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A RazoRock shave: Zi’ Peppino and the Stealth

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This relatively large RazoRock synthetic did a fine job, but I did give it three good shakes before starting to load—synthetics do hold a lot of water despite being nonabsorbent, and because they’re nonabsorbent, all that water will flow onto the soap when you start to load.

With the merely damp brush, I got a terrific lather from Zi’ Peppino shaving soap: really creamy and thick, and very fragrant.

The Stealth did a fine job—BBS in three passes—and a splash of the very nice Zi’ Peppino aftershave finished the job and started the week on a pleasant note.

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23 October 2017 at 9:06 am

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Return to Tcheon Fung Sing, but the soap, with Fatip Testina Gentile

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Since I enjoyed my second outing with Tcheon Fung Sing’s shaving cream, I thought I’d return to their shaving soap. The Edwin Jagger synthetic, like The Grooming Company synthetic, was not immediately pleasing, but both have grown on me, and I selected it today. A good hard shake to remove excess water from the brush, and a lovely lather ensued. I noted with interest that Tcheon Fung Sing seems to have arisen from the ashes of World War II, being founded in 1945.

Fatip’s Testina Gentile razor always provides an excellent shave, very comfortable and smooth and very efficient. Three passes later, my face was once again BBS.

A splash of Chatillon Lux’s Gratiot Square League aftershave, and the weekend begins.

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21 October 2017 at 10:26 am

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Another rose-fragranced shave, with Love (Soap Commander’s)

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I seem to be enjoying la vie en rose these days. This morning I used The Grooming Company’s synthetic, and though initially I did not much care for it—it’s noticeably more resilient and less soft than the Maggard 22mm synthetic—this time I actively enjoyed its slightly stiffer feel. It certainly made a fine lather (and I have learned that one must shake a synthetic brush well to rid it of excess water), for which some credit is due to Soap Commander. He said that he made Love to match the clean rose fragrance of Klar Kabinett, and as I recall Klar Kabinett, I would say he succeeded.

The Maggard V2 open-comb razor on their MR7 stainless handle is an excellent razor, though this morning I found it had more blade feel than I remembered (and thus one might suspect the accuracy of my memory of Klar Kabinett’s fragrance—but certainly Soap Commander Love has a fine fragrance), but no harm done: it shave smoothly and left my fact perfectly BBS, with no nicks or burn.

Thayers witch hazels are certainly bargains as aftershaves, and their Rose Petal Toner (“toner” = no alcohol; “astringent” = 10% alcohol) has a great rose fragrance that, like a rose, is short-lived: you get an initial burst of fragrance, but within half an hour it’s undetectable. The feel of the witch hazel (with aloe vera) is quite nice, and wraps up the week in a fine style.

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20 October 2017 at 9:57 am

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Whipped Dog silvertip masters Tcheon Fung Sing shaving cream, as iKon 102 testifies

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Last time I used Tcheon Fung Sing shaving cream, the brush was a little too wet, which impedes the formation of good lather. Today I hit the sweet spot, easily loading the brush well and then working up the lather on my stubble, adding just a little water to get the consistency exactly right: thick and creamy.

Few will be surprised to read that the iKon 102 did a superb job: mostly BBS by the end of the second pass, fully BBS (with no nicks) after the third pass.

I had to have Saint Charles Shave’s Dark Rose again. It’s a wonderful fragrance.

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19 October 2017 at 8:00 am

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A harmless tubular shave

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A shave from tubes. I Coloniali is—was—an extremely nice shaving cream, now I believe no longer made. As noted on the label, it’s made with rhubarb, not a common shaving ingredient. My Rooney Victorian, an admirable brush, made a very nice lather quite easily.

The RazoRock Old Type is a marvelous razor: it is noticeably comfortable and smooth shaving and very disinclined to nick, yet it is one of the most efficient razors I own. I quite easily got a perfect BBS result with no even a threat of a nick: no harm done at all.

Hermès Eau d’orange verte is a moisturizing emulsion that makes a fine aftershave balm. Highly recommended.

 

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18 October 2017 at 8:37 am

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G.B. Kent BK4, a fine soap, Above the Tie R1, and Dark Rose aftershave

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This unlabeled soap was an offering from a shaving shop no longer with us. It’s a very fine soap, with a traditional English lavender fragrance, and the lather made with my Kent brush was all that one could want.

ATT’s R1 is quite a good razor, and it efficiently wiped away the stubble.

The aftershave is a Saint Charles Shave aftershave. Of the three Saint Charles rose aftershaves I’ve used in the past few days—Savory Rose, Bulgarian Rose, and Dark Rose—my favorite is definitely Dark Rose. It’s not listed among the current offerings, but I encourage you to request it: a really wonderful fragrance.

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17 October 2017 at 9:06 am

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A perfect Monday shave: WSP Monarch, Asses’ Milk shaving soap, Stealth, and Bulgarian Rose

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It’s difficult to characterize the difference in the lather from this soap. The fragrance is mild and the lather is quite … what? “soft,” comes to mind: a good thick consistency and excellent glide, and altogether satisfactory. Not quite the same as other good lathers, but the difference is subtle.

At any rate, the Monarch had no difficulty in commanding forth a great lather, and my trustworthy Stealth smoothly stripped away the stubble. Indeed, the first stroke was extremely smooth: no blade. I removed the blades for packing, and I’ve been loading the razors as I use them. Most recently, I’ve been using razors I’ve already loaded, so I absentmindedly began shaving with the Stealth, thinking it had a blade. The feel was amazingly smooth: extremely comfortable, but totally inefficient: the Weishi on steroids. 🙂

Three passes and I applied a small splash of Saint Charles Shave’s Bulgarian Rose to finish a fine shave and a good start to the week.

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16 October 2017 at 9:17 am

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