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Bart
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Every spring, in the week that spans from St-Crispin till St-Belzebub, the members of the Infamous Coticule Crew, also known to operate under the cover "Research Team", are foredoomed to return to a mere mortal status, lest they 'd not forget. During this week, they'll be reminded to what it's like when one has to hone until fingertips blister and knuckles bleed and the razor escapes one's will, regardless. Slurry will run uncontrollably off the ends of the whetstone, and water will bead up in front of the edge no matter what. Heels will reach keenness, only to mysteriously loose it as soon as the tip finally falls in line. Their once infallible Coticules will develop nasty cracks and demand constant lapping, even midst honing.
During the few hours of feverish sleep they're granted at night, there will be gnashing of teeth and haunts by insane nightmares, in which a black raven plucks the whiskers of their sore, inflamed necks. Each day, one hour before dawn, a black rider will arrive from the drafty night. He delivers more dull razors to be sharpened before the end of the coming day. His breath smells like a mixture of sulfur, garlic and clay, and his dirty boots smudge the carpet with blue-purple crud. He looses himself in an hysteric dance, throwing over all furniture, as he outrages about the poor job done on yesterday's delivery.
By the end of the week, the former Researcher will be a shadow of his old self. The people of the village shake heads in disbelief, as they watch him stumble by. A broken man, once proud, now deprived of all dignity.
But on the glory of the seventh day, those who are (re)chosen will feel a sudden strange sparkle of vigor. The blisters will miraculously heal, the redness will subside, the cracks in their Coticules will close. And behold, the hand that holds the razor will gain steadiness. Without any effort, perfectly sharpened razors will follow each other one by one. The raven on top of the roof will fly away not to return.
And the members of the newly assembled Infamous Coticule Crew will receive their badge. But only until St-Crispin's next year...

Should the above not already made it clear, we have disassembled the Research Team. We plan to do this annually. By next week, we will start handing out new Researcher's badges.
Joining the Research Team of Coticule.be is not equal to an Undeniable Perpetual Right, once the badge is earned. The badge is rather just a key that unlocks the access to a few additional website features. Keys that we hand to members when we have the need to do so. Either because we hope the chosen gentlemen will be prepared to help out with the experiments we run -for good reasons - out of the spotlights of the main forum, or because a direct necessity arises at some point to give someone access.
Each year, all Researcher badges are recalled and new ones are handed out according to our plans and upon the above mentioned necessity. It is not because someone had a Researcher's badge before that he will automatically receive a new one right away. We don't hand out these badges in appreciation of a previous record of service. We hand it out to the members of which we think they will enjoy an involvement in the research projects of Coticule.be, and to those who are already actively involved.

We thank everyone who was on the team of 2010 for the work done. With the BBW-study, we have achieved no small objective, but also other work has been most valuable: the research for the Edge Maintenance article, the translation of several articles (not only an achievement of the Research Team), tests with the use of slurry as abrasive pastes, and the design of a framework for a couple uncompleted experiments.


Thank you,
The associates of Coticule.be
2011-04-19 00:48
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Paul
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From: United States
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:D Now, I'm just a mere mortal... just keep losing ground :lol:
Paul
"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it" - Greg Anderson
my blog- and it works again :p
2011-04-19 00:56
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Basil
From: Canada
Posts: 65
Well done to the researchers of this year.
Can't wait to see what the new crew will stumble upon this year!
Happy Shaving

Basil
2011-04-19 02:20
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geruchtemoaker
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From: Belgium
Posts: 693
And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me--filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating,
"'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door--
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;--
This it is, and nothing more."
The Bible and several other self help or enlightenment books cite the Seven Deadly Sins. They are: pride, greed, lust, envy, wrath, sloth, and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that we do, that is sinful... or fun for that matter. - Dave Mustaine
http://www.artisanshaving.org
2011-04-19 10:15
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Matt
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From: Poland
Posts: 1047
I've no time to formulate even half as witty response. Great post Bart. :thumbup:

It makes me kinda proud and warm inside, as Ralfson would put it, that my invention of Infamous Coticule Crew made its way to CBE official dictionary. :lol:

best regards, gentlemen,
retired Researcher, Matt
"Very interesting indeed :) I did something similar with cheese a while ago" - Dr Ralfson
2011-04-19 10:56
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Dr Ralfson Bwhahaha (tat2Ralfy)
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iconMatt:
I've no time to formulate even half as witty response. Great post Bart. :thumbup:

It makes me kinda proud and warm inside, as Ralfson would put it, that my invention of Infamous Coticule Crew made its way to CBE official dictionary. :lol:

best regards, gentlemen,
retired Researcher, Matt


It is indeed a wonderful thing :thumbup:

My personal thanks and respects to all researchers, I eagerly await the reformation and anticipate renewed vigour amongst the new members of the Infamous Coticule Crew ;)

My Warmest Regards
Ralfson (Dr) Enforcer, the Infamous Coticule Crew Bwhahahaha
We Are All Pioneers In Our Own Right.
The Infamous Coticule Crew
Pip Pip Old Bean
2011-04-19 11:40
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Robin
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From power monger to eunuch with just one SQL statement. And they wonder why Real Men™ don't go on the internet.

Nice idea, by the way. Makes it harder for in-groups to form. Now, all you need to do is rotate associates...
2011-04-19 13:31
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Bart Torfs (Bart)
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From: Belgium
Posts: 5001
The associates throw their own private Castigation parties. You have no idea about the pain that can be inflicted with a Kanayama strop in the hands of a trained physician...

Here's a picture of one of our latest gatherings. Don't ask me how this is possible, I'm not allowed to say more:


Kind regards,
Bart

PS: picture is a link to the origin.
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2011-04-19 13:56
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Dr Ralfson Bwhahaha (tat2Ralfy)
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Posts: 3610
iconBart:
The associates throw their own private Castigation parties. You have no idea about the pain that can be inflicted with a Kanayama strop in the hands of a trained physician...


Dammit Bart is no secret sacred?

Now where is that soapy keyboard.... Hahaha aha

Regards
Ralfson (Dr)
We Are All Pioneers In Our Own Right.
The Infamous Coticule Crew
Pip Pip Old Bean
2011-04-19 15:00
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håkan
Posts: 33
"We thank everyone who was on the team of 2010 for the work done."

Hear, hear!
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
- Mahatma Gandhi -
2011-04-19 18:29
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Emmanuel Giannoulakis (Emmanuel)
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From: Greece
Posts: 942
Thanks to everyone who participated in any way in researching team to improve knowledge in coticule be.
Best regards
Emmanuel
Emmanuel Giannoulakis
from Athens Greece
2011-04-19 18:55
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- Jeremy - (jkh)
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From: United States
Posts: 95
A heartfelt thank you all of the researchers (and everyone else - associates, advisers, system admins, and members) for all of the research, discussion, and documentation. Without the knowledge base of coticule.be I simply wouldn't be honing razors on a Coticule. The simplicity, elegance, and beauty of these stones attracted me to want to use them, but without the information contained on this site my stones would be nothing more than a pile of pretty (and expensive) rocks.

Cheers,
Jeremy
- Jeremy -
2011-04-19 21:45
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vgeorge
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Posts: 273
Much, much, most sincere thanks. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
George
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Proud owner of Franz Kline Coticule from Ardennes via Bart
Hoping for Edge, Working on Bevel. © 2010
2011-04-20 01:45
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BlueDun
Insider
From: Switzerland
Posts: 333
PHEW! For a while I thought, the "Insider" tag was gone too and that we are obliged to do the coticule pilgrimage to Ardennes every year in order to keep that! :scared:

... although ... the thought of going back again lost its horror once I started thinking it over :D
Hope to meet you you gents again - honing, drinking Duvel, and having a darn good time!

Cheers all
BlueDun
2011-04-20 21:36
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Bart Torfs (Bart)
Associate
From: Belgium
Posts: 5001
If there is the interest, I'll organize it again. With a different program of coarse...
:)

Kind regards,
Bart
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2011-04-21 19:20