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Good lather, fine shave

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SOTD 3 Oct 2013

Back to the mug with the Stirling soap, this time with the soft brush with the snakewood handle I bought from Strop Shoppe. Yesterday in one of my (many) practice lathers, I thought I had it solved: brush just damp, brush vigorously, add water slowly, but today I still couldn’t get the lather to thicken creamily. Maybe in the spirit of YMMV I am simply unable to figure out this soap, which apparently works quite well for others.

So it goes. I’ll chalk this up to experience and move on to soaps that work better for me. If others have had good success with Stirling—and particularly if they compare their experience with Stirling to experience with other soaps (e.g., Barrister & Mann, Strop Shoppe, Mystic Waters, How to Grow a Moustache, Mike’s Natural, etc.)—I would be very interested in learning of your experience. If you’ve only tried Stirling, then unfortunately you’re unable to do direct comparisons from experience.

Withal, the lather was certainly good enough for a shave, and with three passes of the Gerson bone-handled razor (a rebranded Mühle Sophist) hold a Swedish Gillette blade did a fine job. Naturally enough, the bone handle is smooth, which some see as a significant problem, but really I had no difficult with it at all, despite my hands being wet throughout the shave.


Written by Leisureguy

3 October 2013 at 8:24 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Is the bakelite you used yesterday still available?

    Michael Napier

    3 October 2013 at 8:46 am

  2. That’s weird. I thought I replied yesterday, but apparently the comment didn’t take—perhaps my computer hung up before posting. (It does that sometimes.)

    This razor is no longer in production, but you might occasionally see one on eBay or in the B/S/T threads on forums or on Reddit’s /r/shave_bazaar. I had another of similar design, but with diamond-shaped alignment studs so that only blades from that manufacturer (now defunct) could be used, so I eventually sold it. That was a French razor, but I don’t know the origin of Eros razors.

    Hope this helps. Your best bet is a “favorite search” for “slant razor” on eBay in various countries (e.g., in Italy, France, Germany, and Spain as well as the US).


    3 October 2013 at 9:15 am

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