Today's shave was excellent. Through The Fire Fine Craft's is a top notch soap. Wisp was up next in the rotation which is a citrus based barbershop scent. My injector replica doesn't get too much use these days due to my barbed wire type of beard so I thought I would use it today and boy am I glad that I did. Here lately I've been looking at what cartridge users have discovered that I've known for quite some time. They now make a leather strop for cartridges. Yes that's what I said. I'll explain later in this post. Aqua Velva's classic ice blue goes perfectly with soap:
In terms of post shave it was close and comfortable, but NOT quite a BBS shave and it's no where near an ice rink type of shave either. The chin area could have gotten at least 2 more passes easy but I already performed 3 passes and a neck touch up. My moustache area is perfect and is an "ice rink". The head of this specific razor is the perfect size for that specific area. As I mentioned earlier, cartridge users have discovered stropping and that's what I did with this razor today before shaving. Here's the link to that specific strop and they have several YouTube videos on their website:
I do need to get more strops in and have been looking at the ones in the link above along with a few others. Before I showered and shaved, I went ahead and loaded the injector and stropped the blade which is simple to do. You simply go in the opposite direction than you would when you shave. I did 2 on the nylon webbing, 4 on the scrub leather and 8 on the smooth leather :
Next I repeated the progression, only I turned the razor around on the strop and went in the opposite direction than you would when shaving:
This made a huge difference in the performance of Personna's injector style blades because I consider these blades too mild for my beard especially now that I am pushing 40.