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An actually good shave

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I thought yesterday’s shave was okay if not particularly smooth, but when The Wife arrived to take me to the doctor, she pointed out a series of cuts on my chin and lower lip—small nicks that I had not noticed right after the shave but that had left a series of small blood clots: unattractive and a pretty clear indication that it was not in fact a very good shave. Two obvious possibilities: the Parker head doesn’t work well for me; or I need to learn the head. I am going to try it a few more times, but I couldn’t face it again so soon, so I picked up my Edwin Jagger lined DE8x model (I cannot remember all the model numbers and have given up trying) and shaved with it today. I could tell the difference in comfort from the first stroke: this razor is for me much better than the Parker. Of course, I’ve also shaved with it more, but I have to admit that I’m inclined to believe that this head is better designed for a close comfortable shave.

The lather was made by the Mühle silver fibre bruhs, which I like quite a bit. It has the same softness—fluffiness, almost—of the Mühle silvertip badger, and is equally good at generating and holding lather. Lather today comes from Kell’s Original Energy shaving soap, a fragrance I like a lot. I took my time loading the brush—I can’t believe how briefly I brushed the soap a couple of years ago—and got a very nice lather with that terrific Energy fragrance.

Three very smooth and comfortable passes with no nicks (a fine thing) and a splash of D.R. Harris Arlington, and I’m ready for a busy day: walk, grocery shop, make grub, Pilates, rip the rest of Don Quixote, and so on. But the house is clean—and I have a new grandson. 🙂 He’s a very handsome guy, just over 2/3 the size of Megs.

Written by LeisureGuy

29 June 2012 at 9:07 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. How would compare the Parker 99 to the 92? For me I thought even though the TTO head is the same the balance of the 99 was different than the 92. Could that have had the effect you’re describing? Also, can you describe the scent of the Kells?


    29 June 2012 at 9:14 am

  2. I thought the 92R was actually pretty good. I’m going to do another shave with both and try to figure out the problem I’m having. I do admit that I’m not fond of the 99’s feel. After I do more experimenting, I’ll ship it back, and I do appreciate the loan.

    I’m terrible at describing fragrances, but the Energy seems “light” and “clear”: great description, huh? 🙂 Kell describes it:

    Energy – A stimulating blend of Citrus, including Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime, with hints of fresh Cucumber and Jasmine, and a touch of Pineapple, Blackberry and Champagne. Energy is an exciting mix that’s perfect for spring and summer.


    29 June 2012 at 9:25 am

  3. congratz on newest member of the family. And a tiny tiger to boot 🙂


    29 June 2012 at 10:18 am

  4. A new grandson….WOW! A slant man for sure! It’s in the genes, ya know. About the Parker, 99r, it is also uncomfortable for me to hold and I never got the hang of it, so I gave it to my son, who thinks it’s mediocre. I also have the Parker 22r gunmetal which I like probable because it was one of my first 2 razors, Gillette Tech being the other. That being said my rotation for the last 8 or 9 months is, in order: Merkur Slant, Gillette 62’Slim, Merkur Progress, and recently thanks to You the short handled Gillette Super Adjustable. I have gotten out the “New Improved Open Comb, but have not shaved with it yet, this time. Can’t Wait!
    Thanks for all You do, and for being there. P.S. Edwin Jagger on the way. Wish List: Ikon, Gold Slant, Rooney, and about 10 soaps and aftershaves AND the next edition of “GOURMET SHAVING” ( this one is going to be Amazing as usual, hurry up!)


    29 June 2012 at 3:52 pm

  5. 🙂 Working on it. Looks like it will be close to 40 pages longer.


    29 June 2012 at 4:44 pm

  6. As a faithful reader of “GS” since the 2nd edition, I can hardly wait! It’s that time of year again. I think about your eye surgery all the time and wish You well in this ordeal. Writing must be much more difficult. Love and Respect:)


    29 June 2012 at 4:56 pm

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