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Col. Conk and Plisson: The movie

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SOTD 28 Mar 2015

This morning I responded to a request from IllegalMonk on Wicked Edge, to show how I make lather from Col. Conk Shaving soap using the Plisson synthetic brush.

My tap water is pretty soft, so it’s really no problem. And though Col. Conk is not a favorite shaving soap, it’s not because its lather is especially bad, it’s just that it’s not a very interesting soap. The brush loaded quickly, and I shaved using the Parker 24C head on a Stealth handle. Unfortunately, the Parker’s threading is nonstandard, and I had difficulty tightening the handle. The result was that the head went from being very comfortable to being uncomfortable—even somewhat harsh. After the shave (two small nicks on upper lip from the XTG pass), I reverted back to the regular handle, which makes the razor again very comfortable. Too bad.

A splash of Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet finished the shave, and here’s the lathering process. I did no timing, but you’ll notice that the loading once again took 10 seconds—maybe 11.

Written by LeisureGuy

28 March 2015 at 12:40 pm

Posted in Shaving

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  1. You are through shaving before I start lathering. I hope my wife never sees your video.


    28 March 2015 at 4:35 pm

  2. A Plisson handle for the razor?


    28 March 2015 at 5:31 pm

  3. Slip of the mind. Corrected. Thanks.


    28 March 2015 at 5:34 pm

  4. long strokes, rather than short? Do you find that better?


    29 March 2015 at 3:51 am

  5. A couple of notes:

    First, I found that my strokes gradually—very gradually—lengthened as I learned the contours of my face. Just as working out a passage on (say) violin or piano, one may at first have to go very slowly, note by note, to learn the sequence. But after the pattern is mastered, the passage can be played at speed and with expression. So at first I had to go slowly and think about how to move the handle to keep a good angle, and that’s easiest with short strokes. However, once I learned the sequence of moves, I could take longer strokes—and that’s probably why my shaves don’t take so much time now as they did at first. But it took several years to get the moves down, so don’t rush it. It will happen gradually on its own if you pay attention and take your time. Start with short strokes.

    Second, I have a familial tremor, a not uncommon condition. It’s one reason that straight razors are of little interest to me. (The other is the price of the razors, strops, and honing stones, plus all the new skills I would have to learn.) All my family members develop the slight tremor as they age, but so far it’s not presented a problem. But you can see it.


    29 March 2015 at 4:08 am

  6. thanks for the quick reply. it’s interesting that I have gone the other way, strokes getting shorter these past few months after many years using longer ones. I guess that’s what makes shaving so great; unique to each one of us.

    P.S. always enjoy the posts


    29 March 2015 at 4:22 am

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