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Shave of the Day - Sandalwood and English Fern

Sandalwood and English Fern

Sandalwood and English Fern

For today’s shave I used a Clauss New Departure Razor. The razor originated from Clauss in Fremont Ohio. I was given this razor several months ago. The edge needed some work so I used the hone’s that were given to me by my barber. They had been rattling around his drawer for almost 30 years. In order to be a barber, you had to know how to give someone a shave with a straight razor. Talk about scary. Can you imagine going to the barber school to have a student give you an inexpensive shave?

Once honed on the two hones, I stropped the razor on the linen side of the strop many times. Then off to the leather side for many more strokes. I ran the razor across my thumbnail and felt it was ready for a test drive. It worked well. Tonight I pulled it out again. This shave is in honor of one of my brothers who shaves with a “Track II” because he does not like spending good money for the latest and greatest shaving trend. (I have tried the Gillette Fusion Power 5 blade shaving apparatus and I concluded that it was one of the worst shaves that I have ever had.)

I think of my brother as brilliant and his thought process is extremely sound. I feel the same way. Saving money is great. What is better than a free Razor, some time getting it in shape, one that I will have for many years of shaving pleasure? And there is no need to purchase one of those plastic and steel imitation shaving devices that fill our landfills. Now that is a Green thought. Additionally, I say, if it cannot cut you, it is really not shaving you.

Because my brother is moving up North to Oregon, I chose Sandalwood Luxury Shaving Cream from The Vulfix Old Original Shaving Brush Company. It has a wonderful earthy aroma. It works up to a rich aromatic lather that allows the smooth New Departure razor to give a quick departure of the whiskers from my face. What a great shave. And for the finale, some good splashes on the smooth face with Penhaligon’s English Fern after shave. I feel as fresh as a beautiful meadow after a spring rain. Now that is a shave.

Before he gets out of town, I am going to pass on a Track II handle that a good friend gave me. It is pictured below with a couple of Gillette Super Speed safety razors. Both of which give an outstanding shave and are still “Greener” than any pretend shaver on the market on the market today. Blades are cheap, do not fill up the landfill as much and they also disintegrate faster over time that plastic. Go Green.

Slightly used but highly cost effective

Slightly used but highly cost effective


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