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by drmoss_ca
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Zowada Time
Replies: 2
Views: 513

Zowada Time

I'm lucky enough to have eight TZ damascus razors, one from his early days and seven from the era when Tim had got into his stride. These, along with all the others on the Wall of Shame, have returned home now my office has been sold. My nicest razors have ended up in two display cases on my bedroom...
by drmoss_ca
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Taking a break from really sharp blades
Replies: 16
Views: 1120

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. Having said that, in my DE days my favourite blade was the ...
by drmoss_ca
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: New synthetic brush upgrade project
Replies: 10
Views: 1516

Re: New synthetic brush upgrade project

That's a nice looker, Gary.
by drmoss_ca
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Titanic
Replies: 20
Views: 1451

Re: Titanic

In 1981, during my first trip to Halifax, I visited the Titanic exhibit in the Museum of the Atlantic. The wreck hadn't been discovered in those days, and it was mostly floating debris that had been picked up - deckchairs (definitely re-arranged!) etc. Then to the sad graveyard, ingloriously tucked ...
by drmoss_ca
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 1213

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: ...
by drmoss_ca
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 1213

Re: Stropping questions from a straight razor newbie

If that is your only strop, Bill, I wouldn't put paste on it at all. A razor should not meet a pasted strop every day, and to have a strop that will discolour whatever it touches when you pack it for travel isn't fun. Ideally, you want a second strop for a touch up paste, and you use it only when yo...
by drmoss_ca
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Playing with paddle strops again
Replies: 20
Views: 1787

Re: Playing with paddle strops again

Ask away - we love to share! :D
by drmoss_ca
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Forum Feedback
Topic: Hypothetically, what would happen if I click on "delete all board cookies"?
Replies: 7
Views: 1414

Re: Hypothetically, what would happen if I click on "delete all board cookies"?

The stupid thing about the Globe and Mail is that I tried quite hard to get a subscription to the physical paper, but they didn't deliver it in rural Nova Scotia, and now for the last year, they don't print a copy for sale in the whole of eastern Canada at all. Once they stopped, our other 'national...
by drmoss_ca
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Forum Feedback
Topic: Hypothetically, what would happen if I click on "delete all board cookies"?
Replies: 7
Views: 1414

Re: Hypothetically, what would happen if I click on "delete all board cookies"?

If it works the same way deleting all smf cookies in your browser preferences does, you would lose your saved log-in, and have to re-enter username and password. All posts and threads would appear unread, and any notifications of follow-up posts would be cancelled. Nothing terrible, in other words. ...
by drmoss_ca
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Playing with paddle strops again
Replies: 20
Views: 1787

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: 3219

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: 1787

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: 573

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: 1787

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: 1787

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: 1787

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: 1787

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: 1787

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: 1787

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: 1787

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...