SOTD: Saturday 15th -Friday 21st June 2019.

Kent UK
Thur 20th June

Cyril Salter / Maseto ED. 2band
P & B Spitfire
Occams V2- no2 plate
Feather Pro [ 2 ]
P & B Spitfire A/S Splash

My second use of this Razor. As I have used all kinds of Razors use of the rather Skeletal handle does not pose any problems and it is not inclinedto slip. The Razor when used flat to the face like an Injector , shaves very smoothly and the finish which was attained without problems was again Top Notch. I was somewhat sceptical about the performance of this Razor, but if I continue to have Shaves of this quality I will be well pleased.

I have at some time to try it with the No3 Aggressive plate, but so far I find that Razor with a medium plate to be more aggressive than most of my AC/SEs and to date shaves better than some.

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Brush - Zenith Euro X
Soap - Vitos Red Coco
Razor - Lord L6
Blade - Astra SP (1)
Post - Witch Hazel
AS - Akcay Tobacco

I'd not used an Astra SP for a while, and I've forgotten how superb a blade it is, paired incredibly well with the Lord L6; might be the best blade I've used with the razor. I say that but I've used so many different blades, it's difficult to keep track of what works and what doesn't! A really great shave all in all aside from seeming to result of some kind of undetermined bump on a cheek, which doesn't seem like an in grown but I'm sure I will find out later on!


In the garden
Jagger 3one6, Lab Blue
Simpsons Berkeley 46
Vitos Red
Blue Stratos AS
Boots Fragrance Free Moisturiser
Blue Stratos EdT

Hadn't shaved since Saturday in the hospital which was a lovely shave in itself and I was wary of of using my 3one6 giving some reports of aggressiveness but wow, it was simply wonderful. I can only liken it to a more efficient Merkur 34c. Time will tell just how good it will be as my regular razor but seldom do I get such great results on my first whip round with a new beastie. Yes the handle is thin but I didn't notice this in the hand and the knurling is beautiful. I must commend the Vitos soap as it's truly excellent and the softness of the best badger in this older 'Made in England' branded Berkeley was akin to silvertip and very dense with perfect flow-through, best wee brush I've ever used bar none. The moisturiser wasn't at all necessary but I've got myself a 32 year old girlfriend so gotta keep my youthful, boyish looks, haha! Like I ever had such a thing in the first place! In short, a damn fine shave to say the least.
The Dark Lord of Wet Shaving
Date:- 20 June 2019

Pre-shave:- Cold Water straight from the tap
Brush:- Brush:- Muhle Synth. v2.0 Silvertip Fibre Faux Horn 25/60mm knot
Soap/Cream:- Wickham 1912 ~ Apricus (Limited Edition)
Razor/Blade:- EJ DE89 / Feather #4
Post-shave:- T.N. Dickinson Witch Hazel Astringent mixed into the 240ml bottle with Natural Glycerin (20), Tea Tree Antiseptic (10), Lavender (15) & Peppermint (10 drops)
Fragrance:- Rochas Man
SOTD 200619


Feather Artist Club RG
Blade: Proline P30 (1)
Brush: Epsilon 26mm Horse Hair
Scuttle: Giles
Soap: Sebum Blue (sample)
Post: Alum (Cold water rinse) & Aloe Vera 100%
EDT: L'Occitane Cade

My newly acquired Feather AC so generously traded with @Digimonkey was put to test today and I am over the moon with it.
Thank you Iain for the razor and all the pressies, you are an absolute gentleman to deal with my friend. :)

The first time I used a Feather (Kamisori Style) so kindly offered by
@culcreuch for me to try and I must be honest to report that I cut myself to shreds. It was horrendous but I did persevere with it for a while. I went on to buy one and then sold it after a few weeks when I threw in the towel. Too many cuts. There was one stage I recall when I looked like the "Joker" off Batman with two symmetric slices on either side of my mouth.
I now know due to more experience that my technique was totally wrong.
These are totally different animals to a straight and in my opinion there are two major factors that should be adhered to when using a feather. One is the angle. It is much more acute than a straight. The razor is almost touching your face when shaving and secondly and perhaps most importantly you must use NO pressure unlike that of a straight where you can get away with a little pressure in some places around your face. Only the weight of the razor does the work.
Anyway enough of my waffling and on to the shave.

A three pass shave has achieved an incredible BBS finish although I do believe that two passes is only necessary. The Proline P30 (My "Go To" blade) is super sharp and unforgiving but it is as smooth as butter over your skin. No irritation, no feedback from the alum and no cuts or nicks resulted in an outstanding finish.

A special thank you must go out to @Optometrist who so kindly sent me yet another sample of Sebum. This time it was the Blue. I filled my scuttle with warm water (in June) and watched the soap melt in it. These Giles scuttles are fantastic @Roscotanna and it did not take long for me to achieve a glorious lather with incredible post shave feel.

The brush never lets me down. Only negative perhaps is the amount of soap retention but flow through and back bone is good.
Finished with a generous helping of Cade and I am good to go.

Enjoy your shaves! :)
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