I really like “theme” shaving, i.e. selecting shaving paraphernalia under a unifying concept. Today I decided to try something new: A shave with American-made products. I chose Tryphon’s Old American Barbershop soap, the U.S.A.-made Shavemaster brush, and my 1962 Gillette Fat-Boy razor. The blade was the Pakistani Trig – I couldn’t find any American-made DE blades in my vast assortment – I don’t even think there are any, frankly!
The Old American Barbershop produced an excellent lather, even solo – and the smell is really quite unique. I’ve never had much success with any of the Gillette adjustable razors – too mild at the low settings, and too harsh at the high. With the razor set at #4 I got a reasonably good result, although with more leftover stubble than usual, even with the excellent TSS oil for the “gloss” pass.
Finish with the alum block, which indicated no hint of irritation, and a splash of an American classic….Big Blue (Aqua Velva).