As I've recently been concentrating on learning and developing my technique with a straight razor, my DE's have been getting neglected to a fairly major extent
With the exception of my fat handled Tech (with a Feather in it's cap), my normal rotation of DE's has been quietly gathering dust.
However, this weekend we're away (and yes I'm still finding time for B&B! ) so when I was packing my Dopp kit yesterday I had to pause for a moment to decide what to bring.
The brush was easy...my Men-U boar brush, it's even got it's own travel case now as it fits pefectly into the empty cardboard tube that came with a miniature of Glenfiddich 12 year old single malt .
Soap, again easy decision...stick of Palmolive, perfect for face lathering with no extra bowls required .
Now for the hard part, which razor and blade combination? Blades came easier, Gillette Bleue Extra....I've got a started pack in the plastic dispenser, used blade slot on the back so no issues with disposing of used blades and no need to carry a loose blade in my Dopp kit, or have a loaded razor lying in wait for an unsuspecting hand.
Once I'd decided on the blades, the choice of razors narrowed a bit further...SE was obviously out, Tech and Bleues don't really mix well for me (YMMV), so now we have just a few contenders...40's or 50's Superspeeds or a Slim. As soon as it got to this stage, the answer was obvious...my birth year Slim (M2)!
Aftershave? Mmmm just go with the Witch Hazel in an atomiser, no mess and the 25ml bottle is a perfect size for travelling
Gents, you will be happy to hear that this morning's shave was a DFS 3 pass shave!! 1 x WTG on 3, then 2 x XTG (in opposite directions) on 5
No nicks, cuts or even weepers.
I'm still going to keep up with the straights, but I'll definitely be visiting my old friends more often!