RazoRock German 37 slant with Tallow + Steel “Dark”
Tallow + Steel “Dark” once more, and a wonderful soap it is. The Plisson European Grey badger brush is an extremely nice brush for those who like to feel some texture: it has a coarse but not prickly feel on the face that is very nice, and it easily worked up a fine lather.
The RazoRock German 37 is a knockoff of the Merkur 37C slant, but the German 37 is a three-piece razor, and with a solid chromed brass handle the German 37 has more heft than the 37C: the 37C is 78g and the German 37 is 95g (both weights include blade). The 37C handle is 2.8″ long, the German 37 handle is 3.5″ long.
The benefit of the three-piece design is obvious: if you later want to get a different head (e.g., a different slant, such as the iKon X3 or 102 or the upcoming Maggard slant head), you can use the German 37 handle.
Int terms of shave it was efficient but (like the 37C) not quite so comfortable for me as some other slants. I will soon compare it to the 37C directly (side-by-side shave) and later to the Fine Superlite slant. The German 37 costs $10 less than the Fine Superlite ($20 for German 37, $30 for Fine Superlite—and around $40 for the Merkur 37C; the iKon X3 head is $35 and the iKon 102 head is $45).
I got one small nick on my upper lip in the XTG pass—probably bad blade angle—but no other problems and the result was an easy BBS.
For $20, this is quite a good slant. I will emphasize once more: use very light pressure when using a slant.
A dot of Esbjerg aftershave gel—a really nice aftershave balm—and the weekend gets underway.
In the next SOTD post I compare the German 37 and my Merkur 37G.