Smooth handle, smooth shave
Exceptional shave. The “smooth handle” reference was due to another discussion on whether smooth handles work well for razors, with the usual answer: it depends. Obviously, a smooth handle that’s soapy will be slippery (unless you brush your fingers over the alum block, which will then provide a secure grip). But the razor is rinsed after every pass, and I don’t find that the handle ever is soapy, in practice. At least, it’s not nearly so apt to be soapy as a brush handle, and my brushes all have smooth handles—as do the two above. And again, rinsing off the soap means the grip is secure.
And, of course, many razors do have smooth handles—not only the Edwin Jagger resin handles, but also handles I have of ceramic, wood, bone, and stone: all smooth, none slippery. Indeed, the razor above (with a smooth plastic handle) is called the Wilkinson “Sticky” because men were surprised that the razor handle could be smooth and yet not slippery. The amazement at this point should be dying down.
That said, I again emailed The English Shaving Company to suggest that they test a knurled handle as one of their handle options. I think it would see quite well and I don’t see much drawback with providing the customer with another option.
I used two boar brushes this morning to compare them, and truly I could detect no significant difference. So choose your Omega boar based on how it looks to you,, and don’t worry about whether it has a band or not.
The lather was excellent: thick lather that clusters in a roll on the razor. D.R. Harris makes a fine shaving soap. Three passes of the Sticky with a Feather blade, and a BBS result. A good splash of Arlington aftershave, and the day begins.