04-27-2016, 06:56 AM
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On my birthday a few weeks ago, I took stock of what I have.  As far as shaving related, I have to much.  It was at that point I vowed to go 1 full year buying no new items (other than blades when the need arises).  So far so good.  I can make trades if I wish, but I vow not to spend a single cent in the next year, until my next birthday on a brush, soap, razor, after shave, balm, pre shave, etc.  Can I do it?  It will take an incredible amount of discipline.  However, since that vow, I have neared the end of a container of Stirling soap.  It will feel good to actually finish a soap and remove something from my stock without adding two more items.  As for brushes, I have a Semogue LE 2013 Silvertip brush, a Doug Korn special with a 26 TGN finest knot, an Omega 10049, 10066, another omega boar I don't know the number of, a RR Plissoft a, Shave Evolution Synth and antoerh Synth with a custom handle.  Razors, I have a ONEBlade that may actually get sold because I need to buy a new bicycle (though it is a GREAT shaver), an eJ89, a fatip and a RR mentor.  I realized other than giving things away which I have given away more than I can count, this is the only way to reduce my nook.  It needs to be done and it is time for me to exercise some self-discipline.  Ive gotten fat both in girth and in shaving product.  I have vowed over the next year to do something about both.

N.B.  I am encouraging all to keep buying, sampling, trying and trading products.  After my time is up, I will need to satisfy the incredible itch I am already feeling.

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 04-27-2016, 06:59 AM
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  • Devilanche
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Good luck on both count. Getting started is the hard part.

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 04-27-2016, 07:00 AM
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Already with you there on both counts....

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 04-27-2016, 07:11 AM
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Good luck! I did it in 2015 successfully and may do it again in 2017. But currently, I'm enjoying my purchasing freedom.

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 04-27-2016, 07:32 AM
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  • kav
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Any pursuit, passion, pastime can consume the patron. You wake up one morning and the delivery truck has another safe to store a gun collection safely from a screwdriver armed burglar. The long suffering fiancee' is stood up for the final time for a candlelight and wine dinner when a pipe breaks and threatens your custom built wine cellar. 
We all know the common irony of saving money returning to wetshaving. I began with a Merkur HD, some Pure ( or is it best? The other thread on grading has me totally confused again) badger brush, a small cache of Merkur blades and a wooden bowl of GT rose soap. Obviously the blades and soap went into a MOVEABLE FEAST of trial and error. I now find myself with small multiples  in every category; nothing compared to others. But it's enough to bring comment by visitors and tax my limited counter space.
I justify MORE acquisitions in the future. I want more badgers to properly rotate and guarantee their care and longevity. I still fear some 'shaveaggeddon' where Putin cuts off Polsilvers in some geopolitical move and want to at least DOUBLE @ 10 years worth in hand. Soaps drive me
nuts most of all. I fall in love with one and then in sinful promiscuity let another seduce me. I could handle a wife and mistress. This is a lineup in a Nevada bordello, 1001 Nights Harem and a spring break hotspot for college coeds combined.
I've been gifted so much by generous forum members and vendors. I've passed on a good portion to homeless vets who thank me like the food bank when I gift bulk canned food  bought for an earthquake kit approaching expiration date- and will be short when the next big one does come.
You're right. enough ,is enough- after I get the Le Brutalt soap. Blush

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 04-27-2016, 07:35 AM
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  • EricM
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1 year is a little crazy.  I might start slow with 1 week and go from there.  lol.  Good luck!!  Tongue
Eric

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 04-27-2016, 07:38 AM
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(04-27-2016, 07:32 AM)kav Wrote: ...
You're right. enough ,is enough- after I get the Le Brutalt soap. Blush

Lol.

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 04-27-2016, 07:39 AM
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(04-27-2016, 07:00 AM)nervosa1901 Wrote: Already with you there on both counts....

Glad to know someone is there with me.

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 04-27-2016, 07:53 AM
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This is going to be insanely hard to not purchase anything in 2016, but if we have a a large den and able to trade, then it's not going to be too diffucult..

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 04-27-2016, 07:55 AM
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(04-27-2016, 07:53 AM)llalm Wrote: This is going to be insanely hard to not purchase anything in 2016, but if we have a a large den and able to trade, then it's not going to be too diffucult..

Most things worth doing are difficult.  Biggrin

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 04-27-2016, 08:07 AM
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Good luck, my last attempt only lasted a couple of months.  I am buying less now and might try this again but it is really difficult, especially will all the new stuff being introduced to the market.

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 04-27-2016, 08:08 AM
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Good luck, i tried several times but never made it more that a month.

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 04-27-2016, 08:54 AM
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I started my own sabbatical at the beginning of the year, and I'm still going strong.  I've finished up 2 soaps and a sample, but oddly my software keeps growing.  I just received a couple of new head shaving creams (at least one of which I'll probably PIF) from a vendor who asked me to try out his new formula, and I recently won a new tub of Cella from a long-forgotten PIF that I entered.  

I think if I actually want to thin my software, I'm going to have to start giving more of it away.

As far as hardware, I'm getting a very good handle on what I do and do not like in both razors and brushes, and when my sabbatical is over, I'll be able to make a much more informed decision on what to keep and what to acquire.

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 04-27-2016, 09:43 AM
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(04-27-2016, 07:32 AM)kav Wrote: Any pursuit, passion, pastime can consume the patron. You wake up one morning and the delivery truck has another safe to store a gun collection safely from a screwdriver armed burglar. The long suffering fiancee' is stood up for the final time for a candlelight and wine dinner when a pipe breaks and threatens your custom built wine cellar. 
We all know the common irony of saving money returning to wetshaving. I began with a Merkur HD, some Pure ( or is it best? The other thread on grading has me totally confused again) badger brush, a small cache of Merkur blades and a wooden bowl of GT rose soap. Obviously the blades and soap went into a MOVEABLE FEAST of trial and error. I now find myself with small multiples  in every category; nothing compared to others. But it's enough to bring comment by visitors and tax my limited counter space.
I justify MORE acquisitions in the future. I want more badgers to properly rotate and guarantee their care and longevity. I still fear some 'shaveaggeddon' where Putin cuts off Polsilvers in some geopolitical move and want to at least DOUBLE @ 10 years worth in hand. Soaps drive me
nuts most of all. I fall in love with one and then in sinful promiscuity let another seduce me. I could handle a wife and mistress. This is a lineup in a Nevada bordello, 1001 Nights Harem and a spring break hotspot for college coeds combined.
I've been gifted so much by generous forum members and vendors. I've passed on a good portion to homeless vets who thank me like the food bank when I gift bulk canned food  bought for an earthquake kit approaching expiration date- and will be short when the next big one does come.
You're right. enough ,is enough- after I get the Le Brutalt soap. Blush

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 04-27-2016, 09:45 AM
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Working on a couple new scents... Just sayin'... Smile

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 04-27-2016, 09:46 AM
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"Too much ain't enough" - sign on roof of Lone Star Café in NYC 13th & 5th

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 04-27-2016, 10:05 AM
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It will be a hard tough task. 

I'm currently trying to scale down, and feel I'm scaling down. 

Feel is a fun word. 

In the last month I have bought 2 badger brushes, 2 boar brushes, 2 synthetic brushes, 2 razors, 2 stands, 3 after shaves, 2 fragrances, 2 bathing soaps, 4 shaving soaps and 12 shaving creams - so yes, it's going quite well for me. I'm almost there.......  A6

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 04-27-2016, 10:18 AM
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  • kav
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Imagine ourselves a morbidly obese man who has dropped from 380lbs to 300. We walk- after not being able to with a big smile and people still look on us with disgust. Well, shame on them and I'm buying TWO soaps.

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 04-27-2016, 10:21 AM
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(04-27-2016, 09:45 AM)Shannon Wrote: Working on a couple new scents... Just sayin'... Smile

Enablers!  However, I am committed.  I have stated my intentions to order my affairs so now I must see it through. 

"Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It require you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's results. There's a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which." 


Gary Ryan Blair

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 04-27-2016, 10:25 AM
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  • kav
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Nobody ever notices the inscribed words above the entryway to wetshaving "Surrender All Hope Ye Who Enter"

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