Thursday, October 22, 2015

Today's L.6-9306 Two-Pass Shave

Paradoxically, today's shave, which was basically the same process as yesterday -- the only differences being 1) the Lord L.6 razor head for the first pass rather than the Merkur 33, and 2) using far fewer buffing strokes in that first pass --  was not as close, and created just the slightest bit of irritation.

It was still a good shave -- just not great.

What I make of this outcome is that the L.6, having a larger blade-bar span, allows more contact between the blade edge and the skin surface, which likely riles the skin to a slightly greater degree. The slight irritation caused me to not work as diligently on the final pass with the Weishi 9306-F, thus reducing the closeness of the shave.

Tomorrow I will use the same blade, the seventh use of the Bluebird, in my c.1948 Gillette Tech. The plan is to make a single pass, but this time that pass will be cross grain.

The focus of this plan is optimize the standard shave, which is a single-pass shave. The key to tomorrow's approach is using a medium-mild razor with roughly cross-grain, oblique strokes.

More to come. Stay tuned.

Happy shaving!

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