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  1. pdieten

    Modern razors for sale cheap. And a Gillette New LC

    Time to be rid of some things that have no hope of ever being used, because I'm tired of them taking up drawer space. Everything has been or will be ultrasonically cleaned and sanitized. Everything ships free to CONUS. 1. Unused 3-piece is in a Qshave box, looks like a Baili BR171 or a Razorock...
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    Dollar store Assured shaving brush

    My better half went to Dollar Tree today, spotted this and brought it home for me, knowing I’d get a laugh out of it. What you get for your dollar: 18mm nylon knot 50mm loft 50mm handle height, handle is injection molded plastic available in four colors 27mm maximum handle diameter 23mm...
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    I actually went and bought myself a new razor.

    My birthday approaches. I thought I’d treat myself to an actual new razor, since to date everything I’ve owned has been pre-owned. The big trick was finding something I’d be likely to like. I had some requirements: 1) Must be more aggressive than average 2) Must NOT be made of zinc alloy 3)...
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    Old Spice Hawkridge after shave

    Needed a few sundries so the wife and I went to Big Lots, and there I found a product I never knew existed. Note, my wife hates spice scents in general and Old Spice in particular, so I don’t trouble myself to keep their original scent products in the house. Which means I have no buoy bottles...
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    FS 1980s NIB/NOS Century badger brushes

    Awhile back I picked up a case lot (six) Century badger brushes on eBay. They're new in their original boxes, over 30 years old, made in the USA. Some of you may have seen these on eBay. They are probably among the last of the classic era NYC shaving brushes, made some time in the 1980s by...
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    NOS Century 7090 US-made brush

    Some of you may have seen these on eBay. They are probably among the last of the classic era NYC shaving brushes, made some time in the 1980s by Ascher Brush, which had used the Century name for decades but shut down in 1989. This is described as a 22mm "pure badger" brush. I bought a box of...
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    Soliciting knot suggestions

    Hi all I have another 20mm vintage butterscotch catalin handle I need to fill with a knot. (I am shamelessly stealing the seller's photo to share.) It's a Made Rite 750C, minus its original pure badger knot. I am seeking suggestions for what to put in to it, with the following guidelines...
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    New use for menthol crystals: Soothe a sore throat :(

    Whatever virus my wife had last week has now passed to me. No fever but the chest congestion and coughing are obnoxious :( A few months ago I bought a couple ounces of menthol crystals to add to aftershave splashes. It's powerful stuff, such that I've had to double wrap it to keep the whole...
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    Gillette Silver Blue new packaging

    This might not be news to some of you, but this is the first time I've seen GSBs in current packaging available to US buyers. It was in an eBay link. So I won't be linking directly, but an eBay search for "20 Gillette Silver Blue" will reveal a Russian seller with a picture of four tucks of...
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    FS Hardware clean out. Offering here first

    Just a couple of things surplus to my needs. Prices include postage to CONUS. PayPal my username at gmail.com. Trades will not be considered, sorry. Edwin Jagger medium best badger with older style ebony handle, never lathered and matching mug. $29 VDH pure badger brush, knot has been...
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    SBAD cured (for now...) Brush rotation is settled

    I guess I have a few things to get rid of now, but I've finally settled on brushes that look good in the rack on the wall and work for my face. I don't like large rotations because they give me decision fatigue, so this is all the brushes I need to use. They're all '50s vintage handles I...
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    First bifocals :(

    Argh! I'm 48. The optometrist thought I should have bifocals two years ago already, and I refused, even though I couldn't read anything less than 18 inches away without taking my glasses off even then. Now at +1.5 I finally had to give in. My new lined bifocals just arrived from Zenni today...
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    Made Rite knot hole depth

    I ground out the original knot from this Made Rite 500PB today to make sure it would take a new knot. The original knot had zero backbone and was impossible to lather with. That hole got only 9mm deep before I hit resin. No wonder the brush was so floppy. Is this normal? I don't want more than...
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    Vintage "badger cased" brush

    I picked up an old Made Rite 303 as a restoration project. I hope I can make a useful brush out of it. I love its Catalin handle. Having a little fun with this knot though. I don't think this brush was ever used. It looked normal enough when it arrived, but look what happens to this knot when...
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    FS Gillette 1946 Milord & 1956 B4 Red tip user grade

    Surplus to my needs. I'm not adjusting well to these taller heads and not going to make the time to figure it out. They are user grade. The Milord is a 1946 (has both endcaps, no center bar notch, smooth band above knob) and there is no longer any gold on the doors. The Red tip could probably...
  16. pdieten

    Shave Forge 20mm synthetic knot

    Hi all I have never used a synthetic brush before, nor any natural hair brush softer than a best badger. That said, I bought the subject knot (edit: it's the synthetic silvertip knot, 20mmx63mm) to install in an Ever-Ready C40 handle and filled the handle with epoxy such that the knot would...
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    This morning's Surrey shave

    Cruising eBay I stumbled across something so charming to me that I had to buy it, and that led me straight down a rabbit hole on the Internet for a couple of hours about exactly who Surrey was and how they relate to today's Van Der Hagen. The box was full and shrinkwrapped when I bought...
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    What are Ever Ready C40 brush knots set in?

    A worn out C40 showed up in a lot of stuff I bought on eBay and yesterday I decided to use it for knot removal practice. Started drilling into the knot and was getting big piles of white powder. By the end of the job I was chipping pieces out that looked like plaster. Was that all dried up shave...
  19. pdieten

    Simpson brushes. What's the difference between them?

    One day I went poking around on their website looking at all the brushes. Controlling for hair type (i.e. best badger), size, and ivory handles, there is still a very wide range of products at widely varying prices. What exactly do you get for the extra money in the expensive brushes? Why does...
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    What was this box for?

    As my mother in law digs through the house looking for things to give away (because she has a hard time throwing things away) she came across this leather box that had belonged to my late father-in-law. I assume it's from the '70s. She guilted my wife into taking it home to me. Wasn't too...
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