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  1. AshleyC

    That bizzarre moment you realize you like accordian music...

    Sitting here at Hofbrau Haus, Columbus. And they've got an accordian player doing some standards. I've been here when football games were on. But honestly, the accordian stuff is better. It's not Shmenge Brothers level good, but it is much like the American banjo. Like the banjo, you can't do...
  2. AshleyC

    A Visit to SMKW

    I'm in the Gatlinburg area this weekend, which necessitates a visit to the Sevierville Smoky Mountain Knife Works. The problem with that place is it is just...overwhelming. You should have an idea of what you want before you go. That way, you have a purpose. That's what I decided upon. A...
  3. AshleyC

    Pistol/Cartridge combinations you'd like to see?

    Basically, if you could have someone manufacture a pistol and cartridge, what would it be? I would like to see a resurrection of the 7.62x25 Tokarev cartridge. Ideally, in a resurrection of the Luger pistol. Back in the 90s there were new Lugers made in stainless by Stoeger...or was it...
  4. AshleyC

    The Hofbrau Haus "shelf"

    So I'm doing my weekend stint at the Hofbrau Haus in Columbus... ...and there's only so much a human bladder can endure... ...but in the restroom I observe this! A shelf? Obviously installed because of German specifications. Why would I ever carry a beer with me into the head? The lavatory...
  5. AshleyC

    Ever had an over the top "Badger and Blade" type of day?

    I have the whole week off and I started it today with a series of purchases. First, this morning online, I bought one of these: I felt the need for one more blue dial watch. I only have the blue Scuba Dude for blue right now. And I needed new shoes. I did not want some form of "sneakers". I...
  6. AshleyC

    Timeless bronze OC renders Voskhod...useable?

    I did the Sunday morning shave thing today, using my Timeless bronze open comb. I decided upon a Voskhod blade. A blade I often lampoon the way Johnny Carson used to mock the movie "Hudson Hawk". I figured hey, maybe, just maybe, an aggressive razor like this might bring out something good in...
  7. AshleyC

    Big problem with the Timeless Bronze Open Comb

    The problem? All my other stuff looks dingy next to it! Received mine today after ordering on eBay Friday morning. Timeless is in Ohio like me, so delivery was a snap. EBay gave me a $10 coupon, which mostly took care of the state sales tax. I started a growth once I committed to the purchase...
  8. AshleyC

    What was your first serious watch?

    In other words, the first watch that you bought, for yourself. Not a gift given to you, but a watch purchased based on a perceived need. Mine was this, which I still own. A Seiko 7002-7000-A1. Purchased at the Fort Riley, KS PX. Because I had the money and I had the idea an Artillery Fire...
  9. AshleyC

    FS Fatboy, 34G, Old Type, Techs, SS, Piccolo

    Good razors, but I don't use them anymore. Taking up space. Prices include shipping CONUS. If you want more than one of these I can adjust the shipping down. G-2 code Fat Boy. $70. Sorry, I'm not a great cell phone photo guy. Gold Tech. No cap logo. $17.
  10. AshleyC

    Home was...burglarized...

    Came home early evening on Wednesday to find my back door kicked in and my home burglarized. My Playstaion 4...gone. (It didn't work, due to a worn out HDMI port). Playstation 3, gone. Laptop...password protected, gone. Wristwatches...gone. That was about $800 in watches. My flagship watch was...
  11. AshleyC

    Time to face reality. I'm not a soap guy.

    I'm just not a "puck in the cup" swirled with a brush shaving soap guy. I can no longer deny this reality. Lathering up a puck of soap in a mug is just...tedious. Yes. Tedious. I've got soaps in three mugs right now. I use them so seldom. They'll turn into fungus before I use them up. Creams...
  12. AshleyC

    Dipping a toe into the straight pool...

    The straight razor pool. What were you thinking!? I would've run out of space if I'd typed the whole thing. As of a few minutes ago, God-fearing, classical liberal Chinese warehouse workers took a break from their group discussions on the genius of Milton Friedman to process an order I made...
  13. AshleyC

    He's one of my people...

    Looked around a few antique stores in Waynesville, OH this afternoon. Town was mostly dead because of the OSU/Michigan game. Went in one shop and spied a flare tip Super Speed in a display case at the counter. I asked to see it. While examining it, the owner told me about once a month some guy...
  14. AshleyC

    It's smooth, but it ain't sharp!

    Am I the only one who finds this distinction baffling? Or the declaration that a blade is sharp...but not all that smooth? How can a not so sharp blade be "smooth"? Man...it smoothly glided across my face as the blade seemed to be the equivalent of a facial bikini wax! I really don't get the...
  15. AshleyC

    Pasteur Pharmacy swag

    So I made it over to the 53 East 34th Street location this afternoon. I guess I played it pretty conservatively. Cella Lozione Dopobarba. Cella's aftershave splash. Tube of Proraso Red cream. A tuck each of Gillette Nacet stainless, Polsilver Super Iridium, and...Treet. Also got some bath...
  16. AshleyC

    You're going to the Pasteur Pharmacy...

    ...and just what the heck do you do? What do you do? Do you shoot the hostage? I will be there next week. Should I do one of each aspect of shaving? A pre-shave, soap/cream, aftershave, balm...or load up on just one awesome thing? Hardware or software? I am conservative by inclination...
  17. AshleyC

    Shaving resolutions?

    The typical "resolution" we are familiar with is one of restraint. Pledging to not be an all-consuming impulse-buying black hole from which not even shaving-related light can escape. I have never taken this pledge, btw. But has there been some other aspect of your shaving...pathology...that...
  18. AshleyC

    Shhhh! Tell no one!

    I'm here, quietly, from the DE safety razor forums, general and specific. I went looking on Alibaba Express or whatever for adjustable DEs...but was exposed to reasonably priced straights. Of course, I would need to hone and whatot. Are these a good starting point?
  19. AshleyC

    What are you currently eyeballing?

    I thought about calling it this The Compulsive Gentleman's Thread. You haven't bought it...yet. Maybe you won't. Maybe. And you sure as heck don't need it. But you keep going to the vendor's site to look at it. And you've read its reviews. Consumed the Youtube videos about it. And you've...
  20. AshleyC

    Disappointing Antique Store "pub crawl"

    Settle in and enjoy a disgruntled rant. Why are antique stores so disappointing in regards to shaving gear? It was an activity practiced daily by half the country's adult population. But going through several antique stores in Indiana over the weekend, I encounter virtually nothing. It is like...
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