05-14-2013, 08:50 AM
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Dear forum members,
My name is Gordon Falconer, I'm a Scotsman exiled to Apeldoorn, The Netherlands! I'm an engineer/musician/woodturner (more info in my bio).
I was in the market for a new shaving brush and wanted a wooden handled one, I looked in the shops here and couldn't find anything I liked. I then went online and couldn't find anything I liked in my price range (I am Scottish after all !), which is where I discovered shaving forums.
This has now got me interested in using a DE razor (any advice on which one to start with would be appreciated!)
Eventually, I did the obvious and made my own shaving brush.....and the some more, for friends and family. If anyone is interested I'll be posting some pictures later.

All the best from Apeldoorn.

Kind regards,


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 05-14-2013, 09:01 AM
  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Gordon, welcome to The Shave Nook.

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 05-14-2013, 09:58 AM
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Hello Gordon, welcome to: " Shave Nook " Relax & Enjoy.

Charles U.K

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 05-14-2013, 10:00 AM
  • tgutc
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  • Michigan
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Welcome to the Nook!

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 05-14-2013, 10:09 AM
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Welcome and yes, please post those pics!

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 05-14-2013, 10:09 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum, Gordon.

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 05-14-2013, 10:23 AM
  • Lradke
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  • Edmonton, Alberta
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Welcome Gordon! I look forward to seeing your pictures.
You asked about a DE, are you looking at using a vintage or new one?

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 05-14-2013, 10:26 AM
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Welcome here Gordon, or do you already understand Welkom hier?

We live 35 km north of Apeldoorn.



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 05-14-2013, 10:56 AM
  • Snuff
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Welcome, I'm from Belgium, we trained in Scotland twice a year (Otterburn) when still in the service.

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 05-14-2013, 10:59 AM
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Gordan, welcome to The Shave Nook!

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 05-14-2013, 11:10 AM
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Thanks for the welcome guys, sorry it took me a wee while to respond....it might have looked as if I was online, but in reality I was walking the dog (someone has to do it I suppose!). I'll have a go at posting some pics when I've finished my coffee!
@Luke - I was thinking about a new one. I use disposable gillettes at the moment (sorry if that offends) and even they are expensive really, and from what I read give me an inferior shave. Once I buy a DE (or 2 or 3) it then just a question of which blades.....which by all accounts are pretty cheap!!
@Eric - ja, ik verstaan nederlands......dank u vel! My written dutch is terrible though. I see you're in Zwolle, my mate Bob lives in Heerde and my woodworking buddy Rick Koorman lives in Zwolle.
I'll get back to my coffe now before it goes cold.......haha.

Picture now on the brush section!

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 05-14-2013, 01:04 PM
  • freddy
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Welcome to The Shave Nook, Gordon, and enjoy your stay. Smile

Where do you come from in Scotland? I spend a part of each summer in Dunfermline.

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 05-14-2013, 01:25 PM
  • OldDog23
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hello, Gordon and welcome ! Smile

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 05-14-2013, 01:46 PM
  • vferdman
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  • Western Massachusetts
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Gordon, welcome. I make my own brushes and so do a few people here. I'll be posting my latest creation, the wooden handle of my own design and manufacture (without a lathe).

If you want advice on which DE razor to start with, you asked at the wrong place. You will get as many different responses as there are responders, LOL. However, don't let that stop me from giving you my humble opinion. Start with Merkur Progress. It's like buying a handful of razors in one since it is adjustable. Adjustments allow you to dial in the aggressiveness of the shave according to your needs and wants. Since you are new to DE shaving and do not really know what the best aggressiveness level you like or need for your skin and beard type, Progress makes the most sense. It is a finely designed machine and works flawlessly. I have two copies myself and those two pretty much comprise my safety bar DE collection. Open comb razors are a whole 'nother ball of wax and worth checking out, but for the first DE it's hard to go wrong with Merkur Progress.

Good luck and keep us in the loop!

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 05-14-2013, 02:02 PM
  • Howler
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  • Fort Smith AR
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Greetings Gordon, welcome to the Nook.

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 05-14-2013, 04:19 PM
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Welkom hier Gordon - ik spreek niet nederlands goet. Ik verstaan een kleen beetje! Smile

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 05-14-2013, 11:38 PM
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Hi Gordon,

Welcome to The Shave Nook! Smile

Great bio! Smile Hope to see you around the forums.

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 05-14-2013, 11:43 PM
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vferdman, thanks for the DE advice and looking forward to seeing your brushes! I've thought of carving some myself.....maybe more of an ergonomic design, but I've not got round to it yet.
jaydee, thanks for the welcome in dutch.....your written dutch is probably better than mine!!!!!

@ shave_knight, thanks for the welcome!! I didn't think my bio was that interesting.....just your average scotsman making his way down life's highway with the occasional car crash....Smile

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 05-15-2013, 02:44 AM
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Hallo en welkom!

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 05-15-2013, 03:13 AM
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hello and welcome! Cool

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