Retiring the Vintage:

After today's bad cut and the fact that this blade often struggles a little bit to remove my barbed wire type of beard, I have decided to retire my Vintage to cold storage. It's had a very good run but unlike my Gold Dollar straight razors, I have to make 3 or even 4 passes to get a clean shave. That's too many passes for my sensitive skin. I still love this razor and I do intend to keep this razor because how often will I come across a Vintage 4/8's straight razor that was made in Sheffield, England. So this razor is now in cold storage. If this razor was around 5/8's or even 6/8's, it would still be in the rotation. I like the wider blades because they have enough weight behind them to make using a straight razor effortless. My Gold Dollar straight razors are around 11/16's of an inch wide which is slightly bigger than a 6/8's straight razor by roughly around 1/16th of inch:

The razor is truly shave ready. And it will remove hair, but it's mainly geared toward new comers who are still in there initial learning curve, which I've done passed long ago. Plus my beard needs the heavier weight because it's gotten so tough that I often compare it to barbed wire.

C.a.D. & The 200:

Today's shave was great if not perfect. After a nice hot shower, I decided to go with Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements  and their modern d...