A reprise shave, testing conclusions
I had a couple of things I wanted to test. On last using the Dead Sea shaving soap, it seemed to me that it requires very little water—using my regular amount thinned the lather. So I returned to it today and used a brush that was just damp: after soaking the Omega boar shown, I warmed it up under the hot-water tap, then gave it two strong shakes.
Loading was easy, and I even added a tiny amount of water (the Omega knot is large, and wanted to work the soap up into the knot). It was about 1/4 tsp: not very much at all. But it did the trick, and the lather was quite good this time. So that confirmed the impression I had, that Dead Sea requires very little water—which makes sense, I guess: the actual Dead Sea gets very little water.
The other test was my assumption that yesterday’s shave—slightly harsh, with two inexplicable nicks—was because the blade had been used for one shave too many. I put in a new blade and today the shave was excellent: very smooth and comfortable with no harshness (and no nicks) at all. And the final result was smoother. Some men say that they can get 150 shaves from a blade. I am not one of those men.
A good splash of Chiseled Face Summer Storm aftershave, and the petrichor fragrance was quite noticeable.