Later On

A blog written for those whose interests more or less match mine.

By special request: Merkur white bakelite slant. Supporting cast: Henri et Victoria Cognac and Cuban Cigars, Rooney, and Cavendish

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SOTD 2017-02-27

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.

Written by LeisureGuy

27 February 2017 at 9:44 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. A soap from my part of the world, I tried their Poire Française and it is very nice considering pears are one of my favorite fruits. But the next i order will probably be your fragrance which seems intriguing. Another pleasant soap from Québec would be from Clark & James Grooming co. You have to work harder to create a good lather from this one though.

    reynald p

    27 February 2017 at 11:23 am

  2. Thanks for the tip. I’ll keep in mind. Henri et Victoria really does lather easily and make a fine lather.


    27 February 2017 at 11:29 am

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