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i Coloniali and the Walbusch

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SOtD 30 Mar 2015

Not so good a shave, though the aftershave is surprisingly good—it has a very interesting note in the fragrance.

The Kent BK4 is a terrific brush. My error was in forgetting how very thirsty i Coloniali’s soap is. I should have added some driblets of water as I loaded the brush. Thus the lather was somewhat subpar, but totally my own fault.

Then the Walbusch vintage plastic slant, normally superb, had a blade that, after finishing the first pass, just seemed too dull. So I removed it (a Personna Lab Blue) and replaced it with a Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge. Whether my error, the dull blade, the new blade, or the contrast, I managed to get two nicks. Neither was serious, but this is normally a nick-free razor. Again, I chalk it up to operator error, and I am thankful that I have My Nik Is Sealed on hand: great stuff and highly effective.

A splash of the aftershave which I discovered lurking at the back of one of the lower shelves, so it’s not been used for a while, and I did like it for the interesting fragrance. I’ll probably be using it more often.

Still, I look forward even more to tomorrow’s shave. Learning through experience is what it’s all about.

Written by LeisureGuy

30 March 2015 at 8:55 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

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  1. How does the BLK4 compare to the WSP Monarch High Mountain White?

    Detail Man

    30 March 2015 at 10:07 am

  2. Pretty similar, as I recall. I’m not sure the Monarch I have is the HMW, though. Both are quite good, though the BK4 is probably better as a gift because of the presentation (the cylindrical red leatherette box).


    30 March 2015 at 10:11 am

  3. Following up on my problem with the Sweet Gale – I watched your video, used the same brush you used with MWF and had no problems. I believe I may have been relying too much on the scuttle. The scuttle is something I have never been quite sure of its value. After reading your book I got the GP Scuttle, I like the concept and it looks great on the counter but I never have been quite certain of the value? Also, I have gotten hooked on Phoenix Artisan and before that HTGAM, to me very easy to lather. Going forward I am going to use the scuttle to soak the brush during my shower then use use the puck and brush to work up a lather working on a little more flexibility in my routine.


    30 March 2015 at 4:19 pm

  4. The scuttle was originally intended to keep the brush warm, not for use as a lathering bowl. As my shaves took less time, I had less need for a way to keep the brush warm: it stayed warm enough for the duration of the shave (5 minutes), and I am always interested in eliminating steps. And sinc I lather on my face, a lathering bowl is unnecessary.


    30 March 2015 at 5:20 pm

  5. Brass is really an ideal razor material. Even unplated it will go on for ages. Why then do few modern razors employ a brass head? K.C. Gillette made them many decades ago. Brass is fully molten at 1100 C, Iron takes another 500 degrees C, so temperature is not an issue. I believe Gillette had a secret brass alloy, I have no evidence of this,( it is speculative).


    31 March 2015 at 3:42 am

  6. I also wonder at the lack of brass razor heads. We do have examples of brass handles, and the Fatip is, it’s said, made of brass. I suggested to Edwin Jagger that they make a premium line of razors with brass heads, but I suppose they doing well with the Zamak products.


    31 March 2015 at 7:07 am

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