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    Old Bengall in new suit

    This 200-year old Bengall (from Sheffield i believe) cleaned up great. It's hard to believe how nice the blade got with very little effort. Not so satisfied with the scales though. While I love the transparent deep purple, I still think a dark wood would have made it better justice! Looking...
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    An "Impossible" Chinese and a Swede

    Unfortunately not! I don´t remember what I paid now, but I bought from a dealer in China and had to have it delivered to Friands in another Chinese city when I was visiting them. Seems they don't ship sharp objects over the border (but I had razors and knives sent to me from Sweden, Taiwan, US...
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    An "Impossible" Chinese and a Swede

    I was being ironic - my the GD300 might not be my favorite straight - i reserve that spot for my swedish ones, but it sure has a spot in my rotation and It actually didn't give me any trouble when honing it. Only thing I could not stand was the scales which were too floppy IMHO.
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    An "Impossible" Chinese and a Swede

    Honed up the Gustafsson today and had a shave above my expectations. It took an nice edge with minimal effort - not screaming sharp, but morre than enough. Easy to handle with a pleasant smile. This one is going into my rotation for sure. We all know that honing i Gold Dollar is useless, so I...
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    An "Impossible" Chinese and a Swede

    My latest restores, A Gold Dollar 300 and an Gustafsson. Not as good as they could have been, but enough to let me shave! Wish I hade a better place to work than the kitchen sink and hand tools..
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    Some straights prefer coticules?

    Normally i max out on the 5k until its more or less shining edge, then on the 8k and 15k I do about 20 laps each. On these razors I have been doing both that as well as many more laps trying to get that good edge. So, I dont think the number of laps on the Shaptons is an issue here.
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    Some straights prefer coticules?

    Some of you might recognize this post for a sharpening forum, thought I should see what the Straight Razor community had to say as well. So, I have these couple of straights that defied my attempts of putting a nice edge on them with my Shapton Pro´s (220, 1k, 2k, 5k, 8k, 15k). Some days ago...
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    Joop and Fahrenheit

    I loved Farenheit when it was released some 20 years ago - now even the thought of it gives me nightmares. Too much a product of its time i guess.
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    Gold Dollar

    Actually, My #300 i bought was just to hone and shave, didn't need to do anything else with it! The #208 took some work with the dremel though. Not the best straight om my modest collection, but certainly not the worst. Probably qualifies with the top 40% or so! But, well since it is impossible...
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    $71 later, 6 weeks on and still no stone.

    Ive ordered several times for Jarrod to hongkong and it usually shows up in about a week, never had any problem.
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    How to identify scale materials (horn)

    Trying to remember, been some time now but definitely not rubber, bakelite, plastic or bone, I think it was as Jens (honed) suggested in a mail. Some kind of wood baked with tar.
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    An interesting look at honing

    +10, very well put Jens!
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    What does OVER-honing mean?

    When my shoulder starts to ache....
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    Who Here Has Never Shaved With A Cartridge?

    I been using cartridge or electric both before, switched to DE but are now mainly a straight shaver. DE is only for travel or when i am in a rush.
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    Alternative box for 7 day set

    I got the Alembicase, with suits me perfectly in this humid climate. But elegantly? Well probably not.
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