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A return, with delight, to the V2OC, with Pure2O shaving soap

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SOTD 2016-08-17

I bought Pure2O out of curiosity, as part of another order, and today I tried it with Mr Pomp. It’s perfectly adequate, but really I didn’t find much that sets it apart. This is the “Damn Fine Shave” version, and the fragrance was pleasant enough, the lather was good enough, but nothing really beyond that—at least for me.

In contrast, my Maggard V2 open-comb on their MR7 handle felt terrific: extremely smooth shaving, extremely comfortable, and highly efficient. This really is an excellent razor: all the shaving quality of the Parker 24C/26C but with standard threads and a much better handle.

In fact, shaving with the V2OC was such a delight that I thought at once of a post a read yesterday, which reveals just how much shaving is a YMMV thing: a guy posted that he had tried a number of highly recommended razors (V2OC, V3, V3A, and the RazoRock Old Type) and found that, for him, the Merkur 34C (“HD”) was better. And for me, in contrast, any of those is more comfortable and more efficient than the 34C. So it’s always important—in shaving and in just about everything else—to go by your own experience, since the experience of another is often an unreliable guide.

My experience today is that the V2OC is a wonderful razor: BBS is three passes, each pass being totally comfortable and a real pleasure.

A good splash of Bathhouse aftershave and the day is launched.

I was not getting any bids on my most recent razors, and it occurred to me that August is a time of (a) vacations and (b) back-to-school expenses. So I ended the auctions and will resume in September, and at that point I am going to start listing some of my better razors. I am taking a turn toward a more restrained set of shaving selections, so I’ll also be listing some soap selections: the big box o’ soaps. I have a new idea on how to do that: I’ll photograph the soaps that will go into the box so any buyer will know in advance the soaps the box contains. And just as with the razors, I’m going to be selling some of my more valued soaps—e.g., pre-reformulation Floris.

Written by LeisureGuy

17 August 2016 at 9:02 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

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  1. “So it’s always important—in shaving and in just about everything else—to go by your own experience, since the experience of another is often an unreliable guide.”

    It was funny to read this coming from the author of a shaving GUIDE… haha. But, I agree with your point and I do value your experience and opinion. I think the only time my experience didn’t match yours was JM Fraser cream – possibly a tub from their bad batch. That example is far overshadowed by my purchase of a bakelite slant on your recommendation, etc.


    17 August 2016 at 11:26 am

  2. Well, as you know from reading the Guide, it’s a point I repeatedly make: the absolutely central importance of experimentation is a YMMV activity like shaving. For each aspect of the shave, as you will recall, I discuss the range of options, their relative popularity as near as I can judge, the trade-offs, possible drawbacks, and some suggested experiments. As I write, “It’s very nice that your shaving routine fits you like a glove, not so nice that you have to make the glove yourself.”

    So it really is not odd at all that I should express this idea, since in the Guide it’s one of the major points.

    That white bakelite slant is wonderful. I still have one of the two I bought. I’ll have to bring it out—and that’s the curse of too many razors and why I’m going to continue to reduce the collection (but the white bakelite I’ll keep 🙂 ).


    17 August 2016 at 11:52 am

  3. Hello. I enjoy your blog.

    It would also be interesting and fun to know which shaving items you keep. Perhaps you can post groupings of these items in terms of county of manufacure or type (e.g. slant versus OC for razors, boar vs. badger for brushes or hard soaps vs. cremes or simply the rare and unusual.

    Louis Lipschultz

    17 August 2016 at 1:37 pm

  4. Interesting idea. I’ll think about it. FWIW, the soap is from Italy and the brush, Mr Pomp, is from a London vendor who’s no longer in business.


    17 August 2016 at 2:21 pm

  5. Yep, to be clear: it’s not odd that YOU specifically would say other’s experience is an unreliable guide… Just funny on the face of the statement from a generic point of view.

    I’ve always thought your advice was both efficient and legit: try this for a week, try that for a week, then try this again for a week… and decide for yourself.


    20 August 2016 at 1:38 pm

  6. It’s the adage of giving the hungry man a fish (“do this, do it that way, buy this one”) versus teaching the hungry man to fish (the Guide I wrote has this as its purpose). I think giving specific recommendations about what would be better found by direct experience is giving one a fish; giving specific recommendations about how to go about finding what works best and is most pleasing to him himself is teaching him how to fish.

    So if you make it a fish story, the irony is dissolved.


    20 August 2016 at 1:48 pm

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