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  1. Spang

    Rockwell model T is it worth the extra $$$

    Yes, that's an excellent point. While for me the Model T delivers an overall better shave, the Variant is still an excellent razor, and is by far the better value proposition. It is probably the best value in a current production adjustable razor, IMO.
  2. Spang

    Rockwell model T is it worth the extra $$$

    I have found the Model T to be a superior shaver to the Parker Variant; in fact, for me, the Model T is as good a shaver as anything in my den. Having said that, I would not pay $150 for it. The Model T is a massive razor, with a long handle and very large head, which I do not find aesthetically...
  3. Spang

    Keeping it simple: Old razor, cheap blade

    Yep. I believe that was my thinking when I re-homed those Derbys to the cabin. It seemed like a good way to get them out of the den at the time; now I'm feeling like some sort of savant.
  4. Spang

    Keeping it simple: Old razor, cheap blade

    Good question. It is an extended trip; I'll probably be spending a good share of the summer at the cabin, and my beard is ridiculously ugly if I let it grow. I have dialed down to shaving every other day, or even every third, depending on the schedule. It's a tough life, but someone's got to do it.
  5. Spang

    Keeping it simple: Old razor, cheap blade

    I headed out recently for a stay the fishing cabin and neglected to pack a full shaving kit, and so took pot luck on the shaving supplies that were left in-stock. It turned out to be a good thing. The razor of choice is a '54 (first year) flare tip Super Speed that probably set me back ten...
  6. Spang

    NAS Bonded Bourbons

    Agreed, that is one thing you know you're getting with bonds: legitimate 100 (or "full") proof.
  7. Spang

    NAS Bonded Bourbons

    Excellent selections!
  8. Spang

    NAS Bonded Bourbons

    Not a lot, but definitely some. It is how the producers maintain some semblance of consistency and "house style" for their various labels. For example, in the case of EW Black, it originally carried a 7-year age statement, which meant that the youngest whiskey allowed in the blend had to be at...
  9. Spang

    NAS Bonded Bourbons

    Both excellent choices. I love McKenna 10-year old, but alas, VOB is not available where I live. But these are both age-stated bourbons, and so are almost certainly older than the stuff I am thinking about. My comments were really directed toward the NAS stuff like Beam Bonded, Early Times...
  10. Spang

    NAS Bonded Bourbons

    Over the past few years, we've seen several new, bottled-in-bond bourbon offerings from a number of our friends in Kentucky. Those that sell in the budget friendly, under $25 dollar category are typically NAS (non-age stated). Since the bonded rules require all the whiskey to be from one...
  11. Spang

    I Want to Love My Model T

    No, definitely not knit picking. That is in no way correct fit for a Model T. There should be no daylight when the closed doors are viewed from above. The doors on My Model T (white chrome) fit tightly. Time to get back to Rockwell and ask them to send you a razor that has had proper QC and is...
  12. Spang

    Fatip blade alignment

    I've not heard or read of Fatip, the company, changing hands, but for whatever reason Fatip razor QC has definitely improved over the last several years. That improvement includes more consistent finish and plating quality and fewer issues with blade alignment. Having said that, Fatip razors all...
  13. Spang

    Upgrade from de89

    +1 If you want to replicate the shave of your DE 89 in stainless, the Occams is the closest you'll get, IMO. It is sintered or MIM, not CNC machined, but still stainless, and quite well made. And, it's a great value; not much more money than the DE89 itself, but in stainless.
  14. Spang

    Is This the Golden Age of Wet Shaving?

    Bingo. Thanks for this.
  15. Spang

    Is This the Golden Age of Wet Shaving?

    Thanks to everyone for weighing in on this topic. It's a great discussion about an interesting time to be a traditional shaving enthusiast.
  16. Spang

    Schick Type L injectors for dummies

    Amazing post. Thank you for all this great information and the work that went into it. I'm still trying to wrap my head around this. I had thought myself pretty knowledgeable (based on the Appleby classification), but this, along with your previous work on the E, G, I and J injectors, takes...
  17. Spang

    Gamechanger .68 open comb

    I'm not in on the GC 68OC, but I'll weigh in to say that I have had a similar experience recently with the customs hang up on an order from IB. They used to ship USPS from over on the US side; Niagra Falls, I believe. My orders shipped this way always came in pretty promptly. But my last order...
  18. Spang

    Is This the Golden Age of Wet Shaving?

    I'm curious: How do you define "traditional manufacturers"?
  19. Spang

    Is This the Golden Age of Wet Shaving?

    Thanks for this post. That is really what I meant when I advanced the idea that this is a Golden Age for traditional wet shaving. A (admittedly small) group of men has embraced shaving as a pleasurable grooming activity, resulting in advancements in both knowledge and products (both quality and...
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