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by TRBeck
Fri May 24, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Starting over with an open blade
Replies: 23
Views: 294

Re: Starting over with an open blade

Thanks, Chris. I'm happy with the progress so far.

Regarding the job interview, I was offered the position this afternoon and accepted it. I will be teaching at a different school next year, one that is better in every way for me.

A great day, and I will be back to the straight tomorrow.
by TRBeck
Fri May 24, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: What is it about brushes?
Replies: 6
Views: 245

Re: What is it about brushes?

For sure curiosity plays a role. So much variation in brushes; good soap lathers aren't vastly different to one another, but good brushes can be. FWIW, I've narrowed it considerably after messing with different setups the past couple of weeks. Keepers: Synbad EJ Synthetic Semogue Mistura SOC Omega 4...
by TRBeck
Fri May 24, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: May 20 - May 26, 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 114

Re: SOTD: May 20 - May 26, 2019

Synbad in WD handle
Homemade fern soap
Rockwell 6S R4
Gillette Platinum blade
Homemade Douglas fir splash

Job interview, so I stuck with known quantities. The interview is over, and now it's a waiting game.
by TRBeck
Thu May 23, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Which straight razor did you use today?
Replies: 581
Views: 83724

Re: Which straight razor did you use today?

Genco 5/8 spike point
by TRBeck
Thu May 23, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: May 20 - May 26, 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 114

Re: SOTD: May 20 - May 26, 2019

Synbad
Homemade soap
Genco 5/8 spike
Homemade splash
Vettiveru EDC

Superb stuff. Cocky long strokes on the first pass yielded two weepers, but then I settled in to a rhythm and had a wonderful shave. DE tomorrow for a job interview, then back to straights all summer long.
by TRBeck
Thu May 23, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Starting over with an open blade
Replies: 23
Views: 294

Re: Starting over with an open blade

Shave #2 in the books. 25 rounds on linen, 50 on leather before the shave today. Two weepers, both in the first WTG pass, which I think was because I got a little cocky and took some longer strokes. I settled down and wound up with a closer shave than yesterday. My toughest neck patch is actually mu...
by TRBeck
Wed May 22, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Starting over with an open blade
Replies: 23
Views: 294

Re: Starting over with an open blade

Gary, I do know "shave ready" is in the eye of the beholder, but the edge here sort of trails off and isn't finished at the heel on one side nor the toe on the other. It seems like maybe an X stroke that trailed off for 100 laps or so. Anyway, no big deal. The blades are in great shape, as are the s...
by TRBeck
Wed May 22, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Starting over with an open blade
Replies: 23
Views: 294

Re: Starting over with an open blade

Back to the straight this morning. i used the Genco 5/8 full hollow spike point for reasons I'll detail in a moment. The plan was this weekend, but I couldn't wait after receiving my razors yesterday. Very good shave. Slight irritation in a couple of spots and one weeper. No real blood and a pretty ...
by TRBeck
Wed May 22, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: May 20 - May 26, 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 114

Re: SOTD: May 20 - May 26, 2019

Semogue Mistura Taj Homemade soap Genco 5/8 spike point Homemade splash Back to the straight. The plan was this weekend, but I couldn't wait after receiving my razors yesterday. Very good shave. Slight irritation in a couple of spots and one weeper. No real blood and a pretty close cut. I am very pl...
by TRBeck
Tue May 21, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: May 20 - May 26, 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 114

Re: SOTD: May 20 - May 26, 2019

Simpson 58 Best
Homemade soap
Rockwell 6S R4
Tiz blade
Homemade splash

Objectively, this is a phenomenal brush. Perfectly formed fan, good density and backbone without sacrificing flowthrough, tip presence but no scritchiness, iconic brand. I just don't care for badger brushes anymore, I think.
by TRBeck
Mon May 20, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the subject of fidelity
Replies: 5
Views: 108

Re: On the subject of fidelity

From about 2014 to 2019, I had few dalliances: Edwin Jagger synthetic, homemade soaps and splashes, and the Jagger Barley Chrome DE. Earlier this year a brief encounter with a Semogue brush led to a touch of AD, but I've found it wholly unsatisfying. The dalliance was grand and will likely yield a n...
by TRBeck
Mon May 20, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: May 20 - May 26, 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 114

Re: SOTD: May 20 - May 26, 2019

Maggard SHD 2-band in WD handle
Homemade vetiver fern soap
Rockwell 6S Plate R4
Tiz blade
Homemade Douglas Fir splash
Old Spice

Meh on the brush. Kind of done with badger.
The blade's smoothness continues to impress.
by TRBeck
Sun May 19, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: May 13 - May 19, 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 195

Re: SOTD: May 13 - May 19, 2019

Synbad
Homemade soap
Rockwell 6S R4
Tiz blade
Homemade splash

Great blades. The Tiz is incredibly smooth and sharp; smoother than a US Personna Med Prep and possibly as sharp. Looking at longevity as the week goes on, but they are impressive.
by TRBeck
Sun May 19, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Project House
Replies: 13
Views: 190

Re: Project House

I have written my share of checks to contractors, but that's not an option at present, and the more I do, the more confidence I gain. I built a platform to which I could anchor a shed when we first moved in. Didn't need to look pretty, just be functional, and it is. That went well enough that I thou...
by TRBeck
Sat May 18, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: May 13 - May 19, 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 195

Re: SOTD: May 13 - May 19, 2019

Synbad
Homemade vetiver soap
Rockwell 6S R4
Tiz blade*
Homemade fir splash

*thanks, Murray!
by TRBeck
Sat May 18, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Which straight razor did you use today?
Replies: 581
Views: 83724

Re: Which straight razor did you use today?

That's a fantastic brush and a fantastic razor, Oscar. The pic is really nicely done, too.
by TRBeck
Sat May 18, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: Brush of the day
Replies: 937
Views: 55157

Re: Brush of the day

Thanks, Gary. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
by TRBeck
Fri May 17, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: ShutterBug Shaver
Topic: A Strange Event
Replies: 6
Views: 104

Re: A Strange Event

That is a lovely picture and a lovely location, Chris. Quite an incredible coincidence, too!

I do hope there's no reason to think your wife will need this home soon.
by TRBeck
Fri May 17, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: What is it about brushes?
Replies: 6
Views: 245

Re: What is it about brushes?

Rufus, I concur regarding many of the handle colors that are popular right now. Some of the swirl patterns are lovely, but most are actually pretty garish-looking to me. Faux ivory, faux ebony, faux horn, jade, and wood look great to me. I agree that brushes are more than just a tool. I feel the sam...
by TRBeck
Fri May 17, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD: May 13 - May 19, 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 195

Re: SOTD: May 13 - May 19, 2019

Here we go again. Synbad Homemade soap Rockwell 6S R4 Gillette Platinum Homemade splash Homemade bay rum edt I have actually ordered a longer handle for the Synbad knot. I think I may wind up keeping this, a mixed knot, one Omega, and an inexpensive badger, and selling the rest of the brushes. Great...