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A really fine shave today. Someone of Wicked_Edge mentioned getting a new (secondhand—they are no longer made) S3S and how much he enjoyed it, and that reminded me that I hadn’t used my own for a while.
First the lather: the Rooney Victorian made a terrific lather from the asses’ milk shaving soap that The Wife brought back from a trip to France. I do like that soap.
Three passes, BBS finish, and a splash of Very V. The blade as a Personna Lab Blue.
A very fine shave today. Mr Pomp, the brush shown, worked up an instant great lather from Strop Shoppe, still one of my best shaving soaps. I observed my brush wetting procedure: wet brush well under hot-water tap, squeezing the knot slightly, until brush is dripping wet. Then I give it a little shake (I had been writing “medium shake,” but on observing it today, it’s more a little shake) and start loading the brush. With this, there is zero water spillage: all the water the brush contains goes into the lather, except for what little remains on the wet surface of the soap.
A great lather, than to work with both razors (alternately, not one in each hand), both loaded with Feather blades, naturally. The D2 just arrived from a MassDrop order.
The D2 is much shinier—almost garish, in fact—and I definitely prefer the appearance of the D1. The D1 baseplate has holes that are like slots, and the slots are simply holes in the baseplate. On the D2, the holes have a raised rim on the bottom of the baseplate, as shown in the photo. The rim has no purpose that I can detect, and I prefer the D1’s simpler treatment.
So in terms of appearance, D1 strikes me as better. The chequering on the D2 is somewhat grippier, but I never had a problem with the D1. Still, for those who like a crisp feel to the chequering, the D2 would be pleasing.
Both razors shaved extremely well, with the D2 perhaps a tad more aggressive. But note: I have one of the good D1s. The D2 came to be because a significant percentage of D1 razors simply would not shave. I had trouble understanding this—although my D1 feels very mild, it wipes away stubble like magic—until I had a chance to use a bad D1, which shaved somewhat as if it contained no blade.
Both razors are very nice. The D1 had great packaging, in a wonderful wooden box (which was no doubt expensive). The D2 comes in a cardboard box—very nice, but cardboard. Still, anyone who gets one for a gift this season is going to be delighted and not disappointed by performance.
I’m getting to the end of the Alt-Innsbruck—probably one shave left. But fortunately I have a lot of other after shave.
The Merkur white bakelite slant from the 1930’s is indeed one of the very best slants I own: it always provides a flawless shave, never nicks, and the light weight is a pleasure once you dial in to it: you can reaily apply only as much pressure as the shave requires.
Of course, part of the credit for its sterling performance must go to the blade—a Personna Lab Blue—and to the prep. I used the HJM synthetic—quite similar in feel to the new Omega S-series synthetics—and i Coloniali shaving cream. I had an i Coloniali soap, but I did realize it was one that required adding small driblets of water as the brush was loaded—i.e., a thirsty soap—so I had difficulties with lather collapse. Now I want to try it again.
Three passes, flawless BBS result, and a good splash of Stetson’s classic aftershave.
Two Mickey Lee products: the soap and (again) the Italian Stallion aftershave milk. I think I’m going to have to buy a full-size bottle of that… hmm. I wonder if that was why he sent the free sample. :)
Once again I got a great lather, due to both brush (I still like the action of the S-series brushes) and the soap.
Three passes with the Tech holding a Feather blade: BBS and no nicks.
A splash of Italian Stallion—great stuff—and the day begins.
I’m thinking of mixing some olive oil, mustard, and crushed garlic to marinate a couple of pork tenderloins, then roasting them on Teflon-coated foil in the baking pan—350ºF until done should do it.
Another super-smooth shave. No wonder guys enjoy shaving. :)
The Wet Shaving Products Prince made a very fine lather from the Latha shaving soap, and the short-handled Super Adjustable did the trick very nicely using a Kai blade (or TESCO: both brands use blank blades).
A good splash of Latha aftershave, and the day begins.
The question was raised whether the Standard handle would work with the #102 head, so I ran an experiment.
The Plisson synthetic made a terrific lather from Maggard’s London Barbershop, an exceptionally rich and slick lather. Great stuff, though I have to say I would prefer a tub not so tall as to have the enormous empty space above the soap.
The Standard handle worked, but to me it didn’t feel right. There was something awkward about it. I think the handle of one of the Maggard line of razors would work better. The handle of the $11 Utopia Care razor is excellent, but I believe that razor is out of stock now on Amazon. I use the iKon bulldog handle, which works very well indeed but is somewhat expensive.
Three passes, one inexplicable nick on my chin (sealed now, thanks to My Nik Is Sealed), a bit of Mickey Lee’s Italian Stallion aftershave—great stuff—and the week opens with the rain pouring down.
A great shave to end the run of sequential dates for another century—I refer to the run that started on 1/2/03 and ends today with 12/13/14. I doubt that I’ll see the next, but I’ll definitely look at the (24-hour) clock today at 3:16 p.m.
I tried the Nivea Sensitive shaving cream on a whim and a recommendation, and it’s not bad at all. I still prefer soap lather, but this is certainly usable. The Omega S-series brush did its usual fine job.
Three passes with the Maggard Razor shown—I have trouble keeping the model numbers straight—using a SuperMax Titanium blade produced a BBS result. Maybe a tiny dot of nick at one side of my upper lip—I couldn’t be sure, so I hit it a lick with My Nik Is Sealed, and that settled it.
A tiny splash of Barrister & Mann Kyovu aftershave, and the weekend is underway, with the day promising to be sunny and clear after the torrential rains of Thursday and the intermittent drizzles of yesterday.