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The basic great shave

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Yet another great shave, following the basic routine of good products, good prep, and three passes—and a certain amount of practice. As always, I began with washing my beard with MR GLO—I don’t always mention this step, but I always do it.

The Kell’s Original shave stick made its usual great lather, created this time by Simpsons Emperor 3 Super. Now that I know to be stingy with water when using Kell’s Original soaps, I always get a great lather.

Then the Apollo Mikron, certainly one of my favorite razors, did a fantastic job with a much used Astra Keramik Platinum blade. And then a splash of Acqua di Parma to finish, and I’m good to go.

Written by LeisureGuy

30 September 2009 at 8:32 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Michael, I always like it when you showcase the Emperors, they’re such great brushes. I had a Vulfix-Simpsons E3 that could lather anything while still being incredibly soft on the face. Ended up preferring it over the Rooney 2/1 Finest, even. I wonder if Simfix will produce a two-band, hmmm . . .




    30 September 2009 at 8:40 am

  2. There’s no doubt that the Emperor is a fine brush—and I love the shape of the handle.


    30 September 2009 at 8:48 am

  3. A shave stick and a brush? How does that work? Do you apply the brush to the shave stick, or the shave stick to your face and then lather with the brush?

    47th_problem_of Euclid

    30 September 2009 at 9:57 am

  4. Wash your beard, leaving it wet. (I use MR GLO.) The rub the stick against the grain all over your wet beard. Your beard will scrape soap from the stick, and where your beard is thickest and toughest, it will scrape the most soap.

    Then wet your brush with hot water, give it a shake, and brush vigorously all over your beard. The lather will arise as if by magic.


    30 September 2009 at 10:18 am

  5. Ron was wondering if Simfix will ever produce a two band E3. The answer is yes but they have to be special ordered and the wait can sometimes be long. I ordered a two-band E3 for a client in August and am still waiting. I am told it will be ready in early October.


    30 September 2009 at 4:04 pm

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