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by Brutus
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Zowada Time
Replies: 2
Views: 157

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: 5
Views: 363

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: 2677

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: 9
Views: 524

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: 980

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: 3553

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: 19
Views: 2247

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 ...
by Brutus
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: The state of the current English Shaving soaps
Replies: 19
Views: 2247

Re: The state of the current English Shaving soaps

Edwin Jagger cooperates with Mühle in Germany and when you mentioned sea buckthorn it reminded me of the Mühle sea buckthorn shaving soap. Mühle still distributes it and if the original puck was small to start with, just about 2½“ in diameter, chances are that it may be the same product. See here: h...
by Brutus
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: "That Lather"
Replies: 145
Views: 9550

Re: "That Lather"

Haslinger recently switched from tallow to non-tallow shaving soaps. Last December I spoke to the owner who told me they had wanted to switch to animal-free products for quite some time, but that it took them a while to get the formulation right. The ultimate test before releasing the new product to...
by Brutus
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Williams Redux
Replies: 24
Views: 3103

Re: Williams Redux

Adding glycerin? Been there and done that. But why should I, when there are so many perfectly capable soaps available that don’t need any additions except water? Any soap that requires addition of a compound to make it work is for me - by definition - inadequate. As far as Mitchell’s Wool Fat is con...
by Brutus
Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Tabac inspired
Replies: 19
Views: 2677

Re: Tabac inspired

I recently finished a small 30ml bottle of Tabac aftershave which I thoroughly enjoyed wearing. Quite "old fashioned" as described above, but very classic and suitable for most occasions I found. Here in the UK it's not terribly easy to find - I actually bought my bottle from a hyper-market in Abu ...
by Brutus
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Tabac inspired
Replies: 19
Views: 2677

Re: Tabac inspired

This one's just a few days of running out. It's been a great run. It passed the long-term fragrance test with flying colors. I swear it smells even better now with just a few grams left. Almost 2 months of constant use. While I would not want to use any shaving soap or aftershave every day for a mo...
by Brutus
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: MDC Rose and Vetyver
Replies: 9
Views: 1622

Re: MDC Rose and Vetyver

...does the MdC in citrus scent actually smell like citrus? Yes, it does. Most definitely. Citrus, but not lemon. It bought mine in June 2017, the previous time Martin de Candre offered the vetiver and citrus limited editions, and like it very much during the warmer months. As Martin de Candre soap...
by Brutus
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Astra vs. Feather
Replies: 8
Views: 2328

Re: Astra vs. Feather

On the occasion when I do not use a straight, I usually use either a Feather or an Astra SP (green packaging) blade in my safety razors. Overall, I prefer Feathers as they give me in my Mühle R41 and Futur the closest and smoothest shave among all the blades I tried. The Astra SP blade comes close b...
by Brutus
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Muhle R41 vs Merkur Futur
Replies: 6
Views: 1860

Re: Muhle R41 vs Merkur Futur

Hi Brutus, yes your reply is very helpful! I think I will try the R41. How do you like your Chinese Futur clone? I bought one and think it's excellent! Steve The Chinese Futur clone is nice enough, but I still prefer the original. The clone is significantly ligher (93 grams clone vs. 121 grams orig...
by Brutus
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: chin - problem with grain direction
Replies: 29
Views: 4461

Re: chin - problem with grain direction

btw: i'm enjoying your multiplicitous "location"! 8) Thanks. Airline pilot in international ops: base, home, and where I usually end in Europe at least once every month - until I have to retire from active flying at then end of the year. BTW, probably the best job on earth for shopping all items “c...
by Brutus
Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Muhle R41 vs Merkur Futur
Replies: 6
Views: 1860

Re: Muhle R41 vs Merkur Futur

I own both, but use primarily straights. My Futur is more than 12 years old and I bought my R41 (2013 model) much later to take along on those trips where a straight razor is just not convenient. Recently I had brought the Futur out of semi-retirement to compare it against the Chinese Future clone t...
by Brutus
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: chin - problem with grain direction
Replies: 29
Views: 4461

Re: chin - problem with grain direction

I believe straight shaving is always a work in progress and even after years of straight shaving I sometimes come up with a new tweak that I try. Even if the age of great discoveries and progress in straight shaving may be over for me, I still find from time to time a minor tweak that works better f...
by Brutus
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Is/Was the Merkur Futur Made of Stainless Steel
Replies: 7
Views: 2268

Re: Is/Was the Merkur Futur Made of Stainless Steel

As per various descriptions the Futur of it is made of brass, but some head parts could be casted from Zamak, and the entire razor is plated in satin matte, chrome, or gold. My two Futurs (one at home, one overseas) are satin matte, which gives me a good grip at all times. Unlike the picture shown i...
by Brutus
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Horse hair brush
Replies: 17
Views: 1984

Re: Horse hair brush

Experimented with various Vie-Long horse brushes for a while, but ultimately found that they were not for me and that I prefer badger, synthetic, or boar brushes over horse. Historically, horse brushes were associated with anthrax in WWI and I thought I play it safe and buy a brush from a manufactur...