Rainy Weekend Shave


Here in Nashville, it seems like it has done nothing but rain for the last week. After one particularly bad storm last week that left many neighbors with downed trees, but left our yard more or less in tact, I thought we had dodged the bullet. I was wrong. With the ground completely saturated, a tree in the backyard had nothing to support it, and came down on top of the shed. I decided that I needed something to make the weekend a little better after that, so I decided to take my new razor for its first shave.

I have been wanting the gold Merkur Futur razor for some time now, but I am having a hard time justifying over $100 on a razor. When I saw Maggard’s had the Ming Shi for $12.99, I had to give it a shot. When I opened the box, the first thing I noticed was the heft. This razor weighs more than I expected a $12.99 razor to weigh. The next thing I noticed was the blade gap. It seems like this is more aggressive than the old Gillette adjustable razors. However, I didn’t measure them, so I can’t say for sure.

The soap lathered wonderfully, as is my experience with Shannon’s Soaps. I probably loaded a little too much soap in the brush, but I was rewarded with well over three passes worth of thick slippery lather. The scent of this soap was perfect for this rainy weekend. It green, earthy, and mossy. I am always worried that the earthy scents will smell musty like a damp basement. The vetiver notes in this soap give it a fresh crispness that is quite refreshing.

The razor was quite surprising. I took it to my left cheek/sideburn area and didn’t feel any whiskers being cut. Nor did I hear anything from the razor. I assumed I had the angle wrong, as this blade gap is a bit different from my other razors. However, the razor took off most of my three days of growth like it was nothing. I continued the shave and after three passes was left BBS with nothing even resembling irritation.

I finished up with the Barrister and Mann Reserve Classic splash. This complimented the scent of the soap quite well. Clean, fresh, and cooling but not overpowering at all. My face felt clean and invigorated when I was finished shaving.

This was na A+ shave. I highly recommend this razor. For $12.99, you can’t go wrong.

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