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Surprise shave: 9.89

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I’m reluctant to tag a shave as 9.9, but this one is close. And yet I feel I did nothing special.

QED Bathtub Gin shave stick (which actually smells more like a well-made Martini), then a really fine lather brought forth with the Edwin Jagger Medium Silvertip. The Edwin Jagger Georgian with a thrice-used Sputnik blade did the double down, across, and up, and I could tell after the second down pass that this was going to be smooth. After the across pass my face felt very smooth already, but I did the upward pass which helps the shave last all day.

When I rinsed, I was feeling very good about the shave. Stetson Sierra aftershave, and as I sit here, casually rubbing my face (as if in thought), wow! I’m proud. I did have one tiny nick on my chin, quite small, from making long sweeping strokes across—got a little careless. But My Nik Is Sealed always closes those right up.

Written by Leisureguy

21 November 2007 at 7:55 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I think part of the improvement is the addition of the “double down” first pass(es). I’ve been doing this for some time (dialing up a half-step on my Progress for the 2nd “down”) and I consistantly get a closer, more comfortable shave than before I did “double down.”



    21 November 2007 at 8:03 am

  2. I always say that Sputniks peak at their third or fourth shave. They are really good blades. The company is owned by Gillette, you know.



    21 November 2007 at 8:31 am

  3. It is dangerous to cruise into 9.9 land because there is little room left for improvement. On the other hand, acknowledging that the scale must remain somewhat elastic helps, i.e. a 9.9 today may not be the same as a 9.9 tomorrow.



    21 November 2007 at 8:44 am

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