Today's shave was perfect. I was craving Through The Fire Fine Craft by Maria Arman, so I whipped out my mixed soap container. I am completely out of her soaps other than this container right here. So when I can, I will be ordering some. And to finish off this shave, I went with my Aqua Velva aftershave balm which is really nice:
The black diamond was extremely good. I went ahead and re honed the razor using my full progression including my Shapton 12K and when I got to the 12K all I did was subtle "X" strokes and it worked extremely well to. I got a really nice shave in 3.5 passes. It's a pass and a half more than I want to make but considering how close I got today as a result, it will be fine. I also did the same thing with my other 2 straight razors. So we'll see how I did on the others.