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Written by Leisureguy

10 October 2020 at 11:13 am

Brush handle evolution

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This type of handle emerged fairly early in the evolution of shaving brushes and has established itself as one distinct branch of the family (much as bow ties branched off early from long ties and continue to exist (in several varieties) as part of the overall genus neckties).

This particular speciman is from The Copper Hat, here in Victoria, and is made of Delrin®, a dense and tough plastic often used in making gears. The knot is extremely nice, and I like the feel of the brush. On Monday I’ll use another brush of this same overall species.

Doppelgänger soaps were the first that Phoenix Artisan offered in the CK-6 formula. Doppelgänger Black is one of a line of fragrances Phoenix Artisan brough out as knockoffs of (or homages to) premium lines:

Black Label = Sauvage by Christian Dior
Oxblood Label = Sartorial by Penhaligan’s
Orange Label = Chaps by Ralph Lauren
Grey Label = Creed Aventus

The fragrance is indeed very nice and the CK-6 lather is outstanding. BTW, “knockoff” is not necessarily pejorative. It simply indicates that the product (fragrance, handbag, design, etc.) is based on and derived from an original. Movies often include knockoffs/homages — for example, in the first Star Wars film George Lucas based the entire sequence of the attack on the Death Star from a sequence in the movie “Dam Busters,” including some lines of dialogue. He wasn’t trying to “get away” with anything, he was simply recognizing the masterful work of the earlier movie and carrying it on in a new story (thus the deliberate inclusion of the same dialogue). In the same way, Phoenix Artisan fully acknowledges Doppelgänger’s fragrance inspiraations and carries it on in a new (and wonderful) soap. The “Doppelgänger” name itself shows clearly the deliberate intention.

This sort of imitation and adaptation is one way that cultural evolution works.

Three passes with that wondrous Dorco PL602 — totally comfortable, extremely efficient — left my face smooth for a good splash of Doppelgänger Black aftershave.

I might at some point get a tub of Doppelgänger Grey: I like Creed Aventus.

Written by Leisureguy

10 October 2020 at 10:16 am

Posted in Shaving

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