18/02/2015

SOTD 18/02/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's English Rose & Kent Infinity Silvertex
Ever Ready 14526/09 & GEM Stainless (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Myrsol Plastic Shave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

Having developed an interest in brushes of late, I'd rather forgotten what a great little performer the humble Kent Infinity Silvertex is - just enough backbone not to crumble when face lathered and still soft and floppy enough for use as a decent bowl whipper! I face lathered and really enjoyed it!

The razor is a lesser known British "The New Ever Ready" with a patent number 14526/09 dating back to 1909. You will notice some similarity to what we call the 1924, an American made Ever Ready which replaced the 1914 'Little Lather Catcher' after their merger with GEM. It's possible that this razor was a short lived low production figure razor, or perhaps even a market tester. Either way, they're not seen often.

As a shave, it is super-efficient. I will not say aggressive because it's not, but just a little too much pressure and that quite wide blade gap can give a little nip, just a playful indication of the nick, gash or cut that it could give you if you if you were to let it off the leash! Two passes, no issues, super smooth!

I think we've likened the 1924 to the Muhle R41 from the DE world, a razor out in a class of its own, not necessarily aggressive, but very efficient. I think I'd say the relationship between this razor and the 1924 is possibly like the relationship between the 2011 and 2013 revision of the R41. I'm guessing because I've only used a 2013 revision, but you get the picture ...

Better than a 1924? Smoother and more efficient. Yes, I'd say so.

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