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  1. kingfisher

    What's your Gonzaga and Baylor shaving stuff?

    For people who may not follow American college basketball, a tiny bit of background. On Monday night, the NCAA basketball tournament played its championship game. Gonzaga was favored. They had gone through the entire season undefeated. Broadcasters were just awaiting the coronation of the...
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    FS Cased Probak open comb, Brazilian Superspeed, pristine black-handled Superspeed, and nice vintage Merkur travel slant

    Four more items up for grabs as I continue to pare down my collection. Some nice ones today; I just don’t use them anymore. Better to have them go to a good home. Descriptions and prices are in this post, and pics are in subsequent posts. For CONUS buyers only, please add $5 to the listed...
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    FS More den clearing...Fatip Gentile, Krona, NOS Sensor Excels, ABC case

    Hey, everybody, just a few more odds and ends up for sale today. Prices include shipping to the Continental U.S. only. If you live elsewhere and are really interested in an item, the price would be $5 less than what is posted here, PLUS the actual cost of shipping to your location. If you are...
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    What's your best modern razor that was/has been produced for at least the past 5 years?

    Here's the impetus for this thread: as traditional wetshavers, many of whom are affected by RAD, we chase new razors. When we get them, we think they are the best, but often it is just because they are the latest shiny new toys in our den. Each new razor, at least temporarily, upstages all...
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    Selling items I no longer need...Tuckaway, Shovelhead, Clogpruf, more

    I have way too much stuff. I will be posting more sales later, but I wanted to start with this stuff. Offering it here first. If it doesn’t sell here, it goes to the ‘bay. 1) Semogue ”Owner’s Club” boar brush, LE 2009. This one might be a shedder, so it might be better off with a new knot...
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    Questions about the Vikings Blade Emporer Meiji razor

    Just saw this thing again and watched a video about it. Looks like a Fatboy with some Delta Echo style coating. Just wondering a few things about it. Anybody know what the gap range is? What the blade exposure is? Whether the blade exposure changes when you adjust it, or just the gap? Anybody...
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    Frankenrazor that made it into your rotation?

    I know people around here like to experiment, at least a little, and that sometimes people mix and match base plates and top caps to make the proverbial "Frankenrazor." I suspect that many of these experiments lead to nothing. But once in a while a mismatched razor takes on magical qualities...
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    Final results of my “2020, spend no money” restraint

    I know everybody is just dying to find out how this worked out, lol. TL;DR: I invented a different “restraint” for myself that said, essentially, buy nothing unless it is paid for by sales or given to you as a gift. Spend no money on shaving for the year. End result? I spent -$210 for the...
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    Tried the "fearsome" Yaqi Knight Helmet razor this morning for the first time

    It arrived in yesterday's mail. Background: I don't like aggressive DE razors and I don't like blade feel in a DE razor. Right, so why in the world did I buy a Knight Helmet, known for blade feel and extreme aggression? I don't really know, except that the idea of the fearsome DE that...
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    Stop the presses! A retraction.......

    OK, here goes. I started a thread a few months ago about how I resurrected a half-puck of Williams by grating it, adding glycerin, and then adding grapefruit essential oil. The soap lathered like a beast, made a gorgeous, thick lather, and shaved wonderfully. Smelled good, too. I was touting...
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    “Rich-man’s Pils”

    Back in the old days of badger and blade, the Joris razor was highly sought after. At that time I had a Fatip and I had a Tradere. I put the Fatip head on the Tradere handle (surprisingly, it actually fit), and produced what was called, at the time, the “poor-man’s Joris.” Several other...
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    Modern Williams tweak---outstanding lather!

    I thought I was down to just two soaps, but yesterday i decided to do some clean-up under the sink and in a drawer, and I found half a puck of something (it had been sliced down the middle). I wasn't sure what it was. A quick sniff revealed a faint lemon verbena scent, and the half puck was the...
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    Help me choose my next soap

    Ok, so I worked my way through all my soaps except two, so I can begin to think about getting a new one now. I have a lot of wishes and demands, so it won't be easy, but I would love to have you help me think this through. Here is what i generally like, and what is a no-go. Lather-wise, I tend...
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    Any way to prove a handle is a genuine Wolfman?

    Just a quick question. Recently I traded one of my UFO handles (a custom Kaiser, as it turns out) for a handle billed to me as a Wolfman handle. It sure looks like a Wolfman handle, and it's a nice handle. But thinking about it, I provided a certificate of authenticity to the person who...
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    Razors that surprised you?

    There are some razors that just seemed, for one reason or another, like they wouldn't work for me, but then when I tried them, they just clicked. I'll give a couple of examples: 1) Pils. Looks like it would be too head-heavy, handle too thin and too slippery, the blade isn't even bent by the...
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    "Smoothness" in a DE razor....

    For fun last night I loaded up a cheap Ming-Shi Futur clone with a fresh Polsilver blade to use for clean-up duty on my Feather SS shave. I hadn't used this thing in forever. I remember shaving with it a few times after I got it and thinking that it was a really smooth shaver, but I hadn't...
  17. kingfisher

    And now for something completely different....contest/PIF

    OK, this is probably going to be the strangest thing posted on here all day, and if nobody is interested in this I completely understand. Background: I started reading Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past," (aka "In Search of Lost Time") a couple of weeks ago, maybe slightly longer ago. If you...
  18. kingfisher

    Shaving soap that smells like cola or Dr Pepper?

    Not in the market for a new soap right now but when the time comes, l would love to have a soap that smells as much as possible like a soda. Believe it or not, I had my heart set on LeGrand Chypre because when I sniffed it at Pasteur's it reminded me a little bit of coke (I know it is a lot...
  19. kingfisher

    Do you "windshield wiper"?

    There are a ton of ways to move a naked blade over the skin to achieve the goal of removing stubble. 1) The most obvious, and the one most start out with, I suppose, is holding the blade perpendicular to the direction of travel, and keeping it in exactly that position as you move the blade...
  20. kingfisher

    PIF--Soapy Science unscented

    Hey guys, time for a little PIF. Not much, but not nothing, either. I was cleaning out a drawer over the weekend and I found a brand new, never used puck of Soapy Science unscented soap. I don't really enjoy using unscented soaps, and I have way too many soaps right now anyway, so I want...
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