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Terrific shave with blade change

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SOTD 5 Mar 2015

Extremely nice shave with the British Gillette Aristocrat shown.

The Omega S-Series brush made a very fine lather from D.R. Harris Arlington shaving soap, and the razor is comfortable and efficient—though the first two passes were not doing a good job. The razor had a Bolzano blade of some considerable use, and I discarded and used a Shark Chrome (also previously used) for the final pass, which cleaned it up well. I should have replaced the Bolzano after the last shave, it seems.

Three passes, a very smooth final result, and a good splash of Arlington aftershave.

And today, La-Z-Boy is going to replace my broken seat cushion—at last. It took a little over 2 months, a little less than 2.5 months, to get it done, but the guy is due this morning. In my view, the cushion should not have broken in the first place, and the number of phone calls to get a response was WAY too high. I regret to say that La-Z-Boy is not the company it once was.

Written by LeisureGuy

5 March 2015 at 7:39 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

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  1. A cursory google is showing about $0.40 a blade for Bolzano. That’s certainly cheaper than cartridges, but more than feathers and other blades that are considered high end. Do these blades tend to last longer?

    Perhaps they are cheaper in Italy, or stores manly stock the native product there, or perhaps there are circles where they have the reputation of feathers.

  2. Because I have so many blades in rotation, it’s difficult for me to track the life of a blade. The simplest thing would be to buy one or two Bolzanos from Tryablade.com and see how long they last for you. (I suspect blade life, like so much in shaving, varies from one man to the next.) I got them because I was curious about how they would perform.

    LeisureGuy

    5 March 2015 at 8:05 am

  3. Very few, if any companies are what they once were. I needn’t bore you with the painful reasons.

    BIGCHRONO

    5 March 2015 at 8:21 am

  4. In fact, the guy who showed up to replace the seat cushion said, “They don’t make them like they used to.” 😦

    LeisureGuy

    5 March 2015 at 8:24 am

  5. Call me extravagant but I have started using a blade one time, the economics are still there? I have narrowed my blade selection down to Lab Blue, Astra, Gillette 7o’clock and Voskhod. Got rid of blades that fallen out favor yesterday, distributed them between my two sons, they use whatever I give them! I have been using the Omega S, as a result of a recent post, also the small Omega Boar. No complaints, certainly worth the price of admission.

    Mike

    5 March 2015 at 11:29 am

  6. Agree with Mike. I want every shave to be it’s best. That means a new blade!

    Larry Isaacs

    5 March 2015 at 4:25 pm

  7. I sometimes find blades are better on the second shave.

    Mark

    6 March 2015 at 4:30 am

  8. I’ve found that to be true as well—Sputnik was one such brand. The first shave wasn’t actually bad, but the second was much nicer. I believe that it’s due to the coating being abraded off the cutting edge, but don’t really know.

    LeisureGuy

    6 March 2015 at 6:27 am

  9. I can get two good shaves from some brands, but Shark and Derby are one and done.the others 2 and through.

    Larry

    6 March 2015 at 9:22 am


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