The War Was Won:

Since I have to use a DE safety razor for a little bit until my face heals up, I'd thought I'd go ahead and send out both of my Gold Dollar straight razors to have the bevel reset on them for the first time since May of 2015 and here it is nearly mid September which was nearly 5 months ago now, which proves beyond any doubt that these razors hold their edge if they're properly honed. Truth be told, that was proven long ago but that was only one battle. The war being won came after a .com style forum called Badger & Blade recently posted a favorable article about Gold Dollar razors and how well they perform and how well they shave when they're properly honed. In my situation, 2015 has been dubbed "year of the straights" for me. Now do I really have to send out my straight razors to be re-honed? No, I don't have to because of my friends in the Face Book groups. I went back to one called The Gold Dollar Shave Club who has been more than helpful in terms of learning how to hone and getting questions answered about various techniques and what stones to buy and to avoid:


But the fact that a major .com styled forum who has a lot of traffic wrote and published a favorable article and the fact that NO ONE went against it in any way shape or form, tells me that the war against the elitists has been won. Badger & Blade pretty much showed the elitists that they've basically have been in denial for some time. And at less than $50.00 U.S. Dollars from someone who can properly hone razors, this proves that you don't have to spend epic amounts of money to get a true BBS shave like the elitists would have you believe. Some of the big named straight razors that I've seen for sale on the Internet go for $100+ U.S. Dollars just for the razor. And one specific brand of those high dollar razors is pretty much a 50/50 chance that there's going to be something wrong with it. Another brand makes a beautiful razor, but they usually have a "geometry problem" and requires "rolling X strokes" to be honed which could a long time to do. The other 2 name brands have little or no complaints about their quality, but they also start at $125+ U.S. Dollars and that does NOT include any strops either. In fact NONE of the name brands come with a strop. So if I'm wanting to get into straight razors and I don't want to spend a lot of money, I'll pick a Gold Dollar every time. Where else are you going to get a shave ready razor and a starter strop shipped to your door for a shade less than $50 U.S. Dollars to see if you will like straight razor shaving? Plus if I'm going to spend $100+ U.S. Dollars on a straight razor, I'm going to want that razor to be perfect and truly shave ready and NOT half way done either.

Optimism & The Track 2:

Today's shave was excellent. Possibly one of my best shaves of all time. For today's brush, I went with my Omega 10049 Professional...