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  1. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Two Band/Bristle Mixed knot (Oumo) 24mm Brushes

    Thought you were filling the well with epoxy and drilling a new hole.
  2. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Damn Comfortable Shave

    The iKon X3 is an interesting razor. I like mine a lot better than I used to. For a few shaves I used a Wunderbar which a member was nice enough to lend me. Climbing its learning curve probably helped me with the X3. I'll be very interested in whether you agree with me about Polsilver SI blades...
  3. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Cal's "I don't do journals" Journal

    What does the soap smell like? Pie? Pie, and not much of it, is my only experience with the stuff. The pie was good, and memorable. Great shaving related memory, Cal. Happy shaves, Jim
  4. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Two Band/Bristle Mixed knot (Oumo) 24mm Brushes

    At some point there will be a lavishly illustrated tutorial, right, if it continues to hold up? I'm betting it does great. Happy shaves, Jim
  5. Chan Eil Whiskers

    My Search For Smooth

    Generally I don't do any stretching beyond a few face contortions. My guess is I should do more, but I've been saying that to myself for years so there is that. On the other hand, my shaves are pretty good. Happy shaves, Jim
  6. Chan Eil Whiskers

    The Journal of a Backwards Professor

    Good to know.
  7. Chan Eil Whiskers

    The Journal of a Backwards Professor

    Regardless, one might assume the Red Tip should be the most "aggressive" of the three. What aggressive means - efficient, prone to biting you, both - being totally unknown unless defined by the person using the term. I've used none of these razors unless I used them in the 1960s and don't...
  8. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Damn Comfortable Shave

    Monday starts the week off right. Executive adjusted again to #5. Why change the adjustment, right, unless there's a compelling reason, which there is not. Wizamet SI, flipped. Excellent brush and soap. style="width: 100%" |- | style="width: 50.0000%" | I'm on a Pineapple Bay Rum...
  9. Chan Eil Whiskers

    The Journal of a Backwards Professor

    Which is which when it comes to the Red Tip and its siblings?
  10. Chan Eil Whiskers

    This is a first for me

    Thanks for that helpful information. I wouldn't buy another gel tipped knot (I have one and like it less and less well), nor would I buy a knot with gel-like tips. Glad to know the SV is not a gel tip. I have had (very briefly) a Thater 2 band silvertip. Didn't much like it as I thought it...
  11. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Damn Comfortable Shave

    I'm pretty sure those are commonly found at just about any junk store and yard sale. For 5¢. They have plenty of gap. Too much for a nickel. Happy shaves, Jim
  12. Chan Eil Whiskers

    My Search For Smooth

    Fair enough. Other blades I liked pretty well include the 7 O'Clock Russian Greens and the Blue Diamond. I have a good many blades I've yet to try even once, some of which I've heard great things about. As the say, blades are very individual! Happy shaves, Jim
  13. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Damn Comfortable Shave

    That's certainly occurred to me and might be correct. However, straights are used at very shallow angles. I use safety razors at steep angles. Also, I don't believe I ever got all that great with the straights. Barely marginally good on my best days I think. It would be very hard to dispute a...
  14. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Zenith 508A XL Manchurian Badger Brush

    As far as I know only Gentile Shave has the non-chromed copper handles. Mine came from the eBay vendor. I have brushes from YourShaving; their prices are better when the exchange rates are favorable. Every one of my shaves is documented on my Damn Comfortable Shave thread but I'm far too lazy...
  15. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Damn Comfortable Shave

    Sunday was another experimental shave. The experiment this time was to see if yesterday's shave could be replicated. Bottom line: Yes. The Gillette Executive adjusted to #5 has performed admirably again. Again today I did very little work. The soul patch area on my lower lip required some...
  16. Chan Eil Whiskers

    My Search For Smooth

    Wes, have you tried either the Polsilver SI or the Wizamet SI? They are the same blade, Wizamet and Polsilver. When I first tried a Polsilver I was done with all the others. It was clearly in a league of its own. Now, obviously I'm not saying that should be anyone else's experience or choice or...
  17. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Zenith 508A XL Manchurian Badger Brush

    Very cool brush ⬆ I think. I suspect it's the same knot as the one in my copper handled brush. Great knot. Changes considerably over time. Mine is now extremely soft, but it still has great backbone and scrub. To begin with, when the brush was new, the backbone was clearly a transplant. I...
  18. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Zenith 508A XL Manchurian Badger Brush

    These are my two Zenith Manchurians. Both, with nominal knot measurements of 27.5 mm and 28 mm, are great brushes. Zenith Manchurians are bargains. I've been tempted by that huge Manchurian knot, but haven't ordered it for a couple of reasons. I don't need it. My 28 mm copper handled Zenith...
  19. Chan Eil Whiskers

    The Journal of a Backwards Professor

    style="width: 100%" |- | style="width: 50.0000%" | | style="width: 50.0000%" | Nice critters
  20. Chan Eil Whiskers

    This is a first for me

    It's not a brush I've been in person, but the photos of SV brushes always make me want one. The issue for me with the SV brushes is the knot. It doesn't always get glowing reviews and is sometimes called a shedder. One never really knows about reviews unless the reviewer talks about what kind...
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