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Mighty Aphrodite and the iKon OG1

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The Simpson Emperor 2, though smaller than the Emperor 3 used yesterday, gets the job done handily and is a pleasant brush in the hand and on the face. Van Yulay’s Aphrodite has the fragrance of chocolate roses, as the image suggests, and makes a fine lather. Its ingredients:

Stearic Acid, Aloe Vera, Coconut Fatty Acid, Castor, Glycerin, Potassium & Sodium Hydroxide ,Coconut-Babassu-Argan-Abyssinian-Oils, Cocoa Butter, Calendula, Extracts, Ground Rose Petals, Hersery’s Cocoa, Poly Quats, Sodium Lactate, Allantoin, Silica, Amino Liquid Silk, Rose Clay, Essential Oils, and Fragrance.

The iKon Shavecraft OG1 is a formidable razor. It uses a comb guard — more like a rake guard — on one side and a bar guard on the other (more photos at the link). It is highly efficient but (for me) not so comfortable as other razors, and in fact I got two small nicks this morning — nothing that My Nik Is Sealed could not handle, but still not something I like. This was despite using Grooming Dept pre-shave, which does help a lot with this razor in particular. The price right now is a great bargain for men who enjoy a challenging razor — for example, men who like the Mühle R41, another highly efficient and somewhat uncomfortable razor. (The iKon, it perhaps should be noted, is cast aluminum alloy, whereas the R41 is plated zinc alloy, which IMO is somewhat inferior as a razor material.

I applied a splash of Aphrodite aftershave to my very smooth visage, and here we are already half through the week.

Written by Leisureguy

12 May 2021 at 8:52 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I’ve heard of a few razors that have a “double-styled comb guard,” but I’ve never used one.

    After living with myself for 84 years, I suspect that feature would cause me some mental uncertainty. Psychologically, I tend to be an “either/or” type of guy. I like closed comb and open comb safety guards equally well. I don’t consider myself rigid, I’m open to experimentation, and I love to compare and evaluate. Also, I’m not sure about the aesthetics of combining the two styles on the same razor.

    Life if filled with mystery. And sometimes the bigger mysteries we experience are ourselves.


    Steve Riehle

    12 May 2021 at 3:40 pm

  2. iKon has long made asymmetric razors of this type (bar guard on one side, comb guard on the other), beginning with the OSS and including the Shavecraft 101 (and, of course, the OG1). The OSS I no longer have — it’s a fine razor, but I was pruning the collection — but it and the 101 had much the same feel on either side, so they worked fine when used in the regular way, but with the added design interest. The aesthetics were fine except if one is rigid about symmetry. Most people enjoy a little asymmetry.

    If you find symmetry appealing, I highly recommend Wes Anderson movies.



    12 May 2021 at 5:16 pm

  3. Also:



    12 May 2021 at 5:32 pm

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