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  1. Dovo1695

    In Lieu of Soap: Hyaluronic Shaving

    Thanks to @Chan Eil Whiskers, I've been using hyaluronic acid as a post-shave with great results. My skin gets irritated by pretty much all lotions/creams, but hyaluronic acid works a treat in this dry, cold NY weather. When I was using it yesterday, I noted how slick it was. I said to myself...
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    Is it bad form to quote you're own posts?

    Some say that it's poor form to quote your own posts from a separate thread, rather than simply restating your main points. I don't think it's crazy at all. :punk:
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    New Poll: How much shaving time involves a razor actively cutting whiskers?

    I've seen a number of polls over the years that measure how long folks spend on an average shave, and I've always been surprised by how wide the range is. Some folks spend a few minutes, some folks spend an hour or more. That's always made me wonder how much time is actually spent with a razor...
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    Stickers for Shave Stick Tubes

    I recently purchased some samples from Stirling, and put them in shave stick tubes. The stickers on the sample's cellophane weren't stuck on very well, so I was able to peel them off and stick them on the tubes. I like how it looks! I'd like to do this with my other shavesticks, and I imagine...
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    On the Measurement of Croap Durometer: A New Methodology

    To meet the annual continuing education requirements of my BOSC membership, it is necessary for me to either: 1. Advance the science of shaving in some extraordinary or dubious way 2. Provide evidence of unrepentant indulgence in one or more acquisition disorders. Unfortunately, my spouse has...
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    I Want to Buy 6 common Soaps. Nobody has them?

    I've finished my 3017 mission, my shave den is bare. I'm down to the last inch of a single stick of Arko. It's time to stock up on some staples that I've been missing terribly. When I went looking at my normal web stores, nobody had all of the products I wanted. These were pretty common items...
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    Croap vs Stick vs Triple Milled: A Preference Poll...

    I know I'm in the minority, but I absolutely love shave sticks. Unfortunately, it seems like there are only few dozen soap sticks available in the marketplace. Triple milled soap options are similarly limited. In comparision, there seem to be several thousand croaps and several hundred creams...
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    Firm Soap Options for a New Batch of Shave Sticks. Any Recomendations???

    I'm at the tail end of a 2 year 3017 project for my soaps. I'm down to 1" of Arko. Time to make some new shave sticks! I'm looking for a few "firm" soap options. I find that croaps like the RazoRock branded ones sold by IB are just a bit too soft for my liking. They tend to "smear" when added...
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    Where to buy Gillette Minora Blades in US for reasonable price

    I love Gillette Minora's. It's one of the best blades put out by Gillette in their St Petersburg factory IMHO. Unfortunately, it's sold exclusively in South Africa, and I'm having a hard time finding them for a reasonable price. In South Africa, they're cheaper than Derby Extra, but I can't find...
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    Shavemac Brush Identification Help

    I've had this Shavemac brush for about 20 years, and I'm curious if anybody might be able to tell me what kind it is. I don't have any idea what the model number is, or what kind of knot it is, or whether it's silvertip etc. I know next to nothing about brushes. It doesn't have any identifying...
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    Lathering by Hand (no brush). Anybody else do this?

    I know it's a bit heretical, but I lather with just my hand these days. I started with a brush, and kept with it for quite a while. One day I tried lathering with just my hand and wound up with the slickest lather I'd ever achieved. That was years ago and I've never really looked back. I load...
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    WTB Dear Santa, I Want to Buy a Game Changer

    Yes, I know, I know. The odds are slim, and it's silly to write to Santa as a grown man. Even so, I still do it every Christmas, and he's always come through. Ahem... Dear Santa, If you happen to have a Game Changer whose mileage varies a little too much for your liking. I will happily buy it...
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    Check it Out...King Gillette was a Rigidity Evangelist!

    Here is a 1925 Pamphlet entitled "3 Reasons Why", in which Gillette explains 3 reasons why the Gillette New type is superior to the Old Type. Page 3 is a humdinger. This guy is a dyed-in-the-wool rigidity nut! Was King Gillette the OG BOSC'er??? You decide... :001_tongu And yes, I know...
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    Century Club with Carbon Steel

    Who's done it? Who's even attempted it? I remember seeing a 1904 ad for the Gillette double ring that said "20-40 shaves per blade". If normal people could get 40 shaves per blade with 1904 steel, it stands to reason that some Excaliber club savant has made it to the century club with modern...
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    Has anybody in Conus used razorbladesclub in Germany?

    I placed an order with them a little over a week ago without realizing they're based out of Germany. I was a little surprised after checkout when I got my shipment tracking email from Deutsche Post! Oddly, the shipping was only $3.00. Than makes me think that it might be a while before I see my...
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    Shave Journal Apps for IOS or Android

    I like the idea of tracking shaves, but I know I'll never take the time to start a journal here on Badger & Blade, or to track it in a paper notebook. I'm curious about apps that will allow me to keep track of each shave to efficiently capture the following info: Soap Used Brush used Razor...
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    Face Lathering with Grooming Dept's Tacit

    Recently, both my 7 year old daughter and a 120 year old Austrian soap (Haslingers Schafsmilch) inexplicably decided to become vegetarians for the New Year. I'm not sure which I found more baffling and upsetting. What I do know is that after many happy shaves with Schafsmilch, I'm back on the...
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    Battle of the Obscure: Gillette Minora vs. Silver Star

    Well, I did it again. I innocently went to an online shaving store and inexplicably wound up buying 7 things. Fortunately, this time the total was still under $15. @Raven Koenes mentioned in recent thread that one of his favorite blades is Silver Star, which he gets at razorbladesclub.com. I...
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    Ballooning ATG...

    You can categorize this under "weird techniques that work surprisingly well". Essentially, you fill your cheeks with air during the against the grain pass. I started doing it earlier this week to try to get BBS at the corners of my mouth, which is typically a tricky spot for me. It worked great...
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    Mamba Alert: They're Back!

    I know I wasn't the only one frustrated when the new SS Mamba sold out basically instantly when they came out in Oct. I was over at Italian Barber just now and lo and behold, they were back in stock. Ironically, I just bought a used one on the BST on Sunday.:001_huh: Just thought I'd give...
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