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New razor from Paris (France, not Texas)

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This is the Joris open-comb razor with an olive-wood handle. The Wife brought this back from Paris—the same source as the Plisson Chinese Grey brush I used today. I got a very good lather from the Sweet Gale, and it struck me that my lathering technique has changed (improved) since I started using boar brushes: I work the brush more vigorously over the soap and for a longer period, loading the brush more fully than I once did.

Three passes with the new razor, using a new Iridium Super blade, and a very smooth face resulted. I would say the aggressiveness of this razor is like, say, the 1940’s Gillette Aristocrat: aggressive, but not harsh. And not too aggressive. OTOH, it does not quite achieve the sublime comfort of the iKon.

It’s quite a nice razor and one that I definitely will enjoy using. A splash of aftershave, and I’m off for my weigh-in.

Written by LeisureGuy

4 February 2011 at 8:55 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Very handsome looking razor, and brush as well! How does this open-comb compare to Good Fella’s? Except for the soap, un rasage très français, n’est-ce pas ?


    4 February 2011 at 9:01 am

  2. Oui. I do have a French soap (the Durance L’òme) but I’ve used it twice recently and wanted to move along. Good question, but unfortunately I no longer have a Goodfella, having passed mine along. If memory serves, I think I got a slightly better shave with the Joris, but it’s been a while so this is not a reliable recollection, I fear.


    4 February 2011 at 10:12 am

  3. i have one of those razor head on an old model Muehle, i think. it is a very aggressive shave but it really brings you back to the basic techniques of “no pressure” at all. if you don’t pay attention there’s no room for error. haven’t tried the the long handled version though. like the looks of this one.


    4 February 2011 at 11:52 am

  4. Yeah, I got the feeling that it was a no-nonsense-allowed kind of razor. I’ll use another model tomorrow—same head, though. I’ll try a different blade and see whether that makes a difference.


    4 February 2011 at 12:43 pm

  5. I, too, am finding nothing does the job like my 2nd gen iKon open comb. Recently got a Futur and really want to like it, but irritation is a constant companion. The 2nd gen iKon – unlike the 1st gen – is making all competition pale in comparison -at least for me… YMMV


    4 February 2011 at 3:52 pm

  6. That is one beautiful razor. How’s the heft? Looks like I need to send the wife to Europe!

    Dandaman, I suppose I need to pick up an iKon, though my Futur is the closest to day-by-day perfection of all my razors. Have you experience irritation at all settings?


    4 February 2011 at 4:04 pm

  7. This razor is lighter than I expected, due to the wood handle. Tomorrow’s has more heft.


    4 February 2011 at 4:19 pm

  8. this Joris head is different from the Ikon in that i find my Ikon to provide the perfect shave w/o much effort. ithe Ikon allows you to focus on the brush and cream/soap whereas the Joris those elements are secondary to really paying attention to the what you do w/ the razor. Michael i challenge you to use the Joris for your Mon shave. i found it almost perfect to use w/ several days growth. you still have to be careful but it really is perfect for those shaves vs. practical use on a daily basis.


    4 February 2011 at 7:26 pm

  9. Interesting. Today I’ll use my Gerson instead, and Monday will be the other Joris.


    5 February 2011 at 6:27 am

  10. Tony: I tried settings on the Futur from about 2 to 3.75. I tried different blades. I tried to make sure I wasn’t making mistakes w/ pressure. I got a pretty good shave – but couldn’t avoid irritation. Something about my iKon – I think it’s perhaps a lower blade angle in the head combined with the overall thin head design – gets the blade closer to the skin while still not digging into that skin. The first gen iKon I have accomplished the same closeness but the teeth were much rougher and gave prominent irritation. 2nd gen iKon perfected the teeth and does not irritate.


    5 February 2011 at 6:51 pm

  11. One thing that helped my own Futur shaves: focus on keeping the cap in contact with your skin (where cap meets blade). The seems to work better than thinking about the guard.


    5 February 2011 at 7:06 pm

  12. I love my Joris, it’s my best razor but it’s very more agressive than my Ikon.

    The OC Ikon is a very confortable razor.


    6 February 2011 at 1:11 pm

  13. That is my impression, too. The Joris is much closer to the first iKon model (which struck me as a bit harsh), and lacks the smooth comfort of the current iKon open-comb.


    6 February 2011 at 1:53 pm

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