I received TThunder's awesomely, fabulously superlative PIF package in the mail yesterday. Up until now, I've been limited to a PIF'd Gillette Flair Tip, Dollar General blades, and aerosol-cheese canned goo due to a ban on shaving purchases until Christmas. The PIF made an satisfyingly appropriate loophole.
To make a short story shorter, I slapped an Astra into the Merkur HD, lathered up some of the Trumpers Violet (in a rose tub) and man, oh man. I was thrilled with the smooth glide of the HD and the Astra blade. Only a couple little weepers which is pretty good considering that I was vibrating with giddiness. The lather left a little to be desired as I left the soap too wet before I loaded my brush. I've since corrected that and practice-lathered a beauty of a brush-full of lather.
Starting with the HD was a no brainer. The Trumper's I've been dying to try someday just because it's old and kind of expensive for a soap. The Astra won a coin-toss. I was utterly amazed at the ease of the blade over the trouble-spots on my face. Did I pick the perfect blade by chance? I am definitely going to try all the other blades eventually, but its hard to believe that it can get better. Is this what I can expect from now on?