DR Harris has a good reputation for a reason. Their shaving creams produce a slick, easy larger, and the scent of Windsor is a great smelling classic that sticks around for a couple hours after shaving.
This was my second DE razor, the first being the EJ DE89. I bought the razor (from Bullgoose) because I wanted a stainless steel razor and liked the looks and the design of the head (very sleek). At first I was not able to shave with the razor because it was too mild. I contacted Feather and they had me send it to Japan (at their expense) to check the head. They sent it back saying it was fine. I was about sell it but then decided to give it another go. There is a learning curve with this razor. If not angled correctly, it won't cut, or won't cut completely. Once you get the angle right, it works amazing. Does the job with minimal or no razor burn. I cannot imagine going back to something like the DE89. I continue to refine my technique. My favorite blade is the Kai because it doesn't have any sticky goo on the blades, so it doesn't make the razor head sticky.
I really like this brush! It is the largest one I own and it works quite well. The bristles have good backbone, but the tips are quite soft. It whips up a good lather, with two different soaps that I have tried so far. I would certainly recommend it, especially for the sale price that I bought it!
Nice clean shave!! Super sharp blades!! Great product!
I thought I'd love Swiss Pitralon more than the German, but i was wrong!!! German Pitralon is the best!!! If you like a similar scent of pine & cedar, this stuff is for you! I find that it feels better and has a more pleasant and natural "wet forest" tree scent than even Fine Green Vetiver. This aftershave soothes razor burn extremely well and is one of my all time favorites now.
I love this brush fast shipping to and responsible people and not only that the owner talks to you in text the the employees he great guy thanks guys
This and Cella is all I need! Great scent and awesome for my skin!
Love Cella! I have sensitive skin, and most scented creams/soaps/croaps bother my neck, not Cella! Rich full lather with great marzipan scent! Added the AS Balm to my order for the first time and loving that too; just ordered the AS Splash to try!
Lathers superbly, nice glide and protection. Nuanced aroma. Only 4 ingredients! A number of soap makers could take a cue from this soap.
I own a Progress, and, whilst it's a good razor, it lacks a couple of things, especially balance. The Mergress removes any shortcomings, and turns this razor into a great shaver. It also improves its looks. Excellent service from Bullgoose rounds it all off.
The bowl is as advertised and works very well. It is attractive sitting on my counter with my shaving devices. It is a wide bowl that sits well in my hand, with plenty of room to work up a good lather!
Really nice performance, nice subtle scent, east in sensitive skin
To be fair, I can only compare the Asylum to the Above The Tie single edge.
The ATT is a bit more gentle and doesn't shave quite as close as the Asylum.
I do like the feel in hand with the Asylum better, in fact its feel reminds me of a Tradere. (if they made a single edge that is)
with the head being so narrow it does become more nibble but that also make it a little harder to get the blade angle.
after a few shaves I found it and I'm good.
the Asylum needs to be respected more than the ATT. All razors do..
I've been shaving with double edge for 40 years and with single edge just a couple of months.
I still have a lot to learn about single edge shaving, I am liking it and see some benefits with the single edge
I do need more time till I could say I like it better or not.
I like the razor and I would suggest it to any who wishes to venture away from double razors.
What more can I say it shaves like a dream
I am retiring my other razors. If you thinking to buy Single edge razor by the RX you will not regret. 10 Stars and the services is exelant
Without question my BEST razor. I started DE shaving about 4 years ago. I've gone through at least 3 phases of RAD hunting for the perfect razor for my style of achieving the perfect BBS shave, with the grain pass and 2 against the grain finishing passes with minor buffing. As always and similar to others, my neck is the most difficult area to get super close without some irritation or weepers. I'm most fond of my Weber, ATT H1/R1, '57 Fat Boy, Gillette SS Red Tip, and EJ DE89. Now to the Asylum. My brother and wife bought me the Asylum Rx for my 50th birthday. I have been completely invested in DE razors with more than 6,000 blades on hand for a "Razor Apocalypse" if one were to occur. Holy Smoke.... I never thought I could find another razor to match my perfect shaves. Not only does this Asylum match them but it performs the task of delivering BBS with much less effort and with more comfort. The Feather Pro blade just glides and cuts with no problem in finding the proper shave angle. Long strokes turn into shorter shaves, due to the extra width of SE blades and this razors efficiency. It cuts like my aggressive ATT H1 but feels as gentle as a DE89 or Weber. In addition, the smaller head allows for easier 'above the lip' access. The weight and balance are right-on, too. I'm not leaving DE shaving; however, a broader world of SE has just emerged. If I could only keep 1 razor in my den, the Asylum Rx would take it's rightful place. BTW, for you head shavers like me, don't fear. It'll give you that perfect shave too. In hoping that the extra blade longevity in SE blades will make SE shaving as inexpensive as DE. Off the record, the Asylum Rx has worked well with the Feather Pro SUPER. Thank You... Phil, my brother and my wife for a wonderful 50th birthday gift that's a true masterpiece.
Magnificently Soft with perfect backbone. This is a fantastic brush. Wish I can afford to buy more Thater brushes.
Both my wife and I adored the lime scent. Although I prefer soaps over the creams most of the time, my wife is a true believer in the superiority of creams. She normally uses the bare minimum when shaving the legs but with Trumper Extract of Lime, she uses a lot simply because she says, "It smells great and goes a good job for me." I assume I will be ordering this product again in a few months.
The customer service at Bullgoose is superb. Please believe me when I say this: in this era of rip offs, unanswered e-mails and phone calls etc., these guys will restore a vibe of optimism. Maybe the world will be all right. I love this razor. Every Merkur I have had had poor quality. They shave great but look at the bumpy finish. I prefer a higher standard of quality. Any how I wanted an adjustable. I don't know how Mer does it but the finish on this Mergress is flawless. So is everything else about this razor. I cannot find words to express how good this buying experience has been. Thank you Bullgoose.
Had heard alot about this brand so I found a puck of soap while on vacation but did not have the balm so with Phil's help from BGS I was able to get the balm and a few other items and all I can say is it's a great product !! wish they made a aftershave splash as well but will find something to pair with the soap and balm and BGS has great customer service and fast shipping so always pleased to get a package from Phil.
I've owned several 2 band brushes over the years but this was my first Thater. I chose the 26mm knot, fan shaped in a black handle. I face lather and generally prefer my knot/loft to be 1:2, even more so when it's a fan vs a bulb. At 26/55mm it misses the mark, but the two band hair used in this brush provided enough backbone that I had no trouble face lathering. There is a small amount of scritch in the tips (which I like), and it has shed a couple hairs but nothing out of the ordinary. Density looks good. It does seem to retain water/lather in the lower 3rd of the knot, usually I have my brush loaded enough that it's not a problem for a 3 pass shave. Overall I think this brush is a great addition to my collection and provides a different experience than my bulb knots. I think I'll hang on to this one. In the picture, the thater is on the left. On the right is a 25mm/48 bulb from Morris and Forndran 2011.
I have several SV soaps. Any SV soap is well worth owning All are great soaps. None have been my favorite until I discovered Stella Alpina. For me, without a doubt, this is the best of all their offerings
I don't typically write reviews, but I purchased this razor and want others to know how much I appreciate it. I have a number of razors to include the Merkur 34C, the 37C Slant and even a Gillette1959 Fatboy; this razor shaves better than all of the hands down. If you are hesitating because of the price, you don't need to worry, you will not regret this razor. It is incredibly well made and very nicely balanced. This razor doesn't just look and feel good, but more importantly provides the closest shaves I've had. Make the purchase ... you won't regret it.
The Edwin Jagger de89 with the barley handle was my first de razor. I've had this razor for several years now, and it's in as good of shape as when I first opened the box. I also have a short handled version as well. It performs so well that I recently purchased two for gifts to give to family members. Hands down, a great go-to razor that not only looks great sitting in the stand, but delivers a great shave day after day. You won't be disappointed in the quality, balance, or finish of this great shaver.
I ordered the Polysilver Blades after reading many positive comments on several different wet shaving sites. I was not disappointed. Although the first blade seemed a little rough with the first shave, it calmed down for subsequent shaves and performed very well. Although they are a little costly compared to Astra SPs which I usually use, I am glad I had the opportunity to use them as they have been discontinued. Thanks, Phil.
Excellent 2E razor. With a Feather 2E blade, a great, "comfortable", "at ease" (cf'd with the 'new", 1E razors I'm just trying for the first time) shave for me. Length and weight are most comfortable for me. MEK
Very close shave without the worry about nicks and cuts that come with many open comb razors. It is well worth the money. Highly recommended.
I bought this on a lark as my previous products were too oily for me although they performed well. I never thought of myself as one who used scented aftershaves with descriptions like 'lemongrass' or 'black pepper' but I guess times change. This balm covered well and soothed - I expected nothing less. But the pleasant scents actually surprised and delighted me. I may decide to stop experimenting and stick with this one.
This razor is very mild. It provides good shaves reminiscent of the short comb Gillettes, which it made to to do. I would recommend to someone for their first venture into open comb razors
I bought this razor some weeks ago. I have shaved with it numerous times. I found the shaves acceptable. The workmanship is very good. On disassembly to clean the razor I found that the set screw requires some attention, it must be set slightly beneath the top of the plate for the blade not to wobble when shaving. Also the top plate has to be position properly like the Merkur Progress. perhaps a mark or something to denote the proper position would help.
The Asylum is the best razor i've ever tested in this two years of wet shaving. I shaved with many top quality DE and some SE but the Asylum was the best. Pair with a Kai Protouch MG blade, it gives me an extra close shave and free of any irritation or nicks. The best shaves of my life. And also the best razor for my most difficult zone, the lower neck. Other razors nicks me this zone very easy, but with the Asylum is very easy to shave this zone without problems.
This is one of my top razors naw it gives a barber shave worth the money and fast shipping thanks guys.
What can I say? Next to my 37G (slant) razor, this 34G is my all time favorite! I also own an Above The Tie (ATT) S1 and S2, a Feather AS-D2, a few Edwin Jagers and some old restored Gillettes. I have expensive razors, but these Merkurs, especially the 34Gold is the one I just keep coming back to. While this gold finish means nothing by which to measure a great shave with, it does add elegance to the bathroom. The feel of the blade against the beard with one of these Merkurs is second to none. The Germans really know what they're doing when it comes to these razors. It leaves a close and the most smoothest feeling (no razor burn) than my Feather or one of my ATT's!
A very good razor, but not great. I'd give this razor a "B" on the razor report card. Yes I would recommend it because I do like it and use it in my razor rotation, but I don't use it ever day. It's an EXTREMELY mild razor and you basically can NOT cut yourself with it, no matter how hard you try. I agree with the reviewer that suggested a shim (or two) under the blade to get a closer or more "aggressive" shave. The weight and mirrored chrome polish of the handle is second to none! The razor feels absolutely fantastic in your hand, like a fine precision surgical tool. It is not a cheaply made piece of crap. It is definitely a razor to pass on to a son or grandson and a perfect "first razor" for a person just starting to shave his face.
I have used almost every SE razor on the market. Obviously they all have their pro and cons. Some work better with certain blades versus others. I have been using my new Asylum for several days now and due to the other reviews I decided to split the difference and start with a Kai Protouch (with guard). I received the closest shave with the least irritation of any SE or DE that I own, and I own quit a few. Becuase of the size and design I required only two passes with a couple of touch up areas instead of my usual three passes with touch ups. I have a very thick and heavy beard but very sensitive skin. Straits have also done well but I just don't have the time for the maintenance. So consider this razor a straight, without the up keep. If your face can use a Feather Pro or Progaurd then go for it; I have used those also now and although you need a softer touch, they work well also. But if you are using the razor for the first time, the Kai Protouch will work fine. The angle is very intuitive for an experienced shaver and the blade feel is terrific. Well done!!
one Great shaver a lot better then the actual progress much more precision in its adjustment. I use feathers works really well with that.
I've used a number of different sandlewood deodorants over the years and for the price this one is the best hands down.
Works all day but not an overwhelming scent and doesn't leave a sticky residue like other ones.
I highly recommend this product.
Best blades I've ever used. Exceptional service from Bullgoose
I have an awesome collection of razors that range from vintage in display cases to modern DE, I enjoy mixing up the many razors to get a nice varied shave experience. Taken together, it gives you a great way of taking care of yourself in a here and now mindful way. Since I received the BBSE1 my shave experience is so enhanced that my DE's are put to shame. After the first shave I immediately ordered more Pro-Feather blades even though I had 20 on the side. Bullgoose provides a trusted valuable service that you can depend on. I'm sure I'll like my other razors, but right now the smoothness and excellent shave experience is a great way to celebrate 2017 in a very satisfying way!
I highly recommend this creams to anyone especially if you are like me and have sensitive skin. This is a great addition to anyone's lineup. It is right inline with all the best SV, SMN, Nuavia, and XPEC creams and soaps. Super smooth and no need for a pre-shave. It has a wonderful, bright, pungent scent of Orange. It really is a joy early in the morning.
This razor gives a clise shave the same way as a stright naw its one of my top favorites and fast shipping to thanks guts.
Shipped very quickly by Bullgoose shaving, the Pedro Bermudez Special Edition Taramundi knife -TSN 2016 is a very well made knife: compact, precise.
If you enjoy things that follow a process to perform a task than this razor will make you happy to use. The end reward is a great shave and it forces you, at least it did me, to slow down and shave at a very relaxed pace. No nicks cuts or weepers just a satisfying experience. Yes the polishing of the finished razor is not the best but as a utilitarian tool this razor is top quality and very well built.
I carry a small knife with me for everyday use this Pedro Bermudez is a beautiful slim all around knife. Folds up to a nice slim compact knife and with its leather sheath protects the knife/wood handle from getting scratched up.
I have been very impressed with the ATT SE razor. I like variety in my shaving- from modern and vintage DE to vintage SE to straight
razors, I get bored very easily if I use the same razor every day. The ATT SE is a unique shave experience that
is also an outstanding one. The heft and balance of the bamboo handle is impressive. The grip is amongst the best
I've experienced. The Feather injector blade (Artist Club Professional) is sharp and smooth for what I would consider
an overall moderately aggressive shave. A vintage SE with my preferred GEM PFTE blade is stiffer and a bit more aggressive
in most of the vintage SE razors I use. It's always nice for me to add even more variety to my insane collection of shave
equipment, but after about 7 years of this, it is getting harder to find variations that are truly unique-ATT SE is a breath
of fresh air.
Working with Bullgoose shave supplies is as efficient and pleasant as ever. As I have so much product,
I have not ordered anything for well over a year. It's nice to see that this excellent service is still excellent- especially around the
holidays when things must be swamped. Long Live Bullgoose Shave Supplies!
I shaved with this new SE 50 today and I find it a great razor. It's definitely not aggressive but smooth which makes it ideal for every day shaving.
It's not in the RX league by any means, any way you look at it. Not even the finish. It came with a few scratches from the polishing operation which is O.K with me as I intend to use it like all my razors.
The things I don't like are the weight which I believe makes it the heftiest SE on the market. This weight stands in the way of feeling absolutely comfortable while shaving. The next, is the 2.5mm Allen key(not included) that's needed to load the thing. I don't like to have Allen keys in my bathroom, so II think I'm going to do something with it to make it a three piece razor.
For the money it's a great SS razor and I'll certainly buy the soon to be released SE 50 with the magnets, the slimmer head and the lighter.
I shaved with a Feather pro and it's a mild shaver for me, extremely comfortable though. No nicks, no cuts, no weepers anywhere. It gave me a DFS with my usual two passes, while in the same manner I get BBS with the RX. Worth having.
This little brush although soft it's difficult to make it splay which makes it ideal for my 4 day stubble.
It makes great lather no matter what lathering means one is using every time.
Great size for traveling.
Thank you Phil for this little wonder.
I have the Mongoose, ATT SE1, Colonial Razor the General, the oneblade, and now the Asylum Rx. All of them are fantastic SE razors! The Asylum is definitely one of my closest shaving razors and never lets me down! The feather professionals seem to work best for me in this razor edging out the Kai brand. Great razor!
I just had the finest shave of my life. First use, out of the Christmas wrapped box. 4-day stubble, started on 2, finished on 3, fantastic results.
This is a fantastic shaver. Even on dial setting 3 it's pretty aggressive, but dial setting 1 is very mild. It's the best of both worlds. I haven't shaved on settings 4 or 5 yet, but I may try it out soon. Regardless, the modifications made to the original Merkur Progress are done very well and this shaver is worth the little bit of extra money.
I wanted to try something different and I am glad I did. Great scent and it does not dry my skin out, like some soaps do. The orange flavor is next on my list.
The scent is the strong point for this soap. It's fresh, clean and exactly what you'd expect from a lime shaving soap. It's not the easiest to lather. I've been using it a couple weeks and generally get a thinner lather than I prefer. But it's still a solid addition to my lineup.
For years, the EJ Best Badger Brush in medium has been recommended as a first brush for new wet shavers. There is a reason for that -the brush delivers beyond its price point. I would characterize this brush as an excellent bowl lathering brush but, it can also do an acceptable;e job if you face lather. The brush is a deal at regular price and an absolute steal with the Bullgoose discount code.
The craftsmanship on the Asylum Razor Pouch is first rate -you can tell that the artisan paid close attention to detail. The pouch is perfect for travel and it will not break the bank. An excellent value!
I'd been waiting for over two years for BG Shaving to get his SE razor on the market and by the time he did I thought, do I really need another SE razor since I already had two other modern versions? But, boy am I glad I purchased one--the Rx takes shaving with a safety razor to a new level. The form, fit and function are exemplary--it's beautiful, unique and shaves perfectly. The weight is ideal because this razor demands a very light touch. There's a learning curve in loading a new blade, but there was one when I first starting using a DE razor, so it's something I'll get used to. Phil, I'm extremely happy you persisted and finally got this razor on the market--thank you.
Good balance, smooth and not too harsh. Good close shave. Worth the money. Highly recommended.
great sent, EASY LATHERING, don't need much on the brush, slick, I think that says it all WONDERFULL
This is an excellent hair tonic. It has just the correct amount of oil to keep the hair in place and moist with the oil, I really like it.
I was expecting Proraso's version of Aramis. Wrong. The sandalwood scent is very light to my nose. It is very moisturizing and up to Proraso's standards. While the oils in Aramis tend to sit on the surface, Proraso's penetrate and don't leave you with an oily face.
Four of five only because no product is perfect.
I appreciate and admire well made instruments and machines. The Asylum Rx is just that. And an excellent razor!
I've been using a Vie-Long 13061M horse hair brush for a couple of years and really like how well it works with medium hard soaps. I bought this brush for the longer handle and knot since the previous brush usually left me with a handful of lather. I've been using this brush for most of the last week and really do like the handle. The knot is not what I expected though. It's wonderfully soft on the face, but doesn't have nearly as much backbone as I was expecting from a horse hair brush. Face lathering really doesn't work with this brush, but bowl lathering is very nice for such an inexpensive brush. For a first brush newcomer, this is really hard to beat, handling bowl lathering of both medium hard soaps and creams and giving an almost Badger silkiness.
Llevo 4 afeitados y la maquina muy bien,el acabado bien, se siente muy bien en la mano,es el unico monofilo que tengo pero no me hace falta otro....buena ideea Phil!!
I purchased this fine razor recently from Phil at Bull Goose shaving. I am an old time user of the "Feather Artisan" straight razor replaceable blade shavers, I own two. It was only a matter of time before someone came up with a handled razor that used these extremely sharp single edge blades. I own now the Rocnel and the new Mongoose II Stainless using this type blade. There is a learning curve in using this new Rocnel. The weight of the Rocnel works with you thus eliminating any force other than the weight to perform a decent shave. I began at a 30° shave angle downward from perpendicular from my face and used a light downward stroke with a new Feather Pr0-Super (Black box) blade. There was no need for a second pass and no blood was drawn. The dovetailed top cap slides off the bottom rather than lifting straight off. A metric stainless setscrew(Razor made in Turkey) attaches the handle to the top cap and also needs to be removed as this setscrew has a secondary purpose of placing tension on the blade captured by the top cap. This makes this actually a 4 piece razor. I wish the handle had a permanent setscrew attached. The Rocnel is supplied with a nominal 3/32 Allen wrench(.0937) which because it is a metric setscrew should use a 2.5mm Allen. They are close enough to be substituted but you may wish to purchase an additional metric setsscrew. I find this attachment a little time consuming as well as placing the blade properly onto the tabs milled into the bottom cap before sliding the top ap on. I might reverse the setscrew so that the recess hole is slowing and then put loctite on the handle permanently insuring proper bottoming of the handle and tension on the blade. This is a fine razor and I foresee a modification such as on the Mongoose II. Shipping was fast and the razor is a quality well machined tool.The polishing is by hand with no scuff marks or milling errors. The milling does add to the cost over conventional razors. Five stars!
Seems to have a slightly more aggressive shave than some other single blade razors. Due to it's weight, loss of concentration can easily lead to nicks. One caution--make sure the set screw screwed tight. My first time I thought it was screwed on solidly, but after several swishes in sink I found that the cap and blade were in the bottom of the sink.Much harder to put back together when wet. Overall,good buy.
This brush is not that bad. It is fairly soft. The only downside is that I think it is a bit floppy. Not horribly so but it is not a true face lathering brush. If you are looking for a decent bowl lathering brush this is not a bad choice.
For the most part, I'm fairly satisfied. Here my Pros and Cons:
1. Great Price. For the $$$, it's alright.
2. Decent workmanship if you're not too picky about final polishing.
3. Good shaver but not stellar. It's fairly hard to keep the perfect angle throughout the entire shave.
4. Cool design of head and ergonomics. I like using the allen wrench.
1. Mediocre workmanship; scuff marks everywhere. The factory didn't do a thorough job with final polishing. Scratches look like I've abused this razor or asked it to bounce around, unprotected, in a travel pouch. The bottom plate had scratches similar to sandpaper marks.
2. Metal debris in handle threads and black residue in all creases.
3. Hard to find and keep perfect shave angle.
4. Allen wrench not supplied.
Buy the Asylum. The Asylum is a better shaver, more aggressive and efficient. BBS is much easier with the Asylum. Don't get me wrong, this razor can shave, but it requires more attention and with to achieve that glassy BBS that I expect. I did manage to get the Feather Pro Super to fit but with much work for the head to slide over the base plate. I'm glad I bought this razor. It's fun to use. It's No Asylum, though. This is a decent razor to get into the SE world for half the price of other razors.
The brush came in a cylindrical box. There was no stand (I was not expecting a stand). Right off the box, the bristles felt a bit scritchy and there was some odor. I was expecting a softer brush. In the first shave with this brush, there was some hair loss and also the odor dominated the soap's scent.
I followed suggestions from the web to get rid of the odor - soak in warm water and vinegar solution for few minutes and wash; load soap on the brush as if for lathering and leave it overnight. This got rid of the odor. There was no hair loss after my third shave.
My biggest complaint with this brush is that it is very tiny and light in my hands and it is uncomfortable getting a grip on this brush.
My only other brush is a VDH pure badger brush. This handle and weight is comfortable for me. I was perfectly happy with this VDH pure badger brush. The only reason I bought this EJ872 brush because of the 50% discount offered here and read so many good things about Edwin Jagger merchandise.
The EJ872 absorbs lot more water than my VDH pure badger. The EJ872 does feel a tad softer than my VDH. Regarding lathering, I don't have a winner yet.
Try it one of best I have used
I have used every SE razor out there. I love my King Cobra but its crap quality. I love my ATT S1, good quality and a good shave. When I came across the Asylum I loved the look and ordered. My first impressions... it's was quality. Nice weight, well thought out and attention to detail on head and handle was first class. Would I make a change? None to make, it's beautiful. Now the shave, first class and shaves as good as anything I've tried. If your reading this and thiinking of buying.....pull the trigger, it's a CLASS razor in every aspect. It you don't want to spend the money grow a beard or let the wife spend your hard earned money on nail polish. I'm from the `U.K. and it costs me far more to buy, so your getting a good deal. Also I want to add, the service form Phil was 100%
Very satisfied with these blades. Using with the Asylum Rx razor. Shave incredibly close and irritation free. Last for at least 8 shaves. Highly recommend these blades.
This shave brush is incredible. It will mix up a lather in no time flat, has such a soft feel to it and yet maintains just the right amount of stiffness. And because it is synthetic, it cleans easy and dries very fast, love it.
This thing is a true beauty and is a great addition to my collection. I have shaved with this razor multiple times on multiple settings and have had BBS shave every time. The addition of coming with a Stainless steel base stand was also great. This is definitely a keeper and I will also be taking this razor with me on travels!!!!!
B&S did wonders by colaberating on this razor they created something quite remarkable and easy to shave with. The razor was fairly easy to find the natural position or angle which I was scared of at the beginning. I used a Personna med prep blade everytime without irritation.
I thought this razor may be too mild, but it's proven me wrong. Two passes and a little touch up here and there and I have a BBS. There razor feels great day the hand with good balance. The finish is awesome.... this may be the only razor I use any more. I tried it with my three favorite blades and they all worked great. I believe this is all the razor anyone could ever want. Highly recommended!! The service and shipping was also great from Bullgoose.
This is actually the second time I've purchased this item. The first was for myself; this was for my son. Hard to go wrong with Semogue.
This is the best brush I've ever used. Lathers like crazy whether in the bowl or on the face. I tried a couple of $12 synthetics but they were either too floppy or too scritchy. I think my brush quest is over.
Part of the appeal of wet shaving to me is trying new and different products. I was completely satisfied with my Feather DE razor, but decided to give the Asylum Rx a try. I am very pleased with it. The quality and workmanship are both excellent and it is manufactured in the US! After some adjustments in technique, I am now getting closer and smoother shaves than I ever thought possible. The balance and feel of this razor is amazing. Areas that previously required a third pass are now shaved closely in 2 passes, some in only one. Blade life is very good - 8 shaves with either Kai Titan milds or Feather Professionals. I highly recommend this razor.
After trying numerous brands of blades a few years back, I settled on Astras anfd have never looked back. My beard is tough, with lots of variation in grain, so I need to be able to make multiple passes, and Astras are in a sweet spot of sharp but not too sharp that works great for me. They are inexpensive as well.
Everything I like in a brush. Not too big, not too small. This brush is AWESOME with creams, whipping up a good head of foam for a great shave. Excellent brush!
This has become my "go to" for my usual, two-pass morning routine. I began using it with the Feather MR3 Neo blades. I then tried the Feather FII Neo Twin Blades. I now use the twin blade cartridges exclusively. Nice, evenly-weighted, easy grip when wet, and it looks classy on the counter top in its stand.
Bought it with the Czech&Speake Oxford refill puck. Great match, fits nicely.
So I'm newer to the game, but I really love this cream. It's easy to lather up, and has a strong peppermint smell which I was looking for, and didn't find a ton of options. This is my go to/most used even though I have some expensive soaps.
This is another great soap in the SV lineup. I personally feel that the Tundra is a little slipperier and I enjoy the scent more but this is still excellent and worth having a go with.
I have not had many shaves with the RX and have only used it with the Kai Titan Mild blades so far. There is a learning curve associated with it as it is definitely different than me DE razors. My first impression is that razor shaves great. I am sure that it will only get better as I improve my technique. One additional benefit is that the blades seem to last longer than DE blades. I am very happy with the razor. It is somewhat expensive but the fit and finish are exceptional. I am debating getting it plated with rhodium to give it a unique look although the mat stainless steel looks great.
To set up my prejudices, my favorite sharpest blade is a Feather and my cheap blade choice is Astra. The 7 is in between and a great blade that lasts me most of a week. I have a fairly fine beard and do a three pass most days. I have several razors and this opinion is based on using the blade in an EJ DE89. Hard to beat the value!
Vulfix 2273 badger brush is a nice looking brush with mild, soft bristles. No scritch at all.
While this is labeled as a cream, it is much looser than other Taylor of Old Bond Street creams. It's quite runny and so difficult to spread. The scent is strong and masculine though.
I found some YouTube videos using Gem as a replacement blade as an alternative for my OneBlade Razor, for the single edge Feather FHS-10 blades were constantly pulling and tugging the hairs they did not work for me there to mild. So after watching the videos I ordered from Bullgoose the Gem blades and they worked after removing the spline end from the blade itself using pliers. The blade fits but not perfectly since they were not designed for it but it does lock into place and gave me a smooth shave for the past week. These blades are not found locally were I live but they sure gave me BBS shave lets see how long they last, so far its been a weeks worth of shaves I have gotten, and I shave every day. These blades seam to me aggressive mild but I use a mix of baby oil with any shaving cream or soap I use. Every face and hair follicles are different I recommend to try these blades on your single edge razors as a sampler from Bullgoose they are 10 to a pack and have a bottom section to dispose of used blades.
This is my favorite SV soap. Delicate and sophisticated scent paired with outstanding performance of Ale's creations made it an instant winner in my rather large shaving soaps collection.
I've been DE shaving for about six months and it's been great for my face. However, my lower neck still gets quite irritated from time to time. I've had my eye on a slant razor for a while now and decided to give the X3 a try as an early Christmas present to myself. Wow! Using virtually no pressure at all my neck is clean shaven with no irritation at all. I can't wait for warmer weather when I shave the beard and can use the X3 on my entire face. So far I've only used PolSilver blades in the X3 and they've been great. This razor has brought me as close to a baby bottom smooth shave as I've ever had, including straight razor shaves I've had from professional barbers.
Similar to the Swiss made Pitralon but a little 'zestier'. Perfect for you and your lady flying to Paris, just for dinner.
Splash this on, drop the top on the Porsche and take your lady out on a warm summer evening. She'll want to touch your face all night! Very classy! Bullgoose is first class all the way!
Tabac absolutely lived up to my expectations. I have hard water, and it lathers faster than anything else I have. The scent is love-it-or-hate-it (I enjoy it); powder is the biggest note to me. Definitely a favorite that will remain in my rotation.
I've been shaving with a double edged (DE) razor with Feather blades almost exclusively for the past ten years. I found myself needing to get through airports more often with just a carry on bag so I began the search for a comparable cartridge razor since DE blades cannot be legally carried through security. My search ended with the Feather FII Neros and an MR3 razor.
With this setup I can achieve a shave that is on a par with a DE in just two passes. The MR3 handle is rubber coated metal that has a nice weight and feel to it - not unlike a DE. One pass with the grain, one against and I'm done. Smooth and no irritation.
If you are familiar with how sharp and efficient Feather DE blades are you will not be disappointed with the Neros. Same Feather sharpness yet in a cartridge to produce an irritation free shave. I've even started using the Neros at home and reserving the DE for weekends when I'm not in a hurry and have more time to shave. I also prefer these twin blades over the triple blades supplied with the MR3.
As far as durability, these blades hold up pretty well. In a DE I got about three good shaves from a Feather blade. The FII Neros last about two weeks for me. Cost wise it comes out about the same. If you are looking for a great travel razor or just a different cartridge for shaving at home I highly recommend these. I've tried other cartridge razors from the big brands in the U.S. and have always been disappointed in the sharpness of the blades and the cost. These Neros are right on par with a DE in terms of performance and cost.
These blades do come with a lubricating strip, which I typically despise from cartridge razors, but these don't melt as much and don't create the typical goo all over your face. The lubrication strip is hardly noticeable after the first shave which for me is a good thing. I'd rather use good wet lather on my face than a gooey strip on my razor.
Give these a try along with an MR3 razor. I'm sure you won't regret it.
the package always arrives on time, and the packaging and included note from Bullgoose is always a cut above.
I really love the Duke 1. In my permanent brush rotation.
This is really a work of art, looks like jewelry, and on top of it is a great shaver, very smooth and comfortable with some heft to it. Well worth the investment!
Great shave oil. I use it to shave my neck and cheeks above my beard, without any additional cream or soap. I used shave secret for the same purpose for years, but find Floid to be less viscous and the scent is lighter; it doesn't leave an oily residue. Excellent product.
but please make it more slick !
Nice razor that is built like a tank. I waiting to I use all of the plates before reviewing. Plates 1 and 2 were a little too mild for my taste. I got 5 nice shaves using a Rockwell blade at different settings. After some experimenting my magic combination is plate 4 with a Polsilver Super Iridium blade. This is going to be my go to razor for double edged blades. The only minor negative thing is that the edges of the blade are exposed so you must be careful not to nick your ears. This is a very minor issue. Overall it's a great heavy razor that will last your lifetime and then some. The price was very reasonable for a stainless steel razor.
This is expensive, but it out performs anything else I've tried ( over 60 different soaps and creams). The scent is very similar to Cella, but it is not the same soap as you will read on some forums. I'm going to buy several bars, just in case they stop making it.
best cart razor made.
Its a real horn and hand curved and finished by hand, I was able to tell by looking at the bottom side of its base. Fits perfectly in the palm of your hand and its 5" diameter and deep depth permits fast and large swirling action of the wrist without bumping or scraping the inside surface edge. Its great for brushes that have a metal handle so you won't chip or crack the bowl edge, floats and keep your shaving cream warm as per a metal bowl will cool faster if not heated by the water. Yes I recommend it, it looks handsome, it should complement your bathroom if you have a white tone sink and plays well with chrome surroundings too. My favorite way of creating leather is pump soap (SoftSoap form Walmart) and I add a squirt of baby oil to reduce razor irritation, plus the oil is good for your face and conditions the horn bowl.
I own four high end badger brushes, two bulb and two fan shaped. The two fans are both Thater brushes, and this one is my favorite. This brush has great backbone and the tips are extremely soft. I really enjoy using this brush, especially with I am face lathering. Of all the brushes I have owned in my 55+ years of wet-shaving, I would have to rate this brush in my top two or three all time favorites. I can highly recommend this brush for quality and feel. The added bonus, buying it from Phil at BullGoose.
He loves the lather, how long it lasts and the scent. I love the scent, and that I'm giving him something he wouldn't buy for himself.
I bought this razor for my wife about 1 year ago and it was an instant favorite of hers. The razor head-angle and the outstanding blade quality are perfect for her legs - long lasting, high efficiency but very smooth. My wife says that it is like night and day over the typical Gillette multi-blade disposable.
I've used the razor myself and found it to be excellent even for my course beard and zero irritation. IMHO if this razor and the F3 pivoting cartridge blades were more widely available in the USA market Gillette and Schick would be out of business. In fact, I plan to buy an extra Feather MR3 for my travels as well!
As with all Pitralon products skincare is outstanding and fragrances are very excellent. I switch between all of the Pitralon fragrances for variety, but always love the POLAR fragrance.
POLAR has a warm and sweet profile with musk and amber base notes, vetiver and cedarwood heart, bergamot and citrus are the prominent top notes. On my skin, the POLAR fragrance Is long lasting for an aftershave product. You won't be disappointed!
I have about a half dozen razors, including the ikon 102 Slant. The 102 had been my favorite, but this razor shaves me closer with less effort than any of my others. It does give me more of a blade feel but it isn't uncomfortable. I would say that a good thick lather is a big help. My blade choice is an Astra Superior Platinum. That said, I have found that I need to continually pay attention to the basics of good technique such as light pressure and proper blade angle. It has bitten me when my mind has wandered. By the way, the proper blade angle is with the handle held further from my face than with my other razors. It's easily determined by auditory feedback.
My two ikons are the costliest razors in my collection, so I can't compare them to a one, two, or three-hundred dollar razor. It's hard for me to imagine any razor performing significantly better than either of these two. My X3 is my new go to choice.
After using the normal Progress for quite a while now, I was nevertheless surprised how much better the "tuned" Mergress is. Now it's the razor it should've been all along. Was it worth the over $170 that it cost in the end to get it to Germany? Absolutly yes! My normal Progress is now for sale. It's a very nice razor, but compared to the balance and precision of the Mergress, there is no comparison. Highly recommended!
In my top five out of more than twenty DE and SE razors. Medium in aggressiveness, but very efficient. Highly recommend. Also, a great head shaver as it it does not clog.
Feels great on my skin, has an amazing scent, decently strong but not overpowering. Highly recommend this to wet shavers.
The B&R arrived yesterday. Upon opening you immediately notice how nice the razor looks. I examined it completely, and the only gripe I had were a couple of small "dimples" on the head of the razor. It should be PERFECT for $299, but this wasn't a deal breaker. But, given a choice of two or three of these, side by side, you would not pick this one immediately because of this imperfection.
First shave was with a Pol-Silver and La Toja.
Having really delicate skin I set the adjustment ring to 1 right away, and I proceeded for a first shave. The balance and grip was great, but 1 was just too mild! I moved it to 2....a little better, to 3....a little more to my liking and finally to a 4 where I got a little bit of aggressiveness. At setting ring from 1 - 3 the razor was so mild that I couldn't believe it. So mild that it should be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. The next shave will tempt the fates with a 5 setting.
I have to credit the makers with actually producing a razor that is not not terribly slanted to users with heavy, massive beards. The adjustment ring is really fine tuned and works well. I think it's a good razor, but I need a little more time with it to get comfy.
Solid build quality and shaves are fantastic . Shaving and skin smoothness are like straight razor quality / feeling and within 2 passes BBS. Happily satisfied with the quality and performance of the product.
I have used the Mergress only twice, but I like it already very much. Very smooth and efficient, also it gives you the feeling that it is not going to bite you, which makes for a very relaxing shaving experience. I have used setting 3 for the first pass and 2 for the rest, but I will try 4 and 3 next time. I am using a Polsilver blade, one of my favorites. I am glad I bought it, and many thanks to Phil for the usual great customer service.
I think this scent is phenomenal. It has a great medium meaning it can go with many and various soap scent profiles... those that are citrus based, spice based, flowery or barbershop (powdery)based. One of my favorites.
I have been trying to get a Mergress for over 3 years!! They were impossible to find until Bullgoose started offering them. So glad I found one here! Awesome razor that will get willed to a family member when I pass away.
The best razor this wet shaver has used in a 40-plus-year career. Used Feather Professional. Take your time, do it the right way, listen to the razor: you'll be rewarded with a straight razor-quality ultra-smooth shave. Nicely balanced, sits well on the face, easy to position. Absolutely not a quick morning shave. Most highly recommended. Thanks to Phil for his great service and quick shipping.
I really like the scent of Pitralon Classic. Do not really know how to describe the scent but I use it very liberally all over.
Super sharp and stay that way. You can get a lot of shaves out of these.
Seen this item on sale and decided to try it. I was really surprised at how great this product is. For me, it gives great performance and scent. As always, ships really fast. Great product bout grime a great company. Thanks bullgoose.
Love this stuff. If you like sandalwood fragrance, you'll love this stuff. Highly recommend adding to your rotation. Top tier cream for slickness, cushion, and fragrance.
Wonderful! Easy glide with excellent lubrication. Don't soak or rinse the mug, lest you wash out the lanolin. My go to soap.
The engineering and ergonomics are faultless. Weight is perfect as is balance. The finish is superb. I found changing blades to be trouble free. No problem with rust, which in any case would come from the blade not the razor (yes stainless will rust given the right, or wrong, conditions but in all my years using stainless razors this has not happened). So far I have not achieved quite the same quality of shave that I get from my ATT SE1, but very nearly. As my technique improves I am certain that this will be the best razor that I own.
This is one of the best bargains in the Simpsons line. At 25 mm, it has a generous knot of super badger hair, but the brush itself is relatively compact. Backbone and softness are excellent. Scrubby but not scritchy. This is my first Simpsons brush, and I'm mightily impressed. I've thrown everything at it, from Castle Forbes and Trumper's creams to a bunch of soaps. It's a natural face latherer, but works equally well in a bowl -- I've tried it in two different bowls. It dries fairly quickly, and as a bonus, I've lost maybe two hairs from it. Suggestion. Try Simpsons method of lathering. They recommend light back and forth, not circular motions. On soaps, you get a thin coating of lather, but it conserves your soap and works great. On creams or in a bowl, not so hot, you need more vigorous circles. I've already broken the back of the brush like all my others and it still works fine, but I kind of wished I had reserved it for using Simpsons method to face lather soaps only. Oh well. Bottom line, there are only positive things to say about this brush. If you feel like coughing up over a hundred bucks, you won't be disappointed.
This is an amazing razor for the price. Can't go wrong. 6 razors in 1 and stainless steel. I was shocked how well this razor shaves. Great razor!
Well, I'm the same guy that left the review below. Would you believe I simply blew a bowl lather? Wrong brush, added water a bit too fast. My comment about coconut oil was also off the mark, first ingredient is potassium stearate, a salt of stearic acid. So apologies to Pere Lucien, the lather is good after all. And it still smells great!
Great scent, great lather. It contains sodium cocoyl isethionate, a surfactant not typically found in shaving soaps. In Varesino, together with the other ingredients, it makes for abundant, creamy lather not easily achieved from a hard soap. This ingredient is also kind to the skin and will help the soap lather in hard water. Highly recommended, even at the price point.
I really wanted to like this soap. The labeling is cool, artisinal and so forth, and it smells great. Unfortunately, performance is deficient and the price is high.
The problem is the lather. On the face or in a bowl, it is unstable and dissipates quickly. It never does acquire that slick, cushioned, pudding-like feel of a great soap. It just does not protect adequately. The backbone of most great soaps is tallow or palm oil, while Le Pere Lucien relies on coconut. Coconut oil is a great foam booster, but does not make a good primary surfactant. An eleven buck puck of Mystic Water blows it away, to say nothing of Barrister and Mann, Varesino, or other great soaps, which also cost less.
It is difficult to understand the enthusiasm for this soap. The cruddy lather is obvious, not the "YMMV" kind of thing. Perhaps people like the volume of lather, despite the poor quality. Maybe it's the cache of a French soap. Regardless, spend your hard earned dollar elsewhere.
This is the second time I've bought this soap and, while expensive, I think it offers great value. It lasts forever and provides the most glide and cushion of any vegetable-based soap I've ever tried. It also leaves my face quite moisturized, again in contrast to many of the veggie soaps out there and is very easy to whip up into mounds of thick lather. I love the scent too which is subtle and quite hard to describe. If I had one wish it would be that the scent was a bit stronger actually and the puck does tend to lose it's wonderful smell as the months roll by. If you haven't tried soaps from these guys, give them a try. Don't be put off by the price tag...your reward will be months of effective and enjoyable shaves. Did I mention that the classic packaging is also amazing? :)
I can only add my voice to the others here about how well this razor shaves. Overbladed on my first shave, but had the knack by the second. My quibbles are with the material and the blade changing. Neither criticism is enough to detract from a five star rating.
About the material. Stainless steel falls down in two respects. The mass is high, which makes it more difficult to control than a razor of lower mass. Now, I can already feel the flames about this, about how the high mass makes it easier to control. Can't agree.
Second, stainless will rust with a wet blade left in it, and rust badly. My Above The Tie razor got ruined like this. It's a pain removing the blade after every shave and drying the razor. It is because of this problem that iKon and OneBlade coat their razors.
The blade changing. They go in easily enough, but removing a wet blade is an adventure. Remember, these are injector blades, at least the Feather Professionals I use; they are not supposed to be handled in the first place. When wet, blades stick to the bottom plate, and great care is required not to slice'n'dice the fingers.
Criticisms aside, the thing shaves like a straight, with the protection of a blade guard. With good beard prep, a good brush, good soap, and good technique, you can shave very close with two passes and some clean up of problem areas. There's no call to shunt aside your straights or your DEs, but this razor will make you smile. Just be sure not to let it rust.
I didn't know what to expect with my first slant bar razor. My first shave was very comfortable and close. This razor feels much less aggressive than my Merker 34C but gives the same close shave. It quickly became my razor of choice and I now use it daily. Just take it easy against the grain under the nose.
I couldn't help being impressed by the quality of workmanship, design conception and materials used for this single edge.
It truly delivers a BBs in two passes as promised. Its weight and balance feel in the hand are perfect. There is a learning curve however to be mastered like with every precision engineered equipment, but once mastered the shaving experience of this razor is second to none.
I bought a second one in case Phil decides to discontinue at some point or something happens to this one.
Now I'm thinking to put all my other DE razors on the bay as I don't think they will be getting any more use.
Thank you Phil for creating my dream razor.
I have been strictly a DE for over 50 something years adding a straight every once in awhile. My hands are shaky these days so straights are out of the question because I want to live. I have been using the RX now for a few weeks without interjecting a DE (I shave 7 days a week). I am delighted that I can get a straight razor feel, a close, smooth and efficient shave. I'm not giving up my DE's, but their going to have to make room for a new friend. The RX is Excellent shaver, I played with a few different blades, used a good soap and used light pressure, I couldn't be any happier.
Valobra is the number one shave soap manufacturer for me, hands down. This is the same base as the revered vintage Art of Shaving tallow soap base and the Czech & Speake soaps. You won't be let down.
This sample pack is ideal to determine which blades might suit my skin and shaving style. I look forward to working my way through the selection.
Refreshing splash on the face after a shave, smells like spring in the morning.
Work very well for me. More expensive than Astra, but last longer. Phil has the best price i have found.
World's Best Soap Deserves World's Best Container. here you go.
Yes, I am shaving just with this pre-shave soap only, I am trying to find a soap that leave a slip or oily texture to my face like shave oil. This give a nice shave and a very faint odor of lime that will not stay for a long time for those who don't care for any or much fragrance in there shaving products. I found very little slight slickness with the glycerin but I still got a nice shave. I still hunting around and experimenting. This product is good but everyone has different facial requirements. Next batch I am adding a shot of baby oil with aloe and I'll lather up only in my hand and not on brush. I don't want to mess up the bristle with oil, it may come out easy or not. BullGoose has so many more things still to try.
The construction of the bristles are very well placed together, very super soft and I actual like now over the 39 year old Chinese badger that my mother gave me when I was a teen, this one is much fuller synthetic hair, it makes a nice lather and it dries quickly with no order, except for whatever shaving cream you used you only smell that. Now about that handle its handsome, beautiful twist knurling and very fine to the touch and soft grip and feels very heavy in the hand. The chrome plating is excellent, I highly recommend this brush for daily use if you don't mind the weight. Also for you guys that are very ruff with any of your instruments or tools, you know the type that bangs and breaks tools, through keys on a glass table, you have to be careful with your glass or ceramic bowls, you can crack or chip your bowl when whipping up a lather.
This could be one of my favorite shaving creams. I usually buy Taylor creams with my favorites being Sandalwood, Cedar wood and St James. This shaving cream smells great, good lather and cushion.
Do not waste your money....harder than Cella. Listing it as a cream is just misleading. Smells worse than a drunk hobo on a rail car in 100 degree heat, lather is well below average. I own or have owned over 40 soaps and creams, and this is the worst most disgusting product I've ever bought, and there is not even a close second. I LOVE BULLGOOSE, but this product is horrifIc, and a complete waste of money.
Bottom line? Get one, unless you use very long razors - my Schick "Lady Eversharp" Injector don't fit, every other razor I own slides right in along with a pack of blades.
The execution looks and feels top notch, the colour is a close match for my load bearing equipment (not a major concerns for most people), and I know the maker. What is not to like?
Recently I have been using Lime AS, SS, and balm.
Captains choice Lime AS is a very nice way to finish your shave. It's scent is very nice not to overwhelming and really makes your face feel cool and nice.
I really like the smoothness I got from my shaves with this soap and I like the foam this soap makes.... great smell also...slickness on face is good too
A very well made razor. Solidly built, but above average aggressive. Head maneuverability is almost the best in the market. Loading the blade needs care. For sensitive skins, make sure to install a mild SE blade first. Real razor, not a toy. Service from BullGoose was excellent.
Well priced, has a great aroma and lathers nicely.
Certain things like a special sweater, favorite baseball glove, or classic automobile, remain endearing to us and nostalgic. Mitchell's Wool Fat Bathsoap is a soap that my whole family loves - it's formula is gentle enough for infants, indulgent sweet-cream moisturizing feel and scent for a women's hot bath, and body-deodorizing for a guy's quick shower before work. This bath soap is several steps above the typical commercial bath soap - MWF is still practical for everyday use but special enough for any guest as well!
My wife also loves the Mitchell's Wool Fat Body Moisturizer as well!
Le Père Lucien Aftershave Splash is a top-tier aftershave both post shave performance and fragrance. If one likes Crown Shaving Aftershave and Captain's Choice sandalwood or bay rum fragrances then you'll probably enjoy this well balanced but "warm" woodsy fragrance.
Le Père Lucien products are superlatively refined and well thought out. I find this aftershave to reflect LPL's consistent performance -- "highly" soothing of irritation, and just the right amount of light hydration and humectant properties but light on the skin. The essential oils are well thought out for both skincare and achieve a balanced fragrance profile -- once dried its not a bold "in your face" cheap-like fragrance but subtle and "improves" as it wears and easily lingers for 1-3 hours. On my neck or forearm I can get subtle and lingering rosemary, neroli, and sensuous woody hints well into my day as much as any true aftershave should be expected.
This is a subtle but romantic fragrance that my wife comments on when she gives me a hug or kiss. Which is half the reason I am always well shaven and always smell like a gentleman, and manage to stay out of jail. LOL!
Sure the Asylum is a very machining finish quality Razor, but my King Cobra gives me a smoother, closer and comfortable shave after two days with the same feather pro blade in this two Razors.