SEE BELOW FOR MODIFIED PLAN! If you want the full translation you can plug that in on Google translate. But the short version is.....MAYHEM it shall be! After a month of dialing in the CJB it's time to have some fun and work on discovering what it takes to get a quality shave with some less than quality products. This may be the acid test of technique vs. tools. Or it may be me wasting another month of my life I'll never get back. Here are the ingredients. The glorious Soviet vintage razor on the left is fairly common on auction sites and I have never found a name for it. So, I have dubbed it Soyuz 1 as I mentioned in an earlier post. Truly an amazing piece of Russian design and engineering. Two totally different blade gaps...actually more than that if you count the variations in each gap. I especially love the sound of crinkling metal when you tighten in the blade. On the right, the modern Rapira from Russia with its high end cheap plastic and mystery metal all designed to almost hold a blade in place. Those lovable Russians have certainly kept their engineering standards consistent over the years. The brush.....a Tweezerman. A starter brush basically, badger, cheap, sheds like a Husky in Jamaica. Hoping it lasts the month with over half its bristles. The soap.....modern Williams. Some say it is great and easily lathered. Most say it's tough to lather and that insecticide scent....lovely. We'll see if I can master it....or is that survive it. The blades as shown but one substitution. You can't start May without a Russian blade in a Soviet razor. So....the first of the worst blades is one I truly despise. It's the Gillette Rubie from St. Petersburg. When I trialed it in February in my DE89l I tossed it after one shave. Maybe it just needs a fellow Russian to create glorious May 1st shave. The rest of the blades were chosen due to their reputation for being horrible. DISCLAIMER - Blades are extremely YMMV so if you love one of those blades that's great. Maybe I can help their reputation by figuring out how to make them work in the mess I've created around them. Hopefully I'll learn more about technique and also find out the truth about the blades. Three shaves per blade. I'll start with the Soyuz 1. The Rapira is a backup to be used only if the Soyuz is just incredibly horrible with a blade. Then I'll use the Rapira to verify if it's the blade or the Soyuz. If both deliver truly unbearable results I'll switch to either my '47 Superspeed or my '46 Aristocrat for the final day to see what a great razor does with the blade. Now, as to @Darkbulb and his request that I change my goatee to match Lenin.....still considering. It really isn't a huge change from how I wear it so he may get his wish. It may also depend on the amount of the bribe he offers. After all, what's a month with Soviet/Russian razors without a little corruption thrown in for that unique political experience, eh? I'll be finishing up the next two days with the CJB then setting up my best and favorite razor with a great blade (translate Aristocrat with a Voskhod) to set the bar high for comparison. Happy Monday all. The party starts this Friday.