06-29-2017, 04:54 AM
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I'm currently travelling for work, and Phil of BullGoose sent me a care package that'll make my travels a lot more comfortable and enjoyable.

I knew that Phil is an all round Good Guy in addition to being a purveyor in bespoke shave gear, on top of being the man behind of my favourite shave forum. Based on the box I received, I have now reached the conclusion that Phil is in fact downright an Awesome Guy.

I knew Phil wanted to send me a brush, from an artisan he considered taking into his store but for various reasons it didn't pan out despite the brushes being highly regarded. I knew Phil said he would include some Asylum brand shaving soap, some aftershave and "a few other things to fill the package". Phil's idea of package filler simply blew me away... in a good way.

So what did I get in the box from Phil?
[*]Two of his own brand Asylum Shave Work's tallow soaps - Frankincense & Myrrh and Old Virginia
[*]A bottle of Asylum Shave Work aftershave - Frankincense & Myrrh
[*]A total of eight tucks of blades - two each of Kai Stainless, green Astra, Polsilver Super Iridium, and Perma Sharp Super
[*]A pen - but not Phil's usual pen with a light on the end, but a TSN LE Tactile Turn Slider
[*]A DE razor - and what a razor! A blinged out Mergress Adjustable, a popular razor over on the 'Nook
[*]And a Romera brush with a lovely horn handle - Gustavo Romera has a good reputation as an artisan, less so for his communication

Yeah.. blown away is a major understatement, and calling it a major understatement is a major understatement as well...

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Some first impressions:
[*]The brush have a 28mm or so knot of Artisania Romera Manchurian Badger hair, and is the first 'real' prosumer1 level bagder brush I've owned... it feels niiiice, and I havn't even begun breaking it in. I'm tickled pink over the prospect of seeing and feeling it breaking in over the next few weeks. Gustavo might have a slightly ragged reputation on some forums for his inability to communicate, but this brush feels top notch.
[*]The Mergress is another one of Phil's exclusive offerings; an improved Merkur Progress, fixing any minor issues with the original razor and - allegedly - improving the balance (I've not used an original Progress, but the balance of the Mergress is spot in in my eyes). I'm very much looking forward to putting it through it's paces.
[*]The soaps and the aftershave come from Phil's own brand and simply smells fantastic. Time will tell how well they work,but the reviews that other shavers have left are overall great. Again I'm looking forward to using them for the rest of my trip.
[*]Most of the blades are known and liked by me - I have to wonder if Phil reads my SOTD - but the Kai is new to me. Once I gotten to know the Megress with the help of a Green Astra, I'll have to see what the Japanese Kai can do for me.
[*]The Tactile Turn Slider is a lovely artisan pen, with a wonderful steampunk vibe. My handwriting is usually like a monkey on meth, but I still look forward to using this pen.

So a big Thank You to Phil, for his amazing generosity and for making my travels so much better.

1) Per etymology 2; targeted at serious, enthusiastic consumers, incorporating professional features.

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 06-29-2017, 04:56 AM
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Very nice! Amazing generosity!

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 06-29-2017, 05:02 AM
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Hans and Phil, this is incredible!  Hans, you may have the best "travel kit" ever collected and Phil, you are the man!  Thoughtful PIF, Sir!  Cool

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 06-29-2017, 05:16 AM
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  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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I am glad that the package arrived safely Hans and hope that you can put it to good use. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put in on the Nook. Enjoy!

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 06-29-2017, 05:17 AM
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  • evnpar
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  • Portland, Oregon
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What a generous gift. I can see that Phil supports the military, even the military of our allies. Enjoy your travels, Hans.

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 06-29-2017, 05:26 AM
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Just amazing generosity.  Another example of why I view TSN as the premier shaving forum to belong to.  Thanks for all your work on behalf of TSN Hans, and enjoy your stay in the US.

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 06-29-2017, 05:30 AM
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  • Sully
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  • Cedar Park, Texas
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Incredible!

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 06-29-2017, 05:36 AM
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  • Quando
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very nice

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 06-29-2017, 05:42 AM
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Hans, everything in that package is top-notch.  However, I am really enjoying the Asylum Old Virginia soap.  The scent is very well balanced.  Unlike other tobacco shaving soaps, it's not so sweet that you lose the tobacco part of it.  The TSN LE pen is an amazing piece of solid brass machining which will last a lifetime.

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 06-29-2017, 05:54 AM
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  • eengler
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  • South Dakota, USA
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Super Nice! Enjoy all that goodness Hans. What a thoughtful assortment.

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 06-29-2017, 06:28 AM
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This is exactly why the nook became my favorite forum and why bullgoose my favorite store. Phil is an excellent guy. Very generous with his time.

Btw, the items in the kit are kept home by some of us that think they are the cat's pijamas...



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 06-29-2017, 12:54 PM
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  • chazt
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  • Bayside, NY
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 06-29-2017, 12:56 PM
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oh boy.  That is awesome!

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 06-29-2017, 01:06 PM
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wow... i need new friends!

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 06-29-2017, 02:12 PM
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Hey Phil, I am traveling for work soon.  I'll PM you my temp address so you know where to send the care package...

Tongue

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 07-01-2017, 03:16 PM
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What a beautiful setup , congrats. Phil no doubt is a great gent to deal with.

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 07-02-2017, 04:53 AM
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Nice items enjoy

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 07-07-2017, 04:24 PM
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As can be seen in my SOTD I've been using the Romera, and it's unfurling like a flower of joy - the bloom is almost explosive Biggrin

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 07-07-2017, 04:38 PM
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(07-07-2017, 04:24 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote: As can be seen in my SOTD I've been using the Romera, and it's unfurling like a flower of joy - the bloom is almost explosive Biggrin

Hans, enjoy that Romera brush.  It's unobtainium.

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 07-07-2017, 04:55 PM
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  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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(07-07-2017, 04:24 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote: As can be seen in my SOTD I've been using the Romera, and it's unfurling like a flower of joy - the bloom is almost explosive Biggrin

Excellent...I am glad to hear it Hans.

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