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    The handle looks similar to some Cold War Mühle...

    The handle looks similar to some Cold War Mühle designs.
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    Arko does very well in hard water — as long as...

    Arko does very well in hard water — as long as you use enough soap and plenty of water. If you have trouble rinsing or your face feels dry after the shave, use even more water next time.
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    Use caution if you come across any of that...

    Use caution if you come across any of that Kora-Konia stuff. Apparently it was a mix of borated talc and powered zinc stearate. The latter ingredient is not acutely toxic but has been associated with...
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    By the sound of it the soap wants more water. I...

    By the sound of it the soap wants more water. I have only ever face-lathered Palmolive — after all it is a stick — and only the European version not Australian. I apply the dry stick to wet face,...
  5. Thread: New here

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    Welcome to B&B!

    Welcome to B&B!
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    Welcome to B&B! As a gentle reminder, please...

    Welcome to B&B!

    As a gentle reminder, please familiarize yourself with the rules at http://wiki.badgerandblade.com/Terms_Of_Usage — especially this one:


    7. B&B is not an appraisal site. As...
  7. Thread: OC Head

    by mblakele
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    My bet is also on an optical illusion. But it...

    My bet is also on an optical illusion. But it might be possible to get asymmetric teeth if the machinery failed in the right way. Here is how they did it in England in 1938:


    Operations on the...
  8. The scent is supposed to be a "fine, fern-like...

    The scent is supposed to be a "fine, fern-like fragrance based around Patchouli, enhanced with extracts of Lavender, Pine and Clove and with notes of Nutmeg, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Musk"...
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    The dose makes the poison. Keep the exposure...

    The dose makes the poison. Keep the exposure brief and you can get away with just about anything. Soak it overnight and you can get into trouble with just about anything.

    Safety_razor_maintenance...
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    The full kit has also been discussed at...

    The full kit has also been discussed at http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/474147-Trader-Joe-s-Shave-Kit

    As far as lather goes, this might be a "use more product" situation. I find I have...
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    See also Refilling_Razor_Blade_Slider_Packs on...

    See also Refilling_Razor_Blade_Slider_Packs on the wiki.
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    Welcome to B&B!

    Welcome to B&B!
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    Only approximately, by looking at design...

    Only approximately, by looking at design features. Similar situation to the NDC 40s style Aristocrats, but with even less certainty.

    The wiki page for the Schick Krona describes one way to...
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    I guess I opened this can of worms. Maybe I can...

    I guess I opened this can of worms. Maybe I can seal it back up by providing that verifiable history that I mentioned?

    ...
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    The thinner caps bent easily when dropped....

    The thinner caps bent easily when dropped. Customers blamed the product, and the company responded by making them thicker.

    Technically that is speculation, not history. But I think it is pretty...
  16. Sharpness is tricky to quantify. There are no...

    Sharpness is tricky to quantify. There are no generally recognized units nor measuring techniques. You can measure tip radius with the right equipment, but I am not so sure that maps cleanly to...
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    As far as the cream-soap goes, this might be a...

    As far as the cream-soap goes, this might be a "use more product" situation. I find I have to use at least two grams, and my water is fairly soft. With harder water or a larger brush I would expect...
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    Works well for me. I have a puck that I turned...

    Works well for me. I have a puck that I turned into a stick, and another in reserve.

    It seems to be triple milled. My only other French soap is IK, which I think performs a little better than...
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    Based on those preferences I would avoid Alt...

    Based on those preferences I would avoid Alt Innsbruck. I love the stuff, but it is strong and lingers almost as long as Clubman, at least on my skin.

    Have you tried 4711? Citrusy and fleeting,...
  20. grim Thanks for posting. In case you missed...

    grim Thanks for posting. In case you missed earlier discussion, you are not the first to try this: compare http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/295302-Shaving-analytics?p=4233047#post4233047...
  21. Looks similar to some data I posted at...

    Looks similar to some data I posted at http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/295302-Shaving-analytics — well done.
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    Welcome to B&B! Could be that you need to load...

    Welcome to B&B!

    Could be that you need to load more soap, and spend more time working in the water. Is it especially dry where you live? Is your water hard?
  23. Club Razor and Blade of New Jersey was active...

    Club Razor and Blade of New Jersey was active from about 1933 through at least 1961. At one point Club made blades for the Marlin brand. In the late 1950s they developed a novel type of blade holder,...
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    Sticky: If I put my mind to it I can accomplish almost...

    If I put my mind to it I can accomplish almost anything. This time it was finishing off a vintage Opal HB-100 shave stick, probably from the 1950s or 1960s. It only took about four years to polish it...
  25. Thread: Why TTO?

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    From the point of view of Gillette management I...

    From the point of view of Gillette management I think the TTO was all about competition. Schick promoted the injector as superior because changing blades was faster and simpler: no handling of sharp...
  26. If those are not Wilkinson-Sword blades, they...

    If those are not Wilkinson-Sword blades, they could possibly be from the Perma-Sharp or Personna plants in Scotland. That might explain "British" instead of "England" on the blades. Or they might be...
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    Nice find. It looks like a knock-off of the flare...

    Nice find. It looks like a knock-off of the flare tip super speed, including the diamond-shaped plate. But the rest of the TTO design is not quite right for a Gillette: maybe more like a Schick...
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    What ever happened to Eclipse?

    We have all seen Eclipse red ring razors, right?

    http://www.badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=50512
    (photo credit tukyou)


    Ever wondered why they ceased production? Today I...
  29. Nice looking razors. I have never heard about...

    Nice looking razors.

    I have never heard about Wilkinson-Sword developing a DE razor in the late 1950s. They certainly had a history with straight razors and self-stropping single-edge safety...
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    I am going to come out on the other side of this...

    I am going to come out on the other side of this question. From what I understand that "gel tip" feeling is a result of hooked tips. If the tips curl backward, they cannot prickle against your skin....
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    I have some great examples of both — although quite a few started out as pucks before I stickified them.

    Anyway whether a soap has an animal or vegetable base, or a mix, may be the least important...
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    Here is a slightly longer post, with inline...

    Here is a slightly longer post, with inline images.

    Yesterday evening I needed a shave, and some party supplies. I thought I was all set for the former, but while at TJ to pick up the latter I...
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    There are some photos in my gallery:...

    There are some photos in my gallery: http://www.badgerandblade.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=53188&catid=member&imageuser=23603

    I will post more tomorrow but here are some quick notes. The brush is...
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    Welcome to B&B!

    Welcome to B&B!
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    I would too, but verdigris is not acutely toxic:...

    I would too, but verdigris is not acutely toxic: small quantities are no big deal. Treatment for exposure generally involves soap and rinsing, which goes pretty well with wet shaving. Just avoid...
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    The OP is in England: different codes. I have...

    The OP is in England: different codes. I have seen any number of English bathrooms with no obvious way to access the sink trap. Seems to be more common than not. So I can understand his reluctance.
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    This looks to me like exposed brass, which is not...

    This looks to me like exposed brass, which is not dangerous to you. Gents here shave with vintage razors every day, many of them showing exposed brass where the plating has worn off. The razor is...
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    Happy patent day! May there be another 111.

    Happy patent day! May there be another 111.
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    Tech, 1960s or 1970s I think. The 3-1 ought to be...

    Tech, 1960s or 1970s I think. The 3-1 ought to be a date code, but someone made a mistake. I think the UK operation picked up date codes fairly late in the game, which might help place this example.
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    Welcome to B&B! New equipment is always...

    Welcome to B&B!

    New equipment is always tempting, but I would try to work on technique first: prep, pressure, and blade angle. That said a soap upgrade might be in order. I am not familiar with...
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