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The Aristocrat, the Diplomat, and the Whipped Dog

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SOTD 16 Jan 2013

Sounds like the beginning of a joke, eh? Especially if the next phrase is “walked into a bar.” But it is today’s shave.

First, I have to admit that I forgot the pre-shave balm today. So now I’m putting the little tub of it in the sink before I go to bed so I’ll remember.

The Whipped Dog silvertip badger brush with the ceramic handle is a fine brush, and I got a very good lather from the Figaro shaving cream. I did a soap-like loading since the cream is quite firm, and I did enjoy taking my time lathering my beard.

In the foreground are the two Gillettes from the late ’40s: on the left, the very Aristocrat pictured on the cover of the book, and on the right the Gillette Diplomat—the same razor plated in nickel instead of gold is called the President. (My own President has been replated in rhodium. Click photo twice to fully magnify the image to inspect the details of the razors.) Both razors gave a superbly smooth shave, and both hold a Swedish Gillette blade. It may well be that Gillette blades work especially well in Gillette razors, but the smoothness of the shave was noticeable.

A final rinse, dry, and good splash of Saint Charles Shave Bulgarian Rose, and all is well.

Written by LeisureGuy

16 January 2013 at 9:09 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Michael,
    How can you tell the difference between the Aristocrat, Diplomat and the President they all look very similar to me. I think I have a President due to the case that came with it when I bought it but it was sold as an Aristocrat?

    Tony The Blade

    16 January 2013 at 10:24 am

  2. Could you remind us where you get your razors replayed? Thanks!


    16 January 2013 at 7:16 pm

  3. In the US; in the UK


    16 January 2013 at 8:03 pm

  4. New one:


    17 January 2013 at 10:40 am

  5. Many thanks!


    21 January 2013 at 11:38 am

  6. @Tony — Sorry, missed your comment. The President’s easy: it’s nickel plated, and looks like the Diplomat and Aristocrat, more or less. In fact, it’s the nickel-plated version of the Diplomat (gold plated) and they differ from the Aristocrat (also gold-plated) in that their handles are chequered everywhere, and the Aristocrat has a couple of smooth places: just above the knob and just at the top: those are fluted, but not chequered.


    21 January 2013 at 12:40 pm

  7. very nice. a rose scented cream goes a long way as well (Cyril R Salter Rose comes to mind). Wonderful razors, they look fantastic. I bet you DO feel like aristocracy when you pick that thing up in the morning!


    21 January 2013 at 4:11 pm

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