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Perfect result, but razor feels somewhat harsh

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SOTD 16 Mar 2015

I really like Soap Commander Rose—and note that it’s a vegan soap. It lathers quite well and the rose fragrance is not faint. (I like fragrances I can easily smell.) I just sent some soaps and creams to a WEdger to share with novices, and I included a TOBS grapefruit and Tiki Spice Islands. He commented that he had avoid fruit fragrances because they sounded unappealing, but he loved those two. So again: do not decide based on expectations since they are so frequently contradicted by experience.

The brush is an H.L. Thäter that I like a lot. Lather was a little sparse on the third pass, but I think I simply stopped loading too soon and had too little water in the loading process.

I got a perfect BBS result with the Above the Tie S2 on the UFO handle, but the S2 continues to feel somewhat harsh. (I had the same thing with the R baseplates: R1, like the S1, was perfect; R2, like the S2, felt harsh. No nicks from either, but no pleasure, either.) Moral: be sure to test and exchange if it doesn’t work. I should explicitly state: the R2 and the S2 are perfect for some other men. The Above the Tie baseplates seem to be tuned to a narrow range, which is why they offer 6 different baseplates in regular razors (M1, M2, R1, R2, H1, H2, 1 = bar guard, 2 = open comb) and 2 in slants (S1, S2). Once you find the baseplate right for you, you’re golden.

Three passes, BBS result, and a good splash of Saint Charles Shave’s Savory Rose.

Written by Leisureguy

16 March 2015 at 9:17 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Soap Commander’s shave soaps were the sleeper surprise for me last year. Excellent performance, scents with lots of shea butter leaves my face well moisturized. “Love’ is supposed to emulate the scent of the no longer manufactured Klar Kabinett, IMO, it’s a better shave soap.


    Bob Drake

    23 March 2015 at 4:41 am

  2. Interesting. I had not realized the Klar Kabinett connection, but I agree: Soap Commander is a better shaving soap—but also quite a bit more expensive. 🙂



    23 March 2015 at 8:18 am

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