A dying blade takes revenge
Back to Stirling, working on the lather. I used my Vie-Long “Bombito” boar brush from BullgooseShaving.net this morning, and I used extra loading time and extra water. The lather lasted well, though still not so creamy as (e.g.) D.R. Harris. But I’ll keep working on it. I do love the fragrance of this particular version: Black Cumin and Orange. One of the strengths of artisanal soapmakers is that they can offer more intriguing fragrances than mainline products.
The aforementioned naughty blade was a Kai, and the razor is an Edwin Jagger head on a UFO handle. I could tell that the blade was near the end as I tried to finish, and on rinsing after the shave I discovered three little nicks on my upper lip. Some blades don’t simply get dull as they die, they also get nicky. If I shaved with few enough razors to track blade uses, I would replace Kai blades one shave earlier—i.e., if this was the fifth shave for this guy, I would now replace Kai blades after 4 shaves. (I did replace it after I finished with a Personna Platinum, a blade I don’t really know yet.)
Musgo Real is a fine aftershave, and My Nik Is Sealed took care of the nicks quite handily.