Archive for the ‘Shaving’ Category
Several inexpensive slants are now on the market. In alphabetic order, they are the Fine Superlite slant ($30), the Maggard slant ($20 for the head), the Phoenix Artisan Bakelite slant ($20), and the RazoRock German 37 ($20 for complete razor (currently sold out), $12 for the head alone (currently still available)).
The best of these for me is the German 37, shown in the photo above. The Fine, Maggard, and Phoenix Artisan slants have given me good shaves in the past, but in the most recent experience with each of the three I got quite a few nicks. Obviously, the cause was some alteration in my technique, and those three seem more demanding than the German 37, which this morning delivered a really superb shave with absolutely no problems.
The head of the German 37 and the shave it delivers seems to me to replicate The Holy Black’s SR-71 slant and the Merkur 37C. All of those are quite comfortable for me, and very efficient. Still, my favorite slants are still the iKon X3 ($35 for the head alone, almost 3 times the cost of the German 37 head) and the iKon 102 ($45 for the head alone). Those, along with the Above the Tie S1 ($146 for the head alone: more than 12 times the cost of the German 37 head) seem the most comfortable and consistent. But the German 37 slant this morning was totally satisfying.
To begin at the beginning: After washing my stubble with MR GLO, as I always do, I applied a really excellent lather from Jabonman’s Eufros Vetiver de Haiti, which has an excellent vetiver fragrance. I used my Simpson Emperor 2 Super, and I have to say that the lathering was a pleasure: the fragrance, the quality of the lather, the feel of the brush on my face, and the wonderfully shaped handle—though still a bit groggy from sleep, I was awake enough to notice (and enjoy) all of those.
The German 37 is modeled after the (German) Merkur 37C, and it is a faithful model: very efficient, quite comfortable, and the result was a perfectly smooth face, no roughness detectable in any direction: the sort of shave one wants.
A good splash of Guerlain’s Vetiver EDT, and the week has an auspicious beginning.
UPDATE: A slant by Stirling Soap Company was briefly available as seconds, with a very low price. I didn’t want to get one of the seconds, since I would rather review a production version. The production version, so far as I know, has not yet reappeared and is not available. Thus it is not included in this review.
JabonMan’s Eufros shaving soap is excellent, and the feel of the lather-puffed brush on my face was as good as the fragrance.
The Rockwell R3 did three thoroughly enjoyable passes, with an absolutely trouble-free, absolutely BBS result. It really is a remarkably good razor. You’ll notice that in recent shaves I have stuck with razors that are extremely comfortable (and eefficient) for me. This is one of them.
A splash of D.R. Harris Pink After Shave, and the weekend stretches before me like an open meadow under a cloudless sky.
Check out the SOTD posts. That’s how the photos should be done—and though I recognize it, I can’t do it. Just admire from afar, as it were.
I just discovered the site through a reddit link. I look forward to learning more about it.
My Vie-Long horsehair with an olivewood handle is a fine brush, and I had no trouble loading it with Meißner Tremonia’s Himalayan Heights, whose ingredients are:
Stearic Acid, Cocos nucifera oil*, Aqua, Potassium Hydroxide, Orbignya Oleifera oil*, Sodium Hydroxide, Macadamia terifolia oil, Cedrus deodora oil, Glycerin*, Citric Acid, Talc, Kaolin, Simmondsia chinensis oil*, Himalayan salt, C. I. 77007.
* Organic quality
The kaolin clay meant that I had to add a little water as I loaded the brush, but today one addition was ample, and the lather was excellent.
The shave, using Maggard’s Version 2 open-comb head (same as Parker 24C/26C head, near as I can tell) on their MR7, was a treat: smooth, easy, and with absolutely no problems. This really is an excellent razor for me.
Three passes, BBS result, and a good splash of Barrister & Mann Reserve Classic, and I am eager for the weekend. Tonight: baby back ribs with Penzey’s Bicentennial Rub.
Dapper Dragon’s Jasmine Vanilla has a fragrance that I like a lot. With the Fine Classic (after giving the brush two good shakes), I immediately produced a very creamy and fragrant lather.
The RazoRock Old Type is a superb razor, and the $15 price is a great bargain. It no longer has the handle shown, but perhaps that handle will return. I like it a lot.
Three passes, BBS, no nicks, no problems, and topped off witha good splash of Barrister & Mann Reserve Spice aftershave.
I stayed up watching the series Goliath, a legal thriller on Amazon Prime with a wonderful cast including Maria Bello, Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, and others. Definitely worth watching so far. (I’m in Episode 4.)
Both the Dorco PL-602 razor and the Omega Mixed Midget shaving brush (badger + boar) were mentioned in various discussions on Wicked Edge, so both came to mind as I picked the morning gear.
Tallow + Steel Classic has a very nice fragrance, and indeed strikes a good classic note:
Oakmoss + Patchouli + Guaiacwood + Vetiver + Geranium + Anise + Rosemary + Bergamot + Lavender
Three passes with the Dorco PL-602 left a problem-free BBS result, and a splash of the Classic aftershave finished the shave on a good note.
A great shave starts the day on the right foot.