Shave Of The Week - 26th Sept '10

September 26, 2010

So I thought it'd be fun to have a "Shave Of The Week" section where I'll use one razor, one blade (if I'm not using a straight), one brush and one cream/soap for the week and then do a little write-up on here.
If anyone has any requests (ie. more creams, more DE reviews...) please let me know and I'll see what I can do!

Here's my set-up for the week just gone, which contains some of my favourite things as well as being unintentionally colour co-ordinated!:
I recently got my beautiful straight razors back from honing. (Many thanks to ShavedZombie on who honed them wonderfully for me.) -  ShavedZombie on B&B

My favourite straight is my Red Imp so I have been using it as my razor all of this week having been excited to try its new sharpness! Using a straight razor (sometimes referred to as a 'cut-throat razor', or simply a 'straight') does have quite a learning curve on it but I am lucky enough that am an ambidextrous shaver so this makes some of the angles, like on the backs of my legs etc., a little easier!
It's the 132 version and is square-point 5/8ths razor which means its a nice small thing which fits perfectly in my hand.  It gives me a smooth, close shave and is very well balanced.

The "soap" is Cella. I say "soap" because this stuff is really more like a soft putty type of texture. It's an Italian made soap and is light cream in colour and smells of almonds. It lathers fantastically. It's one of my top products to use and is thick and slick and a dream to shave with. It's not drying at all and provides great cushion.

The brush is a black handled badger hair brush. Though not my favourite brush it's a lovely one and I like how the handle looks like it could be a chess piece. The badger grade is "finest" as far as I recall and it's a great worker that creates lather easily.

So a close comfortable shave this week with a setup up that I love.

But here's the bad news...
right after using this set-up today I accidental banged the edge of my straight against the tap!
It now has a tiny, tiny ding in the edge so I'm going to have to see if I can fix it on my barber's hone or if I'll have to send it out again! Poor Red Imp didn't know what hit it!


Randy said...

Nice looking setup, BE. Too bad about the ding in the Imp. Maybe an opportunity to show your honing skills?

Barber Eile's Blog said...

Well I'll have to see if I can hone it. I don't want to ruin it either as I've yet to learn to hone. We'll see!

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