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by Bill_K
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: homemade brush
Replies: 5
Views: 401

Re: homemade brush

Nice work on the brush! I have a number of brushes with resin handles, most of them have neat swirls in them. Still, they don't capture my imagination like a nicely-figured wood handle.
by Bill_K
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Which straight razor did you use today?
Replies: 624
Views: 96667

Re: Which straight razor did you use today?

A homemade brush? Nice work!
by Bill_K
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Colonial Silversmith Review
Replies: 2
Views: 391

Re: Colonial Silversmith Review

Great review - thanks for sharing! I'll have to take a closer look; after all, Christmas is coming up soon. :wink:
by Bill_K
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Where to buy straight razor pins?
Replies: 18
Views: 1329

Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Agreed, I just don't see how washers on the inside would be of benefit. Keep in mind that my experience with straight razors is limited to two vintage models (but I plan to look for other old-timers in need of restoration that I can include in my rotation).
by Bill_K
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Colonial Silversmith now available...
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Re: Colonial Silversmith now available...

They're nice-looking razors!
by Bill_K
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Where to buy straight razor pins?
Replies: 18
Views: 1329

Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

I did not put washers between the blade and the scales (only on the outside, under the peened ends of the pin).
by Bill_K
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Where to buy straight razor pins?
Replies: 18
Views: 1329

Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

One more thing:

When you're ready to file down the old pin heads to remove them, I recommend putting a little electrical tape on the scales next to them. That way, you won't scratch the scales in a moment of inattention, as I did.
by Bill_K
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Where to buy straight razor pins?
Replies: 18
Views: 1329

Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

<snip> This brings up another question - what tool do you use to cut the pins, and how do you smooth off the ends of the pins before you put the washers in place and peen them? Hey Gary, I just used the tools I had kicking around the garage: a pair of side cutters, a fine 1/4" triangular file, a on...
by Bill_K
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Acquisitions thread
Replies: 180
Views: 47934

Re: Acquisitions thread

John, did you select the individual samples or was it a cross-your-fingers-and-hope-for-the best type of deal? Was it from a single vendor or did you go to each vendor and pick one?
by Bill_K
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: "Premier" razor?
Replies: 11
Views: 1215

Re: "Premier" razor?

Great advice - thank you!
by Bill_K
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Summer Sales are already here!
Replies: 4
Views: 988

Re: Summer Sales are already here!

On a whim, I looked at their brushes and filtered on 'Horse Hair'. I was surprised to see the large number of results returned; I can see me expanding my brush collection.
by Bill_K
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: "Premier" razor?
Replies: 11
Views: 1215

Re: "Premier" razor?

Thanks Chris, I'm encouraged by your feedback.
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: On Electric Shavers
Replies: 29
Views: 3217

Re: On Electric Shavers

We all do what works for us and what gives us pleasure. And each individual determines these for himself. - Murray You've nailed it. My facial lawnmowers did an OK job but I just grew tired of having those electric contraptions buzzing in my face every day so I started migrating to wet shaving, ult...
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: "Premier" razor?
Replies: 11
Views: 1215

First shaves with the Frankenrazor

Perhaps fitting for this time of the year, I managed to get a couple of pretty decent shaves from my "new" Frankenrazor this past weekend. To back up a little bit: I bought a 4000/10000 stone from our local House of Knives and my first task was to dress the stone. After that, it took me three iterat...
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Where to buy straight razor pins?
Replies: 18
Views: 1329

Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Thanks, but I've located an unusual source: Princess Auto. I bought some bronze brazing rods for $15 and soaked one in water to loosen the flux - et viola, I have more material than I can hope to use in a lifetime. I went to the local hobby store to get some teeny, tiny washers.
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: "Premier" razor?
Replies: 11
Views: 1215

Re: "Premier" razor?

My next project is to pick up a couple of stones and try to hone this thing on my own. I'll keep you updated on that process and how it shaves.
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: "Premier" razor?
Replies: 11
Views: 1215

Re: "Premier" razor?

Well, I've finally finished - I've removed the hideous scales from the Premier razor, cleaned up and buffed the blade, and installed the scales from my JR Torrey. It's my first attempt at restoring a straight razor, and while it was a definite learning experience (i.e. I made a couple of mistakes) I...