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Bart Torfs (Bart)
From: Belgium
Posts: 5001
Please watch first.


I'm used to speak for the entire team when I make these kind of announcement posts.
But this time I will only speak for myself:

It has been tremendous joy to keep this joint opened for the past two years.
Without the daily help of a couple outstanding gentlemen, this would not have been possible and this place wouldn't have been what it became: the warm virtual pub where I dropped by every day, sometime to spend a few brief moments and other times to stay many hours. Where I met with friends, ended up in the occasional bar fight, and have been known to make strange confessions to even stranger characters who happened to hang around here too.

The guys who made it all possible are Ray, Cedrick, the good doctor Ralfson, Stijn, Matt, Jared and Gary. There's only two of them with whom I ever met in person, but it does feel to me like we're all brothers from the same nest. Touch one of them, and you're touching me... Thank you, guys, for being around and for all the hard work.

But there is also you, the daily regular, or less regular, visitor, who've filled this place with questions, answers, and the occasional banter. I has been good, and you as well have all earned my deepest feelings of gratitude.

When good things have reached their end, we're only left with the need to recognize that moment. I know the Cafeteria closure comes with a bittersweet taste for most of us, but isn't that true for all things that end in beauty?

Even with its Cafeteria closed, is not dead. This much I can promise you. Exciting endeavors lie ahead of us. If you drop by on occasion, you'll soon learn more about that.

And of course I hope to see you all around at


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)
2011-12-01 00:40
Dr Ralfson Bwhahaha (tat2Ralfy)
Posts: 3610
It truly has been a joy, an honour and a privilege

I thank each and everyone who has touched my life. And helped make what it became
Viva Artisan Shaving :)

My warmest regards to everyone
And I hope we can carry this on at our new venue
We Are All Pioneers In Our Own Right.
The Infamous Coticule Crew
Pip Pip Old Bean
2011-12-01 00:54
From: United States
Posts: 990
Well I tell you, it’s been more rewarding than all my time at other places combined… but as can all agree, it’s not and end but a beginning...
... The Cafeteria, a child that’s all grown up and moving out on his own. :thumbup:
2011-12-01 01:18
Marek Bednarz (maro)
From: Poland
Posts: 224
Thank you Bart and all the "nest brothers" for the hospitality and for your time dedicated to this forum and to its members. I salute you all. :thumbup:
“Progress comes to those who train and train; reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere.” - Morihei Ueshiba
2011-12-01 18:41
From: Poland
Posts: 1047
I love Tom Waits, though I've never seen it...

I haven't taken time to reply in this topic yet. Not that I neglected to do so, but I was wondering what would be the proper thing to write. Never before have I been engaged in any online forum (except the football one, with buddies I I had known long before internet :D ). I started wet shaving some time before CBE was launched (or at least its existence came to my knowledge), but I was only regarding fora as a source of information, not much more. It's not that I didn't imagine that people can develop relations this way, yet I didn't find any of this places friendly, cozy enough. For example, I was a bit shocked to learn that people hone for money and it's (as it appeared to me at that time) not easy to have you razor sharpened as a form of help, to see if this is what you like at all.

Then I learned about CBE Cafeteria. At a first glance, it appeared to be a great place for getting a benchmarked coticule, with a kind of technical assistance along. Soon enough it turned out to be a surprisingly friendly, open and helpful community and I didn't even notice the moment when I stopped caring about any other shaving related places. It was just too good here to waste time elsewhere. Time was passing, I accepted an invitation to the team, things started to look in a different way from time to time but still it continued to be something one of a kind.

What more can I say? I think (and sincerely hope) that the biggest success that can be achieved at AS would be to retain this feeling of genuine camaraderie and trust. This place was a fantastic place to start and will not be forgotten. My deepest thanks to you all, gentlemen.

Oh, and we still have a lot of work to do around here. :thumbup:

best regards,
"Very interesting indeed :) I did something similar with cheese a while ago" - Dr Ralfson
2011-12-06 10:44
From: Belgium
Posts: 693
I only have seen this thread now so here my thoughts:
I have enjoyed my time here with you guys(now i'm feeling like i'm writing my testament or so xD) I think there couldn't be a more personal and friendly "forum" on the web.
I really enjoyed working with the staff and thought the coticule weekend superb.
not only the staff is to thank for this but also every single member who came for advice or came to give advice and there for a from the bottom of my heart thank you!

I hope the spirit that we have here will be transferred to AS.

I hope to see you all again on AS

kind regards
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
2011-12-06 18:14