Blade: Sharp Durablade
Brush: CSB Plisson Synthetic
Soap: Victory Shave Company Gunner
Other: Thirsty Badger lather bowl
#samplesaturday Today I riffled thru the sample pile and this offering from Victory Shave Company caught my eye. A quick google and I discovered this is a soy wax formulation, which I’ve been quite interested in since discovering this stearic acid alternative.
Masculine Musk and Citrus with a light floral note is the description from the website. Honestly, I couldn’t tell, I got barely anything off the sample when I pushed it in the bowl. Lathering was a fairly easy task, I was able to get an abundant lather and it took a fair amount of water. The texture didn’t really excite me though, it felt airy and almost stiff. When I worked it on my face it just didn’t have much face feel to it. Scent wise I was hoping it would jump but even after a solid lather it was basically scentless to me. That can sometimes happen with a sample over time so I don’t want to judge that too harshly. For cushion, it wasn’t great, and slickness was average. I did find residual slickness maintained quite well after a pass, so there was that. The post shave was also quite good, I could have gone without a post shave product no problem.
This was my first use with a Sharp Durablade. I’m not sure were I got this blade from but I enjoyed it. It felt quite smooth. I find the Rockwell on 4 is kind of a tipping point for me where sometimes blades fail me. It is a great spot for me to test a blade I’m on the fence about, and this one passed with flying colours.
In the end, an adequate shave, nice and smooth. Not a big win on the soap, it was OK, nothing that excited me but performed well enough to get a DFS.