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  1. smudge

    Asafoetida Powder

    I'm quite interested in Indian cuisine and find their herbs and spices fascinating. Asafoetida is a resin that Indian people call Hing. It is quite often used when garlic and onions are unavailable in order to flavour dals and various other dishes. It is easy to use too much - less is often...
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    Sardines-Is it love or hate?

    Spread them on toast with sliced tomatoes on top. Pop them under the grill for a few minutes and then serve with malt vinegar, salt, black pepper and dotted with butter. Heaven!!
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    Greetings from Italy.

    Welcome to the forum. Your English is way better than my Italian, believe me.
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    Heavier handle for R89?

    The Weber Bulldog handle is significantly heavier than the stock EJ handle and works very well imo. Might be my imagination at work, but I seem to remember reading somewhere that they are still being sold.
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    La Toja?

    It's one of the very best. Used either as a stick, or sliced and pressed into a ramekin, it very easily produces slick protective lather, using minimal product. The cream is excellent too.
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    Would you pay big bucks for a mint Gillette Tech?

    You should definitely buy it. It will provide you with at least 40 years of great shaves. When you use that razor in 2040 and think of the pleasure that's it's given you over the last 20 years 80 dollars will seem like nothing.
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    How long can we expect a highend synthetic brush to last?

    For about 3 years I've had a Simpsons and a Muhle and they each get used a couple of times a week. Don't think that either has ever lost a hair, so I think that a very long time is your answer. If the handle pops out it can always be glued back in.
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    What Do You Use After a Bad Shave?

    Lucky Tiger is very soothing, with zero alcohol and many skin friendly ingredients. A fleeting orange scent that's gone in a flash won't interfere with any further products used.
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    How do you store Mitchell's Wool Fat?

    Demanding she might be, but imo well worth the effort. She definitely delivers if you treat her right, as many others will attest to.
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    How do you store Mitchell's Wool Fat?

    A week or two ago I replied to an MWF post, with tongue slightly in cheek, stating that it gets sulky if it's not used regularly - it's actually the truth. I experienced exactly the same issues as the OP with the first puck that I owned. It does happen to other hard soaps, but not quite to the...
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    First time using pre-shave oil

    Sounds as though you used too much. Preshave oil is there purely to soften the skin and not to help the razor glide. On the odd occasion that I use it I find just three drops to be more than enough.
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    What’s your favourite modern day de razor?

    My two favourite razors (at the moment) are my Feather AS-D2 and Muhle Rocca. Very different from each other, the Feather being very mild and the Rocca moderately aggressive. They do have one thing in common for me though - a very smooth BBS result. You say that you have sensitive skin, so you...
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    New Here

    Welcome - three excellent choices.
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    aggressive or not?

    Fatip (Grande or Piccolo), or Muhle Rocca. The Fatips are about a third of the price of a Rocca, if that's important, but the Rocca is one hell of a looker imo - all stainless too.
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    Feather AS-D2 long term survey

    AS-D2 is a superb razor, but only if you get the angle spot on, and I do mean spot on. Being a very mild razor the blade exposure is minimal and if you miss the right angle the shave is mediocre at best. Handle at 45° (± 2°) is where it performs beautifully. It takes a bit of getting used to as...
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    What shave stick did you use today?

    La Toja Stick - one of the best. Occasionally press it into a ramekin for a change. Works equally well.
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    Which brand of double edge razor blade should I get?

    Blade samplers are the best way, as many have suggested, but I've rarely heard anything bad said about Astra SP blades and I personally find that they work very well in all of my razors.
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    MWF brown

    MWF is a soap that likes to be used daily, otherwise it gets sulky. If you're going to rotate it with other soaps make sure that you put a lid over it, so that it can't see what you're doing. It's the reason why the ceramic bowl has a lid.
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    Stainless steel razors

    Over time, my Muhle Rocca has replaced my Weber PH as my favourite stainless steel razor. I wasn't too keen on it at first and very nearly sold it, but now I've learned to use it properly I wouldn't be without it. Very smooth and mighty close shaver - looks fantastic too.
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    #1 Blade?

    Astra SP - works very well in every razor that I own.