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by John Rose
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: Cheap shaving tools guide for a newbie.
Replies: 64
Views: 140124

Re: Cheap shaving tools guide for a newbie.

Regarding alum blocks/sticks: Typical sticks, like the Omega or RazoRock, are 60 g. Blocks can be from 54 to 100 g or so, cost somewhat more, and are hard to hold (for some people). For close to the price of a 60 g alum stick you can get a so-called "crystal deodorant" that is 120 g . But beware - m...
by John Rose
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Forum Feedback
Topic: Photos on SMF
Replies: 23
Views: 14466

Re: Photos on SMF

If you are linking a photo already residing elsewhere on the web, it must be the right size of there will be problems. 800 - 1024 pixels wide should prevent the scrolling needed for even larger photos. I realize that this is an ancient thread, but I have discovered a gimmick for resizing some image...
by John Rose
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD January 20 -January 26, 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 114

Re: SOTD January 20 -January 26, 2020

Wednesday SOTN razor - Gillette Single-Ring Old blade - Astra SP (7) soap - Proraso Red brush - Stirling 2-Band Synthetic post - warm water rinse, "Pure & Natural" Alum stick, cold water rinse AS - Proraso Red Finished off two tubs of soap in the past week, and the TOBS Mr Taylors is almost gone. Ti...
by John Rose
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD January 20 -January 26, 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 114

Re: SOTD January 20 -January 26, 2020

Tuesday SOTN razor - British Aristocrat Junior blade - Astra SP (6) soap - B+M Seville brush - Simpson Special 1 Best Badger post - warm water rinse, "Pure & Natural" Alum stick, cold water rinse AS - Old Spice Classic Finished off two tubs of soap in the past week, and the TOBS Mr Taylors is almost...
by John Rose
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 1178
Views: 136996

Re: What are you reading?

Halfway through reading the script of a play that my wife is writing, titled "Tell the Bees".
It was inspired in part by this folklore thing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telling_the_bees .
by John Rose
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Do I need a boar brush?
Replies: 34
Views: 5131

Re: Do I need a boar brush?

This leads me to a more serious thought: are muslims and jews allowed to use boar brushes? Or perhaps only forbidden to eat them - which would appear sensible. Also: In industry, tallow is not strictly defined as beef or mutton fat. In this context, tallow is animal fat that conforms to certain tec...
by John Rose
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD January 13 -January 19, 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: SOTD January 13 -January 19, 2020

Friday SOTN razor - Wilkinson Sword "Classic" metal TTO (ships in black and grey box, long handle) blade - Astra SP (4) soap - B+M Seville brush - Omega 10086 Travel Boar repair - Clubman Jumbo Styptic Pencil - on that same spot between my left lip corner and jaw that often gets a weeper. post - war...
by John Rose
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: electric shaver
Replies: 9
Views: 171

Re: electric shaver

I was on my third Braun electric (because I liked them) when I needed to to buy a new foil.
It turned out that even though I had just bought it a year before, the foils were no longer available.
:x
That was it. No more Brauns for me, and no more electrics.
by John Rose
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Screw bottom of a DE razor
Replies: 9
Views: 209

Re: Screw bottom of a DE razor

Is it different from a typical twist-to-open DE razor? Are you giving the knob that last quarter-turn or so that locks it down? Ideally (as with my Gillette Slim), the end of the last quarter-turn is a wee bit easier to twist than the beginning, so that it feels like it has "clicked" into a locked p...
by John Rose
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: SOTD January 13 -January 19, 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: SOTD January 13 -January 19, 2020

Monday SOTN razor - Edwin Jagger DE87 blade - Astra SP (1) soap - TOBS Mr Taylors brush - Sterling 2-Band Synthetic post - warm water rinse, "Pure & Natural" Alum stick, cold water rinse AS - Old Spice Classic I finally figured out how to choose an aftershave of the day. I go alphabetically. It has ...
by John Rose
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: ShutterBug Shaver
Topic: A Vagrant
Replies: 9
Views: 358

Re: A Vagrant

Ah. Still in Tata. I see.
I've not see any sick birds (that I knew of) but I've been taking down the feeders in the warmer seasons.

"...pelican and a flamingo..."
And here I thought Bald Eagles and Turkey Vultures were exotic (but fairly common now).
by John Rose
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: ShutterBug Shaver
Topic: A Vagrant
Replies: 9
Views: 358

Re: A Vagrant

This one is another newcomer who shouldn't still be here, I believe it is a female northern oriole (aka Baltimore oriole). Good grief, were are you getting those birds from? I'm maybe 20 km away from you, and we're getting hardly any birds of any description in our back yard. A friend of ours repor...
by John Rose
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: Angular Shaving
Replies: 5
Views: 3854

Re: Angular Shaving

As a late follow-up, I offer this short demo video I found, featuring the "Gillette Slide", "J-Hook" (aka "J-Stroke") and "Blade Buffing". TQco5PWc2JU I usually start out with the Gillette Slide on the first pass, and only on my cheeks. I don't see the need to wait until 2nd or 3rd passes. J-Hooking...
by John Rose
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Fountain Pens
Replies: 32
Views: 2740

Re: Fountain Pens

How fortunate you are. I’ve collected vintage and modern fountain pens for many years, but have never mastered the art of dismantling and re-assembling the nib assembly successfully; any time I’ve tried I’ve made a total hash of it and have had to bring in the local nibmiester. To quote Kipling, ‘Y...
by John Rose
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: SOTD - Shave of the Day
Topic: Shaving soap or cream of the day
Replies: 2181
Views: 119531

Re: Shaving soap or cream of the day

"Blue Monday" superlather blend, Wilkinson Sword and Nivea.

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by John Rose
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Do I need a boar brush?
Replies: 34
Views: 5131

Re: Do I need a boar brush?

Of the 8 or so boar brushes I have in rotation, my favourite is my black Omega 10086 Travel brush, aka "Bigger Bambino". Knot diameter: 18mm Bristle loft: 42mm Handle height: 46mm Overall height: 88mm https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/vOsAAOSwnDxUefi8/s-l300.jpg It's not as floppy as the other vintage ...
by John Rose
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Fountain Pens
Replies: 32
Views: 2740

Re: Fountain Pens

My collection was shrinking until tonight. I just ordered a Pilot Metropolitan (medium nib) in the "White Tiger" colour & pattern. (from stylo.ca) [...snip...] This is to replace the gold Metropolitan that I lost (I'm sure it's still in the house) a few months ago. Hoo-ray! \:D/ Today SWMBO says "J...
by John Rose
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Gilette PURE shaving cream
Replies: 2
Views: 175

Re: Gilette PURE shaving cream

I think it's pretty good stuff too, for the price. The scent seems to be a "generic Gillette" scent, and maybe designed to offend as few people as possible without being scent-free. I nearly always use it in combination with another more strongly-scented soap, like Proraso White, Proraso Green, or W...
by John Rose
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: My Purchase of the Decade
Replies: 11
Views: 443

Re: My Purchase of the Decade

Bearing in mind that my decade started in 2016... Razor: Edwin Jagger DE87, for the combination of price, performance, and appearance. https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0839/1617/products/EDJ087-6_1200x_42b1e3e5-ee96-4d78-a342-741eb336e81e_300x300.jpeg Brush: Sterling 2-Band Synthetic I was initiall...
by John Rose
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: "new" Arko sticks, new order in ingredients
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: "new" Arko sticks, new order in ingredients

The sticks I got today have ingredients listed as: [...snip...] Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol. [...snip...] As near as I can make out, those four ingredients are typically to provide scent, mostly citrus and floral. That makes me wonder what the "Parfum" ingredient is for. Parfum itself...