SOTD 07/06/2016

7th June 2016
Gillette Techmatic 3254971 Patent Anniversary

Cold Water Shave

Bulldog Shower Gel
Wickham's 1912 Parma Violet
Gillette Standard w/Haryali Silvertip Synthetic
Face Lathered
Gillette Techmatic 8(1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)

Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
YSL Kouros Aftershave & EDT
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the patent granted to the much maligned Gillette Techmatic. What promise, but what a let down ... the Techmatic certainly looks the part, reputedly went into space on the Apollo 11 mission but delivers a shave somewhat lacking.

Whether that is down to the poor stock of blade reels or whether it's just a poor shave, I don't know. What I do know is I have what appears to be a decent blade reel and so having last shaved with it exactly one year ago rolled it around to a fresh piece of blade and got on with my shave ...

I am very happy with this reknotted Gillette Standard brush. I've used the knot from the Haryali synthetic brushes, which has a real badger feel. Curious, as I abhor badger but rather like this knot - it's probably the closest to badger that I've used, certainly more so than Muhle Silvertip Fibre which is the greatest contender.

I am also very happy with the taster that I've had of Wickham's 1912 line of soaps. Parma Violet is quite gorgeous! It's simple, as it should be; works really well with these vintage aromatic fougeres, first experienced with Quorum and today Kouros. Lovely! It's the powderiness, I think ...

So, the shave went okay. Here's to the Gillette Techmatic, a razor which is squarely on the esoteric pile, even for a fellow like me. There is hope, though ... I found that the nice white case (as pictured) is a prefect case for the present Gillette Guard.

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