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Michael Darnton
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not if it looks good.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael, if you are still visiting every now and then, are you still using a straight edge for shaving? I don't know why and how my mind remembers unique things but I remembered that you had mentioned using s straight edge and I finally found the post so I'm bumping it up.

The reason I ask is that I'm going broke going through regular razors because my face is like steel wool. I either need to grow a beard (which my wife would not be happy about....) or try something different. This is WAY off topic but it was brought up on this thread and I'm hoping you have some insight or comments if you are still using a straight edge.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 11:40 pm    Post subject: I'm not Michael, but... Reply with quote

I used a straight razor for years, too. It was actually the best shave I had ever experienced at the time...but the time involved, just keeping the blade sharp, finally convinced me to knock it off.

But! What I learned during those years was that the soaping (twice) and lengthy soaking in the hottest water my hands could stand, until I could feel the beard (rather suddenly) go soft was the key to the comfortable shave. So now I can get the same shave (or better) using a disposable cheap razor and ordinary hand soap... no Gillette foamy stuff, or anything. I (as is Michael) am allergic to virtually all soaps, so I use unscented Dove. It doesn't lather a lot, but it cuts the skin oil, and after lathering twice, and a very hot, lengthy rinse, I need no further soap...I just shave.

I hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really hot water, eh? Well, I will definitely be trying this. I appreciate the heads up on the straight blade maintenance. I had no idea. Make sense though.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't look like it is working, Chet. Or does it grow that much between shaves?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha! Good one, Lyle!

That picture is from 2006, I think. Shortly thereafter, I had to go back to shaving, because they told me I was going to be sent back to welding.

So I shaved enough to fit inside the respirator and get a good seal, tested for pulmonary function, endured the fit-test for a respirator, and waited for the "axe to fall". But after three years of staying shaved and ready, the "powers that be" finally conceded that I would NOT be going back to welding...but commented that I "look good with the goatee". My wife liked it too, so I kept going.

Currently I teach print-reading, certified welding supervision, and certified welding inspection at work. None require a respirator, but I guess for now, I will keep shaving. If I get to be a rich and famous luthier, I may grow the beard back.
Smile

A few years ago, someone did share with me how to become a millionaire via lutherie: "...you start with TWO million..."

Current photo (repairing my wife's sewing machine):

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Chet Bishop"] A few years ago, someone did share with me how to become a millionaire via lutherie: "...you start with TWO million..."

I'm working on my second million.......gave up on the first.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welding-without-respirator probably explains some of my mental deficiencies, especially the times I welded up maple syrup evaporators from galvanized sheet metal. Otherwise I don't normally work on hazardous materials.

I gave up shaving with sharp metal years ago when my skin became too fragile. I got tired of the blood and switched to electric. Found one that doesn't mind a few days growth, and I'm beyond the need for a really close shave. I do have an old straight razor somewhere but hesitate to vandalize it. I may dig it out and look for a use or two.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used Fiebing's Black Leather Dye to stain streaky fingerboards with great success.
It is very black and will not bleed off after it is dried.


Oh, and I have a beard, so no shaving for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I'm still using a straight. It works fine, but you should learn to sharpen it yourself for the best performance. Right now I'm using a Belgian Coticule followed by a Chinese natural stone (~13,000 grit) from Woodcraft, I think.



kubasa wrote:
Michael, if you are still visiting every now and then, are you still using a straight edge for shaving? I don't know why and how my mind remembers unique things but I remembered that you had mentioned using s straight edge and I finally found the post so I'm bumping it up.

The reason I ask is that I'm going broke going through regular razors because my face is like steel wool. I either need to grow a beard (which my wife would not be happy about....) or try something different. This is WAY off topic but it was brought up on this thread and I'm hoping you have some insight or comments if you are still using a straight edge.

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