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by drmoss_ca
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Playing with paddle strops again
Replies: 20
Views: 1211

Re: Playing with paddle strops again

The black velvety suede side ('Cote Pate' is now marked on the handle) is magic, both for plain stropping or for holding just the right amount of paste (which is very little). They have recently changed the leather on the other side from a brown suede to a more coarse surface which isn't as useful a...
by drmoss_ca
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Cannibidiol CBD - what's up with this stuff?
Replies: 26
Views: 2586

Re: Cannibidiol CBD - what's up with this stuff?

Read the science for yourself. It's plain that there's a hundred claims made for medical marijuana for every one that has some truth. Many of them boil down to it being nicer to have a symptom and be high, than it is to have the symptom and not be high. In less than two weeks every adult in Canada w...
by drmoss_ca
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Playing with paddle strops again
Replies: 20
Views: 1211

Re: Playing with paddle strops again

In the last few days I have tuned up ten Livi stainless damascus (all bluetongue pattern since I like it) and eight Zowada damascus razors. I have done this knowing these razors had already been honed, some of them used a few times, so this isn't any kind of guide to honing from scratch. All had the...
by drmoss_ca
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Sweet Almond Oil and Safari
Replies: 2
Views: 353

Re: Sweet Almond Oil and Safari

The first step is to admit you have a problem......


I can admit that. My problem is not enough soap!
by drmoss_ca
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Playing with paddle strops again
Replies: 20
Views: 1211

Re: Playing with paddle strops again

It might be that the Dovo/Herold green paste is larger in particle size than some other chrome pastes. Many green pastes say they are 0.5micron size, and TI Cromox red paste is claimed to be sub-micron as well, whilst Herold's red is 2-4 micron, yet finer than their green. All we can do is test them...
by drmoss_ca
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Playing with paddle strops again
Replies: 20
Views: 1211

Re: Playing with paddle strops again

Isn't red paste to be smaller particles than the green? I can't remember what Dovo used to say about it, and I think they only have the yellow strop treatment in their catalogue these days. But they were re-selling Herold pastes and on this page they are definite that the red is finer than the green...
by drmoss_ca
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Playing with paddle strops again
Replies: 20
Views: 1211

Re: Playing with paddle strops again

I'm not sure why, but this morning I started thinking about red paste. I've bought two or three of those little tubes sold by Dovo, and one of the sets of foil wrapped red and black paste sticks, but haven't touched them for many years. They were part of my initial scramble to find the magic bullet ...
by drmoss_ca
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Playing with paddle strops again
Replies: 20
Views: 1211

Re: Playing with paddle strops again

I hadn't seen that one before - looks like the Rolls Royce of paddle strops. I think there's probably no advantage to paddles or hanging strops, other than the convenience of a paddle when travelling. Both can give exquisite results and those come, as usual, with familiarity with your tools. I am su...
by drmoss_ca
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Playing with paddle strops again
Replies: 20
Views: 1211

Re: Playing with paddle strops again

My memory did manage to dig out the fact that in the Drawers of Shame I have a couple of empty Taylors soap stick containers, so I warmed and softened a couple of sticks of my homemade soap and now have two shaving sticks of Mk.III soap. I think I'd better go and try one of them out... (Later)...it ...
by drmoss_ca
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Playing with paddle strops again
Replies: 20
Views: 1211

Re: Playing with paddle strops again

Yes, I could do that, but it seems a shame just to carry on as if at home. The trips tend to be 3-5 days long. Once a month Pippa works in Sydney, Cape Breton for a couple of days, and there's usually some conferences and meetings, so when the weather is nice it's an excuse to take her in the Miata....
by drmoss_ca
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Playing with paddle strops again
Replies: 20
Views: 1211

Playing with paddle strops again

I don't know how many strops I have - wait a moment, of course I know - too many! But lately I have been enjoying daily old-fashioned straight shaves (one pass downwards with a soap stick, then going horizontally across the cheeks and chin alone with just water) and it all seems simple enough to tak...
by drmoss_ca
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Cooking & Recipes
Topic: Probably not the healthiest, but good
Replies: 9
Views: 1220

Re: Probably not the healthiest, but good

http://drmoss.ca/Web%20Images/breadandbutterpudding.jpg Bread and Butter pudding http://drmoss.ca/Web%20Images/breadpudding.JPG Bread Pudding http://drmoss.ca/Web%20Images/NelsonSlice.jpg As they point out, a dry form of bread pudding is the Nelson Slice, a concoction still served as a dessert with...
by drmoss_ca
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Cooking & Recipes
Topic: Probably not the healthiest, but good
Replies: 9
Views: 1220

Re: Probably not the healthiest, but good

I believe your 'sweet gravy' is known in the UK as 'instant custard'. All I ever knew for custard when young, it came from the Birds Co in a tub and required mixing with milk and careful slow warming. I was fascinated with it as the cornflour in it made it non-Newtonian as you stirred; runny if pour...
by drmoss_ca
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Do I need a boar brush?
Replies: 11
Views: 1251

Re: Do I need a boar brush?

I have all sorts of Somerset Simpsons and other brushes I once found delightful. These days, though, an Omega boar is just what I look forward to with each shave. Silly, really, but there you are.
by drmoss_ca
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Selling & Trading
Topic: Found: Creed Royal Oud
Replies: 2
Views: 467

Re: Found: Creed Royal Oud

I'll be very interested to hear what you make of it. Oud(h) is strong stuff, and not very distant from the distinctive animalic scent that Creed feels belongs in everything. It might be better than ever, or just more Creed-ish than ever.
by drmoss_ca
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Any thoughts on the use of shaving oils with a DE razor
Replies: 5
Views: 709

Re: Any thoughts on the use of shaving oils with a DE razor

I'm generally not impressed with oils used alone for shaving. I admit, that if you soften your beard with a detergent or soap and lots of hot water, you can then shave with some oil. It might even make a minimal volume solution for those travelling very light and staying in hotels where a bottle of ...
by drmoss_ca
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Vintage Hammam - first impression
Replies: 23
Views: 1929

Re: Vintage Hammam - first impression

Ive been lucky enough to snag a vintage bottle of this stuff, a 100ml splash bottle with two royal appointments and not the one with only one (an earlier version I think). I do not have the most advanced nose but I thought it smelled rather similar to TOBS 74 Original, which maybe isn't that weird ...
by drmoss_ca
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Cooking & Recipes
Topic: Here, fishy, fishy....
Replies: 5
Views: 694

Here, fishy, fishy....

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A smoked salmon, onion and potato pie. Sadly, my attempt at a fish is more like a whale!
by drmoss_ca
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Old Video
Replies: 7
Views: 1765

Re: Old Video

Curiously, I have this week been playing with the very first pair of razors I bought - Dovo faux-damascus stainless steel 5/8 with Micarta scales. I knew no better, and soon discovered they had relatively heavy scales so they were a bit awkward for a beginner, and the stainless blades were well bey...
by drmoss_ca
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Back to the Hart razors
Replies: 9
Views: 2169

Re: Back to the Hart razors

I did get an e-mail from Tim offering a damascus blade instead of the tool steel I had requested. Thing is, I have eight Zowada damascus blades and there's little point in adding a ninth. So I stuck to my guns and replied that the tool steel (O1) is what I want, and repeated the offer of an 'out' in...