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Pre-Vulfix Wee Scot, Meißner Tremonia’s Strong ‘n Scottish, Baili BR171 (Victor), and Lenthéric Tweed

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After a comment from a reader that the current Wee Scot lacks lather capacity, I thought I should specifically mention that the (wonderful) Wee Scot I own was bought some years prior to the acquisition of Simpson by Vulfix. Apparently the quality of the Wee Scot is not what it once was.

My Wee Scot easily made a fine lather from Meißner Tremonia’s Strong ‘n Scottish shaving soap, obviously selected to accompany the Wee Scot.

Three passes with the Baili BR171 (which they call the Victor) left my face totally smooth—it’s an excellent razor—and a splash of Lenthéric’s Tweed finished the job, getting the weekend off to a very nice start.

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15 July 2017 at 9:47 am

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Omega baby boar brush with Leviathan and the Maggard V2 open-comb

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The Omega baby boar did indeed hold enough lather for three passes, but barely. I am beginning to view this as a novelty brush, not a working brush. (The Wee Scot, for all its diminutive size, is a working brush.)

The lather was quite good in both fragrance and consistency, and my Maggard V2OC on the MR7 hand did an excellent job. I think the RazoRock Old Type has a slight edge in feel and performance, but both open combs are excellent.

A good splash of Leviathan on my now-smooth face, and we are on the brink of the weekend.

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14 July 2017 at 8:27 am

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Strop Shoppe’s Black Tie and the RazoRock Old Type

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The Plisson brush easily made a fine lather. I really am sorry that Strop Shoppe is no more. With the redoubtable RazoRock Old Type, three passes left a BBS result with no problems. A splash of Speick, and the day is launched.

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13 July 2017 at 9:24 am

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Chiseled Face, Nancy Boy, Baby Smooth, and Ogallala Bay Rum + Sandalwood

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Let me recommend once more Nancy Boy shaving cream, particularly the Signature fragrance (Mint+Rosemary). It is my favorite shaving cream, and I love it though in general I prefer soaps. They don’t advertise except on their website, and to buy it you pretty much have to order it from them, but it’s worth it. They do sell a travel size. And, FWIW, every other product from them I’ve tried has been really good. I have no connection at all with the company. My (strong) recommendation is based totally on fragrance and performance, though the packaging is pretty nice as well.

And with the Chiseled Face brush I again got a wonderfully fragrant lather, which the Baby Smooth razor removed, along with the stubble, with no problems at all, leaving my face blissfully smooth. A splash of Ogallala Bay Rum + Sandalwood, and I’m ready for the day—somewhat belatedly.

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12 July 2017 at 11:32 am

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Rooney Finest, RazoRock Vi’Zeppino, and the iKon 101 (with new blade)

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Zi’Peppino has for me a fine fragrance, and there’s nothing wrong with the lather, which the Rooney Finest created with ease. I put a new blade in the 101 after a less than stellar shave, and it’s back now to stellar again: smooth and easy shaving with no nicks and a BBS result. A good splash of Vi’ Zeppino aftershave brings the entire satisfying albeit brief ritual to a pleasant conclusion.

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11 July 2017 at 8:42 am

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A shaving tale of redemption

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On Friday I sold my pen collection to a local dealer, who came with her pen technician to inspect the collection. I noticed that he shaved and, naturally enough, in the course of conversation I asked him whether he enjoyed shaving. I received the response I have come to expect: “I hate it!” He said that shaving was physically painful and he dreaded shaving. He uses a Gillette Mach 3 and changes the cartridge every 2-3 days. (A Mach 3 cartridge runs $2. Assuming a change every 2.5 days on average, that’s 146 cartridges a year, or $292 per year. Compare that to the $5 per year I spend: he’s spending about 60 times as much (6000%) for a shave that’s painful.)

I had to act. I have taken an oath to fight painful shaving everywhere, and so I gave him my Omega S10005 brush, a tub of Tim’s Soaps Wood and Roses shaving soap, a new Dorco PL602 from the stash I keep on hand for situations exactly like this, and five packs of different brands of blades.

A brief tutorial followed. I made some lather, showing him how to load the brush and warning about how synthetic brushes tend to hoard water, so it’s necessary to give the brush a good shake or two. I explained about pressure (very light) and the angle (handle away from the face). The dealer pointed out that this is exactly like fountain pens: use very light pressure and experiment with angle to find the sweet spot.

This morning I got an email from the dealer:

He is really raving about the awesome shaving experience this morning. I thought he’d be bloody and covered with bits of toilet paper, but he’s saying it is the best shave he’s ever had. No nicks at all. He tells me for the first time in his life he’s looking forward to shaving.  I think you have made a convert. 🙂

And she said she’s ordered a copy of the Guide for him.

That has already made this a very nice week (probably for him as well as for me). I pointed out some musings on shaving that I made in this article from a little over five years ago.

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10 July 2017 at 9:38 am

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Simpson Persian Jar, The Dead Sea, Above the Tie S1, and Pinaud Clubman

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Knowing that the Dead Sea shaving soap requires the brush be but damp, I gave the Persian Jar three good shakes before loading, and it went fine. I did add a little driblet of water as I worked up the lather on my face. With the Above the Tie S1 (on a UFO handle), getting an easy and smooth result from the two-day stubble was easy, though I think I’ll replace the blade now.

A splash of Pinaud Clubman, and I’m ready for the day if not the week.

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10 July 2017 at 9:06 am

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