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