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Prep - facial scrub
razor - Yaqi Katana - single edge - on a ES s/s handle
blade - Personna Med Prep (1)
brush - Stirling two-band fan
soap - OSP - Bay Rum
post - witch hazel
a/s - RR - Santa Maria del Fiore
balm - none
scent - none.

Remarkable. I broke my habit of using a single razor for an extended period - because my curiosity got the better of me. I was sent a Yaqi Katana head - I'd read reviews on the forum - by people whose opinions I trust - about how good they were. They were right. You don't get a much more different razor from the Karve I have been using recently - as you will know - the Katana takes a snapped half blade - a first for me. I initially had a problem getting the alignment correct - it was a pain - and nearly gave up - but sorted it by roughly positioning, mostly tightening the head and then gently tapping it - blade up - on a solid surface - that did the trick. I'm sure it will become easier with practice. The first thing you notice - is that the blade exposure is truly terrifying - beyond a R41 - between a Streamline and a Cobra - I'd say. It was with some trepidation I set about shaving. Needn't have worried - immediately I realised - that there was scant chance of hurting myself - the correct angle dials in with little or no conscious effort - it just works - and superbly. It is a noisy razor - which I quite like - not quite 1912 - ear defenders recommended - but not far off. The results were impressive - completely bbs with one pass - granted - adapted to my beard growth - not even a hint of stubble left - nante. Gentle on the skin but very very effective - as is the Karve - just in a different way - I think I will alternate between them. Whether you are an experienced single edge user - or fancy trying one for the first time - this would be a good place to start - for what they cost - it's worth a punt. I believe you can get them head only. First use of a Med Prep - nice. So, great shave - enjoy yours - and to think I used to hate shaving - yours - I.

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The Karve, Katana and the Med Prep blades were gifted to me by fellow members - the soap was from a PIF - your generosity is humbling - you know who you are - thank you.

@Satanfriendly - C. - if you haven't tried a Katana - I seriously recommend it to you in your quest for Zen razors - the sound of one edge shaving - Om mani padme hum. :)
 

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Prep - facial scrub
razor - Yaqi Katana - single edge - on a ES s/s handle
blade - Personna Med Prep (1)
brush - Stirling two-band fan
soap - OSP - Bay Rum
post - witch hazel
a/s - RR - Santa Maria del Fiore
balm - none
scent - none.

Remarkable. I broke my habit of using a single razor for an extended period - because my curiosity got the better of me. I was sent a Yaqi Katana head - I'd read reviews on the forum - by people whose opinions I trust - about how good they were. They were right. You don't get a much more different razor from the Karve I have been using recently - as you will know - the Katana takes a snapped half blade - a first for me. I initially had a problem getting the alignment correct - it was a pain - and nearly gave up - but sorted it by roughly positioning, mostly tightening the head and then gently tapping it - blade up - on a solid surface - that did the trick. I'm sure it will become easier with practice. The first thing you notice - is that the blade exposure is truly terrifying - beyond a R41 - between a Streamline and a Cobra - I'd say. It was with some trepidation I set about shaving. Needn't have worried - immediately I realised - that there was scant chance of hurting myself - the correct angle dials in with little or no conscious effort - it just works - and superbly. It is a noisy razor - which I quite like - not quite 1912 - ear defenders recommended - but not far off. The results were impressive - completely bbs with one pass - granted - adapted to my beard growth - not even a hint of stubble left - nante. Gentle on the skin but very very effective - as is the Karve - just in a different way - I think I will alternate between them. Whether you are an experienced single edge user - or fancy trying one for the first time - this would be a good place to start - for what they cost - it's worth a punt. I believe you can get them head only. First use of a Med Prep - nice. So, great shave - enjoy yours - and to think I used to hate shaving - yours - I.

Addenda -

The Karve, Katana and the Med Prep blades were gifted to me by fellow members - the soap was from a PIF - your generosity is humbling - you know who you are - thank you.

@Satanfriendly - C. - if you haven't tried a Katana - I seriously recommend it to you in your quest for Zen razors - the sound of one edge shaving - Om mani padme hum. :)
I will will be lead by your recommendation and have a good think.

This Zen is turning more in to an impossibility (an anti-Zen). Which in theory equates not to a search but more an assault on my bank account.
 
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Mining Camp Shave

Prep: B&M Reserve Cool Soap , Alt Innsbruck Emulsion
Brush: Shavemac 3-band Silvertip Badger
Cream: Musgo Real Spiced Citrus
Razor: Merkur Futur (2)
Blade: Polsilver Super Iridium (1)
Post: Alt Innsbruck Emulsion
Scent: DR Harris Arlington

That was right up there amongst the best travel shaves I have experienced - wonderful!
 
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Fri 2nd SOTD with New Brush
Soap Ariana & Evans Peach & Cognac
Brush Boti 26mm Fan Silvertip with acrylic wood handle
Razor Fatip OC Grande
Blade Hammer Stainless (Astra SS 3)
Post & Aftershave
Ice Water & Special Thayers Mix
Hyaluronic + Clubman Whisky Wood
Wow is the brush...it expanded a lot. Really soft...perhaps too soft? Need to learn how lather properly with as it sure traps loads of unseen water. Brush also seems to 'swallow' loads of the soap too...
Shave with razor paired with the Pif blade...1st wtg pass...ouucchh....it skips and tugs...ouucchh..can't continue. Replaced with the Astra SS 3rd. Much better and smoother for a complete 3pass but some weepers. Ice water rinse stop that and no irritation. Aftershave was good-Cognac & Whisky combo...
Rating 9/10
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