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Postby bernards66 » Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:17 pm

No, Michael, you may not have your doctorate yet. That is contingent on those Bic DE blades being sent me from Greece, as well as more prompt responses to my PMs.....harumph!

You are a 'newbie' until you have logged at least 250 more or less cogent posts. Why? Because I said so....and I am the Dean and Provost of this joint ( brushing off his hands briskly, and straightening his 'old school' SMF neck tie ).

Seriously, it's great to see this section being so utilized so quickly, and great to see so many more experianced members taking part and lending a hand. Creating this new forum was Johnnie's brain child, and it is an excellent idea, I think. There are plans to expand it's usefulness, reference themes to material in our archives, and to photos as well. Here's to the success of SMFU ( and all you students, both undergrad and advanced...I'm keeping an eye on you...so, no nonsense...I'd hate to have to call in Dr. Moss in his role as Sergeant-at-Arms ).
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Postby rustyblade » Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:27 pm

Gordon is right, Chris Moss enjoys using the strap.

I'm still having trouble sitting down comfortably after my newbie moderator hazing.

I won't even tell you what Ravi did...
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Postby bernards66 » Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:35 pm

Richard, No! For God's sake, DON'T tell the rank and file what Ravi did! What happens in the Star Chamber needs to stay there!
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Postby Sam » Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:11 am

Dean, Richard is treading on thin ground, isn't he? May I have three more lashes myself? LOL

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Re: Welcome to SMFU, Q's about hones.

Postby mkelly » Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:19 pm

Hey Guys,

I'm a new member here. I've recently bought a Novo Bismarck straight razor. Buying a straight has been an ambition for quite some time. In my ignorance I tried to shave with the new "shave ready" razor first time which was a painful experience. So I need to buy a hone. I see lots of opinions on the web as to the best hone to buy. So what I'm asking is what is the most practical hone for a beginner with a new razor to buy? I have a strop with a tube of yellow paste, which I'm still ignorant about. Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.

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The new guy.
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Re: Welcome to SMFU

Postby CMur12 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:51 pm

Welcome to SMF, mkelly!

I'm not a straight razor user, so I can't offer you any advice, but I welcome you to our little community.

We don't really have a forum for introductions at SMF, so others might not find you here. I would either post this introduction and question in the main body of the SMF University forum or in the Straight Razors forum. In the latter, you will find a lot of straight razor enthusiasm, experience, and knowledgeable answers.

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Re: Welcome to SMFU

Postby Squire » Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:23 pm

Hey mkelly, welcome aboard. Lots to discuss regarding your question but first I suggest you click on the link to our home page (it's at the top of this page) and read "The Art of the Straight Razor Shave, A Basic Guide" written by our own Dr. Chris Moss in his inimitable style. Them step into our Straight Razor sub forum and ask away.
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Re: Welcome to SMFU, Q's about hones.

Postby brothers » Sun Jul 19, 2015 12:01 pm

mkelly wrote:Hey Guys,

I'm a new member here. I've recently bought a Novo Bismarck straight razor. Buying a straight has been an ambition for quite some time. In my ignorance I tried to shave with the new "shave ready" razor first time which was a painful experience. So I need to buy a hone. I see lots of opinions on the web as to the best hone to buy. So what I'm asking is what is the most practical hone for a beginner with a new razor to buy? I have a strop with a tube of yellow paste, which I'm still ignorant about. Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

The new guy.


Hi, and welcome to SMF. The best decision I made when I got into straight razors 6 years ago was to get the Norton straight razor starter kit. I got mine from Peachtree Woodworking Supply. Here's a link http://www.ptreeusa.com/norton_waterstone.htm

It comes with an instructive DVD and the basic stones and flattening stone. This will easily get you into honing your own razors. A great many guys buy this to get started. Check it out! Good luck with your straight razor career. I look forward to seeing your posts as you begin to maintain and use your razors.
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