These are very good blades. I personally prefer them to the Schick injector blades.
I love the scent of this product and the lather it produces so easily. I let some water soak on top of it while I'm in the shower, then pour that off into my bowl and load the brush with the softened soap. The lather is thick and cushioning and really protects my face well. My skin feels softer afterwards from the Shea Butter and has cut down on nicks or discomfort from shaving close. Very happy with the purchase.
Fern is definitely my favorite scent!
And this soap is probably my favorite soap!
Great performance and amazing scent, I love it!
After decades (I'm 74) of using cartridge razors, I returned to DE shaving a few years ago by getting a Merkur 38c, an outstanding razor in all respects. It's probably all the razor I'd ever really need. Just for grins, I thought about getting something a bit more aggressive but didn't want to invest in a quality razor that could easily end up being put aside. The answer, an adjustable razor. I settled on a Parker Variant. Using the same Feathers as in my Merkur, I found that I was prone to getting nicks and weepers on settings 1-4. The razor was nicely made, etc., but not for me. I'd had my eye on the Rockwell and decided to give it a try. I have loved it from the start. Have used base plates 2-4 so far and from the start, this razor felt like it had been custom made for me. It's really smooth as I draw it across my face using my trusty Feathers. This razor delivers a smooth, comfortable, and nick/weeper free shave. I'm looking forward to trying the # 5 & 6 base plates but suspect that the #4 is what I'll end up with as my everyday preference. This razors material quality, as well as fit and finish, are outstanding. The color of the razor is unique and I like it. The aggressive knurling on the handle is a real strong point. It provides a great grip without being sharp or annoying. It's just right. As much as I have liked my 38c, the 6s has become my favorite.
I love Thater brushes. I own a Kent BLK8, nice but too floppy, the Simpson Chubby 2 is too stiff for me. The Thater in my opinion hits the sweet spot between Kent and Simpson brushes. Good backbone, but not too stiff, with very, very soft tips. Added bonus is that BULL GOOSE sells this model for $25 cheaper than other online retailers.
The Blades go without saying; the only ones I ever use. The container, although I've not used it yet, I'm sure is excellent as well. I'm still working on filling up my first; might be a record; I always think I can get one more in there, and I HAVE, up tilll now.
I never used a Thater before but heard great things about them. Fantastic brushes! Going forward I will not purchase another brush unless it's as good as a Thater!
Been using this brush for about a week and love it. I don't know witch brushes of my horse hairs I like better. I think this one gets to the head of the list, its worth every penny. Little to no hair loss and works up a great lather with any of my hard soaps .
I am elated that I tried this. I give this the highest of recommendations. The scent really is difficult to describe. I believe it does smell like pear. For an alcohol based aftershave it is rather gentle on my skin. I love this stuff. I will definitely have this in my rotation, permanently.
This scent reminds me of my days going to the barbershop as a kid. That's really all I need to say.
Good blades. They cut my beard, not my face.
I have long since wanted to try this soap. With that being said I am actually underwhelmed with the soap. Scent is great but, not as heavy on the lavender as I expected. Performance is good but not mind blowing. It is slick and cushiony but not worth $33.99 for the soap alone. I bloomed the soap and was disappointed when I saw how much product was gone after blooming it. Then after I lathered up I noticed the soap was noticeably 'missing a few layers.' I am glad I tried it but I don't think I will be buying it again anytime soon. In summary if you're interested, try it out. But I believe it to be over hyped and as always YMMV.
I have a Darwin Standard and the Evolution is a fine homage to that razor. The Evolution shows tooling marks and unlike the Darwin, it has a matte finish. If it had a shiny finish or of the tooling marks were buffed out, the razor would look like a knock-off copy of the Darwin instead of what it really is which is a very fine new version. If anyone wants to buff out the tooling marks or if one wants a more "refined" finish, a few minutes with some extra fine steel wool would do the trick. Personally, I couldn't possibly be more pleased with the way it looks. Everyone who reviews the shave says the same thing, that they're happy. It's close, smooth, comfortable and efficient. It's also very loud. Were I to compare the shave with that of the Darwin I would say that the Darwin is a more aggressive razor. I would add that this razor is not a copy of the Darwin. It's a "modern" or a new version of the Darwin design. The differences between the razors are obvious. for one thing, the underside of the top cap is completely different. So there's no mistaking the Evolution for a Darwin and for a Darwin owner it's a welcome addition to the collection and for a non-Darwin owner it's got to be an even more welcome addition to the collection.
This soap out performing 80 percent of my soaps and creams. Secent is out of this world.Spot on in profile discreption. Like this blend of Tallow goodness. Would suggest the Aftershave it's also excellent.
I bought this razor and i'm very happy with it, well build, well balance feel good in the hand. I'm a barber in Quebec city Canada, i alredy own a feather razor and now with my new kai captain excelia I'm completed. Excellent costumer service from bullgooses a reliable bussiness I will buy from them again. Ivan Rojas, barber in Quebec city.
For this to make my top 5 of all time.It has staying power. This is what I reach for when I'm looking for
Compliments from the the Ladies. Much love to to the artist.Like the post fell on freshly shaved skin.
I have been wearing Alt-Innsbruck since the late 80's when I was introduced to it by my late Uncle. I was visiting him in Athens for the Summer and couldn't help but notice his unique cologne when he picked me up at the airport. When I complimented him, he purchased a bottle for me as a welcome present and have been using it ever since. It was not readily available in the States at the time so I made sure to pick up a bottle every time I was there. Over the years, I noticed this scent worn by men throughout Europe in different cities and different countries. I suppose they have been "in the know" for a long time since this has been available since the 50's. As for the description, it is extremely floral with its Tobacco flower base, yet it is quite masculine. It also contains a bit of Menthol. QUITE A Bit. In fact when applying it I make sure my hands are wet as to "soften the blow" as it were. If not, it will make one's eye water with its intensity. After a minute or two, the bite settles down, and my skin is left cool and soothed. It definitely has skin conditioning properties in it as my skin feels almost baby smooth post application. I reach for this throughout the year but more often in Spring and Summer when its cooling effects are most welcome. It also is a perfect compliment to Tabac shaving soap in my humble opinion. Definitely in my Top 10, a must in every man's shaving stable.
I have more than few razors. This is my favorite. Not because it's new. I highly recommend it to any type of beard. I make three passes plus with out a nick.
Being a huge fan of LPL products I was excited that a tallow-based soap was being introduced. When I saw that a matching aftershave was offered, I just had to try it. First off, this aftershave is really special, It is not an exact match for the soap but then that would be quite boring. Nonetheless the 2 definitely complement one another. As to the scent, well it is very refined, yet hard to describe. It clearly has shades of classic Pinaud Clubman which is terrific in its simplicity. My untrained nose picks up the obvious Sandalwood and Oud, but also some Leather and Musk, possibly some Citrus. It feels very nice on the skin, giving a nice mild "burn" yet then settles down and the fragrance starts to "open up" for lack of a better term. It left my skin feeling toned and conditioned as well. This is not cheap, yet I am very pleased with this purchase. However, with the scent profile I will probably be reaching for this more in the Fall and Winter months. Another winner from LPL in my humble opinion.
Another reviewer described this as having a "spicey with a hint sweetness" scent to it and I agree with that. This has a great smell. Both my wife and I love this. The scent does not last a long time so it's a great one to wear to work.
When the Evolution XL in stainless came out, I picked one up right away. I was never able to quite "dial in" with the razor. The problem was not necessarily with the razor, but rather with finding the right blade. So I gave it to my son, and he loves it. So today the brass Evolution XL Brass arrived. This is the ONE! What a razor, and I was able to get a fantastic shave 1st time with an Astra DE blade. Man, this was one smooth, highly efficient shave. I think the longer handle made all the difference. Evolution XL Brass......go to the head of the class!
Shaving soap above my expectations.
Great smell of mint is not annoying. Rich and protective foam, really lubricating.
Post shaving great. I strongly recommend it.
This razor is truly outstanding! The ergonomics are perfect for me with a BBS result every time. It is very easy to find the correct angle and to maneuver the razor around any tight spots you have. The workmanship is great and it is truly a work of art. Now for the $395 question' is it worth it? Compared to a Dorco PL602 which cost about $4 and gives a similar quality shave, no! But given that Wolfman razors sell for well north of $500 on EBay and the Paradigm is machined titanium and is a collectors piece then yes! If you collect like I do and can appreciate great workmanship and money is no object for your shaving obsession then you will want one of these. I hope that they will offer other models ( slant bar ) in the future.
The only aftershave I really like to use. Very unique smell with woody accent. I tried them all (Austrian, Swiss, Czech) and I come always back to the German one.
Recently I tried the Marlborough aftershave and and really like it. I'm already a fan of the DR Harris bay rum and thought I'd give this a try. It's a rather woodsy scent and I can detect sandalwood too. Best thing for me is that it doesn't put my head into a scented fog all day. It smells manly, conditions my face well and dissipates after a few hours, which is perfect for me.
It doesn't get any better. From the fabulous machining to perfect blade alignment. Two passes to bbs every time. I feel lucky to have one dispite the lofty price.
Every time I use this I am ambivalent. It has all the best skin care properties of the other Pitralon aftershaves if not more, but I have never been able to have just one opinion about the scent because it doesn't have just one. It starts out reminding me of fruity bubblegum, but that fades quickly and resolves into a very fresh and pleasing faint scent that I enjoy but can't describe. (My wife likes it too.)
I will gladly continue to use this one, but admit to reaching for Polar or Classic first.
This is what I think of when I think of Pitralon. Fresh, leaving your skin feeling smooth and cared-for. And the scent is masculine, somewhat woody, but subtle. The perfect aftershave in every way and my first choice when choosing not to go the menthol route of Polar, my other favorite.
After saying I would never use anything but Proraso again, I discovered Pitralon. The freshness and moisturizing feeling left after a shave is wonderful with all of them. Classic quickly became a favorite, and now Bullgoose induced me to try Polar with their sale. Perfect burn going on, wakes you up. Then the scent, which is much longer-lasting than the other scents and harks back to the aftershaves of the 50's and 60's, and yet is somehow different and more alluring. Love this stuff!
Sadly, this is the only version of Pitralon that I cannot abide. All of them have wonderful freshness and moisturizing, but each has a very different scent. This one is so unlike the Classic that I could never tolerate the smell. Nothing cohesive, masculine or attractive, at least not to a 60-ish male who grew up in the USA with men smelling of Aqua Velva, Old spice, Mennen, Pinaud.
Even women who notice and remark the aroma of the aftershave, shave soap or faint cologne I might use have mentioned that this one just didn't smell like anything they thought went on a face. Sorry, as I know there are many who do love this scent.
Wow! If Penhaligon's English Fern and Trumper Wild Fern had a love child, this would be it. I am absolutely blown away!
The performance of the soap, like all of the WSP Formula T soaps, is excellent with plenty of cushion, glide and post shave skin conditioning. The scent on this particular soap lingers and I catch whiffs of it all day even if I do not use an aftershave.
This is a top quality razor and shaves like a dream. It's worth every penny but if you don't want to pay the price there are plenty of other razors on the market to buy. Your other half buys expensive shoes/makeup but expects you to shave with a cheap inferior razor? Grow a set and buy what you want or just keep bowing down gentlemen You work hard......enjoy!
Ordered this razor along with a Vie-Long brush on Saturday and was received in Maine on Tuesday, now that's fast service. I have many razors, mostly vintage including my Fatboys, Slims and Super Adjustable's, the Fatboy my go to razor along with my Weber PH Classic Handle. Except for ease of loading the Variant has my Gillette Adjustable'sand Progress beat. I love the Grip, Weight, length and balance. I think Parker has out done itself, the price is far less than I could expect. As far a QC it has put bad quality behind.I think a 91R will be my next purchase.
I used to fly jet aircraft in the Navy, always striving for a precision landing. When I first used the Asylum it was like a precision landing on my face which, by the way, was still "touch and go" after a skin cancer removal, ie tender. The magnificent precision engineering made me wonder initially if I was taking a samurai to my face; but the initial pass was silky smooth almost as if I was having another fine shave at Trufitt and Hill in London.
I have yet to change the Kia blade after 12 shaves, continue to marvel at the machine-perfect design. Gee, aren't I glad I went for a flight with this beauty?
Excellent product & will re order.
My only complaint, I can't get the flat of the handle to square with the head. There is more to this razor than weight reduction, weight can be matched with a lightweight stainless head and an after market ti handle. With a feather blade I had to pay attention or nick myself, but with an astra green or pol silver I could make this a daily, carefree ritual. I like it and will keep it.
Fit & finish are perfect. Handle is what I've been looking for- secure, not a metal file. Now the shave (with a Feather), best DE shave I've ever had. It's still early but I can't find reason to keep a rotation. A one razor rotation isn't a bad thing. A new Ti bar has been set. Buy it(if you can).
not sure why other reviewers said it's mixed boar and horse.... it's mixed badger and horse. Anyway. this brush is super soft but has good backbone. It's a bit smaller knot than I am used to. Also it holds water a little differently than all badger. it took me a few shaves to figure out how to make a good lather with it. The super soft feel is totally worth it. This is also a great brush for when you have to get under the nose. The handle looks amazing and the performance is nice. It doesn't get 5 stars just because of the difficulties I have had in building a lather, I can get it done but it takes longer and a bit more effort.
I do use both soaps and creams as most of us do, but mostly I lean toward soaps, especially tallow-based ones. Up until now I had maintained that Le Pere Lucien Original was he finest non-tallow soap out there and was in my Top 10. However when I found that a new tallow-based version was offered by LPL, I just had to try it. This new version, with the tallow, may have reached a whole new level altogether. The soap I found, was softer than previous LPL offerings making it unique, so I used my less stiff Rooney 1/1 brush for my shave. I found that the "croap" took quite a bit of water and produced an extremely thick, voluminous lather. When the water was added incrementally, I found the soap's inherent cologne-like scent enveloped the entire bathroom. The lather produced was quite slick and my razor glided over my skin with ease. I had no trouble generating lather for a 3-pass shave and if needed, could have accomplished 1 or 2 more passes if necessary. My skin was left supple and quite moisturized. A splash of Dickinson's Witch Hazel, and I found I did not need a post-shave balm as I often apply. The soap's cologne quality scent was quite lovely with its definite Oud and Sandalwood notes, (I also picked up some Patchouli in there). However, I shall primarily be using this in Fall and Winter as that is when I wear these types of wood-based scents. Nonetheless, this is a new success for LPL, an absolute home run in my opinion, and I hope this is not to be truly a "limited edition" as I will continue to buy this as long as it's available.
There are no reviews of this product on the Web so I purchased this gel blind hoping it would be a good choice for a hot summer. First, it does not share the same scent as Boellis Panama shave soap. The scent seems more like Floid Blue. Second, it is messy! It's less a gel and more a goop. Third, the gel, which is more expensive than the excellent soap, actually isn't very good. It was neither refreshing or moisturizing.
Your experience may vary but I think there are better options out there. Still on the hunt for a good almond scented after shave balm.
Saponificio Varesino is known for producing high-quality shaving soaps, and here it is confirmed the ability to produce a soap with excellent characteristics.
Highest protection, blade sliding at the highest levels, very good perfume. I recommend it to everybody
My shaving experience with the original Asylum RX was so good that when the new black oxide finish became available I jumped. Same smooth, irritation free shave with a beautiful black finish. I now have the perfect razor rotation.
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 the way my hair grows on my neck I have to make the first pass against the grain with a sharp blade in a mid aggressive razor for best 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.
Great Shaves To All,
The quality of the Progress the beauty of the Mergress !!!
Great soap for travelling.
Great smell, great lather, top notch soap.
Works really well, the grip is really nice to have.
What a great razor!! Worth every penny imho. Unbelievably high build quality, it’s aesthetically a very handsome razor that will fit anyone’s collection, and the shaves are oh so comfortable. Blast your face under the shower head to get your beard well hydrated, apply lather, wait half a minute or so to let the lather soak in some, and the razor will glide right through your beard with essentially zero resistance. A splash of witch hazel (or your favorite shave balm) afterward and your face feels great for the entire day.
Highly recommend this razor. Lets see, down the road gotta have one of those pimped out Bling jobs too….
I have several brushes and this is currently my top brush. It has the right amount of backbone, soft tips and great flow through. It can handle any soap or cream with effortless lathering. The butterscotch beehive retro handle is also a nice touch. I am very satisfied that I made this purchase.
The Mergress razor (I like the short handle version myself) with the upgrades to it make a normally great razor even better. I am getting great shaves BBS smooth with no neck irritation. My neck has always been a troubled area for me. I have a course beard that grows in diffrent directions along with sensitive skin. I am making my first pass on setting #3 and my second pass and cleanup on setting#1 1/2. I am getting my best shaves ever now with this razor.The weight and balance of the Mergress is just right in my opinion and I find it very easy to maneuver throughout the shave.
I got good shaves over all and a great shaves without neck irritation if I worked at it with my other razors Merkur 37c, 39c, 34c, and my ATT-S1 but now these razors will be taking a back seat to the Mergress. I am totally pleased with the fit function looks and the great consistent close comfortable shaves it is giving me compaired to my other razors.
The big thing for me is being able to diel down the aggressiveness of the Mergress on the neck area giving me the comfort to my skin that other razors have not been able to do.
Happy Shaves To All,