Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Time away

Well as you may have guessed I have not been keeping up my blogs, to many things get in the way and I just haven't been thinking about blogging. However today it hit me that I should put a page up and unload some observations.

Not having a job for the past year has kept me from going out looking for new razors and other goodies to feed this hobby. I found that even though I took alot of time off and hid from the forums and such, I still cannot think of ever going back to modern shaving. Heck I have not bought anything new or otherwise for my shave kit and still can shave everyday. Without stocking up on cans O' goo and cartriges you could not do the same with modern shaving gear. Heck out of pocket expensis this year has been well under $10, this year... try that with goo...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Years :)

Wishing you all a Happy New Year, I know we are having a great day, hope yours is safe and with loved ones :)

Keep that razor sharp for a great shave :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Hones for razors

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xd4zPc7ywU

The link above is to a video line I started to show hones and stones for razor repair and maintenance. As these videos get made I'll break them down into their categories, Sharpening razors, Sharpening Kitchen Knives, Honing razors, and so forth. In this video I was testing my settings (need to zoom in a bit) as well as set the grounds of what stones I will be using.

Thursday, July 1, 2010




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5bFIBtOQrQ



Here is a good one :) This razor, while not having a readable name, has a distinctive shape to it. This style was only seen at the end of the 1700's and the early years of 1800, not much past 1820's from what I've been able to gather. The scales are old but no way to tell if they are original, they look like strips of wood with bark attached, kind of makeshift if you will. But they have to many "Fittings" that go with manufactured scales of the time. Lead spacer, iron/steel pivot pin, and the like that suggest period but without a name to research... we up the creek on it. I have decided to try saving these scales and tightening them up and leaving them on this razor. I'm kind of getting used to them now.



I'm trying to upload the video so it can be seen here but so far it's been a failure... 3 earlier attempts lasting up to 6 hours of uploading (each time) has not produced a video Grrr, so hopefully the link will work if this video doesn't load as well....

Friday, June 25, 2010

SotD video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PImGfTTVUkk

Another video of some weirdo holding a leathel weapon to his throat in the guise of shaving :p This video is with my BJ Eyre Late Greaves & sons wedge. Made around 1858 in Sheffield England.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Shaving??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_9ymiBnytM


Here is a video of what happens when someone asks what else can be done with kitchen knives...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fredrick Reynolds










FREDERICK REYNOLDS Birmingham In business in 1892
Not sure how long or when Frederick Reynolds was operating but it's obvious from the above razors that some time was passed between manufacture. The first pictures are from an older and seemingly hand finished razor. While the second is typical of post 1900 finished razors.
While they shave extremely well, they feel quit unlike each other. The first is a heavy bladed razor with a stiffer blade in horn scales. The second, while having the same style grind, is much thinner and lighter, plastic scales finish it off.
I need to dig up the link but I found out what this grind is actually called. For a while it was accepted as a foux frameback. Now it's accepted as the "Rattler" grind. It was discovered in an old barbering manual. I'd love to find a few old books like that :)