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  1. mozartman

    The infamous "new formula" soaps part 2: Geo. F. Trumper

    So, after jumping head first into the Williams Mug shaving soap controversy, I thought it was time to attack the true bete noire in my cabinet: Geo. F. Trumper new formula. I bought this a few years ago when I was shopping with my wife in a posh little shop that was holding a "going out of...
  2. mozartman

    The VDH natural boar brush

    The price on sale seemed right (or so I thought) at $6. You could get 59 of them for the price of one Simpson's PL12 Super Badger. But is it actually possible to shave with it? Or should I toss it in the garage and use it to scrape the rust off garden tools? I checked other threads and some...
  3. mozartman

    A luxury bowl for a Geo. F. Trumper puck

    After three days of working at creating a decent lather with Williams Mug soap, I'll be giving myself a break by returning to Tabac, Haslinger and/or Proraso white for a bit, and then to that puck of Geo. F. Trumper I bought because my wife liked it. Nothing but elegant luxury for me when I do...
  4. mozartman

    Remembering the late RazoRock MJ-90

    This was a DE89 clone with an anodized aluminum head with two base plates and a titanium handle and sold for $40 full price (on sale for only $30 iirc). I got it partly because I thought that was a good deal for the titanium handle and the head was a bonus. RR still makes a version of it, but...
  5. mozartman

    The end of the DE travel razor?

    Recently I was taken aside by security at a major US airport and asked some pointed questions about something I was attempting to take aboard a plane in my carry on bag. It was a Gillette Slim, with no blade in it. None of the security officers at this particular station had any idea what it...
  6. mozartman

    Razors and cars

    I've got to thinking that each of my go-to DE razors is comparable to a certain model of car: My Rockwell 6S, a smooth Lincoln Continental on cruise control; my Game Changer, a moderately-priced sports car - say, the basic Acura coupe; my Merkur 34C, a basic but reliable Toyota Camry; my '62...
  7. mozartman

    Slim rescue mission

    Here was my vacation project: A rusty, corroded and maybe slightly overpriced ($17) mess from an antique shop (a 1962 Slim), that nevertheless appeared to be fully functional. I forgot to take before pictures, but it wasn't pretty: huge gobs of brown rust from an ancient blade that was still...
  8. mozartman

    Rockwell 6S v. Merkur 34C: The key differences

    When I started back with DE shaving, I bought a Merkur 34C and used it every day for six months. Four months ago, I bought a Rockwell 6S and have used it nearly every day since, and like it much more than the Merkur and every other razor I have tried. But why? The designs are very similar. I...
  9. mozartman

    1958 TV Special?

    I recently bought a flare tip Super Speed from my birth quarter, 1958 D1, on ebay. Though nothing in the description said so, from my research it appears to be a variety known as the "TV special", as advertised on Gillette's "Cavalcade of Sports". Almost in perfect shape, but it hasn't been...
  10. mozartman

    The traveler that didn't get very far

    At this point, I only suffer from one remaining type of RAD -- great vintage find in the wild RAD. No finds for me yet. Most antique shops I've been to that have razors only have ordinary stuff at ebay or greater prices. Today's shop had some nice enough ones, but nothing unusual and no...
  11. mozartman

    Good Rockwell tip on youtube

    At one point I watched a bunch of wet shaving videos on youtube, and I thought Michael Freedberg's were especially good, in part because I shave pretty much the same way he does, but he also seems to be a down to earth, practical guy. In his Rockwell video, he suggests two passes with plate no...
  12. mozartman

    Rockwell 6S Review

    This razor has not yet been reviewed here, so I thought I'd be the first (just kidding). 1. The 6S arrived by standard shipping in four days. That's good enough for me, ymmv. 2. The 6S arrived in a nice presentation box covered in faux leather with a magnetized flip-top lid, similar to what you...
  13. mozartman

    My return to the Fusion

    So, I hadn't touched my Fusion in over a year, doing nothing but DE shaving during that time other than using some cheap (and awful) plastic disposables on the road. On this trip, I took the Fusion and a fresh cartridge along with a tube of PSC cream and my Semogue boar's hair brush. Well...
  14. mozartman

    A Tale of Three Old Types (review)

    MntnMan62 already knows the first part of this story. The three Old Types are: (1) the RazoRock clone; (2) the Razor Emporium refurbished and replated (head only); and (3) an unrestored original from the 'bay. The bottom line: All three easily give very comfortable, smooth shaves, BBS or very...
  15. mozartman

    RazoRock Old Type review and the ultra-cheap shave

    OK, I wanted to try an open comb and the Old Type is only $15 plus shipping, so it was well worth a try. After one shave, I have to say this is the best overall of the mild razors I have tried. It was easy to get a BBS result under my nose and around my mouth with no blood or irritation. Only...
  16. mozartman

    Derby Premium -- Are you kidding me??

    As a daily shaver with a fairly light beard, I thought I would try a smooth blade that wasn't necessarily the very sharpest. In an earlier thread, someone recommended Derby in this regard. So I bought a box of Derby Premiums, and shave no. 1 was quite a surprise. Thank goodness I was in...
  17. mozartman

    The CNC machined, "close tolerance" MJ-90

    A recent thread here convinced me to try a CNC machined razor as my RAD worsens, i.e., the reasonably priced RazoRock MJ-90 with a titanium handle and aluminum head. The first thing I did is load it with a fresh Feather blade, which went in very crooked and could not be straightened however...
  18. mozartman

    Fendrihan customer service and razor alignment

    In the recent thread discussing the Fendrihan mk2 stainless razor, which convinced me to buy one, I mentioned the razor I received had some alignment problems. Specifically, though the blade fit and aligned perfectly in the cap, the base plate seemed a bit lopsided, leaving far more blade...
  19. mozartman

    The shave and haircut

    Thanks to the holiday weekend, today I was able to indulge in one of man's finest small indulgences: the shave and haircut. This afternoon I gave myself a fearsomely close BBS shave (Fendrihan mk2 razor, Astra SP blade, Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations soap, Nivea balm) and then proceeded...
  20. mozartman

    The new Gillette TV commercial

    OK, new to me, anyway. They've kept their The Best A Man Can Get slogan, but the ad was all about "Made in America" and -- lower cost!! Plus, their history, with a brief display of their razors over the past century plus. A profound change in their marketing strategy, it seems to me, that...
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