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  1. ScottChapin

    Harry’s - Sacre Bleau

    So my wife bought me a Harry’s shave kit, because they were on sale for $7.98. I thought what the heck, I haven’t used a cartridge on going in 6 years. Wow! I do not like shaving in a can, but the shaving gel in the can is awesome! I stayed a glob in a damp brush and it was thick, wet, creamy...
  2. ScottChapin

    Help me!

    So my wife buys me two sampler packs of Cremo. There are four 3oz tubes in each pack. Each tube is supposed to last 45 days, so that’s 360 days. I already use a 6oz tube for pre-shave. This is all on top of 16 other soaps in my stable. I threw two worthless pucks of homemade stuff away that I...
  3. ScottChapin

    Stable Add

    Thiers-Issard 7/8 Grelot with thumbnotch French nose Ram horn scales Fleur-de-Lys spine Personalized Thanks go out to Adam at The Invisible Edge for putting up with me to get this crafted for me. [/IMG] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. ScottChapin

    Toilet paper

    After several months of successful shaves, I cleaned my blade with a mild polish, using toilet paper. The edge seems to be shot now. I didn’t cut the toilet paper, or apply pressure to the edge, but could that have dulled the blade? After running 300 laps on a Naniwa 12K, it is still...
  5. ScottChapin

    Nacet 28 shaves.

    OK. I’ve been active for over a year now and generally have the idea that most guys get 4-7 shaves out of a blade. I was just tossing them after 7 shaves on Saturday mornings. I’ve been practicing and getting better at straight shaving and opt for it whenever I can. So I sort of lost track of...
  6. ScottChapin

    Worth fixing?

    I got this lot of Henckels on eBay. The one with the beautiful etched spine has the cracked scales. Is it worth rescaling or should I let original be? I wanted beater blades I could practice honing on. So maybe I will on the cracked one. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. ScottChapin

    Sacrilege to a Zwilling?

    I “lucked out” in an eBay acquisition of three Friodurs by making the reserve bid. Makes me wonder. Anyway, one has a cracked scale through the pin at the wedge. Would it be bad to rescale it? I need to find out how before I get them around November 7 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Finally getting there. Today was my third straight razor only shave and I did three passes. I guess I can call it DFS. I’m still having trouble with whiskers on my chin and not being able to do an XTG on the submandibular triangle. I’ve decided not to clean up with a DE. This way I can feel...
  9. ScottChapin

    Lapping Film -wet

    I have read a lot here on using lapping film. Hey day to wet paper and place under the finishing film. My question is whether you wet the film. The film I bought has an adhesive back. Do you use it? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. ScottChapin

    The Burr

    1. What is happening geometrically that causes a burr to rise when the beveled flat crosses the center plane of the blade? 2. If a blade has its bevel properly set, will attempts to “set” it cause a burr to quickly rise? 3. If #2 is true, why won’t burrs always rise at any stage of honing? Do...
  11. ScottChapin

    RazorRock Snowman

    OK, I was never attracted to the idea of a synthetic brush, but I had to check this out. It does the job fine, but after a couple tries, I have issues. After shaking the brush down, I still get a ton of water in my soap or croap. How do you deal with this? Use the brush dry for whipping up a...
  12. ScottChapin

    New to the stable

    The Kriss-Kross is new to me. Can you get blades for it, though I don’t think I’d use it. The “Injecta” will probably get used. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. ScottChapin

    Found a real gem

    Can anyone help me date this GEM? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. ScottChapin

    Ball Tech

    I found this at a market today and it had to come home with me. It is dated F-4 which is 1935, right? I didn’t think the Ball Tech was introduced until 1939, so I’m not sure what i have. The cap is a little rough? So I don’t know whether I can polish it without hurting the engraved trade...
  15. ScottChapin

    TAP acrylic

    Now that I have TAP acrylic blocks, I see that they are protected with paper. Since many suggest putting paper on the block prior to film, should I just leave it on? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. ScottChapin

    Is a straight razor better?

    Too funny. I Googled best straight razor and at the top is a Gillette article comparing cartridge shaving to straight razors. Of course their playing down using a straight and brush! I wonder whether they’re feeling a squeeze from the growth in traditional shaving. Some of their cons are big...
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    Where do I turn for a good stone to finish the edge once I have my bevel. I use Norton 4000/8000 now, but think I want a finer stone for polishing. The Jnats seem to come on so many varieties that it’s difficult for me to find a vendor or to know which to get. Sharpton glass stones look good...
  18. ScottChapin

    Theirs-Issard in US?

    Is there anyone marketing a good selection of Thiers-Issard in the US? I can find french sites that don’t seem to sell outside of France. Not that the wife would let me, but I want one with a Grelot blade and the spine engraved with the Fleur de Lys. Lastly I would like bone or horn scales...
  19. ScottChapin

    Gillette Thin Blade

    When I bought a razor on eBay awhile back, the seller slipped a Gillette Thin Blade in the package. It is in a red and black paper wrap. I was going to use it, but I’m getting the impression that they don’t make these anymore, so I would be inclined to save it as a collectible. Can anyone...
  20. ScottChapin

    Keeper of the Strops

    I installed this today for my X-mas strop. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk