The Voskhod Challenge

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by swarden43, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Thanks Brian. Overall it has been interesting. A shout out to @Bama Samurai for initiating these challenges with the Derby Challenge and @Linuxguile for his generosity by providing the Voskhod blades for this challenge.
     
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  2. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Week 6 (final week), day 1

    Prep: Hot shower, hand strop blade
    Coffee: Wegmans Costa Rican Tarrazu, BLACK
    Tunes: Pandora Shuffle
    Razor: H4 Blue Star Lady Gillette
    Blade: Voskhod, day 1, 3 passes
    Brush: Vulfix 404 Grosvenor badger/boar mix
    Soap: VDH Luxury (still think VDH soaps are the best bang for your buck. Hard to find the Deluxe, but I do have 8 or 9 pucks in backup)
    Post: Cold water rince, ice water splash, L'Oreal Comfort Max ASB, Curve
    'Stache Care: Dirigo Blue 'Stache Stuff, Dirigo Blue wax

    Not quite BBS, but a really super comfortable shave.
     
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  3. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    They stock the deluxe at a walgreens just down the street from my house! I think it is a great soap and well worth the $3

    Sent from my Galaxy S6 using Tapatalk
     
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  4. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Week 6 (final week), day 2

    Prep: Hot shower, hand strop blade
    Coffee: Wegmans Traditional, BLACK
    Tunes: Pandora Shuffle
    Razor: Grafco OC
    Blade: Voskhod, day 2, 3 passes
    Brush: 22mm Best Badger set in custom @gssixgun elk antler
    Soap: AoS Lavender
    Post: Cold water rinse, ice water splash, Dickenson's WH, B&BW Noir
    'Stache Care: Dirigo Blue 'Stache Stuff, Dirigo Blue wax

    Not bad. If this was the best I could ever get, I'd take it.
     
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  5. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Week 6 (final week), day 3

    Prep: Hot shower, hand strop blade
    Coffee: Wegmans Traditional, BLACK
    Tunes: Pandora Shuffle
    Razor: Merkur 34C set in red mallee burl handle
    Blade: Voskhod, day 3, 3 passes
    Brush: Vulfix Burlington
    Soap: C&E Nomad
    Post: Cold water rinse, ice water splash, Dickenson's WH, C&E West Indian Lime
    'Stache Care: Dirigo Blue 'Stache Stuff, Dirigo Blue wax

    Always a great shave with the HD!
     
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  6. colosilverado

    colosilverado Active Member

    I primarily use my Voskhods because I, like most others, bought in the group buy a few years back.
    However, I've used the Personna labs, Rapira, Sputniks, Ladas, and Feathers.
    I'll say that the Voskhods are the best all around. Smooth and sharp enough to tackle anything.
     
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  7. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Week 6 (final week), day 4

    Prep: Hot shower, hand strop blade
    Coffee: Jacobs Kronung, BLACK
    Tunes: Pandora Shuffle
    Razor: Stahly*
    Blade: Voskhod, day 4, 3 passes
    Brush: 24mm fan set in Oscar11 handle
    Soap: AoS Sandalwood
    Post: Cold water rinse, ice water splash, Dickenson's WH, B&BW Oak
    'Stache Care: Dirigo Blue 'Stache Stuff, Dirigo Blue wax

    *I do have a working handle for the Stahly, but I find it not only bulky to use, but I don't think the vibrating feature adds enough to the shave to make up for the over-sized handle. I put the Stahly head on a Fat Handle Tech. Wonderful shave!
    jacobs-coffee-kronung-500x500.jpg
    First had this when I was stationed at Rhein Main AB, Germany. Found it at a German meat market, Reikers Meats, in north Philly.
     
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  8. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Week 6 (final week), day 5

    Prep: Hot shower, hand strop blade
    Coffee: Wegmans Traditional, BLACK
    Tunes: Pandora Shuffle - added Fleetwood Mac and Steve Winwood
    Razor: M3 English Gillette Knack
    Blade: Voskhod, day 5, 3 passes
    Brush: H.I.S. Synthetic
    Soap: Colgate Barber's soap + 2 drops Em's Place Woodstock EO
    Post: Cold water rinse, ice water splash, Osage Rub, Brut Attitude
    'Stache Care: Dirigo Blue 'Stache Stuff, Dirigo Blue wax

    And so ends the Voskhod Challenge. And a darn fine shave it was.
    Again, I want to thank @Linuxguile for PIFing me the blades for this challenge.

    Would I buy these blades? No, but I will use what I have left every now and again, if for nothing else than to remind me how much better Astra SPs are!!! While I did get some very good, even excellent, shaves, it was not with every razor. With Astra SPs I get DFS to BBS every time, no matter what razor I drop one into.

    I'll stand by the statement, "Technique trumps tools," with this one observation - when you have perfected your technique, it is easier to identify imperfect tools.
    I leave the definition of "imperfect" to you all! ;)
     
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  9. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    Here's to your Astras next week!:eatdrink047: (That can be lemonade if you like). And thank you for obliging my request for the challenge! I found it very entertaining and insightful. Looking forward to seeing if you can pull any rationale out of the data!
     
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  10. Lilan

    Lilan Active Member

    Got a pack of 5 with my slim, like them!
     

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