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Recent content by BentonClay

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    Bladder Trouble

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I didn't think about the element of time. I assumed the ink would rush in instantly. And tip about bubbles... golden!
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    Bladder Trouble

    It is a Fuliwen of which I cannot determine the model number. So, are you saying I can freely swap in a different kind of converter? I guess that should have been obvious to me. If I can swap in a cartridge, why not an alternate converter! I guess I would have liked to use the bladder filler...
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    Bladder Trouble

    Squeeze-style converter
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    Bladder Trouble

    I am wondering if someone can help me understand how to use a bladder filler. I am frustrated because I cannot "see" how much ink is in the bladder. A few times I thought I had filled the pen properly but it turned out I had only wet the nib. It seems I can only get ink into the bladder if I...
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    Shelf life?.... Time to purge?

    I'm starting to feel that most artisan soaps are meant to be used and not collected because of the extra fats or oils they contain which will turn rancid over time - even in the best storage conditions. (This is owing to a prevailing philosophy/obsession that a soap cannot compete unless it...
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    Shelf life?.... Time to purge?

    That sounds amazing! Just curious if any scent remained.
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    Original Soap

    That is awesome - a chemist and an archaeologist! And great quote from scripture, adding depth to the idea that a sacrifice is meant to cleanse.
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    Problem with the Nuavias

    But the mystery remains - what can happen to a soap in a year's time that degrades performance so dramatically? If the soap made stable, voluminous lather at first and then watery, weak lather at a later time, it means that chemically it has somehow ceased to become soap. For that to happen...
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    Tribute to My Mom

    Beautiful
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    Shelf life?.... Time to purge?

    I recently made an interesting discovery in that about 7 years ago I ordered shaving soap from about ten different artisans. I was on a quest to find the best performing unscented shaving soap. I used a few for a while and then put them all in storage. Last year, I took them out and used them up...
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    Original Soap

    My shaving soap fantasy. What if shaving soap was discovered, not invented? Textbooks attribute the invention of shaving soap to the Egyptians or some other historical people. But what if it is not an invention, but literally a gift from the heavens? Here's how it could have gone down: In...
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    Found some handles I made

    I have a small cache of knots mostly 22 and 24 inch best badger and some silver tip, some fan, some bulb. Also some cheap black badger that look cool but lack density. Personally I have always loved the two-band fans but don't seem to have any of those. I guess my next step is to deepen the...
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    Found some handles I made

    Thanks, sharktown! I like lilac. It feels like olive wood.
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    Found some handles I made

    With all the time on my hands I found these handles I made at my Dad's house a few years ago. I found a couple of lilac logs on his property and started turning away at about 10 in the morning. By 4 in the afternoon I had a pile a fanciful handles. Never has time passed so quickly for me in my...
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    What ingredient do you dread seeing in a shave product's ingredients list?

    Lanolin is a no-no for me. Also some "superfatted" soaps as they tend to go rancid over time, developing an unpleasant smell.
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