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Great shave to end the week: R&B Commemorative brush and the Gillette NEW

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SOTD 6 Nov 2015

An extremely good shave today. The R&B Commemorative brush from is a wonderful boar brush, with an incredibly soft knot. It does, however, seem to require a bit more loading that some of my other boar brushes—perhaps 10 seconds longer (i.e., twice the time). But once it’s fully loaded, it’s a terrific brush.

The soap is Meißner Tremonia’s Lavender de Lux, and it has the strength of fragrance that Meißner Tremonia seems to favor, and a very nice fragrance it is, too.

The razor is the head of a short-toothed Gillette NEW on a UFO handle, and it did a wonderful job: three easy passes to a trouble-free BBS result.

A good splash of Lavanda, and the day is launched.

Sharpologist has a very interesting detailed review of a new single-edge razor, the OneBlade. The OneBlade is well-named: the razor can use only one make and model of blade, one made by Feather, so there’s not a range of blades, a drawback in the event that Feather discontinues that blade or blade quality drops: in effect, OneBlade has put all their blade eggs in one basket.

I also find that with single-edge razors I have to rinse the razor twice as often as I do with DE razors (no surprise). But clearly the razor has its virtues and attractions (though the $300 price, coupled with the requirement for special blades, is an effective bar to my entry), and the article is worth reading.

I wrote in the current edition Guide a suggestion that razor makers design a razor that functions as an acoustic amplifier so that the cutting sound becomes more audible. The OneBlade seems to have done that in a clever way. From Bob’s comment:

I was very aware of (and pleased with) the OneBlade’s very loud feedback. I suspect that it’s due to the handle being a flat piece of steel rather than a solid steel rod.

I hadn’t considered that the amplifier could be the handle rather than the head. I overlooked the sound conductivity of the metal of the razor.

Written by LeisureGuy

6 November 2015 at 9:00 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I don’t notice it as much any more, but when I started DE shaving, I was a bit alarmed at the noise my ’50’s Super Speed made as I shaved. At the time, I attributed it in part to the handle. If I recall correctly, it has an open bottom.

    Brian Trepka

    6 November 2015 at 9:35 am

  2. I’ll have to try one of mine and pay attention to the sound. The Futur, Vision, and Progress seem to have good acoustics.


    6 November 2015 at 9:46 am

  3. Hi, I am really enjoying reading your posts. I am new to safety razor shaving. If you can please tell me what the benefit is of having amplified noise from the shaver? Many thanks


    6 November 2015 at 3:12 pm

  4. That sound in the auditory context is what fragrance is in the olfactory context. There’s no particular reason a shaving soap must have a fragrance, at least not in terms of effectiveness at softening stubble—which makes you realize that the lather’s job is not merely to soften the stubble, but also to feel good and to smell good. The fragrance simply adds something to the pleasure of the shave—and that’s what the small cutting sound does in the auditory sphere: it’s a mesmerizing sound and because it’s faint, we automatically listen more closely (analogous, in a way, to the appeal of the sound of the clavichord: quiet, clear sounds in an intimate, quiet setting: much the same either way).

    So designing a razor that makes those sounds more distinct, easier to hear: that would be very nice, especially since it requires no moving parts—the part that must move (to generate the sound: the blade’s edge) is moving, but no other moving parts. The amplification is by some sort of soundbox (what I was thinking off) or some sort of sounding board (the OneBlade approach). And the amplified sound, which in effect is a magnifying glass for the ear, lets you hear more of the nuances of cutting.

    Or so it seems to me.


    6 November 2015 at 3:43 pm

  5. The Standard razor is “noisy”, but the handle is solid.


    7 November 2015 at 10:32 am

  6. Yes, the Standard mainly relies on head design for acoustic amplification. Indeed, I know of no other razors that have taken the approach of the OneBlade, in using a sounding board.


    7 November 2015 at 11:27 am

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