Birthday (Friday) shave
Razor: Battle Brothers MKII
Blade: Battle Brothers
Brush: Battle Brothers synthetic
Soap: Battle Brothers Rum Runner
Aftershave: PAA Boomtown Bay Rum
Bowl: Dad's Old Spice mug
So, my daughter bought me the Battle Brothers MKII Captain's Kit for me last month as an early birthday present, and I told her I'd wait to use it on my birthday. So, today was the big day, so here is how it went:
Razor: the MKII is aircraft grade aluminum, and VERY light. It's a pretty aggressive compared to anything I have used so far, and has a LOT of blade feel.
Blades: BB blades. They are sharp, no doubt.
Soap: Glycerine based. Needed a lot of water to stay slick. Kinda burned, but I had the same issue with my Dr. Jon's first time I used it, so I'll try it again. Very heavy on the spice notes, but that went away with the heavy leather and gunsmoke notes of the PPA AS.
Aftershave: typical PAA quality
Well, this shave was certainly different than most of my others lately. Gave myself 3 nicks, and had to use my styptic pen on them.
This will be a razor that I will have to take more time with to get comfortable using to figure out the best angle of the razor to my face. It's certainly a close shave. Have a bit of post shave irritation on my cheeks. Made too many passes trying to clean up everything.
I'm going to rate this shave a 6.5, because of the nicks. But I really hope that with practice, this will get up into the 8's and 9's in the future. I will be trying the blades with other razors to get a better feel for how well the blades do with a less aggressive razor. I think they will do well.
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