iKon 102 back as favorite, plus Creed GIT and a Rod Neep one-off
A really splendid shave this morning. I used the Rod Neep brush shown. It’s a one-off, and a US nickel coin, minted the year I was born, is set in the bottom. A very nice brush, and I got a very nice lather from Creed’s Green Irish Tweed shaving soap, just about as good as the lather yesterday from Tcheon Fing Sung (which costs substantially less).
As I was shaving with the iKon 102, I thought to myself that no razor could be better than this. For me the 102 is extremely comfortable with absolutely no feeling that it might nick (like a family dog who will happily endure, with a wagging tail and an idiot smile, the toddler’s pushing him around, pulling on his ears, etc.). But on stubble, the 102 is like the family dog when an intruder threatens the toddler: stubble is just wiped away (though, in the case of the razor, without blood).
I do know that some have commented on their difficulties with the 102—clogging, hard-to-fine optimal angle, even nicks (hard for me to understand)—but for me the comfort and performance are unparalleled. I do recommend the iKon X3 more, and it is an excellent razor, just as good in feel and performance as the 102, and I read fewer complaints about it. But the 102 stole my heart some time ago, and this morning’s shave reminded me why.
A good several sprays of Creed GIT EDT into my palm to serve as a splash, and the shave is done. I took a moment to reflect a bit sadly on the millions who do this task daily and derive from it no enjoyment—not a tragedy, but definitely a missed opportunity for improving the quality of one’s life. Some go for quality of life improvements via (say) an extravagant family vacation once a year, or a fishing trip two or three times a year, but IMO the true improvement of the quality of one’s life lies in making day-to-day activities and tasks into sources of enjoyment.