Bufflehead soap, Kent BK4, iKon X3, and a nasty cut
A really great shave except—well, we’ll get into that. Greatness first, is my motto.
The Kent BK4 is a terrific brush, and it comes in a cylindrical red leatherette box with gold edgings that makes a great presentation for a gift. The silvertip brush is soft and effective and this morning made a wonderful lather from a sample of Bufflehead’s Fifth Season shaving soap that a kind reader sent to me. It’s in the small container, and I took some of it out and pressed it into the bottom of the bowl shown to simplifying loading the brush.
The loading was easy and the fragrance was extremely nice, though I couldn’t quite place it. It in fact did not have a “summer” smell, or “spring” or “fall” or “winter,” so by default it is indeed a fifth seasonal smell.
With a pleasant and effective prep, the shave was easy. This is the prototype X3, though I don’t really note any difference from the production X3, and the resulting shave left my face BBS.
I used a little of the Speick EDT (sprayed into the palm of my hand) as the aftershave, since it has a more enduring fragrance: very pleasant indeed. As I noted earlier, I was surprised to learn that Speick is a flower, not a person.
The cut: you’ll notice that the razor is in the bowl. In my Guide, I failed to state that one should pick up a razor by the handle, not the head, but if I ever produce another edition (very unlikely), I’ll certainly add that advice. I picked up the razor by the head, intending to hold it by the guard, but instead held it by the edge of the blade, which is too thin for a good grip, so the blade slid along my left thumb. My! did it bleed. Two bandages later, all is under control. I doubt that I was in any danger of bleeding out, by the sleeve of my pyjamas had several big blood drops on it. A quick rinse in cold water (hot water will set blood so that it’s difficult to remove) and then a little rinse in ammonia (which removes bloodstains effectively), and the pyjamas are now in better shape than my thumb.
A lesson learned the hard way: “Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.” – B. Franklin
A second lesson: it’s possible to shave pretty well one-handed if it’s your dominant hand, including pre-shave beard wash, rinsing, etc.