Archive for the ‘Shaving’ Category
A cedar-themed shave this morning, and a very good shave it was. The Simpson Emperor 3 Super brush easily made a fine lather from Meißner Tremonia’s wonderful Himalayan Heights shaving soap: “the woody-spicy scent of Himalayan cedar and Himalayan salt.”
The Gillette Slim shown has been replated in rhodium, and it shaves quite well: a BBS result in three passes, with the setting at “5.”
A splash of Anthony Gold’s wonderful red-cedar aftershave from The Copper Hat in Victoria BC, and the weekend begins.
This razor just went up on eBay. It’s in very nice condition.
I really like the Mühle silvertip brush shown: the handle has good heft as well as a good appearance. It was easy to load with Meißner Tremonia’s wonderful Woody Almond shaving paste and, as always with MT soaps and shaving pastes, the lather was superb.
I got my new iKon X3 head, the previous one having been shipped to The Son as a birthday gift. It’s mounted here on a UFO handle. The shave was easy, smooth, and flawless: BBS in three passes with an Astra Keramik Platinum blade (and continued thanks to the kind reader who sent me that pack, that blade being extinct).
A good splash of Pinaud Classic Vanilla and the morning begins—with a trip to the dentist.
This guy just went up for auction on eBay.
A wonderful shave today, right from the start. The Maggard 24mm brush still feels a bit large to me—I really do like the 22mm better—but I soldiered on against this adversity. The handle is very nice indeed, both attractive and cofortable, and the knot feels very nice (if a bit large) on my face, and its performance leaves nothing to be desired.
It immediately worked up a great lather from Meißner Tremonia’s Lavender de Luxe, and I have to say that the MT soaps are among my favorites: expensive ($25/tub) but IMO worth it. The fragrance also was wonderful, but this is not a soap where one must compromise on lather to enjoy the fragrance: both are (for me) wonderful.
Because the Maggard brush is both largish and synthetic, I was very careful to give it two good shakes to remove excess water, and I think one additional mediocre shake would have been in order. Still, the lather was thick and fragrant and got the shave (and the day) off to a great start.
I got into a discussion with a guy on Wicked Edge who commented about “overly-mild razors like DE89 or Merkur HD, that simply do not work for everyone. They might work if you are 16 years old or you don’t have too much facial hair. In the end, you pay some money for something that you would replace a few months later because you can’t really get good shaves constantly.” While it’s true that nothing in shaving works for everyone, and some doubtless do have beards that are easier to shave with a slant or a SR or an SE, I would not describe the Edwin Jagger as “overly mild.” It is indeed a comfortable razor, but it is also, in my experience, quite efficient and (as I found out in this shave) more efficient than the Merkur HD (the 34C).
So I decided to use an Edwin Jagger razor this morning, and I particularly like the model shown, which is the DE86RC14BL, which has a rubber-coated handle. Three passes easily produced a BBS finish. The EJ head is indeed “mild” in the sense of being comfortable, but it is also “aggressive” in the sense of efficiently removing stubble: a fine little razor.
A good splash of Chatillon Lux Champs de Lavande, to continue the lavender theme, and I’m feeling uplifted for the day ahead.
The Tech shown is now listed on eBay. It’s a very nice razor, but I have other Techs and so am reducing the collection.
I was exchaing emails with a reader who has a razor with a Delrin handle, which reminded me of my brush with a Delrin handle that I bought at The Copper Hat in Victoria BC. It’s an extremely nice brush, and I like the look of it and the feel in the hand. Delrin is a very tough plastic often used to make gears, and it is denser than one would expect.
I haven’t had any of Nanny’s Silly Soap for a while, but recently got this tub, which is White Grape and Bamboo. It’s a pleasant light fragrance, and the lather is good.
A commenter yesterday mentioned how much he likes his Dorco PL-602, which prompted me to use mine this morning. It is an extremely comfortable and extremely efficient shave. Indeed, it reminds of the wonderful RazoRock Baby Smooth, now no longer available, and on looking at the head I see that it produces the same extreme curve in the blade that the Baby Smooth does. That may account for some of the excellence in its feel and performance. I recommend this razor highly, and at less than $5, it’s not a big risk.
A good splash of Chiseled Face Summer Storm aftershave finished the shave on a fine note. The petrichor fragrance of the aftershave was quite evident—more evident than when I used it following a shave with Summer Storm shaving soap, presumably because this time the fragrance did not repeat the fragrance of the soap and so stuod out more sharply. It does have menthol, and that kicked in just after I left the bathroom: a kind of delayed reaction.
Great shave. Good products do make a difference.