A leading wet shaving expert has described The Bluebeards Revenge “Scimitar” as a quality and attractive safety razor.
Mike Sandoval, from Shaving101.com, said the razor was a “prime example of the brand’s modern and whimsical designs”.
“Immediately noticeable is the skull and crossbones Bluebeards Revenge logo laser etched onto the top plate of the cutting head. This ups the ‘cool factor’ because it is masculine and unconventional, but presented in an upscale way,” he said.
“Unlike many of the double edge razors on the market that are very utilitarian in appearance with coarse knurling patterned handles, the ‘Scimitar’ features smoother lines and a classy overall appearance.”
The US wet shaving legend then went on to praise the razor’s handle texture, describing it as “evenly spaced horizontal lines that provide a bit of texture to the grip surface, but maintains a smooth feel and gives the razor an attractive appearance”.
Mike went on to explain: “The chrome plating is evenly applied and smooth with no areas of unevenness or imperfections to be found anywhere.
“It is a traditional three-piece razor with an extremely well designed cutting head that fits together with exact tolerances that provides a perfectly even cutting edge exposure on each side when a blade is installed.
“The gap between the cutting edge and safety bar is gauged to provide a mild blade exposure that shaves efficiently, but is comfortable to use and results in fewer nicks and cuts than other more aggressive razors.”
The Shaving Shack sells The Bluebeards Revenge “Scimitar” Double Edge Razor for £34.99.
You can read the full Shaving101 review by clicking here.
American wet shaving legend Mike Sandoval has described The Bluebeards Revenge post shave balm as “smooth and creamy”.
Specially formulated with Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera to nourish the skin after shaving, the balm contains Decelerine, which is made from a mixture of active ingredients that delay hair growth, reducing the frequency of shaving and depilation and at the same time providing a recovering effect on the skin.
”The balm itself is a bit different from most other traditional aftershave balms that wet shavers are familiar with using,” said Mike, who runs the awesome shaving blog Shaving101.com.
“The consistency of the balm is more like a smooth cream rather than a runny lotion or liquid gel that is commonly seen from other manufacturers. While most aftershave balms pour from the bottle or have a pump dispenser, this one is dense enough that you can simply scoop your desired amount of product for application using your fingers.”
Mike then went on to praise the soothing qualities of the post shave balm.
“The smooth and creamy texture of the product allows it to spread and absorb into the skin very easily and instantly soothes any irritation leaving the skin feeling cooled and refreshed.
”Despite the creamier texture of the balm, it does not leave the skin feeling greasy at all. After the balm dries down, the skin feels perfectly moisturized and ready to face the day.”
Mike concluded his review of the post shave balm by saying: “The smooth and creamy texture of this aftershave balm makes it a welcome addition to a market flooded with runny and greasy balms that clog pores and leave the skin feeling oily. A little of this balm goes a long way and 100 ml / 3.4 oz jar will easily last two or more months of daily use.”
You can read the full Shaving101 review by clicking here. And we highly recommend looking around this website as it offers some really good articles on the art of wet shaving.
American wet shaving legend Mike Sandoval has described The Bluebeards Revenge ‘Corsair’ Super Badger Shaving Brush as having “an outstanding density and lathering capability packed into a comfortable size format that will appeal to a wide range of wet shavers”.
The lathe turned handle was previously marketed under the name “Buccaneer” and filled with a good quality pure badger hair, making it an affordable luxury.
But the Corsair is knotted with super badger grade hair that Vulfix is well known for using in some of their finest shaving brushes. In addition to the upgraded hair type, the brush is also loaded with around 20 per cent more hair to create a knot that has a stiffer feeling and more density for water retention and lathering capability.
Mike, who runs leading shaving blog Shaving101.com, started off his review by saying: “Vulfix brushes are softer than and not as stiff as other brands, such as Simpsons. They are well made and are well known for their quality and durability, and the Corsair is not an exception to these standards.
”The Corsair is not a firm brush but rather a soft and luxurious brush with a full density that gently massages the face and easily releases the lather on to the skin where you need it rather than holding it in the brush’s core like some overly stiff brushes tend to do,” Mike Sandoval, Shaving101.com
“Unlike the standard Vulfix models, the added badger hair gives it denser feel that is immediately noticeable upon first inspection. The loft of the brush is perfectly uniform in colouring with an attractive three-band colour pattern and a nice shape that is symmetrical and not overly bulbous.
”The handle of the brush is made of a quality faux ivory material and is polished to a nice shine and stamped with the Bluebeards Revenge logo in blue.”
Mike, considered a legend in the wonderful world of wet shaving, tested the Corsair on both shaving creams and hard shaving soaps and said he “found it to be useful for almost any product”.
“When submerged in water, the brush absorbs an impressive amount of water and infuses it effortlessly with any quality shaving cream to create a rich and voluminous lather,” he explained.
“Despite the softer characteristics of the fine super badger hair, the Corsair easily loads with shaving soaps and is great at producing quality lather directly on the face. The tips of the badger hair feel soft on the skin and combine well with the added backbone of the brush to create an ideal balance of density and comfort, which is heavily favoured by many experienced wet shavers.
”The Corsair is not a firm brush but rather a soft and luxurious brush with a full density that gently massages the face and easily releases the lather on to the skin where you need it rather than holding it in the brush’s core like some overly stiff brushes tend to do.”
Mike concluded his review by describing the Corsair as a “well made piece”, adding it is “filled with quality super badger hair”.
You can read the full review by clicking here.
A number of shaving products available at The Shaving Shack have made it into a leading feature on the Shaving101.com blog.
Popular US shaving blogger Mike Sandoval recently published an article titled ‘My Favourite Shaving Products’.
And first prize in the shaving soap category went to DR Harris Marlborough.
”Traditional, triple-milled hard soaps provide me the richest and most protective lather for my shaves,” said Mike.
”Of the assortment that I use regularly, DR Harris is significantly better in both performance and fragrance over others, including Trumper and Truefitt & Hill.
”Lathering up for a shave with this soap fills my bathroom with the noticeable aroma of fresh cedar and sandalwood. The shave with Marlborough is always great and I never grow tired of the scent.”
DR Harris Marlborough shaving soap (100g) is priced at just £8.95 at The Shaving Shack.
The soap is also available with an attractive wooden bowl that allows for easy storage when not in use and also looks very classy on my bathroom counter.
Mike also praised Mitchell’s Wool Fat shaving soap, describing it as a great shaving soap because of its lanolin and moisturizing properties. This soap is priced at £5.49 on our website.
The Bluebeards Revenge took second place in the shaving cream category. ”This cream easily whips into an amazing lather that is bubble-free, thick, and protective,” he said.
“The rich lather is perfect for both double-edge and straight razor shaving. It also has a traditional barbershop-style fragrance that is very enjoyable during the shave.”
You can read Mike’s full review on The Bluebeards Revenge by clicking here.
We recently sent Mike Sandoval, from Shaving101.com, tubs of Coate’s Special Edition Tea Tree and Rosemary Shaving Cream and The Bluebeards Revenge™.
“I prefer more traditional products and I was hesitant to try a cream that contains an ingredient that affects hair growth,” said Mike.
“One day a box arrived at my house with a tub of the new shaving cream, so I tried to pawn it off on Isaac to write this review, but he didn’t want to use it either. I didn’t want to look like a ‘bum fluff brigade member’ to Nick (Shaving Shack’s website manager), so I gave it a try.”
And Mike was full of praise for our flagship shaving cream, describing it as one of the best shaving creams he has ever used.
“The shaving cream itself is very dense, but it is easy to work with,” he explained.
“An almond-sized amount immediately whips into a thick lather with no bubbles in it. Bluebeards’ lather is very dense – like marshmallow cream, the perfect lather because the richer the cream the more it protects your skin during your shave.
“This formulation creates the lather that all other shaving creams should aspire to create. It’s the trifecta of a perfect lather: rich, thick, and protective.”
The US wet shaving guru added: “With some creams that don’t provide good protection, the blade can skip on your skin or make it difficult to shave against the grain, especially at the lower neck or jawline. The Bluebeards Revenge™ lather is very lubricating and allows the blade to glide along the skin smoothly. The richness of the cream coats the face without being too thick to clog the razor or too thin to run off.
”It’s especially good for straight razor shaving for two reasons: (1) the thick lather creates good lubrication for the blade, and (2) the lather stays on your face without dripping off even when taking a little more time with a straight razor.”
Mike then went on to praise the cream’s signature and unique scent, describing it as “fresh, clean scent that is very pleasant on the face”.
He added: ”It’s a traditional barbershop-style fragrance that is noticeable, but enjoyable. After the shave, the cream rinses off the face very easily leaving the skin well nourished and conditioned. This cream will be especially enjoyed by men who don’t like to use aftershave or moisturizer because it won’t leave the skin feeling dry.”
Mike also offered an apology to Nick for avoiding his requests to try The Bluebeards Revenge™ (which he has accepted by the way ).
He concluded by saying: “Although I was apprehensive, I’m grateful that Nick encouraged me to try it. I can’t speak to the product’s claim to reducing hair growth because I haven’t used it for very long; however, the product smells nice, works exceptionally well, and looks cool, too. The thick and rich lather is perfect for both double-edge and straight razor shaving. The Bluebeards Revenge™ is without a doubt one of the best shaving creams I have ever used.”
Praise indeed Mike.
You can read Mike’s full review by clicking here.
The Gentleman’s Shop, another fine retailer of men’s grooming products, announced they had acquired the Coates company back in May 2010.
And the re-introduction of this legendary shaving cream created a lot of buzz in the online wet shaving community as it was widely considered one of the best shaving creams ever produced.
Wet shaving guru Mantic even bought a tub of the ‘Coate’s Special Edition Tea Tree and Rosemary Shaving Cream’ and then posted a video review on YouTube last month.
He described the cream as “soft”, “very moist” with a “very pleasant scent”. Mantic praised the cream for its quality lather, adding that it’s “very slick” and ensures a “very nice and comfortable shave”.
So when we heard that Mike Sandoval, from Shaving101.com, wanted to test it out, we jumped at the chance to send him a tub.
But what did he think? “The packaging is slightly different from the old packaging, but it is nice and traditional,” he said.
Mike went on to praise the scent of the new Coate’s cream, describing it as “more pleasant because it is formulated with the mixture of tea tree and rosemary”.
“The cream itself is very soft and easy to lather. With only an almond-size amount of cream, I had no problem creating enough lather for a full shave,” Mike explained.
He added: “During the shave, the razor glided nicely along the skin and the Coate’s cream provided suitable protection. The formulation of the cream didn’t cause any sensitivity issues with my skin, and it rinsed away clean leaving a subtle amount of fragrance behind.
”Overall, Coate’s Tea Tree Limited Edition Shaving Cream was a quality cream, but I didn’t find it to be anything extraordinary compared to other shaving creams, such as Truefitt & Hill or Geo. F. Trumper’s.
”The cream didn’t moisturize better or lather better than any quality shaving cream.”
In conclusion, Mike said: “Coate’s shaving cream provides a nice shave and will appeal to those who enjoy the strong tea tree fragrance; however, I was disappointed to discover that it won’t reign supreme in my shaving rotation.”
So it seems that whilst Mike enjoyed shaving with the cream, he was not completely bowled over by it.
I wonder what Mike will think to our flagship cream, The Bluebeards Revenge, when he reviews it later this week.
You can read the full Coate’s review by clicking here.
Coate’s Special Edition Tea Tree and Rosemary Shaving Cream is available to buy from The Shaving Shack website, priced at £12.99.
One of our luxurious shaving creams has been given a rave review by a respected American wet shaving expert.
The shaving guru started off his review by praising the cream for its soft texture, fine lather and subtle fragrance.
”Whether you lather directly on your face or in a bowl or scuttle, this cream this cream easily whips in to a rich and usable lather without having a tendency to get too thin or require an excessive amount of water to maintain its hydration,” he said.
”The lather held a nice consistency throughout the shave and showed no issues of drying down between passes.
”I found this to be especially good for straight razor shaves, which take a bit longer due to the slower cutting technique.
”The result was a smooth shave that carried the blade easily over my skin and left my face feeling well protected and hydrated at the end of the shave.”
Mike concluded his review, by saying: “While not as exquisite in fragrance as some other shaving creams, Cyril R. Salter Indian Sandalwood shaving cream performs amazingly well given that it retails for a fraction of the price.”
You can read the full Shaving101.com review by clicking here.
The Cyril Salter Indian Sandalwood shaving cream (165g) retails for just £7.99 on the Shaving Shack website.
We recently sent out a Parker 98R safety razor to Mike Sandoval, who writes for leading US wet shaving website Shaving101.com.
Mike had politely told us before we sent him the 98R that he had already tested the Parker 91R and had given it a “less-than-favorable” review.
So off went the 98R by plane across the pond…
The US wet shaving guru started off his 98R review by saying: “When unpacking the razor, I was most surprised by the weight of the 98R. The handle and cutting head weigh in at approximately 4.3 ounces (121 grams), making this one monster of a razor.
“The handle design is a variation of Merkur’s barber-pole style and has a one-direction spiral-knurling pattern instead of the diamond pattern found on the Merkur. The knurling is cut deep and uniformly, and it provides a good grip surface on the handle.”
He went on to add: “The chrome plating on the razor and cutting head is applied well with no noticeable spots of uneven coating. The two-piece cutting head itself lined up properly when loading a blade and reassembling the razor, leaving an even blade exposure on each side of the cutting head.”
Mike explained that he thought the cutting action of the razor felt a bit more aggressive than he expected due to its heavy feel in hand, but added that the 98R delivered a “solid shaving performance”.
In conclusion, Mike said he found the Parker 98R to be well made and a fair alternative to the more expensive Merkur 38C, adding it is a “good value razor for the budget conscious wet shaver”.
You can read the full Shaving101.com review by clicking here.
The luxurious Kent BK4 Silver Tip Badger Shaving Brush has been given a glowing review by a leading American wet shaving expert.
Mike Sandoval, from leading wet shaving website Shaving101.com, was full of praise for the premium shaving brush, describing it as “outstanding”.
He started off his review by saying: “I was amazed at the beauty of the badger hair upon opening the red presentation box. The silvertip badger hair is simply gorgeous.
“Expecting this brush to be a ‘nice’ brush, I was very surprised when it revealed itself to be outstanding!
“The BK4 is one of the most versatile shaving brushes I have ever used with both hard soaps and shaving creams. The BK4 quickly produces a rich volume of lather easily suitable for a three-pass shave.”
Mike, who has been reviewing wet shaving products for more then 10 years, continued: “Those who want a brush that will work well with any soap or cream, and always be soft and comfortable on the face will love this brush.
“Those with sensitive skin that have problems with the stiffer bristles of many other high-end brushes would also greatly benefit it as well.”
He concluded by describing the Kent BK4 as an “outstanding example of a good-value shaving brush”, adding “the comfortable feel of the handle, gorgeous and soft high-quality badger hair, and classy red presentation case all represent what a fine British shaving brush should be”.
You can read the complete Shaving101.com Kent BK4 review by clicking here.
The Kent BK4 is priced at an affordable £44.99 on Shaving-shack.com.
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