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by gagarin
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Gillette English-made Rocket HD
Replies: 11
Views: 1880

Re: Gillette English-made Rocket HD

Hi Gary. I purchased several HD Rockets during my accumulation phase several years ago. At the time, I found them to be smooth but not particularly efficient. Based on your experience, I'll dust one off and give it a whirl.
by gagarin
Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Gillette Platinum-Plus blade from Brazil
Replies: 82
Views: 16468

Re: Gillette Platinum-Plus blade from Brazil

I picked up a pack at my local Walgreens a couple of weeks ago. After a week of comfortable shaves from the first blade, I've found it to be nice indeed, clearly a top-tier product. After using a new Perma-Sharp Super Monday, I shaved with a fresh Brazilian Platinum-Plus Tuesday. Though very smooth,...
by gagarin
Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Gillette "Reintros" DE Blades
Replies: 36
Views: 4263

Re: Gillette "Reintros" DE Blades

I ran across a pack at Walgreen's yesterday, and used it for the first time this morning. First impression is that this is a top tier blade. Sharp, smooth, producing an effortless, close shave. It's very much like the best vintage stainless blades I've tried. Looking forward to an extended test. My ...
by gagarin
Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:06 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Personna Hospital Use blade
Replies: 138
Views: 47464

Re: Personna Hospital Use blade

Chuck I'm just following up to inquire how the blades have been performing for you, over the past few weeks or so. It's hard for me to believe I first posted about these blades in this thread going on 4 years ago. I've used and grown fond of the Kai DE blades in the past couple of years. They're go...
by gagarin
Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Personna Hospital Use blade
Replies: 138
Views: 47464

Re: Personna Hospital Use blade

While my first use of the Personna HU was superb, I wanted to try it in extended use to see how it stacked up against my favorites. Good news - I used it for ten shaves and it was still delivering smooth, close and effortless shaves. I binned it after my Sunday shave because my routine is to start o...
by gagarin
Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Personna Hospital Use blade
Replies: 138
Views: 47464

Re: Personna Hospital Use blade

Good to see you too, Tim! I just recalled that I had a near miss with the Personna HU's a couple of years ago. I, along with several others, ordered a 100 ct. carton from Robbins. The blades were not stamped "Hospital Use" though they arrived in an identical box. The Robbins folks checked with Perso...
by gagarin
Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Personna Hospital Use blade
Replies: 138
Views: 47464

Re: Personna Hospital Use blade

I took Gary up on his offer of a few Hospital Use Personnas, and today was my inaugural shave. Having tried most of the various Personnas, I was astonished. This blade is very smooth, comfortable and sharp, much better than its stablemates. I agree with others that this shaves much like the 70's-80'...
by gagarin
Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Simply "boared" with brushes
Replies: 39
Views: 5362

Re: Simply "boared" with brushes

Michael, I've tried a great many badger and boar brushes as well. I wish that I had your inclination to dispatch unwanted items out the door. Unfortunately, I still own many nice badgers which do nothing but gather dust. After a lengthy flirtation with boar, I stumbled upon Vie-Long horse hair brush...
by gagarin
Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: The razors you like/use the most?
Replies: 171
Views: 40924

Re:

Of over 100 razors in my arsenal, I'm down to two which get regular use: iKon OC Deluxe LE Bulldog #07 - My favorite, it is smooth and efficient. Greg hit a home run with this one. English Long-Comb NEW with Weber Bulldog or BRW all-bronze fluted handle - in my opinion, the finest shaver ever produ...
by gagarin
Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: The razors you like/use the most?
Replies: 171
Views: 40924

Of over 100 razors in my arsenal, I'm down to two which get regular use: iKon OC Deluxe LE Bulldog #07 - My favorite, it is smooth and efficient. Greg hit a home run with this one. English Long-Comb NEW with Weber Bulldog or BRW all-bronze fluted handle - in my opinion, the finest shaver ever produc...
by gagarin
Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Brand fidelity to the extreme?
Replies: 34
Views: 3568

About five years after embracing this hobby, and having acquired a diverse collection of shaving goods, I'm pretty much exclusive in the products I use, including shave soaps. Razors: iKon OC Deluxe Bulldog #07 English Gillette NEW with Bob's Razor Works all-bronze fluted handle Blade: Perma-Sharp S...
by gagarin
Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:50 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: What's the best value shaving cream/soap?
Replies: 36
Views: 5609

jww wrote:If you mean low price vs great results, I'd vote for Palmolive Classic sticks. If you are talking best quality at lowest price, then I'd suggest Kent's OEM MWF.
My view as well.

Regards,
by gagarin
Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:45 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Omega Granduca e Omega Retaggio - long; pics
Replies: 13
Views: 3938

Gary, my pleasure in using Omega boars continues. For me, no badger provides the smooth, caressing and resilient face feel of an Omega boar. I still own many nice badger brushes, but they are locked away in the vaults. Though the custom boar handles are very nice, I've come to appreciate the simple ...
by gagarin
Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:25 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: If you could keep just 2 razors which would they be?
Replies: 49
Views: 4849

I have over 100 razors, but now shave almost exclusively with two.

In order of preference:

iKon OC Deluxe Bulldog (mine is #07, brushed finish)

English long-comb NEW with iKon Bulldog handle

Regards,
by gagarin
Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: IYO: The Best Shaving Soap Ever?
Replies: 73
Views: 9074

A dead heat for top honors: MWF and Palmolive.

DR Harris Almond nipping at their heels.

Regards,
by gagarin
Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Return of the Super Iridium ??
Replies: 199
Views: 22469

Polsilver "is" Super Iridium with a different packaging. In my experience, as noted earlier in the thread, this is not correct. I found the new Polsilvers to be a serviceable blade, but not similar at all to the SI. The new Polsilvers remind me of Astras, decent but a bit harsh. The older Polish-ma...
by gagarin
Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:33 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Return of the Super Iridium ??
Replies: 199
Views: 22469

Gary, have you been able to get past 3 shaves with the Polsilver's? I have found that 3 shaves is all the blade will give me, the 4th shave is just unbearable. The NOS Polsilve'rs gave a weeks worth of smooth shaves. The packaging and the blades are identical to NOS PS blades I have, but the shave ...
by gagarin
Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: Shopping
Topic: SOLD FS: Iridium Super Double Edge Razor Blades
Replies: 13
Views: 2277

Supply and demand. The guys who want them are buying them. The guys who don't want them aren't. :lol: Example, I had a 1956 Belair 2 door hardtop V8 automatic that cost $20 once. Since then, the price is X 1000. They aren't made anymore, and people still want them. When they find one, they pay what...
by gagarin
Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: Fidelity? Is that you?
Replies: 54
Views: 10769

Four years into the journey, I've settled on the shaving tools that work best for me. My remaining shaving opportunities being finite, I tend to restrict myself to what provides me the greatest pleasure: Razors : ikon OC Deluxe Bulldog, Gillette English NEW/iKon Bulldog handle Blades: Super Iridium,...
by gagarin
Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:18 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Return of the Super Iridium ??
Replies: 199
Views: 22469

Squire wrote:I'll take a yellow box 7 o'clock over an Iridium any day and there's no shortage of those.
I could be perfectly content with the Yellow. It's a very effective blade. However, I find the Iridium to be noticeably smoother.

Regards,