Archive for the ‘Shaving’ Category
I used my Mulcuto slant with a SuperMax Titanium blade this morning, together with a very good lather made by my Omega Pro 48 and Speick shaving soap. Very nice shave, finished with a splash of 4711 aftershave.
It’s sort of interesting to see what a difference a slightly dull blade makes. I used a Gillette Rubie that should have been changed after the previous shave. I had to work on the rough patches and even then the blade just no longer had a sufficient edge. The razor now has a new SuperMax Platinum for my next shave.
I used the Wet Shaving Products Prince brush and (once again) Strop Shoppe’s SE Black Tie with tallow. Instant great (and lasting) lather, three passes with my Apollo Mikron, and a splash of Fine’s Clear Vetiver. And my new computer is due tomorrow, so photos will resume on Thursday.
The two razors are VERY similar. The Stealth’s cap is a bit more pronounced, but that is the only difference I noticed in the head. (Handles are obviously different, but of course handles can be swapped.)
I made a superb lather instantly with Martin de Candre shaving soap and a Mühle silvertip badger brush: no messing around, no fading lather, just thick lathery goodness in about 5 seconds.
I shaved the right half of my face with the Stealth (holding a Personna Lab Blue blade) and left with the white bakelite slant (holding a Kai blade). I really could not detect any significant differences in terms of the feel of the shave, though I know that some have said the two are distinctly different. Not for me.
A splash of Fine’s Clean Vetiver, and day after tomorrow I get my new computer…
I really like the fragrance of Barrister & Mann Solstice shaving soap, and today I got a good lather using the same method as yesterday (load damp brush with paste of soap, briskly brush palm, adding driblets of water), using an Omega 20102 brush. The lather was noticeably diminished by the third pass, more so than with other soaps, but I easily had enough for the pass. The razor was a Feather AS-D1 with a Feather blade, and the aftershaving was D.R. Harris Pink aftershave.
Quick report before my computer starts flailing about. I used Speick shaving soap and Speick aftershave, the brush being one of the Whipped Dog 22mm silvertips. Really excellent (and long-lasting) lather. I initially had some blade alignment problems, using SuperMax Platinum, but that settled down—had to press the blade well into the cap—and the shave was quite good. The HTGAM has a short, thick, hollow handle and the endcap can be unscrewed so you can add weight if you wish.
A really excellent shave, overall. And less than a week until I get my new computer.
I will resume posting SOTD photos once I can rely on my computer not to go crazy. The new computer is scheduled for 1 October, so that should be when normal blogging resumes. (Right now, I’m using a mouse and avoiding touching the trackpad.)
I used my Semogue Owners Club boar brush, which did a fine job, but I had the collapsing lather problem after the first pass—that was Barrister & Mann Vanille. I switched to Strop Shoppe Special Edition Black Tie with tallow for the second and third passes: zero problems with lather collapse. I tossed the Vanille.
My gold Gillette Tech with a Feather blade is in fact a very nice razor. Not quite so comfortable as some, but quite efficient with that blade.
A splash of 378 aftershave (is that the right number?) and the day gets underway.
Two great shaves since last SOTD post. I can get on my computer on briefly before the trackpad goes crazy, sending the cursor everywhere (complete with right clicks, dragging, double-clicks, and whatever) so I’m not going to attempt the photo.
Today was Floris No. 89, soap and aftershave, my butterscotch Emilion, and an Edwin Jagger head on an iKon Bulldog handle—a very nice combination, BTW. BBS, no nicks.
Yesterday was my Rooney Victorian brush, Bourbon Vanilla shavingvesoap from HTGAM, and a new-looking gold Tech with a Feather blade—again, BBS, no nicks.
I should have new computer soon. Rather than buy yet another new trackpad for this one, I looked at the possibility of a Retina display, flash hard drive, and USB 3 ports and decided to hope that the trackpad problem has been solved in newer models.