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by drmoss_ca
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 1117
Views: 115665

Re: What are you reading?

Robert MacFarlane's Landscapes - a book for word lovers, detailing many of the local or regional dialect words for landscape features that we are losing. I've often observed the worn hole in a hedgerow where an animal passes through frequently and thought there ought to be a name for it. Now I know ...
by drmoss_ca
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Question for you old farts and retirees?
Replies: 38
Views: 7344

Re: Question for you old farts and retirees?

Welcome, Tom! I'm an unwilling retiree at sixty, but I do have more time for honing razors now, so that's a plus.
by drmoss_ca
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Straight Razor Designs is defunct
Replies: 8
Views: 115

Re: Straight Razor Designs is defunct

Bill, I did get the full story, but it probably isn't meant for public circulation. Lynn may yet resurrect his straightrazorplace domain, but I wish him well in retirement.
by drmoss_ca
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Robert Williams "The Purist" Custom 6/8 Straight R
Replies: 14
Views: 5510

Re: Robert Williams "The Purist" Custom 6/8 Straight R

You might not be the only one with a penchant for zombie threads, Gary. I've had a Purist for a few years, but never managed to make it shave decently. Looking for a razor to hone today, I came across it and used my slurry dilution stages on a Belgian blue, coticule, Thuringian, Escher, Suehiro Goku...
by drmoss_ca
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Return of the VLB?
Replies: 4
Views: 70

Return of the VLB?

I was surprised to find a shaving forum I had never even heard of with an 18 page thread about the VLB they were having made by Shavemac!

Thread.

by drmoss_ca
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Straight Razor Designs is defunct
Replies: 8
Views: 115

Re: Straight Razor Designs is defunct

The plot thickens: the old straightrazorplace.com URL now redirects to https://straightrazordesigns.com/pages/straightrazorplace. Has the evil Luke Webster got hold of that domain as well? I sent an enquiry to Lynn, but my e-mail address for him, sadly, is a few years old. I hope it works. Also, hav...
by drmoss_ca
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Straight Razor Designs is defunct
Replies: 8
Views: 115

Re: Straight Razor Designs is defunct

Lynn's last post at SRP was in January 2018, and while his profile can be found by clicking on his name in his posts, his username isn't listed in the member list any more. Not looking good; hope he's OK and this is just yet another shaving forum revolution. Seen too many of those.
by drmoss_ca
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Straight Razor Designs is defunct
Replies: 8
Views: 115

Re: Straight Razor Designs is defunct

All I know is that you get banned for asking.
by drmoss_ca
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Cats, and the Killing Thereof
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: Cats, and the Killing Thereof

I'm pleased with this as tool steel is harder than old Sheffield steel, and while I don't know what regime Tim used when developing the Hart razors, O1 can be made in the range of ~60-65 Rockwell. I'm sure these are at the lower end of that range or maybe just below it. Tim tells me the Harts were ...
by drmoss_ca
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: What Did You Sharpen Today?
Replies: 1
Views: 53

What Did You Sharpen Today?

It's a disease, and I know it. But when you can do it, it is hard to stop. Today I sharpened some stainless "Porsche" kitchen knives, a custom damascus razor and a rather nice skinning knife:

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How about you?
by drmoss_ca
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Back to the Hart razors
Replies: 9
Views: 2172

Re: Back to the Hart razors

Three years later and the blade is promised to be forged tomorrow. It will be, essentially, a giant Hart razor, and one made by an master rather than a journeyman. Just as well the leukemia didn't come back just yet, or this would have been a disaster!
by drmoss_ca
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Cats, and the Killing Thereof
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: Cats, and the Killing Thereof

You have to use the linen pretty liberally after a paste that gets things very sharp, otherwise the edge is too aggressive. The old Zowada turned out magnificently. It's a pretty razor, but doesn't look like his more recent ones, More heavily etched and with a different pattern in the steel. Unfortu...
by drmoss_ca
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: The state of the current English Shaving soaps
Replies: 23
Views: 2635

Re: The state of the current English Shaving soaps

Goodness knows. I have shelves full of soaps, but I do not replace them on a yearly basis.
by drmoss_ca
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Cats, and the Killing Thereof
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: Cats, and the Killing Thereof

Thank you for reading it! Today, I took the softest steel razor I like to use, made of O1 tool steel, through the whole progression of slurry dilution on the Belgian Blue, Coticule and Escher, followed by Suehiro Gokumyo 20k and Shapton Pro 30k. The first pass of the shave (downwards) was very nice,...
by drmoss_ca
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Cats, and the Killing Thereof
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: Cats, and the Killing Thereof

The second Hart 7/8 was actually pretty good straight off the stones and didn't need any pastes. But being such a slut when it comes to razors and hones, I've done three more since then. A stainless damascus Livi, a high carbon damascus Zowada, and a stainless Friodur. These are all hard steels, and...
by drmoss_ca
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Cats, and the Killing Thereof
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: Cats, and the Killing Thereof

Taking my mind off the throbbing of the now gone wisdom tooth, I decided to see what would happen with O1 tool steel on the coticule and Escher. Using my two Hart 7/8 razors, I did pretty much the same as above, but both being already sharp, I omitted the Belgian Blue at the start as unnecessary. On...
by drmoss_ca
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Skin Care & Hair Care
Topic: Marseille/Aleppo/Castille soaps, Yardley, Mitchells Wool Fat
Replies: 8
Views: 251

Re: Marseille/Aleppo/Castille soaps, Yardley, Mitchells Wool Fat

I've used up a couple of bars of soap bought in Aleppo, just before the place went to hell. Highly scented, but just like any other olive oil soap. I've made a batch of olive oil soap, but while it isn't drying, it isn't wildly moisturising either. I find many soaps are good for washing hair, as lon...
by drmoss_ca
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Cats, and the Killing Thereof
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: Cats, and the Killing Thereof

The Wacker shaved OK, and pretty close, but not pleasurably. I’ll have to paste it. Now in Halifax with a pair of Super Gnomes that I know will do the job in the morning.

C.
by drmoss_ca
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Cats, and the Killing Thereof
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: Cats, and the Killing Thereof

For nostalgia, and a good test of your Belgian French (you can watch it perfectly well without understanding a word; it's mostly Dvorak No.9 for the soundtrack): pNCmy0pjxcc Last night, and just for fun, I took my 9/16 Wacker damascus, which has been a horrorshow to hone, and did it with slurry prog...