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I did my first full, proper shave with new equipment today. I prepared my face with diluted body wash (not actual shave soap this time) and a warm (but not really hot) damp towel. I used a Merkur 34c HD, a Derby Extra blade, a Parker Silvertip brush, Proraso aloe and vitamin E cream, and Dove post shave balm.
What stood out to me, most of all, was how easy it was to avoid nicks while shaving. Also, the irritation was really minimal. It was much 'safer' to use than any disposable, simple or fancy.
The first shave was not terribly close, so I re-lathered and shaved again in a few areas. I got one tiny cut on my chin, but that was it. Shaving twice this way is much more comfortable than shaving once with a multi-blade disposable, and about as effective.
I liked the weight of the handle, and it made moving it over my face a little easier. The shaving angle it gave me was a little unusual at first, but it seems to work.
The Parker Silvertip brush was nothing special. I compared it briefly to the Escali brush and Parker was only slightly better. I now know there is a lot of variability in quality, and I would definitely have to inspect any brush in person before spending that much on one again. Then again, maybe the Escali was just an especially nice Pure brush.
The Proraso cream was decent and functional, as was the Dove balm.
As I vary some elements, I'll get a better idea of what's good, what's bad, and what doesn't really matter.
Keeping indefinitely: IHG, SchwabPlat, CSP, Discover, Freedom, ED, BCE, Hyatt
May close or PC: Prestige, Arrival, BrooksBros
AA Platinum converting into Costco
Might add: Proper business card, CSR, Ritz, Delta Gold, First Tech
Letting new accounts cool off since May