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Perfect smoothness once more: the Shavecraft #102

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SOTD 29 Nov 2014

Extremely good shave today. I got a good lather with the Omega 20102, starting with a drying brush and adding small amounts of water as I loaded the brush. The gap between soap and brim in this tin of Barrister & Mann Dickens is not large—about 3/8″—and it did help in loading the brush. The lather was, however, somewhat diminished by the third pass, though I still had enough. I want to try this soap with a badger brush and see whether I get a more durable lather.

The Shavecraft #102 with a Personna Lab Blue blade of several uses did a really fine job, easy, smooth, and comfortable. I deliberately picked the #102 to follow yesterday’s shave with the Stealth to compare again the two slants. So far as I can see, it’s a toss-up: they are both in the top tier. I think the #102 would work even for a novice DE shaver, and I hope one will give it a go and report back.

Three passes, BBS, no nicks, and I’ve not had a razor burn for years. A good splash of TOBS Sandalwood aftershave, and today I cook a tri tip roast sous vide. Time recommendations are all over the place. I’m going for 3-4 hours.

UPDATE: A new post at Wicked_Edge comparing the Stealth and the #102.


Written by LeisureGuy

29 November 2014 at 10:18 am

Posted in Shaving

4 Responses

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  1. Would you comment on using a slant as a daily razor as opposed to rotating razors. I rotate soaps,brushes but feel I want to use one razor although I have several including my 37c. Hope you enjoyed the holiday,how was the roast???


    29 November 2014 at 10:31 am

  2. I won’t put the roast in until around 2:00, but I’ll certainly blog the result.

    I think I would probably use a slant as my daily razor if I were to cut back to one razor, but rather than the 37C I’d go with the Stealth or the #102, both of which seem a bit gentler on my skin. So long as you have found a good brand of blade, use light pressure, and do good prep, there’s no reason not to use a slant daily (at least for most: there are always exceptions, and some men find that they cannot use a slant at all). The Hoffritz was a rebranded Merkur slant and in its day was (I’m sure) the daily razor for many.


    29 November 2014 at 10:44 am

  3. Seems like the Lab Blue is your blade of choice for a slant. Are there any particular blade traits that work especially well in a slant?

    Brian Trepka

    29 November 2014 at 8:57 pm

  4. I don’t know of any. I just tried several different brands of my “best blades,” and the Lab Blues worked best for me (YMMV) in the iKon stainless and DLC slants, so I gradually adopted the same brand for other slants. But your best brand may be something quite different.


    29 November 2014 at 9:01 pm

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