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    FS Star LC, Gem, Wardonia, RazoRock, Parker, Razorine

    Time to let some of the "benchwarmers" find some playing time on another team... Pictures and descriptions below, in thumbnails for faster loading. This is a Wardonia double edge razor. The original parts were made in the UK (also in France). This one is bakelite with a plated brass top cap...
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    What Shavette/Barber-Razor and Blade did you use today? We like PICS

    It's easy bein' green...:jump: SOTD: Wednesday January 27, 2021 Razor: Focus Slim Al Blade: 1/2 Astra SP (3) Brush: RR Beehive Soap: Proraso Green I've been spending a bit of time with this razor. My slants are getting jealous and may bite the next time they get a serious run in. But every...
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    Is there any way to leave a minimal length of hair unshaven?

    The short answer is "yes," but usually that's considered to be a bug, not a feature. :biggrin1: I've used a number of razors that do exactly that for me. The problem is that YMMV thing -- what "worked" that way for me may not for you. That said, however, I suspect that a mild razor with a solid...
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    I don’t know what patchouli smells like. Care to educate me?

    Patchouli smells like hippie CHICKS. Mmmmmmmm...:ladysman: O.H.
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    Favorite 1/2 DE blade for Focus Slim?

    I picked up a Focus and have been grooving on it for the last couple of weeks. Sometimes when things aren't working it's the blade. Sometimes it's the razor. Obviously changing blades is generally less expensive than changing the razor, but sometimes you gotta get a little lateral. I've been...
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    Double PIF; Single Edge

    Here's a PIF -- actually it's TWO PIFs -- intended to introduce a couple of DE shavers to the wonderful world of Gem SE. What you get: ONE Gem 1912-pattern razor, with a fresh Accu-Tek Personna Stainless PTFE Coated blade. The Gem 1912 is a mild shaver even with a fresh sharp blade. Both of...
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    I told my friend that I collect Gillette razors, he assumed I collect straights too and he gave me this for Christmas. Am I happy or extremely happy?

    Interesting question. How many would you consider to be too many? Since we're rappin' about straights and barber razors, in that category I have had the following experiences in my early going: Razorine: I really want to like this one, but I am guaranteed to get at least 3 nicks every time I...
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    What Shavette/Barber-Razor and Blade did you use today? We like PICS

    SOTD: Monday January 25, 2021 Razor: Focus Slim Al Blade: 1/2 Astra SP (2) Brush: RR Beehive Soap: Proraso Green Another day shaving naked (blade), green (razor) and covered in lather. :straight: Mondays can be easy because I have three days' growth. Mondays can be hard because I have three...
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    DE Blades

    The DE "equivalent" of the guarded AC blade is probably the Merkur blade. It was my very first blade, recommended by the chap at the knife shop where I bought my Merkur 38C. It is essentially a razor-blade-shaped lather squeegee. Oh, it cuts hair but just starting out that's a secondary concern...
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    Any home roasters?

    I picked up a nice large colander/strainer made out of stainless mesh. Rarely lose a bean. O.H.
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    roaster under construction

    Preachin' to the choir, Brother... I've been using Bunns at home for...counts back, takes off shoes, runs out of things to count...probably 40 years. I bought a heavy-duty timer intended for controlling block heaters in trucks. Always hot first thing in the morning. O.H.
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    Head Shaving with a Straight Razor

    I've been shaving my head for 25 years this year. Actually, I started that in a January, so maybe I should hoist a jar to that anniversary. Anyhow, never wanted to try naked-blade shaving because it just sounded dangerous. Things change. I picked up a couple shavettes lately and I've been...
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    First few shaves have not been great.

    Some of the things we learn when first we make shift to use straights or shavettes! I'm on that learning curve, too. What you're going to get here is my perspective and of course YMMV as always. If you had the blade honed professionally, it's probably not the blade. Can't say, of course, but...
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    Ever-Ready 1912 - steep learning curve

    I've heard -- and had some experience with it personally -- that the Ever Ready (and Star) were a bit more aggressive than Gem razors even though they all came out of the same company. My 1914 ER is even more aggressive than my Gem MMOC. My Gem Jr. Bar lather catcher is smoother but not quite as...
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    What Shavette/Barber-Razor and Blade did you use today? We like PICS

    SOTD: Friday January 22, 2021 Razor: Focus Slim Al Blade: 1/2 Astra SP (1) Brush: RR Beehive Soap: Proraso Green O.H.
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