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  1. merovirginian

    Black Friday Sale at Pasteur's Pharmacy in NYC

    Since Pasteur's finally opened up an online shop, I though some might like to know they will have 15% off on the 26th and 27th this year. A little Martin de Candre at that price might be nice little treat, no? https://www.pasteurshaving.com
  2. merovirginian

    Sawdust Creations Custom Handle

    I recently received a custom brush handle by Sawdust Creation Studios on Etsy. Robert did a wonderful job communicating with me through the process. The bog oak itself is beautiful—a nice, rich, dark brown. I asked for the resin 'racing stripe' in the handle and he did a great job incorporating...
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    What is your favorite non-tallow, non-lanolin shaving soap?

    I have both non-tallow and tallow shaving soaps and like them both. My den has far more tallow soaps though; super-fatted animal soaps appear to be very popular. I thought it might be nice to go in the other direction. I was hoping to learn what non-tallow soaps people like. So I created this...
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    Haslinger Convert Questions

    I've been shaving with my (grated) puck of Haslinger Aloe Vera for a number of months now. I have the non-tallow, modern version. I love it. It's just a great, neutral shaving soap. I can find no fault with it. Here are my two questions, (1) is there any performance difference between any...
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    Wolfman WR2 1.05 and the Karve CB

    This will be a tl;dr post. Really. [I am writing this on Thursday night but posting today] [On Thursday,] I received my 1.05 sb Wolfman with a 90 mm WRH2 handle in the basic polished (textured) finish. There are plenty of Wolfman Razor reviews. I wanted to review the razor and specifically...
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    Haslinger (non tallow)

    I just tried the Haslinger Aloe Vera (non tallow) version today. I received a puck with my Shavemac knot purchase a while ago. The scent was mild but pleasant. It lathered super easily (just like its reputation), almost thoughtlessly. The soap was luxurious and cushioning. I could buff with...
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    Fan of two-band badgers: 24mm Yaqi and 23mm Shavemac

    I love my two fan brushes. I did want to compare them without regard to price and give my short-term opinions for y'all to consider. I've had about 15 shaves with the Yaqi, and about 5 with the Shavemac. I'm completely guessing at these numbers because I don't actually count them (unlike my...
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    FS Declaration Grooming (milksteak) Weinstrasse

    I purchased this new soap a few weeks ago. It's been used/sampled one time with a synthetic brush, and only to test the scent (on my hand and arm). Retail is $24 plus shipping. Offer is $19 including shipping CONUS. Open to shipping outside CONUS, but pricing with shipping will need to be...
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    Rockwell with Gunkote/Cerakote?

    I recently had a brass razor plated in rhodium. I loved the results. Has anyone had the Rockwell 6s coated in Gunkote or Cerakote? If so, was there a noticeable shave difference with the coating? Any recommended vendors? Just curious about the possibility right now.
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    Glue/Epoxy for a Knot

    I apologize if this question has been asked before, and I am just a simple consumer (so additional apologizes if this should be posted somewhere else). I have a brush handle and a separate shaving knot coming in. I will need to glue them together (obviously). I have read that many prefer the...
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    Favorite Unscented or Neutral Scent Post-Shave Product

    I enjoy my scented aftershaves (often matching my shave soaps). I also enjoy my unscented aftershaves, balms, etc. An eau de cologne/toilette/parfum can provide a lasting scent as well, and perhaps better than a soap or aftershave. I know that so many current shave soaps focus on post-shave...
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    "Tuxedo" Rhodium-Plated Razor

    So, Chris at Razorplate just emailed me finished pictures of the brass Karve I had plated. The handle is in black rhodium, while the top cap and base plates are in rhodium. I could not be happier with the outcome and can't wait to try it when it arrives.
  13. merovirginian

    Zingari Man

    I just shaved with Zingari Man Nomad in the new sego base. I haven't seen a post about the soap where people can share reviews so I thought I would start one. There is this one about different scents of the soap: Zingari Man Scents? -...
  14. merovirginian

    22-24 mm Badger knot for a custom handle

    I am bit away from a custom brush handle being created. I am leaning towards a two-band badger fan-style knot. Does anyone have any recommendations on knot providers (and experience with the brand they recommend)? I am looking at Maggards (of course), AP Shave, Shavemac ($$)--not really DG, but...
  15. merovirginian

    Wolfman Razors timing

    I know. It's like seeing a unicorn. Still, I'm curious about the time it takes right now (Nov 2019) from being on the Wolfman waitlist to being informed of your finished razor. Shipping time is a geographic limitation that, while important, is not what concerns me right now. For those who have...
  16. merovirginian

    Murphy & McNeil Ogham Stone

    I just received a sample of this soap from M&M. I did a test lather tonight to get a feel for the scent (I know I love the Aon base). I really, really like this. From the website, it has frankincense, myrrh, rose, peony, and amber. M&M says it's supposed to remind one of wet stone. Well, I had...
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    Soaps to sample on a trip to France

    I'm going on a trip to France (Paris and its outskirts) in the next couple weeks (from the USA) and staying for a couple of weeks. I was wondering if there were any unique shaving soaps (or creams or stores) that anyone might recommend that are not particularly available in the US (or are...
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    Karve CB and Blades That Work For You or Don't

    I know there's been at least one post on the topic in the past (and buried posts in the Karve Diem brotherhood). But, I thought it might be useful for owners of the Karve (whatever metal) to share their opinions about what works in their Karve CB on a particular plate (if that even matters)...
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