There were a lot of new experiences today, heck why not try several new things at once? Just jump into the deep end of the pool!
First, the edge on the user-grade Filly 14 is from a wonderfully pure, smooth, and beautiful Nakayama kiita on a stand that just never quite get the edge to ‘10’. So after my usual thin slurry finish, I washed it off and did +40 light clear water finish strokes, with the last 20 being very short strokes. Iwasaki said that if you use very short strokes the pressure just disappears, and he’s right. I was shooting to get a maximum polish on the edge. Verdict: It worked, a great edge.
Shaving cream was Bullgoose Asylum Shave Works Aloe, their sensitive skin version. The scent is a very light aloe/eucalyptus note, but this particular cream is essentially unscented, as you might expect from a sensitive skin cream. Think scent intensity similar to T&H Ultimate Comfort and you’re close. It’s a thin cream, like a tube cream, yet it took a lot of water with ease. Performance leaves nothing to be desired except if it gets dry, it’s a bit tacky so if you’re buffing over shaved skin with a SR, you might want to rub wet fingers over that area beforehand. Post shave is excellent but not outstanding. Verdict: a solid cream but if you want scent strength, you might want to choose a different scent. Note to the ATG gentlemen, this is an English cream made by one of the notable manufacturers. It’s a solid performer, but if you’re in England/UK there would be no reason to pay the shipping vs buying one of the excellent familiar English creams that we all know and love.
AS was Myrsol Formula C, new to my stable of Myrsol after shaves, which are my ‘daily driver’ alcohol splashes. The scent has been described as ‘watermelon’, and that’s pretty close though it changes slightly on dry down and is light and very pleasant. I’m glad that I got it when I did, the scent is definitely oriented toward warmer weather. There’s supposed to be some menthol kick to it but I did not feel much. It also seems very conditioning, up there with Limon and Plastic Shave. Verdict: Winner!