Razor: The King C. Gillette Blade: The King C. Gillette Cream: La Toja (red tube, I guess this is the "regular") Pre-shave: a hot shower Aftershave: Alum block + a splash, which varies. Sometimes a balm. Sometimes Witch Hazel before the splash. Today, Aqua Velva Ice Sport. ("You put a balm on!? Did I tell you to put a balm on? Who told you to put a balm on? The Maestro? Who's the Maestro?!?!?!") Well, as I mentioned in another thread, I've been using the King C. Gillette razor for the past several days. I used a Gillette Plat in the light blue box that already had some shaves on it, for the first few shaves. I now have 3 shaves on it using a new King C. Gillette blade. I noticed no difference between the King C. Gillette blade on its first shave and the Gillette Plat on its 7th. I almost always use a blade for 7 shaves, and then I toss it. I shave every day. This is a very smooth razor, as I previously mentioned. It does allow you to vary the angle a bit, more than one would think considering it is a mild razor. To get close, this razor seems to like a shallow angle (riding the cap). I find it best, for me, to go neutral for the first pass, then ride the cap a bit more for subsequent passes, particularly for the touch-ups. Lately, I've been doing 2 1/2 passes, so to speak, for lack of a better term. A full WTG 1st pass. An XTG pass on my face and and upper half of my neck. Then ATG on certain areas of my face, with some touch-ups in different areas that include some WTG and XTG strokes. I don't really give my shaves an official rating, but what I usually go for is mostly a CCS on my face, and SAS on my neck, which is very sensitive. If I start to go crazy with touch-ups, I wind up with redness. Anyway, this razor gets me where I want to be in the end. Do other razors I have get me there easier? Well, sorta/kinda. Some razors remove a lot for the first pass. But many of those razors wind up leaving me with some redness when all is said and done. Maybe the end result is closer than with the King C. Gillette, but then my face suffers. I haven't given this razor enough love since I got it almost 3 years ago when it was first released. My current "run" with it is meant to rectify that situation. I never seem to give a razor enough of a "run" before moving on to another one. P.S. ----- Some mysteries of the Universe... 1. Is the King C. Gillette razor made by Muhle? 2. Is the King C. Gillette razor head the same as the Muhle R89, except for the underside of the baseplate? 3. In Gillette-speak, does "handle" mean the part that attaches to the head, or does it include the head? 4. Do the answers to 1, 2, and 3 really matter? 5. Is the King C. Gillette blade the same as a Gillette Plat? If so, which "version" of the Gillette Plat? (Dark blue or light blue box?) 6. Is the Gillette Plat in the light bue box different from the one in the dark blue box? 7. Which Gillette Plat is nicknamed the "Swede"? 8. Why do some people consider the shade of blue on the "dark" box to be "light", and vice versa? 9. Do the answers to 5, 6, 7, and 8 really matter? Some people: --------------- Gillette means "handle" to be the entire razor -- that which holds the blade. The box says the handle is made in China. Conclusion: the head of the razor is not made by Muhle. It is made in China. Since the underside of the baseplate is different than an R89, this is even more proof that it is not made by Muhle. Other people: ---------------- The paper that comes with the razor, placed between the baseplate and the head, includes text written in German. This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is made in Germany. Since it looks sorta/kinda like a Muhle head, it therefore must be manufactured by Muhle. Case closed. So what if the underside of the baseplate is different? The rest of it looks like a Muhle R89. And it shave more or less like an R89. I don't own, nor have ever owned, a Muhle razor. I have never shaved with a Muhle razor that wasn't owned by me, either. P.P.S. ------- I have been pronouncing Muhle the same way as I pronounce the name of the animal called a mule. (In my mind only, since I have never said it aloud.) On youtube, I have heard it pronounced MUL-UH and MUL-AY (as if Fonzie said it.) These people also say, "I don't know if this is the correct way to pronounce it."