Mountain Man & The German 37:

Today's shave was fantastic. After a nice hot shower, I went with Stirling Soaps and their "Mountain Man" scented soap which is Stirling's take on Creed's Silver Mountain Water cologne. And to finish off today's shave I paired it with good old Pinaud's Clubman:

I also decided to break out my shave scuttle today. Right now it's snowing and we have every bit of a 30 mph wind gust so a hot lather shave was definitely needed today:

The Wilkinson Sword DE blades are great in a slant. I also got a much better shave after stropping the blade 2 times on each side using the smooth leather side of my strop. It was more efficient & much more comfortable after stropping the blade which I didn't do with the other razors. One more shave and I'll be able to do a detailed review on these blades.

Turkish Bath & The Doc:

Today's shave was great. Today I went with Jeeves of Hudson Street and their Turkish Bath/Barbershop scented soap. And to finish off today's shave, I paired it with Stirling Soaps and their fabulous Barbershop scented splash:

The doc was great. These Wilkinson Sword DE blades are pretty good in the doc razor. I managed to get a squeaky clean post shave feel in my usual 3 passes. So far I'm liking these Wilkinson Sword blades. I've just got a couple more razors to try them in before I can do a detailed review about them.

Reflection & the Slim:

Tonight's shave was extremely blissful to say the least. Good old Soap Commander and their fabulous Reflection scent which pairs extremely well with Skin Bracer which is what I finished off tonight's shave with:

The Gillette slim was extremely good tonight & these German Wilkinson Sword blades are fabulous. Smooth & comfortable shave yet 5 days worth of beard growth disappeared like nothing. Now I know why people like these blades. Very comfortable blades.

Mail Call: New Brush & Blades:

Today's mail call is from good old Maggard Razors. I bought a new Omega 10019 S Brush & some blades that I've not tried before apart from the Gillette Silver Blues which use to be my "go to" blades at one point. So they will be a somewhat new but familiar experience to me:

New Items & Reviews Coming:

Earlier today, I placed an order for a new brush & some DE blades. I see these DE blades often but to the best of my knowledge, I've only tried one of these blades before and that would be the Gillette Silver Blue DE blades. I also have Wilkinson Sword (German Version) coming along with Gillette Nacet & Gillette Rubie DE blades.

The brush I ordered was an Omega 10019-S synthetic boar brush. I've always loved the feel of a boar brush but loved the speed & practicality of a synthetic brush. Now I have the best of both worlds in a shaving brush. The real deal boar & badger brushes are great but they tend to absorb my lather pretty quickly and my silver tipped badger brushes shed like crazy. I'm happy to say that I've NOT had any of these issues since switching to synthetic brushes on a full time basis. Another thing is the amount of drying time or lack there of that's needed for the brush to dry. In 2 to 3 hours my synthetic brush is dry. With my other brushes, I need at least 24 to 48 hours and that's if it's warm outside. If it's cold outside like it is now, then it can take even longer for them to dry.

C.a.D. & The Shield:

This morning's shave was great. Sorry for the delay ladies & gentlemen. I pretty much had to shave and run out the door which is why you see the razor that you do in the photo. Today I needed a Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements fix so I grabbed my all time favorite scent that they have in their product line, C.a.D. which is a much stronger version of a certain canned shave foam which will remain nameless. The reason I won't mention their name is because they force artisans to change the names & labels of their products which is very uncool on their part:

The Gillette Shield was excellent if not perfect this morning. I was squeaky clean in just 2 passes and it was extremely comfortable. Even though I've been getting very good and comfortable shaves with my DE safety razors, these cartridge razors are still my favorite specifically the Gillette Fusion & this razor. I didn't have to worry about getting the correct angle and the post shave feel that I have was and is exactly what I'm looking for in a shave. 2 comfortable passes and a black ice post shave feel.

Lemon Chill & The German 37:

This morning's shave was great. Today I needed a little menthol fix so I went with Stirling Soaps and their Lemon Chill scent. The scent is basically a lemon meringue pie type of scent that's not too sweet but you still get some sweetness from the lemon. And to finish off this shave, I went with Stirling Soap's Glacial Lemon Chill aftershave balm:

The German 37 was great. I got pretty close in just 2.5 passes but for some reason my neck area didn't get cleaned up enough but it's still socially acceptable. That's what I love about using cartridges instead of DE safety razors. You are pretty much guaranteed a BBS shave with a cartridge razor while you may or may not get one with a DE safety razor. But this shave was much more comfortable than I expected it to be. My next shave will be with a cartridge razor.

American Blend & The 42C:

Today's shave was great. Today I went with Fine Accoutrements and their American Blend scent which is their take on YSL's Rive Gauche Pour Homme (2003). And to finish off today's shave, I went with the matching aftershave splash which adds a touch of menthol to the post shave feel. I got zero burn today from the aftershave:

The Merkur 42C (1904 classic closed comb) was perfect today. I got a really nice and close shave in just 2.5 passes. I could have done another half pass on my neck area but I decided not to in order to keep from getting irritated. My next shave will be interesting because I will be trying my German 37 slant. The main reason is that my neck area gives me some serious issues when shaving. I don't know why either because I do stretch the skin while I shave.

Proraso Green, Osage Rub & The 38C:

Today's shave was amazing. After a nice hot shower, I went with a modern day classic Proraso green which has an epic Menthol & Eucalyptus scent. And to top off today's shave, I went with a nice healthy double dose of Pinaud's Osage Rub which puts the cooling factor over the top:

The Merkur 38C Barber pole handle razor was good. I was pretty clean & squeaky in some spots after just 3 passes. This specific razor is perfect for beginners or people like me who have extremely sensitive skin and need to shave without having to deal with extreme irritation. It's also very good for a quick shave when you need to be somewhere and are in a rush. I could have easily made another pass and gotten away with it but my experience has taught me that less is more.

TTFFC by Maria Arman Is Back!

This is awesome! Maria Arman & her husband done an excellent job at putting together a new website for Through The Fire Fine Craft. Here's the link: . Her old website was extremely hard to use and at times it was down and you couldn't even access it. Plus she also had a really hard time at adding products which are phenomenal so it was definitely time for a new website. Maria is also fast to ship. In fact she often beats the tracking number in terms of speed. I've actually had product in my hand that I had ordered from her & the tracker showing it to be delivered the next day. That's how fast she is. She still has the logo seen below but she has changed the formula & the names of the scents:

This looks amazing. Her old website was a Yahoo! website:

She has added sections and is still working on it at the moment but it's still 10 times easier to use which is a really good thing:

Right now all she has listed at the moment is shave soaps:

Here's the new labels for the soaps and she did change the names but she still left the old names below so they can be identified and I love the classic car theme on the labels:

The new base sounds exceptional. They used a coconut, tallow, soy & Abyssinian oil soap base which sounds extremely good:

The Armans have also been very generous in donating to local causes to help their community out. They provide Hospice Care for The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society which is a NO KILL animal rescue shelter in Harbor Springs, MI:

Here's more info on the local animal shelter they're helping out which is listed on their website and has more details:

They did set up to where you can donate in addition to the Limited Edition soap & aftershave set which will ship on November 30, 2017 when they return. The scent on the L.E. soap is a blend of cedar, orange, lemon, lavender, leather, violet, vetiver, bourbon, tobacco & a little hint of creosote which sounds extremely bold:

This scent really caught my eye. My uncle has a 1966 Mustang which he gave to his son, my cousin Paul and it was a really nice ride. But it's one of the most popular antique cars of all time: 

The scent sounds extremely rich which is a blend of hard cider,  cedar, with a hint of black pepper and incense. Basically it's an adult version of the classic candy apple scent which is an all time classic and it's perfect for the Holidays in my opinion:

Her husband makes custom straight razors. At one time he was building them for Hart Steel which tells me he has exceptional quality. By the way I have NOT given up on straight razors just yet but it will be a while before my next purchase though:

I couldn't be more excited to see Maria back online because I'm dangerously low on her soap and I'm itching to try her new formula which sounds like it's a power house.

Mountain Man & The German 37:

Today's shave was fantastic. After a nice hot shower, I went with Stirling Soaps  and their "Mountain Man"  scented soap whic...