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A day for slants: Tcheon Fung Sing and the Phoenix slant, with others released

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SOTD 2016-09-05

Two new slants went up for sale this morning, both at $20: the Maggard Razors slant and the Phoenix Artisan slant (in black or white). The Maggard slant is sold unbundled, so the $20 is only for the head—if you don’t have a handle, that would be an additional $14-$19. The Phoenix slant comes with a handle—and since it is a three-piece razor, you can use a different handle if you wish.

I’ve ordered the Maggard slant (and I have plenty of handles) and also a black Phoenix slant. (The Phoenix slant in the photo is a prototype.)

There are a few themes in today’s shave: a Phoenix Artisan theme (razor and aftershave), an Italian theme (the RazoRock brush and Tcheon Fung Sing, an Italian artisanal soap), and a tobacco theme (the soap and the aftershave, though the soap’s fragrance is of the flower and the aftershave’s is of the cured leaf).

I have developed a habit of palm-lathering Tcheon Fung Sing soap. Face-lathering works, but I seem to get a creamier result in palm lathering, probably because I work more water into the lather.

The Phoenix slant prototype is quite good: based on a Fasan design, it’s both very comfortable and very efficient. I got a BBS result without even trying, and then a good splash of Cavendish aftershave made a great finish. This aftershave endures better through the day than many: not strong, but present.

Exciting times for slant lovers.


Written by LeisureGuy

5 September 2016 at 10:46 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Just ordered a White Bakelite, thank you for the heads up. I Googled Bakelite and found a lot of info but nothing on razors. So you know when it was first used for razors?


    5 September 2016 at 11:16 am

  2. I don’t. Bakelite was invented in 1907 (patent issued in 1909), and in the 1920s it became enormously popular, with many Art Deco pieces made from bakelite. I think the bakelite razors probably date from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s.

    In comparing my vintage Bakelite slant with the Phoenix Bakelite slant, the Phoenix is much more polished. The somewhat duller finish of the vintage slant might be due to aging—and/or improvements have been made in Bakelite over the past 80 years.

    See also this NPR podcast. (Perhaps that should be “Hear also.”)


    5 September 2016 at 11:34 am

  3. True, that Bakelite deteriorates over time, accounting for the difference in texture between old and new. It was famous for becoming brittle with age, and breaking. Not unlike the first 78 RPM records, which were NOT vinyl back in the day. Bakelite was the first thermoset plastic material.


    6 September 2016 at 7:57 am

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