April additions to my Shave den

Exciting new additions to my shave den

I’ve been looking at lathering bowls being hsed in YouTube videos for too long. Although I face lather, there are times I have wished for a bowl to lather in. One, they look very cool with their amazing artisan appeal. Second, they add awesomeness to Shave Of The Day #SOTD pictures on social networks.

After doing my research on wet shaving forums and YouTube videos, I went after the most preferred and loved brands.

Captain’s choice lather bowl in sandstone finish, Fine accoutrements lathering bowl in red / cream, Georgetown Pottery G12 shave scuttle and the much talked about innovative travel scuttle by Phoenix Artist Accoutrements made up of the “steel of plastics”, making it literally indestructible, not only from normal falls and bumps, but as demonstrated by several YouTube videos, this shave scuttle will survive most severe & intentional abuse it is subjected to – save one video where it was tossed in the air and punctured with a high bore shot gun shell !

While on the Phoenix Artist Accoutrements website, I also ordered other hardware and software which have received a lot of love and praise from the wetshaving community on the internet. Douglas Smythe, owner of PAA, has been known to bring many vintage hardware and scents back to life, and in style !

I have his original “How To Grow A Moustache” (HTGAM) symmetry open comb razor and his much loved and hated razors PAA Doc in satin finish and PAA prismatic in nickel finish, satin finish travel handle. More about them in a subsequent review blog.

The first batch of goodies which landed on the shores of Mumbai from my “Ship Out Of USA” (SOFU) virtual mailbox in the USA contains the items in the image below and I am very excited to try them out.


  • PAA bakelite open comb slant
  • Razorock SLAB razor (Shave Like A Boss)
  • Ikon razors newer version of their popular single edge razor – the MR-SE with their popular bulldog stainless steel handle in matte finish, takes Feather artist professional format blades.
  • Occam’s single edge razor which also take the Feather artist professional format blades


  • PAA “The Atomic Rocket” synthetic shave brush.
  • Razorock chrome synthetic shave brush
  • Razorock boar bristle brush in ash wood handle
  • Whipped Dog (Larry Andreassen) – my good friend’s 24mm high mountain badger knot in a marble design Luna resin handle.

Shaving bowls

  • PAA travel scuttle
  • Captain’s Choice regular size sandstone finish shave bowl
  • Fine accoutrements lather bowl in red and cream

Shave soap

  • PAA CAD. I’ve been eyeing this soap for a long time especially for its kokum butter ingredient !
  • Derby shave stick from Turkey.

Other shave accoutrements

  • Personna Red blade tucks (Israel)
  • Derby blades
  • Whipped Dog poor man’s strop kit for mantaining a straight razor edge.

Shave Of The Day

Thursday Shave !

Razor : Pearl Shaving SSH-02 open comb

Blade : Supermax Diamond Edge Blade (2)

Shaving Cream : The Body Shop – Maca Root

Brush : Razorock Chubby Silver tip

After shave : Lucky Tiger after shave & face tonic

Shave Of The Day

Monday morning shave

Razor : Phoenix Artist Accoutrements Prismatic

Blade : Gillette Wilkinson Sword

Cream : Vicco labs Sandalwood & Turmeric

Brush : Razorock Finest Badger

Post Shave : Alum

Shave Of The Day

Weekend Shave !

Razor : Razorock Hawk V2 matte black

Blade : Kai captain mild “pink” blade

Brush : Yaqi Silvertip metal handle

Cream : Indian Old Spice Musk

Post Shave : Alum / Biotique Bio Wild Grass post shave balm

Shave Of The Day

Razor : Razorock Mamba + Stainless steel Anodised Halo handle

Blade : Gillette Silver Blue (5)

Soap : Razorock “What the puck” Blue Barbershop

Brush : Razorock anodised aluminium matte black handle rubberset 400 with synthetic plissoft knot

Aftershave : Alum + Aquavelva Classic Ice Blue.