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A brush with a light touch, Pink Grapefruit, and Dominica Bay Rum, with German 37 in the razor role

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That brush with the snakewood handle has a long loft that more fluffy than dense, the result being that the brush brings a light, gentle touch. It’s a bit beyond a soft knot, since a fairly resilient knot with soft tips (a badger brush with hooked tips, like my Rooney Victorian and Emilion) is soft but feels firm on the face instead of having an airy aspect.

At first I didn’t like the extremely light touch — I felt that it didn’t give me anything to work with — but then I decided to enjoy it for what it was instead of insisting it be what it is not, and with that decision I grew to enjoy these brushes a lot. Over the next several shaves I’ll work my way through the group that live here.

This brush I got some years back from the Strop Shoppe in Norman, Oklahoma (and see the next post for an interesting report on Oklahoma’s booming cannabis market). I loaded it well ith Meißner Tremonia’s Pink Grapefruit (and eucalyptus) shaving paste — an easy job despite the gentleness of the brush. Brute force is not required to load a brush; gentle persuasin works fine.

With the brush well loaded, I lathered the stubble and worked in a little more water, then used RazoRock’s excellent German 37 to whisk away the whiskers.

The Dominica Bay Rum’s cork cap broke so I used a lever-action soda-bottle stopper, which stuck firmly (perhaps affected by the alcohol). I was able to wrench it free and enjoy the splash of bay rum. The fragrance is somehow less rounded than the TOBS Bay Rum but is still quite refreshing and tropical.

A good shave to end the week. I noticed that this week I alternated slants and conventional razors, using a slant MWF.

Written by Leisureguy

27 November 2020 at 8:49 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Michael, If you have a kneaded rubber eraser handy you might use it as a kind of Rube Goldberg plug for that Bay Rum bottle. I have done worse!

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    Peter Strand

    27 November 2020 at 9:20 pm

  2. Good idea. Thanks.

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    LeisureGuy

    27 November 2020 at 9:35 pm


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