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Weber polished head

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SOTD 6 Dec 2012

I used the new polished-head (rather than coated) Weber this morning. But first I did my prep: Mystic Waters Wild Lavender shave stick and the Whipped Dog silvertip with the octagonal resin handle and 22mm knot, a fine soap and a fine brush. The fragrance of the soap is distinctive but light, and the lather is excellent.

The Weber held a new Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge blade, and I have to say that I don’t care for this head so much as I do for the coated heads. It is certainly a fine razor, but the head is not quite so comfortable and I did get one nick. Not a big difference in comfort, but enough to notice. I would recommend the DLC (or the ARC should it ever return) over the polished head.

The aftershave is a Bay Rum from a redditor who’s experimenting. It has a very good fragrance, distinct from other bay rums I have, but seemed slightly thin in the liquid—as if not enough glycerin or some such. That is, the liquid is very liquidy, and normally an aftershave has a bit more physical body. My own thought would be to increase the glycerin a tad, but I’m not an aftershave maker.

Still, it was perfectly satisfactory, and I do love the fragrance.

Written by LeisureGuy

6 December 2012 at 8:05 am

Posted in Shaving

5 Responses

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  1. Can you compare Larry’s silvertip to Franks Shaving silvertips? I have one of FS silvertips and I thought I’ll check a whippeddog brush. I have a straight razor from him and I love it but I really need to improve my technique.

    Larry007

    6 December 2012 at 11:41 am

  2. What a pity, it looked like Weber Razors really was on to something: An affordable first class heavy duty razor that was both thorough and comfortable.
    I wouldn’t mind the lack of fancy coatings (which were really cool, but also seemed massively over-engineered to me anyway), but if the polished steel head has an ever so slightly different geometry, that may be a deal breaker. Perhaps these are they sell polished “raw” heads that now lack a few microns here and there?

    Hokusai

    8 December 2012 at 2:09 pm

  3. I’m not sure of the physical differences that affect performance. And indeed, some may find the polished head simply great. But for me, it’s not so good as the coated heads, and I’m not sure it is as good as the EJ head (which, BTW, is very nice on the Weber Bulldog handle).

    LeisureGuy

    8 December 2012 at 2:12 pm

  4. I really do enjoy my Weber ARC that quickly became a lasting favourite, so we may have similar preferences. I was waiting to buy a few more ARC as presents, but the unpredictable and shortlived availability was a major problem with Weber all along, a bit like with the the Mergress. I didn’t really mind as long as it seemed that they produced small alternating batches of ARC and DLC heads and I could hope to eventually score a hit, but it seems both coated heads are gone for good. At least I am happy to own and use an ARC.

    Hokusai

    8 December 2012 at 2:22 pm

  5. My polished head is my favorite razor. I cannot compare it to the ARC/DLC models because they were out of stock, but it is way better than some of my other razors that cost alot more.

    David

    4 March 2013 at 7:27 pm


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