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Recent content by blantyre

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    Are natural hair brushes days NUMBERED?

    Synthetics might well displace natural at the low end since a predictable performance and very low price are attractive. Collectors will always want good 2 and selected 3 band IMO. They’ll be willing to pay for it so someone will be willing to sell it. My understanding is that badgers are raised...
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    Watch Ya Wearing

    Doxa grafic today. Date on eleven but it’s not quickest so rarely right. Still seemed like the right watch for going to a jazz club.
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    Weekend 'deal' on Baracuta Harrington jackets in the UK

    Atom Retro has 40% off today only BAR40. I bought a jumbo cord G9 in wine from them a while ago at about half price. Service was excellent. They have lots of retro styled gear. The G9 that I got is fall/winter weight so won’t be used for a couple months yet but it looks good. Sadly not one of...
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    Desert Boots

    I ordered them in tan Horween buffalo with a gum sole. I like the brown deer suede too but I have a couple of pairs of brown suede shoes already and nothing in buffalo. The order was booked on 6/11 with a quoted lead time of 10-25 working days. About a week ago I got an email saying that it...
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    How deep is a La Toya Manatiales tub?

    About half done.
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    How deep is a La Toya Manatiales tub?

    Good idea - the stabbing routine sounds like a good way to go. The alternative is just to plough on and see where it ends but that seems too existential even for my tastes.
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    How deep is a La Toya Manatiales tub?

    I have a tub of Manantiales that I like to use sometimes. The soap still reaches almost half way up the height of the tub. I’m wondering where the bottom is? Anyone run one of these out recently and remember where it started to thin out?
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    Chubby 1 Super replacement

    I don’t know the situation nowadays but in the Somerset days Simpsons super was quite variable. I have a T2 2 band and it is the thicker, stiff hair - very much to my liking. My Astor is a much finer, softer hair and although it looks like 2 band from a few feet away there is actually a dark tan...
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    Desert Boots

    While I wait for my Crown Harlestones to be made, I get regular emails from them. Not a lot in here that hasn’t been said already in this thread. Still quite a good read even so. It’s oddly amusing that the author mis spelt “heel” as “heal” - I hope their QC is better on the shoes...
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    Where to get superb quality replacement knots?

    Shavemac (I really like D01), easy and excellent. Declaration Grooming knots are nice but large - they will custom make a knot for your handle but I think only 24 mm or larger. I find the B3 hair is excellent - but I do like some scrub. Probably ridiculous, but Lee Sabini used to make good...
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    Watch Ya Wearing

    Doxa sub today.
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    Sodium Carbonate vs Sodium Bicarbonate for Brush Cleaning

    Interesting. I recall borax has been mentioned in the past. Also vinegar. I generally use a dilute borax solution in warm tap water to rinse a new brush before first use. Never heard of using the carbonates before. Vinegar might be good on severe soap scum I suppose.
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    Footwear of the Day

    Today’s project requires long trousers and “real” shoes so a chance to break out the Luthers.
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    Watch Ya Wearing

    Ingenieur today.
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    Weekend 'deal' on Baracuta Harrington jackets in the UK

    Great outcome. The pin alone is a significant looking item, like something off a vintage car.
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