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Creed Green Irish Tweed and the Fatip Testina Gentile

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A very fine shave this morning. The Fatip Testina Gentile is wonderful.

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14 December 2017 at 10:03 am

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Plisson HMW 12 with horn handle, Strop Shoppe, iKon 102, and Chatillon Lux

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I wanted a nice, calm, comfortable shave, and this delivered it. Via Dell’ Ambra makes a great lather with a fine fragrance, and the 102 as always deliver a premium shave. A splash of Chatillon Lux Vide Poche and I’m ready for the day.

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13 December 2017 at 10:12 am

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Mike’s Natural and the Alpha Ecliptic slant

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I need to use my Mike’s Natural more often: fine fragrance, good lather, and the puck has shrunk a bit from drying out. Still, I easily got a good lather using my Simpson Emperor 2 Best, and no need to “bloom” the soap by letting some water sit on it. (I’ve tried that from time to time, but I can’t see that it does any better than just starting with the dry puck.)

Again I notice a lot of blade feel with this razor, but no nicks today. I think I’ll give it a try with a Derby Extra blade and see whether that increases the comfort.

A splash of Stetson Classic, and I’m ready for the day.

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12 December 2017 at 9:28 am

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Cooper & French Old Goat shaving soap, the Eros/Walbusch slant, and Spring-Heeled Jack

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I haven’t used Old Goat for a while, and I was very pleased by the lather. The fragrance is muted, but the lather is great. And I continue to like Maggard Razors’ 22mm synthetic a lot: a great bargain, IMO.

I wanted to reaccustom myself to the Eros/Walbusch slant, so I used it for this morning’s shave. It’s quite comfortable and very efficient. I did get one small nick on the chin, but My Nik Is Sealed did its job.

The coffee fragrance of Spring-Heeled Jack does give a lift to the start of the day: a very pleasant aftershave.

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11 December 2017 at 9:48 am

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Recipe for a perfect shave: Rooney Style 2 Finest, Antica Barbieria Colla, and the iKon 102

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Antica Barbieria Colla shaving soap is really excellent, and my Rooney Style 2 made a superb lather, enjoyable enough that I took time before the first pass to work it in. I did add just a tiny amount of water as I worked up the lather on my face, and the effect was noticeable if not dramatic: an abrupt increase in volume with no diminution of consistency.

The iKon 102 is extremely pressure-tolerant: unlike with the Alpha Ecliptic I feel no need at all to exercise care, and I easily got a BBS result with no passes trouble. The 102 is my favorite razor, I would say.

A small amount of ABC’s aftershave milk, and I’m good to go. Party tonight!

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9 December 2017 at 9:26 am

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Shave 2 with Alpha Ecliptic, comparison with Eros/Walbusch

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I went with Meißner Tremonia’s Natural Bay Rum, using the Simpson Duke 3 Best to make the lather. Prep was good.

I brought out the 102 for a comparison photo, but I didn’t use it, only the Eros/Walbusch and the Phoenix Artisan Alpha Ecliptic.

The Eros and Ecliptic did feel much the same, and I did not note the slip issue of the last shave: they both did an easy job. I have ordered the Bakelite Ecliptic so I can compare it to the Eros, both being plastic, and will report on that eventually.

Overall, the Ecliptic does an excellent job, though for me it is not quite so comfortable as the 102, meaning that it requires a bit more care. My tremor was active this morning and as a result I did get a couple of small (very small) nicks. I can’t blame the razor for that.

A splash of Krampert’s Finest Acadian Bay Rum finished the shave and the week.

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8 December 2017 at 10:43 am

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Phoenix Artisans Alpha Ecliptic slant plus PA Alt-Eleven

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Yesterday I received my new Alpha Ecliptic slant from Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements. I think I missed the announcement, so my order was not among the first. The razor is also available (for $20) in Bakelite in the color Ox Blood, a color with some negative connotations in the context of razors. At the link you’ll find a good history of the razor and how it came to be: worth reading.

As that history explains, the Alpha Ecliptic is modeled on the Walbusch humpback plastic slant, which for me is excellent for me. That razor seems to be identical to the French Eros slant, so I suspect the Eros is just a rebranded Walbusch. (Take a look at the photos in this post.)

You’ll note the very large drainage cutters, which resemble those of the Merkur Progress and are replicated in the Alpha Ecliptic: this razor will never clog.

It’s hard to judge from just one shave, so my impressions now are tentative and will solidify as I use the razor more. I also want to try it with my Eros/Walbusch to compare.

First, of course, was the prep: Phoenix Artisan’s Alt-Eleven is excellent: easy lathering, very nice to the skin, and a good fragrance. The Fine Classic is quite a soft brush, so guys who like their brushes scrubby will probably prefer the Fine Stubby or a natural bristle brush, but I like it a lot.

The shave went well. No nicks happened and the final result is quite smooth. I experimented some with the angle and found a good angle easily. The razor doesn’t have so much glide and there is a fair amount of blade feel, so I am undecided about the comfort—here’s where more experience is needed—but certainly it is efficient. I kept a very light touch and it did the job well. (I sort of want to get the Bakelite version now, which would be a more direct comparison to my Eros/Walbusch.)

I applied a dot of Alt-Eleven aftershave balm—nice stuff. Altogether, a good first encounter with the razor (and I like the retro-futuristic package, shown below).


Written by LeisureGuy

7 December 2017 at 8:59 am

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