Method Shaving is a fairly new concept and it is evolving as the products are continuously improving. This leaves room for some confusion and misunderstanding of the process and how the products are used, so hopefully I can shed a little light for the "method curious." Not everyone wants to take the time to read Charles A. Roberts' 75-page "Primer on RMWS" and FAQs, which is understandable, so I cover the basics in this article. Yes, I have read the whole manuscript and found it very informative, and yes, I am that much of a shave geek.
A long time ago, I received a small sample spray bottle of this cologne. "Strong" would not even begin to describe its potency. Without knowing anything about this fragrance, I happily proceeded to give myself 3 generous blasts in the chest, as I would with any atomizer cologne, and headed off to work one morning. I spent the next 8 hours in Knize Hell vowing to never touch this foul, nuclear-strength liquid again!
The Harvard is not one of the more common Simpson models that you see around. This particular shaving brush came from an old stock of Simpsons from several years ago. This was back in the days of the Manchurians, before the buzz about shedding and quality issues came about. This brush is the largest of the Harvard models. The knot is large and extremely dense, so that it hardly blooms at all even after intense lathering.
My search for a smaller shaving brush to use with soaps finally led me to this little beauty. I wanted something with a dense and stiff hair exclusively for using with hard soaps. After a little hunting around, I found this Simpsons brush at a price I could not refuse. I purchased it from a gent who had only used it a half dozen or so times, and I was happy that it arrived in brand new condition.
Derby shaving creams are a low cost cream fairly new to the market. These are marketed by Derby, the producer of high quality double edge razor blades. Recently I was browsing Lee's Razors website and I saw some tubes of this cream at a mere $3.50. I decided to be adventurous, especially given the price, and give these a try.