Lightweight Travel Shave – SOTD 26th October 2018. Arko, Merkur and a Brush

Hi – on the road again and trying to KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid…). This is about as light as I can go and still have a decent shave:

Equipment:

Razor: Merkur Futur c/w Feather Blade
Brush: Alpha T-400 c/w 26mm HMW Knot
Soap: Arko Stick
Preshave: 3P

No bowl with me this time so a pure face lather after a 10 minute prep with the 3P. I tell you what the 3P is a great pres-have and a nice menthol kick too. Get one now!!

The Shave

Two passes on #4 WTG and ATG and a final pass on #1 ATG. Face lathering is the way to go for a lightweight travel shave. I soaked the Arko stick at the same time as soaking my brush. Take the stick and expose a little of the soap and rub it on your face – like this to get a good coating. The take the brush, get rid of the excess water and work that lather. The Arko explodes into a nice slick lather easily. Just keep rubbing and adding water until you get what you want

Arko stick rubbed on face – make a thin layer like the photo

Now, I know many people have opinions on the smell of Arko, to me it is just soap and a nice hint of citrus. Don’t be put off by the opinions of a minority of Arko haters, Arko is one of the great and classic men’s shaving soaps and I urge everyone to try it out. If you don’t like it then bin it – it costs only about 2 bucks a stick so not much to lose eh? You will be surprised I am sure.

After face lathering for 30 seconds

6 comments

  1. Where is the lather? And there is NOTHING lightweight about that travel set up! The Futur is about the heaviest razor you could pack! Arko is great though!

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    1. I mean lightweight in terms of the number of items I carry. I used to carry a couple of DE, blades, at least 3 straights, 2-3 soaps, 2-3 splashes or balms, alum block, strop. Now I carry a light kit. If I go away for a week or more then maybe a couple of straights and a strop. The lather was more than enough for me dude

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    2. The lather was more than enough for me. The brush was full and I had a three pass shave. Understand it’s not a competition on who has the biggest.

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