Wed 5th SOTD Soap Barrister & Mann TFMOM Brush Yaqi 26mm Moka Express 2 Band Badger Razor Karve Brass SB-D Blade Gillette London Bridge 1st Post & Aftershaves Ice Water + Stirling Witchhazel MitA + Hyaluronic + Barrister & Mann TFMOM Balm
Really special scented soap. Cigarish/Tobaccoish scented and kinda sweet? The lather was creamy and good slickness...
Shave with razor paired with the blade was very good. Very smooth and comfortable for 3passes without issues for a mostly bbs finish. Awesome cooling from MitA and the AS balm truly lasted and was able to enjoy the aromatic Cigarish/Tobaccoish scent for many hours.
Since I joined this forum, I've wondered how much difference there can be in a blade through different razors. Today showed me. While the Tiger is a dream through every razor I've tried so far, it clammed up in the Merkur. Not a "bad" shave, but not the level the Tiger normally gives me. Can't blame the soap - the Figaro performed well - it just felt harder work to get a passable shave. Back on the Parker for a day or two I think - restore my faith in the Tiger
A wonderful shave brought to you with the theme 'What a load of old Cobras'
A load of money - Cobra
A load of cobblers - Kai Captain
A load of rubbish - Wee whisky barrel
A load of trash - Bath House Spanish fig and nutmeg soap
A load of old bollocks - Bath House Spanish fig and nutmeg EDC
'You said bollocks'
'Oh my. What are those?'
On a more serious level
Firstly many thanks to @Manstein for the very kind and out of the blue offer of the loan of the Cobra. I did loan one some years back from the monkey of the blade and recall it being very memorable in a very positive sense. This shave was to prove a return to shaving wonderment.
In theory the Cobra should be pretty useless in term of the art of the razor. The blade securing mechanism is savage and a clumsy piece of simplistic design. Not only that the word secure should be read as 'not secure'. Once 'secure' the blade wobbles like a drunken stroll at 2am and the finish takes some consideration. First impressions are 'mmmmm?' and 'bloody hell, that is a lot of Blade on show'
Not much going in its favour
After being so impressed with the Bath House Cuban Cedar and Lime soap the Spanish fig and nutmeg was always going to be on the books being as the EDC is a top scent. Exactly the same performance and absolutely superb. The whisky barrel brush once again proving its excellence with a hard soap. Soapy wonders out of the way and on to the shave.
In many ways the Cobra shaves very much the same as the Occams Enoch and when you see the two side by side their are some shared similarities. Again like the Enoch a little time is required to adjust and find the angle. But this is where reserved thoughts are dispelled and everything clicks in to focus. Find that angle, find the best way to hold the awkward handle, find the pressure required and boy oh boy, heaven awaits.
I can see every reason why the Cobra is such a 'want one'. It is the fact that it shouldn't work and the reality that it delivers exceptional results which makes this razor so fascinating. It is that edge of the seat approach and quirky mannerism which has me astounded. A real class act in every aspect of being closely shaved. It does have one holding one's breath in the initial strokes but once sorted perfection is there to be taken. I wouldn't call it aggressive but it is certainly not fluffy and friendly and does carry a few warning signs to respect the blade.
A couple of stealth weepers and other than that a flawless result. One of those 'wowser wowser wowser' shaves with massive grin factor.
I am sure other shaves will come along with betterment but I reckon the Cobra could probably deliver the same day after day. In this sense it reminds me of the Ikon B1 where excellence is a prerequisite more than a by-product.
An utterly enjoyable shave with a rarity of a razor and a big thanks for the loan Manstein.
Have a smashing and safe day folk
And because I feel so damn fine I will leave you in the capable musical hands of those damn fine ladies, 'Band Maid'
'And goodbye Mr Friendly and don't bother your arse returning'