanks! ^AW

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Shaving Oil: use it!

Oil has been used for thousands of years as a healing agent, softener, and moisturizer for our skin. Vegetable oils are very similar to our own oils that our skin produces to help protect our skin. How does this apply to us shaving folk? Well, these are properties that we search for when shaving our faces!

Many different oils have been used in shaving, including olive oil and “baby” oil. But why shave with oil? It provides a smooth and very slick surface that helps to heal razor burn and small nicks, plus helps keep the skin hydrated at the same time! Shaving oil can also be used as effective pre-shave oil under your lather. Adding another protective layer gives you an even more pleasurable shave experience. This may seem like a miracle product, and it should be!

Shaving oil products are very small in quantity and compact in size, making them ideal for the traveler. Usually supplied in one ounce, or half ounce, sized bottles, they are TSA compliant and can provide as many as 100 shaves with one bottle.

A high volume traveler or not, I highly recommend picking up a bottle. Here’s what to look for:

Choose a product that has light oil as its base. Go with a product that uses Sunflower Seed oil, Grape seed oil, Coconut, or Avocado oil. Olive oil is nice, but it can be heavy and people with combination or oily skin can have problems with it clogging pores.

Also look for a tight locking lid! There’s nothing like oil leaked all over your clothes and luggage to ruin a trip. Consider packing your product in a zip-lock sealing baggie.

Find a bottle with a small opening for dispensing, you only need a few drops per shave.

Using shaving oil is quite simple! Simply step out of the shower with your face still damp (not dripping!) dispense the recommended drops into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together, then rub the oil into your beard area. If it feels a little dry or sticky, dip your finger into water and then repeat. Adding a little bit of water will “activate” and distribute the oil.

Here are a couple of shaving oils that I highly recommend:

  • King of Shaves Shave oil, Alpha Oil, Kinexium and Serums. Will King started the shave oil revolution back in 1993, and his brand has since become the third largest shaving product company in the world! You don’t get this big with crummy products! Well worth finding a bottle! http://www.shave.com
  • Pacific Shaving Company. A relatively new company that began in 2002, their shave oil is fantastic and has a pleasant light citrus scent! The rest of their products are top notch as well. http://www.pacificshaving.com

(Originally written for Malestandard.com, as yet unpublished)

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Shaving

 

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