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Rooney Finest Style 2 and Strop Shoppe Vivace with iKon 102 and Barrister & Mann Reserve Spice

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The perfect Monday shave: Rooney Style 2 Finest making a great lather from Strop Shoppe’s Vivace shaving soap, then three passes with the iKon 102, leaving a perfectly smooth face with no problems at all. A good splash of Barrister & Mann’s Reserve Spice completes the job.

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22 May 2017 at 8:31 am

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A sandalwoood shave, with AOS, TOBS, Dorco, and Kent

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Will of Barrister & Mann mentioned in an email that the Art of Shaving Sandalwood was an excellent soap, made by Valobra. The soap is discontinued, but it NOS pucks are easy to find on eBay and not terribly expensive, so I had to try it.

The tub shown is the $1.75 model from Maggard Razors, and the puck was pretty easy to mash into the tub even though the puck is a slightly larger diameter. Here’s a view of how the puck looks in its new home, and you can see where the edges took a bit of a hit:

The Kent Infinity synthetic easily created a very nice lather indeed, and the fragrance is really wonderful. I’m very pleased I got this.

I used my Dorco PL602, and I have to say that this is one of my favorite razors. So long as the blade is sharp, it provides an extremely comfortable and extremely efficient shave, easily producing a BBS result with no problems at all. Given the low price, I think every shaver should have one of these.

A splash of TOBS Sandalwood aftershave (and near the end of the bottle) and the day is well launched.

Thanks, Will, for the recommendation. It is indeed a fine soap.

Written by LeisureGuy

19 May 2017 at 8:40 am

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Simpson Duke 3, Strop Shoppe Via Dell’ Ambra, RazoRock Baby Smooth, and Stirling Executive Man

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It’s regrettable that Strop Shoppe had to close its doors. The soaps were excellent, and I enjoyed the lather and fragrance of the Via Dell’ Ambra this morning, The Duke 3 Best is fine little brush for a workaday shave.

As you can see, I’m going with comfortable razors for a few days, and the Baby Smooth is as comfortable as any razor I own, while also being startlingly efficient. This morning I got a BBS shave, but did require some touch-up, so the blade’s now been changed.

A good splash of Stirling’s Executive Man, and I’m ready to see what new scandals erupt today.

Written by LeisureGuy

18 May 2017 at 8:48 am

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Rooney Style 3 Size 1, RazoRock Zi’ Peppino, and the iKon X3

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I reall like the green-tobacco fragrance of Zi’ Peppino, and the soap makes a very nice lather indeed, this morning with my Rooney Style 3 Size 1, a fine little brush.

I’m going with very comfortable razors these days, and the X3 is very much along those lines, as well as being highly efficient. Here it’s on a UFO handle, and three passes totally smoothed my face with no problems at all.

A good splash of Zi’ Peppino aftershave, and I’m ready for the day.

Written by LeisureGuy

17 May 2017 at 9:50 am

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Omega Mixed Midget, Meißner Tremonia Lavender de Luxe, iKon 102, and Barrister & Mann Reserve Lavender

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This little Omega Mixed Midget (aka the 11047) is a wonderful little brush besides its diminutive nature (both size and price). The mix in question is a mix of boar and badger, and it works like a charm. Wet the knot well and let it sit a while (because of the boar), then rewet it to warm it up again, shake it out, and have at the puck. It really is nice: generates lather easily and has great capacity. The knot is somewhat larger than the Wee Scot, and is more like a regular brush in feel and capacity. I need to use this guy more often. (That’s the bane of too many brushes and too many soaps: you don’t get around to them all often enough. God knows how Solomon handled 1000 wives and concubines—he must have not seen some of them for years.)

With the wonderful lather, I picked a wonderful razor, the iKon 102. I think I’m going to do another pass through the razors, selling more—but the 102 will never be sold.

Three passes, no problems, perfect smoothness, and then a splash of sample aftershave Barrister & Mann sent: Reserve Lavender. I think he’s still tinkering with the formulation, since it is not up on his site, but it’s very nice and I’m tempted to buy a bottle when it becomes available—except that I have the same problem of overabundance in aftershaves as I do in razors, brushes, and soaps. Shaving creams, though: I have those pretty well under control.

A great shave for a new day.

Written by LeisureGuy

16 May 2017 at 8:49 am

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Rooney Victorian, Soap Commander Love, Stirling slant, and D.R. Harris Pink After Shave

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I really like the rose fragrance of Soap Commander Love shaving soap, which he intended to replicate the fragrance of Klar Kabinett. It is a full and luscious fragrance, and the lather—this morning made with my Rooney Victorian brush—is excellent.

I used the Stirling slant, a Merkur 37 clone with a very nice handle. I did get a nick on the chin, which I did not feel. I attribute it to operator error. The overall shave result was excellent.

A good splash of D.R. Harris Pink After Shave and the week lurches into motion.

Written by LeisureGuy

15 May 2017 at 9:13 am

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Snakewood brush, Barrister & Mann Cologne Russe, and the Eros slant

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I bought the brush a few years back from Strop Shoppe, and I do like the handle. The knot is also good: fluffy but resilient, and it easily and quickly made a fine (and very fragrant) lather from Barrister & Mann’s Cologne Russe.

The Eros slant shown shaves a lot like the 102 but with a bit more blade feel, and in looking at the head, I think it would be less prone to clogging for those men with thick, dense beards who like to shave only once every five days or so. It easily smoothed my face with no problems at all.

A good splash of Cologne Russe aftershave and the weekend is launched.

Written by LeisureGuy

13 May 2017 at 9:22 am

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