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by Bill_K
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Taking a break from really sharp blades
Replies: 16
Views: 2082

Re: Taking a break from really sharp blades

It comes down to technique, doesn't it? If you use a Feather all the time you get used to being very light-fingered in your shave and you don't end up cutting yourself. The problem comes from switching around and confuses the muscle memory. This makes sense to me. I'm still using up my sample packs...
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Mitchell's Wool Fat and Hard Water
Replies: 13
Views: 2395

Re: Mitchell's Wool Fat and Hard Water

Has anyone tried Pereira? mantic59 opines that it's like MWF only better[1] but I can't find any comments on it in a quick search of the SMF archives.

[1] https://sharpologist.com/2018/06/pereir ... pires.html
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Tabac inspired
Replies: 19
Views: 4481

Re: Tabac inspired

Brutus, it could very well be that my reminiscences are out of whack. I'm pretty certain that he had the aftershave, but one thing I definitely recall is that my grandmother had the cologne in the cylindrical bottle with the trademark blue-and-gold label. Today's aftershave definitely puts me in min...
by Bill_K
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Taking a break from really sharp blades
Replies: 16
Views: 2082

Re: Taking a break from really sharp blades

If I'm in a hurry to get out the door, but need to shave, I can use a somewhat more "forgiving" blade, or a milder razor, or some combination You raise a good point. I tried using my straight razor last Sunday when I was in a rush, and what a mistake that was! In fact, that's exactly why I sought o...
by Bill_K
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Vintage Hammam - first impression
Replies: 25
Views: 4384

Re: Vintage Hammam - first impression

Olle, were you able to open the bottle without breaking it?

Bill
by Bill_K
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Taking a break from really sharp blades
Replies: 16
Views: 2082

Taking a break from really sharp blades

Gents, I was wondering if you occasionally take a break from really sharp blades and revert (temporarily) to a less sharp but smoother blade. The reason I ask is that I'm using up my second- and third-string blades because I can't stand the thought of ignoring or throwing them out. Earlier this week...
by Bill_K
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Mitchell's Wool Fat and Hard Water
Replies: 13
Views: 2395

Re: Mitchell's Wool Fat and Hard Water

John, have a look at mantic59's video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGLi_m9n_s The tip that helped me out the most was lathering upside-down. I have very hard (12.6 gpg) water, but I'm still able to get a really good lather with MWF. I did find, though, that if I use my Texan Moss scuttle w...
by Bill_K
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Tabac inspired
Replies: 19
Views: 4481

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 doe...
by Bill_K
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 2018

Re: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie

Super - thank you for the advice! I'll be ordering the paste right away (it's lunch time as I type this). I'll pick up the balsa wood at a local hobby shop later this week. I think I'll also hit the specialty lumber store so that I can make a decent-looking base for it. Since space is at a premium i...
by Bill_K
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: New synthetic brush upgrade project
Replies: 10
Views: 2486

Re: New synthetic brush upgrade project

X2 on Murray's comment. Just curious: have you tried making a handle from antler? I have a Red Deer antler - one half from an animal that my late grandfather and his buddy harvested in the Old Country so many years ago - and I'm thinking it deserves better treatment than being used as a coat/hat rac...
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 2018

Re: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie

Now that I think of it, are the following instructions valid for a balsa strop? (from https://www.fendrihan.ca/collections/strops-and-hones/products/chromox-green-chromium-oxide-finishing-paste-by-thiers-issard) I think they're assuming the user will be using a leather strop, not balsa. Important: t...
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 2018

Re: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie

Thanks to you all for your feedback - it's greatly appreciated. This is my only strop so I think I'll go the balsa wood route until I become fully addicted and spring for a new straight and an accompanying strop. <Ah, balsa wood... I just had a flashback of my model rocket days when I was a young te...
by Bill_K
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Anyone use a Genco razor?
Replies: 10
Views: 2114

Re: Anyone use a Genco razor?

Wise words - thanks!
by Bill_K
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Playing with paddle strops again
Replies: 20
Views: 3317

Re: Playing with paddle strops again

Thanks! I've started a new thread, in order to avoid hijacking this one: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=56901

Bill
by Bill_K
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 2018

Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie

Hello Gentlemen (and Ladies, if there are any here); I've just begun to shave with a straight razor, but only on weekends and holidays as I still have to get to work on time. (My daily razor is a Merkur 38C.) I'm using a professionally-honed Genco razor and a new Thiers Issard extra-wide double-side...
by Bill_K
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Playing with paddle strops again
Replies: 20
Views: 3317

Re: Playing with paddle strops again

That's good to know, thank you! I have some more questions about paddle stropping, but I'll save that for another thread if I don't find what I need by searching the SMF archives.

Bill
by Bill_K
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Reitzer shaving soap - an el cheapo from South Africa!
Replies: 2
Views: 1310

Re: Reitzer shaving soap - an el cheapo from South Africa!

Yes, thanks for the review! My lovely bride and I are travelling to RSA this May and I'll keep an eye out for this and Palmshave while I'm there.

Bill
by Bill_K
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Palmshave Lime shaving cream
Replies: 1
Views: 1118

Re: Palmshave Lime shaving cream

Thanks for the review, Yehuda. Where did you get the cream?

Bill
by Bill_K
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Review: Stirling's "Glacial Obsidian" Shave Soap
Replies: 7
Views: 1904

Re: Review: Stirling's "Glacial Obsidian" Shave Soap

This morning I loaded my brush with Mitchell's Wool Fat for 15 seconds and then loaded the brush with Glacial Obsidian for another 15 seconds. This cut down the menthol substantially, to the point where my eyes didn't water up, but still provided the powerful and delightful scent of anise. I would u...
by Bill_K
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: New synthetic brush upgrade project
Replies: 10
Views: 2486

Re: New synthetic brush upgrade project

Nice work, Gary!

I think you'll like the SynBad knot; I bought one from APShaveCo in the "Blue Lagoon" handle about a month ago and I'm really quite surprised that I like it so much. It's extremely soft; so much so that it feels like running a light bulb across my face.

Bill