My primary shave soap again this week is the first pre-production run of Grandad's Slick 'n Creamy Shave Soap for Sensitive Skin (formerly called SS#11P1).
|Now called Grandad's Shave Soap|
-- slick 'n creamy, for sensitive skin.
The Gillette Wilkinson Sword blade is one of those that works for me. Sufficiently sharp yet comfortable on sensitive skin, they are also a sufficiently durable blade. At the best price on ebay, they seem like a very good value if one is willing to wait for them to arrive.
Regarding shaving technique, the Merkur 33C razor used with buffing strokes on all passes may yield the closest shave that this razor can offer, while still keeping the risk of blood loss very low.
|Merkur 33C Classic|
|Lord L.6 razor head with the Maggard|
MR3B handle, which is currently offered
only in all chrome, identified as the MR3.
|Merkur 15C open-comb razor.|
Two passes using the Merkur 33 and a final, somewhat fussy pass with the modified (low blade angle) Re,Mei razor -- all, of course, with the Gillette Wilkinson Sword blade of the week. Used Arko shave stick this morning. Three weepers disappeared after the water rinse and the Noxzema wash. Again finished the shave with a balm, this time Neutrogena brand, supplemented by vitamin-E oil. No irritation after the shave, but only average closeness -- a good shave, not great.
A basic three-pass shave with the 33 razor and Grandad's soap provided a good shave. No nicks, no weepers. After the usual cool-water rinse, I finished with a Noxzema wash and some Gillette gel supplemented with vitamin-E oil.
Closing this week's shaves with the same gear I've used for the past two: the Merkur 33 razor, Grandad's shave soap, and cool-water, minimalist shave prep. Three passes using mostly buffing strokes for each gave a good shave -- on par with the past few days, which is as good as I believe I can get with the Merkur 33 razor. I re-opened the nick on my upper lip from yesterday and had one low-neck weeper, but both of these disappeared with cool-water rinses. Finished the shave with a Noxzema-and-water wash, during which I did a bit of final buffing. Really good shave!
For next week I'm shaving with a German-made Wilkinson Sword blade (in contrast to this week's Indian-made Gillette Wilkinson Sword blade).