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A Fine slant with Henri et Victoria Cognac and Cuban Cigars

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SOTD 2016-07-26

Henri et Victoria Cognac and Cuban Cigars shaving soap is worth getting for the fragrance alone, but it does make a good lather. The fragrance, though, is even better: the best tobacco-oriented fragrance I have encountered in a shaving soap. Great stuff.

The brush is a Rod Neep one-off, and it is an excellent brush. If you’ve not browsed his site, take a look. He makes very cool shaving brushes. He’s located in the UK but he does ship to the US and Canada—and, I’m sure, to the EU as well.

I have now learned the Fine slant’s best angle, which for me has the handle a little farther from my face than I expected, so that I now unconsciously use that angle. With the right angle, this is a very smooth and very comfortable slant, and I had no problem at all—indeed, I had considerable pleasure—in arriving at a BBS result after three effortless passes. This really is a remarkable bargain, and is still just $30.

As I’ve noted before, light weight in a conventional razor is a minor drawback, since a conventional razor cuts with compressive force and thus head mass helps drive the cutting edge. And, of course, if the razor’s head is heavy, the handle also must be heavy to avoid a unbalanced feel. If you have a light head (as in the Dorco PL-602, a very comfortable and highly efficient plastic razor that’s well worth a try), you can supply the force yourself, without relying on the head mass, but certain a razor with a heavier head seems to cut more easily, and thus one has razors like the iKon S3S, whose head alone is 60g (and I use it with a 66g handle). For comparison, the entire PL-602 is 12g and the Fine slant is 16g.

But since a slant cuts quite easily, using a shearing force rather than a compressive force, head mass is not an issue, and so a lightweight slant not only works well, its lightness serves as a haptic reminder to use light pressure against the skin. Thus the Fine slant is indeed a fine slant.

And a splash of Alpa 378 finished the shave in fine style.  (Does anyone know the significance of the “378”? Floris No. 89 refers to the street address of the home store; Chanel No. 5 was the fifth perfume sample presented to Coco Chanel in 1921; 4711 was a house number. Any knowledge of 378?) UPDATE: Mystery solved: it is the house number.

At any rate, a very fine shave indeed.

Written by LeisureGuy

26 July 2016 at 9:32 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Loving that Fine slant as well once I got that angle dialed in. Question, does that soap smell like tobacco flowers a la Tabac? or is it a Cavendish tobacco aroma proper?


    26 July 2016 at 9:40 am

  2. The short answer is “neither.” The fragrance really is more like a cigar than a pipe tobacco, with the cognac making it a lighter fragrance than a pure cigar fragrance would be. I really like it, as you can tell. Worth at least a sample. The soap itself is good, but not so outstanding as is the fragrance. This is the sort of fragrance I find in Meißner Tremonia soaps: unusual, but extremely nice.


    26 July 2016 at 9:47 am

  3. I bought and have been using the Dorco after seeing it here and I must say it is one of the best razors I’ve ever used. It is impossible to get even a minor razor burn from it and face is BBS in less time than with any other razor. It is perhaps the most underrated shaving product ever. It feels mild like using a disposable and sometimes feels as if I forgot to put a blade in but its slightly more efficient than a EJ DE89/Merkur 34C.

    Chris Mo

    26 July 2016 at 12:36 pm

  4. The Dorco PL-602 really is a remarkably good razor, and I think extremely well designed—for example, the threads are larger than you would find in a metal razor, but in a plastic razor, large threads make sense: stronger and less likely to be damaged by cross-threading. (In the Fine slant, the threaded parts are metal inserts, so regular threading works quite well.)

    Now that you’ve found that a plastic razor can perform well, give the Fine slant a try sometime. 🙂


    26 July 2016 at 1:43 pm

  5. I have been using the Fine slant since June and I quite like it. Not as much as the Dorco though. The Dorco is a bliss. I could probably shave half asleep and still would get burn/irritation free close shave. For this reason, it can be a perfect razor for DE novices because even with their poor skills they still won’t get nicks or irritation. Extremely well designed as you said.

    Speaking of plastic, Merkur 45C is my all time favorite. Its a shame many people don’t even look at these 3 razors because they are made of plastic. They are missing out.

    Chris Mo

    26 July 2016 at 11:22 pm

  6. Mystery solved: 378 is the house number.


    9 August 2016 at 5:03 am

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