Eastern Smooth

21 Jan

And yet it moves

Here I am, again, after pretty much the whole winter away. Did you miss me? Not too terribly, I hope.

04 Sep

The Cure for "AD"s

Perhaps the least attractive aspect of this wetshaving world is the near constant encouragement to get things. Razors, brushes, all of the gear associated with this hobby (if that is what it truly is) all have their own "Acquisition Disorder" (or AD). RAD, SAD, BAD, all stand for one thing: the measurement of fun in terms of how much stuff you get.

I myself was a quick study, and severe sufferer, of ADs of all shape and size. Razors both safe and not, soaps, and above all stones all served to feed the "passion" I felt about my newfound hobby.

It's all over now.


17 Aug

Finally, Something to Say about the Artist Club RG

Like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, I am back with something to talk about. After a good two months of near exclusive use of the Feather Artist Club RG, I have a definite opinion about the thing, though I'm not on the whole sure whether or not it's a good or bad one.

27 Jun

Yasuki Blade Festival, 2012

I've been so very remiss. I had completely forgotten to write about my May trip to the annual Yasugi Blade Festival...how silly of me! I did go, and not only did I see lots of knives, and get very cold and rained-upon, I also met Alex Gilmore and his lovely wife, of The Japan Blade.

12 Jun

Simple Pleasures

It's Tsuyu, the rainy season, here in Japan. The days are humid and dark, and drizzling rain does come and go. It's typically a nasty time of year, though this year is actually pleasantly cool. Be that as it may, it's this time of year that I tend to take more refuge in my calming daily rituals: like shaving.

19 May

I'm Still Alive

Despite the quit around here, I've not died, nor have I given up on my blog or the various hobbies feeding it. I've just not been...doing much.

13 Apr

Understanding Limits

For whatever reason, a lot of people come to me with questions about the topics I discuss here, namely razors and stones. In particular, I get a lot of specific requests in regards to identifying Japanese hones. I am by nature a person who likes to help whenever I can, so I don't really like to say no. However, it is important to recognize the limits of what I can do.

10 Apr

Unexpected consequences

It has been weird around here for me. I'm not sure what has happened, but it's different.

10 Mar

Takamitou Razors Revisited

A long time ago, originally on a blog not too diffrent from this one, I talked about a new kamisori/razor maker in Japan. He's still around, and I recently was tasked with seeing how his razors have progressed. I'm afraid, though, I have no good news.

28 Feb

Asking For Some Advice

I know it's kind of odd to do this, but I'm at a loss as to what to do in my current situation, and as it is quite relevant to my readers, I thought Id ask what you all think I should do.

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