06-08-2014, 08:21 AM
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  • Obie
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  • Glendale, Wisconsin
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Gentlemen, my space is limited so I have to keep the shave den on a diet. Here is the 2014 edition. I keep the six razors on the left in the rack for newbies at a small price to get them started.
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 06-08-2014, 08:22 AM
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  • Lutebro
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  • Olympia, WA
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Very nice Obie! I can't wait to get my first straight! Hoping it will be here next week

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 06-08-2014, 08:27 AM
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  • bullgoose
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Holy Smokes Obie! Looks great.

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 06-08-2014, 08:29 AM
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  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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Nicely organized and displayed, Obie.

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 06-08-2014, 08:37 AM
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  • Obie
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  • Glendale, Wisconsin
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Thank you for the kind words, gentlemen.
I have trimmed my rotation to 20 razors, including three custom and one Feather DX. The first six on the right in the rack are 7/8 and 8/8 blades, the rest 6/8. The customs are 8/8; two more will be added by summer's end. I don't use the six on the left in the rack; rather keep them for a low price for newbies to get them started. I have also trimmed the soaps and creams to a manageable size, and they are stored in an open closet to the right of the counter. The seven strops hang on the back of the bedroom door.

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 06-08-2014, 08:47 AM
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Nice collection.
I like the way you organized all your stuff.
Looks nice and tidy.
As for the razors thst you want to sell....can't wait to see what i will buy from you Smile.

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 06-08-2014, 09:01 AM
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  • Obie
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zenhippo,
Thank you for the kind words. Yes, I like things organized, and clean. Thirty years behind the radio microphone taught me that. Sitting at the console board and running the whole show, I had to be extremely organized and know where everything was and what followed what.

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 06-08-2014, 09:17 AM
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i love that Moss scuttle Heart

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 06-08-2014, 09:22 AM
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  • Obie
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(06-08-2014, 09:17 AM)buddingshaver Wrote: i love that Moss scuttle Heart
Thanks. I'm quite fond of the Moss scuttle/bowl set. By the way, the Moss scuttle is small and meant for keeping the brush warm rather than for making lather, and since I face lather, the bowl is rarely used for lather, either. The set helps further create an intimate connection to the shave den.

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 06-08-2014, 09:38 AM
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Beautifully organized collection of quality items, Obie. That rack for your straights is incredible, no tilt, all the razors fit perfectly Shy

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 06-08-2014, 09:57 AM
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  • Obie
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Thank you, John. You're kind. The racks have a history:

I was scouring a home improvement store looking for some type of a rack for my razors. Nothing. Then I started a conversation — having been in radio all those years, I can strike up a conversation with anybody — with a clerk, who like me was a Vietnam veteran. He was a Marine and I was with the Army's 4th Infantry Division.

We started telling war stories and reminiscing about the war and Vietnam. Somewhere along, I explained what I was searching for, describing in detail the specifications. "I'll make it for you," he said. "I'll make two," he added.

And two weeks later he had them ready. Later this summer, my wife will stain both racks in oak.

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 06-08-2014, 10:09 AM
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Nice looking collection there Obie! It will look even nicer with those racks stained, not that it doesn't look great now. Smile

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 06-08-2014, 10:19 AM
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Obie,

I am impressed.
I am overwhelmed.

Mickey

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 06-08-2014, 12:46 PM
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(06-08-2014, 09:57 AM)Obie Wrote: Thank you, John. You're kind. The racks have a history:

I was scouring a home improvement store looking for some type of a rack for my razors. Nothing. Then I started a conversation — having been in radio all those years, I can strike up a conversation with anybody — with a clerk, who like me was a Vietnam veteran. He was a Marine and I was with the Army's 4th Infantry Division.

We started telling war stories and reminiscing about the war and Vietnam. Somewhere along, I explained what I was searching for, describing in detail the specifications. "I'll make it for you," he said. "I'll make two," he added.

And two weeks later he had them ready. Later this summer, my wife will stain both racks in oak.

They truly are beautiful with a wonderful story to go along with them! Thank you for your service, Obie. My father in law served in the Army in Vietnam as well, and my father was a Marine in Korea Shy

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 06-08-2014, 02:29 PM
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Very nice den. I see a Portuguese Lavanda Cologne, a classic that i like and also use. Shy

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 06-08-2014, 02:36 PM
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  • OldDog23
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truly a fine setup, Obie !
and judging from your personal photos, you
can manage an equally fine shave with them ! Wink
your compadre did a splendid job on the racks. simple elegance.
razors on the side for newbies.....can we refer to them as...."Obie-Newbies" ? Smile

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 06-08-2014, 03:32 PM
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  • Obie
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  • Glendale, Wisconsin
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(06-08-2014, 02:29 PM)Nuno Sá Wrote: Very nice den. I see a Portuguese Lavanda Cologne, a classic that i like and also use. Shy
Yes, Nuno, I'm quite fond of Lavanda for its clean and refreshing fragrance. Good stuff.

(06-08-2014, 02:36 PM)OldDog23 Wrote: truly a fine setup, Obie !
and judging from your personal photos, you
can manage an equally fine shave with them ! Wink
your compadre did a splendid job on the racks. simple elegance.
razors on the side for newbies.....can we refer to them as...."Obie-Newbies" ? Smile
I have honed all the razors and they are delicious shavers. The customs came honed beautifully and still need no honing. I went through a variety of restored Sheffield heavy grinds — Wade & Butcher, Frederick Reynolds, Frederick Finney, and others — and in the end, passed them on. I prefer the hollow to half hollow blades. My matching Wade & Butcher set in the ivory scales are half hollow and I love them.

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 06-08-2014, 05:20 PM
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Great organized den, Obie! Wow! Only six brushes!! Biggrin

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 06-08-2014, 06:25 PM
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I like your choices in soft-tipped brushes.

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 06-08-2014, 07:09 PM
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  • Obie
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Thank you for the kind words, gentlemen.

After going through dozens of brushes, at considerable cost, I might add, I have finally settled on these six — for now. My sweet spot consists of brushes with 24 and 25 mm knots, 50 to 55 mm lofts, preferably 50-53, and silvertips with silky soft tips. These brushes meet the criteria.

The brushes are silvertips, bulb shape, with the Thaters providing the softest tips, from left to right in the photos:

Vie-Long; shavemac 167; Thater 2-band; Vie-Long; Savile Row; and Thater 2-band.

The soaps and creams will be trimmed to probably five or six top quality brands, including Martin de Candre, Le Pere Lucien, The Art of Shaving (old formula), Czech & Speak, Valobra and Xpec, if still available.

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