New on the ASW store this week are a selection of traditional razors for luxury wet shaving, with heads that accommodate Gillette Mach 3 and Fusion razor cartridges. Both types of cartridges are easy to use without training and, unlike double-sided razor blades, the U. S. Transportation Security Administration permits them to be carried on to aircraft.
There are different opinions about whether Mach 3 or Fusion gives a better shave but a couple things are generally accepted. First, Fusion costs about 50% more per shave than the older Mach 3. And second, the Fusion has a single blade built into the back of the cartridge that makes it easier to trim sideburns and shave under the nose.
Modern as these cartridges may be, the new razor bodies have classic looks. Complementing Mach 3 bodies in hand-turned ivory and ebony resin are new models in the same finishes for the Fusion cartridge.
On another front, in response to customer requests I am now stocking a very fine Spanish cotton handkerchief with a hand-rolled edge that is $25 compared to $35 for linen. Linen is of course better in a jacket pocket but my cotton version is every bit as good if not better for mopping up spilled champagne and other common handkerchief uses.
Finally, all my Drake's neckties except the Silk Shantungs and Tussahs are now $140, a small reduction that reflects a decline in their landed price.