Edwin Jagger is a big name in DE shaving, largely because of their hardware, but they also have a range of software products.
Used with: Feather (1st shave)
Not having used many proper soaps (I don’t class sticks as soap) I stuck with the method I use on my MWF, which was to soak the puck (in this case, for about a minute), then pour off the water and use a shaken-dry brush to load up. I then face lathered. It quickly built up a good, shiny foam that provided good covering. Slickness after the first pass was average, better after the second. I wasn’t sure I’d have enough for a my second pass, but a bit of work soon built up a good amount. The smell is so subtle I had to practically shove the puck up my nose to smell it, and unless I knew it was sandalwood I would not have guessed. Blade was smooth, but I picked up nicks aplenty, including some fairly significant ones. Nothing that my post-shave shower couldn’t sort though. The end result was quite poor ATG, especially on my neck.
Used with: Derby Extra (1st shave)
I used the same technique again, but I forgot to soak the puck initially, so it only had about twenty seconds. After about a minute on my face I’d built a good lather though. As I started to apply the second coat I thought I might be lacking sufficient product, but a bit of work soon brought out a thick foam. Not as much slickness left behind as with some of the other products I’ve used, after either pass. The blade scraped from the first stroke and left me with plenty of nicks, some significant ones. The end result was very patchy, with smooth areas, but plenty that weren’t.
Used with: Astra Superior Platinum (2nd shave)
As before, I face lathered and was able to produce a plentiful amount for two passes, with a lot left over. The residue wasn’t particularly slick after the first pass, but was much better after the second. The shave was nice and smooth, though I did pick up several nicks, but the end result was supremely smooth on my face, just a little patchy on my neck and jaw line.
Used with: Wilkinson Sword (2nd shave)
Despite using the usual method, I thought I was going to struggle for my second pass. It did take a bit of work to build enough lather, but there was plenty. Again, not too much slickness left behind by either pass. The blade tugged a bit, though not as bad as on the first shave, and I picked up a couple of nicks. I needed to go over several areas repeatedly to get it close. Not the smoothest ATG, but not a bad shave.
Used with: Gillette 7 O’clock SharpEdge (2nd shave)
Took a bit of work (again) to get enough lather for my second pass, but it was fine. I didn’t notice much in the way of slickness again either (possibly me not paying attention). The blade was smooth, but I still picked up a couple of nicks and some irritation on my top lip. The end result was fine, but more average than good.
Used with: Shark Super Stainless (2nd shave)
Easy to build a good lather, but again, not much slickness left behind, by the first pass at least. Despite the blade tugging a little, the only nick I picked up was down to some repeated touching up. The end result was good though, with every more than passable, and some areas ultra smooth.
Used with: Personna Platinum Chrome Super Stainless (3rd shave)
It seemed to take a bit longer to build the lather this time, and once again the level of slickness after each pass didn’t feel as much as some of the other products I’ve used. The blade was smooth throughout and I picked up fewer nicks than on previous uses. I had to go over some areas multiple times, which resulted in some dryness and irritation. A good shave rather than a great one.
Used with: Gillette 7 O’clock Super Stainless (2nd shave)
My usual method again yielded a good amount of lather, without too much work. The shave was smooth, although I needed to perform a fair bit of touching up. It did result in some very smooth patches and a generally good finish. Not perfect, but reasonable.
Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (3rd shave)
Face lathered using my usual technique and found it easy to lather again, nice slickness after each pass too. I picked up a number of nicks, especially on my neck, but they were sealed by my cold water washdown. The end result was patchy, with some BBS areas on my cheeks, generally close elsewhere, but some patches.
Not always easy to lather, and not as much slickness as with some products, but it generally performs well and provided a good amount of cushioning for the blade. It’s a product I’d quite happily keep in frequent rotation.