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).
- Sensitive & thin skin, somewhat loose on neck
- Lots of angles and dips -- paired with a moderately tough beard
- Challenging to get a close, comfortable shave
|Rimei RM2003 razor & case|
- Cool-water rinse only, prior to lathering
- Grandad's shave soap lathered with a boar brush
- (After-shave treatments are specified in each day's notes)
- Rimei RM2003 razor, sometimes with its factory handle, sometimes with the fat, heavy Maggard MR3B handle
What I Learned this Week:
- If you get one without performance-inhibiting manufacturing defects (unlike the first one I received), the RM2003 razor by Rimei gives me excellent shaves -- in most cases for me, better than razors that are purchased for seven to ten times what I paid for the Rimei. I really, really like this razor. It seems to give me both a very close and comfortable shave.
- The Rimei RM2003, at its current price point of as low as about $5 U.S. (plus or minus depending on vendor -- but some have asked as much as $20), is an excellent value for the experienced or beginning double-edge shaver -- especially those with sensitive skin.
- The RM2003 may not be a collector piece, but it is a very practical, utilitarian instrument.
- My RM2003 shaves slightly differently on its respective sides: one edge is about a neutral blade exposure (blade edge about at the shave plane) with a smaller blade angle (~26 degrees), while the other edge has a slightly positive edge exposure (above the shave plane) and a larger blade angle (~28 degrees).
- With the RM2003, I don't need a special finishing razor for the third pass, so I can put the Gillette Slim Adjustable back into the shaving box up on the shelf in my clothes closet.
- The likely reasons for my good results with the RM2003 will be presented in an up-coming article.
- The Personna Platinum (red-label) blade remains one of my very favorites for its sharpness and comfort.
|The RM2003 razor head on the ultra-fat,|
heavy Maggard MR3B handle.
Closeness details: Upper lip - 4.2; Cheeks - 4.8; Lower lip & chin - 5.0; Under jawline - 4.4; Neck - 4.0.
Rating this day's shave*: Closeness-4.48, Irritation-5.0, Wounds-4.5
|The RM2003 with the factory handle.|
Note: the handle looks relatively thin
in this shot only due to the distortion
of the camera lens.
The following rating was done about three hours after the shave because I got distracted immediately after. So the numbers may be a bit off, but the shave was really good -- no irritation, no wounds, pretty darned close:
Closeness details: Upper lip - 4.3; Cheeks - 5.0; Lower lip & chin - 4.8; Under jawline - 4.2; Neck - 4.0.
Rating this day's shave*: Closeness-4.3, Irritation-5.0, Wounds-5.0
Closeness details: Upper lip - 4.0; Cheeks - 5.0; Lower lip & chin - 4.8; Under jawline - 4.2; Neck - 4.0.
Rating this day's shave*: Closeness-4.2, Irritation-4.0, Wounds-3.0
Closeness details: Upper lip - 4.2; Cheeks - 4.6; Lower lip & chin - 4.5; Under jawline - 3.5; Neck - 4.0.
Rating this day's shave*: Closeness-4.16, Irritation-5.0, Wounds-4.0
Summary rating: 4.39 A good, no-fuss shave.
|Thursdays through Saturday I used the|
stock RM2003; that is, with the factory
Three passes with a fussy third using the stock RM2003 including the factory handle. Post shave, I did the usual cool-water rinse, a Noxzema wash, styptic on a re-opened couple of weepers, another water rinse, and Nivea balm supplemented with vitamin-E oil. With better shaves provided by the RM2003 and the more discriminating evaluations, I may begin changing my blades twice per week: on Sunday and again on Wednesday.
Closeness details: Upper lip - 4.0; Cheeks - 4.4; Lower lip & chin - 4.8; Under jawline - 4.0; Neck - 4.0.
Rating this day's shave*: Closeness-4.24, Irritation-4.0, Wounds-4.0
Summary rating: 4.08
|Another X-pass trial on Friday.|
Closeness details: Upper lip - 4.6; Cheeks - 3.6; Lower lip & chin - 4.2; Under jawline - 3.0; Neck - 4.0.
Rating this day's shave*: Closeness-3.88, Irritation-4.0, Wounds-4.0
Summary rating: 3.96 The RM2003 handles the X-pass shave a bit better than some others.
Closeness details: Upper lip - 4.5; Cheeks - 4.7; Lower lip & chin - 4.5; Under jawline - 4.4; Neck - 4.0.
Rating this day's shave*: Closeness-4.42, Irritation-4.5, Wounds-4.0
Summary rating: 4.31 A very nice shave to finish the week.
For next week I'm returning to the Lord Platinum Class blade. I'm looking forward to next week to see how this blade performs in the RM2003.
Closeness -- a separate evaluation is done for each of these five areas: a) upper lip, b) cheeks, c) chin, d) under jaw line, and e) neck; then these five are averaged together for a single closeness rating. The following are the scale criteria:
5 – Smooth when rubbed against grain & other directions
4 – Smooth across grain but not against grain
3 – Smooth with grain only
2 – Not smooth to touch, but appears adequately clean shaven
1 – Not smooth to touch, and stubble apparent
5 – No perceivable irritation
4 – Minor irritation just after the shave, disappears quickly with time or applied balm
3 – Minor irritation that lingers for more than an hour but less than six
2 – Irritation that is perceived throughout the day
1 – Visible razor burn
5 – Absence of any wounds
4 – Pinpoint weepers only
3 – A total of three or less nicks, small cuts, and larger-than-pinpoint weepers
2 – A total of four to six nicks, cuts, and larger-than-pinpoint weepers
1 – Worse than 2, above (first aid, quick!)
Regarding use of tenths of rating points: For closeness or irritation, each additional tenth of a rating point represents about 10% of the shaving area in question. For wounds, it represents gradations within a rating. For example, if I have, say, six pinpoint weepers only, I might give a wound rating of 4. However, if I only have one wound, which is a pinpoint weeper, that would likely get a rating of 4.9.