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by Bill_K
Mon Jan 08, 2024 11:16 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Tabac After Shave and Eau De Toilette
Replies: 30
Views: 6489

Re: Tabac After Shave and Eau De Toilette

I have fond memories of the scent of my Opa’s (grandfather’s) Tabac AS. It’s one of the reasons I still use it and the soap; performance and scent being the other two.
by Bill_K
Wed Mar 02, 2022 10:17 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: The end of Tabac original formulation
Replies: 26
Views: 6207

Re: The end of Tabac original formulation

fallingwickets wrote: Sun Feb 27, 2022 7:48 am
I packed all of them into a vacuum bag
soap goes off / gets stale?

clive
I don’t know - it just seemed like a good idea at the time.
by Bill_K
Sat Feb 26, 2022 9:05 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: The end of Tabac original formulation
Replies: 26
Views: 6207

Re: The end of Tabac original formulation

I picked up three tallow-based refill pucks shortly after this New Year. I packed all of them into a vacuum bag. With my current puck (mostly new) I should be good for 8-10 years.

Can’t remember if I went through Fendrihan’s or Top of the Chain.

* original post edited for speling error
by Bill_K
Wed Jan 05, 2022 6:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Barber Shop Shave - Your Expectations?
Replies: 49
Views: 19387

Re: Barber Shop Shave - Your Expectations?

I went to two separate shops here in Central Alberta, each time expecting a brag-worthy hot shave: one was a locally-owned small-town barber shop and the other was a franchise with a name similar to the nickname for the Thompson sub-machine gun. <ahem> In each case I left disappointed and thinking, ...
by Bill_K
Sun Nov 14, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Moon Soaps - 'Old School' and 'Sorrento'
Replies: 0
Views: 3529

Moon Soaps - 'Old School' and 'Sorrento'

Whilst prowling the Interwebs for tallow-based soaps I came across 'Old School' and 'Sorrento' by Moon Soaps. The description for 'Old School' reads: "Before anything was mixed into the pot, we knew what this soap needed to be. Huge amount of tallow, like soap used to be. A deep, rich scent - c...
by Bill_K
Sun Nov 14, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Le Pere Lucien OUD-Santal
Replies: 4
Views: 4677

Re: Le Pere Lucien OUD-Santal

I bought a tin about a month ago and I've enjoyed it immensely. It has a great scent (IMO of course) and provides a good lather if you do face lathering (bowl lathering was 'meh'). The face feel is pretty good as well. At $44CDN per tin it seems expensive, but as it comes in a 7 oz container it's pr...
by Bill_K
Mon Sep 13, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I get it -- just now!
Replies: 5
Views: 5588

Re: I get it -- just now!

Nice choice in Renaissance artists - Caravaggio is one of my favourites, and his mastery of chiaroscuro (“light and dark”) is something I try to incorporate into my photography.
by Bill_K
Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Opus X - the cigar and the perfume
Replies: 2
Views: 5184

Re: Opus X - the cigar and the perfume

Hi Gary! My only experience with the tobacco-and-liquor shaving products is with Henri & Victoria’s lineup. I really enjoyed them but OD’d on them eventually. I think it’s time I bought their cigar and cognac soap and aftershave again; both have a pleasing scent and the soap performed really well.
by Bill_K
Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: re Fine Accoutrements tallow shaving soap
Replies: 19
Views: 9788

Re: re Fine Accoutrements tallow shaving soap

I've ordered two pucks of the "original" (as per the label) Tabac shaving soap. Not a panic purchase, as I was literally scraping the bottom of the bowl this morning.
by Bill_K
Thu Dec 10, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Cooking & Recipes
Topic: Judge Ware
Replies: 8
Views: 5762

Re: Judge Ware

Lodge still makes cast iron cookware, both with and without enamel. I bought one of their Dutch ovens earlier in the year and it's done a superb job handling everything from sourdough bread to baked beans.

(I have no financial interest in Lodge.)
by Bill_K
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Hard Grind - follow up question
Replies: 9
Views: 6597

Re: Hard Grind - follow up question

After two and a half weeks of impatiently waiting for Canada Post to return my Boker Schwarzgold to me, it finally arrived yesterday afternoon. This morning's shave was a real treat; the shaves with this razor have suddenly gone from "pretty decent" to "oh my, what a shave!" Whil...
by Bill_K
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Harris soap reformulation
Replies: 26
Views: 19485

Re: Harris soap reformulation

While I haven't used the new formulation lavender, the sandalwood, Marlborough, Arlington, and almond are all unchanged from their classic scent profiles. I'd expect lavender is the same. I can vouch for the Arlington. Great lather, intoxicating scent, and the accompanying after shave puts the cher...
by Bill_K
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Kanayama Cordovan Strop workshop video
Replies: 6
Views: 6539

Re: Kanayama Cordovan Strop workshop video

...But there is pride in ownership, and the incentive to strop more carefully and thoroughly. I've spent several times the cost of this trio on other strops over the years, and all I've done is to prove, once again, the cheapest thing to do is to buy the best at the outset rather than to get there ...
by Bill_K
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: simpson's have improved
Replies: 27
Views: 16867

Re: simpson's have improved

I bought a Simpsons Beaufort B5 while on vacation last year. I know I paid too much for it, but hey: (a) it was a vacation purchase; and, (b) it's a Simpsons! I found that if I apply too much pressure when loading the brush it'll lose 2 or 3 hairs, but the way it creates lather and the face feel are...
by Bill_K
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Hard Grind - follow up question
Replies: 9
Views: 6597

Re: Hard Grind - follow up question

I am ever so grateful for your efforts - thank you. I'm eager to have the razor back home to give it a whirl and then I'll provide an update. For those curious to see what it looks like, here's a link to the Boker site: https://www.boker.de/en/schwarzgold-140612 In the associated video you'll see th...
by Bill_K
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: What Did You Hone Today?
Replies: 152
Views: 53474

Re: What Did You Hone Today?

I dearly love the fragrance of a good pipe tobacco.

If I make it to 85 I might pick up my pipes again. (At that age I won't have a whole lot to lose.)
by Bill_K
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Hard Grind - follow up question
Replies: 9
Views: 6597

Re: Hard Grind - follow up question

Update: Dr. Moss has identified two issues: The edge was quite ragged because the spine was initially taped for honing and when that practice ceased, the trailing edge of the first bevel - not the edge itself - was being honed. Uneven and excessive pressure on the blade during honing caused the ragg...
by Bill_K
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Hard Grind - follow up question
Replies: 9
Views: 6597

Re: Hard Grind - follow up question

FYI: Before I read this I replied to Dr Moss in a new PM that I didn't want the spine taped; it's a working razor, not a show piece.
by Bill_K
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Hard Grind - follow up question
Replies: 9
Views: 6597

Re: Hard Grind - follow up question

Thank you! I've sent it via Canada Post this (Monday) morning; it should arrive at your door by the end of the week. Let me know what you discover (e.g. is the bevel set correctly) and what you did to hone it (what type of stones and grit, and number of passes). Please share what you find with the g...
by Bill_K
Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Hard Grind - follow up question
Replies: 9
Views: 6597

Hard Grind - follow up question

I have a follow-on question to Dr. Moss' post about honing, but first I'll provide a little background: I retired at the end of April this year, so now I've got lots of time in the morning to use a straight razor 5 or 6 days of the week. My first two SRs, a Genco and a Torrey, hone easily and provid...