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by FiReSTaRT
Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:50 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Time taken to maintain a straight + DOVO razor Q
Replies: 5
Views: 1152

Stropping -- Under 2min.. Something to do while waiting for the lather to do its magic. Shaving -- Comparable to DE Cleanup -- Under a minute (a quick wipedown with alcohol and with a dry kleenex) Touchups -- Every 5-10 shaves, 5 strokes on your pasted paddle or finishing hone should keep it going f...
by FiReSTaRT
Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:48 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: $100 (US) to spend on a straight on the web - best deals?
Replies: 2
Views: 779

I'll second the suggestion to go to Tony Miller. He has the best deals to get you started and his strops are ultra-cheap considering the size and manufacturing quality.
by FiReSTaRT
Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:47 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: straight razor blade quality + hidden costs?
Replies: 14
Views: 2253

I didn't get good results from barber hones (even though some people did), but as long as the Norton is lapped flat and you do a proper x-pattern stroke, you'll eventually get it there. As for finishing/touching up, 5 strokes on the chromium oxide every 5-10 shaves is all it takes. To me that's much...
by FiReSTaRT
Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:44 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Straight razor versus safety razor
Replies: 9
Views: 1655

I don't think a fraction of a second will make a difference, I still prefer the feel of a straight shave. That's probably a function of final finish on the blade as opposed to lather-pushing.
by FiReSTaRT
Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:42 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Spyderco "fine" and "ultrafine" hones
Replies: 9
Views: 1817

That forum is run by Robert Williams, a highly reputable knife/razor maker. A while ago he told me that he gets the best edges when he finishes the blade with the UF.
by FiReSTaRT
Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:39 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Hone/whetsone question
Replies: 8
Views: 1139

I'll second the suggestion to use the Norton 4k/8k to get the blade shave-ready. Chances are it'll even be finer than the barber hone. Once you get it there and want to put some extra polish on the edge to make it smoother and gentler on the skin with the same level of performance, either get a real...
by FiReSTaRT
Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:36 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Straight Razor Shaving Guide
Replies: 54
Views: 79694

That'll make the guide truly Canadian :D
by FiReSTaRT
Sat Aug 04, 2007 6:29 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: First Striaght Bought on a whim
Replies: 6
Views: 1494

Filly 12 is one of the top performers in my greatly reduced rotation.
by FiReSTaRT
Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:27 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: TGQ Leatherneck Soap Amateur Review + Soap vs Cream
Replies: 3
Views: 687

You got a great soap for starters.. It's my favourite scent from her lineup (and I have 4 of them in my rotation with a few spare cakes). Even though Colleen's soaps don't lather like some other high-end ones that I've come across, I concur with the observation that it stays moist throughout the pas...
by FiReSTaRT
Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:08 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: straight razor strop frequency question
Replies: 7
Views: 1247

Once you get the hang of stropping, it'll take you under 2min for 30 strokes... As I mentioned in some other threads, the minimum amount of time for the lather to do its work.
by FiReSTaRT
Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:05 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: straight shaving, what do I need?
Replies: 16
Views: 2136

Life ain't interesting without complications... Once you set up your regular rotation of razors and gear, it'll become easy and hassle free. Touching up my blades takes less time than replacing a dull DE blade. Stropping gives me something to do while waiting for the lather to do its work. There's o...
by FiReSTaRT
Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:02 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Review: VHD -- deluxe Shave Soap
Replies: 3
Views: 1038

I wouldn't know.. I ride a Yamaha 8)
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by FiReSTaRT
Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:55 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Review: VHD -- deluxe Shave Soap
Replies: 3
Views: 1038

Review: VHD -- deluxe Shave Soap

I was doing some shopping in downtown Toronto and came across this piece by Van Der Hagen Enterprises (Liberty Hill, TX)... -It came in a green and white cardboard box on the outside and on the inside, it had a thin transparent plastic case that can be used as a travelling shaving bowl. A nice touch...
by FiReSTaRT
Tue Jul 03, 2007 10:33 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Unscented brushless
Replies: 7
Views: 1467

Thank you gentlemen. I already have the Proraso pre/after shave cream. Where can I get my hands on the KMF stuff? Aveeno is probably easy to get @ WM.
by FiReSTaRT
Sat Jun 30, 2007 5:36 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: You gents are NOT going to BELIEVE this
Replies: 14
Views: 2959

I've heard good things about Indian+legitimately-made blades. Their steel industry was built by the Russians. I'm still waiting for the Derby to let up (which is hard as I only use a DE once in a blue moon). As for this black market crap... It's not worth the rupees it's melted out of.
by FiReSTaRT
Sat Jun 30, 2007 5:25 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Unscented brushless
Replies: 7
Views: 1467

Unscented brushless

I will be going out to the boonies for a couple of weeks and will be bringing minimum gear. I'll be eaten by black flies if I use a scented soap, so I was wondering if you guys know of any good brushless creams that would be available in Canada... Does Lush have an unscented version of Ambrosia (ass...
by FiReSTaRT
Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:44 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Super Max Blades
Replies: 11
Views: 2603

I bought a pack at the local dollar store for $1. I'll have to test them but there's still some life left in the Derby that's residing in the Tech. I almost never shave with a DE. Maybe I should go for another DE shave tonight. If it starts pulling, I'll try the SuperMax next.
by FiReSTaRT
Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:00 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: gonna take the straight razor plunge
Replies: 12
Views: 2071

You may want to check out www.thewellshavedgentleman.com. Tony Miller sells great starter kits and is one of the most helpful vendors out there.
by FiReSTaRT
Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:58 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Straight Razor Vs. DE Razor Shaving
Replies: 32
Views: 5362

Using a straight is a completely different ritual. It gives you two doses of satisfaction....
1) For your shaving technique
2) For how you maintain your blade
It's more challenging, but more than worth the effort.
by FiReSTaRT
Sun May 27, 2007 10:52 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Straight Razor Scales
Replies: 14
Views: 2987

I have one of those, waiting to be scaled and sent to my stepbro for honing practice. Yours is in pristine condition. Mine doesn't have model markings and it's stiffer than your typical Solingen biconcaves even though it is a biconcave grind. 6/8 round point with 3-pin scales. I also have a small 4/...