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    Welcome to B&B! Take a look at Getting Started...

    Welcome to B&B!

    Take a look at Getting Started Wetshaving on the wiki.

    This may sound odd, but you might delay changing your razor. Instead start with a good value boar brush, like an Omega...
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    Good guess, Luc: those are spice jars. The one I...

    Good guess, Luc: those are spice jars. The one I have handy measures 32 mm diameter inside the mouth, OD about 48 mm, and about 110 mm tall.

    For really low-budget storage, bundle the stick in...
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    Sticky: Today I put paid to a vintage stick of Williams...

    Today I put paid to a vintage stick of Williams soap. Five or six shaves ago it looked like this: not the stick, but the stub grafted on top. That was probably three or four grams of soap.
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    Odd to see a razor made in 1932 or later without...

    Odd to see a razor made in 1932 or later without the diamond logo. My only Canadian NEW is a long-comb ball-handle. It lacks the patent marks that yours has, but has the diamond logo that yours lacks.
  5. Thread: Shave Sticks

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    Time to clean your brush? One theory is that hard...

    Time to clean your brush? One theory is that hard water deposits build up over time, reducing lather quality. How_to_Clean_a_Shaving_Brush documents one process - although recently we have heard some...
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    Never before in the history of B&B have so many...

    Never before in the history of B&B have so many gents agreed on... well, much of anything really.

    One option is to post a trade offer, to swap it for a short-thread NEW Deluxe in Tuckaway-style or...
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    16 mm should be fine. The knot will bloom.

    16 mm should be fine. The knot will bloom.
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    Sounds like the same kind of variation we...

    Sounds like the same kind of variation we discussed at http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/381710-The-Feather-blades-blind-test

    I think all blades vary from batch to batch, and even within...
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    Sounds pretty good. I have an older hard puck of...

    Sounds pretty good. I have an older hard puck of IanS soap, since turned into a stick, and it is a very good soap. The scent of mine also seems a little strong, but that might be a feature rather...
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    The easiest way to find out is to measure your...

    The easiest way to find out is to measure your own usage. Pick a soap, weigh it, use it for a week, then weight it again. Keep in mind the soap will absorb some water, so you should let it dry out...
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    I was saying that it looks like blade makers...

    I was saying that it looks like blade makers could go even thinner than current blades if they wanted to: say 0.05 mm instead of 0.1 mm. If this is correct then there have probably been good reasons...
  12. Thread: Shave Sticks

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    I use different techniques with different...

    I use different techniques with different brushes. With badgers I squeeze out most of the water, then as the lather builds I use my fingers to pick up a little water and dribble it into the breach,...
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    This is drifting off topic a little, but Üddeholm says they can supply their UHB Stainless AEB-L blade steel in a variety of sizes: "Thickness: 0.05 – 0.20 mm / Width: 5 – 25 mm" and "Other sizes can...
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    In 1931 Advertising & Selling published a report...

    In 1931 Advertising & Selling published a report that mentioned the Goodwill. Google books has two copies with substantially the same text:

    https://books.google.com/books?id=bNoSAQAAMAAJ...
  15. Please speak up. If you had a genuine shedder and...

    Please speak up. If you had a genuine shedder and the vendor did not stand behind that product, that story needs telling. We like photos, too.
  16. NEW deluxe, 1932 or later, probably 1935. No...

    NEW deluxe, 1932 or later, probably 1935. No serial number?

    Congrats.
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    Porter right, I think: the barrel was cut down....

    Porter right, I think: the barrel was cut down. Porter is very rarely wrong.
  18. Or instead of stretching the skin, simply drop...

    Or instead of stretching the skin, simply drop your jaw.
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    Why stop at just one day? Calendar_of_Shaves on...

    Why stop at just one day? Calendar_of_Shaves on the wiki records several significant dates.

    Coming up on 25 November is the feast day of St Catherine of Alexandria. I am partial to her as the...
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    Annual bump. My Williams stick was wearing...

    Annual bump.

    My Williams stick was wearing down to the base, and getting tricky to use. So I grafted the last 10-12 grams onto another one, using the Colgate procedure from the beginning of this...
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    Yes, definitely a Probak handle. There was...

    Yes, definitely a Probak handle.

    There was also a period ca. 1936 when Gillette was dumping Probak razor sets on the Canadian market:...
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    That is an odd one. The knob and serial number...

    That is an odd one. The knob and serial number look like Gillette to me, and the B series number seems to fit with the case. The guard plate looks about right too. So it might be a clever changeling,...
  23. Thanks for that summary: very well put.

    Thanks for that summary: very well put.
  24. Kindly tone down your hyperbole. This discussion...

    Kindly tone down your hyperbole. This discussion will not benefit from drama.

    Selling unused equipment would only be bad business if the equipment was competitively sensitive. Only some equipment...
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    I hope that helps, but TOBS soaps do not have as...

    I hope that helps, but TOBS soaps do not have as good a reputation as their creams. Their creams are supposed to be made by Creightons. I am not sure who makes their soaps, but at least they are not...
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    Was this a recent change? Do you have the new...

    Was this a recent change? Do you have the new ingredients list?

    For reference here are the ingredients now listed at Boots_Shaving_Stick_Refill on the wiki. I think my Boots stick matches these....
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    Welcome to B&B! They may be pretty good...

    Welcome to B&B!

    They may be pretty good blades, like many of the mid-1960s through mid-1980s stainless blades. They probably have a PTFE coating, Teflon or something similar.
  28. That lawsuit was an important event – but the...

    That lawsuit was an important event – but the evidence we have should not be treated as if it were holy writ. The problem is the source: it was summarized by a reporter, and translated from an...
  29. There may be something to that, but the details...

    There may be something to that, but the details remain mysterious to me. What do you think of this blade from Achim, with patent marks for USA 775134, DRP 62438, and SGDG France? It lacks a British...
  30. Very true about the potential for information...

    Very true about the potential for information overload. I will do my best to stick to one point in this post, and argue that blade inspections were at least as important as razor inspections. Both...
  31. With respect, I found it difficult to sort out...

    With respect, I found it difficult to sort out the formatting in your last post. Maybe you could edit it to sort out where you were responding to me, vs quoting someone else?
    
    However I think I...
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    Shave_stick on the wiki has some data: 70-100...

    Shave_stick on the wiki has some data: 70-100 shaves. Pretty good value.
  33. There are some good ideas there, but I have...

    There are some good ideas there, but I have doubts about Paris and Berlin as productive factories, and about more than one factory in Leicester. Basically the problem is historical evidence, or lack...
  34. I was wondering if Montreal might help us...

    I was wondering if Montreal might help us estimate production numbers for Leicester. First I went back to the Bittues article in the 1918 Blade:
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  35. Good find, thanks. That rule applied to gold or...

    Good find, thanks. That rule applied to gold or silver plate, which explains that question too. But it requires a "perfect square" - so other marks, like a star or a cartouche, would suggest...
  36. Thanks for the data. I added it to...

    Thanks for the data. I added it to Gillette_England_Dating_Information. Please check it to make sure I have it correct. Yours does not have a star mark nor a G-in-D mark? Usually those would be on...
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    Clubman arrived in 1937 if Drug and Cosmetic...

    Clubman arrived in 1937 if Drug and Cosmetic Industry vol 41, p504 can be trusted. The article describes "...new lines just being introduced by the House of Pinaud – Morning Canter and Clubman."...
  38. Not speaking for Porter, and I agree that the...

    Not speaking for Porter, and I agree that the G-in-D correlates with the European market. However I am not so sure the mark was required by law. From what I understand marking silver plate was...
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    Thanks, great info.

    Thanks, great info.
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    Looks to me like your tube has the usual...

    Looks to me like your tube has the usual formulation. The consistency should be the same between tube and tub, but we are back to the known problem where TOBS goes runny with heat.

    Try shaking up...
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