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by EL Alamein
Sat May 25, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Starting over with an open blade
Replies: 49
Views: 2759

Re: Starting over with an open blade

Congratulations on the job! I share your joy as I just landed a new assignment myself on Thursday. I start Tuesday next week. I am very interested to hear of your progress with the straight. It seems you have it mapped out before you begin the new role. It seems like you have a "no alternative" plan...
by EL Alamein
Sat May 25, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Ern 1166
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: Ern 1166

Neat blade but looks like a full hollow to me. I expect the metal to be meatier in the middle were it not but would have to put my hands on it to really confirm.

Either way, use it in good health. Every Ern I've honed for customers has taken a great edge. Hope you're does too.

Chris
by EL Alamein
Fri May 24, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Starting over with an open blade
Replies: 49
Views: 2759

Re: Starting over with an open blade

Progress made! Excellent and keep going.

Hope the job interview went well.

Chris
by EL Alamein
Fri May 17, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: ShutterBug Shaver
Topic: A Strange Event
Replies: 6
Views: 876

Re: A Strange Event

Truth is stranger than fiction.

I will say this: it's a lovely photograph and I think it would look excellent framed and hung in a living room.

Chris
by EL Alamein
Tue May 14, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How's Everybody Doing?
Replies: 10
Views: 906

Re: How's Everybody Doing?

Jim, good to see you again.

Doing good here. Still using my most favored setup most the time.

It maybe quieter here than on other forums but we provide value like no other.

Chris
by EL Alamein
Sat May 11, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Starting over with an open blade
Replies: 49
Views: 2759

Re: Starting over with an open blade

Tim, if you get a good wedge then it will be excellent IMHO. Hope you do so. I believe the good Doctor has mentioned a few times that TI's perform like wedges because they are so stiff even if they are full hollows. I think this is why I prefer TI's. My TI's are all old forges though, supposedly fro...
by EL Alamein
Fri May 10, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Starting over with an open blade
Replies: 49
Views: 2759

Re: Starting over with an open blade

Tim, sounds like a good setup. A wedge and a Genco are excellent (given the wedge is of good steel, and I've honed many of them that were not so beware). Every Genco I've honed for customers honed up excellently so hopefully your's will as well. I know you have the strop coming so get familiar with ...
by EL Alamein
Wed May 08, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Starting over with an open blade
Replies: 49
Views: 2759

Re: Starting over with an open blade

Tim, good luck, we are here for you.

Chris
by EL Alamein
Mon May 06, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Fountain Pens
Replies: 21
Views: 1153

Re: Fountain Pens

I am officially done collecting fountain pens now that I have found my holy grail. My grandfather carried a tan colored Parker 51 on 27 missions in a B-29 bomber in WWII. He carried it until he died, and I have it safely stored away because I am afraid of losing it. Well, I found the same pen, neve...
by EL Alamein
Sat May 04, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Green Masters' Jacket procedure
Replies: 4
Views: 675

Re: Green Masters' Jacket procedure

I never knew that but I'm not a sports fan.

It makes sense though - once you're in, you're in.

Chris
by EL Alamein
Thu May 02, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Fountain Pens
Replies: 21
Views: 1153

Re: Fountain Pens

Wendell, good on you and I am happy that you have found joy in this. I am glad that you have found a way to use them successfully as a lefty. I have loved fountain pens since my days in High School. I went to a private Catholic Prep School for boys and got my first fountain pen from the trunk of a d...
by EL Alamein
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is Hard Water an Issue for You?
Replies: 12
Views: 1192

Re: Is Hard Water an Issue for You?

We have hard water here, how hard I don't really know, but I know it is. How I know is because we have relatives that have a softener and when we would visit I merely had to present the wet brush to the soap and it lathered like crazy and the resulting lather was as slick as goose snot. I've tried d...
by EL Alamein
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Shopping
Topic: NEW: Martin de Candre Shaving Soap in Wooden Bowl
Replies: 16
Views: 1090

Re: NEW: Martin de Candre Shaving Soap in Wooden Bowl

The sample I have of Martin de Candre from years ago indicated that it is a very good soap. It reminds me a lot of the old traditional soaps before reformulation. As I paid nowhere near the conversion price for my Taylor's than this bowl loaded MdC soap I don't think the MdC is worth the price. The ...
by EL Alamein
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Home Roasting Coffee Beans
Replies: 19
Views: 2699

Re: Home Roasting Coffee Beans

Off topic, slightly: This thread reminds me of my childhood in a way. My parents had a hand crank coffee grinder that sat on our coffee table in the living room. It was a decoration of sorts, never used. I dimly recall my mother telling me as a very young boy that the iron in the mechanism was prese...
by EL Alamein
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible
Replies: 19
Views: 3215

Re: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible

What I thought was really confusing is the gunk that built up on the edge. There's no mineral oil or the like mentioned in the ingredients so far as I can ascertain. The only other cake I had this issue with was the Culmak (recently tried after many years languishing). But it's got Paraffinum liquid...
by EL Alamein
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible
Replies: 19
Views: 3215

Williams Mug Shaving Soap is still horrible

Picked up a cake of Williams shaving soap for 99 cents today just to test some claims made elsewhere that it really does perform very well (hence it might be implying a change in formulation, or getting the current formulation right as the ingredients list suggest it should be a good performer). Nah...
by EL Alamein
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Checking out some Taylor's soap and creams
Replies: 19
Views: 2788

Re: Checking out some Taylor's soap and creams

As a distant reference point: Yesterday I shaved with Taylor's Sandalwood cream. It's got to be at least fifteen years old. The cream was mostly gone maybe an eighth of a tub left. It was somewhat dried out but it gave an exceptional shave and the scent was wonderful and very intoxicating. Since it ...
by EL Alamein
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: ShutterBug Shaver
Topic: Summer finch meets winter finch
Replies: 4
Views: 1381

Re: Summer finch meets winter finch

Clive, yes, a beautiful time. I love Spring except for the bugs, they can go to hell for all I care.

Chris
by EL Alamein
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Interesting "Clubman" bottle
Replies: 1
Views: 1792

Re: Interesting "Clubman" bottle

Looks like a bottle that one might expect from the 70's.

Classic was out in those days but who knows.

Chris
by EL Alamein
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: ShutterBug Shaver
Topic: Summer finch meets winter finch
Replies: 4
Views: 1381

Re: Summer finch meets winter finch

Caption: You're done your money is on the dresser, get out (supposedly a Sinatra quote).

Chris