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    Fine - American Blend - BALM

    I love it, more than the A/s. Scent lasts all day, smells almost identical (slightly better in my view) and has some more moisturizing properties bring a balm. Wish they did l'orange noir in a balm!
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    Calling all shavers who get over 14 shaves from one disposable blade...

    I was variously a one-and-done shaver on this forum, though mainly a 5 days and done each week. Then I read the Excalibur thread and it got me thinking I ditched blades too soon. I tried my trusty Polsilver and am at 26 Shaves and counting with no dropoff in performance. It's frankly crazy. And...
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    Blade longevity: misconceptions vs reality.

    Glad someone mentioned the Excalibur Club/thread. It really opened my eyes. Guy on there at the moment up to 230 shaves on a blade! For years I was a 5 shaves max and toss guy, also one and done for a while. Having read the above mega Excalibur thread, I'm up to 16 shaves on a polsilver and...
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    I really just thought MDC was hype

    Legend has it that Fine soaps are almost identical in soap base to Tabac. That was their aim in replicating, and they come in glorious scents. L'orange noir is my personal fave. But I'd agree on the Tabac smell - really not pleasant though plenty do like it. Polarising.
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    First go with Martin de Candre

    Paul - you are going to love it. My fougere landed yesterday. Will use tomorrow but test lather was great. Scent is very nice but a touch medicinal. But each sniff is growing on me further. Had the original a Few years back so know how good the soap performs.
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    What Animal have you seen in the wild, that was a rarity for you ?

    I lived in Africa for six years. Was lucky enough to see the Big 5. First in my own car tracking them down over a few safaris. Then on foot on a 5 day walking safari sleeping on the ground without tents like safaris of old. The latter was especially incredible and humbling. And the lions and...
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    Fine balm - how long does the scent last?

    I can smell it days later on my scarf. Smells great and a little goes a long way
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    Alum causing irritation?

    This! Me too
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    FT Timeless Plate Trade .68 SC for .95 SB

    Still looking for this trade? I'm keen
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    Shaving Take-aways from 2019

    That exact brush is my fave too out of my 3 Yaqis. Mildly hurts me to say it is even better than my Paladin silvertip which is 5x the price. It makes great lather out of those soaps I'd previously chalked up as meh with my other brushes.
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    Trying to save $450. Premium sample haul. info inside!

    Great thread! I too love SV - started with Felce which I love the smell and performance of. Recently got Opuntia and it is more meh on the smell, which is also a lot weaker to me. Great performance though. Does the tub of 70th make the smell last any longer than the samples? I do like a good...
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    A Brief Walk On The Dark Side

    I also think having painstakingly learnt the zero pressure DE mantra, when we have to go back to a cart, we don't use the necessary pressure for them to perform to their best.
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    Journal of a floppy-fingered DE shaver

    Great thread and progress! When I read it, I hoped the move to actual soap would help the quality of your lather, and therefore shaves - glad it seems to be from the early days on Arko. If you are already able to go gently ATG, your technique must be sound too. Just on the lather making, worth...
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    What did you use today? +Rate the shave 1-10 (10 best)

    Hot washcloth x2 with facewash instead of usual am shower prep, due to.... ....mid-morning DHL arrival of SV Opuntia soap Timeless 0.95 SB Omega 49 boar Polsilver (4) WH and Myrsol green A/S for the win. Might need to buy some more Fine Platinum A/S to pair with this similar soap. Shucks...
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    UK-bought blades?

    Ok, I've DM'd you. Thanks!
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    UK-bought blades?

    thanks a lot for the offer! I typo'd above - I won't be able to bring back any with me, so I really only need one blade for my 4 day stay so no point getting more than a tuck, and even that will be too many. So not worth you posting to me, but offer much appreciated! I'll try and hunt some down...
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    UK-bought blades?

    Thanks, any particular home brand blades recommended? Most reviews seem bad, if outdated. I only need one blade/tuck as I can bring back any with me when I leave either!
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    UK-bought blades?

    Hi, any UK blade buyers that can recommend a good and easily available blade? Threads on this here seem quite old, and quite negative! I'll be in London next week travelling with just apcarry on, and too late to post myself some blades I think, so will have to buy there. Thanks!
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    What scuttle/mug/lather bowl did you use today?

    Gorgeous handle on that brush - what is it?
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    Omega P49 - wow!

    Is your 48 still going strong after a decade? That's great longevity if so!
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