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by Bill_K
Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: re Fine Accoutrements tallow shaving soap
Replies: 18
Views: 926

Re: re Fine Accoutrements tallow shaving soap

I've ordered two pucks of the "original" (as per the label) Tabac shaving soap. Not a panic purchase, as I was literally scraping the bottom of the bowl this morning.
by Bill_K
Thu Dec 10, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Cooking & Recipes
Topic: Judge Ware
Replies: 8
Views: 362

Re: Judge Ware

Lodge still makes cast iron cookware, both with and without enamel. I bought one of their Dutch ovens earlier in the year and it's done a superb job handling everything from sourdough bread to baked beans.

(I have no financial interest in Lodge.)
by Bill_K
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Hard Grind - follow up question
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Re: Hard Grind - follow up question

After two and a half weeks of impatiently waiting for Canada Post to return my Boker Schwarzgold to me, it finally arrived yesterday afternoon. This morning's shave was a real treat; the shaves with this razor have suddenly gone from "pretty decent" to "oh my, what a shave!" While waiting for the ra...
by Bill_K
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Harris soap reformulation
Replies: 26
Views: 6084

Re: Harris soap reformulation

While I haven't used the new formulation lavender, the sandalwood, Marlborough, Arlington, and almond are all unchanged from their classic scent profiles. I'd expect lavender is the same. I can vouch for the Arlington. Great lather, intoxicating scent, and the accompanying after shave puts the cher...
by Bill_K
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Kanayama Cordovan Strop workshop video
Replies: 6
Views: 907

Re: Kanayama Cordovan Strop workshop video

...But there is pride in ownership, and the incentive to strop more carefully and thoroughly. I've spent several times the cost of this trio on other strops over the years, and all I've done is to prove, once again, the cheapest thing to do is to buy the best at the outset rather than to get there ...
by Bill_K
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: simpson's have improved
Replies: 20
Views: 4050

Re: simpson's have improved

I bought a Simpsons Beaufort B5 while on vacation last year. I know I paid too much for it, but hey: (a) it was a vacation purchase; and, (b) it's a Simpsons! I found that if I apply too much pressure when loading the brush it'll lose 2 or 3 hairs, but the way it creates lather and the face feel are...
by Bill_K
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Hard Grind - follow up question
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Re: Hard Grind - follow up question

I am ever so grateful for your efforts - thank you. I'm eager to have the razor back home to give it a whirl and then I'll provide an update. For those curious to see what it looks like, here's a link to the Boker site: https://www.boker.de/en/schwarzgold-140612 In the associated video you'll see th...
by Bill_K
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: What Did You Hone Today?
Replies: 88
Views: 5561

Re: What Did You Hone Today?

I dearly love the fragrance of a good pipe tobacco.

If I make it to 85 I might pick up my pipes again. (At that age I won't have a whole lot to lose.)
by Bill_K
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Hard Grind - follow up question
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Re: Hard Grind - follow up question

Update: Dr. Moss has identified two issues: The edge was quite ragged because the spine was initially taped for honing and when that practice ceased, the trailing edge of the first bevel - not the edge itself - was being honed. Uneven and excessive pressure on the blade during honing caused the ragg...
by Bill_K
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Hard Grind - follow up question
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Re: Hard Grind - follow up question

FYI: Before I read this I replied to Dr Moss in a new PM that I didn't want the spine taped; it's a working razor, not a show piece.
by Bill_K
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Hard Grind - follow up question
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Re: Hard Grind - follow up question

Thank you! I've sent it via Canada Post this (Monday) morning; it should arrive at your door by the end of the week. Let me know what you discover (e.g. is the bevel set correctly) and what you did to hone it (what type of stones and grit, and number of passes). Please share what you find with the g...
by Bill_K
Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Hard Grind - follow up question
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Hard Grind - follow up question

I have a follow-on question to Dr. Moss' post about honing, but first I'll provide a little background: I retired at the end of April this year, so now I've got lots of time in the morning to use a straight razor 5 or 6 days of the week. My first two SRs, a Genco and a Torrey, hone easily and provid...
by Bill_K
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Shaving schedule
Replies: 13
Views: 2672

Re: Shaving schedule

I must be the outlier here. At age 74, maybe I'e been brainwashed. If I don't shave every morning, I look scuzzy and feel as if I don't matter. Shaving, grooming, and dressing makes me feel good about myself. I don't mean getting "dressed up," just something upscale from PJs or sweats. I'm fine wit...
by Bill_K
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: FTC blocks sale of Harry's to Edgewell (parent company of Schick)
Replies: 7
Views: 2476

FTC blocks sale of Harry's to Edgewell (parent company of Schick)

This is interesting: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/poli ... ompetition

The FTC's decision was unanimous (bipartisan), which is refreshing to see in these polarized times.
by Bill_K
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: homemade brush
Replies: 5
Views: 2407

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: 637
Views: 115834

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: 1
Views: 2234

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: 4079

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: 0
Views: 2128

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: 4079

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).