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  1. ChampagneGary

    FS: Shavemac Opus Summum No. 1

    This Opus Summum No. 1 has a D0-1 knot that measures about 25X48 and the handle is a gorgeous faux green onyx. The brush no longer appears on the Shavemac website, but when it did, it went for, I believe about $198 Euros. I bought it several months ago from a forum member and have used it...
  2. ChampagneGary

    Used MWF bath soap for Shaving: Niiiiiice

    I was on a little two day mini trip to San Francisco this week. Like on most of my recent trips, I took along my travel shave kit which has become a tube of TOBS Jerymn St. cream, L'Occitane (Plisson) synthetic brush, and a BIC Sensitive disposable. While walking around near Union Square, I...
  3. ChampagneGary

    Are we interested in creams or soaps: Some data from the forum

    When I returned to wet shaving last December after maybe 40 years away, I thought I would be using shaving cream. After all, what else is there? Well, nearly a year later, I have about 20 soaps and only 3 creams (different tubes of TOBS I got cheap and use when traveling). As I'd click on B&B...
  4. ChampagneGary

    Who Makes Western Family Blades?

    I was in our local market looking for something OTC and saw they had a 10 pack of Western Family brand de blades. They were in a dispenser wrapped in a plastic-cardboard hanger. I didn't see any country of mfg., although I'll look again more closely. Western Family is the name for a generic...
  5. ChampagneGary

    WTT: My ATT Colossus Handle for your Atlas Handle (or Maybe Kronus/Titan)

    TRADE in Progress. Looking to trade handles. I have a Colossus that is in great shape, but after about 6 weeks of using it, I think it is too big for my smallish hands. I think I would prefer an Atlas, but would also consider a Kronus/Titan.
  6. ChampagneGary

    VAT Outside of the EU?

    I was looking at some items for sale from an English online site. There was a site-wide discount for new customers. I assumed also that there would be an Ex-VAT price for items shipped outside the EU as I've seen some sites where they list both the VAT & Ex-VAT prices. However, I couldn't...
  7. ChampagneGary

    Losing Your Scents with Aging

    I'm in my late 60s and just started DE shaving about 4 months ago. I've been afflicted with SSAD & SCAD, buying lots of samples and tubs from BST. Unfortunately, I've begun to realize that my sense of smell has declined over the years. This affects not only my enjoyment of same (from what I...
  8. ChampagneGary

    14 Days of Jermyn St. & 1 Day on Jermyn St.

    I started DE shaving in early December after many, many years of using electrics. I can remember using a Schick injector sometime in the distant past along with a few disposables. I was going on a 2 week trip to Poland (10 days) and England (4), so I thought I'd try to keep using a brush and...
  9. ChampagneGary

    Becoming a "friend"

    Not sure if this is the appropriate place to ask about forum procedure, so re-direct this if it needs to be. I just got a request to become a "friend" of another member. I'm not sure what this means (or why I may have been singled out). It seems like a nice thing to do (certainly better than...
  10. ChampagneGary

    Brushes in Warsaw Poland

    I'm heading to Poland soon. About a month ago I had read in a library copy of Frommer's Poland a listing of a brush shop in Warsaw. At the time I went to the website & checked it out, but, since it was in Polish, it was difficult for me to understand, but I thought I'd try to check it out...
  11. ChampagneGary

    WTT: Simpsons Vanilla & Rose Cream for CRSW

    TRADED: I have a tub of Simpsons Vanilla & Rose Luxury Cream that I would like to trade for a Cold River Soap Works tub. I got the Simpsons as a gift in a forum purchase I made. I've used it 3X. I don't know if it was used before that. I weighed the tin and it is 134 gm, for what it's worth...
  12. ChampagneGary

    PdP 63: No lather

    I've only been at traditional wet shaving for 2 months, but in that time I've tried probably more than 20 soaps, croaps, and a few creams (thanks to samples) trying to discover the differences and what works for me. We have some hard water in Sonoma Valley, but until today I've never felt I...
  13. ChampagneGary

    TOBS at Sierra Trading Post

    I was surfing the Sierra Trading Post site last week during the waning minutes of an additional 50% off sale, and found that they carried tubes of TOBS Shaving Cream. I had to hurry since the additional 50% ended at midnight MST, but wound up buying 2.5 oz tubes of Sandalwood & Jermyn St. Their...
  14. ChampagneGary

    A Step Back After 6 Weeks

    I've been shaving with a DE for about 6 weeks. Yesterday I had a great shave. I had a sample of B&M Seville that I scooped out into a bowl, whipped up with an Omega 10066 boar, got a thick face lather and a 3-pass, maybe BBS with my EJ89. Today was different. I thought I'd finish up what was...
  15. ChampagneGary

    Badger: What Do You Get for $5.49 (Shipping Included)

    Caution: I'm a newbie with no badger brush experience. After reading the rave reviews, I bought an Omega 49 for my first brush. It's great, but a couple of weeks later when I saw an Omega 10066 for $6.95 I bought one feeling that a smaller boar would be a good one to include in my rotation...
  16. ChampagneGary

    Santa Delivers - Mystic Water Samples

    I spent a lot (really too much) time trying to decide what artisan soaps to sample, so I didn't get an order in until this Monday. After reading the forums and reviews, I decided to go with a sample of 6 scents from Mystic Water Soaps, expecting they might get here to California after Christmas...
  17. ChampagneGary

    Day 5: Put It Together the Right Way, Stupid

    Well, I guess this is all about a learning experience. Today I was going to use Proraso green tub after 3 days with Cella (enjoyed it). After my shower and while my Omega 49 was soaking, I took apart my EJ89 Kelvin and put in the Rapira stainless blade from yesterday and proceeded to screw it...
  18. ChampagneGary

    First DE Shave in Long Time

    Hi, I've been reading B&B for a few weeks now. It has really gotten me interested in wet shaving, after decades of using electrics with an occasional disposable thrown in. Today I made my first DE shave in decades, probably since using a Gillette, well, I can't remember how long ago, but I...
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