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TomG

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As much as I would wish to cultivate a rugged image, I must reluctantly advise that the fine machine oil is used for lubricating DE razors, particularly TTO models such as my Gillette Slim. Well done @Ferret619 - you nailed it.
After a good clean, rinse, and dry, I apply one small drop to the centre spindle, and half a drop to the adjustment ring, then gently work the mechanisms through a cycle or two to distribute the oil.
To respond to my friend @todras, I use Tri-Flow for locks.
For firearms, I use Hoppes No 9. Coincidentally, PAA sells an aftershave inspired by the scent of this product. I am yet to try it - sporting the scent of a freshly cleaned firearm in social and work circles has limited appeal for me.
 

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As much as I would wish to cultivate a rugged image, I must reluctantly advise that the fine machine oil is used for lubricating DE razors, particularly TTO models such as my Gillette Slim. Well done @Ferret619 - you nailed it.
After a good clean, rinse, and dry, I apply one small drop to the centre spindle, and half a drop to the adjustment ring, then gently work the mechanisms through a cycle or two to distribute the oil.
To respond to my friend @todras, I use Tri-Flow for locks.
For firearms, I use Hoppes No 9. Coincidentally, PAA sells an aftershave inspired by the scent of this product. I am yet to try it - sporting the scent of a freshly cleaned firearm in social and work circles has limited appeal for me.
Clearly Tom is as rugged as discussed but also THE MOST HUMBLE GUY..IN THE WORLD!

Have you used this for razors befor and if so how does it go, how heavy is the oil?
I’ve played with lubing razors but generally only when full disassembly has been required but as previously stated it’s also been fire arm lubes but I use them on knifes whose action I care about.
Have to say the menthol scent of frog lube would go over well here I’m sure


 

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Arrived in the post yesterday - thanks AusFarce :)
Sadly TSW ran out of the original Grooming Dept.'s soap that I ordered so managed to pick up DiA instead and can't wait to use it. Really loving the Lime, Lavender & Cedarwood scent :shame: Top marks go to Kim at TSW for her excellent customer service and ensuring my order arrived within a few days - despite the mix up in availability (y)
 

TomG

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Clearly Tom is as rugged as discussed but also THE MOST HUMBLE GUY..IN THE WORLD!

Have you used this for razors befor and if so how does it go, how heavy is the oil?
I’ve played with lubing razors but generally only when full disassembly has been required but as previously stated it’s also been fire arm lubes but I use them on knifes whose action I care about.
Have to say the menthol scent of frog lube would go over well here I’m sure


My thanks for your kind words, Sir!
Fine machine oil, or sewing machine oil, is highly refined and of low viscosity. My go-to for razors has always been Singer sewing machine oil, but I’ve lost my old bottle. Went to a local sewing store, and they stock the Super Lube and recommend it for all their machines. As it is Aussie-made, I thought I’d give it a go.
I stress that I’m not saying you must use a lubricant for razors - It is a personal preference. When I used the Super Lube on the weekend, it seemed identical in appearance and viscosity to Singer oil.
My razor maintenance consists of a gentle clean with warm water, detergent, and a soft toothbrush, followed by a 2 hour immersion soak in a 10%v/v solution of Bilt Hamber Surfex - a specialist water-based degreaser from the UK. The razor typically emerges sparkling clean, and the Surfex nailed any soap scum that the detergent clean may have failed to remove. A thorough rinse in water, then drain, shake out entrained water, and thoroughly air dry.
Then, add the lube as per previous post. The trick is to only add a tiny amount.
For reference, liquid parrafin (available in chemists) is pretty much the same oil, as is Baby Oil in the supermarket. However, I find these oils to be of higher viscosity compared to sewing machine oil.
I looked up the two products you use - Nano-oil and Frogoil. Fascinating. I particularly like the syringe applicator for the nano-oil. It will be interesting to see how the nano-oil, being lithium based, performs long-term with gunmetal barrels.
A final note - I use Hoppes No 9 only for cleaning, using the Hoppes cleaning kit. I finish with G96, particularly ensuring a thin but complete coating of the bore. It works tremendously well in minimising fouling.
 

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My thanks for your kind words, Sir!
Fine machine oil, or sewing machine oil, is highly refined and of low viscosity. My go-to for razors has always been Singer sewing machine oil, but I’ve lost my old bottle. Went to a local sewing store, and they stock the Super Lube and recommend it for all their machines. As it is Aussie-made, I thought I’d give it a go.
I stress that I’m not saying you must use a lubricant for razors - It is a personal preference. When I used the Super Lube on the weekend, it seemed identical in appearance and viscosity to Singer oil.
My razor maintenance consists of a gentle clean with warm water, detergent, and a soft toothbrush, followed by a 2 hour immersion soak in a 10%v/v solution of Bilt Hamber Surfex - a specialist water-based degreaser from the UK. The razor typically emerges sparkling clean, and the Surfex nailed any soap scum that the detergent clean may have failed to remove. A thorough rinse in water, then drain, shake out entrained water, and thoroughly air dry.
Then, add the lube as per previous post. The trick is to only add a tiny amount.
For reference, liquid parrafin (available in chemists) is pretty much the same oil, as is Baby Oil in the supermarket. However, I find these oils to be of higher viscosity compared to sewing machine oil.
I looked up the two products you use - Nano-oil and Frogoil. Fascinating. I particularly like the syringe applicator for the nano-oil. It will be interesting to see how the nano-oil, being lithium based, performs long-term with gunmetal barrels.
A final note - I use Hoppes No 9 only for cleaning, using the Hoppes cleaning kit. I finish with G96, particularly ensuring a thin but complete coating of the bore. It works tremendously well in minimising fouling.
As you may know from my relentless spamming I’m a bit of a knife guy and I find the nano oil awesome for knife pivots, as it comes in 3 weights 5,10 and 85
I never use the 5, 10 is great for most bearings (inc IKBS) and washers and the 85 is great for you back locks.
The froglube being food safe is great for protecting the less than stainless blades like M4, amazing steel but just not the most stainless
 
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My thanks for your kind words, Sir!
Fine machine oil, or sewing machine oil, is highly refined and of low viscosity. My go-to for razors has always been Singer sewing machine oil, but I’ve lost my old bottle. Went to a local sewing store, and they stock the Super Lube and recommend it for all their machines. As it is Aussie-made, I thought I’d give it a go.
I stress that I’m not saying you must use a lubricant for razors - It is a personal preference. When I used the Super Lube on the weekend, it seemed identical in appearance and viscosity to Singer oil.
My razor maintenance consists of a gentle clean with warm water, detergent, and a soft toothbrush, followed by a 2 hour immersion soak in a 10%v/v solution of Bilt Hamber Surfex - a specialist water-based degreaser from the UK. The razor typically emerges sparkling clean, and the Surfex nailed any soap scum that the detergent clean may have failed to remove. A thorough rinse in water, then drain, shake out entrained water, and thoroughly air dry.
Then, add the lube as per previous post. The trick is to only add a tiny amount.
For reference, liquid parrafin (available in chemists) is pretty much the same oil, as is Baby Oil in the supermarket. However, I find these oils to be of higher viscosity compared to sewing machine oil.
I looked up the two products you use - Nano-oil and Frogoil. Fascinating. I particularly like the syringe applicator for the nano-oil. It will be interesting to see how the nano-oil, being lithium based, performs long-term with gunmetal barrels.
A final note - I use Hoppes No 9 only for cleaning, using the Hoppes cleaning kit. I finish with G96, particularly ensuring a thin but complete coating of the bore. It works tremendously well in minimising fouling.
what sort of shooting do you do @TomG ?i use hoppes for cleaning along with sweets when necessary. if i need a hard clean then its straight to the straight shootr wipe out cleaner, it gets stuff the other two don't even get close to. the only protectant i use is lanox. i've tried nearly every firearm oil possible and lanox is the only one that completely stops rust forming for me.the paa no9 is nothing like hoppes but is more like a black powder scent along with other dirty manly smells.
 

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As you may know from my relentless spamming I’m a bit of a knife guy and I find the nano oil awesome for knife pivots, as it comes in 3 weights 5,10 and 85
I never use the 5, 10 is great for most bearings (inc IKBS) and washers and the 85 is great for you back locks.
The froglube being food safe is great for protecting the less than stainless blades like M4, amazing steel but just not the most stainless
Ahh - interesting. I use Tsubaki oil for my non-stainless knives, but the froglube sounds like good stuff.
 

Razor Burn

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Arrived in the post yesterday - thanks AusFarce :)
Sadly TSW ran out of the original Grooming Dept.'s soap that I ordered so managed to pick up DiA instead and can't wait to use it. Really loving the Lime, Lavender & Cedarwood scent :shame: Top marks go to Kim at TSW for her excellent customer service and ensuring my order arrived within a few days - despite the mix up in availability (y)
Bit the bullet and finally ordered a few tubs of local soaps:
Squadron Soap's - The Warden & Ace plus a tub of Shaver Heaven's Hubba Hubba - I really love grape bubblegum and most of the other scents were sold out :banghead: Surely that will be my last shaving related purchase for a while... :nailbiting:
 

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Mini review of Shaver Heaven - Hubba Hubba and Sweet Plum (These were the two I picked out. @lerenau posted the image a while back)

Scent
For Hubba Hubba, It's a good scent if you like bubblegum. The 'dirt' note I think makes it a bit of a powdery and reminds me of an unchewed bubble tape scent.
Sweet Plum isn't something I can describe besides it being sweet. It might be plum, but I'm not familiar with the scent of plum.I was tempted by it, due to the tea notes and I can pick up a bit of a tea scent, but they're not the focus.
I also sniffed Arctic Mango (AM) and Summer Breeze (SB). AM comes off more as Peach to me (I don't get mango) and SB has a nice melon note.

Performance
Soap performance is really good. It's a thirsty soap so you do need to add a fair bit of water. However I did find loading from the tub a bit difficult as the soaps are strangely sticky and it looked like I was loading my brush up with glue. I normally load a lightly damp brush and this caused the bristles to start sticking together. The second time I left more water in the brush and produced some lather on the soap, this worked much better.
 

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Mini review of Shaver Heaven - Hubba Hubba and Sweet Plum (These were the two I picked out. @lerenau posted the image a while back)

Scent
For Hubba Hubba, It's a good scent if you like bubblegum. The 'dirt' note I think makes it a bit of a powdery and reminds me of an unchewed bubble tape scent.
Sweet Plum isn't something I can describe besides it being sweet. It might be plum, but I'm not familiar with the scent of plum.I was tempted by it, due to the tea notes and I can pick up a bit of a tea scent, but they're not the focus.
I also sniffed Arctic Mango (AM) and Summer Breeze (SB). AM comes off more as Peach to me (I don't get mango) and SB has a nice melon note.

Performance
Soap performance is really good. It's a thirsty soap so you do need to add a fair bit of water. However I did find loading from the tub a bit difficult as the soaps are strangely sticky and it looked like I was loading my brush up with glue. I normally load a lightly damp brush and this caused the bristles to start sticking together. The second time I left more water in the brush and produced some lather on the soap, this worked much better.
Love the review detail given here straight honest and to the point good one @Kaeckerut
 

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@Kaeckerut would you say it imitates the scent of Hubba Bubble gum tape closely enough to think you have gum?
I got my wife and mother in-law to sniff the Hubba Hubba tub without telling them what it is. They all said "bubble gum".
SH pretty much nailed the Hubba Bubba scent... At least when sniffed off the tub.
 

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@Kaeckerut would you say it imitates the scent of Hubba Bubble gum tape closely enough to think you have gum?
Hard to say as my scent memory of the tape gum is from my childhood. Smelling it from the tub I'd say it's very close, but some parts seem a bit too bright/sweet. So maybe some hybrid of tape and packet gum. This might also even out once lathered. I can't remember the scent lathered.

If you are after a bubblegum scent I would recommend it as it's a great performing soap. Also I'm not sure if there are other gum scents out there.

If you're after something 'edible' I highly recommend:
Wickhams Club Cola - Think cola cordial mixed with sparkling water (Not a Coca-cola or Pepsi)
Captain's Choice 45th Parallel - Cherry and ice-cream
Captain's Choice Lime - Reminds me of Lime starbursts
 

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Mini review of Shaver Heaven - Hubba Hubba and Sweet Plum (These were the two I picked out. @lerenau posted the image a while back)

Scent
For Hubba Hubba, It's a good scent if you like bubblegum. The 'dirt' note I think makes it a bit of a powdery and reminds me of an unchewed bubble tape scent.
Sweet Plum isn't something I can describe besides it being sweet. It might be plum, but I'm not familiar with the scent of plum.I was tempted by it, due to the tea notes and I can pick up a bit of a tea scent, but they're not the focus.
I also sniffed Arctic Mango (AM) and Summer Breeze (SB). AM comes off more as Peach to me (I don't get mango) and SB has a nice melon note.

Performance
Soap performance is really good. It's a thirsty soap so you do need to add a fair bit of water. However I did find loading from the tub a bit difficult as the soaps are strangely sticky and it looked like I was loading my brush up with glue. I normally load a lightly damp brush and this caused the bristles to start sticking together. The second time I left more water in the brush and produced some lather on the soap, this worked much better.
Thanks for the write up @Kaeckerut - I'm sure I will find the scent profile a tad overwhelming (despite really loving grape gum) but for me the no.1 thing is supporting local artisans and how a soap performs. Plus I'm sick of paying excess for postage buying from overseas!

It's a shame most of Shaver Heaven & Squadron Soap's popular offerings are sold out but here's hoping our support enables them to continue to produce new products because that way the local consumer wins :) I'll remember to keep my brush nice and wet when loading the soap so thanks again (y)
 

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Hard to say as my scent memory of the tape gum is from my childhood. Smelling it from the tub I'd say it's very close, but some parts seem a bit too bright/sweet. So maybe some hybrid of tape and packet gum. This might also even out once lathered. I can't remember the scent lathered.

If you are after a bubblegum scent I would recommend it as it's a great performing soap. Also I'm not sure if there are other gum scents out there.

If you're after something 'edible' I highly recommend:
Wickhams Club Cola - Think cola cordial mixed with sparkling water (Not a Coca-cola or Pepsi)
Captain's Choice 45th Parallel - Cherry and ice-cream
Captain's Choice Lime - Reminds me of Lime starbursts
I'd add Caties Bubble's Irish Coffe to your list - smells very coffee like and also performs quite well.
 
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