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Vie-Long, Strop Shoppe, Fatip Testina Gentile, Speick: The truly great morning shave

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The Vie-Long brush shown is a bit of a mystery. It was sold as a boar brush, but it sure seems like horsehair to me: finer hairs, a bit softer on the face. At any rate, it’s a terrific little brush, and this morning it did a fine job with the late lamented Strop Shoppe’s very good Via Dell’Ambra tallow+lanolin shaving soap, making a fine lather.

The Fatip Testine Gentile has quickly become a favorite razor: extremely comfortable and highly efficient, with no worries about (e.g.) small nicks in the XTG pass—in fact, no nick worries at all. And the end result is invariable BBS. I would have liked this in gold, but the chrome is fine. The head comes in various finishes and with various handles, including some made of wood. Italian Barber has them (but the gold is still “sold out”).

A good splash of Speick, and the day begins. It will be interesting to see how the Kansas election today plays out.

Written by LeisureGuy

11 April 2017 at 9:44 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Granted a week to ten day wait but the Gold Testina Gentile can be had from TVB shaving (Slovenia…on the Italian border) for $25.41 (with the B&B10 discount code.) I am astounded this razor doesn’t get more play. An all brass beautiful shaver that has eclipsed the Wolfman, Timeless, X3, and even the Rockwell 6S by a bit as my favorite DE.

    Stuart Collins

    11 April 2017 at 12:59 pm

  2. It is indeed an amazingly good razor. I updated my recommendations for a novice razor to include it among the other offerings. Excellent razor, excellent value.

    Thanks for the tip.


    11 April 2017 at 1:14 pm

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