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by Minstrel
Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Palmolive Classic
Replies: 4
Views: 1151

It's the only readily available shaving cream in Sweden, so it's what I use daily, unless I feel like using my C&E Sandalwood soap. Those two are the only ones I have out.

/Nicholas
by Minstrel
Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:37 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Isn't this a $20 razor??
Replies: 11
Views: 1994

Of course, it could be that the winning bidder won't pay. I've seen something like that happen at the Swedish eBay site, Tradera. One lot I was bidding on went for a huge sum, but the winning bid was put in by someone who had hijacked an account, apparently. Obviously someone who got a kick out of t...
by Minstrel
Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:04 am
Forum: Selling & Trading
Topic: FS: Helje 6/8 ivory shave-ready
Replies: 4
Views: 784

Heljestrands are great razors. And this one comes at a great price. Very nice.

/Nicholas
by Minstrel
Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:49 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Razors from ClassicShaving and the like
Replies: 2
Views: 750

Not unless you add their sharpening service in the deal (which is $20). If so, it will be honed to shaving sharpness for you before they send the razor to you:

http://www.classicshaving.com/page/page/578215.htm

/Nicholas
by Minstrel
Thu Dec 27, 2007 3:19 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: looked into straight razors
Replies: 21
Views: 2557

Well, straight razor shaving isn't for everyone. You need to learn a couple of new skills, and spend some time on doing maintenance, and not everyone is interested in doing that, which is understandable. And you also have to learn to shave in a new way, which can seem daunting to some as well. Do wh...
by Minstrel
Tue Dec 25, 2007 4:23 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Firefox 2.0
Replies: 10
Views: 1674

I would also suggest getting AdBlockPlus and Flashblock in addition to NoScript.

/Nicholas
by Minstrel
Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:20 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: OK, here we go w/ straights
Replies: 1
Views: 615

Put in a WTB ad here and/or over at StraightRazorPlace? There are people who sell shave ready vintage straight razors for as little as $35, shipped, even though $40-50 is more common. If you're new to stropping you will want the cheaper beginner strop, because it's almost inevitable that you will ni...
by Minstrel
Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:39 am
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Restoration guide Light
Replies: 0
Views: 452

Restoration guide Light

Not trying to compete with any other, more extensive, restoration guides out there, but I wrote a small guide about restoring razors, based on my experiences and what I have learned from the shaving forums.

It is published on Lulu.com and is called "Restoring Razors: A Somewhat Useful Guide". :D
by Minstrel
Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:21 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Merkur HD too agressive?
Replies: 22
Views: 3915

I agree that the Merkur HD is a little unforgiving, but I wouldn't call it "aggressive". It just demands that you have good technique. And I think that's a good thing, because then you have to learn the correct technique in order to get smooth, nick and irritation free shaves. :) I shaved with my HD...
by Minstrel
Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:06 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: DE or Straight Razor
Replies: 16
Views: 2549

And don't forget the added maintenance of a straight, with honing and stropping. And that you use the same blade for... well... for ever. :) Unless you manage to damage it and have to buy a new one. :shock:
by Minstrel
Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:58 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Merkur HD too agressive?
Replies: 22
Views: 3915

Just to re-state the obvious

In case people have forgotten or haven't committed it to memory: You should hold the handle almost horizontally, letting the razor slide on the curved top plate. When you do it correctly, it almost feels like you're not shaving at all, that the blade isn't cutting any hair at all, but when you feel ...
by Minstrel
Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:50 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Merkur HD too agressive?
Replies: 22
Views: 3915

Aggressive != razor burn and nicks

I see people complaining about "aggressive" razors causing razor burn and nicks, and "gentle" razors being better in that regard. To me, however, this tells me the complaining person uses the wrong technique. Don't get me wrong, I'm no guru and don't get perfect shaves every time, but I do know that...
by Minstrel
Tue Nov 06, 2007 2:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Looks Like These Guys Need Our Help
Replies: 20
Views: 3299

Let's face it (!), it's a commercial site, and they probably earn money from companies selling modern multi-bladed razors and canned goo advertizing on their site. They don't have any commercial interest in reviewing cheaper/better alternatives.
by Minstrel
Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:11 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: Straight versus Safety - For someone new to open blades
Replies: 22
Views: 3624

My 2 cents' worth of input. I started with a DE, and then also got into straight razor shaving. Here are my thoughts on it: Getting started with a DE razor is somewhat quicker, "easier" and cheaper than getting started with a straight razor. This is true. You can get a DE, some blades, a brush and a...
by Minstrel
Sun Oct 28, 2007 12:12 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: For you pepper lovers, new hot one ...
Replies: 3
Views: 831

New pepper spray coming? :shock:
by Minstrel
Mon Oct 22, 2007 2:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: What is this guy doing??
Replies: 13
Views: 2036

Racso_MS wrote:Not quite sure how the "dental floss" (if that's what it is) will remove hair but if it works, hell, I'm game...
Try twisting/rolling two threads together on a hairy part of your body, and you will find out... :shock:
by Minstrel
Sat Oct 20, 2007 2:25 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: In word, how do you make the degree symbol
Replies: 15
Views: 2247

So far as the word for the CV, Merriam-Webster says that it's spelled résumé, with resumé as a variant. So I'll stick with the standard spelling, with both e's having accents (as in protégé). By golly, you're absolutely right. I just haven't seen it spelled with two accents before. On the other han...
by Minstrel
Sat Oct 20, 2007 11:28 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: In word, how do you make the degree symbol
Replies: 15
Views: 2247

I hate to see "jalapenos" or "habaneros" in text Actually, the peppers are called habaneros, not "habañeros". The letter "ñ" is called "enje" in Spanish (as opposed to "n" which is called "ene"), and is pronounced "nj". Since "habanero" is the name of someone or something from Havana, it's very unl...
by Minstrel
Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:06 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: In word, how do you make the degree symbol
Replies: 15
Views: 2247

NickNCut wrote:Go "Start" - "All Programs" - "Accessories" - "System tools" - "Character map"
Not all installations of Windows come with this already installed. I had to install it myself from the Control Panel (Add/Remove Programs) on my laptop running WinXP Home. Handy to have, though.
by Minstrel
Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:11 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: should i give up
Replies: 9
Views: 1588

If the shave was uncomfortable, my bet is that it wasn't shave ready. Most straight razors aren't really shaving sharp "out of the box". You have to have them honed before they are sharp enough to shave with comfortably. My first straight was purchased from a gentleman who had made sure it was shave...