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by EL Alamein
Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:51 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Read this and tell me what you think.
Replies: 104
Views: 14841

I read the initial Post by Nathan. What is interesting is that if you look at the damage wrought by electrics on the skin at the microscopic level you'd definitely stay away from them. When I was a teenager and started shaving with a straight razor a buddy of mine had this book with microscopic pict...
by EL Alamein
Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:39 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: A/S splash to go with Almond cream
Replies: 2
Views: 671

I cannot speak from experience but once someone suggested that the Conk Amber aftershave went well with almond creams. And despite it's low cost the Conk Amber was a great aftershave. Hopefully someone else can add to this or confirm. Good luck finding what you seek.

Chris
by EL Alamein
Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:05 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: why are the high end creams better than plain old edge gel
Replies: 38
Views: 5192

Better lather. You cannot thicken or thin edge gel to suite your skin's needs but you can do this with a high end cream or soap. Better lubricity. The lubricity of high end creams is superior because there's more of it. Edge etc is mostly air. More lubricity and more control means better treatment o...
by EL Alamein
Wed Oct 25, 2006 7:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone else's hair grow S-N on the neck??
Replies: 9
Views: 809

The stubble on my throat is the complete opposite of yours, mine grows N to S. I also agree that probably every guy is different so you'll get a lot of people with different techniques to accomodate different beards. Just do what is right for you, don't be afraid to experiment and adopt what works. ...
by EL Alamein
Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Travel With a Straight How not to ruin your strop?
Replies: 8
Views: 1284

I have a red russian Jemico strop that I use for travel. I just put it in my suitcase laying flat. There's really only clothes and a Dopp in there so no damage is really possible. Hope that helps.

Chris
by EL Alamein
Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:23 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Straight razor question
Replies: 10
Views: 1561

Hey Vern, (sorry I couldn't resist writing that!) It is quite possible to learn to use one's dominant hand only for straight razor shaving. I've been shaving with a straight for the better part of 22 years and I have always used my dominant hand only never switching. I am pretty much self taught in ...
by EL Alamein
Tue Oct 17, 2006 5:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Old Timer joins the Crowd Adds History
Replies: 19
Views: 1637

Welcome and when are you going to break out the straight razor?
:-D
Chris
by EL Alamein
Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Watch this straight master shave! Amazing!
Replies: 35
Views: 3822

I thought the video was pretty good. Someone mentioned about how did he resist singing and I agree, it almost seemed like his timing was perfect for the music though. As for some of the "mistakes" in the film if you read the little blurb he wrote that accompanies the video he states that his "Techni...
by EL Alamein
Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:56 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Naive question about straight-razor shaving
Replies: 49
Views: 4843

Chris, Well, my experiance with barber's shaves has been that on the whole, they've been slightly less comfortable then when I shave myself with a DE. Of course, they all used clipped in half DE blades anyway ( except once ). My experiance with traditional straights was pretty much as Joe said. Con...
by EL Alamein
Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:52 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Naive question about straight-razor shaving
Replies: 49
Views: 4843

Re: Naive question about straight-razor shaving

Understand that even with the sharpest conventional str8 there is a slight amount of abrasion compared to a DE. You often hear new users mention it, but it's something you get used to and don't notice after a while. In fact, it produces some exfolliation, which makes the skin feel "more alive" afte...
by EL Alamein
Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:46 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Trumpers: great shave, disappointing fragrances
Replies: 15
Views: 2769

If there's a baby shampoo that smells like Trumper's Limes cream - I need it now. Or, in five minutes is fine. Huggies baby wash with shea butter in the yellow container always smells like Trumper's Limes to me. But others disagree. Give it a whiff next time you're in the supermarket that should be...
by EL Alamein
Thu Oct 12, 2006 6:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Shaving supplies in Philly
Replies: 6
Views: 860

Blackcat cigar shop at 1518 Sansom St, Center City. They have Taylor's stuff. Nordstroms in the King of Prussia Mall has T&H and Art of Shaving. That's about all I've found. Hope that helps.

Chris
by EL Alamein
Wed Oct 11, 2006 3:54 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: SMF and B&B
Replies: 55
Views: 8507

Some of the things I like is signing with our first names . . . It is a neat tradition in some ways. I have respected it since I joined but some of you know me as EL from Yahoo StraightRazorPlace. I actually prefer to sign my posts that way because that is what everyone calls me, no one calls me Ch...
by EL Alamein
Tue Oct 10, 2006 8:17 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: SMF and B&B
Replies: 55
Views: 8507

Though I was not a member here at the time it was interesting to watch from afar over at yahoo straightrazorplace of which I have been a member for years. The aformentioned person tried to perform something similar there at one time too but was quickly put down. It was like watching it happen all ov...
by EL Alamein
Tue Oct 10, 2006 8:05 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: What are your must own Colognes?
Replies: 28
Views: 7013

Glad I could be of help, Gordon. You know, when I read the note on basenotes.com I was very curious as to whether it changed or not. Finding the stuff at the BHP was really helpful. Their confirmation that it is the original stuff was also good for making the comparison. Once I recieved the little b...
by EL Alamein
Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:42 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: What are your must own Colognes?
Replies: 28
Views: 7013

Chris, So, you have some of the Atkinson's Royal Briar also, eh? I wondered if anyone else here was familiar with it. I don't wear it often, but it is around. I've heard that the original stuff, when Atkinsons were still an independent perfumer in London, was really something. Regards, Gordon Gordo...
by EL Alamein
Mon Oct 09, 2006 7:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ingrowns, pluck or free-up
Replies: 13
Views: 1840

I've been fortunate enough to never have had one on my face but I did have one on my leg once as I recall. I plucked it and would pluck any future ingrowns for the shear satisfaction of it. For some reason it feels very good to pluck them. I think it's partially due to the thought that once the hair...
by EL Alamein
Mon Oct 09, 2006 7:47 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: What are your must own Colognes?
Replies: 28
Views: 7013

Here are my all time favorites: Atkinson's Royal Briar Atkinson's English Lavender Penhaligon's English Fern or Trumper's Wild Fern Penhaligon's Douro Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet Trumper's Spanish Leather Trumper's Eucris Trumper's Astor Trumper's Curzon Trumper's Extract of West Indian Limes Crow...
by EL Alamein
Thu Oct 05, 2006 9:09 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Is Taylors carried by any department stores?
Replies: 15
Views: 1969

Chris, Ah, hiding the bottles from the wife now, are we? Tusk, tusk, typical addict behavior. SCAD etc. is serious business, no doubt about it ( chuckle ). Interestingly, the one bottle of Mr. Sidneys that I had, came from Black Cat Cigar. It's nice to hear from a member who's actually been to thei...
by EL Alamein
Thu Oct 05, 2006 7:19 pm
Forum: Skin Care & Hair Care
Topic: Taylor's "Hair Wax For Gentlemen"
Replies: 4
Views: 1551

I tried this stuff a year or two back and did not care for it at all. It took forever to wash out and never really held my hair the way I like. I went pack to my Suave Groom & Clean.

Chris