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Hallows with Horse

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SOTD 31 Oct 2013

Another fine shave, eventually. But the lather was great. Today I used a Vie=Long horsehair shaving brush with the Barrister & Mann Hallows, and again I love this fragrance—but note that fragrances are very much YMMV.

Michael Napier in comments asked about the razor shown. It was listed on eBay, and he was wondering whether it was the Eros Slant, and we jointly decided that it was not, but I decided to try the razor anyway: research. Bad news: it’s not only not a slant, it’s not even a very good razor. I tried it this morning with an Astra Superior Platinum blade, and it just doesn’t do a good job. After the third pass, ATG, I lathered up and did another ATG pass, this time with the bakelite slant, which did clean up the remaining stubble. This one is not recommended. In addition to the poor shaving quality, the handle is very small diameter and super slippery. I normally have no problem with a smooth-handled razor, but somehow this one is extra slippery. The razor (sans blade, which I’ll use in another razor later) now lies in the bathroom trash.

And, speaking of fragrances being YMMV, I just received my Ogallala Bay Rum + Sandalwood aftershave and I love the fragrance, which was highly praised on WE. The Wife, OTOH, hates it, so I expect I’ll wear it only on days that she commutes to her job. (She works mostly from home.)

Ultimately a BBS shave, and the Hallows soap performed well. You see it above in its new home.

Written by Leisureguy

31 October 2013 at 7:53 am

Posted in Shaving

5 Responses

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  1. The “Slant Stroke” razor. The bane of anyone looking on eBay for slant razors. Not a slant at all, so I can’t imagine why it’s called that. Maybe because the razor bows the blade some, so it’s technically on the face at a slant.


    Matt Smith (@middlesmith)

    31 October 2013 at 9:03 am

  2. I’m glad we agreed it was not what I was interested in but sorry I put you on the trail of a bad razor.


    Michael Napier

    31 October 2013 at 9:22 am

  3. No problem at all. Because I have generally purchased good razors, and those are what I use daily, I had sort of lost track of what a bad razor was like. This one didn’t cut me or do any damage—not even much damage to the stubble—and it was an interesting experience to come across such a poor razor. Wonder why the manufacturer even bothered. I mean, if you’re going to go to all the trouble of making a razor—building molds and so on—why not make a good one?

    At any rate, you were wise to draw back.



    31 October 2013 at 9:29 am

  4. I will keep an eye out for a Eros, if you happen to see one let me know.


    Michael Napier

    1 November 2013 at 10:02 am

  5. I will, but also put some “favorite searches” in place on various eBay sites. That’s how I finally found and bought my Apollo Mikron—and it was on the German eBay.



    1 November 2013 at 10:12 am

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