My S/S knob Mergress razor is the best shaving razor I have so what the heck I got the bronze knob Mergress to go along with it awesome look.
A little detail before the shave or lead in to my shaving style. First off my neck area like many is tough to shave without irritation. I have tried many razors and diffrent methods to deal with this. I have had good or best results with the 39c, 37c, 34c and the ATT s-1 razors.
My thought was and the issue is I need a more aggressive razor on the first pass and a less aggressive on second and clean up pass. I also have found on my neck to make my first pass cross grain and even against the grain in certain areas for great results. I know this runs against the normal way of thinking with whet shaving. I have tried every way out there and this is what works for me to get the best shaves on my neck area. Any other way gives more irritation.
Now to the shave,
* Prep- a shower and face wash.Then a little pre shave cream applied.
* Lathered up.
* New Mergress short handle razor set on #3 for first pass with a new Astra SP blade loaded cold water rinse on razor during shave.
* Second pass and touch up Mergress razor set on # 1.5 (no third pass done) cold water rinse on razor during shave.
* warm water splash for clean up to face followed by cold water rinse and face lotion
The end result was a excellent smooth comfortable BBS shave with no irritation to the neck area at all. I think being able to dial the Mergress razor down to a lower setting is going to be the way to go for me. I was very impressed with this superb razor. To date this Mergress razor is the best shaving razor I have had in my hand, excellent quality.
Some may consider the below over kill but for me it is worth the effort to keep the razor like new.
I disassembled and cleaned the razor well with hot water and wiped down. Then added a few drops of light machine oil to the razors mechanism to keep all functioning well.
These are the BEST , there the ones sold by Ted Pella, with Pella you have to buy 200 at a time an with shipping cost $$$ here you can buy 100 an at 4 or 5 shaves that is a great deal. I get Two face an two head shaves per blade some guys get more. I use them in my vintage gem an ever- ready. SE razors. LOVE THEM
These blades changed my mind about SE shaving. I had been using carbon steel blades and was getting very irritating, bloody shaves. These blades came recommended by several people so I gave them a shot. WOW! It was like shaving with a different razor all together. I totally understand carbon steel may be better for some ... they obviously were not for me. These blades are shard, smooth and will cut through hair like none other! They are very rigid and will cut through any bumps or ingrown hairs so I do have to take an extra bit of caution, but the results are just outstanding.
This Aftershave has everything you need. Refreshing
Clean and has more then decent staying power.
Plus you get compliments from the work force.
The tobacco sets the middle note. Caint go wrong with this one.
I would totally agree with Mr. Adrian Jordan's comment, an almost perfect brush. It combines the value's of badger and horse and outperformes both unmixed versions. If car's, it is a hybrid of excellent looks and fair price... A great throw fm both Vie-Long and Bullgoose...
This is my go to razor, well balanced and heavy ... a real work horse !!
gorgeous looks, efficient and controllable. Unexpectedly smooth shave on my sensitive skin and thick whiskers! use the set screw to adjust the blade position for the type of cut you want and this is a pseudo-adjustable razor!
Took this to Ireland with me last week on a group trip. So many compliments on the smell saying how different and unique it is.
I love the smell of this aftershave and my skin feels great after using as well. I'll be ordering the limes AS and cream next. Thank you!
I like many of the vintage GEM SE razors but I love this razor!! It works great for coarse beards! Thanks Phil!
I wanted to get some shaves under my belt before sharing my thoughts, and now that I have I can say that this is a very fine brush. Sparse shedding, good water retention, and enough backbone to lather hard soaps. Tiny bit of scritch but not enough that it would dissuade me from face lathering. The tips are actually softer than my Silvertip Badger brush. Works well with both paint brush strokes and circular lathering. Knot diameter is perfect for me. Great looks to boot. I like it a great deal. I have both this mixed knot and the pure horsehair model and can say that this is the more versatile brush. My only complaint is that the handle is a bit larger than what I consider perfect, but that's completely subjective. I'd suggest that if you are in the market then seriously consider this brush.
Best blades and this is the best price and service I have found.
The wonderful GEM blade goes all the way back to the dawn of safety razors in the very early 1900s, but there have been no razors produced to hold them now for decades. Enthusiasts have had to scrounge antique shops or online resellers to come by these unique beasts. Until recently, double-edge and Feather SE razors have received the lion's share of attention in the shaving community. But now Rocnel has released a very masculine looking titanium-coated stainless steel razor especially designed for the GEM blade. It is substantial in weight, the handle heavily knurled for a sure grip and with an ingenious method of holding the blade firmly in the head. On top of that, it is an efficient open-comb design, not seen even in older GEM razors since the venerable GEM Micromatic razor eighty years ago. Its somewhat quirky Steampunkish look may be off-putting to some, but I love it, especially the way it leaves the blade spine in full view.
The Rocnel's shave reminds me of the efficiency of an R41 DE. A light touch yields an easy two-pass shave, no kidding. Be sure to exactly center the blade, as there are no blade end stops on the head to cover the sharp ends. However, this feature allowed me to get up tight in problem areas like under the nose.
The thicker stock and spine on these blades make for a very rigid blade, which does not chatter like DEs can and they shave more like an injector or straight razor. As such, the razor must be held so that the blade is flatter to the face than with DEs.
One caveat for the newbie GEM user: The paint scraper/box cutter blades you see in hardware stores, and which look virtually identical to their shaving brethren, are NOT meant for shaving! Do yourself a favor and order a 100-pack of Personna GEM blades from Bullgoose Shaving when you buy this exceptional razor. This is the same company which has made GEM blades since they were invented and one inexpensive box can give you about a year's worth (YMMV) of close, comfortable s...
This razor secures the blade well, and there is no movement or flex to the blade at all ... I get some of the best shaves I've had in some time with this razor. A permanent part of the rotation.
Such was the effect of using this brush -- I consider it my first REAL badger (despite having 2 other quality brushes). It performs fantastic on the face, building lather, and is like lathering with a luxurious/soft pillow. The handle is great on the hands, as in both ergonomic and easy to grip. This brush is a fantastic deal.
This is my 3rd Thater brush, and the first 2-band. I can't imagine how any brush would be better than a Thater as they hit all the marks for excellence: softness, backbone, density and flow through in a very balanced and elegant package. Well worth the investment.
This is an excellent brush. Just the right amount of backbone. This is an excellent brush for face lathering.
I'm glad Phil talked me into trying the Palmolive cream. It lathers nicely and feels good on my skin. I wish it had a stronger eucalyptus scent, but that doesn't deter the quality of the shave.
Masculine, pleasant, light.
Very soft tips, good backbone, but not too stiff. I have the 3 band thater as well. 3 band feels better on my face, the 2 band performs better. Whips up thick lather with my creams and soaps. I will probably buy the 2 band bulb as well.
Absolutely Fantastic! This has a warm strong bay rum scent on steroids. If your looking for *the* splash with an intense burn? This is it! After a long day, wash your face with a good facial scrub and slap some of this on (if you dare). Great product and certainly worth having/trying. Buy two, it's really that good!
After spending several years using a synthetic brush, it seemed like the right time to purchase a badger brush. I normally bowl lather and this brush is perfect in size for that task. Once I became familiar with the brush, I tried to face lather and found it to be the perfect size for that task as well. This might well be the *best* one size fits all shaving brush available. A shameless plug for the Asylum shave soap, it is absolutely outstanding in conjunction with this brush. Couldn't be more pleased -- Fantastic Brush!
Being one of my favorites, I'm a little biased. This is simply a terrific masculine *old school* floral splash with the perfect amount of menthol. Top quality product!
Great long lasting sent. My favorite. The wife likes it very much. It's not cheap, but IMHO it's worth it.
The difference between these (I now own a couple Kent combs) and regular plastic combs is amazing. I don't know whether it's the material (the weight in hand is more substantial and seems to help keep the comb from getting stuck) or the hand cut teeth (which really do give a different feel as the comb runs through my hair), but not only does my hair lay better, but my scalp feels nice each time. You have to try it to understand the difference.
This is the first time I've used Saponificio Varesino, and I really like the two varieties I chose. The balm is very light but soothing (I don't have a heavy beard, so don't get a lot of skin irritation when I shave). The best thing is the fragrance - light and fresh, good for hot weather when I don't like a stronger scent hanging around me all day. The dispenser top on the bottles is a little bit odd, but it works okay once you get used to it. Definitely worth trying if you haven't before.
Mergress is helpful to detail shaving.
I have two of the original stainless DE I like tge shorter handle myself and I also have the SE which I rate the SE as my best SE and I have many other suppliers models so it blew out a lot of competition. I have a oneblade obe the way that may tgreaten its first place but regardless, love the oriducts Asylum is putting out and highly recommend them.
My second Vie-Long brush. Still breaking it in, but I'm enjoying it. The olive wood handle is hands down the most beautiful in my collection. Good brush, great value.
This is a great summertime scent! My wife loves it, it goes great with the other Boellis Panama products for sale on this site, and the quality more than justifies the price!
So I've had about 3 shave with the SV 70th and I had 3 great shaves. 1st one I used my Gillette Fatboy and did 3 passes. Got a DFS. 2nd time I used my Timeless 68 OC and did 4 passes which resulted in what may be the closest shave I've ever had! 3rd time, same razor only with the 95 gap scalloped baseplate and only 3 passes WTG, XTG & ATG and it was almost as close as the 2nd shave. The soap lathers up very creamy and has great slip. Really like the complex scent. It may be a little more $$ but In my opinon well worth the price. It's now in my rotation and I highly recommend getting it if your on the fence.
From the first whiff, I was hooked! The scent is subtle but just enough to catch all day. The aftershave feels great on your skin after a close shave. It's a great product I will be buying again!
After using Astras exclusively the last few years I decided to try these. Sure glad I did! These are great blades, sharp, smooth and holds the edge for an entire weeks worth of daily shaves.
I really appreciate the speed in which Bullgoose sends me my stuff! Captains Choice is a well balanced aftershave that smells good and doesn't linger, but rather is subtle and masculine.
So this is an aftershave -- in the truest sense in terms of longevity. It lasts longer than a light AS but a lot less than a good cologne. However, it does have an excellent face feel that leaves the face feeling as well as smelling great. The smell is pure Fern heaven. It's actually slightly more lemony than the actual Penhaligon original. A+!
Very unique smelling aftershave. Smells great and has good staying power!
Bought Asylum Shave Works, frankincense & myrrh to find out what f & m was like. I was looking for something exotic, different. What I get is a very mild
minty toothpaste smell, not bad but no home run. As for the soap that's a home run. It builds up very fast a thick heavy lather that is slick, cushioning and protective. I have got some of my best shaves from this product.
Outstanding splash with great notes from start to finish. Extremely warm and inviting scent. Top quality product.
I own several high quality badger brushes but this is the first boar brush I have tried, and am very impressed with it. I expected boar brushes to be very scratchy but this one has proven to have a very comfortable feel. It has great backbone for harder soaps and creams, but still feels very soft on the face, and the handle has a good feel as well. This brush has quickly become a favorite, and I highly recommend it. It has no odor and has lost just 1 hair in about 10 shaves.
I am new to wet shaving and this was the first brush that I picked up and used. I used it in combination with the Asylum Royal Fugere soap and boy what a first shave. It was great. I was very satisfied, it whipped up a nice lather and it had just the right amount of stiffness. A good brush for rookies like myself or folks who have been at it for a while. Great price too!
This tallow soap performs much better than many other higher-priced soaps. WSP did an excellent job. Lathers easily on my game changer knot and has great residual slickness allowing additional passes after the main ones clear most of the lather.
Now the scent -- it is fantastic. It is supposed to be a fougere or an homage to Penhaligon's English Fern. It has such a body and complexity to it, at times it reminded me of the old and no longer available Yves St. Laurent Pour Homme. Either way, it's pure class and quite addictive. This is one of my better purchases.
Very happy with this purchase. It is well made - fits the Asylum RX very well. I like the design that lets the Razor lay flat and zip from the side. Not a lot of room for much more than Razor itself but I'm fine with that.
The Marlborough aftershave and shaving cream are both excellent. I am a fan of all D. R. Harris products and will continue to use them.
Very nice aftershave. I have average skin (not oily or dry) and this stuff makes my face feel great after a shave. The scent is light and doesn't linger more than 10 minutes on me. I get a sweet pear/banana smell with a hint of spice. I find it very nice. This is one of those scents that doesn't smell like anything else. It smells like Swiss Pitralon. It is it's own unique scent. Skin care properties are great. I will always have some of this in my den. As usual Bullgoose shipping was fast. Great service. Thanks Phil.
I have too many top tier soaps to be surprised by the performance a new product, but that's what happened the first time I tried Royal Fougere. I've been trying to resist purchasing more soaps, but a scent reminiscent of Wild Fern and English Fern lured me in. The scent exceeded my expectations, justifying my hidden stash of several bottles of YSL Rive Gauche, which is a perfect complement. Royal Fougere's performance matches nearly every soap in my den, from it's incredible ease of producing a rich, slick lather to it's moisturizing post shave feel. I can't recommend this soap highly enough.
I love the firmness of the brush.
The Merkur 42C 1904 is a very nice 3 piece razor. It does not have the weight of my Merkur Progress Adjustable but it is enjoyable to shave with. It fits nicely into the Muhle Blade Guard making it my now go to razor for my travel kit. Been providing smooth close shaves with TOB Eaton shaving cream and KAI as well as Derby blades. Worth owning and a great value at $31.00
This shavng cream lives up to its reputation as one on of the best sandalwood creams,
This stuff is incredible! Ultra cool upon initial skin contact, subtle and pleasant remaining scent.
This bowl fits the Czech and Speak full size soaps very well. The aluminum case is by far the best container, but it is very heavy for traveling. This wood bowl is very light and perfect to lugging around on trips.