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    New with a twist

    I am unsure where I should actually start. To skip the boring bits of a long journey... I have been wet shaving for a few years. In an effort to reduce variables I started out doing the 3017 on my soaps before knowing there was a term. I have also don't toss my DE blades because I have x...
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    Email notifications?

    I don't seem to be getting any email when threads I am watching have replies. Are others having this issue? I don't see it mentioned anywhere so I assume it is user error. So how can I turn the email notifications back on for the watched threads? I have checked my profile email address and...
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    Non reactive pans

    I seem to be doing pretty well in the cast iron and carbon steel department and I am now seeking information about non-reactive cookware. I have an all-clad copper core 4qt covered pan I picked up on sale and use it when cooking or simmering things with acidic ingredients. I don't think I need a...
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    Repurposing a cast iron door stop to ...

    After posting on the acquisition thread I was encouraged to post pictures and solicit advice on cleaning and converting this door stop (that is what is was being used for...) into a functioning pan. I am starting with this: There is quite a bit of grunge on the bottom of the pan that I need...
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    Yet another what grinder question.

    This grinder is for my son. He is in dorm room and currently uses a Crossland cc1 and a porlex grinder to make coffee. He mostly drinks americanos with the occasional straight shot. He does not make drip or press coffee in his room. The problem is that it takes quite a bit of time (1:15 -...
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    Temorary coffee crisis in western WA

    This might be filed under a first world problem but was somewhat traumatic to me. Earlier this week... I get up and walk to my LM GS3 and start making the morning coffee. The shots look and smell awesome so I am thinking this is going to be a good coffee day. Then I grab a small pitcher and...
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    Ink usage 3017?

    When I first got interested in fountain pens several years ago I went a bit crazy on ink acquisition. I have enough ink that I have no doubts about being able to use it up in my lifetime. I suspect that my son (also uses a fountain pen) will inherit my ink stash and he will be hard pressed to...
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    Parts for old Olympia Caferex

    I am trying to locate a source of parts for an older Olympia Caferex. I bought the machine new in the 80s and recently ran across it again. Unfortunately I am missing the portafilter and the drip tray. I assume I also need to replace the o-rings. Any pointers on where to find these parts...
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    soup/stock/sauce pot or maybe dutch oven

    Managed to toss the warped cheapo 5 quart pan that I have had for quite some time. I am wanting to upgrade my cookware as I retire old pieces.... Showed SWMBO a picture of the all clad stainless 5.5 quart dutch oven and all was well and good until she saw the price. I am in super saver mode at...
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    What utensil for cooking bacon?

    While making breakfast I started wondering how I ever actually managed to cook bacon without using chopsticks. In theory I could use a spatula but it doesn't seem to have the control of being able to position things just so. Ruckin.
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    Wall ovens (or not)

    I did a bit of searching but was not able to turn anything. I am in the design process of building a house and am working on setting up the kitchen. We will finally have enough space to regularly have large family gatherings at our house. While I would love a La Cornue they are out of the...
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    AOS bottle reuse?

    I am about to finish my AOS balm that I bought when I started wet shaving and am wondering if anyone has successfully removed the top in such a way that it was reusable? I sort of like the size/shape of the bottle and was thinking that I could decant some other AS in there. The top spins...
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    Hotel coffee

    No, I am not talking about that flavor crystal "stuff" that is in some hotel rooms.. I am looking for suggestions on what I can do that is pretty compact, good, and doesn't make too much of a mess. I have seen suggestions for via, aeropress, french press, and even brink a kettle. Whatever...
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    How much is too much?

    While organizing and sorting stuff I have suddenly come to the realization that I have fifty soaps. I have a few repeats (various hasslinger and Santa Maria del Fiore Sapone da Barba). It is going to be quite a long time before I need to actually get more soap. Maybe I should see if there is...
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    ATT and attention to detail

    First let me state that I am not calling Stan's attention to detail into question. He has taken the time to answer my stupid questions and he makes great razors (imho) A few days ago I had the worst shave ever (been DE shaving since May so I am relatively new) and once the bleeding stopped I...
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    ruckin's Entry to the Hall of Fame

    Hall of Fame EntryWhat is your real name? Stuart What are your nicknames/aliases? no known aliases Where do you live? Seattle WA What is your age (or) generation? Not old enough to retire but I can see it from here What are you in the real world? Left handed What is your favorite shave...
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