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Great shave with the Fatip Testina Gentile and Tcheon Fung Sing

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SOTD 2016-09-14

An all-Italian shave today. My Omega 21762 made a very fine lather from Tcheon Fung Sing Tobacco Verde shaving soap. The soap loaded easily—no need to add water during loading—and then I use palm lathering to build the lather, working in a fair amount of water, little by little, as I brushed my palm. The Omega 21762 is a very soft brush and feels quite gentle on the face, but it makes lather just fine.

I was disappointed in my last Fatip razor—too harsh—but a commenter suggester that I give the Fatip Testina Gentile a try, saying it was much more comfortable. He was right: this razor is much more to my taste, and I easily got a trouble-free BBS result. The razor is made of brass, and in this version chrome plated. (Other finishes are available.) A totally satisfactory little razor.

A good splash of Floïd, and the day looks brighter.

Written by LeisureGuy

14 September 2016 at 8:58 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. FYI – in case you haven’t heard about Freedberg’s plating issues with this razor, he talks about them in this video:

    Hopefully your chrome holds up better than his gunmetal.

    Regarding Fatip’s other razors: I’m very glad that I bought a Piccolo in the s_bazaar. It is a “harsh” razor with lots of blade feel, but once in a while I like to challenge myself to shave more carefully and precisely. It rewards with high efficiency when enough care is taken. The brass weight and fine vertical lines on the handle are a nice change from my other razors too.


    14 September 2016 at 9:36 am

  2. Yeah, I tried to talk several razor makers into do fluted handles, but I think they must be harder. The Progress handle is fluted, of course, and Edwin Jagger has a fluted black rubber handle. The Blackwell handle is fluted.

    I finally “got it” about difficult razors: for those who like it, it’s the challenge that makes it interesting. Snooker is an absorbing game exactly because of the various challenges it presents. But in razors, I find I prefer undemanding razors that are extremely efficient anyway. But I do understand the other view. It’s just that if demands are to be made, I’ll make them, not the razor. 🙂


    14 September 2016 at 12:10 pm

  3. Your post inspired me to try my Fatip Gentile in Gold that I had recently acquired after watching one of Freedberg’s videos. I used a German Wilkinson, and got a great shave out of it. The razor is really pleasing to the eye, and reminds me of something that came out of mid century. The hollow handle makes it somewhat lighter than it appears, but it really is a very decent razor for the price.


    15 September 2016 at 5:04 pm

  4. Yeah, it is nice. I wanted the gold but that was out of stock.


    15 September 2016 at 5:40 pm

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