Today I was in the mood for a very simple shave: the GEM G-Bar, Gold Dachs soap applied with the Shavemaster brush, and the CADE oil for the finishing “gloss” cut. I’ve written before that the GEM G-Bar produces an incredibly close shave, almost as good as what I’ve had at the hands of a professional barber and a straight razor. But there is one caveat: The closeness comes at a price….you need a great, protective lather to keep irritation at bay, and the Gold Dachs by itself is not enough…evidenced by the extra sting of the alum block and the red irritation bumps post-shave. The same shave with some Florena shave cream added to the Gold Dachs produces a much richer, wetter, and more protective lather.