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    Mr. Wilson Shaving in the Drôme
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    Mrs. Wilson and I recently spent a few days with some friends who live in northern Provence, or the Drôme department, in France. As their water supply is sourced directly from the mountains, I thought I'd try to shave where my friend Etienne likes to shave and do the dishes. Shaving was done with a Grelot "Royal Canada" razor that was buried in devil's spit--a razor my friends had found for me two-three years ago. Here's the razor as received, after removing the scales:

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    The following shots are by my friend and host, Etienne. First off, a shot of the background panorama, followed by the water supply with fixed up razor and assorted shaving accoutrements--apricot kernel oil, Wilkinson Sword shave stick, Simpson travel synth, fancy witch-hazel solution:



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    Further shots by Etienne. Mr. Wilson with 2+ days beard growth loading the brush with soap, followed by a layer of lather:



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    Further shots, during the shaving process--first pass, second pass, and final touch-ups:





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    And finally, just before applying the witch-hazel solution:

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    Not the best or closest shave I've ever had, given the unusual circumstances, but a memorable and fun shave nonetheless.
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    Very nice Alan!
    That must have been a tough restore, rough looking with deep rust.
    A great environment to shave in none the less.
    Always nice to put a face to the name, Thank you



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    Yes, it was a tough restore that I did as an expression of appreciation. Back at home now, so here's a shot showing its state after a recent shave:

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    A lot of the pitting is still there, eating its way through some of the factory stamping on the shank (in the P. Hospital area), but I had to stop at some point (Damascus steel anyone?). The bevel/edge is holding up surprisingly well, but no doubt some chipping will set in, courtesy of the devil's spit (couple of nasties visible in the bevel as shown, about 1/3 of the way down from the toe). I ran it through a 2" x 6" coarse DMT and a fine DMT with a taped spine, chowing through a lot of chipping, followed by no tape with a 40mm x 135mm 1k/3k Suehiro combo and a similarly-sized coticule bout, ending with a 1-1/4" x 3" honyama as part of my travel honing set-up, and a a red-pasted balsa and felt-lined oiled leather 1-5/8" x 8" paddle strop.
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    Nicely done!
    I would have walked away from that in a heartbeat, especially if the pitting is near the edge.
    I'm always glad to see one saved from an unnecessary demise.


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