Shave of the day, 26th January 2021, PAA Dapper Doc’s Lilac and Fig + The Meta4

  • Pre-Shave : Shower, PAA Ice Cube
  • Brush : PAA Amber Aerolite
  • Soap : PAA Dapper Doc’s Lilac and Fig
  • Razor : PAA Meta4 (Kirby) w/Wizamet Super Iridium Blade
  • Post Shave : PAA Dapper Doc’s Lilac and Fig Aftershave Cologne, PAA Mysterium Serum (w/menthol)

TLDR : Dapper Doc’s is awesome, Meta4 is the new girl and she’s kicking everyone’s butt.

So it took a while but it finally got here to sunny Singapore after being stuck in LA for almost 2 weeks.

Dapper Doc’s Lilac and Fig smells fantastic, especially on the dry down when the accords settle and that lilac, fig, rose and musk blends into a heady sweet but almost boozy scent.
Make no mistake, this is a man’s scent that you’d imagine Sherlock Holmes (and his Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Doc Holiday, or Tennyson and the men he pens in those famous lines in the Charge of the Light Brigade would wear.

Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell

Yeah, definitely a man’s floral scent.

Now for the star of the show, The Meta4 (The Metaphor!)

The razor itself comes in a simple box with carboard holders to keep the razor in place while in transit.
And while some might want a more lavish presentation, I think it does what its supposed to do and by keeping the price of something you are probably going to throw away down, cost and money spent went into the razor itself and it shows.

Broken down, it is a slot post, three piece razor, simple.
You will notice that the finishing is well done, and especially, the brand and name etched into the baseplate is a very welcomed sight.
Little things but these little things give a sense of quality and soul to the razor.

At this point I should mention the knurling. Way too often, we get really good looking handles but more often than not, the knurling if any, or patterns in the handle are all but useless when you need a grip that counts, and really there to serve a cosmetic function.

Not so with this handle. Even with my hand (and yes I did that on purpose) covered in Cube Lather, and anyone who has used the Cube knows just how slippery and slick that is, I have no issues picking up, gripping and using the razor.
I’d still recommend to wash your hands off first of course. 🤣

When I first put a blade in and looked at the the working gap, I have to say, it is quite something else but don’t let it intimidate you, I’ll get to the blade geometry and head design in a bit.

I think the first time anyone sees this razor they’d go “Holy frack! Look at that gap!”
Seriously, lather and hair will pass through easily, pretty sure months old beard isn’t going to be an issue.

And here is where the genius of this head design shines.

The head itself is extremely nimble, not being bulky, it’s easy to maneuver around your ears and nose, along with the fully covered design means no blade tabs to accidently cut you.
Also, the top cap’s groves help those who want to buff, making “riding the cap” easier and not “sticky” (precursor to the double open comb) as some find with other smooth capped razors.

But the real genius is the business end of the razor.
The curvature of the blade and how it is set (recessed) makes it a very, very mild shave. Pop in a good sharp blade like the Bic / Nacet / Super Iridium and it will work its magic.
This thing will take off growth and you’ll barely feel if at all, the blade.
In my case, I felt nada.
Not a bit.
For those who want more blade feel, I’d recommend using Kai Blades.

Having said that, for those who like the feel of blade on skin, it is very likely you may over shave by pressing down harder than you should with this razor so you might take that into consideration.
For those who want something that feels super mild, this might work for you.

Given the gap and curvature, I’d say that this is a neutral blade exposure shave but because that the blade is slightly recess with its very shallow angle of attack of the blade, the blade will literally skim on lather, acting as a guillotine but just barely kissing the skin.

In short its going to be smooth as melted butter on a baby’s butt.
As our face will be after the shave.

All in all this is a beauty in the den and she has essentially kicked all my other girls in the nads.
And for the price, is definitely a must buy if you want a razor that will last a lifetime, is extremely efficient but surprising mild.
If you don’t want to spend a chunk of change on a Stainless Steel razor, give the Prismatic ($25) a try but I think most will just buy the Stainless Steel Meta4 due to the improvements (handle!) and looks.

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Shave of the day, 21st January 2021, PAA Atomic Age Bay Rum + (A Do Not Buy advisory against the Fat Guy)

  • Pre-Shave : Shower, PAA Ice Cube
  • Brush : PAA Amber Aerolite Synthetic
  • Soap : PAA Atomic Age Bay Rum
  • Razor : Global Shave Club Fat Guy w/Bic Chrome Platinum
  • Post Shave : PAA Atomic Age Bay Rum Cologne Aftershave

Discloser : I had the razor for a few days and my initial impression was good. Until after several days of use and I experimented beyond what I’d normally set my razors to (mid-mild) and noticed mechanical flaws. I cannot in good conscience recommend this razor to anyone. This is a bought razor that I will write off as a loss as it would be too much trouble for me to try to get a refund and shipping this back to the US from Singapore.
I am tempted to do a charge back to be honest.

We’ll start with what went right :

To start I didn’t have any blade alignment problems initially, just pop in the blade and from the top down view you can see its fairly well balanced.
The blade balance from settings 1 (no body is going to use this unless you are shaving your privates) to 4 looks good and shave characteristics from 1-3 were very smooth, with setting 4 starting to give that hint of blade as it turns into the more aggressive settings.

Now, my preference has been to use a mild / mid-mild razor with a sharp blade so for a few days I have never gone past 4, getting to learn how the razor handled and to be fair right up to this point, it performed admirably.
I liked it quite a bit.

However things took a turn for the worse once I started to experiment with the higher settings and I can see why some people might not have noticed anything wrong with the razor (or noticed right away) until they set the razor to 5 and above.

Starting from setting 5 you might get a mixed shave feel depending on which side of the razor is in contact to your face. The reason is the horizontal balance starts to go out of whack.
While it is not as noticeable on 5, it’s very obvious on 9.
One side of the razor has much more gap than the other.
This will lead to a vey uneven shave and possibly resulting in nicks, cuts, weepers and a creepers.

I’ll just add that the feel of the mechanism itself, when you open the doors / adjust the aggression, felt “cheap” in layman’s terms. Or if you are an engineer, it felt like it had very shoddy tolerances.

To put it bluntly, of all the adjustable TTOs I own, it felt the “cheapest” with even the Weishi Nostalgic, a made in China ($34) razor, felt, handled and had a more consistent adjustment mechanism over the Fat Guy.
For $89 (and now 3 figures) this is not a good buy with these issues.

To be fair though, the Weishi in my mind is the best buy for an adjustable TTO due to its balance in price, quality and most importantly quality of the shaves it gives.

But if you are happy to use a $89++ razor that you don’t go higher than setting 4, more power to you.

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Shave of the day, 18th January 2021, Pinnacle Grooming The One

  • Pre-Shave : Shower, PAA Cube
  • Brush : Frank Shaving G5 Synthetic
  • Soap : Pinnacle Grooming The One
  • Razor : Tatara Nodachi Base + Masamune Cap w/Gillette Nacet Blade
  • Post Shave : Pinnacle Grooming The One Aftershave Splash

Another year older.
Went with one of the best smelling oud based scent today.
While Pinnacle’s soap and splash made no claim, one whiff of the both the soaps and splash’s significantly present scent and you can tell which Designer Scent it took inspiration from.

Dolce and Gabbana’s The One.

Mature, dark and rich, it’s definitely as much at home at the office as it is at the club on a date night.
A scent that says “confidence” when you walk into a room.

Or like me, when you DGAF, on a day off, at home, in boxers and a tee and just want to smell fantastic.

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Shave of the day, 13th January 2021, Van Yulay Smooking Hot Pineapple

  • Pre-Shave : Shower, PAA Ice Cube
  • Brush : Oumo 24mm ACE SHD Dual Band Manchurian Badger
  • Razor : Rockwell Model T w/Wizamet Super Iridium Blade
  • Post Shave : Floid Black

Pineapple day!

Still feeling like crap with the flu, stuffy nose and all, but was still able to pick up the scent of the soap once lathered.
Loved that smoky pineapple scent.
Actually I really love Monica’s hard puck, it has a good amount of glide and slickness, lather has a little more body then her croap and smells just as good.

The Model T perform excellently, still a little more blade forward then the 6S/C but now that they have fixed their QC issues, the razor shaved smooth and true.
Then again, having the Super Iridium blade helps as well, making this combination a killer shave.

Finished up with Floid Black.
Again, smoky pineapples. Ummmmmnnnnphhh!

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An Auld Lang Sayne Shave, 2021 : 00:01hrs, Soap Commander Gratitude

  • Pre-Shave : Shower, PAA Cube (not pictured)
  • Brush : Oumo 24mm ACE SHD Dual band Manchurian Badger
  • Soap : Soap Commander Gratitude
  • Razor : Tatara Nodachi + RR-SS UFO Handle w/Wizashave Super Iridium Blade
  • Post Shave : Epsilon Blue
  • Others : John Varvatos Artisan Blue EDT

For Auld Lang Sayne my Friends.
Wishing all a Happy New Year!

Yeah, waited till it was 00:00:01 2021 before Having the evening shave, the first of 2021.
Debated on what I wanted to use for quite a bit, and in the end, Choose Soap Commander for the Theme I want to leave 2020 and going into 2021 with.
Helps that this soap just smells fanfrackingtastic.

Loving the Super Iridium blades too, while I can tell its not as sharp as my Bics, it is smoother to the point that there is almost no blade feel even with the Nodachi’s more aggressive positive blade exposure geometry. All in all, a perfect, true glass, truly squeaky clean, faceturbation BBS shave.

And since its already past midnight, went with that beautiful Floid Blue scent and paired it with JV’s Artisan Blue (which is essentially Floid Blue Aqua without the menthol), so smelling fantastic going into the new year and gonna spend some quality time with the wife.

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