Wet Shaving DE Revival

Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:58 am

I stand corrected by Coaledsweat who has actual experience with a straight razor regarding honing.
This are the Schick Injector razors from an antique shop. I have the Bakelite case as well, but the camera batteries were going dead.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: traderfjp On: Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:27 am

That's an adgjustable Gillette Slim, I think. It looks like it gets a workout. How would you compare the shave to the catridge types razors? They use to practically give these razors away because they wanted to sell blades. After all these years GIllette still sells 3x more razors then anyone else. I was reading the history on King GIllettee and found it to be quite interesting. He wasn't the inventor of the DE razor but he was the most successful. I just picked this little gem up on Ebay. It's a 3 piece razor.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: traderfjp On: Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:55 am

Those are nice injector razors. Here is one of the first DE razors sold.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Mar 29, 2008 11:22 am

Yes, it's a Gillette, but there is nothing adjustable on it. As you can see, the plating has worn off in a few places and there is a little plated cover missing on one end, as shown in the first photo. I can't compare it to the Schick razors, I haven't used them.
There also were a lot of razors that used the single edge blades that we buy for scrapers and box cutters. It's a more rigid blade and it was replaced by the thinner double edge blade.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Mar 29, 2008 11:36 am

I found this site which may be of interest.


http://www.geocities.com/safetyrazors/index.htm
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.


It indicated that Gillette did not stamp date codes on the razors from 1931 to 1951. Mine does not have a date code, so I assume it was made before 1951. I think my father probably got it when he was in the army during WW II or after he was discharged in 1946.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: traderfjp On: Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:36 pm

Gillette was doing OK but when WWII hit they struck a deal with the army and sold 3.5 milion units. When these service men returned home guess what brand of razor they stuck with.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: europachris On: Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:38 pm

I've been using a Gillette Atra razor for over 20 years. It's a twin blade style razor. It works well for me. I've tried all the 3, 4, etc. blade razors and they all suck. More than two blades is diminishing returns. Furthermore, the Wal-Mart generic replacement blades last longer and cut smoother than the genuine Gillette Atra blades and cost about 75% less!

I like mug soap and brush, but Barbasol does fine for me, too.

I have an old Braun electric, but it does beat up my face more, even with new blade and screen.

My father had the double edge safety razors back when I was a kid. Never tried one, though.

However, you can get a new one at Lehman's http://tinyurl.com/32dzj8, along with straight razors, soap, brushes, etc. Might have to try one.

Chris
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: traderfjp On: Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:33 pm

My wife uses the Gillette Trac II which is like the Altra. I just bought her 90 replacement blades for about 65.00. She has no interest in DE razors.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:00 pm

europachris wrote:However, you can get a new one at Lehman's http://tinyurl.com/32dzj8, along with straight razors, soap, brushes, etc. Might have to try one.
Chris


Thanks for the link, Chris. I didn't know about Lehman's, they have a lot of interesting stuff.
You should give the double edge a try, you might become a convert. Remember what happened with coal....
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:24 am

"I prefer the clean sweep of the tempered steel as it glides......."
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sun Mar 30, 2008 4:19 pm

Wood'nCoal wrote:I stand corrected by Coaledsweat who has actual experience with a straight razor regarding honing.


The barber will always sharpen his razor before shaving you, not so much because it needs it, it is just part of the presentation. :)
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:57 pm

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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: traderfjp On: Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:22 pm

I may be in the minority but I never understood the need for after shave. It was always a very unpleasant experience. My face would feel like I was stung about 800 times. Not a fun experience.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:40 pm

Mostly just to make you smell nice, I think.

There may be a safeguard against infection due to the alcohol in the aftershave, also a cooling sensation.
I don't care for the heavy scents that men's colognes have, aftershave is milder and doesn't stink up every room you enter.

One of my daughter's previous boyfriends who is a lazy sort liked to take what he referred to as a "Mexican Shower" (Note: Not a term I approve of) when he wasn't up to taking an actual shower. It involved dumping a large amount of cologne all over himself. Stunk up the whole house when he showed up. Glad he's not around here anymore. :D
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: traderfjp On: Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:56 pm

maybe he's european. :D Every once in a while you'll catch the wiff of a female and it's delightful but usually it's a horrendous smell. There should be a law against that sort of thing.
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