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The focus so far has mostly been on honing, from what I can tell. What's the best tool for thinning spines & shanks? Will an Atoma 140 get you there at a reasonable speed, or are you better off hitting the thing with a belt sander and watching the temperature?
Could you elaborate on this? I assume it's the new Trafalgar he was referring to. I had assumed the same thing myself about it - every other Simpson I have or have seen has the country of origin marked on the handle. The Trafalgar in all varieties doesn't - it says "hand made" so they had the...
No lie, D8F -> fast jnat is my most reliable progression. I'd imagine D8E -> coti would work very similarly. It's been years since I've bothered with an intermediate grit synth, I just don't feel any benefits on my face. When I was looking, I didn't see any on the scope either tbh.
All of the B&M bases are or have been thirsty afaik. My experience with Clusterfig in the Excelsior base is that it takes seemingly forever to hydrate fully but has outstanding slickness once you get it there. I didn't have to make a big mess to do it, either. In any case, I got 76 shaves out...
Is there any chance @Pepin could edit the OP to include the final list of cars, directly or through a link? I'm having no luck finding which page it was on ._.
e: found it!
Anyways, car #65 checking in. Still in the race so far!
I've also tried the splash but not the soap. I imagine many have, as it's still in production whereas the soap isn't.
I find the A/S scent OK but not great. It's a scent I'd rather smell than smell like, if that makes any sense. The notes listed on Basenotes for it do not match what I get...
I'd offer to do a materials inspection via XRF and a hardness test on the busted blade for you, but I imagine shipping even a small parcel from the Philippines to the US is prohibitively expensive.
In any case, good luck with the replacement they sent!
Speick Men AS is probably my all-time favorite, both in terms of performance and the scent. A strong lavender note along with the eponymous alpine spikenard/valerian and a little bit of something 'spicy'.
Incidentally, the scent actually bears a strong resemblance to that of the new/tallow...
Keep on going!
My biggest challenge will come when I run out of Speick splash. Most of the last month I've been using the Sir Irisch Moos splash and Speick balm, but there's no substitute for the pure unadulterated Speick scent as found in the alcohol splash.
I find it easier to get a hyper keen edge from some Jnats than from either of my translucent arks, but part of that is definitely that my arks are slow (the convex one less so) and there are no real 'tells' that I've found with them that indicates an edge is done.
Also, I've found that an ark...
I made up a tentative schedule of when I'd be burning through each of the soaps in my 3017 run, and with quickie estimates of grams/shave based on firmness and an assumed 285 shaves/year it looks like I'm finishing in 2026.
Boar brushes have a break-in period, during which time the characteristics of the bristles change, including many/most of the tips of the bristles splitting. Before the break-in is complete, many boar brushes are said to "hog" lather - what's going on is that the bristles aren't saturated and...