Comparing prototype and production X3, with Exotic Elemi and a cute brush
I like the little silvertip brush from Whipped Dog, with its Firehouse ceramic base. (Firehouse is the maker’s name.) And it’s a great little brush: the lather from Meißner Tremonia’s Exotic Elemi was wonderful and the fragrance very definitely a strong “wood” note, although it certainly was not a familiar wood. (Elemi is a tree native to the Philippines.)
I used the prototype X3 (thinner UFO handle) and the production X3 (thicker UFO handle) on alternate sides of my face. I could detect no noticeable difference. They both are really razors at the top rank of comfort and efficiency, and they are made of cast aluminum alloy and so should last for decades. The head will fit comfortably on an Edwin Jagger handle, for instance, since the X3 head is just 1g heavier than the EJ head, and at $30-$35 for the head the X3 is a bargain IMO. I highly recommend it if you can bring yourself to use extremely light pressure despite the great comfort of the head. (Some fear that the comfort and lack of blade feel means that the X3 is not cutting and make the mistake of increasing the pressure, but in fact the X3 cuts quite efficiently with very light pressure.)
A good splash of Anthony Gold’s Red Cedar aftershave on the BBS starts the week off right.