The Muhle TWIST: You Saw It Here First

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Today Muhle launches their “TWIST” two piece (vs. three piece) double edge razor line, and Sharpologist is pleased to give you the very first “public” look.  A very small group of wet shaving enthusiasts, including myself, have been given an opportunity to try the “R89″ version of the TWIST before formal launch.  Here are some initial impressions:

Does The Shaving Brush Matter?

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If you asked me three months ago if the type of shaving brush makes an appreciable difference in the quality of my shave, I’d probably have said no.  For the dozens of shaving soaps, creams, after shave balms and splashes – not to mention razors and blades – that I’ve tried since I began this wet shaving journey in 2011, I had only used five shaving brushes until Mantic and I had a chat about this very topic.

A Synthetic Brushes Update and Overview – Generations

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Last year Mark (Mantic), James SanSouci, Wim Bouman, Teiste Brito, and I, conducted a test of synthetic brushes.  The final results of the testing can be seen at the link HERE. In addition I developed a series of articles in which the origins and history of synthetic brushes over time.  The summary of this series (which provides links to the other sections) can be seen HERE. During the last years some additional changes and updates have occurred.    This led to an issue of how to identify synthetics against each other based on performance and fiber composition so users can have…

What Is The Best DE Razor?

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[UPDATED November, 2014] “What is the best double edge safety razor?” I get the question all the time.  Unfortunately there’s no easy answer.  Unlike razors with multi-blade, pivoted cartridges that come from a few large multi-national companies and manufactured to a very narrow set of specifications, double-edge (DE) razors (and blades) have a wide variety of options to choose from.  Lets look at some of the variables and see what stands out.  These are not the only products of course–I’m listing the most popular razors that many people say may be “best” in a particular category–so if you know of…

“The Beast” Rages On? The Muhle R41 Gets A Tweak

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Muhle has apparently tweaked the design of their R41 razor that is nicknamed “The Beast” due to its aggressiveness that was causing problems for many, including myself.  The end result is reportedly still aggressive but less harsh than the previous incarnation of the R41.  I just bought a “new” R41 to compare the two.