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All-RazoRock shave: Italian flag synthetic, Zi’ Peppino, and the German 37 slant

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After yesterday’s shave with the Merkur 37G slant, I decided to go this morning with the RazoRock clone, the German 37. Unlike the 37C/G and the other Merkur slant clones, the German 37 is a three-piece razor, which offers two significant advantages: 1) you can swap handles if you want, and 2) you can buy the head by itself ($12) if you already have a handle.

First, of course, came the prep. After my shower and then washing my beard at the sink with MR GLO, I loaded the Italian flag synthetic (a 24mm knot) with Zi’ Peppino, which is a very nice soap indeed, in terms of both lather and fragrance. I took my time lathering my face before the first pass simply because I was enjoying the feel of the brush and the look and fragrance of the lather.

As I shaved with the German 37 I could not help comparing it to yesterday’s shave with the Merkur 37G. I was somewhat surprised that, at least this morning, the German 37 felt noticeably more comfortable (and was equally efficient). I’m not sure why that is. It could be, of course, that the German 37 head is more comfortable, but it also might be because yesterday’s shave was good practice for today’s shave, or because today’s prep was in some ways better—e.g., Zi’ Peppino lather works better for me than The Dead Se lather.

At any rate, I had a thoroughly enjoyable shave with no nicks or other problems, and it was comfortable throughout.

A good splash of Zi’ Peppino, and I’m look the weekend right in the eye.

Written by LeisureGuy

9 February 2018 at 8:35 am

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The Duke, The Dead Sea, and the Merkur 37G slant

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The Dead Sea requires very little water when loading, and this morning I shook out my Duke 3 Best so much it was actually too dry. I proceeded with the loading, though, and used the brush to spread the soap over my beard, then added a driblet of water to the brush and went over the beard area again, resulting in a very nice lather indeed. The Dead Sea has a pleasant and interesting fragrance: Lemon, Rosemary, Cannabis, Saffron, and Sandalwood.

With beard well prepped, the 37G came into action, and did its usual very fine job. There’s certainly nothing wrong with the Merkur slant head design, which is why it is so often cloned. (Patents don’t apply, since it was introduced more than century ago.) The RazoRock German 37 is an interesting variation, being a three-piece razor rather than two-piece, so that you can buy the head separately ($12) just to test the slant waters. Light pressure is required, of course.

Three passes to produce a smooth face with no problems, and a splash of Creed’s Green Irish Tweed EDT as an aftershave finished the job.

Written by LeisureGuy

8 February 2018 at 9:41 am

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Simpson Chubby 1 Best, La Toja, and the iKon DLC-coated slant

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I tried the Chubby in Super, but it was too stiff for me, though some like that sort of brush. This morning it worked up a very nice lather from the La Toja shave stick.

iKon switched from the DLC coating to their B1 coating shortly after I bought this brush, the B1 coating being much tougher. However, I’ve had no problems with my DLC coating. The handle you see is the Above the Tie Kronos.

I loaded the razor with a Derby Extra blade. I shaved lightly but still got a couple of nicks. This razor is not so comfortable for me as the other iKons (X3 and 102), but it’s still pretty good. I would rate the Fine aluminum slant as more comfortable (for me) and not so prone to nick.

Still, a good shave and I do have My Nik Is Sealed. A splash of La Toja aftershave then finished the job.

Written by LeisureGuy

7 February 2018 at 11:02 am

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iKon open-comb and a note about Crown King soap and balm

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Yesterday a reader (Michael) asked about Phoenix Artisan aftershave balms, and specifically about the Alt-Eleven balm shown above. He said he was running out and could not find it now on their site, so I sent a query and got this reply: “We are discontinuing our aftershave balms and will be slowly replacing them with our aftershave jellies.” In the meantime, the aftershave splashes are available.

And another note: Phoenix Artisan will have all their soaps and aftershaves bear the Crown King label, which makes sense.

My Simpson Persian Jar 2 Super easily made a very nice lather from the Alt-Eleven soap. I had shaken the brush so dry that I did have to add a little water, but that’s easily done and adding water if needed works a lot better than trying to load a brush that’s too wet.

This iKon open-comb is a particularly nice razor for me, and the shave was fully enjoyable: comfortable and leaving a perfectly smooth face. A dot of the balm rubbed between my hands and then over my beard area and neck felt good. This balm dries quickly and has no residual “slick” feeling.

Shaving, for me, continues to be an enjoyable practice and a great way to begin the day on a positive note.

Written by LeisureGuy

6 February 2018 at 9:06 am

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A great frigid-weather shave: Institut Karité 25% shea butter soap and aftershave

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Here in Victoria we don’t have the kind of frigid weather I’m talking about, which is more like Manitoba. But if you have cold dry winds outdoors, it’s good to add some protection, and Institut Karité works well.

That’s a Sabini brush with ebony handle I purchased from another guy long ago. The soap in the tub is indeed Institut Karité 25% shea butter shaving soap, but it came simply wrapped in paper, so the tub is my contribution.

The lather is quite good, and now that I have figured out how best to use the Fine slant—grip way down on the handle, pressure extremely light—I enjoy using it and it does a fantastic job: totally BBS without effort after three passes.

A dot of Institut Karité Moisturizing Aftershave Balm, and  the week is launched. And even though the weather here is mild, I do enjoy the aftershave’s effect on my skin. The price per bottle is the same as other high-quality commercial aftershave balms, but those are sold in 100ml bottles and IK comes in a 250ml bottle, so the price per ml is less than half. (This doesn’t count artisanal aftershave balms, which are even less costly.)

Written by LeisureGuy

5 February 2018 at 9:09 am

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Late start by great shave: QED Special 218, iKon 102, and Anthony Gold Red Cedar aftershave

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Mr Pomp did an excellent job on QED’s old Special 218, a glycerin-based soap that shows what glycerin-based soaps are capable of, which includes a superb lather and a terrific cedar and pine fragrance.

The 102 is still my workhorse of choice, though now I use it with somewhat less pressure after being trained on the Fine.

A splash of Anthony Gold’s superb Red Cedar aftershave, and the weekend is underway, though with a delayed start. (Retirement party last night for a friend.)

Written by LeisureGuy

3 February 2018 at 11:34 am

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Leviathan and the Baili BR171: Great shave

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I got a really good—D.R. Harris quality—lather from Leviathan. Leviathan lather is always good, but this morning I was careful to shake the brush well, and then after brushing the puck to start the loading, I added just a small amount of water and worked that into the brush, along with more of the soap. The result was a creamy, slick, thick lather—with the wonderful Leviathan fragrance.

The Baili BR171 is incredible value for the money: about $6 and a razor that’s a delight to use: three comfortable passes, no nicks, and a totally smooth finish.

A splash of Leviathan aftershave (after shaking the bottle well: my habit with aftershaves) provided a fine finish. And The Wife is back from her trip today. Yay!

Written by LeisureGuy

2 February 2018 at 9:31 am

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