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  1. Thread: Colgate puck

    by mblakele
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    Try It and see. For me, vintage Colgate sticks...

    Try It and see. For me, vintage Colgate sticks are some of the very best.
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    Very nice set, Jake. However I agree that the...

    Very nice set, Jake. However I agree that the handle is a substitute, even though the head may be original to the set. The serial is from the latter part of the B series, probably ca. 1910 and made...
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    Sticky: Yesterday I finished off the last of this ca....

    Yesterday I finished off the last of this ca. 1924 Colgate stick.

    http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=44138

    My notes show 84 shaves. For me this soap edged out vintage...
  4. Thread: Big Boy date?

    by mblakele
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    That narrows it down to mid-1932 or later.

    That narrows it down to mid-1932 or later.
  5. Thread: Big Boy date?

    by mblakele
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    Looks like a NEW, so 1929 or later. Any serial...

    Looks like a NEW, so 1929 or later. Any serial number or patent marks?
  6. Good stuff. Note how Nickerson, an engineer, ties...

    Good stuff. Note how Nickerson, an engineer, ties the price to COGS: "none of us really knew what the price should be, because we did not know what the razor would cost to make and sell". But Joyce,...
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    I was born at a very young age. They say you...

    I was born at a very young age.

    They say you are only as old as you feel. But the older the soap, the younger I feel. Unfortunately that Colgate is almost gone now.
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    This soap is probably about 90 years old. Not...

    This soap is probably about 90 years old. Not much scent left, but it still lathers extremely well.

    http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=44138
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    Sticky: http://www.dalli-group.com/dalligroup/index.php?ar...

    http://www.dalli-group.com/dalligroup/index.php?article=37 is still around, in Stolberg, near Aachen. They are the parent company of Mäuer & Witz, which owns the Tabac brand.
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    Take a look at Creating_A_Shave_Stick on the wiki.

    Take a look at Creating_A_Shave_Stick on the wiki.
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    In NOLA I think the hardness of your water may...

    In NOLA I think the hardness of your water may shift around quite a bit through the seasons. That might play a role.

    It might also be time to clean those brushes. Hard water deposits make it more...
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    I would guess 1921, when the New Improved was...

    I would guess 1921, when the New Improved was first introduced. I say that simply because the serial number is so early in the Y series. The patent number might help too.

    Oddly there seem to be...
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    Take a look at...

    Take a look at http://wiki.badgerandblade.com/Category:Shopping_by_Country

    In my opinion the UK has pretty good high street options, better than many other countries. But there is always room for...
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    For wider sticks like Arko and Valobra, a...

    For wider sticks like Arko and Valobra, a Walgreens PM-20 pill bottle has its charms.

    http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=36045

    Hold the stick in place with staples...
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    I have the opposite problem: all my pucks seem to...

    I have the opposite problem: all my pucks seem to turn into sticks.
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    http://mr-razor.com/Rasierklingen/Rasierklingen.ht...

    http://mr-razor.com/Rasierklingen/Rasierklingen.htm is a great resource for these questions.

    If you are willing to open the package and slide a blade partway out, you should be able to read the...
  17. B54901, script-logo case with diamond logos on...

    B54901, script-logo case with diamond logos on the blade boxes. No G-in-D or other markings aside from the patent. Assuming those blade boxes are original, it cannot be any earlier than May 1908 at...
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    And thanks from me! 1 shilling and 8...

    And thanks from me!



    1 shilling and 8 pence; 7 shillings and six pence. A pound was twenty shillings, and a shilling was twelve pence. Simple, right?
  19. You and Ian may well be right. Thanks for...

    You and Ian may well be right. Thanks for highlighting his post.



    Tips breaking off is also good evidence that the knot is fairly old. You might be able to revive it with a good hair...
  20. We see a fair amount of vintage badger hair...

    We see a fair amount of vintage badger hair around here. You are right that "pure" has no fixed meaning. However look at how white those tips are. The same UV that turned the handle...
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    Sticky: Today marked the end for a bottle of Shiseido...

    Today marked the end for a bottle of Shiseido Bravas, Made in Japan. Good stuff, and I hope to replace it.
  22. My experience is that knots open up a little over...

    My experience is that knots open up a little over the first month. However other gents disagree and YMMV.

    You could set it with a little silicone instead of epoxy. That makes it easier to revisit.
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    Yes, or maybe even no change at all. That could...

    Yes, or maybe even no change at all. That could happen with a group of ingredients in roughly equal relative weights, so the listed order is arbitrary. Or it might happen if regulations have changed...
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    Nice travel kit!

    Nice travel kit!
  25. Thanks for posting that. Last time I was in BA I...

    Thanks for posting that. Last time I was in BA I was not looking for shaving tackle, but I enjoyed the bife de lomo and the wine.

    Are the brushes made in Argentina, or imported?

    Interesting...
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    The best link is probably...

    The best link is probably http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1676444

    Prior discussion:
    ...
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    Use as directed. The dose makes the poison.

    Use as directed.

    The dose makes the poison.
  28. Disassembled seems safer for the razor. Less risk...

    Disassembled seems safer for the razor. Less risk of bending or breaking the cap screw. But pack it flat and it is pretty hard to damage.
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    New Spice is what you might call a food scent,...

    New Spice is what you might call a food scent, something like a bay rum taken in a sweeter direction.

    I like the scent of the savory rose myself. All the SCS aftershaves seem to have good skin...
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    Science_Of_Shaving may help, especially the 1937...

    Science_Of_Shaving may help, especially the 1937 JAMA article by Hollander and Casselman. It shows evidence that prep works because soap breaks up the slightly acid, oily layer of sebum. Normally...
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    Nice find, and from the packaging it is probably...

    Nice find, and from the packaging it is probably earlier than the 1960s: no mention of stainless steel.

    But I think these two blade brands are unrelated. The wrapper on this one says "Admiral...
  32. Thread: Shave Sticks

    by mblakele
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    I do not, because I want the soap to dry out....

    I do not, because I want the soap to dry out. Most traditional shave soap containers are not air-tight, and if you look closely many stick containers have ventilation built in. Maybe the idea is that...
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    I would guess 1964-76, maybe a bit later but not...

    I would guess 1964-76, maybe a bit later but not much.

    I looked at google books, which found very few references. There was one in Industrial Design dated 1962, but I think that date is probably...
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    Sorry about that! It could be a fine brush...

    Sorry about that! It could be a fine brush anyway. Let us know what you think.
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    Welcome to B&B! Me, I mostly face-lather with...

    Welcome to B&B!

    Me, I mostly face-lather with soaps. Take a look at Getting Started Wetshaving on the wiki.
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    Not Rooney, in my opinion. The proportions are...

    Not Rooney, in my opinion. The proportions are wrong. My guess is contract manufacturing somewhere in Asia.

    Also the name "Crowley & Tosh" has always seemed odd to me. In the UK "tosh" is trash,...
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    Someone in the Boston area might be able to get...

    Someone in the Boston area might be able to get to the copy at the Tisch library at Tufts. Apparently it is only six pages long.
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    I have no Bolzanos handy, but here is a GSB edge:...

    I have no Bolzanos handy, but here is a GSB edge:

    http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=41516
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    The cobalt steel patent...

    The cobalt steel patent dates back to 1916.

    That 1932 date should likely be closer to 1926. Over at Darwin on the wiki we say the Darwin Ltd company started in 1926, and I see advertising dated to...
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    When you are lathering it is normal and even...

    When you are lathering it is normal and even desirable to see a temporary breach open up, like this:

    http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=11455

    But something like this is...
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