Author: schip1013

Pete here. I've been wet shaving for 8 months and wondering why I didn't start earlier. I started straight razor shaving last week and really enjoy it. As you all know I'm a dog lover and spend time with my 'kids' Bailey and Watson. Thanks for reading my posts.


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Shaving Soap- WSP Rustic Shaving Soap Sandalwood

Razor- Muhle R89

After Shave- HTGAM Tombstone

Brush- Pav Brushworks Pav 7 Custom

Razor Blade- Shark Super Chrome (1)

Bowl- Van Der Hagen Shaving Bowl

Yesterday my son received the WSP Sandalwood, and after smelling it, I had to try it. So after a nice shower tonight I borrowed it. To start I really liked the scent, pure Sandalwood. I covered the puck while I was showering with hot water to bloom the scent. this brought out a slightly smoky Sandalwood scent which was nice but not really strong. I tend to gravitate stronger scents so I was a little bummed but not put off at all. I achieved a great lather very quickly loading my brush, and commenced to face lather. I achieved a nice thick cushioning lather right away. The scent was very pleasant throughout but only slightly increased in strength. Using my Muhle R89 with a fresh Shark Super Chrome blade I started shaving.

The R89 is a great mild razor that never fails to give a great shave. I’m re-visiting the Shark blades as I was not impressed with them in the past. They were ok, better than I remember but nothing special. Not going in the rotation as I have plenty of other blades, but I wouldn’t bypass them either. The Pav7 as you know is my absolute favorite and I will do a full review in the near future. Just going to say it is awesome!

All in all I’m very happy with this soap. A bit dry post shave but I need to get the water to soap ratio dialed in better. But it is slick. I’ve heard so much about this soap lately due to price point and performance. The price point is phenomenal and the performance is great. I hope Craig doesn’t want it back too soon or I will have to buy it. Along with Vetiver. You can not go wrong with this soap and I found it paired very well with the HTGAM Tombstone one of my favorite aftershaves. I won’t bore you by going into it as Aaron has a great review on it on

Thanks for reading.

Pete S

09/26/2014 Review of Captain’s Choice Lather Bowl

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Bowl: Captain’s Choice Sea Foam Lather Bowl

Brush:Edwin Jagger Pure Badger

Shaving Cream: Taylor of Old Bond Street Mr. Taylor’s

Even though I am a face latherer, I do enjoy taking out my bowl and whipping up a killer lather. When I do I grab my Captain’s Choice Lathering bowl. This is a palm sized bowl that measures approximately 4 1/4 inches in diameter and 1 1/2 inches deep. It does bow in slightly at the top to keep the lather inside. I chose the Sea Foam colored bowl that’s a teal color. It has a prominent star on it that you put your thumb on for stability. I has large grooves inside to help produce lather and they perform as advertised. It is a ceramic bowl that I would recommend not dropping. Being ceramic it holds heat well but definitely not scuttle-like.

I took out my Edwin Jagger Pure Badger brush with a 50mm loft as I do think this brush is great on creams. For this review I pulled my Taylor’s of Old Bond Street Mr. Taylor’s cream off of the shelf.

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As you can see it whipped up a nice creamy lather-in about 45 seconds.

To say I love using this bowl is an understatement, it’s so easy that it’s almost like cheating. But the great part is the price point being only $18.75 on the Captain’s Choice website. You will not be disappointed with this bowl.

Thanks for reading.

09/26/2014 SOTD & REVIEW of Mitchells Wool Fat

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Mitchells Wool Fat

Omega Boar

HTGAM Tombstone AS

Gold Dollar from Bill Tsugranes 6/8 Barbers Notch

HTGAM S42 Prototype

Supermax Super Platinum Blade

We have all heard about “The Fat” and how difficult it is to lather. If you follow a few guidelines that I picked up off of You Tube it will be much easier. I soak the puck with slightly warn water while I shower, then soak my brush for about 30 seconds and shake all of the water I can out of it. I do find it’s easier with a stiff brush. I then load my brush using more pressure than I normally do for 30 seconds to a minute and voila! this works every time with my hard water.

The scent to me is a soapy scent that’s moderately powdery. I doesn’t last long post shave which makes it great for choosing any AS or cologne that strikes you. Also post shave your face is soft and slick due to the lanolin. I get great lather by doing a face lather and not being afraid of adding water. Remember you started out dry. The cushion and glide are very good, this soap performs really well.

as far as packaging I sprung for the ceramic bowl. It’s very well made but don’t drop it as it will break. I think the trade off is worth it as it looks very classy sitting on the counter awaiting the next use. YMMV if you have children.

I’m a noob to straight razor shaving, and loving it. I did my entire face with a single WTG pass, then switched to my DE. The Fat performed well as always and I never felt in danger from not having a good lather which is very important with a straight razor.

upon completion I did a cold water rinse and finished with my favorite AS, HTGAM Tombstone. I love the beginning scent that reminds me of a Bourbon soaked saloon, in a good way, followed by the gunpowder scent that changes to a mix of the two.

This was a great shave but I expected nothing less.

Thanks for reading.