Turmeric shaving cream
A new shaving cream, plus the lab Personnas. Interesting shave.
The brush is the Dreadnaught from Rod Neep’s Pens of the Forest. The knot, 26mm, feels enormous and indeed holds a cubic inch of water, according to Rod. The shaving cream has a not unpleasant medicinal smell and is rather runny. The tube is the size of a small toothpaste tube, but the cost is low. The lather was not bad.
I disposed of the Shark blade in the Edwin Jagger Chatsworth and put in one of the Lab Personnas, eager to try them out. This is an older Chatsworth, from a time when EJ was still using the Merkur Classic head, though EJ did its own gold plating. The first pass was extraordinarily smooth—I could feel the cutting at all, and only occasionally heard it. When I rinsed, I felt as though perhaps the pass had been so smooth because it wasn’t cutting. I did the XTG pass, rinsed: same result. Weird.
Either I have lost my technique for the Merkur head or this blade doesn’t work well with the Merkur head, or both. I finished the shave with a bakelite slant: another XTG and a ATG. I’m going to have to experiment: return the Shark blade to the EJ razor and try the Personna blade in a different razor, perhaps the Weber. So it will take a few shaves to sort out.
I did have a couple of small nicks, but no idea which razor was the villain. My Nik Is Sealed stopped them, and a splash of D.R. Harris Pink Aftershave finished the job.