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by Bill_K
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Anyone use a Genco razor?
Replies: 10
Views: 733

November update: Anyone use a Genco razor?

I now have 6 or 7 weekends' worth of experience with my Genco. Since I've begun this journey I've seen my straight-razor shaves go from "amusingly bad" to "not altogether awful", and post-shave irritation is essentially zero. The cheeks and jaw line turn out great, but the neck from about the level ...
by Bill_K
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: Greeting gents !
Replies: 12
Views: 380

Re: Greeting gents !

I need to show the picture to my wife. "See, Hon, at least I'm not as bad as THIS GUY!" :lol:

Welcome to the forum!

Bill

edit: cleaned up the grammar
by Bill_K
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: Manchurian White badger by Elite Razor

Badger?

Gary, I thought you were a sworn synthetic brush user.
by Bill_K
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Titanic
Replies: 20
Views: 678

Re: Titanic

One of these years, we will make our way over to Ireland during one of our trips to the UK and check out the https://titanicbelfast.com/ exhibit. Yes, go - it's worth it! Last year, when Mrs. K and I were touring the UK and Ireland, our tour bus stopped at the dockyard where the Titanic was built[1...
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Skin Care & Hair Care
Topic: Face soap
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: Face soap

The best I can do for Wool Fat soap is $16.50[1]. That's quite a bit, considering that I can get Dove soap for sensitive skin for $2.99 CAD on sale ($6.49 regular price). If you can scoop it for $3.60 a bar, good for you! I assume you've already considered using a face cream, right? Bill [1] https:/...
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Taking a break from really sharp blades
Replies: 13
Views: 430

Re: Taking a break from really sharp blades

fallingwickets wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:18 am
Gillette Rubies
thumbs up to these for the smooth:sharp combo worth writing home about!

clive
I sense more samples coming my way in the near future - more confusing muscle memory issues! Yay! :roll:
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Taking a break from really sharp blades
Replies: 13
Views: 430

Re: Taking a break from really sharp blades

brothers wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:29 am
It's that gradual change in technique that makes the difference. It's when the old blade is replaced with a new one that is dangerous. The muscle memory that worked so well yesterday will bring out some blood tomorrow.
Nailed it.
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Taking a break from really sharp blades
Replies: 13
Views: 430

Re: Taking a break from really sharp blades

It comes down to technique, doesn't it? If you use a Feather all the time you get used to being very light-fingered in your shave and you don't end up cutting yourself. The problem comes from switching around and confuses the muscle memory. This makes sense to me. I'm still using up my sample packs...
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Mitchell's Wool Fat and Hard Water
Replies: 9
Views: 565

Re: Mitchell's Wool Fat and Hard Water

Has anyone tried Pereira? mantic59 opines that it's like MWF only better[1] but I can't find any comments on it in a quick search of the SMF archives.

[1] https://sharpologist.com/2018/06/pereir ... pires.html
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Tabac inspired
Replies: 19
Views: 2722

Re: Tabac inspired

Brutus, it could very well be that my reminiscences are out of whack. I'm pretty certain that he had the aftershave, but one thing I definitely recall is that my grandmother had the cologne in the cylindrical bottle with the trademark blue-and-gold label. Today's aftershave definitely puts me in min...
by Bill_K
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Taking a break from really sharp blades
Replies: 13
Views: 430

Re: Taking a break from really sharp blades

If I'm in a hurry to get out the door, but need to shave, I can use a somewhat more "forgiving" blade, or a milder razor, or some combination You raise a good point. I tried using my straight razor last Sunday when I was in a rush, and what a mistake that was! In fact, that's exactly why I sought o...
by Bill_K
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Vintage Hammam - first impression
Replies: 23
Views: 1513

Re: Vintage Hammam - first impression

Olle, were you able to open the bottle without breaking it?

Bill
by Bill_K
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Taking a break from really sharp blades
Replies: 13
Views: 430

Taking a break from really sharp blades

Gents, I was wondering if you occasionally take a break from really sharp blades and revert (temporarily) to a less sharp but smoother blade. The reason I ask is that I'm using up my second- and third-string blades because I can't stand the thought of ignoring or throwing them out. Earlier this week...
by Bill_K
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Mitchell's Wool Fat and Hard Water
Replies: 9
Views: 565

Re: Mitchell's Wool Fat and Hard Water

John, have a look at mantic59's video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGLi_m9n_s The tip that helped me out the most was lathering upside-down. I have very hard (12.6 gpg) water, but I'm still able to get a really good lather with MWF. I did find, though, that if I use my Texan Moss scuttle w...
by Bill_K
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Tabac inspired
Replies: 19
Views: 2722

Re: Tabac inspired

What a coincidence: I used Tabac this very morning; using a new Rapira blade I wound up with a surprisingly smooth and comfortable shave. Rapira was one that I'd previously written off as "meh", but I'm slowly coming to the realization that shave performance has more to do with technique than it doe...
by Bill_K
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 694

Re: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie

Super - thank you for the advice! I'll be ordering the paste right away (it's lunch time as I type this). I'll pick up the balsa wood at a local hobby shop later this week. I think I'll also hit the specialty lumber store so that I can make a decent-looking base for it. Since space is at a premium i...
by Bill_K
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: New synthetic brush upgrade project
Replies: 10
Views: 987

Re: New synthetic brush upgrade project

X2 on Murray's comment. Just curious: have you tried making a handle from antler? I have a Red Deer antler - one half from an animal that my late grandfather and his buddy harvested in the Old Country so many years ago - and I'm thinking it deserves better treatment than being used as a coat/hat rac...
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 694

Re: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie

Now that I think of it, are the following instructions valid for a balsa strop? (from https://www.fendrihan.ca/collections/strops-and-hones/products/chromox-green-chromium-oxide-finishing-paste-by-thiers-issard) I think they're assuming the user will be using a leather strop, not balsa. Important: t...
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 694

Re: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie

Thanks to you all for your feedback - it's greatly appreciated. This is my only strop so I think I'll go the balsa wood route until I become fully addicted and spring for a new straight and an accompanying strop. <Ah, balsa wood... I just had a flashback of my model rocket days when I was a young te...
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Anyone use a Genco razor?
Replies: 10
Views: 733

Re: Anyone use a Genco razor?

Wise words - thanks!