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gull
04-23-2011, 04:13 AM
you drop it like I just did this morning :c7:

For the past two weeks I've been having trouble with my blade. It was dull but nothing I did would get it back to it's previous state. This morning was a breakthrough and I had a fantastic shave.

Then, I applied my alum, no sting, and before I know it, the block is flying at 100mph across the bathroom.

I have three big chunks left. The edges are really sharp, but there are a few small smooth spots.

Any advice on how to salvage what remains?

Krodor
04-23-2011, 05:03 AM
I have three big chunks left. The edges are really sharp, but there are a few small smooth spots.

Any advice on how to salvage what remains?

sharp enough to shave with??!? :):blink: :thumbup:

mftoms59
04-23-2011, 05:45 AM
you drop it like I just did this morning :c7:

For the past two weeks I've been having trouble with my blade. It was dull but nothing I did would get it back to it's previous state. This morning was a breakthrough and I had a fantastic shave.

Then, I applied my alum, no sting, and before I know it, the block is flying at 100mph across the bathroom.

I have three big chunks left. The edges are really sharp, but there are a few small smooth spots.

Any advice on how to salvage what remains?

No good ideas, but I'd guess you could try a bit of water and kind of rubber band the pieces together until they dried, if it doesn't work you could use as deodorant and smooth out the edges with your underarms. I always have a back-up for emergencies. They are cheap when not buying "Big Name Brands", You can find them in many Asian and Indian Markets.

BroJohn
04-23-2011, 06:13 AM
Gravity is not your friend.

There is no fix, broken Alum blocks need to be replaced.

-- John Gehman

TheCapitalist
04-23-2011, 06:32 AM
you drop it like I just did this morning :c7:

For the past two weeks I've been having trouble with my blade. It was dull but nothing I did would get it back to it's previous state. This morning was a breakthrough and I had a fantastic shave.

Then, I applied my alum, no sting, and before I know it, the block is flying at 100mph across the bathroom.

I have three big chunks left. The edges are really sharp, but there are a few small smooth spots.

Any advice on how to salvage what remains?



Hi,

I have done this exact same thing. I tried using the smooth bits, but found you get scratched and you become so cautious that you no longer apply with the same vigour. Not convenient, but throw away and invest in a new one. Also, get some other products that you will no doubt need, to save on the P&P.

HyperCamper
04-23-2011, 06:36 AM
I've experienced this as well... My solution: smoothing it with sanding paper! It worked wonders on a brand new block I dropped after just using it once. Sand off the sharp edges completely, though, since it only takes one pointy bit to make you regret ever trying... :)

nyyfan71
04-23-2011, 06:51 AM
I have never used an Alum Bloc. Is this something that I should have in my den? I have a septic pencil and only use that when I get a nick on my chin. Doesn't happen alot, twice a month maybe.


Mark.

johsa
04-23-2011, 07:21 AM
I feel your pain, the same thing happened to me last week. I have been using the same alum block for more than one and a half year when I dropped it. Luckily I already had a backup.

gearchow
04-23-2011, 07:29 AM
I have never used an Alum Bloc. Is this something that I should have in my den? I have a septic pencil and only use that when I get a nick on my chin. Doesn't happen alot, twice a month maybe.


Mark.

Although they will tamp down a small weeper, they are mostly used as an astringent - it could take the place of AS. If I give myself a bit of razor burn, the alum block I go.

Worthwhile to have in the arsenal, even if only used occasionally. :thumbup1:

-jim

Swanny
04-23-2011, 07:37 AM
Although they will tamp down a small weeper, they are mostly used as an astringent - it could take the place of AS. If I give myself a bit of razor burn, the alum block I go.

Worthwhile to have in the arsenal, even if only used occasionally. :thumbup1:

-jim

Nice QR Chowhound, I scanned your avatar.

mftoms59
04-23-2011, 08:12 AM
I have never used an Alum Bloc. Is this something that I should have in my den? I have a septic pencil and only use that when I get a nick on my chin. Doesn't happen alot, twice a month maybe.

Mark.

Alum Block is an astringent that kills bacteria, tightens the skin and provides feedback (grades) your shave Technique (Blade Angle/ Pressure); mild tingle= good technique, Slight to intense BURN= poor technique. Apply after the shave, clean your sink, equipment and put everything away ~3-5 minutes, rinse alum off your face with cold water, the apply your Scent of the Day,

Alum Block can also be used as a deodorant and doesn't stain your shirts.

nyyfan71
04-23-2011, 08:27 AM
Well that does it then. Thanks gearchow and mfans59 for the info. I'll put that on my Thursday list of things to buy. SWMBO has let me make a short list for this payday.

garyg
04-23-2011, 08:50 AM
As HyperCamper points out the pieces can be salvaged. They actually smooth out pretty quick with just water & a (careful) thumb rub.

YetiDave
04-23-2011, 04:03 PM
Alum Block is an astringent that kills bacteria, tightens the skin and provides feedback (grades) your shave Technique (Blade Angle/ Pressure); mild tingle= good technique, Slight to intense BURN= poor technique. Apply after the shave, clean your sink, equipment and put everything away ~3-5 minutes, rinse alum off your face with cold water, the apply your Scent of the Day,

Alum Block can also be used as a deodorant and doesn't stain your shirts.

+1

The stuff has a million and one uses. The 'feedback' is probably the best part though. As for the broken bits - I'd powder them up in a pestle and mortar and mix a little with some witch hazel to use as an AS

GDCarrington
04-23-2011, 04:12 PM
you drop it like I just did this morning :c7:

For the past two weeks I've been having trouble with my blade. It was dull but nothing I did would get it back to it's previous state. This morning was a breakthrough and I had a fantastic shave.

Then, I applied my alum, no sting, and before I know it, the block is flying at 100mph across the bathroom.

I have three big chunks left. The edges are really sharp, but there are a few small smooth spots.

Any advice on how to salvage what remains?

The stuff has a million and one uses. The 'feedback' is probably the best part though. As for the broken bits - I'd powder them up in a pestle and mortar and mix a little with some witch hazel to use as an AS[/QUOTE]

+1 to this method. You can grind it into a powder form in a small seal able container and use a slightly damp cloth or paper towel to apply the alum to a weeper. This can allow you to use the alum in a blotting pad form and get some mileage out of it.

DaveNJ74
04-23-2011, 05:26 PM
I lost 2 alum blocks to gravity. I really dont even use the new one.

nav
04-23-2011, 06:22 PM
you can easily file down the sharp bits and it will be fully usable again...although quite a lot smaller.

Ive done this before when I had a $20 alum block. After switching to the $5 blocks, I wouldn't bother doing the filing, I would just buy a new one.

maestro78
04-24-2011, 06:51 AM
This is why I stopped using alum blocks! After looking at the million shattered pieces in my sink of my first dropped block, I realized this is just going to happen over and over again if I continued. So I switched to witchhazel.

Optometrist
04-24-2011, 07:08 AM
This is why I stopped using alum blocks! After looking at the million shattered pieces in my sink of my first dropped block, I realized this is just going to happen over and over again if I continued. So I switched to witchhazel.

No need to stop using Alum. I used Osma Bloc and dropped it twice. When the time came to buy another, I simply purchased SAL Allume Di Rocca Naturale. It's alum in a giant stick form, with a plastic base to grip with. Works a treat! See http://www.shaving.ie/products/Alum-Block.html

GuitarGuy
04-24-2011, 07:19 AM
Try Crystal deodorant - Actually Alum mineral salts.
Sold in easy to use/store stick form at Walgreen's - fairly cheap.
More secure to hold onto - the cover protects it too...

oscarbowman
04-24-2011, 09:02 AM
Bon Jovi "Slippery when Wet" springs to mind! :lol:

Anyhoo......with a waste not want not mindset don't be throwing those bad boys out. Get yourself a plastic pump action spray bottle. Break the bits into sizes small enough to go in the bottle. Half fill the bottle with water. Replace top and shake like a goodun!
This will last for.......well possibly forever with each time you run out of water you just top it up again.
Also a handy item for the travel bag. :thumbup1:

gull
04-24-2011, 06:56 PM
Thanks for the suggestions everyone! :thumbup: I got some replacement alum blocks for $3. They look a little dirty compared to my pristine Osma...

The chunks of my old alum will still be used. I'll just file down the sharp ends.

jasonled75
04-24-2011, 07:50 PM
Maybe you could grind it to a powder and use it that way. Maybe applied with a dry shaving brush. Just an idea.

OkieStubble
04-24-2011, 07:57 PM
I use a roll on alum, and spray bottle alum also. Non breakable.

http://www.naturallyfreshdeodorantcrystal.com/

KeithS
04-25-2011, 03:11 AM
Alum-On-A-Rope?

mlp2147
04-25-2011, 09:36 PM
Same thing happened here. I just ended up buying a new one as it was too much of a pain in the arse to use the broken bits.