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Some old favorites back again: white bakelite slant, Omega Mixed Midget, and Booster Aquarius

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SOTD 5 Sept 2015

Fantastically good shave today. I picked out the Omega Mixed Midget (badger and boar mix) because of a mention on Wicked Edge, and I really should be using the little guy more regularly. As I loaded the brush, it also occurred to me as the amount of soap remaining dwindles (this is the tenth shave with a small sample), I probably should move to smaller and smaller brushes. Perhaps I’ll use the Wee Scot on Monday.

The lather was fine, and I set to work with the Merkur white bakelite slant, which I imagine was made in the 1930’s. I think this is the best slant I own, in terms of performance. Absolutely stellar. When they were still available—Italian Barber had found a stash of them in some European warehouse—I was urging everyone to get one. The razor is totally comfortable and smooth in action, and (generally speaking) it will not nick, and yet it produces a BBS result with ease: three passes, BBS everywhere.

Booster is an inexpensive but quite nice aftershave, and Aquarius is a favorite.

What a great way to start the weekend!

Written by LeisureGuy

5 September 2015 at 10:27 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Who manufactured those slants ?

    Larry

    5 September 2015 at 10:46 am

  2. Merkur made the white bakelite slant, but that was decades ago. I sure wish they would make them again.

    LeisureGuy

    5 September 2015 at 10:56 am

  3. If ever an object looked amenable to 3D printing it’s that razor. Are there any metal parts (besides the blade)?

    Larry

    5 September 2015 at 11:55 am

  4. Yes, the threaded parts are metal: the threaded stud from the cap is metal, and it fits into a metal tapped receiver in the handle. It’s extremely well made.

    Several, I think, have attempted to 3-D print a copy, but no one has succeeded to date. The RazoRock Stealth’s design was derived from this razor. I had three. I sent one to my son, and I gave on to Tradere which at the time intended to make a slant. That one I regret giving away: they did nothing with it, so far as I could tell, and the razor is now pretty much unobtainable.

    LeisureGuy

    5 September 2015 at 12:05 pm


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