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    Anybody else out there feel that if somebody is going to use a straight razor then they should go all the way and also use a pocket watch and fountain pen?
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    "Should"?

    No, there aren't any shoulds IMHO. To each his own, and all that.

    However, since I'm 2/3 of the way there as a straight-shaving fountain pen user, I think whatever floats your boat should be embraced fully.

    And I also believe that there is a tendency amongst some to gravitate towards life's more esoteric pleasures. So if you've fallen down the wet shaving rabbit hole, I suspect there's a decent chance that you might well also be interested in rare watches, unusual cameras, fountain pens, really good coffee, cast iron cookware, to name a few things that have their own threads here on SRP.

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    Yes, but only if one can define the term "The Whole 9 Yards" without using google
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    Quote Originally Posted by gssixgun View Post
    Yes, but only if one can define the term "The Whole 9 Yards" without using google
    True - but which is your definition of choice?

    (I suspect I could guess! )
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    I hate concrete, especially the large pours.
    Pocket watches don’t do it for me as it is common that I layer up and down on my clothes throughout the day, analog wrist watch, why yes, I have several. Fountain pens have never appealed to me because of the whole left handed issue. I do like to be independent though and do most things for myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gssixgun View Post
    Yes, but only if one can define the term "The Whole 9 Yards" without using google
    Well I'll give it a shot. The term "Give them the whole 9 yards" originates during WWII. As I understand it, a belt of 100 rounds of .50cal ammo is nine yards long. So when a pilot came on the comm on a B-17 and declared to the gunners, "Give them the whole 9 yards" he meant give them a full 100 rounds.

    An old Waistgunner that I spoke with many years ago explained to me that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johntoad57 View Post
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    Well you be influenced by your interests. If you're gonna carry a pocket watch and fountain pen why stop there? Use a quill pen and drive a vintage car and use old fashioned manual appliances for everything around the house for starters.

    Once you begin with this, there is no end and the next thing you know you be a troglodyte.

    Personally, I was using a fountain pen 45 years ago and have around 40 pocket watches and even a 45 long colt derringer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johntoad57 View Post
    Well I'll give it a shot. The term "Give them the whole 9 yards" originates during WWII. As I understand it, a belt of 100 rounds of .50cal ammo is nine yards long. So when a pilot came on the comm on a B-17 and declared to the gunners, "Give them the whole 9 yards" he meant give them a full 100 rounds.

    An old Waistgunner that I spoke with many years ago explained to me that way.
    I heard it as a variation of it referring to the P-51 Mustangs but the numbers are a little hinky to make that workout
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