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by Brutus
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shavemac - fan vs. flat vs. bulb
Replies: 7
Views: 382

Re: Shavemac - fan vs. flat vs. bulb

Finally got the notification in the mail, picked up my two synthetic Shavemacs from the post office yesterday, and shaved with one of them this morning. I don’t want to bother your with “first impressions” save to say that I liked how the brush performed this morning, very close to the Mühle Silver ...
by Brutus
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shavemac - fan vs. flat vs. bulb
Replies: 7
Views: 382

Re: Shavemac - fan vs. flat vs. bulb

In my case, Shavemac fans are in the minority (only one in my stable), but I have two two-band Shavemac bulbs. I have no experience with Shavemac flat brush heads, as face-latherer I don’t find the flat top ergonomically appealing as it does not lend itself to the painting wrist movement that I use....
by Brutus
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: New Gillette Razor - guess how many blades?
Replies: 13
Views: 872

Re: New Gillette Razor - guess how many blades?

I'm somewhat tempted to try it. My previous favorites have been the Mach 3 and the Guard, and this one is somewhat in between those two. I'm wondering, though, what kind of limit there is on the closeness of the shave. Yes, I too get that sometimes, as Gillette propaganda makes the claimed improvem...
by Brutus
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?
Replies: 11
Views: 663

Re: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?

Excellent! I can't wait to hear your report. What size knot did you get? Bulb or fan? There’s a 26 mm bulb on the way, and a 28 mm fan on order, but not dispatched yet. I travel regularly and need a sturdy brush to take along. And they are not overly expensive. (At least that’s my excuse. 8) - What...
by Brutus
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?
Replies: 11
Views: 663

Re: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?

Excellent! I can't wait to hear your report. What size knot did you get? Bulb or fan? There’s a 26 mm bulb on the way, and a 28 mm fan on order, but not dispatched yet. I travel regularly and need a sturdy brush to take along. And they are not overly expensive. (At least that’s my excuse. 8) - What...
by Brutus
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?
Replies: 11
Views: 663

Re: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?

Yes, mine was shipped on the March 8th and should be here pretty soon if it is not held up in Customs. I am curious to find out whether it is an improvement over Mühle Silvertip Fibres that have been my benchmark in synthtic brushes so far. When I asked whether Shavemac might be using the same fibre...
by Brutus
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Damascus for a straight razor?
Replies: 4
Views: 355

Re: Damascus for a straight razor?

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by Brutus
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Damascus for a straight razor?
Replies: 4
Views: 355

Re: Damascus for a straight razor?

As far as my two Damascus Livis go, they are certainly unique, made to order with more manual work than other razors that I own, but they are also among my least impressive shaving instruments. As someone who looks at a straight razor most and foremost as a shaving tool that needs to do a job, these...
by Brutus
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Shopping
Topic: eBay Sales Tax
Replies: 6
Views: 503

Re: eBay Sales Tax

But couldn't that make total VAT payments on an item eventually total more than the original value of the item? It's similar in the USA to selling a car. When you buy a new car, part of the cost in most states is sales tax. Then, if you sell the car privately, the buyer pays sales tax again. And if...
by Brutus
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Shopping
Topic: eBay Sales Tax
Replies: 6
Views: 503

Re: eBay Sales Tax

That’s why I prefer a Value Added Tax (VAT) scheme, where the VAT increases only by a proportional amount (the VAT rate) to the amount at which the price increases: A business buys goods from their supplier for the amount “X” and pays VAT on their purchase. They then sell the goods for (let’s assume...
by Brutus
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Real Horn Badger Shaving Brush
Replies: 2
Views: 353

Re: Real Horn Badger Shaving Brush

What I think? I think you are a vendor judging from your screen name. I think, if this is a product you sell, you should only post about it in the Shopping forum. (But you have been told that already before, haven’t you?) And I also think that I will not buy from a seller who willfully ignores the r...
by Brutus
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Wade & Butcher back in business
Replies: 11
Views: 3292

Re: Wade & Butcher back in business

It’s obviously easier to buy and re-launch an old brand name than to produce the kind of razor that this brand was once famous for. As the name clearly tries to cash in on the reputation of this brand, there appears to be a gulf between ambition and reality that still needs to be bridged. Can’t say ...
by Brutus
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Checking out some Taylor's soap and creams
Replies: 19
Views: 1631

Re: Checking out some Taylor's soap and creams

Along with their creams, I also used their lavender and their sandalwood shaving soaps. When they discontinued one of these soaps, I switched to D.R. Harris, which I found to be superior anyway. Still have a few tubs of Taylor shaving creams that I use from time to time, which does not seem to cause...
by Brutus
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Zowada Time
Replies: 2
Views: 695

Re: Zowada Time

Very kind of this fellow - even more so in his condition, when he has other things to worry about.
Hope he can enjoy the time that he has left.

B.
by Brutus
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Fall/Winter Soap Scents?
Replies: 6
Views: 1105

Re: Fall/Winter Soap Scents?

How could MWF and Tabac not be on the list? :D To paraphrase a 1966 movie: A soap for all seasons In addition Haslinger Ewe’s Milk and Sandalwood, Martin de Candre Fougere, and - maybe a bit of an outlier - Musgo Real Orange Amber. For some reason I associate the latter with Christmas, but that coul...
by Brutus
Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Tabac inspired
Replies: 19
Views: 3847

Re: Tabac inspired

What a coincidence: I used Tabac this very morning; using a new Rapira blade I wound up with a surprisingly smooth and comfortable shave. Rapira was one that I'd previously written off as "meh", but I'm slowly coming to the realization that shave performance has more to do with technique than it do...
by Brutus
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Mitchell's Wool Fat and Hard Water
Replies: 13
Views: 1677

Re: Mitchell's Wool Fat and Hard Water

Mitchell’s Wool Fat does not like hard water. I can get it to work if the water is not overly hard but it does take more effort, and I never had to make it work in some regions of the US that have exceptionally hard water. Haslinger Ewe’s Milk shaving soap has many of the properties that people like...
by Brutus
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Playing with paddle strops again
Replies: 20
Views: 2241

Re: Playing with paddle strops again

Interesting. For most of my straight shaving career I have used hanging strops, or the occasional loom strop, but somewhere along my journey I picked up a French Strop-It Supex 77 paddle strop. First, I did not much care for it and it saw only limited use in the first 1½ years, but then I started wa...
by Brutus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Why sandalwood?
Replies: 23
Views: 5082

Re: Why sandalwood?

Am I missing something here? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandalwood Maybe it helps that I am based in the Middle East, just an Arabian Sea away from the place where this stuff grows. But my sandalwood fondness may have more to do with the fact that in my younger years I was given a sandalwood sh...
by Brutus
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: The state of the current English Shaving soaps
Replies: 28
Views: 4191

Re: The state of the current English Shaving soaps

I believe the Jagger/Muhle soaps were made by Haslinger at one time, but I think that might have changed. C. That may have been the case in the past (+4 years ago), but as a regular Haslinger user, the Mühle soaps that I tired then were clearly not on the same level. They got the job done but were ...