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by Bill_K
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: J.R. Torrey 900 Razor
Replies: 1
Views: 479

Re: J.R. Torrey 900 Razor

Unfortunately, the edge is bowed such that it cannot be honed (I specifically looked at the edge but evidently I didn't look closely enough). I'll be using the scales and pairing them with another blade. Will keep you updated.
by Bill_K
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Where to buy straight razor pins?
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Thanks Gary! I hadn't thought of Maggard's, and to make the shipping costs worthwhile I might have to buy some soap while I'm at it. :wink:
by Bill_K
Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Where to buy straight razor pins?
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Where to buy straight razor pins?

Gents,

I'd like to try re-scaling a straight razor but I'm having a bit of trouble locating a vendor for pins. Any suggestions? (Canadian vendor preferred)

Thanks!
by Bill_K
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: Cologne/Aftershave of the Day
Replies: 1806
Views: 91697

Re: Cologne/Aftershave of the Day

I recently purchased "88 Chestnut Street" [1] made by Chatillon Lux and is the aftershave that 4711 should have been. It's light, fresh, and disappears quickly so it's safe for me to use on a workday (we have scent restrictions in my office). I heartily recommend it. I'd recommend their Fougere afte...
by Bill_K
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: "Premier" razor?
Replies: 3
Views: 344

Re: "Premier" razor?

Thanks Chris, that's a good point about the tarnish following the scale contour. The razor is still in the antique shop but that'll change in the next day or so. :wink: As an aside: the JR Torrey razor that I was so happy to buy (my previous topic) evidently has such a bow in the blade that the honi...
by Bill_K
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: boars for soaps, synthetic/badger for cream?
Replies: 9
Views: 209

Re: boars for soaps, synthetic/badger for cream?

This is purely subjective and likely for more nostalgic reasons than anything else, but when I use my straight razor on the weekends I always use a badger or boar brush with either Tabac or Haslinger soaps. During the week when I'm rushed for time I use my DE and whatever brush/soap combination happ...
by Bill_K
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: Alum Blocks?
Replies: 58
Views: 16942

Re: Alum Blocks?

Thanks for this info, John. I'm not sure that I need the Jumbo-sized styptic pencil but the "crystal deodorant" is a good tip.
by Bill_K
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Nostalgic Shave
Replies: 13
Views: 666

Re: Nostalgic Shave

What a great shot! Such memories.

I have a similar photo with my oldest grandson, who is now 4 years old. When he and his little brother come over and he decides he needs a shave, he chooses what soap/cream he wants to use. (I won't let him near the highly-mentholated Glacial Obsidian, though.)
by Bill_K
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: "Premier" razor?
Replies: 3
Views: 344

"Premier" razor?

Gents, Do any of you have experiences with a "Premier" razor? I found this in an antique store in town; the scales are as ugly as sin but I think the blade is worth re-scaling. Thanks in advance. Edit: Sorry, I forgot to mention that it says "Sheffield" on the other side of the shank. I was negligen...
by Bill_K
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: September 9 - September 15, 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 483

Re: SOTD: September 9 - September 15, 2019

I believe I read somewhere that due to a job related relocation the Mickey Lee folks are ceasing production of their shave soaps. It's too bad because they make a very fine soap. Hopefully, after they get settled, they will again produce their fine soaps. Oh no! I'll have to stock up on their Jeffe...
by Bill_K
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: In search of a good synthetic
Replies: 10
Views: 395

Re: In search of a good synthetic

While the SynBad is very soft and smooth, the Cashmere seems even softer. To be honest, the difference between styles of synthetic knots - from AP Shave Co, at least - is slight and very subjective. I find that I prefer a little bit of scritch so tend to use my boar and badger brushes about half the...
by Bill_K
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: In search of a good synthetic
Replies: 10
Views: 395

Re: In search of a good synthetic

I have 4 or 5 synthetics from AP Shave Co; the SynBad (synthetic badger) and Cashmere are my favourites.
by Bill_K
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: J.R. Torrey 900 Razor
Replies: 1
Views: 479

J.R. Torrey 900 Razor

Last weekend my lovely bride dragged me into in a candy-and-antique store in rural Alberta and a J.R. Torrey 900 straight razor caught my eye. It seemed to be in decent shape and the price was fair ($46CDN / $34USD) so naturally I bought it. IMG_1661.jpg IMG_1664.jpg The hinge pin was loose – easy t...
by Bill_K
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Is Hard Water an Issue for You?
Replies: 12
Views: 1164

Re: Is Hard Water an Issue for You?

In my city our water averages 12.6 gpg (between 9.5 and 14 gpg if I recall correctly).

I've discovered that face lathering produces a better lather with MWF than bowl lathering, so I've quit grumbling.
by Bill_K
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: Do You Think Wet Shaving Could Be Trending in 2020?
Replies: 14
Views: 3003

Re: Do You Think Wet Shaving Could Be Trending in 2020?

I know it was nostalgia that brought me here. Me too. That, plus the fact that I was tired of having that damned electric contraption buzzing in my face every morning. I initially thought that I'd save money but when I factor in the cost of my soaps, brushes, and aftershaves, I think I'm actually w...
by Bill_K
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Cooking & Recipes
Topic: 150 years? Really???
Replies: 8
Views: 1371

Re: 150 years? Really???

fallingwickets wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:06 am
... I had no idea bacon was so expensive...
I like curing and smoking my own bacon but the cost of pork bellies has risen to eye-watering levels. It's far cheaper for me to buy a pork loin on sale than it is to get the much fattier - and you would presume cheaper - belly. :cry:
by Bill_K
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: I just got suspended fro Ebay!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1204

Re: I just got suspended fro Ebay!!!

brothers wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:58 pm
All's well that ends well!
Yeah I suppose. I work in a very large IT shop and I'm extremely suspicious of problems that go away on their own without an iron-clad explanation; they have a nasty habit of reappearing at the worst possible time.

It's a pity that eBay seem so tight-lipped about it.
by Bill_K
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Dominica Bay Rum
Replies: 6
Views: 1003

Re: Dominica Bay Rum

:shock:

Here's hoping they're worth the cost...
by Bill_K
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Delta Echo Gillette SC
Replies: 2
Views: 797

Re: Delta Echo Gillette SC

That is a nice-looking razor!
by Bill_K
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: New blade bad shave
Replies: 30
Views: 3325

Re: New blade bad shave

If you're willing to part with it, it could be the start of my hoard. My Genco could use the company.