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  1. BentonClay

    Bladder Trouble

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I didn't think about the element of time. I assumed the ink would rush in instantly. And tip about bubbles... golden!
  2. BentonClay

    Bladder Trouble

    It is a Fuliwen of which I cannot determine the model number. So, are you saying I can freely swap in a different kind of converter? I guess that should have been obvious to me. If I can swap in a cartridge, why not an alternate converter! I guess I would have liked to use the bladder filler...
  3. BentonClay

    Bladder Trouble

    Squeeze-style converter
  4. BentonClay

    Bladder Trouble

    I am wondering if someone can help me understand how to use a bladder filler. I am frustrated because I cannot "see" how much ink is in the bladder. A few times I thought I had filled the pen properly but it turned out I had only wet the nib. It seems I can only get ink into the bladder if I...
  5. BentonClay

    Shelf life?.... Time to purge?

    I'm starting to feel that most artisan soaps are meant to be used and not collected because of the extra fats or oils they contain which will turn rancid over time - even in the best storage conditions. (This is owing to a prevailing philosophy/obsession that a soap cannot compete unless it...
  6. BentonClay

    Shelf life?.... Time to purge?

    That sounds amazing! Just curious if any scent remained.
  7. BentonClay

    Original Soap

    That is awesome - a chemist and an archaeologist! And great quote from scripture, adding depth to the idea that a sacrifice is meant to cleanse.
  8. BentonClay

    Problem with the Nuavias

    But the mystery remains - what can happen to a soap in a year's time that degrades performance so dramatically? If the soap made stable, voluminous lather at first and then watery, weak lather at a later time, it means that chemically it has somehow ceased to become soap. For that to happen...
  9. BentonClay

    Tribute to My Mom

    Beautiful
  10. BentonClay

    Shelf life?.... Time to purge?

    I recently made an interesting discovery in that about 7 years ago I ordered shaving soap from about ten different artisans. I was on a quest to find the best performing unscented shaving soap. I used a few for a while and then put them all in storage. Last year, I took them out and used them up...
  11. BentonClay

    Original Soap

    My shaving soap fantasy. What if shaving soap was discovered, not invented? Textbooks attribute the invention of shaving soap to the Egyptians or some other historical people. But what if it is not an invention, but literally a gift from the heavens? Here's how it could have gone down: In...
  12. BentonClay

    Found some handles I made

    I have a small cache of knots mostly 22 and 24 inch best badger and some silver tip, some fan, some bulb. Also some cheap black badger that look cool but lack density. Personally I have always loved the two-band fans but don't seem to have any of those. I guess my next step is to deepen the...
  13. BentonClay

    Found some handles I made

    Thanks, sharktown! I like lilac. It feels like olive wood.
  14. BentonClay

    Found some handles I made

    With all the time on my hands I found these handles I made at my Dad's house a few years ago. I found a couple of lilac logs on his property and started turning away at about 10 in the morning. By 4 in the afternoon I had a pile a fanciful handles. Never has time passed so quickly for me in my...
  15. BentonClay

    What ingredient do you dread seeing in a shave product's ingredients list?

    Lanolin is a no-no for me. Also some "superfatted" soaps as they tend to go rancid over time, developing an unpleasant smell.
  16. BentonClay

    Bad Form?

    When one gives a shaving gift, one not only gives the item itself, but along with it message that one holds the recipient in high regard. The gift says, "I respect and esteem you as a gentleman." The recipient may or may not use the item now or in the future but it will always be a reminder to...
  17. BentonClay

    Do you respond to polls?

    Only on April 1st.
  18. BentonClay

    Soap Color Poll

    Update: I reached out to Murphy and McNeil. They responded, "It's a darker colored soap but if lathered properly would be white," adding that they'd be happy to respond to any concerns. "Folks should know we'll always take care of them if there are issues w/our stuff!"
  19. BentonClay

    Soap Color Poll

    Yikes that sounds a little harsh. I really wonder if the sample was somehow contaminated. I haven't had the opportunity to try their soaps but the lather appears white in photos and video reviews.
  20. BentonClay

    Do any mainstream, not Artisan soap makes use Bentonite clay?

    I'm trying to figure out how to formulate with fewer ingredients, so I'm not sure if I'll add bentonite back into my soaps yet. Bentonite is said to absorb about 12x its mass in moisture so it is thought to bring more moisture directly to the whiskers. But the thing is... that's exactly what...
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