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Wonderful shave with new ARC Weber (and Creed’s Green Irish Tweed)

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Quite a wonderful shave today. First, a comment on the brush: the Rooney Heritage Victorian, or the TO Special. As I continue to use the brush, I find that Todd Oppenheimer’s assessment is spot-on. The knot (with its hooked bristles, as shown in photo—the spiky appearance can be smoothed simply by brushing the tips of the bristles across your hand, but I wanted you to see the interlocking) is not terribly large, but it has ample capacity and, as Todd points out, extremely soft tips combined with a very resilient shaft, so the knot feels both firm and soft on the face. Moreover, the construction somehow pushes the lather to the top, so the lather is not hogged in the interior of the knot (as with some brushes, particularly larger ones): the lather is presented for your use. Perhaps the hooked tips are responsible for the “tacky” feeling you get when you rub your fingertips over the ends of the wetted brush: a kind of soft grabby thing, feeling as I image gecko feet would feel (pure imagination: no geckos here). In sum: a stellar brush.

I’ve mentioned that I’m thinking about “Good, Better, Best” lists in various categories in the next edition. Creed’s Green Irish Tweed will definitely be in the “Best” category for non-vegan shavers. (For vegans, “Best” will include Otoko Organics.) Creed’s GIT produces a wonderful thick, dense, smooth, fragrant lather. Yardley shaving soap (lavender fragrance) is equally good, but Yardley soaps haven’t been made for decades.

So with a fully prepped face (Ach. Brito this morning in lieu of MR GLO), I pick up the ARC Weber (ARC = “Advanced Razor Coating,” which apparently is a type of chrome coating frequently used on medical instruments) loaded with one of the Astra Superior Platinum blades shipped with it. Very nice feel—the usual Weber heft and balance and of course the same head. The ARC head has a feel different from that of the DLC-coated head: the DLC head has a kind of smooth pull that’s difficult to describe, whereas the ARC feels more like a regular razor. OTOH, the stubble just beneath my chin and the front of my jawline seems to hug the skin, so a certain amount of skin stretching is required to get a good shave there. I didn’t find this to be an issue with the ARC Weber: it somehow seemed to slip under the low-lying stubble quite readily. I did do a little skin stretching, but not nearly so much as I usually do.

Finally, a rinse, the alum block, another rinse, and Paul Sebastian aftershave, one of my faves. Friday, here we come.

Written by LeisureGuy

23 March 2012 at 7:30 am

Posted in Shaving

4 Responses

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  1. I couldn’t find Creed’s at any of the usual sources. Where do you obtain?

    Craig

    23 March 2012 at 9:56 am

  2. Here’s one source. As I recall, I got it for $62, but I can’t recall where. (Of course, the price may have gone up.)

    LeisureGuy

    23 March 2012 at 10:01 am

  3. Micahel is being too kind here, but I thank him for the acknowledgement nonetheless. I should, however, point out what I think is a typo in his post: the knot feels both firm and soft (not first and soft). A small change, but obviously an important one… Good luck, shavers. Brushes with these qualities, even from Rooney, seem very hard to find.

    Todd O.

    23 March 2012 at 2:37 pm

  4. Typo fixed, thanks. And thanks for making me focus more on the brush experience.

    LeisureGuy

    23 March 2012 at 2:40 pm


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