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Wee Scot, D.R. Harris Marlborough shave stick and aftershave, and the iKon stainless slant

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It shows some faith in the brush to use a shave stick: to a degree, you rely on the brush to hold sufficient lather for the shave (though you can in fact reload the brush if needed by brushing the shave stick), which is why I wouldn’t use a new boar brush with a shave stick: new boar brushes don’t hold lather well and in fact seem to destroy it.

With the Wee Scot, I had no qualms about using a shave stick, and D.R. Harris shave sticks are really excellent: packaged well for travel with a screw-off lid and a twist-to-extend soap, plus the wonderful D.R. Harris lather. This morning is a good example: I rubbed the shave stick soap against the grain over all my beard (guys with extremely dense and tough beards generally rub the stick only on the Van Dyke area, else they end up with too much soap on the face), and then I brushed briskly with the damp Wee Scot: loads of lather quickly arose, and the Wee Scot held plenty for this shave and, if I could preserve it, the next as well.

This stainless slant is the first slant iKon made. It’s good but, for me, somewhat nicky, so I used a Derby Extra blade. I note that this slant tends to get tea stains on the inside from some rusting of the blade, and I would be that’s why iKon now coats this slant (the B1 coating nowadays, though earlier iKon used a Diamond-Like Carbon coated version of this same head, which I have) and also a motivation for moving to aluminum-alloy heads (the Shavecraft line, which include the 102 and X3 slants).

The shave was excellent and close, though I still got two very tiny nicks—mere dots. One was in the WTG pass and the other later. My Nik Is Sealed took care of that and a good splash of the Marlborough aftershave finished the job to start the week on a very nice note.

Written by LeisureGuy

8 May 2017 at 8:33 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Derby doesn’t get much love, but they do work well in some razors. Great in my FB at 6

    Larry

    8 May 2017 at 2:36 pm

  2. I’m only using St. John’s Bay Rum and Alt Innsbruck as my only 2 aftershaves. Castle Forbes is the only shave cream or soap I use. The Muhle synthetic is my only brush. I’ve still got a couple preshaves to experiment with but tend to go for aloe based gels. Then I’ll spring for a feather razor and call it a day soon. 10 years of wetshaving has brought me here.

    J Dogg

    8 May 2017 at 6:19 pm

  3. I suggest you consider the Rockwell 6S. The R1 plate with a Feather blade for me feel and performs exactly like the Feather AS-D2. The R2 has a bit more blade feel, but all the “settings” are extremely comfortable and extremely efficient (for me), and—quite unusual—I can use a Feather blade comfortably across the entire range. Costs, more settings, and the handle is extremely comfortable.

    LeisureGuy

    8 May 2017 at 7:11 pm

  4. I am trying a Derby in the ikon stainless slant this week. it is a little better, but I too suffer little nicks from it – think I will give up on this one.

    completely concur on the Rockwell 6S – so versatile, which makes it great value, seems tolerant to most blades, etc. – I had been using it for the previous 6 weeks – I normally change over at weekends to different kit – but it is so easy to just keep using it that I did!

    Mark

    9 May 2017 at 8:54 am

  5. Truthfully, the slant in the photo was in the “to sell” pile when I decided to give it another go. The thing is, if I want a slant, I have several that will always give me a trouble-free shave.

    LeisureGuy

    9 May 2017 at 6:47 pm


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