Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Mustapha Cocktail

Originally uploaded by Lokis world
Found this cocktail from Chicken Angel but we changed it a bit. Its a tribute to the Henchmen in the Merman those guys look like trouble.

1.5 oz. Gin
.5 oz. Creme de Casis
.25 oz. fresh lime juice
a dash or two of Crystal sauce or any hot sauce you like and adjust to your hot level.

Shake with ice, strain and serve in a cocktail glass.

It is a very interesting drink and much better than you would expect. Much like a Shrub that uses vinegar. We served 6 and everyone liked it. Give it a shot.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Tails of the Merman-Episode 4: The Morning After

Episode 4 was so fun to be a part of. exp33 has done such a great job with this mini series. I will be sad to see it end.

Friday, November 30, 2007

The Shrunken Skull

shrunken skull
Originally uploaded by Lokis world
What do you do with a nasty looking shrunken skull mug? Make a Shrunken Skull of course.
This Vintage Shrunken Skull mug was originally sold at the Mai Kai in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where they served up this dangerous drink in this very mug. Today there is a new version of the mug with the tattoo all glazed. What makes this mug so special is the Cold Paint that was hand painted over the glaze. Of course the paint was susceptible to chipping and this savage shows some wear and tear, but hey, he’s been around for a while and thankfully I rescued him from a thrift shop for 0.29. Normally I would never drink from a vessel so valuable, but I had to pay tribute to him after rescuing him from that nasty thrift store. And what more appropriate way than making the very drink served in him for so many years.

This version comes from Jeff Beachbum Berry’s essential tome Grog Log.

1 oz. fresh lime
1 oz. Grenadine
1 oz. Gold Rum
1 oz. Demerara Rum

Shake like hell in a shaker with ice and pour the entire contents in a skull mug.

Now that’s a killer drink.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Whisky Mac

Whiskey Mac
Originally uploaded by Lokis world
I'm a big ginger fan, ginger beer, ginger brandy ,and when I saw ginger wine my eyes lit up like a kid looking at the Sears wishlist.

The Whisdy Mac is a simple drink but packs a punch and delivers a unique taste.

You can play with the parts ratio. Some call for equal and others add the ginger to taste.

1.5 oz. Scotch whisky
1 oz. Stones Ginger Wine

Carefully pour the Ginger Wine into the scotch without disturbing it much and enjoy.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Godchild

The Godchild
Originally uploaded by Lokis world
I was craving a brandy based drink and found this simple concoction.
1.5 oz. Brandy
0.5 oz. Amaretto
Pour over Ice and stir.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Star Scale Montage - NASA Sun Solar Planets - PHJ

Makes you feel sort of small and insignificant does't it? Dead can Dance always makes for good music too.

China Blue

China Blue
Originally uploaded by Lokis world
We found a few recipes for Lychee Liqueur and the China Blue jumped off the page and begged us to try it. Sometimes its just fun to make a blue drink.

1 oz. Blue Curacao
1 oz. Lychee Liqueur
1 oz. Grapefruit juice
Shake in a shaker with ice and serve in a cocktail glass.

Keep in mind my loyal drunks, that Curacao tastes the same no matter what color it is. If you dont have blue you could make this sucker any color you want. Green, red, orange etc... its the bitter orange flavor your after. As for the grapefruit juice, there seems to be a shortage of plain grapefruit juice. Usually all I can find is ruby red, the more sweet version of grapefruit juice and the more popular. I believe the grapefruit juice style will change the overall flavor of the drink and look forward to trying regular when I find it.

The drink was lovely with a great tropical exotic feel. A bit sweet for my tastes, I'm a sour guy, and I dont think I could drink more than one, but the wife like it and tried a second. We halfed toned down the Curacao to 1/2 oz. and added 1/2 oz. of water. This didnt effect the overall taste, and cut a few calories to boot.

Orange Blossom Special

OrangeBlossome Special
Originally uploaded by Lokis world
We stumbled upon Lychee Liqueur yesterday and just had to find something to use it in. A few years back we planted a lychee tree and this year it finally bore fruit. We yeilded 15 lychee nuts. Currently we are infusing rum with it and have yet to try it.

2 oz. Gin
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Lychee Liqueur
1/3 oz. lemon

Now, I admit I broke a cardinal rule here using the little yellow lemon juice bottle, but we were in a pinch because there was not a fresh lemon to be found in the house. Thats why we keep a few of these babies in stock. Thankfully the recipe only calls for a dash.

It was a tasty drink with the unique lychee flavor and the kick from the gin made it feel like a masculine drink. The recipe book I found it in states this should be made when the orange blossoms are in bloom, but that doesnt happen until March in Florida, so a brisk (65 F)November evening was just fine with us.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Black Pearl cigar

black pearl cigar
Originally uploaded by Lokis world
The Black Pearl cigar is a Nicaraguan hand rolled cigar with Nicaragua filler and binder with Ecuador wrapper. It has a nutty flavor with hints of wood. A mild smoke with a decent burn. Cigar Aficionado rated it an 88 and the cost is around $5 USD. I prefer to punch the end rather than cut it. It makes the draw more intense and centered and you dont get the tip all sloppy. I dont normally drink a beer with a cigar, but it was a hot sunny day and it just felt right. I got mine is a bakers dozen variety pack from Thompson Cigars. I do recommend it, not the best I've ever had, but it was memorable.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Old Pal

Old Pal
Originally uploaded by Lokis world
1 oz. Rye Whiskey
3/4 oz. Dry Vermouth
3/4 Campari

Stir over cracked ice. Strain in a cocktail glass.

If you are a fan of Campari this one is for you. If Campari is a bit to harsh for you , dont worry, the Rye is the perfect additive taking some of the bitterness out of it.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Cigar time...Leprechaun

I started smoking cigars in the early 90's when the cigar craze just started. I would buy one or two at a time, smoke one with friends and I even joined a cigar bar. A Twenty dollar membership and you got to enter the back room where jazz music from John Coltrane met you in a blue cloud of cigar smoke and a purty girl tending bar and would dress your cigar dipped in brandy. My friends and I thought we were big shots. I admit it was fun. We even met a few "stars" if you can call them that (90's rock band Candlebox).

I never minded spending upwards of $10 on a nice puro. Ten bucks was a lot of money for a starving Scuba instructor at the time. Well, the cigar bar closed and the craze died down due to an influx of cigar makers taking advantage of poor scuba instructors. Over the years I continued to enjoy a stogie now and then, and even bought a humidor to keep my puro's longer. I will try and bring to light a few of the smokes I enjoy.

Todays entrant is Leprechaun. I have found the lack of time to be a major problem when the desire to smoke a cigar is in order. When time is not on your side I turn to the cigarello. Many cigarello's fall into the flavor infused category. Cherry, Rum, Vanilla, Honey Nut, etc...While they may taste nice to some, to me it just isn't the same as a classic cigar tobacco. This is where cigar companys like Leprechaun take the stage. For years the Dutch have owned the market on cigarellos in Europe, now countires like Ireland are joining the cigar market and producing wonderful bold cigar tastes packed in a 3 5/8" 23 ring guage puro. Give them a try when you seek the taste of a cigar but just dont have the time for a full size.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Orange Revolution

Orange Revolution
Originally uploaded by Lokis world
The Orange Revolution was invented at the Pier Top Revolving Lounge at Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale. The Lounge was located at the top of the building and was designed to rotate 360 degrees allowing patrons to enjoy a panoramic view of the Ft. Lauderdale area and ocean. Unfortunately the Lounge is gone now, but the drink lives on.

In a blender add two cups of ice.
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
1/2 oz. White or Orange Curacao
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 1/2 oz. fresh orange juice
1 oz. Gin

Blend till smooth, garnish with orange slice.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Patron tequila flight

Alright my loyal readers...all two of you. A neighbor stopped by with an assortment of Patron Tequila. We are primarily rum drinkers and the prospect of trying some high end tequilas couldnt be passed up.
The three contenders: Patron Silver (green bow), Patron Reposado (orange), and Patron Anejo (yellow).
All were served neat with a wedge of lime after the taste. Four judges. Water between each, starting lighter to darker.
First up, the Silver (Blanco) A 100% De Agave which is produced using only the sugars from the Weber blue agave. An unaged tequila and Patrons most popular. It is very smooth, no bite, little to no heat, great finish with a slight tequila taste. It is amazingly smooth. It is not cheap, but it deserves to be in your bar.
The second is the Reposado. It is a mixture of Silver and Anjeo aged 6 months and is 100% De Agave. It has a slight hint of oak flavor and it gives that classic tequila taste. It would make a great margarita. We were all a little disappointed in the taste drinking it neat as a sipper. I would have a hard time serving it in mixed drinks because its not cheap and only those with great appreciation for tequila would know the difference.
The Anejo is a 100% De Agave and aged up to 12 months. This was the stand out of the three. Extra smooth, great taste, clean finish and basically wonderful. It would be a crime if this were used to mix drinks with. A sipper only and a damn good one at that. We didnt even use the lime for this one, as you just dont need it. Around $65 USD for a .750l makes it less than cheap, but it will have a place in my bar for that special occasion or any day you feel like a quick visit to Mexico.
Tequilas have a new place in our bar and we are looking forward to trying some more premium brands out there. Patron is only the starting point as its easy to find and tastes great. The fancy hand blown glass bottles only adds to the allure of this fine libation. Of course, your mileage may vary. Goce de mis amigos.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

This is Florida


  • "Down South" means Key West

  • "Panhandling" means going to Pensacola.

  • You think no-one over 70 should be allowed to drive.

  • Flip-flops are everyday wear.

  • Shoes are for business meetings and church.

  • Sweet tea can be served at any meal.

  • An alligator once walked through your neighborhood.

  • You smirk when a game show's "Grand Prize" is a trip or cruise to Florida.

  • You measure distance in minutes.

  • You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.

  • You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.

  • All the local festivals are named after a fruit.

  • A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.

  • You think everyone from a bigger city has a northern accent.

  • You know the four seasons really are: almost summer, summer, >not summer but really hot, and Christmas.

  • It's not soda, cola, or pop...its coke, regardless of > brand or flavor, "What kinda coke you want?"

  • Anything under 95 is just warm.

  • Anything under 70 is chilly.

  • You've hosted a hurricane party.

  • You go to a theme park for an afternoon, and know when > to get on the best rides.

  • You pass on the right and honk at the elderly.

  • You understand the futility of exterminating cockroaches.

  • You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee, Withlacoochee, Okahumpka and Loxahatchee.

  • You understand why it's better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself.

  • Bumper stickers on the pickup in front of you include: various fish, NRA, and a confederate flag.

  • You were 8 before you realized they made houses without pools.

  • You were 12 when you first met someone who couldn't swim.

  • You get angry when people say "Florida isn't really part of the SOUTH"

  • You've worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas.

  • You know what the "stingray shuffle" is, and why it's > important!

  • Socks are only for bowling

  • Orange juice from concentrate makes you vomit

  • Tap water makes you vomit

  • You never use an umbrella because you know the rain > will be over in five minutes

  • A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.

  • You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.

  • You've driven through Yeehaw Junction.

  • You could swim before you could read.

  • You have to drive north to get to The South.

  • You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix.

  • Every other house had blue roofs in 2004-2005.

  • You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking up for.

  • You dread lovebug season.

  • You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances...but Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.

  • You know what a snowbird is and you hate them.

  • You know why flamingos are pink.

  • You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.

Tails of the Merman-Ep. 2: Special Delivery - With Contest

Tails of the Merman-Episode 1: LuRu Prepares for a Party

Tails of the good buddy over at has created one of todays greatest action heros...The Merman. Enjoy

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Flash Gordon

This post goes out to a friend who has been waiting for something special for a while. I stumbled on the LP version in a thrift shop and have burned it digitally and one day i'll post it up here for all you Flash fans... Queen did the mucic score for this film. I remember going to see the movie with my dad when I was 8. I loved it then, and still remember the scene with the wood beast. Scarry stuff. Enjoy it Eric.

Friday, July 27, 2007

If you live in the Columbus Ohio area come check out the Hot Rod Hula Hop...Cool cars, Tikis, Surf music and great food...I'll be there with all my Fellow Fraternal Order of Moai Brothers and Sister.

Muppet Hawaiian War Chant

If you grew up with Jim Hensen's Muppet Show and like Hawaiian music you will love this version of the Hawaiian War Chant. Mahalo!

Mai Kai Coffee Grog

I hope some of you get a chance to visit the Mai Kai restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale. It is one of the last remaining Polynesian Mecca’s in existence. It really celebrates American Poly pop in all its glory years.

When you visit, you must order the Coffee Grog as dessert. The server prepares the drink before your eyes in spectacular fashion. The drink is so wonderful...creamy, buttery, and served with a cinnamon stick.

Noa Noa

Noa Noa
Originally uploaded by Lokis world
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Tablespoon brown sugar ( substitute Demerara Sugar if you like)
Dash of Angostura Bitters
4-6 mint leaves
3 oz. Demerara Rum

Dissolve sugar in lime juice, swizzle everything in an old fashioned filled with curshed ice. Add ice to fill. Swizzle again until the glass frosts with ice. Garnish with mint sprig and lime shell

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Lowenbrau Porsche 962

Al Holbert Porsche 962
Originally uploaded by Lokis world
I've been uploading tons of old pictures to Flickr and when I stumbled on a shot of the Lowenbrau Porsche 962 I had to post my love for this car. During the glory years of IMSA in the mid 80's The Porsche 962 dominated the racing circuits. For whatever reason, I always loved the livery of this paticular car. Be it my German blood or the fact that it just looked cool, this was my favorite. If memory serves me, the 1986 12 Hours of Sebring race featured a classic showdown of the 962. The late Al Hobert and Derek Bell were the pilots of the Lowenbrau and had lead the entire race. Down to the last hour, the Lowenbrau had to make an unexpected pit stop to cure a mechanical problem. The time in the pits allowed that pesky 962 of AJ Foyt to sneak past for a dramatic win in the last few minutes of the race. Needless to say this only made the Lowenbrau car more famous and it continued to place well in the remaining races of the season. I'll have to check my facts but I believe it won Le Mans later in the year. Correct me if I'm wrong race fans.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The White Out

My liver wanted a break from the rum so we decided on Vodka tonight. This is a very simple drink to make and tastes great.
2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Creme De Cocao (white)
1 oz. heavy whipping cream

Shake like hell with ice and serve in a cocktail glass. Dont expect sweet...the creme de cocao is subtle and does not create an over bearing chocolate taste. I added a few dashes of grated nutmeg to change the flavor on the second round. Give it a try.

Blog update and things to come

Finally another update.

I'm in the process of burning a ton of LP's to digital and I will be uploading them as soon as i figure it out. Look for lots of Hawaiian, weird far out stuff.

A shaving update. I've been using Crabtree and Evelyn products for a while. I find that the cream is especially wonderful. It makes great lather and the sents are fantastic if your looking for a real gentleman shave. I suggest Sienna.
The super badger brush from C&E is also a beauty. It's designed by Edwin Jager and it's a monster. The super badger soaks up tons of water and creates the best lather you could hope for. I admit the brush is big, and sometimes I just dont like to use it, but when you really want some super lather this brush wins hands down.
Remember to be good to yourself sometimes and take the time for a really good can make your day.
Coming up: More drinks and music soon.

Monday, July 2, 2007

The Polynesian Paralysis

Nothing beats a refreshing adult libation shared with the Ohana during a weekend. In this drink presentation is everything. The volcano bowl to be exact.

This fine party drink comes from esential Grog Log by Jeff "Beachbum Berry". You must buy this fine book as it is a must for making the finest old skool drinks from the past. Check out the Bums blog.

3 oz. Orange Juice
3 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. sweet and sour
1/2 oz. orgeat syrup
3 oz. Martinique rum (St. James if you can find it)

Blend with 12 oz. ice, serve in volcano bowl. Use long straws, and add 151 rum to the volcano top, light and enjoy with friends.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Star Wars Sears Wishlist from 1978

I stumbled on this great scan of the 1978 Sears Wish list catalog. I remember thumbing over these pages and ear marking the pages as a kid. Star Wars was released in May of 1977 and the toys hit stores soon after the release of the film that same year. In fact, the Cantina Adventure Set in the picture labeled 1, could be pre ordered before the toys came out. Well it seems that Hasbro made an error when desiging one of the characters. Snaggletooth, the tall blue character standing next to Greedo was actually in the movie as the one seen as item #3, the small red guy. The story goes like this. The toy designer only had an onscreen image from the movie to use as his template. He had no idea how tall ole' snaggletooth was so he designed him full size. This as it turns out was incorrect, snaggletooth was really only about 3 to 4 feet tall and thus Hasbro made a new sculpt to fix this problem. The cool thing to collectors, was the short release of the blue snaggletooth in the Cantina Adventure set. He only came in the set and as you could imagine, the set was soon fixed to include the small red one.

The last time I looked the blue snaggletooth was commanding prices around $200 USD. I have one that I actually traded for because my friend didn't like him. I never did get the Cantina set, but I'm glad as hell, old Happy decided to make the trade. Anyway, it is a cool story. And, May the Force Be With You. Always.

The Gatling Gun

I watched a TV program last night about Machine Guns...I don't know why this intrigued me so, but alas, I enjoyed learning about the history of the machine gun.

The Gatling gun was invented by Dr. Richard J. Gatling in 1861. It was his intent to save lives on the battlefield. After the American Civil War ended, Gatling discovered many soldiers had died after wounds sustained in battle. His logical told him, if he could invent a weapon that could take the place of 15 men, that would mean less soldiers on the battlefield to be injured or killed. Fuzzy math indeed, however the gun proved to be less than effective during battle because of user error. The gunman would turn the crank to fast and the gun would heat up and jam. The idea was tabled until advances in machine gun technology evolved and became more portable. In the end, the machine gun killed more than 5.5 millions soldiers during WWII, so much for saving lives.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Monday, June 11, 2007

Do you Neti?

Jala Neti is an ancient yogic cleansing practice of the nasal cavity with saline water and a specialized pot. In recent years, western medicine is referring to it as nasal irrigation. I like the term Jala Neti better.
The user mixes a saline solution to 0.9% salinity in body temperature water in the special pot. This is about a teaspoon in a half liter, but each pot is different so you need to know your pots capacity.
Once the saline and temperature is correct, you bend over a sink, start breathing in and out of the mouth and cram the neti pots spout in one nostril and slowly turn your head to the opposite side. Slowly the warm saline water will run out the other nostril taking with it, mucus, pollen, and any debris that has been lodged in there. It sounds nasty, but it is quite pleasurable. Once half the pot is empty, rotate your head center, slowly exhale out of the nose and move to the next side.
After each side is done, you hang your head low and exhale gently through the nose about twenty times to release the water. Slowly return upright and gently blow each nostril about 1o times. It is very important to rid the sinus of the excess water. Never blow hard, as this can send water into the upper sinus and cause infection.
I have just started the practice, and find it very easy, and the results are simply amazing. It increases smells, clears the sinus for easier breathing and give you nice rush. If you are interested, please learn the proper technique. My blog only touches on it and it is very important to learn it correctly. I think if you give it a go, you will use it everyday as part of your normal routine and it only takes a few minutes. What do you have to loose?

Campari Ad in Hustler Magazine

It seems that the late Jerry Falwell was good friends with Hustler magazine founder Larry Flint and the two of them would trade friendly jabs at one another for years. I dont remember where I found this advertisment, but it sure is telling. I dont have the date but judging from his young appearance, I'd say it was a while ago

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The Theremin

You have probably all heard the sounds of a Theremin. You know, that strange outer space sound in all the black and white Sci Fi films? Star Trek episodes? Well, I found a great video showing just what it is and how it works.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The Panama Hat

Legend has it, the Panama hat was so named because President Teddy Roosevelt had returend from a visit to the Panama Canal and raved about how much he liked a hat he picked up locally. Thus the name for the straw made hat was dubbed the Panama Hat.

Today the best Panama hats are hand woven in Ecuador by master weavers, a skill that is passed from generation to generation. Much like skilled cigar rollers, these master hat weavers have spent much of their lives honing their skills.

Today there are many brands of this fine hat. Most brands grade the quality of the hat into three categories.

  1. Fino Grade: Quality typical of a Grade 2-4 straw. 100-500 weaves per sq. inch
  2. Super Fino Grade: Quality typical of a Grade 5-8 straw. 500-800 weaves per sq. inch.
  3. Optimo Grade: Quality typical of a Grade 9 and up straw. 900-2000 weaves per sq. inch.

No, straw hat will last foever, and most Panama's can last from 1-10 years depending on wear. The most common issues for the breakdown of the straw comes from the straw drying. Never store your hat in direct sun and never pick the hat up by its top. This bad habit will bread down the crown and you will loose the shape. Never pinch the crown and when handling, hold the hat by the brim.

If you start to get sweat stains on your Panama hat, a mix of lemon juice and water sprayed on the hat and then allowing the hat to sit in the sun for a few hours will sometimes bleach the sweat stain out.

Most importantly, the use of a wide brim hat WILL help prevent skin cancer. Why not look slick while taking care of yourself? I wear my anytime I go outside.

Cheers from the Panama Hat wearing Hobbit.

Monday, June 4, 2007

My Holy Grail of retro furniture

The Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman.

The Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) was first released in 1956 by designers Charles and Ray Eames who worked for the Herman Miller Furniture Company. The Chair is made from molded plywood with thin wood veener guled and shaped under heat and pressure. The seat cushions were usually covered in leather.

This is just one comfortable looking chair and they style is timeless. The unfortunate problem is the insane cost the chairs are fetching. Upwards of $7000 USD. There are knock off versions to be had and sometimes you can find one in rough condition at used furniture stores. The search for an original Eames is always on, however I'm not getting my hopes up on this one.

Friday, June 1, 2007

The Suffering Bastard

First Drink Post. Hopefully I'll keep adding to the list of adult libations.

The Suffering Bastard.

Found a 1959 New York Times interview with the inventor himself, Joe Scialom, one-time head bartender at Sheperd's Hotel in Cairo. Here's what it said: When liquor was short during the war, he had to concoct "something to quench the boys' thirst." He combined equal parts gin and brandy with a dash of Angostura bitters, a teaspoon of Rose's lime juice, and English ginger ale. He garnished the drink with a sprig of fresh mint, a slice of orange and a cucumber peel. The bartender advised Americans to substitute ginger beer for the ginger ale because the British version of the soft drink is more heavily seasoned with ginger than ours.

I've seen variations of the story, but I like this one.

My reciepe comes from Jeff "Beachbum" Berry's Grog Log.
1 oz. Lime Juice (always fresh, and I perfer Key Lime)

1 oz. Gin

1 oz. Whisky

2-4 Dashes Angostura Bitters

4 oz. Ginger Beer (Dont substitute Ginger Ale, its just not the same thing)
It is a staple in my house and so refreshing on a hot sunny day. Enjoy! And, as always...Drink what you like, like what you drink.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Gentlemen, its time to step it up. Learn the Joy of Wet Shaving.

Shaving. A necessary evil for most of us. A morning chore. Glob on that canned gel goo, work it to a substandard foam and attack your puss with that expensive multi-blade gillette quatro fusion phantom. Boy that sounds cool. Electric motor that coaxes your whiskers up toward the 5 platinum blades that will cut them down giving you that baby butt smooth face. Right? Wrong. If you are like me, you figured out this popular shaving method just wasnt cutting it. Sorry for the pun. And who wants to pay $25 for 8 replaceable cartridges that claim a smooth shave, but in reality on hack and pull the hair out of your face then cut it. Guys, thats why it hurts to shave like this.

Well, do youself a big favor and learn to use a Double Edge Safety Razor. That's right, the one you probably saw your old man using when you were a kid. The one where one single razor is inserted into a cool, heavy, steel, manly looking razor. This design has been used for over 100 years and you know what? It works like a charm. The razors are built to last a lifetime, the blades are super cheap. The really addicting part of learning to use this razor is pampering yourself like you deserve. Don't call it Metro, call it what it is. Gentlemanly. Ever walked into a Real barber shop? That great smell of aftershave? It's really a great thowback to the good old know when things werent broke. There is a world of great quality English shave creams just waiting to be explored. These products work, unlike that canned blue goo that is so easily found. They make you feel like a gentleman when you use them and make the shave painless, and easy. And you will enjoy making your own lather using a badger brush or boar hair brush. Nothing beats an English lather or glycerine soap lather made to order.

Recently I found out that Gillette spent $250,000 on a party to showcase their new Fusion Phantom razor. This was thrown to magazine and newspaper editors and writers. Half naked models, Guest DJ's, Lots of free booze...and when the new product was unveiled....drum was the same Fusion as last year, but the plastic was black and had bronze colored highlights......are you kidding me? No wonder the cartridges cost so much.

Guys, check out the link to and give the Safety Razor a chance. I think you will find you will have the most enjoyable, close and painless shave you've ever had.

Just who is this Loki?