By special request: Merkur white bakelite slant. Supporting cast: Henri et Victoria Cognac and Cuban Cigars, Rooney, and Cavendish
A commenter pointed out that the vintage Merkur white bakelite slant had not been seen for a while, so I hauled it out—it was not a long haul—and put it to work this morning.
I did good prep on a two-day stubble (the pleasure of a Monday morning), first washing the stubble well with MR GLO, then working up an excellent lather from Henri et Victoria Cognac and Cuban Cigars. The fragrance was fine, though I would step it up a notch, and the lather was really extremely nice. Like some other very nice shaving soaps (Martin de Candre, Nuávia, and Tcheon Fung Sing come to mind), the ingredients list is simple:
potassium stearate, potassium cocoate, water, glycerine, potassium ricenoalete, parfum
I have to say the Rooney Victorian I have is an extremely nice brush, and I don’t doubt that it did its part in making the lather so fine.
And now the pièce de résistance (a nod to the Quebecois origin of the soap): the white bakelite slant. It is more comfortable than I remembered. It does have more blade feel than, say, the X3, but what razor doesn’t? (Well, Rockwell R1 and Feather AS-D2, for two.) But even with a bit more blade feel it is still quite comfortable, and it is certainly efficient: mostly BBS after the second pass, and totally BBS after the third. A tiny nick on one side of the upper lip, but easily stopped with My Nik Is Sealed.
A wonderful shave, and I think the white bakelite slant may make more appearances. When it first came on to the market, it was totally astonishing. This was before the slant renascence and its popularity and acclaim doubtless contributed to that.
A good splash of Phoenix Artisan Cavendish completed the shave and stayed true to the tobacco theme.
A great way to start the week.