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  1. awa54

    How international were you today?

    Considerably more so than normal... Brush knot: China (Maggard SHD) Brush handle: Argentina (hand turned lignum vitae) Soap: UK (Nanny's Neroli) Razor: Canada (RR Mamba) Blade: Israel (Personna red)
  2. awa54

    What's Your Brush Today?

    Simpson 56 and Nanny's Neroli; excellent hardware and software, but neither the handle or knot can dethrone my Emperor 1 (this definitely falls under the heading of "praising with faint damns").
  3. awa54

    Any good Neroli scented soaps out there?

    A parcel from the UK landed on my desk today, apparently Nanny's isn't answering email, but *is* shipping orders... kingfisher, you are so correct! this is *very* close to the Petal Pusher and has a deeper, rougher scent than other Nerolis without slipping into petitgrain (which I also love...
  4. awa54

    Bocote "Eaglet"

    The Eaglet got used again this morning, it lathered Phoenix & Beau Albion like a champ. It's turning out to be a great little face lathering brush (as expected) and the grip is super comfortable and secure.
  5. awa54

    Lemonade

    It's bocote, but with more of the light grain portion than I've seen in a blank before. When I first rounded off the blank I was a little disappointed, but now I rather like it!
  6. awa54

    Lemonade

    Both are drilled 13/16" (20.6mm) and approximately 15mm deep, the knots are 20mm Maggard 2-band, the fan is their Super High Density knot, the bulb, their "regular" version. The bocote handle is slimmer and smoother, but the two deep grooves give a nice amount of extra grip at the base, while...
  7. awa54

    Lemonade

  8. awa54

    Tung/Watco oil and epoxy?

    the latest LV handle
  9. awa54

    Anyone else make handles in Argentine Lignum Vitae?

    Here's a modification of the Simpson Beaufort pattern, socket drilled 20mm x 15mm depth, with a Maggard SHD knot test fitted. This block of lignum was a darker, more brown color than other Argentine L V I've gotten and also has a less banded appearance to the grain, I like it! The bocote...
  10. awa54

    Tung/Watco oil and epoxy?

    There are pics in the other threads I posted to this sub forum, though mostly bocote recently. I ought to have a few Argentine L V handles soon though and I'll post them when they are done!
  11. awa54

    Tung/Watco oil and epoxy?

    I've heard of Tru oil, but never used it, certainly never in combination with Armor all...
  12. awa54

    Tung/Watco oil and epoxy?

    Thanks for the info! I think I'm going to use a vacuum jar setup to get the finish to really penetrate, then just do an aggressive degrease in the socket before gluing... I'll report my results when there's anything to tell.
  13. awa54

    Lemonade

    ...is the name of this handle. I was going for a truncated Beaufort pattern, but there was an area in the grain that kept tearing out, so I was going to bin the unfinished blank, until my GF asked if I could make a different shape with what I had left... This was the result
  14. awa54

    FS Two razors and six brushes: Vision PAA RR Trumper Vie-Long Shavemac Omega

    Two very nice brushes and one decent travel brush remain: Omega, Shavemac and Vie-Long are re still available!
  15. awa54

    Any good Neroli scented soaps out there?

    Mondial Zagara is the closest to scratching my itch so far, sadly the scent doesn't last more than 20 minutes after rinse, and there's no matching AS or EDC. Phoenix & Beau Pall Mall is like an upside down version of the Asylum Neroli & Black Pepper, with a big dose of earthy (not sharp)...
  16. awa54

    Mondial fragrances how would you rate them

    Dang Mondial to Heck!* I LOVE the Zagara soap, the test lather didn't reveal the full depth of its scent, but a shave this morning did... the rub is that the scent fades immediately upon rinse and only faintly lingers for maybe 20 minutes, the insult to that injury is that there isn't an AS or...
  17. awa54

    Bocote "Eaglet"

    🤣 I turned that handle this evening in the driveway, with a floor lamp for illumination since the sun was going down and there isn't any light in the garage! I need to get some cheap/expendable wood for practice... and a band saw, so that I can make blanks from scrap wood. The great thing...
  18. awa54

    Bocote "Eaglet"

    Thanks for the kind words, but I'm still a novice turner and need to work on my technique quite a bit before I can take credit for having "skills". That said, I *have* made a number of very decent handles and I feel like it won't take too much more practice to up my consistency to "solid"...
  19. awa54

    Bocote "Eaglet"

    next up an ersatz Beaufort, with a Maggard 22mm 2-band
  20. awa54

    Mondial fragrances how would you rate them

    The Mondial Bergamotto Neroli and Zagara arrived today, the B/N is a light, bright orangeade scent, not bad, but very similar to RR Don Marco (and I gather TFS B/N), so unless the shaving performance is a revelation compared to those soaps (which seems unlikely), it falls into the "overpriced"...
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