A Fine slant with Henri et Victoria Cognac and Cuban Cigars
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.