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Very nice shave with very good soap

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SOTD 19 Nov 2014

A very fine shave today. I do like Strop Shoppe shaving soaps a lot, and not simply because she (unlike most artisan soapmakers) actually sell full tubs of the soap rather than tubs that are half empty. Wasted space becomes an issue when you happen to own a lot of soaps, and the reason for using tubs that are too large for the amount of soap to be sold is unclear to me, except that it looks as though you’re getting more soap than in fact is delivered. As I’ve mentioned, the fine English shaving soap makers (Truefitt & Hill, Trumper, TOBS, D.R. Harris, et al.) all sell containers (wooden tubs, typically) in which the soap comes up to the brim of the container.

So does Strop Shoppe—and the soap in the container is also superb: very easy to lather, very protective, slick, and thick. I used the Simpson Emperor 2 Super shaving brush.

Then an easy 3-pass shave with the Gillette President—it looks extra-spiffy because it is rhodium plated rather than nickel plated, something I did a few years back. The shave was super nice, and I checked to see whether I was using one of my last remaining Astra Keramik Platinum blades, but in fact it was an Astra Superior Platinum.

A good splash of Paul Sebastian, and the day is launched.

Written by LeisureGuy

19 November 2014 at 9:04 am

Posted in Shaving

3 Responses

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  1. what happened yesterday…no post????????????????


    19 November 2014 at 7:18 pm

  2. Maybe the thought is that some extra room in the tub makes loading easier. I don’t know… Just speculating. I suppose too much room would make it harder though.

    Brian Trepka

    19 November 2014 at 7:35 pm

  3. @Ron: I guess I simply forgot. I’ll put it up today. Sorry.

    @Brian: I don’t find the Strop Shoppe soap, which fills its container, hard to load at all. I think it’s to create the impression that you are getting more soap than you in fact are.


    20 November 2014 at 6:03 am

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