Rooney and a RazoRock soap and the new Phoenix Artisan Prismatic
I haven’t used the Marvy hard-rubber mug—highly recommended for those who shave in the shower, since it doesn’t break if dropped—for quite a while. The soap has a pleasant fragrance and made a good lather: a good everyday shaving soap.
The Phoenix Artisan Prismatic safety razor definitely has an interesting look—and an interesting backstory, which you can read at the link. It’s a razor made in France for a British company and was made in the 1930’s and in the early 1940’s until the Germans bombed the factory in WWII.
The scalloped cap is eye-catching, but it seems more decorative than functional, whereas the open-comb cap of the Phoenix Artisan Double Open-Comb razor really does seem to improve razor glide (and the DOC is another revival of an old design). In terms of comfort and efficiency, the razor seemed good: nothing to rave about, but not bad, either. I would say its of interest primarily because of the historical connection. But do note that razors are very much subject to YMMV, and a razor that works well for one may not work well for another. Moreover, I have done no blade exploration with this razor, and I might like the razor more with a different brand of blade. But it is eye-catching, it did a good job, and I did not get any nicks (unlike with my most recent shaves with the Fine and Maggard slants).
A good splash of Creed’s Green Irish Tweed, and the day gets underway.