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by drmoss_ca
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Cats, and the Killing Thereof
Replies: 11
Views: 242

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: 0
Views: 10

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: 2132

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: 11
Views: 242

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: 21
Views: 2506

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: 11
Views: 242

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: 11
Views: 242

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: 11
Views: 242

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: 175

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: 11
Views: 242

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: 11
Views: 242

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...
by drmoss_ca
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Cats, and the Killing Thereof
Replies: 11
Views: 242

Cats, and the Killing Thereof

Don't worry, no cats were harmed in the production of this post. I'm referencing the old saying that 'There's more than one way to kill a cat' (I have seen a variant that talks of skinning the cat) that simply reminds the listener there are many ways to do some jobs. Many roads to Rome and all that....
by drmoss_ca
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Simpler still
Replies: 17
Views: 330

Re: Simpler still

I'm with Chris - thick and slick is what's wanted for a straight shave. I have read recommendations in the past that lather should be as thin as possible to maximise hydration (remember He Who Must Not Be Named and his 'slag'?), but I find that hydration of the beard and lathering are best conducted...
by drmoss_ca
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Skin Care & Hair Care
Topic: Death of a Legend
Replies: 12
Views: 3412

Re: Death of a Legend

Even if he inserts spam links in quoted posts? He's out!
by drmoss_ca
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Royal Yacht
Replies: 45
Views: 5000

Re: Royal Yacht

No one ever spoke of the Three T's back in those days; it is a term originating in the modern era when wet shaving experienced a resurgence of interest. To say that Thomas was the original third T is simply retroactive rebranding based purely on the founding dates of the companies involved. In other...
by drmoss_ca
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Travelling with a Straight and Coping with Disparity
Replies: 1
Views: 194

Travelling with a Straight and Coping with Disparity

I'm three years into my 'partial remission'/retirement, and spending as much time as I can exploiting my 1991 Miata that had only 32k KM on it in 2015. This has come to mean providing transport for The Boss, who continues to work and does so all over the place. She is a sub-specialist who basically ...
by drmoss_ca
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Elections
Replies: 9
Views: 408

Re: Elections

Rule #1 is not your enemy: it is your friend. Without it, you might not be allowed to hold your opinion. With it, you can hold any opinion you like, although you don't get to inflict it upon members of a shaving forum. In this forum I don't care whether you are a rabid communist or an idiotic right-...
by drmoss_ca
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Is SMF losing its vigour?
Replies: 133
Views: 20383

Re: Is SMF losing its vigour?

It's all in your own hands, gents. Get posting.
by drmoss_ca
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Royal Yacht
Replies: 45
Views: 5000

Re: Royal Yacht

It's not a tech issue, but a copyright problem. You can pay for the right to use the clip in some limited fashion, but only after negotiating with Getty. Even the preview for it requires filling in a form and asking for access.
by drmoss_ca
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Civetone and Tigers
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: Civetone and Tigers

churchilllafemme wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:24 pm
..... I guess I should watch out for tigers... and cougars?
You should be so lucky!