Saturday, January 10, 2015

Weekly Blade Review: Personna Platinum Chrome Redux

This is the sixteenth of my weekly shave summaries. This week, I'm again using an Israeli-made Personna Platinum Chrome blade. I reviewed this blade on 22 November 2014, but I wanted to revisit the blade and enjoy it for another week. (After my first week of use, I ordered 100 blades.)

My primary shave soap again this week is the first pre-production run of Grandad's Slick 'n Creamy Shave Soap for Sensitive Skin (formula SS#11P1).

[Reminder about my skin type: I have very sensitive, thin skin, somewhat loose (on the neck when shaving horizontally), with lots of angles and dips -- paired with a moderately tough beard. It's challenging to get a close, comfortable shave. Shaving gear must be chosen with care.]

Unless otherwise specified, all shaves this week were with my minimalist beard preparation.

What I Learned this Week:
The Israeli-made Personna Platinum Chrome blade is a really good blade for my face, which this week has confirmed. Sharp and comfortable.

The Merkur 33 remains my go-to razor.

Grandad's shave soap face lathers well with a boar brush and adequate water.

Merkur 33C Classic
Using my trusty Merkur 33C Classic razor, I took an aggressive two-pass shave with a fussy second pass. An excellent shave: very close and comfortable with only a single weeper on my upper neck. After my usual cool water rinse, I had a cool-water-and-Noxzema wash, and then put just a touch of styptic on the weeper.

Similar process to yesterday: a two-pass shave with a bit of fussing in the second pass and some extra touch ups after the rinse. A very close, pleasant shave marred by a weeper under my chin that needed styptic. Finished the shave with my usual Noxzema wash and then just a very light rub with pure vitamin-E oil.

Again with the same Personna blade in the 33 razor, I took a standard three-pass shave (WG, XG, AG) and got a reasonably close, comfortable shave. The weepers were merely residual from yesterday's shave, and went away with rinse and dry. The shave was finished off with a Noxzema wash, and that's all. Not perfect; not baby smooth from all directions, but still pleasing to the hand and looking good.
The Lord L.6 razor head on the Maggard
MR3B handle.

Put the Personna blade in the Lord L.6 and, like yesterday, took a normal three-pass shave. There were a few weepers owing to the slightly larger blade gap in the L.6, when compared to the Merkur 33. A very close shave marred by the weepers. Not better than yesterday, though, which was the goal. After a water rinse, did an alum rub. Then a Noxzema wash, topped off with Gillette after-shave lotion for sensitive skin supplemented with a couple of drops of vitamin-E oil.

With the Personna red back in the 33, I used canned shaving foam instead of soap and brush. Three passes with a bit of fussing gave an excellent shave. A couple of dabs of styptic followed by another rinse and a wash with Noxzema completed today's shave, which is close and comfortable.

Face lather with Grandad's soap, boar brush, and the Personna red blade still in the 33. Three passes and a close shave.

Another face lather morning, but with a pre-wash of Noxzema. This was good, but I didn't wash off the Noxzema before face lathering, which was a mistake. The Noxzema tends to suppress rich lather with the Grandad's. Still the soap was protective for three passes. Did a final fourth touch-up pass with mostly water, which did open a single weeper that got a touch of styptic. Close, comfortable outcome.

For next week I'm returning to the Lord Platinum Class blade.

Happy shaving!

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