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Comparing prototype and production X3, with Exotic Elemi and a cute brush

with 4 comments

SOTD 2016-08-08

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.

Written by LeisureGuy

8 August 2016 at 10:50 am

Posted in Shaving

4 Responses

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  1. After some thought, and coupled with the fact that I have an Ikon 102 slant, I finally gave in a bought an X3 as a birthday present for myself. I got it from Connaught Shaving in the UK. Great vendor – terrific service.

    The X3 was a “second” and slightly cheaper. Looks perfectly OK to me.

    First shave – a little slow and careful, but no problem. Today for the second shave no thought of the razor, just the prep and the shave. Verdict. Very COMFORTABLE and EFFICIENT. Top razor.


    8 August 2016 at 6:14 pm

  2. I agree wholeheartedly. Amazingly good razor.


    8 August 2016 at 7:19 pm

  3. Ok point taken, now changed my view of the X3, strangest thing got a pack of Derby Extra free with some shaving products, discounted these blades some years ago but tried them in the X3. It may be these blades or a better angle but very nice and comfortable shave, I can feel more blade exploration coming on!

    Tony The Blade

    8 August 2016 at 11:18 pm

  4. @ChrisR: I just had a thought. Stick with the X3 for a month, then try the 102 again. It may be that after the layoff and the experience with the X3 the 102 will work better. If you do try the 102 again after a layoff, I’ll be interested to hear the results.

    @Tony: Yeah, I highly recommend some renewed blade exploration with any new razor. In fact, it’s one of the three pointers I blogged a while back.


    9 August 2016 at 4:18 am

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