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  1. Salty O'Rourke

    An update on Prince Albert, et al.

    I much preferred the old match blends that House of Windsor developed; the Sutliff iterations of the same blends just weren't as enjoyable for me. Trying one was like trying a recipe out of one of those "make (insert quick-service restaurant's signature dish) just like they do at (insert...
  2. Salty O'Rourke

    Why is GEM PTFE so much better than uncoated?

    DE blades are, for the most part, made expressly to be used in shaving. SE blades, for the most part, and especially the PTFE coated ones, are made expressly for use in laboratory and pathology instruments slicers and dicers; we're using them "off label". For those applications the coatings may...
  3. Salty O'Rourke

    Pipe terminology: Rusticated vs. sandblasted

    Here's a collection of Dr. Grabow RJR tobacco premium pipes, all rusticated. The yellow (actually, they're orange) spades mark the Westbrook models; the rest are Belvedere models. I need to polish them up a bit. I really like the pickaxe shape, 3rd from right in the top row:
  4. Salty O'Rourke

    Pipe smoking in fiction (novels, TV, movies)

    William Powell in My Man Godfrey - one of my favorite films.
  5. Salty O'Rourke

    Pipe smoking in fiction (novels, TV, movies)

    In my mind's eye I can see Walter Pidgeon puffing away on a straight billiard, but I couldn't tell you which films or tv shows he smoked in - definitely not Forbidden Planet.
  6. Salty O'Rourke

    Do you grate your soap?

    I bought that huge Tabac shaving stick refill and grated it into a large shaving mug. I also grated an Erasmic puck to make a shave stick, but those are the only times I've done it.
  7. Salty O'Rourke

    potential Gem Featherweight issue

    Sounds like a weak spring to me. I had a 1912 that did the same thing; I managed to pop the cap off the two pins that hold it in place and bend the spring up on the ends to add some tension. You could try that, or just find another Featherweight. It's not your technique - if it was, you'd have...
  8. Salty O'Rourke

    The Codger Cabin

    It was pretty cloudy in our office back then. I didn't smoke all that much at my desk, though - I never mastered the art of answering the phone without knocking hot ash all over my shirt. The owner of the buisiness didn't smoke, but he chewed/dipped incessantly. You learned quickly not to...
  9. Salty O'Rourke

    Pipe terminology: Rusticated vs. sandblasted

    I hear you on the Grabow chamber sizes. I have a couple of nice estate/NOS Grabow Canadians that have larger chambers, and some old pickaxe/tomahawk styles that had taller chambers, plus some wide bulldogs and authors. Nowadays their styles are pretty conservative. The Grabow...
  10. Salty O'Rourke

    HEINRICH DINKELACKER shoes....anyone wear them ?

    I'll have to check them out, need narrow widths and they're getting hard to find.
  11. Salty O'Rourke

    Pipe terminology: Rusticated vs. sandblasted

    I can't recall ever seeing a sandblast finish that wasn't good, whereas it's easy to find a lousy-looking rusticated finish. I've seen way too many rusticated pipes that looked terrible, like it was a kid's arts-and-crafts project for Father's Day. I'm convinced that Dr. Grabow's "carved"...
  12. Salty O'Rourke

    The Codger Cabin

    When I first entered the working world - in the late '70s - there were pipe-smokers all over the office. One of them kept a pipe burning pretty much all day long, and he smoked H&H exclusively. I learned to hate and despise the stuff. It smelled like a tire fire. I understand the current...
  13. Salty O'Rourke


    The Contour is just slightly milder, for me , than the Pushbutton, which I attribute to the handle; the ergonomics are just different. The Contour 2 is imbued with a fair amount of mediocrity, the last shaving implement to bear the GEM name before they threw in the towel.
  14. Salty O'Rourke

    Geofatboy - See how quickly he shaves!!!

    Charles was also a pioneer in the area of artisanal shave products. The one thing he didn't make, unfortunately, was any kind of succession plan, so when he died unexpectedly at a relatively young age, his products died with him.
  15. Salty O'Rourke

    The Codger Cabin

    I smoked a lot of Velvet, Kentucky Club, Union Leader, Briggs, Edward G Robinson's Pipe Blend, and Edgeworth Ready Rubbed back in my college days. All gone now, save for EGR. I avoided PA for years; it was the ultimate punch line to the ultimate phone prank, but I've come to appreciate it...
  16. Salty O'Rourke

    VD Card From the OL

    I thought a VD card was something you had to get punched at the Health Department....
  17. Salty O'Rourke

    I’m not embarrassed to say,

    The other side of the SE coin is blade longevity compared to DE. If you don't get at least 10 good shaves out of one, it's a dud. That 1914 Little Lather Catcher, the one that says "Lift Here" on the cap, is about as good as you can get in the vintage SE universe. Puts the rest to shame, and I...
  18. Salty O'Rourke

    A bit embarrassed I have to say.

    Make sure the blades you ordered are ground to 3 facets - if not, they're not meant for shaving. Well, none of them are meant for shaving, but the ones ground to 3 facets are meant for laboratory slicing and dicing and are perfect for shaving. It should say in the description if they are ground...
  19. Salty O'Rourke

    Geofatboy - See how quickly he shaves!!!

    I've said it before, when they carve the wetshaving Mt. Rushmore, Charles' pan will be on it, with the forms delineated. He was an early pioneer in the revitalization of wet shaving with traditional instruments, and his products had a wider following than his "method" did, which had a fair...
  20. Salty O'Rourke

    Geofatboy - See how quickly he shaves!!!

    I recall one of his vids where he shaved with a 1912 or some such GEM razor. He called the blade a "scraper" blade, but he managed to get through it without losing an ear. He didn't look comfortable. Now, as for how speedy he is - next to Charles Roberts he looks like an arthritic shaving with...
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