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by CMur12
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: November 4 - November 10, 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 193

Re: SOTD: November 4 - November 10, 2019

Sunday night:

Razor: Rockwell 6C (on setting/plate 2)
Blade: Treet Dura Sharp

Brush: Semogue 1305 (boar)
Soap: Tim's Soap, Prototype S6

Lather made on top of the soap
Two-and-a-half passes

Aftershave: Cold water rinse and Thayer's Peach Witch Hazel

- Murray
by CMur12
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: November 4 - November 10, 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 193

Re: SOTD: November 4 - November 10, 2019

Klinker, welcome to SMF!

- Murray
by CMur12
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Fountain Pens
Replies: 28
Views: 1416

Re: Fountain Pens

Ah yes, red ink. Hardly the thing for a love letter (or anything else one might be inclined to keep).

In my experience, with a little aging, red fountain pen ink turns the color of dried blood. So, it's best read and pitched into the trash.

- Murray
by CMur12
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: ShutterBug Shaver
Topic: Kubota Garden in Late October
Replies: 6
Views: 141

Re: Kubota Garden in Late October

Nice photos, John.

drmoss_ca wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:46 am
I suspect I wasn't the only one expecting pictures of orange tractors in this thread!
From the title, I, too, was expecting something along those lines.

- Murray
by CMur12
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Col Conk Soap -- a plreasant surprise
Replies: 8
Views: 273

Re: Col Conk Soap -- a plreasant surprise

Most shavers do want more cushion. It just doesn't work for me, and I use the beard reduction approach.

As long as I get good lubricity, I get the protection I need.

- Murray
by CMur12
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Col Conk Soap -- a plreasant surprise
Replies: 8
Views: 273

Re: Col Conk Soap -- a plreasant surprise

I think the reason these soaps worked for me (though I haven't tried the Col Conk brand) is that I want maximal lubricity and minimal cushion. I normally make my lather on the wet side to get this combination of characteristics, which, in turn, works well with a mild razor. When I get more cushion, ...
by CMur12
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Col Conk Soap -- a plreasant surprise
Replies: 8
Views: 273

Re: Col Conk Soap -- a plreasant surprise

I've never tried Col Conk, but I have tried other glycerin-based soaps and I always liked them.

I sometimes think I should get some more and give it another try, as these soaps carry scent well. A good glycerin-based soap with a lime EO scent can be uplifting.

- Murray
by CMur12
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On Electric Shavers
Replies: 29
Views: 2336

Re: On Electric Shavers

I know we're supposed to dis electrics here, but I've always had an electric around and I appear to have done better with it than some others. When I came to SMF, I had been electric shaving for a number of years and I was perfectly happy with the results. I never had any trouble getting foils and b...
by CMur12
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: September 23 - September 29, 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 408

Re: SOTD: September 23 - September 29, 2019

Sunday night:

Razor: Rockwell 6C (on setting/plate 2)
Blade: Treet Dura Sharp

Brush: Semogue 1305 (boar)
Soap: Tim's Soap, Prototype S6

Lather made on top of the soap
Two-and-a-half passes

Aftershave: Cold water rinse and Thayer's Peach Witch Hazel

- Murray
by CMur12
Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Cooking & Recipes
Topic: Sharpening Kitchen Knives
Replies: 15
Views: 509

Re: Sharpening Kitchen Knives

Thanks for that explanation, Brian. I treat my knives with respect, much as you described. I never scrape a blade along the cutting surface; I always use the spine for that, like you do. I also use an Asian-style cutting board/block, which is a simple end-grain round of fir. It is soft, porous wood,...
by CMur12
Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Cooking & Recipes
Topic: Sharpening Kitchen Knives
Replies: 15
Views: 509

Re: Sharpening Kitchen Knives

My mother had a one of the less expensive Chef's Choice models, with two sharpening slots, which I found largely ineffective. I'm hoping that the more expensive models are better.

- Murray
by CMur12
Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Cooking & Recipes
Topic: Sharpening Kitchen Knives
Replies: 15
Views: 509

Re: Sharpening Kitchen Knives

I get confused by the different types of Chef's Choice sharpeners. I know that many of them are differences of exterior casing material or finish, but there appear to be two main types in the $125 to $150 price range. Does one type produce the "Trizor" edge and one a standard 15-degree edge? If so, ...
by CMur12
Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: A tribute to the 2006 SMF brush
Replies: 13
Views: 801

Re: A tribute to the 2006 SMF brush

Gareth, it was a Rooney, with a tall ivory-colored handle and a silvertip knot of 24mm (if I remember correctly).

- Murray
by CMur12
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Wet shaving WSJ
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Wet shaving WSJ

Thanks, Clive, for the heads-up, and thanks, John, for posting the article here.

- Murray
by CMur12
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: September 16 - September 22, 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 354

Re: SOTD: September 16 - September 22, 2019

Sunday night:

Razor: Rockwell 6C (on setting/plate 2)
Blade: Treet Dura Sharp

Brush: Semogue 1305 (boar)
Soap: Tim's Soap, Prototype S6

Lather made on top of the soap
Two-and-a-half passes

Aftershave: Cold water rinse and Thayer's Peach Witch Hazel

- Murray
by CMur12
Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: Safety Razor of the Day
Replies: 1869
Views: 98263

Re: Safety Razor of the Day

John, so it appears that you have polished the razor down to the brass under the previous gold plating, right? It does look a lot better. I have three Aristocrats, myself: A 1946/47 model, a 1948+ (apparently this represented some change to the blade geometry, as well as the new blade dispensers), a...
by CMur12
Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor
Replies: 56
Views: 8564

Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Hi John - I think the EJ is a well designed, effective razor and a good value suited to the needs of most shavers. I used them for awhile and I think I have three of them, but I found other razors that were milder and better suited to my skin, while still shaving efficiently, so I moved on. Now I us...
by CMur12
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: boars for soaps, synthetic/badger for cream?
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: boars for soaps, synthetic/badger for cream?

I tend to use synthetics for harder soaps and croaps because I imagine that they can take more abuse than naturals. By abuse I mean twisting and mashing the knot into the soap to charge it. John, there may be undetermined factors at work to differentiate your experience from mine, but I have used p...
by CMur12
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: boars for soaps, synthetic/badger for cream?
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: boars for soaps, synthetic/badger for cream?

I use soaps exclusively and my method has changed from (1) loading the brush and lathering in a separate bowl to (2) lathering on top of the cake of soap. I have happily used badger, boar, and synthetics. When I was lathering in a separate bowl, I preferred my Semogue silvertips, though I also liked...
by CMur12
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Nostalgic Shave
Replies: 14
Views: 811

Re: Nostalgic Shave

John, that is a great photo and a great memory. As far as moves go, I couldn't count the number of places I have lived. In and out of dorms and apartments, as a student. In and out of the country, having lived in multiple places in both Brazil and Portugal. My moves since returning to this country, ...