You're not alone in your sentiments about Merkur blades. Many people find them wanting. Rockwell is another company known for its good razors (I used one this morning.) but their blades are mediocre at best for most people.Rating: 10/10
Pre-Shave: Cold water splash - Cremo Shave Cream Bourbon Vanilla (Brushless - applied by hand.)
Soap: Wet the Face Modern Barbershop
Brush: Captain's Choice Tuxedo synthetic
Razor: RazoRock Lupo SS SB .72
Blade: Muhle Ice Tempered Stainless Steel (1)
Post-Shave: Cold water splash - Stirling Black Ice/Black Licorice-scented Witch Hazel - Lucky Tiger aftershave tonic
AS: Stirling Barbershop splash
This ended up being one of those 11 on a scale of 1-10 shaves. I was dissatisfied with yesterday's shave with the Merkur blade. My neck was already feeling like it needed a going over due to that blade's inability to provide a close shave. The Muhle blade however was a completely different story. This was my first use with the Muhle and I like it very much...DFS/BBS with no injuries or blood. Tried another new soap, Wet the Face Modern Barbershop out of Long Island, NY. I've watched this gentleman's videos and liked his take on a number of products...one of those being the Pinaud Clubman Classic Barber Shave cream which I used for quite a while as a pre-shave. So...the scent on this Modern Barbershop is really dead on to my nose, a very nice classic barbershop scent. I like the scent on this soap better than I like the scent on the Stirling splash, but they're a good match up for sure. I also purchased his Salty Sea Air soap which I will get around to. This soap was extremely easy to lather and it whipped up into a creamy dessert topping consistency in no time at all. It painted on perfectly and provided plenty of slick protection throughout the entire shave. I'll have to revisit his site and see what other scents catch my eye. I believe he also has aftershave splashes and this Modern Barbershop scent is a splash I would defintely consider. All in all, a fantastic shave experience.
Happy Shaves, Everyone.
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