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  Schick F
Posted by: Wchnu - 11-08-2020, 06:40 AM - Forum: Schick Injectors - Replies (4)

Had a great shave today with the wonderful Schick F. I do not keep it shined up but it still rocks!!
Also going to include the video. The brush is really breaking in good. 



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  Barnum, Boston, Dandy & The Langsdorf
Posted by: Flintstone - 11-04-2020, 04:45 PM - Forum: Other SE brands. - Replies (3)

These 4 razors:  The Barnum, The Boston, The Dandy, and the Langsdorf, are all the same razor with different names/brands and sellers. I have The Barnum (I missed out on the Dandy), but pictures of the 4 razors in Waits' Compendium do confirm that the razors appear identical in look and even in their packaging.   Waits does not have a lot of information on dates for these razors, but he does list a patent number which goes back to 1913.  The handle is similar in look to a Mark Cross razor, but it's lighter feeling.

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The blade was somewhat proprietary -- I say somewhat, in that it apparently took a Clarks blade No. 0 (zero).  Clarks produced multiple blade sizes (and shapes) for multiple razors....for example, the Burham took a Clarks No. 1; the No. 4 fit the Autostrop, and the list continues (also a Waits' Compendium reference).   What I discovered is that a GEM modern blade will work if you do the following:

  1. Remove the blade's backing (i.e., spine)
  2. Trim the blade vertically (i.e., trim the width of the blade) -- the blade is too wide by perhaps a millimeter or two (I didn't measure it, I just trimmed until it fit.  Here's the picture of the trimmed blade (note the left side).
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Once the blade is trimmed it slides into a slot in what appears to be a lever on the back end of the blade:
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Then you push the back into place, and the side clips and blade stops keeps the blade from moving side-to-side or back and forth.  It's a very stable hold, and the razor itself is a mild shaver.  I can hear the blade working, but you get very little blade feel.  Part of it to my untrained eye is that it appears that the blade once nestled against the blade stops, it is has a neutral to slightly negative blade exposure.  But I always get in trouble with the more engineering-minded when I try to address blade exposure and gap....it's just not in my wheelhouse.
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As to the shave, it is mild and not overly efficient.  The upside is it's comfortable to use, the downside is I definitely need a 3rd pass (and perhaps a spot touch-up) for my DFS.  If I'm going for a Close-Enough and Comfortable shave, it's a perfectly fine razor.  My net net on this razor is that I like it.  I like the simplicity of design, I like the comfort of the shave, and the blade mod is not overly onerous, although trimming the blade on the vertical axis means you have to cut into the blade's edge, but any residual roughness is "hidden" by the blade stops.  Here a another pic (it's the razor on the right  Big Grin ) -- and this one shows how far back the blade is from the edge (i.e.., comb):

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I seem to recall that someone had posted about the Dandy (or maybe it was the Boston) in Tost2 (or maybe it was Tost)....Tom (twhite) was it you?  Or perhaps others have one of these razors?

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  B&M 2020 Hallows
Posted by: Flintstone - 11-02-2020, 05:26 PM - Forum: Shave Soaps & Creams - No Replies

So I'm not much of a fancy soap guy, but I've thoroughly enjoyed this particular one:  Barrister & Mann's Hallows (2020 version).  I think part of my enjoyment (aside from the excellent performance and scent) is that I spent the entire month of October with this soap.  I typically use a different soap every day...occasionally I use a soap a couple of times in a row, but even that is rare.  So I guess I'm *finally* starting to see the value of keeping a soap (or any kit, for that matter) constant for a significant amount of time. 

All that said, here's what I like about this particular soap:

* Consistency -- it's VERY soft....really more of a cream than a soap.  I typically scoop some out with an 1/8 of a teaspoon, spread it directly on a damp brush, and then apply to my face -- I'm not much of a bowl latherer, and this is how I get around using a bowl for soft soaps.  I should also note that this is their "Soft Heart" base, and it's also the first B&M soap I've tried.

* Performance -- not much to say here, the lather it produces is slick (always essential to me), and yogurty (if that's a word).  This month I was using OC razors, and that included a number of razors that some would consider aggressive; and this soap held up well -- no weepers, irritation or post-shave sensitivity (although those things are more technique driven, I find a good soap can help a bit in mitigating some problems).

* Post-shave -- I'm not a BIG post-shave guy....I like soaps even if they have a dry or tightening effect (I'll just splash on some of my fancy-pants Thayers Witch hazel -- tossed that in for Fuzzy  Tongue ).  But I will confess that it's nice when my face does feel more moisturized than not, especially as the cold weather comes; and this soap (which has lots of oils) definitely leaves my face feeling moisturized (or at least not dry).

* Scent -- Okay, this is the standout for me.  My fondest childhood memories were trick or treating in Massachusetts.  Falls in that part of the country have a nice crispness in the air, leaves crunching under your feet, and depending on where you are, a nice marshy (almost animalic scent combined with decaying woods).  So the first whiff of this soap just pushed me back and made me think of a slight death-funk (the kind you get with a *mostly* decayed animal lying in the woods), then that quickly goes away and the oakmoss, cedar, and vetiver come into play.  So I know I'm not exactly "selling" the scent, but I'm not trying to.  I don't think it's for everyone, but for me (and surprisingly to my wife), it's a winner.  There are very few scents that illicit a compliment from the lady of the house; and this was one of them.  While it reminds me of my childhood spent running around the Walden pond area, it reminds her of growing up on a farm in Louisiana and the scents of the surrounding woods.

I hesitated about posting about this one, it's a seasonal scent, and it's been "flying off the shelves", so it makes it difficult to get.  But I thought I'd let others know my experience, and you can make your own decision as to whether this soap maker (or this particular soap) is something of interest.  I'm guessing it will show up on the secondary market (i.e., BST's) in a few months.  I will confess that I can get a great shave with Williams, Tabac, MWF, and a whole-host of readily available soaps, sticks and creams; but I'm glad that I ultimately gave this one a try.

Here are a few pics from this month's shaves (and yes, before anyone says it, I know I need to feed my cat more often Big Grin ) :
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  older williams soap
Posted by: magoo - 11-01-2020, 06:20 PM - Forum: Williams Mug Shave Soap Club. - Replies (5)

hey there...just a dumb question from a dull mind:   does it affect the performance of the Williams Soap if it is "yellowed" when you buy it in the box? Huh

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  Whiting Adams T-6 Badger
Posted by: Bryan_D - 11-01-2020, 12:39 AM - Forum: Shave Brushes - No Replies

Does anyone know when the Whiting Adams T-6 Badger brushes were made?

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  SOTD - November 2020
Posted by: Jayaruh - 10-31-2020, 04:20 PM - Forum: SOTD - Replies (92)

Well, OCtober has come to an end. Starting out with Lather Catcher Sunday. I have been enjoying VDH Luxury Shave Soap this week with my JR #144 Badger brush. Sunday's shave will feature my Ever-Ready Lather Catcher with a Personna SS PTFE blade. Wabbit Season will begin for me Monday.

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Lather Catcher Sunday's Shave
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Cold Water Rinse
Van Der Hagen Luxury Shaving Soap
Jayaruh #144 Finest Badger
Ever-Ready Lather Catcher
Personna GEM SS PTFE
CWR
Aqua Velva 5 in 1 ASB

The Van Der Hagen Luxury Shaving Soap face-lathered well with Jayaruh #144 Finest Badger Brush. Two passes and touch ups with the Ever-Ready Lather Catcher razor with a Personna GEM SS PTFE blade gave me a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse I finished off with Aqua Velva 5 in 1 ASB. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...

This is why it's called a lather catcher. This is after the first pass. Excellent shave.
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  On the hunt... for squirrels.
Posted by: Wchnu - 10-27-2020, 11:30 AM - Forum: The Front Porch - Replies (7)

Good morning from the woods. Going to try and hunt up a tree rat or three.

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  Fuzzy gotta new brush....
Posted by: Wchnu - 10-26-2020, 03:06 AM - Forum: Shave Brushes - Replies (2)

        Awhile back @9nein9 made me a couple of brush handles. I put a flat top badger in one of them and have been waiting to finish the last one. I finally got that done. The knot is a 70/30 Maggards knot on 26mm. I think this is the biggest brush I have had. It worked good on the vintage Williams. I did have to go back to the cake for my second pass. I guess I have to learn this big ole brush.

The handle on the 1912 was turned by Patrick also!

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  Dollar tree men's shave sets
Posted by: kyle3rv - 10-26-2020, 01:22 AM - Forum: Shave Talk - Replies (3)

Hey guys in america dollar tree has really good men's shave cream and balm sets for a dollar right now. They have eucalyptus cedar and charcoal bamboo. I test lathered the eucalyptus cedar and it made a very nice stable creamy lather. They also smell great. I say grab them.
   
   

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  Three New Lather Catcher Handles
Posted by: Jayaruh - 10-23-2020, 12:28 PM - Forum: The Clan of Catchers. - No Replies

twhite turned me some bulbus ferrules for my lather catcher handles. Here are three that I turned and finished today.

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Here they are on my GEM Jr. Bar razor.
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