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Music : Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers and On Days Like These by Matt Monroe
I would have never put these blades in Variant Adjustable, but I must say these provide very smooth shave in Adjustable.
Given that I shaved twice yesterday, today's growth wasn't too much, so I went for WTG, XTG and only touch-ups ATG on cheek bone and under ear areas.
I usually keep the blacks for BBS razor.
5- Captains Choice North
4- Super badger brush
5- Gillette Heritage razor and a new Spoiler P3
7- Old Spice Hawkridge
This brush is a big fluffy cloud with not much backbone. It did a very good job lathering the soap and that was damn near perfect.
I’m loading up a dispenser of 1970 Spoilers into all six of my rotation DE razors as they come up. They are not the sharpest blades, but very smooth, not unlike today’s better quality PPI blades. So using one in this too-mild razor made for extra shaving time because I needed more passes plus buffing. I got a painless BBS shave for my trouble. Didn’t even feel the Hawkridge going on. The smell dominated the soap so I didn’t even notice the incompatibility (Hawkridge is vanilla-chocolate-sandalwood, very nice but not like pine and juniper.) Either way a good if slightly tedious shave.
Brush: Razorock Big Bruce
Soap: Stirling Soap ~ Sandpiper
Razor: Mühle R41
Blade: BIC Platinum Chrome (1)
Today's spin (5457) offered a lucky no. 7 ( "select a blade of choice"). I opted for the BIC. Again, it turned out to be a great pairing with the R41. Two nice passes and bit of touch up work and a drama free BBS was settled.
Ok, I wasn't sure about today's shave, as I love the Scent of Midnight Dreary but didn't want to waste the soap on unbroken boar brush, but loaded it anyway.
Lather was just OK, nothing spectacular and partly it is unbroken brush and partly my hesitation.
I think my shave gears sense the fear, and prey on it.
If any of my other quality soap comes up with the unbroken brushes, I'll excuse the soap rather than waste them.
The shave however was excellent, Midnight Dreary gave enough slickness for 3 pass shave and I achieved BBS confirm without much hassle.
Anherb is excellent aftershave, and with increasing temperature, it'll suit even better.
It is almost as good as Nivea Sensitive after shave balm, but contains a bit of menthol and maybe some Sandalwood oil.
1- Van Der Hagen deluxe soap (it lives in this mug made by Surrey for a Sears Roebuck branded mug and brush kit in the early ‘80s)
3- Made Rite 303 handle contains a Shave Forge mixed hair knot
1- Washington Cutlery King of Whiskers razor, pre-1907
5- Captains Choice sandalwood
I did 1315 because I knew it was going to be a good shave, and it was. VDH lathers well for me with the right amount of slickness, this brush has one of my favorite knots and an extremely comfortable handle, the knife cuts hair easily without cutting me, and the CC feels and smells great. Shaves like this are why I make a hobby out of it.
3901. Proraso Red and my other mixed hair brush combined for an extra comfortable lather today, which was good because the razor is in need of a touch from the hone. Tuggy. But it was a nice smooth shave anyway.
This version of Brut is not very strongly scented. I smell more of sandalwood than Brut. It works though.