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Beautiful shave today

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The Pils travel razor seemed to be somewhat of the same aesthetic as the Joris razor shown, so that’s what I picked to use. It did a fine job, working up a commendable lather from Irisch Moos, which (thanks to a two-day stubble) put plenty of soap on my beard. Then the Joris (palladium plated, no less) went to work: extremely smooth shave—and yet it’s the same head as I used for Friday’s shave, which seemed aggressive enough to be flirting with “harsh”. The difference: Friday I used a new Iridium Super blade, and today I used a new Swedish Gillette blade. The blade does make a difference. The lesson: when you get a new razor, try several different brands of blades to find the one that works best for that razor. (Though, to be truthful, I suspect that the Swedish Gillette blade would outpace the Iridium Super—and most other blades—in any razor. However: YMMV. Different guys respond in strikingly different ways to the same brand of blade—and don’t forget it.)

A splash of Irisch Moos and I’m ready for the day.

Written by LeisureGuy

7 February 2011 at 8:24 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Yeah, those Swedish Gs are sweet blades. You have any you’d like to part ways with? My pequenito stash ran out last year… I started using Iridiums as a replacement and low and behold they have also disappeared

    James

    7 February 2011 at 9:08 am

  2. If you’ve not tried these you might want to give them a go:
    http://shaveabuck.com/cart/rapira-swedish-supersteel-double-edgeblades-p-185.html
    (not affiliated with this company, but it’s the only one I know that sells this blade)
    I’m not a fan of the other Rapira types, just the ‘Swedish’ blades
    They’re thicker than the run of the mill blades and really sharp as well, so for me, a very smooth shave

    Zach

    7 February 2011 at 9:31 am

  3. @James: Let us know which blade you go to so we can buy up a supply before they discontinue production. 🙂 FOR ME, the Astra Superior Platinum is quite nice as well.

    I think I’ll keep my little stash of Swedes. (I picture a bin of rutabagas.) 🙂

    LeisureGuy

    7 February 2011 at 9:56 am

  4. Well, you can’t blame a guy for trying 🙂 The ASPs are close for me, I bought 100 of them the same time I bought 100 Iridium. I’m actually going back through my whole stash starting with Derbys (in the new packaging no less) to backup my findings from when I changed to Iridium Supers after the demise of Gillette Platinum’s. I would love to be able to get a great shave with an Israeli Persona, or Derby and be done with it. I’m hoping my technique has improved, or something else has changed and I can start using a generic blade.

    James

    7 February 2011 at 11:52 am

  5. Don’t forget to try the Treet blue carbon-steel blades. They are apparently terrible for some (most?), but others get a wonderful shave from them.

    LeisureGuy

    7 February 2011 at 1:48 pm


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