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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby ralphzoontjens » November 12th, 2013, 7:48 am

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Products I love are:

1. Starck Puma Paris V shoe (in dark gull grey/yellow)
I owned these once and after 5 years of quite intensive wearing they were done with. Best shoes I ever had, I love the style (yes it's European but so am I) , the look and feel of the rubber sole, the durability and the ease of slipping in and out of them.
Unfortunately they're out of production, if anyone knows where to get a pair, size 10 please :) and I will pay a good amount.

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2. Lamy Vivo pen
Quite an iconic design for a pen by Konstantin Grcic. He minimized the amount of parts needed and it's a very robust and affordable pen. My favorite pen by far. I personally thoroughly dislike Bic pens, especially the 'crystal' type shown by someone else here, for the main reason that I tend to bite pens when I'm thinking, so it cracks and the sharp stuff gets into my mouth and I can throw the pen out as well :) usually after a few hours already. So it's metal pens for me.

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3. iPod Nano 2G
The late great design professor Kees Overbeeke gave it to me as a gift in 2007, I've been using it a lot and it still works besides 1.5 rows of pixels having died, and I had to replace the top cover with some Sugru so I can't lock it any longer. But other than that I love its simplicity, durability, and the tactility of the wheel and button.

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby rkuchinsky » December 2nd, 2013, 9:31 pm

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Nothing like the classics……..

Just recently taken up DE (Double Edge) "Safety Razor" shaving ("shaving how your grandfather used to do it"). I've now literally got my grandfather razor.

A gold plated Gillete Executive 1958, D-3 Dated TTO (Twist to Open) Adjustable DE Razor. I'm in the process of getting it refurbished by these guys (http://razoremporium.com) with new 24K Gold plating and full mechanical going over, lube, etc.. They even repaint the recessed numbers on the adjustment dial!

Can't wait to use it. Supposed to be one of the best DE razors ever made, was good enough a design to last for almost 50 years (predecessor is the Aristorcract c. 1934) and with refurbishment should last for another 50, easy. Not to mention ~$1/blade, none of that $30/pk/4 Mach5 stuff. 9 step adjustable for more/less aggressive shave, flip open to mechanism to change a blade. And looks awesome.

...of course paired with a Silver Tip Badger brush and some good Prosraso cream. Varying blades to start. Have tried Personna red, Merkur, Wilkonson Sword, and Feathers on Deck.

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(pics are from a similar ebay listing, but mine should be even better after replating).
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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby Mr-914 » December 3rd, 2013, 8:23 am

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby NURB » December 3rd, 2013, 1:56 pm

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby rkuchinsky » December 3rd, 2013, 2:11 pm

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NURB wrote:What's with the numbers?


It's adjustable.

Turning the dial adjusts how much of the blade is exposed and the gap between blade and guard. This gives you a more or less "aggressive" shave. Pretty smart system. Haven't tried it yet, from what I hear allows you to really customize the shave experience. For example, more aggressive on a face shave with the grain, and less on a neck shave against the grain.

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby NURB » December 3rd, 2013, 2:51 pm

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Very cool.

I'm sure there's a bit of a learning curve and you probably need a bit more time in the mirror to do the job. But I suppose it's a bit like making coffee or rolling cigarettes, where the ritual of the action is half the fun.
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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby rkuchinsky » December 3rd, 2013, 3:04 pm

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surprisingly didn't take too long to pick up. First go was a bit dingy though, but after 3 times, no issues. Yes, half the fun is the act. I do full face and head in the shower. no mirror :)

Want to maybe graduate to trying straight razor (face only!) sometime…. that's badass.

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby Lmo » December 3rd, 2013, 8:17 pm

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Outstanding purchase R!

All I really remember about those razors was the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports theme song on the Friday Night Fights that dad used to watch ... I was seven.

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby rkuchinsky » December 3rd, 2013, 9:31 pm

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Wow. I got something old that lew doesn't know all about?! Haha. :)

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby Robbie_roy » February 7th, 2014, 12:48 pm

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I had to dig this back up...

I am using an old Flair, the one with the grooves, and it is working so much better than the new kind. Not only is the exterior different, but the nib on the old one is just better (I am sure you have experiences this too!). Hard to describe, but it is blunter, which makes drawing or writing smooth, bolder lines a little easier. I can only get a hairy mess with the new style.

This got me thinking, so I did an Amazon search and found that an engineer who loved the old Flairs had a similar experience. Apparently, they sell the new ones but with the photo of the old ones:
http://www.amazon.com/review/R22A9UCD04 ... 9UCD04XD00

I remember trying a Pilot recently and my mind was blown, it was everything wonderful about the old Flair (no joke). I believe it was the Razor Point, but looking at them online, it seems the Pilot Fineliner is the better one with the nice broad nib. There may be hope after all, I will have to try it (image below). I also love that Spencer Nugent's sketches are half of the Google image results....

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Lmo wrote:What happened to the Flair pen?

For the first time in a long time, I bought a 5-pac the other day at Office Max expecting the old stand by. But they don't feel right; the body is a bit "flexy" and hard to hold onto and the longitudinal grooves on the body, that made the original so positive to control, are gone, replaced by a matte finish. Different plastic compound perhaps; PP instead of ABS? Image

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby Lmo » April 20th, 2014, 12:22 pm

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So, R, four months later, how's that double-edge been treating you?
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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby rkuchinsky » April 20th, 2014, 1:11 pm

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Smoooooth. I recently also just picked up 100 Personna Red (made in Israel) blades from some online shop out in Cali. $30 incl. shipping. By my calculations (I use a blade for 2 full head/face shaves and shave every 2-3 days), I've got more than 2 years worth of shaves for less than a double pack of Mach 5 blades. That's economy AND luxury for ya!

Below are some of the actual pics of the razor before and after replating. Looks like new. Pretty good for 56 years old.

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby Mr-914 » October 6th, 2014, 1:10 pm

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I was doing some wood working this weekend and realized that manual planers have essentially not evolved in the past 100+ years (I think). That is an astoundingly good sign for a design.

As for experience, I love the use of a manual planer. I think it might be my favorite tool, in spite of being far from the most used.
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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby Lmo » October 7th, 2014, 10:21 am

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planers have essentially not evolved in the past 100+ years (I think). That is an astoundingly good sign for a design.



essentially, maybe a little longer than that...

pair of wood planes recovered from the hull of the Mary Rose, circa 1510.

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and a little older; Roman wood plane recovered from Pompeii

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Also: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sow_voigt ... 346646942/

If you like working with hand tools, here's a book worth reading, over and over...

http://www.amazon.com/The-Wheelwrights- ... 0521091950

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby Robbie_roy » November 29th, 2014, 2:05 pm

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While we are talking about nice metal razors and nice metal planes, is anyone else into nice metal cigarette lighters?

I only have three now but it is not hard to find some out there for $5-10. I had liked the one on the left at first (a Continental) because it had that classic pebble look, but the edges that open aren't treated in any way, so you can feel the burr when it's closed. The ones on the right (Ronson Whirlwinds of different models) both do a better job of hiding that they are made from sheet metal, like that rolling chamfer in the front. Not a bad thing to learn from ...
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