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Maggard slant and iKon X3 comparison shave

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SOTD 2016-09-13

First was the prep, of course. I keep returning to my Phoenix soaps lately because of how great my skin feels after the shave. Well worth a try, IMO. I easily got a fine lather using the Plisson brush shown, and then I set to work, using the Maggard slant (dark-grey head) and the iKon X3 slant (aluminum head) alternately.

The Maggard slant is quite good and a bargain, but for me, in a side by side shave, the X3 was noticeably more comfortable. This is not to imply that the Maggard slant was uncomfortable—it’s not—but the feel on the face of the X3 head was for  more pleasant and with less blade feel. The two were much the same with respect to efficiency, but the greater comfort of the X3 made it feel a bit more efficient.

So if you have neither and the additional $10-$15 is doable, I’d recommend the X3 over the Maggard just on comfort. However, the X3 is also made of aluminum alloy and the Maggard of coated Zamak, so there’s that as well: the aluminum alloy is much stronger than Zamak. In particular, it’s important not to overtighten Zamak heads: chronic overtightening will weaken the threaded stud from the cap and eventually it will break off under no pressure. You do want the razor tightened enough so that it will not loosen during the shave, but you want to use the very least amount of torque to achieve that. This is not such a concern with the X3, since its aluminum alloy is much stronger than Zamak.

I easily got a BBS result with no nicks, and a splash of Phoenix Artisan Cavendish finished the job.

Written by LeisureGuy

13 September 2016 at 8:21 am

Posted in Shaving

3 Responses

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  1. Thanks for following up with this comparison shave.

    BTW, is that a chip in the Maggard plating, shown on the bottom edge in the picture?


    13 September 2016 at 11:12 am

  2. On second look, I bet it’s a bit of soap rather than a plating issue.


    13 September 2016 at 11:13 am

  3. Yeah, I first tried to position the Maggard slant across the top of the tub, resting on the rim, but it dropped into the soap so I put it in front. I assume that’s where it picked up the speck of soap.

    I don’t know the nature of the coating Maggard uses on this, but it gives me the impression that it’s unlikely to chip.


    13 September 2016 at 11:42 am

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