Week 1, day 1 Well, I finished up my @Bama Samurai inspired Derby Challenge two weeks ago. Last week I pampered myself with an Astra SP. Now it is time to move on to my @Linuxguile inspired Voskhod Challenge. My last experience with Voskhod was about three years ago. Not a bad blade, but couldn't bring myself to go along with all the hype, especially when I had the Astra SP in my den. Oh, and Andrew, thanks again for providing the blades for this challenge. You're a true gentleman. I'll be using Voskhod blades exclusively for the next six weeks, swapping every day, Monday through Friday, from razor to razor, a 3-pass shave every day. Here's the lineup: Late 40s SS Sheraton Y4 Ball End Tech Merkur 34G W4 Black Tip OLD Type Merkur Futur @3 G1 Fatboy @6 D3 TV SS Aristocrat Z1 Ball End Tech Merkur 34C A1 Blue Tip Merkur Travel Late 70s Super Adjustable H3 Slim @6 D1 SS (not the TV) NEW Type long comb Fat Handle Tech Merkur 11C A4 Red Tip L3 Travel Tech Parker 80R R1 Black Beauty S2 Black Handle SS Grafco OC (a rebranded Merkur) H4 Blue Lady Star Gillette Merkur 34C w/ red mallee burl handle Stahly* M3 English Gillette Knack *the Stahly has the working wind up vibrating handle, but 1) I don't think it does anything to improve the shave and B) I find it (the handle) too large for my liking. I'll put the Stahly head on my Fat Handle Tech handle. The head is fantastic! This morning went as follows: Prep: Hot shower, hand strop blade Coffee: Wegmans Traditional, BLACK Tunes: Pandora Shuffle Razor: Late 40s SS Blade: Voskhod, day 1, 3 passes Brush: Best Badger set in @gssixgun elk antler (love the brush, Glen!) Soap: AoS Lavendar Post: Cold water rinse, Dickenson's WH, C&E West Indian Lime cologne 'Stache Care: Dirigo Blue 'Stache Stuff, Dirigo Blue Wax Pretty darn near BBS, no irritation. So far, so good! We'll see how it holds up for the rest of the week. It MUST give me at least five good 3-pass shaves like my Astra SP, or the Voskhod doesn't make the grade.