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  1. So, you are having problems with learning to use a straight razor...

    by , 02-07-2012 at 04:01 PM
    I can only hope that this thread will help out. It has been on my mind to post this for a while and wasn't sure if I wanted to "Blog" it or write it here...I may do both in efforts to reach more new shavers. Inform yourself There is a LOT of information out there on "how to shave with a straight razor", but not all of it is good information or the information may not be good for you. While helping a number of new shavers get over a hurdle of some sorts a new shaver has mentioned ...
  2. Adolphe Arbenz, Mandarin razor.

    by , 01-13-2012 at 11:27 PM
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    Paul, you're the owner of the very nice frameback, that was made by very strange maker.
    Strangely is his location.
    I've seen his razors before.
    As we see on the stamp, the razor was made in Jougne in eastern France. But according all sources: books, newspapers, ads, the company of Adolphe Arbenz was in Birmingham, England at the end of 19th century.


    Updated 06-12-2013 at 09:20 PM by manah

    History of razors manufacturers.
  3. Trademarks and makers - "Hoppe".

    by , 01-13-2012 at 02:17 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by manah View Post
    It's not only brand.
    Curt Hoppe - maker,
    Carl Hoppe der Jungere - maker,
    Eugen Hoppe - maker,
    Julius Hoppe - maker,
    Samuel Hoppe - maker,
    Wilhelm Hoppe - maker, stamp "Guillermo Hoppe",
    (Samuel and Wilhelm are from one family).
    Hoppe & Cо, the owners were Ernst и Richard Hoppe, later and Auguste Hoppe.
    Well-known company Giesen&Forsthoff "Timor", has trademark "German Hoppe".
  4. Jan 8th - JaNorton Shave

    by , 01-09-2012 at 12:03 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Maxi View Post
    I took the W&B down into the hone-zone this afternoon, and pulled out the 8K. I did 5 regular X strokes, just plain water. Rinse. New water and wiped it off....10 damp stone strokes. Stropped on the SRD Premium III, 40-80.

    The shave was equal in smoothness to the Dovo. The difference in the feel is now distilled to the fact that one is a 5/8 and one is a 7/8. The quality of the shaves is equal, comfortable, and oh yeah.....FUN!
  5. Today's JaNorton Shave

    by , 01-09-2012 at 12:03 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Maxi View Post
    JaNORTuary 7th, 2012.

    Razor: W&B 7/8 full hollow

    Back from the cottage, had a pile of razor stuff sitting at the door. I'll hone them tomorrow....I honed mine tonite.

    I took the W&B back to the stones. I did a 1,3,5,3,1,1 pryramid on the 4/8 combo using 5 8k strokes after every number on the 4k side. Then I cleaned the stones, and did water only on the 8k side. Experiment time; 8 forward strokes, 5 back honing strokes, 2 forward strokes (similar to
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