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2-band Prince vs. 3-band Prince with Dapper Doc

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I mentioned in yesterday’s shave, when I used the WSP Prince at the left, a two-band brush, that the brush seemed rather too resilient—perhaps it’s the density of the knot and/or the stiffness of the hair, but the brush seemed almost to poke at, rather than brush, my face. But I recalled really liking the Prince, and so I tried the other, which as you’ll note is a three-band  brush—light, dark, light.

The difference is astonishing. The three-band brush is extremely comfortable and I think does a better lathering job, but I do like brushes that tend fluffy rather than stiff, so I might be attributing virtues simply because I like the brush.

I did go to the WSP website, and I note these two-band brushes, labeled “high-density.” They also label the current Prince as “high-density,” however, and it clearly has three bands. So perhaps it’s simply a difference in the hair. At any rate, the three-band version is the one I prefer, and it made a wonderful CK-6 lather from Phoenix Artisan’s Dapper Doc’s Old-Time Lilac & Fig shaving soap.

I did adjust the Rockwell Model T: 4 for the first pass, 3 for the second and third passes. The result as an extremely smooth (and comfortable shave). A splash of Dapper Doc’s aftershave, and the weekend is launched.

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23 March 2019 at 9:53 am

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Phoenix Solstice today because equinox yesterday

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Solstice is one of my favorites, and the fragrance doesn’t even include vanilla: “Sage, Sweetgrass, Cedar, Rose Absolute and Benzoin Resin.” The link is to the regular formulation ($15 for a tub), but Solstice is also available in the CK-6 formulation ($25 per tub).

I have two WSP Prince brushes, and this one is, I believe, somewhat stiffer: you’ll notice the knot is all dark except at the tips. The other has a band of dark, and I’ll use that one tomorrow to compare. This one did a fine job, just somewhat less fluffy on the face.

The Charcoal razor shown is an Edwin Jagger clone and it did quite a fine job, easily producing a smooth finish, to which I applied a good splash of Solstice aftershave.

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22 March 2019 at 7:33 am

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Shave theme today: Mountain ranges

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I thought about going with a cedar theme: Himalayan Heights (with essential Himalayan cedar oil) and Anthony Gold’s Red Cedar aftershave, but decided to focus on the ranges.

And a fine shave it was. My Rooney butterscotch Emilion made a really great lather from the Meißner Tremonia soap, and I did not have to add water as I loaded—I got the brush just the right amount damp. I did, however, add a little water as I worked up the lather on my face.

The RazoRock Mamba is a fine razor for me and this morning produced an exceptionally smooth result with no problems. A splash of Stetson Sierra to finish the job, and the day is launched.

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21 March 2019 at 7:33 am

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Buttercream and Savory Rose, with the iKon open comb

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Again a wondrous lather from a Mama Bear soap, though I caution that hard water would present a challenge. Our water here is quite soft, and with the Phoenix Artisan Starcraft shaving brush, the lather was everything that one could want. The iKon open-comb, which now I believe is sold only with their B1 coating, is a wonderful razor: very comfortable, very efficient. At the end of the thoroughly enjoyable (and effective) shave, a splash of Saint Charles Shave’s Savory Rose set me up for the day.

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20 March 2019 at 7:03 am

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A spice shave with the iKon X3

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I haven’t used this Catie’s Bubbles shaving soap for a while, and I had forgotten how much I like both fragrance and lather. My Maggard 24mm synthetic did a good job, and my iKon X3 (here on a UFO handle) is a favorite razor: extremely comfortable, extremely efficient: three passes, BBS, no damage. A splash of Old Spice after shave lotion from India (said to be the original Shulton formula, but I wouldn’t be on that) finished the shave.

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19 March 2019 at 7:43 am

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The Dead Sea and Esbjerg

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I’ve learned The Dead Sea shaving soap pretty well: use a brush that is just barely damp when you load the brush. I did this with this very nice RazoRock Keyhole brush, and it worked fine. Once I had brushed the loaded brush well over all my stubble, I added just a small dollop of water to the brush and worked that it: wonderful lather, and I do like the fragrance.

Three passes with the iKon 102 left my face perfectly smooth (and totally unharmed). A tiny dot of Esbjerg Sensitive aftershave gel worked as a very nice aftershave. I mentioned a few days ago that I purchased Mickey Lee’s Italian Stallion aftershave milk purely because of a sample. The same is true of Esbjerg Sensitive: I got a sample from Straight Razor Designs, and I really liked it. SRD has now, alas, closed up shop. So it goes.

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18 March 2019 at 7:45 am

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Sandalwood morning

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Art of Shaving shaving soaps are quite nice—at one time (and perhaps still) made by Valobra—and the lather this morning was excellent with a strong sandalwood fragrance. Maggard’s small synthetic shaving brush did a fine job, and the Fine Marvel head on my bronze UFO handle delivered a comfortable and highly efficient shave. A splash of Saint Charles Shave’s Sandalwood EDT as an aftershave finished the job and started the weekend on a good note.

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16 March 2019 at 8:14 am

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