SE expert an SMF treasure

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About a decade ago one of SMF's finest - D.Irving79 - posted a link to his YouTube channel. Dave Irving is no longer with us, but it seems he left behind some invaluable expertise along with his outstanding personality on video. Dave and Pauldog and many others have posted some meaningful exchanges of information in the SMF archives from ten years ago - more or less - primarily focused on Single Edge blades and razors. I am attaching a link for the YouTube channel. Dave's old shaving forum (The Original Safety) is no longer available.

https://www.youtube.com/user/GemCutlery
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I think it's called the The Original Safety Too (aka TOST) now and under new management, and the old forums posts are still available.
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I knew TOST exists, but wasn't aware that it contains Dave's original stuff. That's great! A few years ago I bought an old gold plated English SE razor called "The Yankee". I was browsing around one day and it turned out that TOST contains a thread and some pictures of what was to become my own specific Yankee and a posted conversation between a former owner and another guy about the razor.
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I remember Dave and his forum. I recall PMing him some suggestions on his use of Early Modern English and getting a good-natured response from him. :D

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Nobody thought back then that there would be a new single edge razor made, let alone several.

Gary, your mention of Dave is ambiguous - is he still alive?

(By the way, another one of my favorites, Themba, has been gone a long time, but I assume he's all right, just not posting anything.)
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an inquiry a few years ago makes me believe that he was ill and passed away. A good dude, to me anyway

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fallingwickets wrote: Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:07 am an inquiry a few years ago makes me believe that he was ill and passed away. A good dude, to me anyway

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That is unfortunate. I watched one or two of his videos a long time ago - they were good. Plus, he really loved his Gem razors! I wonder what he would have thought of the modern day General, or as mentioned earlier, any of the other SE's out today?
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Dave inspired me to try SE razor, and now they are part of my shaving routine. I use GEM 1912 and MMOC very often :wink:
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Besides Dave and Themba, we're also missing Phin, an injector razor specialist. All of them shared my love for the thicker blades, so I miss their shared interest in using alternatives to DE blades. My other minority interest is in slant razors, and I don't know if there's anyone here who specializes in them.
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Paul, which slants are you currently using in your rotation? Have you had an opportunity to check out the currently available slant head that is sold by Italian Barber? I think he calls it 37 German because it is a clone of the old original 1937 German Bakelite slant razor.
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I bought a bunch of heads from Razorock/Italian Barber, including the 37 slant. I've only used it once so far.

Lately, for slants I've mainly been using and liking the Maggard and the Phoenix Alpha Ecliptic. The Phoenix open comb slant has been a little too aggressive so far with the blades I've tried (such as the Personna med preps), so I'm going to try other blades with it, like the Derby and old Wilkinsons.

After a while I'll try the German 37 and the Merkur slants some more.
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fallingwickets wrote: Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:07 am an inquiry a few years ago makes me believe that he was ill and passed away. A good dude, to me anyway

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I have to laugh at whoever said that...haha. I’m still alive...I think. Had a divorce. Had to get my house in order. Just kinda got sucked into the daily grind after that. Everyone’s words in this post have really put a smile on my face, thank you. Aside from working a lot I’m very much back.
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ShadowsDad wrote: Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:05 pm I think it's called the The Original Safety Too (aka TOST) now and under new management, and the old forums posts are still available.
Fuzzy took over the site completely after I went on hiatus :)
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YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

welcome back...you have been missed. FU, ex's :D :D :D :D :D

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fallingwickets wrote: Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:31 am YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

welcome back...you have been missed. FU, ex's :D :D :D :D :D

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You are too kind my friend. I have missed all of you; very happy to be back :D

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fallingwickets wrote: Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:07 am an inquiry a few years ago makes me believe that he was ill and passed away. A good dude, to me anyway

clive
Yes, a good guy. David, maybe you can start a thread on SMF to resurrect the heart and soul of "The Original Safety"! It might be a way to start back where you left off when the old TOS was taken down. Just a thought, might not be practical or possible.
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brothers wrote: Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:28 pm
fallingwickets wrote: Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:07 am an inquiry a few years ago makes me believe that he was ill and passed away. A good dude, to me anyway

clive
Yes, a good guy. David, maybe you can start a thread on SMF to resurrect the heart and soul of "The Original Safety"! It might be a way to start back where you left off when the old TOS was taken down. Just a thought, might not be practical or possible.
Why thank you, much appreciated.

As it stands Calvin kinda took things over upon my hiatus so that’s his baby now.

I will definitely be blogging at some point soon. And if I can motivate actually printing the book I wrote 10 years ago.... hahaha
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DIRVING79 wrote: Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:18 pm . . . . that’s his baby now.

I will definitely be blogging at some point soon. And if I can motivate actually printing the book I wrote 10 years ago.... hahaha
What I had in mind was calling it anything SE related that the enthusiasts can habitually use within SMF to discuss and show off their razors, etc., thus the heart and soul that you represent when it comes to the old or not so old SE razors. Not anything to compete with or infringe upon his baby!
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brothers wrote: Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:46 pm
DIRVING79 wrote: Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:18 pm . . . . that’s his baby now.

I will definitely be blogging at some point soon. And if I can motivate actually printing the book I wrote 10 years ago.... hahaha
What I had in mind was calling it anything SE related that the enthusiasts can habitually use within SMF to discuss and show off their razors, etc., thus the heart and soul that you represent when it comes to the old or not so old SE razors. Not anything to compete with or infringe upon his baby!
I like this idea a lot =D>
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