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Fitjar Såpekokeri, Kent BK4, and an old Gillette

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SOTD 3 March 2015

The G.B. Kent BK4 really is a marvelous brush: big, puffy, soft knot that generates lather easily, holds a ton, and feels great on the face. The Fitjar Såpekokeri I have not used for a long time—and in fact the soap is no longer made due to various regulatory updates in the EU: for a small artisanal operation the new requirements were too much. But it was (and is) a nice soap. I have not used it for so long the puck quite visibly shrunk, due to water evaporating from it I imagine. And when I first started to lather the puck seemed to suck up a LOT of water before anything happened in the way of lather. But pretty quickly it seemed to wake up and I got a fine lather with the distinctive fragrance—which I cannot attempt to describe—that I associate with this soap.

The old Gillette (an old Aristocrat? Gillette used that name a lot.) I loaded with a SuperMax Titanium and set to work. It’s a very efficient razor, but also—and I now recall why it went to storage—not very comfortable; in fact, it’s downright uncomfortable. No nicks, fine result, but diminished pleasure in the shave. I fear it goes back into storage. Anyone know the model?

A splash of Annik Goutal’s Eau de Sud, and we begin a new day: the day that we set a new precedent: for the first time, thanks to an invitation from the Speaker of the House, a foreign head of state will address Congress to criticize the foreign policy of the sitting US President. This is quite an innovation, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out int he future.

Written by LeisureGuy

3 March 2015 at 8:58 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Your less-than-wonderful razor is the Gilette “New Improved” manufactuerd between 1921 and 1929. It was succeeded by the “NEW,” which is a world apart.


    3 March 2015 at 9:13 am

  2. I’ll say! The NEW is very efficient but also very comfortable. The men of the time must have been delighted with it. Back into the box for this guy.


    3 March 2015 at 9:18 am

  3. Based on your review, I used my NEW this morning. It is a truly wonderful razor. You often recommend a slant as a beginner’s second razor. I believe the NEW is also an excellent choice. Its slightly aggressive nature really helps refine a beginner’s technique. The open comb Parker (26C) May be the modern equivalent.


    3 March 2015 at 11:42 am

  4. I agree: when I tried them side by side, the Parker 24C and the NEW (either long-toothed or short-toothed) felt and performed very much the same: very efficient and also very comfortable. The NEW would be a good choice indeed, particularly if you find one in good shape for less than the $29 the 24C costs.

    And, let me say, the Gillette Tech with a Feather blade is (for me) also very comfortable and very efficient. And those are even easier to find, though I prefer the fat handle rather than the ball-end, and the fat handles are somewhat more difficult to discover.


    3 March 2015 at 12:05 pm

  5. The Tech with a very sharp blade is an underrated razor. Because you can start with a less scary blade, find them very reasonably priced and get outstanding shaves, I believe the Tech is the best beginner razor. Plus, having a razor that was made in the same quarter of the year I was born, makes me smile every time I use it.


    3 March 2015 at 5:43 pm

  6. I didn’t find the New Improved to be a comfortable shave either. Much prefer the New. Shame they have stopped making that soap.


    4 March 2015 at 11:53 pm

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