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SE expert an SMF treasure

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:46 am
by brothers
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

Re: SE expert an SMF treasure

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:05 pm
by ShadowsDad
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.

Re: SE expert an SMF treasure

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:22 pm
by brothers
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.

Re: SE expert an SMF treasure

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:34 pm
by CMur12
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

- Murray

Re: SE expert an SMF treasure

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:54 pm
by Pauldog
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.)

Re: SE expert an SMF treasure

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

clive

Re: SE expert an SMF treasure

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:41 am
by Gene
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
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?

Re: SE expert an SMF treasure

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:01 pm
by Z-2
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:

Re: SE expert an SMF treasure

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:10 am
by Pauldog
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.

Re: SE expert an SMF treasure

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:10 pm
by brothers
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.

Re: SE expert an SMF treasure

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:40 am
by Pauldog
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.