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Thanks to commenters: A well-focused photo of today’s shave set-up

with 4 comments

The light level in the early morning doesn’t allow for a fast shutter speed, and I could not keep the came still enough for a sharp image. But yesterday achy and Chris R both suggested using the camera timer so that I can press the button and then step away, with the photo taken after the timer finishes its countdown. Brilliant, and of course why cameras have timers.

My camera’s timer offers two options: a 2-second countdown, for the situation I faced, and a 10-second countdown, for when you want to include yourself in the photo. The above is the result: crisp focus even in low light (about 1/6 second exposure time). Click the image to view full size and you’ll see.

So much for the photo. What about the shave? I unearthed this Tcheon Fung Sing soap in the move, and I realized that for some reason — likely the package design — I had avoided it. So today I decided to give it a fair trial, with a life or death decision (for the soap, not me) after trying it. The brush is the Vie-Long ambiguous brush: sold as boar, but seems like horsehair to me — and whichever it is, a very nice little brush. I like the handle style, the size, and the performance.

I do soak this brush — whether boar or horse, soaking is needed — and after my shower I loaded the brush with soap. The lather was excellent. The sandalwood fragrance is more muted than in, say, the Art of Shaving sandalwood, but still quite nice.

My DLC-coated iKon slant (now made with a B6 coating, which is tougher) I wanted to try because it has been a little uncomfortable, throwing off a few nicks. I thought that my discovery using the Fine slant — keep the handle farther from the face — might work for this razor as well, and indeed it seemed to: three passes, quite comfortable, and a totally smooth result.

A splash of Van Yulay’s excellent aftershave splash, this one in Sandalwood, and I’m ready for a new week.

Written by Leisureguy

6 April 2020 at 8:46 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

4 Responses

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  1. Eureka! A done deal. Don’t change a thing. There is absolutely no way to “hand hold” a camera at such slow shutter speeds and get a “razor sharp” image. Pun intended. Good job.


    Chris R

    6 April 2020 at 5:38 pm

  2. Oops. Post corrected, and many thanks for pointing out that camera capability. I had known it at one time in the abstract, but having never used it, I did not grasp the practical significance.



    6 April 2020 at 5:45 pm

  3. How does that slant compare to the X3 in Aluminum?



    7 April 2020 at 5:54 am

  4. I like the X3 better. The X3 is equally efficient and more comfortable.



    7 April 2020 at 7:21 am

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