Shave of the Day
July 12, 2017
Martin de Candre soap
Gillette New Improved (New Standard) razor
Personna Med Prep blade (2)
Aqua Velva Redwood aftershave
The Bevel Razor is part of a shaving system, offered by Walker and Company. It was designed to address in-grown hairs that black men and women experience when shaving with a multi-blade cartridge.
The razor is made of chrome-plated brass. It is a three piece razor.
The head is unique in that the blade is totally recessed. The base plate completely surrounds the blade and the head nestles inside the base plate, except for the sharp part of the blade.
The base plate is polished chrome, while the head is satin finished chrome. The Bevel logo is engraved in the head.
The handle is long and thin. The grip part of the handle is satin chrome.
The razor comes with blades, but I loaded an Astra blade so that the blade would not be a variable too. I will try the Bevel blade when the Astra needs replacing.
On to the shave. The blade exposure and gap are small. The first pass went smoothly. Using the Bevel Brush, and Taylor of Old Bond Street lavender soap, I had a good lather on my face. The blade cut surprisingly close. I expected a Gillette Tech type mild shave, but the Bevel produced an I still feel smooth eight hours later shave.
Rinsing and cleaning the razor was easy too.
This razor will fit nicely in my rotation.
I note that there are other razors with similar heads, namely the Bombay and the current Matador. Not having them side by side, I can’t say that they are identical.
The brush is badger. It is a bit scritchy. The brush handle matches the razor. Its biggest drawback is that the handle has no shoulder and does not hang properly in a brush stand.
I am so into wet shaving, that I travel with soap and a brush. But drying the brush is difficult, especially if you are on the move.
Cremo is a brushless product. The lavender caught my eye, but Cremo is available in several scents.
How is it used? An almond sized dab is all you need. Spread it over your wet face. Add additional water. You are not making a dense lather, it works best wet.
If your face starts to dry, add more water.
In my first use, I got a super close shave. The scent remained on my face after the shave was done.
Cremo also makes a product to use with a brush.
Gillette developed Superspeed razors in a Light, Regular and Heavy configuration. The light is also known as the blue tip and the heavy is also known as the red tip.
This was Gillette’s first attempt at recognizing that different shavers had different needs.
The light has a thin aluminum handle. The Regular has a plated brass handle and the heavy has plated brass and a thicker handle.