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by Brutus
Tue May 26, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Honing Experiment
Replies: 76
Views: 6391

Re: Honing Experiment

Interesting experiment. I am curious to learn how it turns out. For some time now, I have been using a variation of back and forth strokes on the same side by using circular strokes on the same side, limited to coarser stones only. Initially, I did this on 1000 and 5000 Naniwas, since I added a 3000...
by Brutus
Sun May 10, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Dovo/Merkur misfortune
Replies: 7
Views: 2049

Re: Dovo/Merkur misfortune

I'm wondering whether the bankruptcy laws in Germany are similar to the US. In the US, bankruptcy does not always mean the company will cease to exist. Chapter 11 BK in the US (so named for Chapter 7 in the US bankruptcy code) is technically called "reorganization," the purpose of which is to give ...
by Brutus
Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Cella Extra Extra Bio Shaving Soap
Replies: 4
Views: 1873

Re: Cella Extra Extra Bio Shaving Soap

Thank you for your notes, Tim. I too had noticed the new Cella soap in the characteristic 150 ml turquoise tub and am curious to try it. Like you, I do not usually associate olive oil with a good lather and it’s good to know that in this case olive oil does not seem to negatively affect the shave. I...
by Brutus
Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: finally, mastered the futur
Replies: 13
Views: 2619

Re: finally, mastered the futur

In my safety razor days, about 12 years ago, the Futur was initially my go-to razor. With a tool, which a razor ultimately is, I did not consider any of the versions with a glossy finish and bought the matte version that provides a more secure grip. I started with a low setting and gradually worked ...
by Brutus
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: blade suspicion
Replies: 12
Views: 2486

Re: blade suspicion

One thing people used to do to tone down the aggressiveness of a new Feather blade was to lightly draw the edge across a cork or some matchwood, just to blunt it a little. Presumably you will be able to find a cork in the hotel, or is Dubai still awkward about those things? No, for new Feather Arti...
by Brutus
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: blade suspicion
Replies: 12
Views: 2486

Re: blade suspicion

I tried stropping a Feather Artist Club blade several years ago and my results were disappointing too. Due to the geometry of this razor you either risk polishing the bottom edge of the Artist Club blade holder - rather than the edge of the blade - or you risk stropping the blade at a sub-optimal an...
by Brutus
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: blade suspicion
Replies: 12
Views: 2486

Re: blade suspicion

Have been wet shaving for years, straight razor practice with a Boker and Thiers Issard. Recently I branched out with a Feather Artist Club SS. I found the shave to be closer than my European razor experience. Is the correct conclusion that a straight razor can never be honed/stropped to match a Fe...
by Brutus
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: q shave razors
Replies: 7
Views: 1988

Re: q shave razors

QShave Chinese clone of the Merkur Futur that as been around for a long time. Lower weight, different balance, sloppier tolerances. How do you define “any good”? As good as the original? Clearly not. O.K. to shave with if you never knew the original? Well, maybe... But I doubt that if the original h...
by Brutus
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Barbershop professional shaving bar
Replies: 9
Views: 3784

Re: Barbershop professional shaving bar

It may be one of those soaps that works better if it is used frequently and not allowed to completely dry out. Also, I just noticed that "crater" on the top. Could it be intended to hold a little puddle of hot water to bloom it for a couple of minutes? Williams Mug has a similar crater formed by th...
by Brutus
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Creams or Soaps
Replies: 5
Views: 2117

Re: Creams or Soaps

For a long time I favoured soaps over creams, but more recently the ratio has become much more balanced. Part of the reason is that I currently use more Portuguese and Spanish shaving products, the majority of which is available only as shaving cream. (Before anyone mentions it; I consider shaving s...
by Brutus
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Nivea Moisturizing Shaving Cream in tubes - where did it go?
Replies: 3
Views: 2235

Re: Nivea Moisturizing Shaving Cream in tubes - where did it go?

Can’t find it on the Shopper’s website, but that is more a function of their poor website design than anything else. #-o London Drugs out West and Loblaws in the East still list the blue Nivea Protect & Care shaving cream and the Canadian Nivea website shows it as well. So it still seems to be avail...
by Brutus
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Musgo Real soap
Replies: 18
Views: 6185

Re: Musgo Real soap

The Classic Scent Musgo Real shaving soap is still shown on the manufacturer’s (Claus Porto) website. So it still seems to be available. After years of believing the bad press, I had bought the hard shaving soap about 3 or 4 years ago and found that it was much better than the reviews made you belie...
by Brutus
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Gokumyo 20k
Replies: 17
Views: 3888

Re: Gokumyo 20k

Had a discussion - if that’s what one wants to call it - on a different forum with a member who was enraged that I dared to suggest that in my opinion factory-fresh Dovos are not quite shave ready. Less than 6 months on that forum and who were other members, including me, to disagree with his weight...
by Brutus
Wed May 29, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Gokumyo 20k
Replies: 17
Views: 3888

Re: Gokumyo 20k

I use the Gokumyo 20k after the Naniwa 12k and am glad I have it. The stone feels different to my range of Naniwas, but it does an exceptional job. When the Gokumyo arrived silly me experimented whether I could reduce or even eliminate the CrOx stropping afterwards, but since I have started to go th...
by Brutus
Wed May 22, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: First razor for young son?
Replies: 18
Views: 4685

Re: First razor for young son?

ShadowsDad wrote: Mon May 20, 2019 5:36 am 3 years later I strongly suspect that it's over and done with. Either that or the child now sports a wimpy beard.
Be an optimist; maybe he's now moved on to straight razors and uses them daily.... 8)
by Brutus
Fri May 10, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?
Replies: 17
Views: 6748

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

Just an update. After the initial period, when I used these two Shavemac synthetics almost exclusively in preparation for my review, I had expected to go back fairly soon to my usual rotation that heavily favours silvertips, but somehow I just kept going with these two Shavemacs and have hardly used...
by Brutus
Wed May 08, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Starting over with an open blade
Replies: 50
Views: 10408

Re: Starting over with an open blade

This should become an interesting journey. Frustrating a bit in the beginning, but perseverance will pay off, after a while you will hopefully agree that it was worth the efforts, and after some big discoveries in the beginning you will eventually come to the point where discoveries become smaller a...
by Brutus
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible
Replies: 22
Views: 8154

Re: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible

At the risk of digressing: So many times have I heard, or have I thought to myself, how agreeable the old-fashioned soapy Williams scent is that it is really surprising that no soap maker (e.g. Haslinger) ever seems to have thought of producing a similarly smelling and sized shaving soap that works...
by Brutus
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible
Replies: 22
Views: 8154

Re: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible

At the risk of digressing: So many times have I heard, or have I thought to myself, how agreeable the old-fashioned soapy Williams scent is that it is really surprising that no soap maker (e.g. Haslinger) ever seems to have thought of producing a similarly smelling and sized shaving soap that works....
by Brutus
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Shavemac in synthetic game...better late than never?
Replies: 17
Views: 6748

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

Brutus, like you I consider the Muehle synthetics the pinnacle for synths. I used my EJ (same fibers/knot) for 5 years almost exclusively and have another of the same in a custom handle. I would love your feedback on these Shavemac fibers whenever you get a chance. Hello Tim, sorry for the delay, b...