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Comparison: Mühle Rocca R95 V4 and Rex Envoy

This week, I am comparing the Rex Envoy with the Mühle Rocca R95 V4. Fresh Perma-Sharp blades were loaded in each razor. The plan is to alternate days until I have five shaves on each razor/blade.
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The standard shave process will be:
Pass #1: WTG. N > S on my face. S > N on my neck.
Pass #2: XTG. Ear, TMJ, neck on both sides to the center of my face, chin, Adam's Apple.
Pass #3: ATG. S > N on my face. N > S on my neck.
Pass #4: Touchup. XTG TMJ to chin on both sides. ATG/XTG TMJ/jawline to Adam's Apple on both sides of my neck. ATG/XTG TMJ to nose/mouth on both sides of my face.

The brushes I'll alternate are the Wild West Brushworks Invasion Handle (TNS 26mm Original BOSS Fan) and the Wild West Brushworks Volcanic Ash Handle (TNS 26mm Original BOSS Fan) - both synthetics, same knot type, same loft, very similar handles.

Soap is the wonderful Musgo Real Classic - one of my absolute favorite soaps that does most everything right!

I'll post pictures of each day's kit to this thread. Full shave and comparison notes will be detailed in my Journal:
Post in thread 'never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge' never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge - https://www.badgerandblade.com/forum/threads/never-stop-learnings-quest-for-knowledge.611194/post-11537561
 
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Razor: Rex Envoy
Blade: Perma-Sharp (1)
Brush: Wild West Brushworks Volcanic Ash Handle (TNS 26mm Original BOSS Fan)
Bowl: Captain's Choice Copper
Lather: Musgo Real Classic
Aftershave: Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum
Fragrance: Cuba Royal EdT Spray

Superb shave! :cool:

Click on the following link for complete 20211116 shave notes:
Post in thread 'never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge' never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge - https://www.badgerandblade.com/forum/threads/never-stop-learnings-quest-for-knowledge.611194/post-11537571
 
I just can't get into my Envoy.
Maybe I'm too use to my vintage Gillette's, but I'm just not a fan. Looks nice though lol.
One of these days I'll give it another try, then decide if I'm keeping it re-homing it in a bst... not today though.
 
I just can't get into my Envoy.
Maybe I'm too use to my vintage Gillette's, but I'm just not a fan. Looks nice though lol.
One of these days I'll give it another try, then decide if I'm keeping it re-homing it in a bst... not today though.
The Envoy may not work for you. We all have different skin and beards to deal with. :)

Using a Perma-Sharp blade and a steep angle makes the Envoy sing for me. :)
 
A hard comparison. They are both razors. That's where the common ground almost ends. Different exposure and geometry. Both are quite noisy and produce a lot of sound. I never learned to love the lather channels without slits. Too easy for them to shoot gunk everywhere... 😀

It's also a fight of barch vs the pattern knurling of the Envoy handle.

I think the Envoy might be difficult for many because its so blade forward.
 
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Razor: Mühle Rocca R95 V4
Blade: Perma-Sharp (1)
Brush: Wild West Brushworks Invasion Handle (TNS 26mm Original BOSS Fan)
Bowl: Captain's Choice Copper
Lather: Musgo Real Classic
Aftershave: Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum
Fragrance: Cuba Orange EdT Spray
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Superb razor! :cool:

Full shave and comparison notes are detailed in my Journal:
Post in thread 'never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge' never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge - https://www.badgerandblade.com/forum/threads/never-stop-learnings-quest-for-knowledge.611194/post-11538922
 
A hard comparison. They are both razors. That's where the common ground almost ends. Different exposure and geometry. Both are quite noisy and produce a lot of sound. I never learned to love the lather channels without slits. Too easy for them to shoot gunk everywhere... 😀

It's also a fight of barch vs the pattern knurling of the Envoy handle.

I think the Envoy might be difficult for many because its so blade forward.
The feel is different, but both are comfortable and the results are very comparable. :)
 
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Razor: Rex Envoy
Blade: Perma-Sharp (2)
Brush: Wild West Brushworks Volcanic Ash Handle (TNS 26mm Original BOSS Fan)
Bowl: Captain's Choice Copper
Lather: Musgo Real Classic
Aftershave: Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum
Fragrance: Cuba Orange EdT Spray
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Superb razor! :cool:

Full shave and comparison notes are detailed in my Journal:
Post in thread 'never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge' never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge - https://www.badgerandblade.com/forum/threads/never-stop-learnings-quest-for-knowledge.611194/post-11540117
 
20211119
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Razor: Mühle Rocca R95 V4
Blade: Perma-Sharp (2)
Brush: Wild West Brushworks Volcanic Ash Handle (TNS 26mm Original BOSS Fan)
Bowl: Captain's Choice Copper
Lather: Musgo Real Classic
Aftershave: Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum
Fragrance: Cuba Orange EdT Spray
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Superb razor! :cool:

Full shave and comparison notes are detailed in my Journal:
Post in thread 'never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge' never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge - https://www.badgerandblade.com/forum/threads/never-stop-learnings-quest-for-knowledge.611194/post-11541701
 
20211120
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Razor: Rex Envoy
Blade: Perma-Sharp (3)
Brush: Wild West Brushworks Invasion Handle (TNS 26mm Original BOSS Fan)
Bowl: Captain's Choice Copper
Lather: Musgo Real Classic
Aftershave: Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum
Fragrance: Cuba Orange EdT Spray
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Superb razor, superb shave! :cool:

Full shave and comparison notes are detailed in my Journal:
Post in thread 'never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge' never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge - https://www.badgerandblade.com/forum/threads/never-stop-learnings-quest-for-knowledge.611194/post-11543261
 
20211121
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Razor: Mühle Rocca R95 V4
Blade: Perma-Sharp (3)
Brush: Wild West Brushworks Venom Handle (TNS 26mm Timberwolf Fan)
Bowl: Captain's Choice Copper
Lather: Musgo Real Classic
Aftershave: Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum
Fragrance: Cuba Orange EdT Spray
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Superb razor & shave! :cool:

Full shave and comparison notes are detailed in my Journal:
Post in thread 'never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge' never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge - https://www.badgerandblade.com/forum/threads/never-stop-learnings-quest-for-knowledge.611194/post-11544331
 
To elaborate on my impressions of the Rex Envoy and the Mühle Rocca R95 V4:
  • The Envoy is more blade forward, also slightly more efficient.
  • Both razors are smooth and get to DFS without irritation.
  • Both razors are effective, slight edge to the Envoy due to being slightly more efficient.
  • I like the weight of the R95 V4 and find it to be more nimble and maneuverable.
  • Using the 3-pass + touchup pass process, the shave results are really close.
  • With my face, skin and beard, either razor could be a daily driver.
Pending shaves remaining in this comparison:
11/23: Mühle Rocca R95 V4
11/24: Rex Envoy
11/25: Mühle Rocca R95 V4

The 11/25 shave will conclude this comparison with five shaves on each razor and blade.

Concluding comparison comments to follow after the 11/25 shave.
 
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Razor: Rex Envoy
Blade: Perma-Sharp (5 and retired)
Brush: Rudy Vey Keyhole (Shavemac 24mm 2-Band Silvertip Fan)
Bowl: Captain's Choice Copper
Lather: Musgo Real Classic
Aftershave: Bootlegger's El Dorado
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Superb razor & shave! :cool:

Full shave and comparison notes are detailed in my Journal:
Post in thread 'never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge' never-stop-learning's Quest for Knowledge - https://www.badgerandblade.com/forum/threads/never-stop-learnings-quest-for-knowledge.611194/post-11548334
 
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