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    But really you should buy both (please). Plus a...

    But really you should buy both (please). Plus a special in best and a couple of synthetics.

    Just to throw another wrench into the works, I am also a one bag traveler and my travel brush is usually...
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    Nice fine. A1 should be 1955 or 1980. If they are...

    Nice fine. A1 should be 1955 or 1980. If they are 1955 they are probably carbon steel. 1980 seems more likely, and then they would almost certainly be stainless. However it is odd that they do not...
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    Your mileage may depend on your beard, among...

    Your mileage may depend on your beard, among other factors. I splash water on my face, apply the stick liberally, then lather with a damp brush adding water as needed. If you find that does not work,...
  4. Seems to me that EU Palmolive stick should not be...

    Seems to me that EU Palmolive stick should not be under FDA jurisdiction. Its ingredients fit the regulatory definition of soap: composed primarily of alkalai salts of fatty acids, with no detergent...
  5. Perhaps I misunderstand you? But I own numerous...

    Perhaps I misunderstand you? But I own numerous NEW razors with three patent numbers, and one Probak with three patent numbers. Of the three numbers on each razor, only one is in common.

    Probak:
    ...
  6. Thread: harsh teflon.

    by mblakele
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    Almost all modern DE blades for shaving are...

    Almost all modern DE blades for shaving are stainless. All of these seem to have an anti-friction coating: PTFE, Teflon, Vydax, or what Gillette calls "telomer". I know some are labelled as plain...
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    Try more product. The Semogue may look about...

    Try more product.

    The Semogue may look about the same size as the Omega, but it is almost certainly denser. That means more surface area, so it needs more soap or cream.

    You might also try...
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    I favor the biscuit-cutter method:...

    I favor the biscuit-cutter method: Creating_A_Shave_Stick
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    I think hard water generally has higher pH than...

    I think hard water generally has higher pH than soft. According to http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Inorganic_Chemistry/Descriptive_Chemistry/Main_Group_Reactions/Case_Study%3A_Hard_Water one kind of...
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    Here is a little more evidence that Dorco has...

    Here is a little more evidence that Dorco has manufacturing in Vietnam, using only publicly available information.

    • http://careerbuilder.vn/en/nha-tuyen-dung/dorco-hcm-branch.35A6ACFB.html is an...
  11. Probably blade angle. If you see lather tracks...

    Probably blade angle. If you see lather tracks from the teeth, the handle is too low and the blade is too high.
  12. Gillette patent US5985459...

    Gillette patent US5985459 suggests that this can be caused by excess coating material.

    http://www.badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=51538

    Sintered PTFE should be brittle...
  13. Good to see you around.

    Good to see you around.
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    Not a soap, but T&H rose cream is very nice. I...

    Not a soap, but T&H rose cream is very nice.

    I am also quite happy with the vintage stick of Williams that I re-scented.
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    No zip code, so probably pre-1963 or not much...

    No zip code, so probably pre-1963 or not much later. That fits with the general look of the package.

    Give it a try and see how it shaves. My guess is it will do very well, especially for $5.
  16. http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_j...

    http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&task=download&id=13867

    (Click on the image to read about it).
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    Army issue brushes ca. 1943

    Here is a slice of wartime shaving brush history from Popular Science, April 1943. I tripped over this while looking for something else, but immediately recognized the brush in the picture. These...
  18. Thread: New Klingen

    by mblakele
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    I would suspect Medyna...

    I would suspect Medyna because of the word "eisgehärtet" on the label: see http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/408221-Van-Der-Hagen-blades for some background discussion.
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    Try using more water. Arko soap looks ready when...

    Try using more water. Arko soap looks ready when it is still a little dry.

    Back to your question, for me the Valobra stick was better as a stick than MNS was. However the judgment might change if...
  20. I would expect to see a PTFE coating on the...

    I would expect to see a PTFE coating on the outside of any stainless steel DE blade intended for shaving. If there is any actual platinum in an Astra SP, it would be a hardness coating underneath the...
  21. Yes, but a long time ago: ca. 1915. The company...

    Yes, but a long time ago: ca. 1915. The company started out in Wisconsin, then merged with Colgate in 1928.
  22. Just about any knot should act like that if you...

    Just about any knot should act like that if you set it high enough. Avoid two-band or high-density knots, because they may have too much backbone for your taste. But I think you would get an easy...
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    http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/445227...

    http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/445227-Finishing-of-Gillette-Razors-and-Razor-Blades-(1956) and...
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    Too bad: my older vintage stick was excellent...

    Too bad: my older vintage stick was excellent stuff. Great holder too: I am now using it with a Valobra stick.

    http://www.badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=39558
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    Sticky: Yes, we have no shaving cream

    My last shaving cream, a mix of KMV lavender and RSC, gave up its final shave this morning. Pretty good stuff: I liked the way the RSC tea tree oil added depth to the simple floral of the KMF...
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    Welcome to B&B! Sounds like a 1966 razor...

    Welcome to B&B!

    Sounds like a 1966 razor, could be a gold Tech or maybe a 1960s Aristrocrat? Pictures would settle it.
  27. Rexona — Watch for the Triangular Stick

    Anyone seen one of these Rexona triangular shave sticks in the wild?

    The ad is from 1921. I gather the brand is still active as part of Unilever, but seems to be mostly deodorant these days.

    ...
  28. Personal Comfort for the Recruit (Popular Mechanics 1917)

    Call this a Memorial Day post. The second page has a bit to say about choice of shaving tackle: safety razor vs straight, cream vs soap, etc. Remember, "no man makes a good appearance if he needs a...
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    Trouble using a stick as a stick? Next time try...

    Trouble using a stick as a stick? Next time try these tips:
    ...
  30. No personal experience, but I took a look on...

    No personal experience, but I took a look on google books. The blades are probably uncoated carbon steel ca. mid-1940s - early 1960s. Depending on how well they were kept they may have corrosion. I...
  31. Thread: Soaking Brush

    by mblakele
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    Different objectives: we hydrate our beards to...

    Different objectives: we hydrate our beards to make them easier to shave. Few of us shave our brushes. That is only part of the answer, but I think it explains why complete hydration is unnecessary....
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    http://www.badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage...

    http://www.badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=42535
  33. I am not Mischka, but I would not be surprised if...

    I am not Mischka, but I would not be surprised if demand for DE blades is contracting. As incomes rise in India and Asia, consumers seem to be moving toward cartridge systems. The Gillette Guard...
  34. Since about 1962 all stainless blades intended...

    Since about 1962 all stainless blades intended for shaving have been coated with PTFE, teflon, or a similar anti-friction coating. Around 1967 some blades began using a hardness coating. If present...
  35. Thread: My new New

    by mblakele
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    Congrats on that NEW bar-handle...

    Congrats on that NEW bar-handle. It looks like a long-comb to me, but another angle on the guard plate would confirm that. 1930s is correct; the patent marks suggest 1932 or later, possibly as late...
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    You can make a pretty decent AS with witch hazel,...

    You can make a pretty decent AS with witch hazel, glycerin, and any scent you care to add. Or try a little glycerin in any AS that is mostly just water, alcohol, and fragrance: Pinaud, Old Spice,...
  37. No, just a reference to...

    No, just a reference to http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/453818-quot-Shaving-Harness-quot-Carries-Brush-Mug-and-Mirror — which should answer your second question too.

    Back on topic, I...
  38. This item from Boys Life 1921...

    This item from Boys Life 1921 may help explain why Colgate Handy Grip containers are difficult to find in good condition. Quite a few of them may have been filled with wax and matches, then taken...
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    Boots is a somewhat softer soap, white instead of...

    Boots is a somewhat softer soap, white instead of green, and shaves differently. The ingredient lists confirm that they are not the same:

    http://wiki.badgerandblade.com/Boots_Shaving_Stick_Refill...
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    If public records are correct, Mr Sabini might...

    If public records are correct, Mr Sabini might appreciate a black beauty with a T date code.
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