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Recent content by PLANofMAN

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    slant safety razor

    Some slants are better than other slants. There is no one slant (or any other razor) that will work for everyone. There are some slants I don't like. The RR Wunderbar and vintage Hoffritz slants are in my dislike pile. Vintage Valencia, 37C, and the Fatip Lo Storto are all in my like pile, along...
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    Cleaning up a Sheraton

    As much as I hate to say it, vintage books are probably the best source of "new" replacement material.
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    What are your most valuable products you have ever bought?

    I don't even know what this is worth. As far as I know, this is a one-off, custom made for a collector. The eBay seller told me it was part of an estate sale. I bought it almost 10 years ago, and I've never seen another by Rooney, despite a rather thorough search. I paid a pretty penny for it...
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    What are your most valuable products you have ever bought?

    Which is it? Valuable or Best? My answer changes depending on which you mean.
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    I want to love my Semogue 830, but...

    I can't speak for the 830, as I opted for the shorter lofted (and higher percentage tops) 620. The problem is flow through. The brush doesn't hold on to it's lather. I do a short soak, 2-3 minutes at most to retain the excellent backbone. I have to reload the brush for the third pass. It's just...
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    Cleaning up a Sheraton

    The case is faux shagreen on the bottom, and faux marble on top, both covered in fabric. A person that specializes in vintage book restoration could probably re-cover your case. The interior is black velvet. Finally got around to taking a current picture. Apologies, my camera sucks.
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    Cleaning up a Sheraton

    Soft dry toothbrush for the interior velvet. Not much you can do for the exterior.
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    Wanton destruction

    Not 100% successful on the first go, but eh...close enough. Far better than I expected, actually. Tom is making some inserts to go inside the head to help keep the doors even at the center bar. No binding or other issues. Blade loading was easy, I don't know why I worried. Will try again when I...
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    I gave up coffee. Now I drink tea. Any suggestions?

    I agree. Twinning's Earl Grey blend of black tea with a hint of bergamot is good stuff. It's not your typical "black tea."
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    Gillette Tech Slant

    @Haiku just as an FYI, the ball end handle is the older 'old type' handle and not original to the razor. The original tech ball end handle would be narrower and solid. Unfortunately, I didn't have one of those to send with the razor head, otherwise I would have. I'm not sure what the weight...
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    Cleaning up a Sheraton

    That looks like bare brass on the head, neck and TTO knob. If the plating and lacquer were intact, the whole razor would be the same orangey color as the handle. I'll take a picture of mine (or try to find one) when I get back home so you can see what a NOS sheraton looks like. Edit...
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    Wanton destruction

    Funny you should say that. I dug out my micromatic collection the other day and shaved with my bullet tip micromatic yesterday for the first time in years. G-Bar is up for today's shave. It's probably been 5 years since I've used a Gem razor. They are nice shavers, wish there were more blade...
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    Wanton destruction

    The New and the New Improved can be slanted, but because the razor design relies on clamping pressure all along the edge, it's very difficult to get the slant even between the top cap and bottom base plate. To compound this problem, Gillette switched to a much harder brass for the New and New...
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    Wanton destruction

    That's the only part I'm absolutely not worried about. The center bar will not move, twist, etc. That section of the razor is not put under pressure at all. The center line of the razor is the only part that is not affected by the slanting process, and is the only reason this has a chance of...
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    Wanton destruction

    Yeah, I'll be shocked if this works right out of the gate. I know the baseplate can be slanted correctly already, since it shares the tech baseplate. The biggest problem, as I see it, is that there will be little wiggle room for error. With the old type, if it gets over-bent, it's easy enough to...
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