22/10/2013

SOTD 22/10/2013



Routine

Hot Towels
Nuage Men PSO
Far North Goat Milk Shaving Soap
Pure Badger Brush
Gillette Super Speed (Red Tip)
Rapira Swedish Supersteel [1]
Hot Rinse
Cold Rinse
Alum
Witch Hazel/Olbas Oil Tonic
Recipe for Men Moisturiser

Technique

Two Pass - WTG & XTG

Impression

My first shave with a soap went well. Much enjoyed, although I must admit that for the second lather I added a little squirt of Ingram's into the mix. Far North's Goat Milk Shaving Soap lathers well, although it seemed a little ... well ... soapy compared to the creams that I am used to, which seem ... well ... creamy? I might be onto something there ...

Fresh blade, hand stopped ... lovely smooth and silent glide. Swished, t'other side and scrape! I removed the blade and stropped it again, thereafter it played very nicely. The Gillette Super Speed is a very nice razor with a great balance - the business end really does do, well, the business all on its own; my hand only there to guide. I enjoyed the SuperMax Blue Diamond which I gather is made in India, so was interested to compare what the Russians do with this magical Swedish steel. Sharper, I'd say; the SuperMax, smoother.

So, two pass and a very smooth shave. I'm out fencing later, so hope I don't blotch up with all the sweat ... plenty of moisturiser beforehand, eh?

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