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.
Posted February 5, 2014
Posted July 31, 2013
“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 a good DE…
Posted July 1, 2013
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.
Posted August 8, 2012
A couple of weeks ago Sharpologist looked at the new generation of synthetic hair shave brushes (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5). Here’s a summary of those posts, plus a few extra comments from the team. We looked the previous generation of brushes, including products from Men-U, Omega, Body Shop, and Muhle. The general consensus is that this previous generation seemed to be either too stiff or too floppy, with nothing in between. Water retention was acceptable but no where near the level of a badger brush. The new generation of synthetic brushes from companies like…