by Primotenore at 8:32 AM
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Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and join me...yours truly, Primo on what, hopefully, will be the start of a beautiful friendship.

Deciding on the topic of my first submission (as a newly-appointed member of the Article Team) has been difficult. One would think after 6 years on TSD and other shave fora, I would have plenty to talk about. Indeed, I have never been short of words or comments of which many of you can attest. ;)

Here I sit, up since 4:45am, working on my second cup of coffee, with nothing to say. :signs002: Which reminds me of the television show, Seinfeld...the show about nothing. :)

Maybe I should I reminisce about my life post re-discovering the joys of traditional wet-shaving? That's a topic to which most of us can relate. Remember the drudgery of shaving? Remember the 2 blade carts, three...4 and 5? Most recently, I remember spending $35.00 for an 8-pack of Gillette Fusion carts. Yes, I though that was a lot of money, but keep this fact in mind: I only shaved about once every 6-7 days! I was professor at a university, looking like a BUM! But the fact still remains, I really wasn't spending a lot of money on shaving.

Back in my singing days, If I didn't have a performance, I didn't shave. Period. I tried every different kind of razor. I had a Phillips (Norelco) triple-headed razor. (That wasn't cheap). I got such razor burn with that sucker, you have no idea. The only way I could get a relatively irritation-free shave, was to sprinkle a handful of talc on my beard and then shave. What a mess!

I had a big, glass bottle of ED Pinaud Lilac Vegetal. Yes, friends, I was using The Veg as far back as 1982. That's before you were born Andrew! @Linuxguile I also had a huge bottle of the Hair Tonic, Eau de Quinine, they called it. iu.jpg Remember that red juice? That...smell? Remember when I had hair? :angry017: Beautiful bottles, BTW. My last bottle of the Quinine fell off of a shelf and smashed to smithereens in the bath tub. Never bought another. I can't recall what happened to my glass bottle of The Veg:signs002: I wish I still had it. I recall vividly removing my makeup after a performance, washing my face and slathering a HUUUGE amount of that green juice on my face. The burn was excruciating. As I think back, it's a wonder I had any friends at all...not to mention women. :pri: So, those of you who call yourselves "Chosen", remember that Primo has been "chosen" for almost 40 years.:happy036:

I also recall using my first shave brush in the early '80's. A singer colleague of mine used one and I was intrigued. Bought one. It was a boar bristle with a plastic handle. I used Noxzema shave cream in the tube...oh, how I wish that product was still available. There was Palmolive in the tube as well, but the Noxzema scent has always been one of my favorites, so I stuck with it. I cannot recall what cart I was using at the time. My best guess is a Gillette Trac II with the solid, knurled handle. iu.jpg These babies are commanding some real money on Ebay. Naturally, I probably dumped mine in the garbage can. :angry019:

Speaking of dumping shave gear into the garbage can, I trashed my very first puck of vintage AoS sandalwood. :shocked003: It smelled EXACTLY like Ben Nye greasepaint makeup.
What else have I binned :signs002: Oh, yes, a very generous forum member (don't think it was TSD) included with a purchase, a tub of Castle Forbes Lime soap and a bottle of the matching aftershave balm.
Extremely generous, right? Tried it. They smelled EXACTLY like Lestoil cleaning solution and I immediately trashed them both. Now, in all fairness, I was a shaving :whacky024: so about 4 years later, I repurchased the soap to give it another chance...nope :rolleyes005: still stunk and this time, rather than binning it, I had the presence of mind to sell it. :cool:

Am I the only one who get the point. This hobby is a real merry-go-round. :shocked029: Just a few minutes ago, I am looking at a BST thread. Up for sale is a jar of Martin de Candre rose. Now, I do like MdC, and I really like rose, but for goodness sake, I just purchased ONE KILO of Klar Kabinett. I need more soap, like I need a hole in the head. Thank goodness it was sold before I succumbed. But there's always the vintage ______, which if I mention the name, some other soap junkie will grab. :shocked002: :p Real-time edit: Just scored that vintage, SEALED tub of Yardley. :happy093:

It's not always soaps. In fact, I have about 50% more aftershaves than I do soaps! As a matter of fact, inbound is a brand new bottle of St. Johns Bay Rum. Gotta great deal. :happy088: You can NEVER have too much Bay Rum.

Shall we talk about razors? Sure, let's. I purchased basically an entire collection of vintage Gillettes. All gone. Everyone of them. they are all over the world. But don't feel bad, I still have 7 DE razors, including my second Feather AS-D2...
by Queen of Blades at 1:33 PM
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February 3rd will be The Shave Den's 13th anniversary!

Let's give some great gear away to help celebrate!

Here's your chance to help support TSD, and feed your ADs!

It's simple:
1. Go to the TSD Donation page here.
2. Change the amount to $5 for each ticket you'd like to purchase.
*Please include your username.
3. Then pay!

Simple as that. $5.00 to enter this raffle!

"May I enter more than once?" Of course! Just send $5.00 per entry! So if you want to buy 2 raffle "tickets", then change the quantity to $10 and pay! Want 3 raffle "tickets"? Change the quantity to $15 and pay! And so on...

This is open to our international members too!
Due to shipping restrictions some prizes may not ship internationally.

The deadline for entries is midnight EST Saturday, February 15th, 2020.

Winners choose which prize they want, in the order their number is drawn. Yes, this may take several days. Patience is appreciated.

Prize must be claimed within 24 hours. If you don't claim your prize within 24 hours, you will still receive a prize. You'll just lose your place in picking your prize.

Winners will need to private message the prize donor their full shipping info, including name.

Claimed Prizes
1. $50 Amazon Gift Card

prize donor; The Shave Den @Queen of Blades
Winner @BBS

2. Mystery Box of Shaving Creams *US Only*
Medium Flat Rate Box full of shaving creams
leftovers from TSD Shop shaving cream samples (T&H, Castle Forbes, Proraso, etc)
prize donor; The Shave Den @Queen of Blades
Winner @John Beeman
3. Schick Injector and Blades
prize donor; @PanChango
for shipping contact @Queen of Blades
Winner @Trigger

4. Gillette Blue Star Double Edge Razor - R3
with Kai double edge blades and blade bank
prize donor; @PanChango
for shipping contact @Queen of Blades
Winner @Tommynick

5. Micromatic Single Edge and Gillette TTO Double Edge
with Kai double edge blades
prize donor; @PanChango
for shipping contact @Queen of Blades
Winner @MrEE

6. Jayaruh Shaving Brush
Choice of brush from Jayaruh Shaving Adoption page
prize donor; @Jayaruh
Winner @Trigger
7. Merkur Progress Adjustable Double Edge Razor
Mint (used maybe 4-5 times) w/OneBlade SS/ASB samples
prize donor; @b1hart
Winner @John Beeman

8. Two Gillette Gold Tech Double Edge Razors
user condition
prize donor; @b1hart
Winner @cliffb599
9. $25 Gift Card
prize donor; @Edison Carter
Winner @Enrico

10. Blade Sampler Pack
prize donor; @John Beeman
Winner @timabababaluka
11. Gillette Slim
user grade
prize donor; @John Beeman
Winner @Norcalnewb
12. Gillette Red Tip
user grade
prize donor; @John Beeman
Winner @MR41

13. Gillette Black Handle SuperSpeed
user grade
prize donor; @John Beeman
Winner @brit
14. Schick Krona
user grade
prize donor; @John Beeman
Winner @Edison Carter

15. Omega Boar
with a Maple & Resin Handmade Handle
prize donor; @jtspartan
Winner @DaltonGang

16. Old Spice Mug

prize donor; @Tommynick
Winner @Paul Turner

17. Gillette Superspeed C1 and Slim L2
user grade
prize donor; @Tommynick
Winner @Edison Carter

18. 3 TSD Aftershave Splash

prize donor; @cliffb599
Winner @americanshamrock

19. Black Pure Badger Brush
Louisiana Bald Cypress handle
Hand made in Japan by...​