Another from the Russian stable, though this one boasts its use of Swedish steel, known for quality (apparently).
1st blade > 1st shave
Proraso Menthol & Eucalyptus Shaving Cream
Smooth from the start, with the only roughness coming ATG on my neck. I picked up a couple of small nicks (low down on my neck), but otherwise it was irritation free. The end result was nice and smooth, a great shave.
1st blade > 2nd shave
Boots Shave Bowl Original Soap
Again, the blade glided through the stubble, the only scratchiness came when I went ATG on my neck, but it was far from rough. I struggled with an area around my mouth, despite going over it repeatedly, and it wasn’t as close this time, certainly on my neck. Having said that, the end result was good across the majority of my face, cetainly WTG. No nicks or irritation either.
2nd blade > 1st shave
Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Collection Shaving Cream
A small amount of cream guaranteed a huge amount of lather, for both passes. I added a few drops of water to try and thin it out and stop my blade from clogging, unsuccessfully. I felt a bit of bite when I went ATG, but generally a smooth shave. The only nick I picked up was down to my overzealous touching up. I had some dryness on my top lip. The end result wasn’t quite perfect, but was smooth save the odd patch, although not quite BBS.
2nd blade > 2nd shave
Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap
Easy to get plenty of lather, and I know cushioning and slickness are plentiful, so I couldn’t use those as excuses. The fact that I picked up zero nicks suggests they did the job. The blade was smooth throughout. I didn’t think I needed to do as much touching up this time around, but the end result suggested otherwise. It was a bit patchy, especially on my neck and jawline. There was also some roughness around my mouth and top lip. Where it was smooth it wasn’t quite BBS. So a good, but not a great shave.
2nd blade > 3rd shave
Truefitt & Hill 1805 Shaving Cream
A decent lather helped produce some good slickness, although it seemed to disappate during my second pass again. Not sure if this helped me remain nick free or if the blade was responsible. I was left with the odd patch, and I couldn’t get as close as I’d of liked in certain places (around my mouth, for example). The finish was generally smooth, though not BBS.
2nd blade > 4th shave
Haslinger Coconut Shaving Soap
I got a reasonable, if not the densest, lather for both passes, and a good amount of slickness. That didn’t stop me picking up several nicks, though none too severe. The blade was a bit rough when I switched to ATG, especially on my neck. The end result was smooth, but not BBS, with a few rough patches.
I’ve found that the software you use definitely has an impact on blade performance, and I found that with this blade. It was a solid, if unremarkable performer, doing a good, rather than great job. Having said that, they’re reasonably priced and gave better-than-average results, so worth a punt.