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by Bill_K
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

April 15 and 16: I've returned to the Astra Superior Platinum blades; they were the first ones I tried when I bought my Merkur 38C so I'm not giving that experience any weight at all. Surprisingly, they've edged out the Merkur blades; while they don't seem as sharp to me (more pulling) they are quit...
by Bill_K
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

In my excitement to get this thread started, I forgot about the blade that kicked it off: the Merkurs. - razor = Merkur 38C - blade = Merkur They were better than the lab blues but not quite as good as the Israeli reds because I had a tiny bit more irritation. They definitely didn't pull on the firs...
by Bill_K
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

- razor = Merkur 38C - blade = Personna (Lab Blue) - soap = Tabac - after shave = Truefitt & Hill 'Grafton' Today's shave was actually quite enjoyable; for some reason, it seemed smoother - perhaps I'm paying more attention to technique. I have a wee bit of irritation, though, so the Lab Blues are s...
by Bill_K
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

Today marks the second day of shaving with the Personna Lab Blue blades. This second shave, while definitely an improvement over the first, is still not the brag-about-it-to-your-friends experience that I get with the Israeli Red blades. I did get a closer shave today than yesterday, but at the cost...
by Bill_K
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Re: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

- razor = Merkur 38C
- blade = Personna (Israeli Reds)
- soap = Tabac
- after shave = Truefitt & Hill 'Grafton'

Bill
by Bill_K
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades
Replies: 5
Views: 68

SOTD: Cycling through my sample pack of blades

As a newcomer to traditional wet shaving, I thought it prudent to try out a wide variety of razor blades. This thread will be a story of my journey through a sample pack of the following: Merkur Personna - Platinum (Israeli Red) Personna - Lab Blue Astra - Superior Platinum Gillette - 7 O'Clock Supe...
by Bill_K
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: Safety Razor of the Day
Replies: 1595
Views: 55328

Re: Safety Razor of the Day

Today marks the second day of shaving with the Personna Lab Blue blades. This second shave, while definitely an improvement over the first, is still not the brag-about-it-to-your-friends experience that I get with the Israeli Red blades. I did get a closer shave today than yesterday, but at the cost...
by Bill_K
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: Safety Razor of the Day
Replies: 1595
Views: 55328

Re: Safety Razor of the Day

Today is the last day for the Personna Israeli Reds before I move onto the Lab Blues. That realisation makes me rather sad, since the Reds have given me such terrific shaves. (My wife has noticed the BBS shaves of late.) - razor = Merkur 38C - blade = Personna (Israeli Reds) - soap = Like Grandpa (L...
by Bill_K
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Rescuing my GFT Eucris
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: Rescuing my GFT Eucris

Agreed. If I have to go to extraordinary lengths then in my mind it's not a good soap and gets scratched off the list.
by Bill_K
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: Safety Razor of the Day
Replies: 1595
Views: 55328

Re: Safety Razor of the Day

As a newcomer to traditional shaving I started out with a sample pack from the store in which I bought my razor; it contained samples of Astra, Personna (Israeli Reds), Feather, and Merkur. My favourites to date are the Israeli Reds, by an enormous margin. The last week of shaves have been so good I...
by Bill_K
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Rescuing my GFT Eucris
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: Rescuing my GFT Eucris

What could have been a home run turned out to be the third out. Indeed. I was led astray by the twin siren calls of scent and company name but my hopes were dashed upon the rocks. <sigh> Thank you all for your suggestions about soft and distilled water. We've been in the same house for 30 years thi...
by Bill_K
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Rescuing my GFT Eucris
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Rescuing my GFT Eucris

Good morning chaps, On an impulse I purchased a puck of Geo. F. Trumper's Eucris shaving soap, and I'm sad to say that I now regret it. While the scent is simply fantastic, I cannot say the same for its lathering capability. Quite frankly, it sucks. I live in a city with very hard water (12.6 gpg) b...
by Bill_K
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Cooking & Recipes
Topic: Spam?
Replies: 23
Views: 840

Re: Spam?

A couple of years ago Mrs. K and I were heading home from a vacation in Hawaii; as is my usual habit I insisted that we arrive at the airport plenty early. We had lots of time to spare so we hit the food court and one of the vendors was offering up Spam & eggs with fries for breakfast. I thought, "O...
by Bill_K
Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Skin Care & Hair Care
Topic: What bath soap are you using right now?
Replies: 531
Views: 82390

Re: What bath soap are you using right now?

Right now, my bath soap is the Tanglewood '57 Chevy Spearmint & Sandalwood' shaving soap that I recently panned in a review in the Creams & Soaps forum. :lol:
by Bill_K
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Review of Tanglewood '57 Chevy Shaving Soap and Balm
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Review of Tanglewood '57 Chevy Shaving Soap and Balm

The lather is quickly breaking down in the bowl:
by Bill_K
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Review of Tanglewood '57 Chevy Shaving Soap and Balm
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Review of Tanglewood '57 Chevy Shaving Soap and Balm

Not much lather left on my cheek after shaving the rest of my face and neck:
face - no lather.jpg
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by Bill_K
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Review of Tanglewood '57 Chevy Shaving Soap and Balm
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Review of Tanglewood '57 Chevy Shaving Soap and Balm

Sigh. Evidently I messed up the images. Here's the "before" picture of lathering:
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by Bill_K
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Review of Tanglewood '57 Chevy Shaving Soap and Balm
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Review of Tanglewood '57 Chevy Shaving Soap and Balm

Last week I was in a local vintage store, looking for anything shaving related. I came across a display featuring products by Tanglewood Garden & Farm, and in particular, I was drawn to their “57 Chevy Spearmint & Sandalwood” shaving soap[1] and the accompanying balm, "Man! That's the Balm!"[2] With...
by Bill_K
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Faux horse synthetic and refurbished Semogue wooden handle
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Re: Faux horse synthetic and refurbished Semogue wooden handle

Gary, that is a pretty brush. Nice work!
by Bill_K
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Faux horse synthetic and refurbished Semogue wooden handle
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Re: Faux horse and refurbished Semogue wooden handle

Okay, I'll bite: why have you leaned towards synthetics? The rage these days seems to be all about badger. I've been using a Merkur 38C and horse hair (Vie-Long) brush with hard soaps for the last 4 months or so, after a near lifetime of gels, canned foams, and mega-bladed cartridges. My experience ...