Yesterday (Wednesday), I used my older GEM Damaskeene with the longer handle. These even have the stropper attachment hidden inside the handle that fit these early single edge blades as you see in the first picture. For those of you who have a compendium, does it say anything about when these stopped being produced for the shorter-handled models? I used the Tabac shave soap with the J Peterman brush, this is one of the old solid brass J Peterman shave brushes made 15 or so years ago (now their brush handles are wood). This brush is really heavy and has a nice badger knot, a lucky find of mine in a local antique store. Also from a local thrift store I found this handmade shave mug. The Tabac makes a really nice thick lather and was a pleasure with this old Damaskeene razor. Since I don't have any TABAC after-shave, I used the closest thing I had, the Madame Scodioli Laudanum (Tobacco and Black Tea) aftershave. Enjoyable shave.