TTFFC Mixed & The Black Diamond:

Today's shave was great. I decided to go with Maria Arman's Through The Fire Fine Craft so I grabbed my mixed soap container. I also went ahead and downloaded her new label and applied it to the lid of the container and scotch taped it. I do plan on getting some more of her soaps when I can. And to finish off this shave, I paired it with good old Clubman:


The black diamond was great. I managed to get an "ice rink" post shave feel in just 3 passes and I only had to touch up just one tiny spot which I got the 1st time around. I took a friend of mine, Mike Baker's advice about just using the toe more for tight areas, nooks and crannies and I'm happy to say that it worked perfectly. I'm now dialed in to where I can get an "ice rink" post shave feel at will if I have the desire to do so.Thanks for the tip Mike Baker, it helped tremendously.

Turkish Bath & The Doc:

This morning's shave was great. I was craving a barbershop type of scent so I grabbed Jeeves of Hudson Street and their Turkish Bath scented soap which has a 1920's style barbershop scent with a heavy top note of premium pipe tobacco. And to finish off this shave, I went with Stirling Soap's Barbershop scented splash to add a touch of sweetness to the scent. Oh before I forget, Jeeves of Hudson Street now has alcohol based matching aftershaves to go with their soaps which is awesome. So if you are looking to get a full matching set, you now can:


The doc was great. I managed to get an "ice rink" post shave feel in 3 passes. I also am trying something different as well. After each shave, I've been stropping the blades of my Gillette Fusion Proshield and so far, I'm up to 13 shaves with it. Yes that's what I said, 13. After each shave with it, I go in the opposite direction than I would when shaving 5 times only on a cotton terry towel and it has worked with the Gillette Fusion Proshield and my straight razors as well. So I'm going to see if it works with my DE safety razors. I don't see why it wouldn't. The Gillette Fusion Proshield is for back & travel use ONLY and I have no intentions of giving up the DE's or straights anytime soon.

Pipe Smoke & The Slim:

This morning's shave was outstanding and very refreshing. I decided to go with Uncle Jon's Soap and his Pipe Smoke scented soap which has a phenomenal scent of premium pipe tobacco, vanilla and spices. And to add even more refreshment to this shave, I paired it with my usual "go to" aftershave splash, Aqua Velva classic ice blue :


The old Gillette Slim has delivered yet another "ice rink" post shave feel that's as close as one of Gillette's cartridges specifically the new Proshield carts. I first started with setting #6 and did my with the grain pass which took down most of my beard. Then I cranked it up to its maximum setting of #9 and did an against the grain pass. After that I turned it down to setting #2 and did and across the grain pass on my cheeks and a with the grain pass on my neck area. That pretty much finished my beard off and the best part was that I didn't get any burn from my aftershave splash.

High Jump 47 & The 38C:

This morning's shave was great. I went with Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements and their High Jump 47 scented soap. The scent is a Masculine Citrus Cologne type of scent or at least that's what I get. And to finish off this shave, I paired it with good old Clubman aftershave splash:


The 38C was great. I managed to get a squeaky clean post shave feel in 3 passes which is just about normal for me with a mild razor like this one is. It's not like my German 37 or my Gillette Slim adjustable is which is pretty much a 2 pass or less razor. If I do 3 passes with the slim, it's as close as a cartridge razor gets which says a lot.

Feather Blades Are Back:

I paid my uncle a visit today and since he's flying out to South Dakota on a permanent basis, he gave me what was left of the Feather blades that I got him quite some time ago which is really cool. The timing couldn't have been better because I'm already down to the last pack that I got from him about 2 weeks ago. There's about 50 to 60 blades left:


The reason he gave them to me is because he's flying out there and that they've changed the rules a bit here recently and he wouldn't be allowed to take them on the plane except as "checked baggage only" and he won't be doing that. So he gave them to me instead.

Honor & The Black Diamond:

Today's shave was great. I was craving a Barbershop scented soap so I went with Soap Commander and their fabulous "Honor" scented soap which is somewhere between PAA's C.a.D. and Fine's American Blend. Think of pairing the 2 together. And to finish off the shave, I went with the matching aftershave balm which adds a touch of menthol to the post shave feel:


The black diamond was great. I went back to the Apache Strata & the Shoubandini and done some more refinement using some subtle "X" strokes and it worked extremely well. I ended up getting a squeaky clean post shave in just 2.5 passes which is about normal for me.

A Possible Lawsuit Pending:

I've got a mess on my hands. Shortly after my shave this morning, I turned on my laptop and checked my email and found this in my inbox. Centurylink is basically trying to steal money from me yet again. I have NO intentions of paying this bill because I've NOT been using their services for several months now. My account was supposed to be closed:


I tried dealing with it via their chat room and got no where basically:


I made it plainly clear that I should NOT be getting a bill because I'm not using their services at all which you will see later on:


Here's where I made it clear that I wanted my services cut off:


Here's the mindless customer service I got in the chat. They told me that I needed to contact their "customer retention department" at which point that I already told them that I already did to cancel my services and close my account which they stated the same thing over and over again. They cut the chat room off on me before I could take anymore photos:


Here's there modem which is still laying behind me in the floor unhooked and still covered in some dust. The camera didn't pick up the dust for some reason or another:


This is what I'm currently hooked to as we speak. I'm NOT even using the same phone number and Centurylink also ignored Comcast's "port request" which is why I have a different phone number:


Centurylink = worst business of all time in my humble opinion. You can't get them to fix their services period. Instead you will get jerked around from department to department with no results. Comcast even has issues with them specifically porting phone numbers over for those who want to retain their original phone number. You can't get them to come out and fix their equipment. We tried and got 3 different repair dates and all of them were "no shows" and we only got 1 phone call from a tech which never showed up even after he gave his word. They lied to me about my bill. Said that I would only be paying $69.95 + taxes every month for the next 5 years. Instead I was paying $115 dollars + taxes. The service was horrible. I could call certain people but they couldn't call us and in some cases the opposite was occurring and the line had a ton of static to where you couldn't hear anything. The icing on the cake that lead me to cancel my services was when when they kept my $50.00 dollar deposit. That's when I switched to Comcast and the technical issues disappeared and my bill is currently $63.12 per month which does include taxes. And unlike Centurylink, my Internet is always on and doesn't go off or have frequent outages like you get with Centurylink. I want people to know that I don't want to press a lawsuit and I will be paying Comcast a visit to see if I can get a printed copy of the phone number port request before I call Centurylink's customer retention department and try to settle this. But if they refuse to cooperate, then I have no choice but to contact an attorney and press a lawsuit.

Renewal & The Black Diamond:

This morning's shave was great. It's been a few days since I've posted a shave of the day, but I still shaved over the last few days which I will be blogging about here shortly. I was craving Soap Commander today so I grabbed their "Renewal" scented soap along with my RazoRock Plissoft which is still amazing as it was a year ago when I bought it. The scent of this soap is a "floral fougere" so I paired it with some Brut aftershave splash along with Soap Commander's matching aftershave balm which adds a tiny bit of menthol to the already epic post shave feel:


The Black Diamond straight razor was awesome. I managed to get a really clean post shave feel in 3.5 passes. My neck area gave me a lot of grief this morning so I went ahead and did an extra half pass to get it cleaned up better than it was after 3 passes. So later on when I'm financially able, I will be looking at getting some smiling straight razors. That's what they were designed for, tight spaces and curved surfaces such as the neck area and jaw line.

Vision & The German 37:

Today's shave was great. After a nice, hot and relaxing shower, I went with Soap Commander and my personal favorite soap of all time, Vision. The scent is mint, aqua and amber and while there's no menthol in the soap itself, you still get a chill from the mint. And to finish off this shave I applied Aqua Velva ice blue aftershave splash and then the Vision aftershave balm which does have menthol and puts the post shave feel over the top:


Speaking of post shave feel, the German 37 was really good but it was definitely time for a new blade. It grabbed a bump on my "money pass" and I ended up grabbing the styptic pencil rather quickly. Usually when the DE blade starts to tug and pull or worse grab, I switch out the blade immediately. This time I put a Perma-Sharp in the German 37. I ended up getting an "ice rink" post shave feel in just 2.5 passes but it wasn't too comfortable due to the blade being worn out.

Le Petit Chypre & The Doc:

Today's shave was great. Good old Barrister & Mann and their Le Petit Chypre soaps is one of my favorites. The scent is Oak Moss & Cyprus wood. And to finish off this shave, I paired it with the matching aftershave splash which is Witch Hazel based and adds a touch of menthol to the already incredible post shave feel:


The doc was great but I did have to switch out the blade for a fresh one after I finished. I got another "ice rink" post shave feel after 3 passes. 4 shaves ladies and gentlemen on 1 Feather blade. In the past, it was much less than that and they've definitely changed the stones they use to sharpen their blade with. They're no where near as harsh as they use to be.


TTFFC Mixed & The Black Diamond:

Today's shave was great. I decided to go with Maria Arman's Through The Fire Fine Craft  so I grabbed my mixed soap  container. I a...