What is YOUR shoe shine kit like?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by John B, May 20, 2014.

  1. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    Mine arrived today! I really like the cherry. Build quality is top notch.

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    in back:
    Saphir Omni'Nettoyant (suede shampoo)
    Saphir Vernis Rife (patent cleaner)
    Bick4
    Saphir Renomat
    Brushes x 4 (from Hanger Project)
    Saphir creme x 6

    in front:
    Saphir wax x 5
    GlenKaren high shine polish
    water dispenser
    rags

    in tray:
    deer bone (Hanger Project)
    Saphir suede brush
    Saphir suede eraser
    random small brush

    in drawer:
    Small daubers x 5 (I mostly just use fingers now anyway though)
    Saphir Renovateur
    Saphir cordovan creme
    Saphir Renovatrice x 3
    GlenKaren conditioner/cleaner
    Terrago Nano Protector
    extra rags (clean)
    AE shoehorn
     
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  2. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    Very nice...
     
  3. jeffd

    jeffd Senior member

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    The $115 version is actually a smaller box, though it would probably be perfectly fine for most. The best price I could find for GI version of the Repair Kit was $199, but right now, you can get a "2nd Class" solid wood Repair Kit direct for $192.50. You have to scroll toward the bottom of the sale page to find it. Personally, I'd rather have a slightly imperfect solid wood model than the GI version, so the choice was easy for me. I won't know what to do with all the space for now, but I'm sure it will get filled up in no time.

    By the way, you can get a 2nd class version of that smaller kit for only $79.50 right now if you want one...

    http://gerstnerusa.com/opencart/index.php?route=product/product&path=83&product_id=273
     
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  4. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    Good looks!
     
  5. borbor

    borbor Senior member

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    i just keep it all in a paper box. bag'd the applicator brushes tho.

    bunch of saphir cream, reno, renomat and wax + one horsehair brush and one goat hair brush.

    ain't the most extravagant of setup in terms of the box, but i don't carry it out of my house.
     
  6. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    @Fred G. Unn

    i like the look of that cherry too!

    Not sure if Dieworkwear ended up with the hickory, walnut, or oak
     
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  7. John B

    John B Active Member

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    He said he didn't remember which he got and that it looked different from what was shown online. I'm looking forward to seeing mine in the golden oak. Will post pictures.
     
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    Cuttingboard Senior member

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    I ordered mine today in American Cherry.
     
  9. jeffd

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    Just received mine today, so here are some quick iPhone photos of the golden oak. I was pleased to see that they used quarter sawn oak, which shows they know a thing or two about wood, but I'm a little disappointed that they use a polyurethane finish opposed to wax, which when combined with the light stain doesn't do much to bring out the character of the wood (compare to the table it's siting on, which is the same wood). Not a big deal for a shoe shine kit, of course - I chose the oak mainly for durability rather than appearance. The hardware is polished nickel, and I like that there's a subtle art deco detail on the hinges. The rear compartment isn't quite tall enough to hold my large brushes vertically, but there's plenty of room for them regardless. Overall, I'm impressed with the quality and happy with what I paid. Like the others, I can't see any obvious defects despite being a factory second.

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  10. John B

    John B Active Member

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    The GI-515 vs. the 12 Repair Kit

    My initial reaction is this:
    The 12 Repair kit is overkill.
    The wood is a bit nicer, but it's a shoe shine kit, not a jewelry case.
    Yes, it's bigger too, BUT it's big and clunky.
    It's like the difference between a suitcase and a carry-on.
    The 515 also has a warmer, friendlier feel.

    If you want something you can grab easily to shine your shoes while watching TV, the 515 is perfect.
    If you want something to hold all the equipment you need to strip the finish off of your shoes and restore them, the 12 is your guy.

    My advice:
    If you want a nice, convenient shoe shine kit, get the 515 and keep the bottles of suede cleaner, waterproofer, and Renomat under the sink until you need them.



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    Side-by-side, they look close to the same size.
    12 Repair in golden oak on the left, GI-515 on the right.
    The fixtures are pretty similar, although the 12 has 3 latches instead of one.

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    But from the top you can see the difference a little.


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    Sliding trays removed.


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    Drawers all the way out.
    Note how much deeper the one on the 515 is. To me, that adds configurability with packing things in there.



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    Top view of the 515 with a few things in it.
    Yup, that's 10 cans of kiwi on the bottom with plenty of room still.
    Four Three jars of Saphir fit in the top per row. And yes, the brushes are big, so I'm ditching the sliding tray.



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    This is the 515 again.
    I shot this from a different angle so you can see how deep the drawer is and that there's still plenty of room.


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    This is the 12 Repair kit with the same contents. There's so much empty space you can almost hear the echo.

    I wish I could return the 12, get a second 515, and save $100.
     
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  11. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    Interesting comparison. Even though the 515 is smaller, they drilled out 2 catches for the bottom drawer for the spring loaded pins that slide down when you close the lid. The 12 only has 1. I wonder if it's because they thought the larger drawer needed 2 pins to support the potential weight without breaking the pin?

    I kinda like the bigger 12 though. Yes, mine is damn heavy fully loaded at 24 lbs, but I like just keeping all my shoe stuff in one place. Mine fits on top of a small chest I have in my closet so it's easy to access when needed.
     
  12. ter1413

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    Thanks for the comparison flicks.
     
  13. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Awesome comparison of the GI vs mainline box! This is some level 100 druid/wizard iGent shit right here!!!!

    Humbly nominate this thread for front page

    @LA Guy
    @emptym
     
  14. John B

    John B Active Member

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    Thanks. Glad you liked it! I hope it helps people judge which one to get based on their needs.
     
  15. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    I wonder what Joe Pesci's shinebox looks like...

     
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