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  1. Mink

    Need some feedback

    Before I go to the Fountain Pen Network or a vendor, I wanted to get some polite feedback from B&B first. I have been using a Lamy Safari (F) with Noodlers Bulletproof Black for about 3 years and a TWSBI 540 (F) with Noodlers Ottoman Azure for at least a year (I forget). I'm needing to order...
  2. Mink

    Hones and carry-on bags

    I know this has been asked many times before, but my searches aren't coming up with anything. If you can post a link, that would be great. Anyway, I'm flying from Colorado to Texas and would like to take my hones with me. Can I take 5 naniwa hones and a DMT with me in my carry-on or will I need...
  3. Mink

    Any birders out there?

    Today Juncos arrived at my birdfeeder. We get them around here during the cold months and their arrival means things will change soon. I grew up in New England which has lots of colorful little songbirds. There are fewer of them here, but there are some. They're long gone though till spring. My...
  4. Mink

    Lung Ching tea quality and price

    I have made lung ching tea for about 10 years now. The online source I used was bought out by Teavana a few years ago and I won't pay their ridiculous prices. I have purchased from Upton and Arbor, but the quality is noticeably dropping. I used to pay ~$7-8 per 1/4 ounce and that price is now...
  5. Mink

    Dubl Duck picture/image help

    I have a Dubl Duck Goldedge and would like to restore the gold plating. I need a detailed picture or image of a near-new condition tang and tail. There are endless pictures of these razors with tarnish and worn gold plating/leaf (whatever it is), but I can't find any pictures of the pivot area...
  6. Mink

    Please post your new color DB scuttle picture

    I have a year old blue 1.5 DB Scuttle. I would like to buy a new scuttle as a gift because I just love the thing. My problem is that the new colors posted on Julie's website seem, well, "odd". The lighting isn't great on her pictures so I was wondering what the colors look like in good light. I...
  7. Mink

    Scuttle process changes

    There isn't a forum for scuttles, so I'll post my results here. I have been frustrated with some new soaps that I recently purchased that were not making very good lather. In all cases, the lather was the very small bubbles, airy - foamy stuff that lasts about 1 minute in a hot scuttle. The...
  8. Mink

    More new TI models in C135

    There are new TI 7/8, 1/4 hollow, LeGrelot like pattern, with a barber notch, in the new metal. http://www.rasurpur.de/english/shop/shop.html So, how much different is the C135 steel compared to the old Le Grelot blanks? I love the old blanks, and the appeal of the "singing" blades in the...
  9. Mink

    Blue Bell and Otto Busch Pirola straights

    I just came across ShavingShop and see that they have some NOS razors that look very nice but I don't see any reviews on them. Can anyone provide feedback on the 6/8-13/16 Blue Bell and Otto Busch Pirola 2 straight razors? I'm curious because they are older blades, in great shape, and cost...
  10. Mink

    Identical Razor differences

    I have 2 6/8 TI Le Grelot razors with 3/4-full hollow grinds. The only differences between them are the scales and the vendors I purchased them from. One of my razors is incredibly quiet when I shave. There's almost a "thunking" sound when I go through heavier patches. My other razor does the...
  11. Mink

    Barber shop that's starting to give Straight Razor shaves

    http://www.rockbarbers.com/ My son just came back from this barber and got a straight razor shave for $35. It took an hour. 2 lather/hot towel preps, 1 oil prep, then the shave with a disposable straight - sounds like it was a Dovo. Anyway, 2 full passes at a leisurely pace, and then all the...
  12. Mink

    Provence Sante Green Tea clarification - it has talcum

    A thread was started by a member from Germany that raised doubts about PSGT containing talcum. I contacted PS and WCS. WCS and Shaving Essentials put together the introduction of PSGT and are the exclusive distributors, under Baudelaire, Inc, the US distributors for PS. The original formulation...
  13. Mink

    Stocking Stuffers: Lotion

    Each Christmas we draw from a hat on what to put in Christmas Stockings. This year I drew "Lotions". I don't want to ask my daughters because I want them to be a surprise. I don't know where to start. I will spend $100 or so for 10 stockings - including me. Any suggestions on lotions that you've...
  14. Mink

    Red Stamina Scales

    I'm not having any luck getting feedback or a review on Red Stamina scales, specifically the scales used on Thiers Issard razors. I'm thinking of getting another Le Grelot and would like to know if the more expensive woods or horn hold up better. Does the stamina warp? Does the finish hold up...
  15. Mink

    17 steps to a perfect turkey

    17 Ways To Cook A Turkey Go buy a turkey Take a drink of whisky Put turkey in the oven Take another 2 drinks of whisky Set the degree at 375 ovens Take 3 more whiskys of drink Turk the bastey Whisky another bottle of get Ponder the meat thermometer Glass yourself a pour of whisky Bake the...
  16. Mink

    new straight razor cleanup help

    I couldn't find a good answer in the archives. I have a new, week old razor with white bone scales. It arrived with a little bit of black oily/oxide residue between the scales and the tang at the pivot pin. I keep wiping it away and it keeps returning. I sprayed some oil (Ballistol) on it and...
  17. Mink

    high grit stones, what's the benefit

    I read all the comments on high grit stones and get all excited about what is possible with my pretty new razors. Once I'm done shaving with a razor that hasn't seen this treatment, I can't help wonder what I'm missing. My razors are plenty sharp to cut whiskers - and me - very easily. Even in...
  18. Mink

    first "benchmark" straight razor shave

    Big day (evening). I had my first straight razor shave today that is of the same quality that I can get with my favorite DE (Muhle 41R/Shark). I can get a BBS in about 7-8 minutes with the Muhle and it took me 30 min+ with my straight - Boker Edelweiss. The expectation of how long it would take...
  19. Mink

    honing clarifications

    I'm sneaking up on my first honing of a razor and I have some technique or process questions still left. I've watched many videos on razor honing now and I've sharpened my own plane blades and chisels for about 35 years. I understand that some of my current practices won't work for razors, but...
  20. Mink

    straight razor thumb notches - what's the difference?

    As I contemplate my next fix, I've become transfixed with the different designs for thumb notch area. There are many variations from a full tang width blocky shoulder to nicely sloped, full radius cutouts. So, I'm wondering about the plus/minus of each type and how it affects the feel...
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