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BBS with my other bakelite slant

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SOTD 5 Oct 2013 is sort of a featured vendor today: that the Vintage Blades private label silvertip badger brush and shaving soap. “Private label” is a bit of a misnomer: neither product carries a label, but that’s where they’re from, and they’re both quite good. An immediate good lather from the shaving soap (light lavender fragrance, I’d say), and then three smooth passes of the Bakelite slant (the Merkur rather than the Eros) hold a Personna Lab Blue blade. A good splash of Annik Goutal and I’m set for the day.

It’s a big day, too. A friend’s daughter is having una fiesta quinceañria today, and The Wife and I are attending. It’s my first time at one, and I’m looking forward to it. ,

Written by Leisureguy

5 October 2013 at 9:30 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

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  1. Still fascinated with Eros Bakelite and there is one on Ebay. I’m a little concerned that it doesn’t have any heft, is that legitimate. What is the production timeline on the razor, maybe the history would put me over the edge. Enjoy the fiesta!


    Michael Napier

    5 October 2013 at 2:40 pm

  2. It does lack heft, which in practice turns out to be an advantage with a slant: Because its weight is very light (~17 g), the pressure of the razor is totally under the shaver’s control: no “weight of the razor” to muddy the situation. There’s exactly as much pressure as you apply. (Someone recently was having some difficulty with the iKon slant, a very hefty razor, and I think it was because he was using the weight of the razor, which was too much: with that razor, you need to lighten it up somewhat.)

    I admit, my first shave with the bakelite slant left me with the impression that the razor was “too light,” but as I continued to use it, I discovered that the lightness is a boon.

    I know nothing of he production history of either the Eros or the Merkur bakelite slants. I’ve read that they are from the ’30s, and I’ve seen that in writing. (Search on “eros bakelite razor”.)



    5 October 2013 at 6:33 pm

  3. Hi there, Yes it was using the weight that was the issue. Used a Derby blade (instead of Feather) this time and held much closer to head of iKon to control the wieght and I had a great week of shaves. Going to try a Sputnik blade next week.



    6 October 2013 at 11:11 am

  4. I really like Sputnik blades, as much for the package as the blade. 🙂 That was one that made me thinking of collecting razor wrappers: one could easily keep them in those sheet protectors.

    Good news on taming the iKon slant. As you continue to use it, I would bet you learn (at an unconscious level) the amount of pressure to use and will adjust for that automatically.



    6 October 2013 at 11:14 am

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