Comparing Phoenix Bakelite and Maggard slants, with Zi’Peppino and the Mixed Midget
The Omega Mixed Midget—boar+badger—is a very nice little brush with a good feel and ample capacity. The knot is not especially small, though the handle is diminutive. Still, it’s not difficult to hold and it really does a good job. Zi’Peppino is a very good soap at a reasonable price, and the matching splash carries the theme into the day.
I alternated the Phoenix Bakelite and the Maggard slants as I shaved. I got more blade feel (and thus a little less comfort) from the Maggard, but in general they are closely matched. I will probably use the Phoenix Bakelite more frequently, and when I would reach for the Maggard, I’ll use the X3, which for me is noticeably more comfortable than the Maggard (and more expensive, admittedly: $30-35 vs. $20—but the iKon head is aluminum alloy, a benefit).
A good splah of Zi’Peppino and the week lurches into action.