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  1. Vaporstang

    Brimble Shaving Cream, Elemi & Ginsing - Any Feedback?

    Does anyone have feedback on Hawkins and Brimble Shaving Cream, Elemi & Ginsing? It looks like this is new to WCS. Thanks!
  2. Vaporstang

    I Give Up - What is a Method Edge?

    I have seen "method edge" used several different times here and do not know what it means. I tried online searches to no avail. (All I found was different methods of shaving and talk of the blade's edge.) So, what is a method edge? Is it a specific way of sharpening? Or is it someone's personal...
  3. Vaporstang

    D-Ring vs "Heavy Handle" (Paddle Handle)

    What are your thoughts on a strop with a D-Ring vs a Heavy Handle, or as I think of it as a paddle handle? I am used to the heavy handle and have not used a D-Ring. I am thinking the D-Ring would be a little less safe and may be less comfortable, especially if stropping several blades in a row...
  4. Vaporstang

    Mail Call! Elite Razor Waterfall Bubinga w/ High Mountain White Badger - Picture Heavy

    The nice Mail Lady delivered my new brush today! (Actually there are two nice mail ladies and one grumpy one...) @Eskimo Elite Razor Waterfall Bubinga w/ 26mm High Mountain White Badger – Fan! I shouldn't have....but I did! Sorry for all of the pictures, but I am stoked!:
  5. Vaporstang

    Multi-Pass Shaves. More Aggressive First, More Mild First, or the Same Throughout?

    I am sorry if this topic has been beat to death, but I have only seen a passing reference to the subject here. If doing multi-pass shaves what do you want to use for the first pass, second pass, third pass, etc.? Start with milder and work your way to more aggressive? Start with more aggressive...
  6. Vaporstang

    Honing Equipment Questions - Please Keep It Simple for Me

    The good news is there is a plethora of information on honing and the associated equipment. The bad new is there is a plethora of information on honing and the associated equipment. I feel like I am drinking from a fire hose! I was looking at the sticky here and it was very helpful. What I...
  7. Vaporstang

    My Math Doesn't Add Up

    When using a Parker SRW Shavette, with a Gillette Nacet Stainless blade broken in half, I get about 3 shaves. The blade seems to die when I am almost finished on my 3rd shave. When I use a DE razor ('40's Super Speed, Flare Super Speed, Merkur Progress) with the Nacet, I get about 3 shaves...
  8. Vaporstang

    Where to get an SR honed, and how much to expect to pay?

    I'll ask here since this is kind of a newbish type question. Are there "sanctioned" (for lack of a better term) members here who will hone a straight razor? And how much should I expect to pay? I am not at that stage yet, as I want to try and resurrect a couple of SRs with sharpening paste...
  9. Vaporstang

    I Give Up - Do I Wet My Face Before Using a Shaving Cream?

    I was embarrassed that I even researched this online, but not so much now. I have never used a pre-shave before today. Yesterday I received my order from WCS of Proraso Pre & Post Cream, Sandalwood & Shea Butter (Red). I looked online if I should wet my face or not before using. I have seen...
  10. Vaporstang

    What Did I Buy?

    What year is this razor? The listing said 1908, but I think it would have a serial number if it was. It almost looks like the comb and top plate may have possibly been replated at some point?? I didn't pay a lot for it, so it will not be a loss for me. I jumped on it because I did not see any...
  11. Vaporstang

    Razor Grades on BST

    I am not sure if this is the correct place to post this, but definitely a noob question. What are the different ratings for used/vintage razors and how do they rank? I bought a razor on BST a couple of weeks ago without really knowing what I was doing. But the price was low enough that it...
  12. Vaporstang

    Gillette Single Ring vs Gillette Late 40'S Super Speed

    Can someone please review the two razors for me? I assume that they are not apples to apples. I actually have the '47 - '51 Super Speed, so I am really interested in how the '20s Single Ring compares. Background: I am thinking about getting a refurbished model of one of these. I plan on using...
  13. Vaporstang

    Checking Back In

    I joined April 25th. Enjoying this forum and learning a lot! I joined when trying to learn how to shave with a straight razor. One of the smarter things I did (okay, it was dumb luck), was starting with a shavette. I have gone through a period, because of my over-enthusiasm, of trying to many...
  14. Vaporstang

    My Brand New SR Arrived Today - What Do I Do Next?

    I receive a brand new DOVO Full Hollow Carbon Steel 5/8" "Best Quality" today! :smile1: Like the title says: what do I do with it next? I assume first I have to clean off the oil. Next do I try shaving with it with a back-up at the ready in case it is not sharp enough? Do I strop it first? Do...
  15. Vaporstang

    Issue with Dye

    I recently ordered a shaving kit that included an ACRIMAX badger hair brush. I rinsed the brush out well before using, with black-blue color coming out. The first time I used it there was a bunch more color coming out and in the lather. I rinsed it until clear and let it dry. Then I palm...
  16. Vaporstang

    Cobbled Together Frankenstein Razors?

    I am "rediscovering" safety razors. As far as I can tell, there are many different interchangeable parts across models and manufacturers, along with aftermarket parts. I assume there are some completely cobbled together razor systems. Am I wrong? If not, post pics of what you have.
  17. Vaporstang

    Newbie Question and Milestone Reached.

    Milestone: I reached a milestone today; I completely shaved with a SR! Okay it was a shavette, the SR is in the mail. I Lynn Abrams' advice on just starting under the sideburns only on the first day and going from there. Over the past couple of weeks I've gotten a better feel for the SR. I...
  18. Vaporstang

    Lathering on the Face vs Lathering in the Bowl/Scuttle etc.

    ~40+ years ago I started using a cheap (synthetic) brush and soap. No one taught me, no instructions etc. I would wet the brush and use it to wet the soap. I would lather on my face. I used a cartridge blade (Gillette double blade). For a while now I have been interested in trying a straight...
  19. Vaporstang

    Strop Conditioning and Paste Questions

    I have a Dovo straight razor and Fromm Illinois strop on order. I have started using a shavette and like it enough to take the next steps. Have two separate questions on: conditioning and using a paste. I am a newb at this, so please keep it basic for me. Conditioning: What do I use? I do...
  20. Vaporstang

    Long Story Long

    I would lie say this is a mid-life crisis, but I might be too old for that.... Summary: My Dad used a safety razor when I was growing up. I remember our medicine cabinets having the slots for discarding the blades. I also remember cutting myself messing with the blades and razor as a little...
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