02/05/2014

SOTD 02/05/2014


Routine

Hot Towel
Tabac Shaving Soap
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Le Grelot Hospital
CV Heljestrand Hollow Ground
Gillette Guard
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Tabac Aftershave Lotion
Tabac Eau de Cologne

Technique

Bowl Lathered
Three Pass - WTG & XTG (Le Grelot) ATG (Gillette)

Impression

Another quite breathtaking shave from this Le Grelot with a hollow ground Heljestrand blade. Everything, absolutely everything I love in a shave.

The Le Grelot was clearly the star, but the supporting performers were all there, namely the Tabac products. Great performers with a great scent!

Intrigued by my new Gillette Guard, I pulled a final pass against the grain (not that it really needed it, but nice to polish) and thoroughly enjoyed it. I would not say that this will sound the death knell for the DE, not by a long shot. It's mild. By that, I mean it is very safe - you are not going to cut yourself with this, but equally, and a positive in my book, it doesn't shave mega-close, sub-skin like their modern cartridges do. It shaves close. Think of it as a Bic Sensitive with a wobbly head and a significantly better handle.

The Gillette Guard is a cracking little razor. 19 Rs for the handle with one head and 7 Rs for replacement heads, it's a bargain! By comparison, a Gillette Sterling 7 O'Clock is 100 Rs.

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