Another blade from Gillette, but this time with a crocodile on the pack. Although the packaging on mine is covered in Arabic, they’re apparently made in Russia.
1st blade > 1st shave
RazoRock Don Marco Shave Soap
It felt sharp from the start, so I took it easy. This largely worked, but I picked up a couple of nicks during my touch-up phase. No irritation though. The finish was generally smooth, but with patches around my jawline and mouth, despite work to clean them up. The lather was a little wetter than it should have been on the first pass, but otherwise worked well, and the end result felt pretty good in spite of the flaws.
1st blade > 2nd shave
MÜHLE Sea Buckthorn Shaving Soap
Once again, the blade felt good. No pulling or scraping, just a comfortable shave. A good amount of lather wasn’t enough to stop me picking up a few nicks, but nothing serious. Despite plenty of touching up I was left with a patchy finish, and even where it was smooth it wasn’t that close. The end result was decidedly average.
2nd blade > 1st shave
Haslinger Sheep’s Milk Shaving Soap
Coming off the back of a shaving horror show, I took it steady so as not to re-open or aggravate the huge number of nicks I had picked up. The good news was I finished nick free, with the blade only noticeable at all when I went ATG. The lack of pressure and limited touching up did leave me with a patchy finish though. It was smooth on my cheeks, but the rest was 50/50. A relief nonetheless.
2nd blade > 2nd shave
Vulfix Old Original Sandalwood Shaving Cream
I was a little more confident that my skin had recovered when it came to this shave. Once again the blade was smooth and once again I didn’t pick up any nicks. The finish wasn’t perfect, with patches on my neck and around my mouth and jaw, but where it was smooth — which was practically everywhere else — it was close to BBS. A decent shave.
2nd blade > 3rd shave
RazorRock XX Artisan Shaving Soap
No nicks this time, but a little dryness on my top lip. It was worth it though as I got a smooth shave, although I did do a lot of touching up to make sure. Even my neck and jawline were good. It wasn’t quite BBS, but it was close to it, certainly in places. A great shave.
2nd blade > 4th shave
RazoRock King of the Castle Lavender Artisan Shaving Soap
The blade tugged throughout this time, both with and against the grain. I only picked up the solitary nick though. I did a nearly full third pass for my touch up, but I still had a few patches around my mouth, jaw and neck. To be fair, it was close to BBS in many areas too. Probably not a great shave, but a good one.
Looking back at my experiences, you can see they were a little inconsistent. The blade was also running out of legs by my fourth shave, which was the first time it started to tug. When the blades were on song, I got good results though, so definitely worth a go. Not many places stock them in the UK and they’re not the cheapest where they are sold, so I would say there are others more worthy of your time.