Sunday, June 26, 2011
Pre-shave soap: Musgo Real Glyce Lime
Razor: Merkur Futur
Blade: Rapira Swedish SuperSteel
Brush: Grosvenor LE Two Band
Soap: Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet (tallow)
A/S: Thayer's Lavender Witch Hazel, Alt Innsbruck Splash
This was my first encounter with a Rapira "Swede" (received as a sample), and the result was a close and comfortable shave. It's another good Russian blade, and I would place it in the same general category of efficacy as the Astra Superior, which is a personal favorite--the Astra may be slightly sharper. However, since this was only the first shave with this blade, take my judgment with a hefty grain of salt. The Grosvenor LE whipped up an abundant creamy lather and the Alt Innsbruck provided a very fine finish. I'm looking forward to my second shave with the Rapira.