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  • Moose Musings: The East Coast Custom Knife Show

    Greetings from The Proper Moose: Cool new products from the East Coast Custom Knife Show

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    Mortimer B. Moose here, reporting from my most recent adventure scouring the world for the best new products to bring to YOU, my friends and customers.

    This weekend found me treking south from Newton, MA to Jersey City, NJ (just across the Hudson River from the beautiful New York skyline) to attend the East Coast Custom Knife Show. Accompanied by my (and Proper Moose) associates Jeff and Janet, I browsed a selection of custom knives from around the world including new products from one of our favorite vendors, Michael Zieba, of Brooklyn, NY.

    Look for several of his beautifully crafted, one-of-a-kind kitchen knives on our site very soon, along with an exceptional new oyster knife he designed at the urging (and with some input) from Jeff.

    Be sure you’re on our email list to be notified when these new products are in stock.

    Your friend,
    Mort

    Mortimer B. Moose and Jeff Grossman of The Proper Moose meet with Michael Zieba of Zieba Custom Knives:

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  • New Arrivals Thursday: Bring a Piece of Japanese History into your Kitchen

    Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, and for a limited time only, The Proper Moose is pleased to offer two special knife sets from Kikuichi--one of the most, if not THE most, respected cutlery manufacturer in Japan. If you want a great deal on kitchen cutlery to add to your personal collection, or have someone on your gift list who does, don't wait to take advantage of these great deals as supplies are limited.

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    6.7” Santoku & 5.1” Utility Knife Set plus FREE Kitchen Scissors

    Kikuichi has packaged two of their very popular Warikomi Gold knife models (Santoku and Utility), along with a FREE professional kitchen scissors ($80 retail value), in exquisite gift boxes with sharpening and care instructions.

    The sharpness of the high-quality, hand polished 2-sided blade on both models is easily maintained. Each blade is made of a hard VG-5 (molybdenum) core with a non-stain, high carbon stainless steel outside supporting layer for an extremely sharp edge with the greatest edge retention imaginable. A beautiful mahogany handle has 3 rivets for optimum balance and durability. Unlike most factory made kitchen knives, these knives are finished on a Japanese water stone before leaving the factory for an extremely sharp knife right out-of-the-box.

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    7” Chef’s & 4.7” Utility - plus FREE Kitchen Scissors

    Kikuichi has also paired two models of their ever popular GM Series knives (7” Chef’s and 4.7” Utility)--popular among culinary pros and culinary students alike. Along with a FREE professional kitchen scissors ($80 retail value), both knives come packaged in gift boxes with sharpening and care instructions.

    The sharpness of this high-quality cutlery is easily maintained. Each blade is made of the highest grade of molybdenum AUS10 stainless steel for a very sharp edge with great edge retention - and they come extremely sharp right out-of-the-box. The comfortable compressed wood handle has 3 rivets for optimum balance and durability.

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    About the Kikuichi Brand

    A 700 year old family tradition of unsurpassed craftsmanship, Kikuichi is the ONLY Japanese cutlery manufacturer with the true legacy of a Samurai swordsmith. For most of their long storied history, Kikuichi manufactured Samurai swords that bore the Emperor’s Chrysanthemum symbol (or “Kiku-no-mon”) as a mark of their excellence. Today, that same symbol appears on all of their knives. No one else in Japan is allowed the same privilege. When you purchase any Kikuichi knife, you will own a piece of history and unsurpassed craftsmanship like no other.

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  • New Arrivals Thursday: Unique Gifts for that Special Wine Lover on Your List

    The Proper Moose is pleased to introduce two new products guaranteed to dazzle the wine enthusiast on your holiday gift list: an elegant one-of-a kind corkscrew from the French village of Laguiole, handmade by the same craftsmen who produce our popular authentic Forge de Laguiole folding pocket knives; and a special line of soaps infused with a selection of popular wines whose high anti-oxidant properties and fragrant scents add an aromatic moisturizing boost for your morning wash.

    Forge de Laguiole Corkscrew (Sommelier)

    forge_de_laguiole_juniper_handle_corkscrew_at_maisonlipariHighly prized by wine enthusiasts from around the world, Le Sommelier is quite possibly the most elegant corkscrew you will find anywhere. Its ergonomic design and functionality won it the coveted prize Design Plus award at the Ambiente International Trade Fair (1996) in Frankfurt, Germany. The uncompromising fit and finish make these “pieces of art,” to be cherished and handed down by wine lovers from generation to generation. Although a slightly different design from the folding pocket knife model, they have a distinctive Bee on the spine, a symbol of Laguiole, to ensure their authenticity. Beautifully packaged, Le Sommelier makes a wonderful gift for the holidays or other special occasions for that loved one who deserves only the best.

    Available in: Juniper with Satin Finish and Thuya with Satin Finish.

    Handmade Wine-Infused Soaps

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    For those interested in enjoying wine's properties other than its bouquet and taste, the Spindrift Soap Company brings you just the thing--soaps infused with a variety of popular New England wines.

    Why wine? In a search for all natural ingredients to provide a healthy and moisturizing base for his handmade soaps, Spindrift Soap Company founder Colby Field discovered that the anti-oxidant quercetin found in grapes, along with flavanoids, nourishing minerals and vitamins, was just the thing. Released by the soap during use, these ingredients moisturize and soothe even the driest and most sensitive skin, and the wine's natural sugars also create a great lather. To top it off, the natural aromas of the four wines used in the Spindrift soaps in our exclusive collection--Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Pinot Grigio--are a treat for the nose as well as the skin.

    Packaged in a box of four 4.2 oz. bars, Spindrift wine soaps make great stocking stuffers for four loved ones, or to give as a set to the wine-loving enthusiast on your gift list.

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  • New Arrivals Thursdays: Steak Knife Sets from Alain Saint-Joanis

    My doorbell just rang, and I nearly ran to the door to be greeted by a box of our new Steak Knife Sets from Alain Saint-Joanis!

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    We're loving New Arrival Days here at The Proper Moose.  We carefully selected beautifully crafted tools and products from around the world, and now just wait for them to come to our doorstep to share with you.

    We absolutely loved this gorgeous 6 piece steak knife set from the first moment we laid eyes on it. The beautiful olive wood handles compliment the all stainless steel non-serrated blades. The blades themselves are high carbon and razor sharp, with excellent edge retention. The blades fit perfectly into the olive wood handles, beautifully designed as a long clean line.

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    knife-set1Not only are the knives beautiful, but they arrive in a simple high quality beech wood box - wonderful for storage but also for giving this steak knife set as a gift. A fine knife set is a lovely gift idea for many occasions - it makes a perfect wedding gift, holiday gift, or corporate gift for a valued employee or retiree.

    We've been fans of Alain Saint-Joanis of France for some time, and this is our first product from their line. Family owned, the cutlery company has passed the torch down through the generations from father to son since 1876. They are members of the prestigious Atelier d’Art de France, a federation of craft professionals, and their craftsmanship is highly regarded across the world.

    Take a closer look at our new Exquisite French 6pc Stainless Steel Steak Knife Set: click to view this set.

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  • Choosing the Right Tweezers: So Many Options!

    If you've browsed through our tweezers selection lately (including our latest additions from Alpen), you may be overwhelmed by the many options you have for your tweezing needs. How to choose?

    All of the tweezers sold by The Proper Moose are part of our collection because they meet our highest standards for quality, fit, and finish, and will stand up to the most important qualifications: the test of time and your specific uses. Here are some "tips" (pun intended!) to guide you through the selection process.

    TIP, TYPE, AND SHAPE

    Pointed Tip Tweezers

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    Pointed tweezers require a cautionary note. Unless you’re someone who is very comfortable with this type of tweezers, you probably shouldn’t use them. The tips on these tweezers are really sharp so they can isolate specific hairs, handle a single or very short hair, small or very fine hair, or even an ingrown one.

    Slanted Tip Tweezers

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    Slanted tweezers offer the best of all worlds: the precision of a pointed tweezers and the "search and pluck" advantages of a straight tweezers. This is the most versatile style: you get true precision as you reach for a specific hair or a splinter, and with a slight adjustment to the hand, can use the straight edge to capture stray hairs (e.g., around the chin area) or several hairs at once. Compared to a pointed tip, with a slant tip you get more speed with just a little less accuracy.

    Combination Slant/Point Tip Tweezers

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    This is your ideal splinter tweezers. It’s not as pointed at the end as the pointed tweezers, but it is sharp enough to open the skin, and the flat edge lets you grab the splinter and remove it.

    GRIP & FEEL

    You'll want to consider not only the tip of your tweezers, but you also the grip or feel (e.g., for those with arthritis). For example, the handle of one pair of tweezers we offer has perforations, while another pair has a ball at the end to prevent your grip from slipping. Both of these features will provide a more secure, precise control of this grooming implement.

    QUALITY

    When choosing an implement of this type, typical tweezers sold in drugstores are not up to the task and will definitely not give you the quality and precision that one would expect for such a personal grooming task. You can have confidence that when you purchase a pair of tweezers from The Proper Moose, you are always buying the best quality at a reasonable price, for years of satisfaction.

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  • A Beginner's Guide to Wet Shaving

    We recently discovered Prim & Prep, a website devoted to male grooming techniques and reviews. The following is from Ben Rose of Prim & Prep, our guest blogger and Wet Shaving expert -

    Like death and taxes, shaving is one of those things that all men have to deal with. While tax day only comes once a year and death is, well… death, shaving is a thoroughly unenjoyable part of the daily routine. Cuts and nicks; irritation, razor burn and ingrown hairs—they’re all just part of being a man. Or are they?

    While many men still struggle daily with these common shaving problems, it doesn’t have to be this way. You may think that shaving has to be an awful experience, but that’s just because you haven’t yet discovered that there is a better way. Don’t worry though, as you’re not alone and there are millions out there just like you. Fortunately, Prim&Prep recently published A Beginner’s Guide to Wet Shaving infographic that describes what the better way is and why you should be using it.

    To look your best, you’ve got to be at your best, and it all starts with the morning routine. So stop shaving like a chump and learn the secrets to shave like a champ.

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  • Safety Razors... for Women!

    I recently purchased a men's Merkur 180 Classic Style Double Edge Safety Razor from The Proper Moose... but... I'm not a man. Was it a gift for a father, a friend? Nope! Why purchase a razor that is promoted singularly as a razor for men's beards and whiskers?

    I was curious - how would this razor shape up against the multitude of women's razors available in every pharmacy and grocery aisle across the country? The answer: extremely, extraordinarily well.

    Here are the top 4 reasons that women should switch from their usual brand of throw-away razor to a Safety Razor like mine:

    #1 Smooth Shave

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    The most important reason to ever choose a product: because it works the best. I was very pleased with the precise, clean shave of the safety razor. First, get past your squeamishness about that sharp blade. Yes, I was overly cautious when I first removed the razor from the package and securely fastened it into my safety razor. But once the blade was in place, I could tell that it was indeed "safe" and secure, and just the same as any plastic Bic blade - except protected by metal, even better!

    Apply shaving cream to legs and shave - again, I was cautious at first, but soon found myself shaving normally. The sharp blade is great for quickly removing hair, and the double-sided feature meant I could less frequently clean off the razor as I shaved. And strangely - I didn't expect this - the cool metal felt great against my skin - pretty soothing, honestly! After I rinsed & dried, I inspected my leg to find a nice, smooth shave.

    #2 Cost

    That nice, smooth shave continued... and continued... I didn't have to replace the blade for a month! 10 packs of these blades are $8.75 at The Proper Moose website, so let's do a little math. The Merkur 180 Classic Style Double Edge Safety Razor is $36.95 - the initial Big Bad cost of this switchover. Plus $8.75 for razor blades, and I was out $45.70 on this safety razor challenge. However, that is for TEN MONTHS.

    My old favorite was the Schick Intuition Razor - one of those razors that comes with Shave Gel. Each Razor is approximately $12.99 (fine) but where, they get you is the cartridges, which are $23.99 for 6, about $4 each. Also, because the razors are reliant on the shaving cream cartridges, you use them much more quickly. I went through about 2 x month, so over the course of ten months = $80!

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    The Math:

    • Safety Razor, razor blades, general shaving cream = approx. $60 for ten months
    • Schick Intuition razor and cartridges = approx. $92.99

    Fairly comparable, not a big change. But check out the next ten months:

    • Just razor blades, general shaving cream = $28.75
    • Just Schick cartridges = another $80

    Lifetime savings on shaving with a Safety Razor are big! Now if I saved that money... all the things I could do...

    #3 Environment

    If you're a human being on this Earth - whether you're super eco-friendly or don't pay that much attention - you KNOW that creating less waste is a good thing. Nottossing out a hundred plastic razors, cartridges, and especially the big plastic razors feels very good indeed.

    #4 Ease

    ​Less shopping, less stops at the pharmacy, less running out to the store on the morning of Beach Day. You can order the replacement blades from the Proper Moose and they'll take up very little room in your bathroom cupboard, and last so long that replacement is rare and never a rush. The only thing you'll need to replace is your shaving cream, but that's rather nice, because you can try different brands for different moods & seasons. My current favorite is EOS Vanilla Bliss Shave Cream - highly recommended! Although the next one I want to try is Castle Forbes Lime Shaving Cream.

    ​If my 4 reasons don't convince you, you'll just have to try a safety razor for yourself! Don't let the big plastic razor companies pull you in with all those pretty colors, a simple Safety Razor is the best, cheapest, most environmentally friendly, convenient solution for shaving a woman's legs!

    From Contributor and Proper Moose Customer Emma W.

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  • Cut like a Pro with the Right Knives

    We found this consumer reports article in yesterday's Boston Globe product very interesting - and useful for choosing the right knife for your task.

    "A few good knives are all you really need... But if you’re into cooking, a few extras are a great investment. Here’s a knife primer to help you pick just what you need..."

    Boston Globe Article: To Cut Like a Pro, Pick the Right Knives

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  • Calling All Wet Shaving Enthusiasts!

    At The Proper Moose, we take great pride in the quality and selection of products we offer for the wet shaving enthusiast.

    As the holidays approach, we want to make you aware of the range of shaving items we offer, including some of the finest shaving creams, aftershave balms, razorsbrushes, and a special beard balm. And check out our shaving sets that offer significant discounts on some of our most popular items...and shaving scuttles that are as beautiful to look at as they are practical to use.

    Some of our vendors, particularly some in Europe, have told us that inventories may be limited as the holiday buying season approaches, so we encourage you to shop early for any personal or gift purchases you may be considering.

    Ultimate Shaving Set

    The Ultimate Shaving Set, featuring items from Castle Forbes & Taylor of Old Bond Street. Available in Lime, Lavender, and Cedarwood/Sandalwood.

    Click here to shop our full shaving collection!

  • Giftable, Useful, Beautiful!

    Gorgeous Magnetic Knife Racks: Keep Your Knives Clean & Safe

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