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I mainly face lather too, just load soap from whichever OS mug. When I bowl lather I do it as you describe, allowing for good control of water content. Thus the Captains Choice bowl and dimensions. But maybe @Tedolph will use an OS mug as a lathering bowl?
My Captains Choice copper bowl has inside dimensions of approx 4 1/2” x 1 1/2” (115mm x 40mm). Pretty wide and shallow by my standards. No Old Spice mug comes close.
The shortest OS mugs are about 2 3/8” (60mm) tall (outside dimension), a little over 3” wide, inside. Hard to avoid the clank...
Looks like bone from the picture. What natural light-colored materials were used for scales beyond ivory, horn, and bone? I never see horn carved. Carved ivory will support more intricate carving. So, bone to me.
I never thought about the visual aesthetics of an alum block until now. If I ever find an alum clamp, now I’ll have to get a beautiful rock to set it off. Like an engagement ring for traditional shaving!
I’ve got 100 each of the RPL and Voskhod. RPL a little smoother, Voskhod a little sharper. I got two tucks of the RSS, but I don’t get along well with them. I’ll try them again in Slantember and OCtober when I’m using a lot of different razors, see if they do better outside my main rotation.
I hear you loud and clear. Shaved with my Henkotsu kamisori two nights ago, too late, too sleepy to be taking that sharp pointed devil on. I‘m still sporting a long scratch on the right lower neck. No blood at least.
Slightly different Columbia River ride today. 35 miles of sunshine and a steady north wind.
At the boat ramp/west end path access. There were lots of riders and other folks on the path today. This parking lot was nearly full.
So I visited our river today. 35 miler, took just about all I had in the tank.
Kelley Point at the confluence of the Willamette and the Columbia Rivers.
Looking up the Columbia.
Solid north wind. The sailors could zip along the Columbia on a broad reach in either direction. It is usually...
My ‘scuttle’. That’s a Vollrath 4 oz prep bowl on top and a pewter trinket ‘Jefferson Cup’ from Monticello on the bottom. (And a high quality rubber band off a bunch of asparagus.) I mainly face lather, but it keeps my brush warm between passes and makes/holds a little lather when needed.
I like those Sunday Shaver scales (and the toe pin), but heftier and shorter make more sense to me. I use a Dovo Barbarossa detail razor sometimes when I really want SHORT.
I might own fewer modern 5/8 razors if I had been able to predict my practical preferences when I started with SRs.