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  1. Old Hippie

    Hoarding the good towels?

    No. You are on the precipice of a major disagreement when she figures that out. :yikes: Over the years as various elder relatives have moved or Gone West, I've grabbed a large number of towels, washcloths, hand towels, etc. I keep a pile of them in the Shave Cave, and use them happily. My wife...
  2. Old Hippie

    Cleaning the sink after shaving

    Yeah...shave soap tends to leave a little crud behind. On skin that's "residual slickness." In the sink that's "Can't you ever get anything CLEAN?" I tend to spritz a little Vim in the sink in the Shave Cave every two or three weeks. Or Ajax/Comet if I'm too lazy to walk out to the kitchen and...
  3. Old Hippie

    Blackland Vector vs Sabre (looking for info on Sabre before buying)

    It IS a tough call, no mistake. Even if you're planning to try it on for size, that's still a certain amount of money you have to dedicate to it. I'm sure we've all had experience with purchasing things that didn't work out the way we hoped. But let me say that I'm really, really glad I took...
  4. Old Hippie

    A little discomfort for a super close shave?

    I really hate it when I find myself gritting my teeth and powering through a shave that just doesn't feel good. Oh, I'll DO it sometimes -- my Kampfe Star lather catcher is fairly smooth WTG but is a real whistling bearcat XTG and ATG. If I use that LC I generally only do WTG then shift to a...
  5. Old Hippie

    SE SOTD- What was your tool of choice today?

    SOTD: Friday July 31, 2020 Razor: Blackland Sabre L1 Blade: PTFE (7) Soap: OH Puck! I'll set up another portrait this weekend when I give this thing a deep clean preparatory to changing to the L2 plate for Monday. In the meantime, I think I've finally gone "past the edge" on this blade...
  6. Old Hippie

    I want to upgrade from Merkur 34C

    Well, I'll be honest and say I don't really like "regular" DE razors all that much. I like the quirky, the oddball, the "let's-try-this-and-see-what-happens." Oh, nothing AGAINST regular DEs! Just I prefer to spend my time with other razors. You mention a "learning curve" with the Merkur 37C...
  7. Old Hippie

    Wanton destruction

    Yup. Just like anything about shaving; so many variables, so little control. So we worship at the altar of YMMV. I went into slants because I was swearing off regular DEs. Kind of amusing. I believe I understood the point of your experiment: that adding slant geometry to an existing DE might...
  8. Old Hippie

    Tasting Cella?

    The funny thing is: those of us who MAKE hot process soap taste it all the time. Well, not "taste" for taste, but do what's called "The Zap Test" to see if all the lye has been neutralized. If it "zaps" like touching your tongue to a nine-volt battery, it ain't done yet. Ptoo...red cedar. O.H.
  9. Old Hippie

    SE SOTD- What was your tool of choice today?

    SOTD: Wednesday July 29, 2020 Razor: Blackland Sabre L1 Blade: Gem PTFE (6) Soap: OH Puck! Looking back, it's been a while since I posted six head shaves on a Gem blade. I have gotten as high as 10, if I remember correctly, but that was really a couple more than the blade could deliver in the...
  10. Old Hippie

    Wanton destruction

    I've been collecting things for a while. There are a lot of different phases. Look at vintage cars and motorcycles -- some people restore them showroom new, others customize, others make a rat rod or rat bike out of it. Old aircraft, specifically military aircraft from WWII, ruled the unlimited...
  11. Old Hippie

    High-End Razor or Brush?

    I don't tend to get too excited about brushes. No criticism of those who do, but it's just not me. I have three brushes: a pure badger that I bought right at the first from the cutlery store in my little town that carries a few razors and some accessories. It's OK, nothing to recommend...
  12. Old Hippie

    Why I sell/PIF to CONUS Only

    I've been the grateful recipient of a PIF from you (Gem 1912 thread adaptors). I can appreciate the cost and time involved and I support your decision -- but as I say I was glad you were willing to mail to Canada. O.H.
  13. Old Hippie

    Wardonia, what should I do?

    I have one exactly like that. Great razor! If you gently place your blade on the razor you will see where you need to modify the blade a little. I simply break off the ends of the tabs with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Don't let it scare you! Be gentle and use good technique, and you'll get a...
  14. Old Hippie

    Best Modern SE Razor?

    You guys and your long blades. Sheesh. :001_rolle Full disclosure: I have the ATT SE1 & SE2, RR Hawk V3SB and V3OC. But, as Calvin Trillin said, "I do not yearn for them." I'm an old Gem guy, I guess -- but I like playing with all of them. I have been tremendously impressed with the Blackland...
  15. Old Hippie

    SE SOTD- What was your tool of choice today?

    Lovely, lovely razors, those Little Lather Catcher ER1914s. The design just comes together and gives a closer, smoother shave than the general run of 1912 Gems -- although only slightly so. Although mine's happier if I do a 3-pass shave with it (as I find most razors of that vintage are), it's...
  16. Old Hippie

    Gillette slant?

    Now THAT'S interesting. I'd like to try shaving with that. I'm very slowly working on a helical slant razor using some brass tubing sections for the plate and cap. NOT having a machine shop handy means I do a lot of very slow hand work, but really it's about learning for me. Getting a razor out...
  17. Old Hippie

    SE SOTD- What was your tool of choice today?

    SOTD: Monday July 27, 2020 Razor: Blackland Sabre L1 Blade: PTFE (5) Soap: OH Puck! It's getting about time to change the towel...but not "throw it in." [grin] Oh, and "Flightless Birds for 200, Alex" -- just because I don't have a little rabbit figurine. I've been gradually playing with...
  18. Old Hippie

    2 Gillettes in a flea mall find

    Yeah, you're already out the five bucks, so they either clean up or they don't. My guess is they'll clean up just fine! Maybe not showroom quality, but there is a special buzz you get from shaving with a razor you've brought back from the dead. O.H.
  19. Old Hippie

    What am I?

    It looks more like "Gurley's" to me -- and googling that comes up with a straight razor company. I'm interested to see more! O.H.
  20. Old Hippie

    SE SOTD- What was your tool of choice today?

    SOTD: Friday July 24, 2020 Razor: Blackland Sabre L1 Blade: Personna Gem Stainless PTFE Coated (4) Soap: Old Hippie's Puck! I'm still not sure what was weird on Wednesday. Maybe that should be one of our regular shave challenges: Weird Wednesday. I can just imagine... It was doubly weird for...