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    My Guess... 3017

    The ring of Seville around the edge of my tub was coming loose yesterday so I mashed it all into the bottom of my scuttle. Had a really nice warm lather shave this morning with a wonderfully hydrated lather. I've got a couple shaves left probably. I don't usually look forward to last couple...
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    I’m sold. I want a Bialetti

    I just ordered a 9-cup one yesterday. I imagine we both saw the same story that their business is in financial trouble. I've never tried the Bialetti before but I'm looking forward to it. Do you use an espresso grind in it?
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    Microsoft account weirdness

    Not necessarily. It sort of sounds to me like someone just got your password and that can happen without hacking your computer. The things you're using should be fine or at least as good as anything else. MFA works by forcing someone to have your password as well as a thing to login. For...
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    My Guess... 3017

    Seville is almost done. 2 or 3 more shaves left I'm guessing. B&M soaps go fast. I'm not positive whether I started using this tub before I started logging the number of shaves but I've only recorded 21 so far. I do sometimes use a soap for a week or two, then put it away for a while and go...
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    Microsoft account weirdness

    3 words - Multi Factor Authentication. Once you get back into your account, enable it. It does sound like someone hacked your account and it can be a nightmare to recover from that. MFA will make it harder for someone to hack it again. Google and Microsoft accounts are highly prized targets...
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    Barrister & Mann Seville

    I'm 3017'ing Seville right now and it has a very strong scent to me. It's one of my favorite scents and I'm almost done with the tub. Not many soaps keep my interest all the way to the end. Either your nose can't smell it or the batch you got is a little weak on the scent.
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    ATT owners please!

    I have the M1, R1, and H1. The H1 has a little more blade gap and is a bit more aggressive than the R1. It's not a huge difference but if you like using a steep angle, you might like the H1. If you use a shallow angle, I doubt you'd notice much difference. The M1 has a pretty substantially...
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    Gillette Blades

    I agree with you OP. 7 o'clock yellows and GSBs are my favorites.
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    I need a container for Haslinger pucks

    Another vote for an old Proraso tub. Haslinger pucks fit pretty well in the bottom, with a little room around the edges. If you wet the bottom of the puck and then drop it in the tub, it sticks in there without rotating around. The wider top of the tub gives you enough room to swirl the brush...
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    My Guess... 3017

    Finished off a tub of Cella this morning so I'm about 1/2 way through a kilo. I'm not 3017'ing the whole kilo at once though. Just taking it one tub at a time. Next soap up is B&M Seville.
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    Can an adjustable razor quit adjusting?

    Most of the adjustables I've bought have been gunked up the way it sounds yours is. A few long soaks in warm water should take care of it. Even if the knob moves, the adjuster plate may still be stuck. Make sure the adjuster plate moves freely as shown in the pics above. Make sure the gap...
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    Dear Subaru ...

    Even oil changes are made to be hard on a lot of new cars. My wife's Toyota takes me almost 2 hours to change. Have to loosen up the front bumper so you can get a skid plate off that allows you to get to the oil filter housing. Toyotas used to be very easy to work on. I had a first gen...
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    Aggressive, Blade Gap?

    I'm not a big fan of aggressive razors either. I can get a decent shave with one most of the time but a milder razor and sharp blade give me great results every time. My Parker Variant never gets turned up past 3. I still get BBS shaves with no irritation. I have one of the first gen PAA...
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    New Bath and Body works aftershave balm

    My wife got me the Graphite version and it seems decent. Seems to do what it should and smells ok. I've only used it a couple times and need to use it a little more before I decide if I'd buy it again.
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    Which B&M soap/aftershave should I get? Cologne Russe or Reserve Fern?

    Haven't tried Reserve Fern but I 3017'd a tub of Cologne Russe not too long ago. It smelled mostly like violets to me. Not bad if you like flowery scents, but I was a bit tired of it by the end. I probably won't buy it again. Either base performs really well. It's worth trying both IMO.
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    My Guess... 3017

    Hit the bottom of another tub of Cella today. Probably somewhere between a week and two weeks until it's done. I'm going through a kilo of it, one tub at a time, with other soaps in between the tubs of Cella. I've got 3 tubs of the kilo left after giving a couple tubs away so making progress...
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    Old Spice Classic aftershave discontinued??

    Old Spice just smells like cinnamon on me so I don't use it much but it would be a shame to see it go. I keep worrying that this will happen to my beloved Aqua Velva.
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    My research on travel cases for shaving supplies.

    I usually take the handle off a 3-piece razor so it won't get broken off when my bag gets thrown around. My shaving kit has a good place to tuck the handle and baseplate/top-cap away so they won't get banged around too much. Never felt like I needed a case but I do have a Merkur 4-piece travel...
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    Piccolo for a travel razor?

    I have one of those vintage Merkur travel razors with a metal case and have traveled with it quite a bit. Something with a case is always an option too but I think you'd be fine with a Piccolo and no case if that's what you like.
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    Piccolo for a travel razor?

    I think about any 3-piece makes a good travel razor as long as you're checking it, not carrying it on. I take the handle off of mine so it won't get broken off by rough baggage handling. I leave the baseplate and top cap together and wrap them up in some tissues and pack in my kit.