Gillette Aristocrat

Shave of the Day
July 15, 2014
Wet Shaving Products (WSP) Test Soap
Omega Boar brush
Gillette Aristocrat (1947) razor
Astra blade (2)
OS Signature aftershave

Although the razor is new to me, the head design is not.  

The soap has no scent. I lathered it from the smallest tin I have ever seen.   The lather took a lot of water and bloomed densely.  It was durable, slick, and easy to rinse out of the razor.  

If MDC made an unscented, this would be it.  

I am going to use it again tomorrow.


Gillette New Improved

Shave of the Day
August 3, 2013

•Mama Bear Bay Rum soap
•EverReady boar brush
•Gillette New Improved razor (1924)
•Astra platinum blade (6)
•Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum aftershave

Last day for the New Improved. It shaves like a dream. I don’t know how long my grandpa used it, but it was well worn when I acquired it in 1974.

I used it from 1974 through 1982, but I did not take it to college ( I used a Schick injector). It was not just the start of my collection, it was the start of my love for vintage razors and wet shaving.

Today’s shave includes Mama Bear soap and Pinaud VIBR. The nautical themed aftershaves are appropriate because I recall my grandfather as a boat builder and a boat captain.

The Astra blade is still performing well on shave 6.

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Gillette New Improved (1924) Shave

Shave of the Day
July 31, 2013
Grandpa’s razor week

•Tabac soap
•Muhle badger brush
•Gillette New Improved razor
•Astra blade (3)
•Pinaud Clubman Club Royale aftershave

Day three of the New Improved. I am getting used to the way it shaves.

I see a lot of similarities with the short comb NEW.

The Astra continues to perform well.

Tabac is a great soap with a strong scent. The Clubman Club Royale pairs well with it.

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Gillette New Improved. Grandpa’s Razor

Shave of the Day
July 29, 2013

•Taylor of Old Bond Street Lavender soap
•Kingsley badger brush
•Gillette New Improved Tuckaway (1924)
•Astra Platinum blade
•Pinaud Clubman Razor

Today would have been my Grandfather’s 114 birthday today, and I am shaving with his razor. I have had this razor since 1974, and it was the beginning of my collection and my love for old razors and wet shaving.

The New Improved was Gillettes first major redesign of the double edged razor. Introduced in 1921, my razor is a Tuckaway, a travel razor with a short handle and a metal case which would fit easily in a pocket or a shaving kit.

As always, the TOBS Lavender produces a great lather, and I love the scent.

The Astra blade is one of my go to blades and it pairs well with the New Improved.

Clubman provided a great finish to this shave.

Shaving with Grandpa’s razor is a great way to remember him. Grandpa, you are still missed.

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