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BBS with a Schick Injector, and solution to a high-school-era problem

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SOTD 6 Mar 2015

Do we ever really get over high school?

This morning I brought out the same model of Schick Injector that my step-father switched to (and thus so did I: I used his razor) when I was a junior in high school some years back (mid-1950’s). I chronically got nicks with it, and when I shaved this morning I immediately saw why: I was using a terrible blade angle, scraping the blade across my face. As with the GEMs, the top of the razor should be pretty well flat to the skin, but I had it at a relatively steep angle, which would be expected to produce a lot of nicks—and it did, Lordy, it did.

And my prep wasn’t all that good, either: very hard water. This morning’s prep was excellent. I should have given the brush one more shake—it’s a big knot, that Plisson Chinese grey, and it holds a lot of water—but I persisted, letting some water fall away, and got quite a nice lather from the (pre-reformulation) Floris No. 89 shaving soap.

Three passes with the Schick holding a Ted Pella Teflon-coated blade—I have some actual Schick Injector blades I’ll have to dig out—and the result was unmistakeably BBS. (I know my step-father got great shaves from it, but he never told me about the correct angle, and I imagine he didn’t even think about it—we just shaved and whatever happened, happened.)

A good splash of Floris No. 89 aftershave, and I got a good hit of the extremely nice fragrance, and things are moving along.

The only complaint about the razor is the common problem of single-edged razors: limited lather capacity, and since the Injector head is not very deep, this holds even less lather than the GEM: too much rinsing required. Still, it turns out to be a good razor if you get the angle right. I suppose that’s true of many razors.

Edit: This strikes me as one of those “I wish I could go back in time” things; “Bill [the name I used in high school], I’m from the far future, the year 2015, and I’ve traveled back in time to show you the correct blade angle for the Schick Injector.” That sort of thing

Edit 2: Corrected typo in title. URL still has the typo.

Written by LeisureGuy

6 March 2015 at 8:48 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Speaking of angle, I just ordered the Dbl OC from Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements. I recall you using the razor a while ago, what’s your take on the angle/technique with the razor? I can’t seem to get away from a Merkur Slant but was intrigued by this one.


    6 March 2015 at 11:42 am

  2. Shallow angle: keep more of the cap touching the skin that with some other razors (no problem, since the open-comb cap glides easily). And, of course: With any new razor it will be necessary to do some renewed blade exploration: a brand that best in one razor may not be best (or even good) in another.

    I’ll be interested in hearing your impressions after a few shaves. I’ll use mine again soon. Tomorrow, though, is another Schick Injector shave—an adjustable this time—using Schick brand blades.


    6 March 2015 at 12:35 pm

  3. Thank you, I will let you know. The Injector reminds me of my teens too!


    6 March 2015 at 12:53 pm

  4. I got the Pheonix double open comb a few weeks ago. Not impressed with it although the build is extremely good. It’s not comfortable enough for my taste, nothing to do with aggression or blade type, just personal opinion. I think that overall I prefer razors that don’t have an open comb, after using an old Gillette OC that I bought some years ago. So in conclusion well made razor with a good concept leaving soap behind to improve the buffing strokes but I’ll leave all OC razors to others, as you say YMMV, but I’ll be moving this on.

    Tony The Blade

    7 March 2015 at 1:06 am

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