12-18-2016, 11:44 AM
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  • nikos.a
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I made this list for my blog and thought it would be a nice idea to post it here too. If you like it, you can post your awards too!


The following are my personal preferences.

Razors

Best chromium finish: Edwin Jagger/ Muhle
Best satin finish: Mongoose B3
Best coating: OneBlade
Best polished finish: LASSC BBS-1 by Wolfman Razors
Material of preference: Stainless Steel
Most aggressive modern DE razor: iKon Tech
Mildest modern DE razor: Edwin Jagger DE89
Best Slant: iKon B1 Slant
Most aggressive modern SE razor: Mongoose B3
Mildest modern SE razor: OneBlade
Most aggressive vintage DE razor: Gillette New Standard
Mildest vintage DE razor: Gillette Tech
Most aggressive vintage SE razor: Valet Autostrop VC2
Mildest vintage SE razor: Schick Lady Eversharp Injector
Best modern razor overall: LASSC BBS-1 by Wolfman Razors
Best vintage razor overall: Gillette Aristocrat, gold plated, 1948-1950
Best hangle grip: Asylum Rx
Best DE: LASSC BBS-1 by Wolfman Razors
Best SE: Asylum Rx
Best travel razor: Feather Popular
Ideal weight: 100g.
Best vfm razor: Merkur 41C
Overrated razor: Merkur Futur
Overpriced razor: OneBlade


Blades


Most aggressive DE blade: Gillette Platinum «Swede»
Most aggressive SE blade: Feather Professional Super
Mildest DE blade: Personna Platinum
Mildest SE blade: Feather Pro Guard
Best inexpensive DE blade: Astra S. P.
Best inexpensive SE blade: Feather Professional
Best expensive DE blade: Gillette Silver Blue
Best expensive SE blade: Feather FHS


Brushes


Best boar brush for face- lathering: Semogue 830
Best boar brush for bowl- lathering: Semogue Owners’ Club
Best badger brush for face- larhering: Vulfix Super Badger medium
Best badger brush for bowl- lathering: Semogue Owners’ Club 2Band
Best synthetic brush for face- lathering: Omega S10018
Best synthetic brush for bowl- latheting: Razorock Plissoft Monster
Handle of preference: Semogue Owners’ Club
Best vfm brush: Omega S10018
Overrated brush: –
Overpriced brush: –


Soaps


Best soft tallow soap: Cold River Soap Works Citrus v.2
Best soft vegan soap: Pannacrema Nuavia Rossa
Best hard tallow soap: D.R. Harris Windsor
Best hard vegan soap: Savon de Volcans
Best premium packaging : Pannacrema Nuavia
Best plastic packaging: Barrister & Mann
Best tin packaging: Cold River Soap Works
Packaging of preference: Cold River Soap Works
Best post shave feeling: Savon de Volcans
Best protection during shaving: Savon de Volcans
Most potent scent: Pannacrema Nuavia Rossa
Mildest scent: Razorock Don Donato
Ease of lathering: Dapper Dragon
Best shaving stick: Speick
Favorite scent: Savon de Volcans Lavande Orange
Best mentholated soap: Savon de Volcans Romarin Menthe
Overrated soap: Razorock
Overpriced soap: Pannacrema Nuavia
Best soap overall: Savon de Volcans Lavande Orange
Best vfm soap: Proraso White


Creams


Ease of lathering: Truefitt & Hill
Best post shave feeling: Kiss My Face
Best protection during shaving: Trueffit & Hill 10
Favorite scent: Speick Men
Best cream overall: Truefitt & Hill 10
Best mentholated cream: Palmolive Al Mentolo
Best inexpensive cream: Kiss My Face Pomegranate Grapefruit
Best expensive cream: Truefitt & Hill Sandalwood
Best tube packaging: Speick Men
Best tub packaging: Truefitt & Hill
Most potent scent: Truefitt & Hill Sandalwood
Mildest scent: St. James of London Lavender Geranium
Best vfm cream: Kiss My Face
Overrated cream: Taylor of Old Bond Street
Overpriced cream: Truefitt & Hill Sandalwood


Balms


Best balm overall: Myrsol Emulsion
Best inexpensive balm: Proraso White/ Blue/ Green, hondos
Best packaging: Myrsol Emulsion, glass bottle
Best absorbing: Myrsol Emulsion
Most potent scent: Faena Delicato
Mildest scent: Myrsol Emulsion
Favorite scent: Myrsol Emulsion
Overrated balm: –
Overpriced balm: –


Lotions- Tonics


Best inexpensive lotion: Aqua Velva
Best lotion overall: Myrsol Agua Balsamica
Best mentholated lotion: Myrsol Agua de Limon
Best skin properties: Shea Moisture Shave Tea Tree After Shave
Best packaging: Myrsol, glass bottle
Best travel packaging: Brut Original shatter-proof
Most potent scent: Prosar Classic
Mildest scent: Razorock Don Donato
Favorite scent: Aqua Velva
Overrated lotion: –
Overpriced lotion: –

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 12-18-2016, 12:59 PM
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  • Dany
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Not bad

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 12-18-2016, 01:37 PM
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  • nikos.a
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I have a couple good friends in Greece that recently started enjoying their shaves, I gave them a few products to get them started and asked me for further recommendations. So, I sent them this list with my preferences. I think that it will help them a lot.

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 12-18-2016, 03:57 PM
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(12-18-2016, 11:44 AM)nikos.a Wrote: Mildest SE blade: Feather Pro Guard
 
Great list!

But, my vote for the mildest SE blade is Kai Captain Titan Pink.

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 12-18-2016, 04:01 PM
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Best product for my neck after shaving:  Saponificio Varesino Pro Victus "The Peacemaker"  repair cream

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 12-18-2016, 05:43 PM
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(12-18-2016, 11:44 AM)nikos.a Wrote: I made this list for my blog and thought it would be a nice idea to post it here too. If you like it, you can post your awards too!


The following are my personal preferences.

Razors

Best chromium finish: Edwin Jagger/ Muhle
Best satin finish: Mongoose B3
Best coating: OneBlade
Best polished finish: LASSC BBS-1 by Wolfman Razors
Material of preference: Stainless Steel
Most aggressive modern DE razor: iKon Tech
Mildest modern DE razor: Edwin Jagger DE89
Best Slant: iKon B1 Slant
Most aggressive modern SE razor: Mongoose B3
Mildest modern SE razor: OneBlade
Most aggressive vintage DE razor: Gillette New Standard
Mildest vintage DE razor: Gillette Tech
Most aggressive vintage SE razor: Valet Autostrop VC2
Mildest vintage SE razor: Schick Lady Eversharp Injector
Best modern razor overall: LASSC BBS-1 by Wolfman Razors
Best vintage razor overall: Gillette Aristocrat, gold plated, 1948-1950
Best hangle grip: Asylum Rx
Best DE: LASSC BBS-1 by Wolfman Razors
Best SE: Asylum Rx
Best travel razor: Feather Popular
Ideal weight: 100g.
Best vfm razor: Merkur 41C
Overrated razor: Merkur Futur
Overpriced razor: OneBlade


Blades


Most aggressive DE blade: Gillette Platinum «Swede»
Most aggressive SE blade: Feather Professional Super
Mildest DE blade: Personna Platinum
Mildest SE blade: Feather Pro Guard
Best inexpensive DE blade: Astra S. P.
Best inexpensive SE blade: Feather Professional
Best expensive DE blade: Gillette Silver Blue
Best expensive SE blade: Feather FHS


Brushes


Best boar brush for face- lathering: Semogue 830
Best boar brush for bowl- lathering: Semogue Owners’ Club
Best badger brush for face- larhering: Vulfix Super Badger medium
Best badger brush for bowl- lathering: Semogue Owners’ Club 2Band
Best synthetic brush for face- lathering: Omega S10018
Best synthetic brush for bowl- latheting: Razorock Plissoft Monster
Handle of preference: Semogue Owners’ Club
Best vfm brush: Omega S10018
Overrated brush: –
Overpriced brush: –


Soaps


Best soft tallow soap: Cold River Soap Works Citrus v.2
Best soft vegan soap: Pannacrema Nuavia Rossa
Best hard tallow soap: D.R. Harris Windsor
Best hard vegan soap: Savon de Volcans
Best premium packaging : Pannacrema Nuavia
Best plastic packaging: Barrister & Mann
Best tin packaging: Cold River Soap Works
Packaging of preference: Cold River Soap Works
Best post shave feeling: Savon de Volcans
Best protection during shaving: Savon de Volcans
Most potent scent: Pannacrema Nuavia Rossa
Mildest scent: Razorock Don Donato
Ease of lathering: Dapper Dragon
Best shaving stick: Speick
Favorite scent: Savon de Volcans Lavande Orange
Best mentholated soap: Savon de Volcans Romarin Menthe
Overrated soap: Razorock
Overpriced soap: Pannacrema Nuavia
Best soap overall: Savon de Volcans Lavande Orange
Best vfm soap: Proraso White


Creams


Ease of lathering: Truefitt & Hill
Best post shave feeling: Kiss My Face
Best protection during shaving: Trueffit & Hill 10
Favorite scent: Speick Men
Best cream overall: Truefitt & Hill 10
Best mentholated cream: Palmolive Al Mentolo
Best inexpensive cream: Kiss My Face Pomegranate Grapefruit
Best expensive cream: Truefitt & Hill Sandalwood
Best tube packaging: Speick Men
Best tub packaging: Truefitt & Hill
Most potent scent: Truefitt & Hill Sandalwood
Mildest scent: St. James of London Lavender Geranium
Best vfm cream: Kiss My Face
Overrated cream: Taylor of Old Bond Street
Overpriced cream: Truefitt & Hill Sandalwood


Balms


Best balm overall: Myrsol Emulsion
Best inexpensive balm: Proraso White/ Blue/ Green, hondos
Best packaging: Myrsol Emulsion, glass bottle
Best absorbing: Myrsol Emulsion
Most potent scent: Faena Delicato
Mildest scent: Myrsol Emulsion
Favorite scent: Myrsol Emulsion
Overrated balm: –
Overpriced balm: –


Lotions- Tonics


Best inexpensive lotion: Aqua Velva
Best lotion overall: Myrsol Agua Balsamica
Best mentholated lotion: Myrsol Agua de Limon
Best skin properties: Shea Moisture Shave Tea Tree After Shave
Best packaging: Myrsol, glass bottle
Best travel packaging: Brut Original shatter-proof
Most potent scent: Prosar Classic
Mildest scent: Razorock Don Donato
Favorite scent: Aqua Velva
Overrated lotion: –
Overpriced lotion: –

Beat that, Claus...

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 12-18-2016, 06:12 PM
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  • EricM
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Great list, I'll need to check out the Savon de Volcans soap.  I agree with BBS-1 on top!!  Smile


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 12-18-2016, 06:23 PM
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I keep my list simple as this is all I have in my den.

Barrister and Mann dickens soap and aftershave.

R41 with feather blades.

Simpson wee Scott.

Dolce and Gabbana light blue.

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 12-18-2016, 06:57 PM
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(12-18-2016, 05:43 PM)nervosa1901 Wrote:
(12-18-2016, 11:44 AM)nikos.a Wrote: I made this list for my blog and thought it would be a nice idea to post it here too. If you like it, you can post your awards too!


The following are my personal preferences.

Razors

Best chromium finish: Edwin Jagger/ Muhle
Best satin finish: Mongoose B3
Best coating: OneBlade
Best polished finish: LASSC BBS-1 by Wolfman Razors
Material of preference: Stainless Steel
Most aggressive modern DE razor: iKon Tech
Mildest modern DE razor: Edwin Jagger DE89
Best Slant: iKon B1 Slant
Most aggressive modern SE razor: Mongoose B3
Mildest modern SE razor: OneBlade
Most aggressive vintage DE razor: Gillette New Standard
Mildest vintage DE razor: Gillette Tech
Most aggressive vintage SE razor: Valet Autostrop VC2
Mildest vintage SE razor: Schick Lady Eversharp Injector
Best modern razor overall: LASSC BBS-1 by Wolfman Razors
Best vintage razor overall: Gillette Aristocrat, gold plated, 1948-1950
Best hangle grip: Asylum Rx
Best DE: LASSC BBS-1 by Wolfman Razors
Best SE: Asylum Rx
Best travel razor: Feather Popular
Ideal weight: 100g.
Best vfm razor: Merkur 41C
Overrated razor: Merkur Futur
Overpriced razor: OneBlade


Blades


Most aggressive DE blade: Gillette Platinum «Swede»
Most aggressive SE blade: Feather Professional Super
Mildest DE blade: Personna Platinum
Mildest SE blade: Feather Pro Guard
Best inexpensive DE blade: Astra S. P.
Best inexpensive SE blade: Feather Professional
Best expensive DE blade: Gillette Silver Blue
Best expensive SE blade: Feather FHS


Brushes


Best boar brush for face- lathering: Semogue 830
Best boar brush for bowl- lathering: Semogue Owners’ Club
Best badger brush for face- larhering: Vulfix Super Badger medium
Best badger brush for bowl- lathering: Semogue Owners’ Club 2Band
Best synthetic brush for face- lathering: Omega S10018
Best synthetic brush for bowl- latheting: Razorock Plissoft Monster
Handle of preference: Semogue Owners’ Club
Best vfm brush: Omega S10018
Overrated brush: –
Overpriced brush: –


Soaps


Best soft tallow soap: Cold River Soap Works Citrus v.2
Best soft vegan soap: Pannacrema Nuavia Rossa
Best hard tallow soap: D.R. Harris Windsor
Best hard vegan soap: Savon de Volcans
Best premium packaging : Pannacrema Nuavia
Best plastic packaging: Barrister & Mann
Best tin packaging: Cold River Soap Works
Packaging of preference: Cold River Soap Works
Best post shave feeling: Savon de Volcans
Best protection during shaving: Savon de Volcans
Most potent scent: Pannacrema Nuavia Rossa
Mildest scent: Razorock Don Donato
Ease of lathering: Dapper Dragon
Best shaving stick: Speick
Favorite scent: Savon de Volcans Lavande Orange
Best mentholated soap: Savon de Volcans Romarin Menthe
Overrated soap: Razorock
Overpriced soap: Pannacrema Nuavia
Best soap overall: Savon de Volcans Lavande Orange
Best vfm soap: Proraso White


Creams


Ease of lathering: Truefitt & Hill
Best post shave feeling: Kiss My Face
Best protection during shaving: Trueffit & Hill 10
Favorite scent: Speick Men
Best cream overall: Truefitt & Hill 10
Best mentholated cream: Palmolive Al Mentolo
Best inexpensive cream: Kiss My Face Pomegranate Grapefruit
Best expensive cream: Truefitt & Hill Sandalwood
Best tube packaging: Speick Men
Best tub packaging: Truefitt & Hill
Most potent scent: Truefitt & Hill Sandalwood
Mildest scent: St. James of London Lavender Geranium
Best vfm cream: Kiss My Face
Overrated cream: Taylor of Old Bond Street
Overpriced cream: Truefitt & Hill Sandalwood


Balms


Best balm overall: Myrsol Emulsion
Best inexpensive balm: Proraso White/ Blue/ Green, hondos
Best packaging: Myrsol Emulsion, glass bottle
Best absorbing: Myrsol Emulsion
Most potent scent: Faena Delicato
Mildest scent: Myrsol Emulsion
Favorite scent: Myrsol Emulsion
Overrated balm: –
Overpriced balm: –


Lotions- Tonics


Best inexpensive lotion: Aqua Velva
Best lotion overall: Myrsol Agua Balsamica
Best mentholated lotion: Myrsol Agua de Limon
Best skin properties: Shea Moisture Shave Tea Tree After Shave
Best packaging: Myrsol, glass bottle
Best travel packaging: Brut Original shatter-proof
Most potent scent: Prosar Classic
Mildest scent: Razorock Don Donato
Favorite scent: Aqua Velva
Overrated lotion: –
Overpriced lotion: –

Beat that, Claus...

Biggrin 

I give up.....Nikos must have OCD, like Matt (Nero) and I have  Tongue

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 12-19-2016, 05:22 AM
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  • nikos.a
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haha!

Yes I have OCD, but I'm trying to control it. This is the only list I keep and update twice a year, the previous update was on May. It's interesting to see how my preferences have changed over time.

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 12-19-2016, 05:23 AM
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(12-18-2016, 06:12 PM)EricM Wrote: Great list, I'll need to check out the Savon de Volcans soap.  I agree with BBS-1 on top!!  Smile


Eric

Eric, I highly recommend this soap.

BBS-1 is an outstanding razor.

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 12-19-2016, 10:56 AM
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(12-18-2016, 11:44 AM)nikos.a Wrote: I made this list for my blog and thought it would be a nice idea to post it here too. If you like it, you can post your awards too!

The following are my personal preferences.

Razors

Best chromium finish: Edwin Jagger/ Muhle
Best satin finish: Mongoose B3

Material of preference: Stainless Steel

Mildest modern DE razor: Edwin Jagger DE89

Best travel razor: Feather Popular

Blades

Best expensive DE blade: Gillette Silver Blue

Nikos, they are YOUR awards, so I fully acknowledge that degustibus non disputandem est.  

But with humility, I ask your forbearance that I add my $0.02 to the specific lines quoted above.  

1.  I would argue that the best chromium finish and the best satin finish is the matte chromium finish on the Feather AS-D2.  Because the Feather AS-D2 is made from type 316 stainless steel (see your “Material of Preference”), it is easy to overlook that Feather chose to plate the stainless steel with chromium (which is harder than steel) and to give the chrome plating a matte (“satin”) finish.

2.  In my understanding, although Mühle and Edwin Jagger (both of which formerly purchased heads from Dovo/Merkur) jointly developed the improved successor head, and use the same Zamak castings, each company plates its heads independently:   Edwin Jagger in Sheffield, England, and Mühle in Germany.  If that is the case, then, although the plating may be equal, it is not the same; conversely, in light of the thinness of the plating, the heads should be not only equal, but also the same, as to mildness:  IOW, the Mühle R89 should be just as mild as the Edwin Jagger DE89.

3.  As to travel razors,  when traveling by air, many men prefer to carry their Dopp kits in carry-on luggage, against the possibility that checked luggage will be lost or pilfered, and items in the Dopp kit generally will be needed the day of arrival; but DE razor blades are not permitted on airline flights within the United States or on international flights that will land in the United States.  Because the Feather Popular is a DE razor, it is useless without a blade.  The same company that makes the Feather Popular makes a cartridge razor, the Feather MR3 neo, that is legal to carry in cabin luggage, and which will provide as close a shave as the Feather Popular DE razor; the Popular and the MR3 neo sell for about the same price, at least in the United States, and probably elsewhere, as well.

4.  Under soaps and creams, should there be a sub-entry for the limited number of creams that are available in packaging that is legal to carry aboard a commercial aircraft?  (Kiss My Face is one cream that is sold in 100 ml — 3.4 oz. — containers, which are allowed on commercial aircraft.)  

5.  At least on this side of the Atlantic, Gillette Silver Blue blades are mid-priced.  The Japanese blades (KAI and Feather) are relatively premium priced, but many of us who have used Japanese blades regard them as the best in the world.

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 12-19-2016, 11:29 AM
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  • nikos.a
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(12-19-2016, 10:56 AM)Mel S Meles Wrote:
(12-18-2016, 11:44 AM)nikos.a Wrote: I made this list for my blog and thought it would be a nice idea to post it here too. If you like it, you can post your awards too!

The following are my personal preferences.

Razors

Best chromium finish: Edwin Jagger/ Muhle
Best satin finish: Mongoose B3

Material of preference: Stainless Steel

Mildest modern DE razor: Edwin Jagger DE89

Best travel razor: Feather Popular

Blades

Best expensive DE blade: Gillette Silver Blue

Nikos, they are YOUR awards, so I fully acknowledge that degustibus non disputandem est.  

But with humility, I ask your forbearance that I add my $0.02 to the specific lines quoted above.  

1.  I would argue that the best chromium finish and the best satin finish is the matte chromium finish on the Feather AS-D2.  Because the Feather AS-D2 is made from type 316 stainless steel (see your “Material of Preference”), it is easy to overlook that Feather chose to plate the stainless steel with chromium (which is harder than steel) and to give the chrome plating a matte (“satin”) finish.

2.  In my understanding, although Mühle and Edwin Jagger (both of which formerly purchased heads from Dovo/Merkur) jointly developed the improved successor head, and use the same Zamak castings, each company plates its heads independently:   Edwin Jagger in Sheffield, England, and Mühle in Germany.  If that is the case, then, although the plating may be equal, it is not the same; conversely, in light of the thinness of the plating, the heads should be not only equal, but also the same, as to mildness:  IOW, the Mühle R89 should be just as mild as the Edwin Jagger DE89.

3.  As to travel razors,  when traveling by air, many men prefer to carry their Dopp kits in carry-on luggage, against the possibility that checked luggage will be lost or pilfered, and items in the Dopp kit generally will be needed the day of arrival; but DE razor blades are not permitted on airline flights within the United States or on international flights that will land in the United States.  Because the Feather Popular is a DE razor, it is useless without a blade.  The same company that makes the Feather Popular makes a cartridge razor, the Feather MR3 neo, that is legal to carry in cabin luggage, and which will provide as close a shave as the Feather Popular DE razor; the Popular and the MR3 neo sell for about the same price, at least in the United States, and probably elsewhere, as well.

4.  Under soaps and creams, should there be a sub-entry for the limited number of creams that are available in packaging that is legal to carry aboard a commercial aircraft?  (Kiss My Face is one cream that is sold in 100 ml — 3.4 oz. — containers, which are allowed on commercial aircraft.)  

5.  At least on this side of the Atlantic, Gillette Silver Blue blades are mid-priced.  The Japanese blades (KAI and Feather) are relatively premium priced, but many of us who have used Japanese blades regard them as the best in the world.

I haven't tried the Feather AS-D2 or the Feather MR3 cartridge razor. I filled in the blanks with products I've tried. With a few exceptions, I still have all of them. I think I read somewhere about the thinness of the plating of EJ/ Muhle razors and I guess you're right. Maybe Edwin Jagger re-replates them, if we can say so. They look stunning, in my opinion. I also know that someone could add a few more categories and be more detailed. About the GSB, a package of five is more expensive than a package of five Feather DE blades in my country. Unfortunately, I haven't tried the KAI DE blades.

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 12-20-2016, 02:44 PM
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  • chazt
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Nick, you've got way too much time on your hands! Wink

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