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by penshaver
Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Lathering directly on your face
Replies: 16
Views: 2661

I found that with Proraso, I get the best results by rubbing it on like it was a brushless, then using a wet brush - and I end up with enough on the brush for extra passes. With L'occitane CADE soap, there is no room in the bowl yet, so I get some soap on the brush and build the lather on my face. I...
by penshaver
Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:20 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Early Gillette ID help
Replies: 16
Views: 1690

If they are black, that might be tarnished silver. I have a number of early gillettes that arrived totally black, and are now bright and shiny, as a result of silver polish and some vigorous rubbing.

Steve L.
by penshaver
Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:47 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Ranger? Not a Ranger?
Replies: 4
Views: 1093

I have one just like that. Like a Ranger, but with no writing in the smooth band, and covers on the side. Or like an early superspeed with a smooth band above the knob. The missing link.....? Like they were using up Ranger Tech handles with new Super Speed heads? What about the reverse, has anyone s...
by penshaver
Thu Sep 21, 2006 7:44 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Plastic throwaway
Replies: 11
Views: 2211

a google search on 'double edge patient prep razor' gets you lots of hits.... ASR even makes them, using 'comfort coated stainless steel blades".... They seem to go for about 35 cents apiece in bulk, hundred piece lots.... but they probably don't give you that wonderful 'superspeed' weighted balance...
by penshaver
Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:58 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Any Electric Users?
Replies: 149
Views: 20279

I think I read somewhere that electric razors are more popular in Europe than the US, and that the reason is that in the average european bathroom after WWII, one was much more likely to have an electric outlet than a good source of hot water. And in such a situation, I can see preferring an electri...
by penshaver
Thu Aug 24, 2006 6:37 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: In the UK - Korean DE Blades at Sainsburys
Replies: 7
Views: 1147

If they are the same as DORCO blades (the only blades I know of from South Korea), they should be very good blades. I have used DORCO blades and they are as good as or better than the ASR/Personna, Israeli noname, Derby, and they are better than the German made Wilkinsons.
by penshaver
Fri Aug 18, 2006 12:18 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: CVS blades
Replies: 12
Views: 1930

They are made by ASR, and I've seen them sold by CVS, Eckerd, the military exchange system, and a few other house brands. I have (and have used) examples that are labelled "Stainless Steel", and other examples that are lablelled "Platinum Chromium". The platinum chromium version, in my experience, s...
by penshaver
Fri Aug 11, 2006 8:07 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Good place for a haircut in Arlington, VA???
Replies: 8
Views: 2511

Wilson Boulevard just north of George Mason Drive - near Ballston - , in a row of little shops next to the McDonalds is a Barber Shop. Great haircuts, - the best barber is the owner, Juliette an older Vietnamese woman. :o (Hey, she is a great! barber. And also a fairly good Dobro player, and is conv...
by penshaver
Fri Aug 11, 2006 1:36 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Milord in the wrong case?
Replies: 21
Views: 3423

Regarding the lack of damage - The only visible damage on my regent tech is a bent tooth. If it were not an open comb, I think the same impact would not be visible - i.e. it would have bent the base plate without making a mark. I merely posit that a razor can be misaligned as the result of a fall, o...
by penshaver
Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:03 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Cross a GEM with a PAL Injector and you get this?
Replies: 19
Views: 2957

It is one of Henry Dreyfuss's designs. I would guess that once they had it in hand, someone inside ASR did the Contour II, i.e. made it cheaper. And as to how much it is worth, these don't come up as often as the other Gems, but they do come up. I think one difficulty is they are not always identifi...
by penshaver
Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:40 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: British ad from 1953 featuring numbered Gillettes
Replies: 36
Views: 6440

That 45 looks like a Tech Razor, which was made in the US from 1939 to 1973, and elsewhere for even longer....
by penshaver
Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:11 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Cross a GEM with a PAL Injector and you get this?
Replies: 19
Views: 2957

If anyone wants a GEM Contour, the first one, the good one, its at ebay - number 230016684903 (I already have one, like it, and would hope that others may join the fun....)
by penshaver
Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:07 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Collectors Corner Discussion Thread
Replies: 69
Views: 11171

I can confirm that the pushbutton shaves reasonably well, though not as well as the micromatic or 1912, at least based on having used all three. And the Featherweight also comes in black. And I found that one is not up to the GEM standard. Not sure why, and its not all that bad, but I would not reco...
by penshaver
Tue Aug 08, 2006 1:55 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Milord in the wrong case?
Replies: 21
Views: 3423

While they did make so many million razors that its not impossible that a bad one slipped out, might not a drop from four or five feet onto a tile floor introduce a misalignment like the one you describe? I have a Regent tech that looks like its fine, but is out of alignment. The clue as to how this...
by penshaver
Sun Aug 06, 2006 6:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tried DORCO blades. Liked them.
Replies: 2
Views: 990

Tried DORCO blades. Liked them.

In spite of the name. I had picked these up in a korean owned beauty/barber supply shop near Odenton, Maryland. Four dollars for a ten pack, though I suspect they can be had cheaper online. Today, I tried one. FABULOUS. Proraso directly on the face, cheap badger brush made excellent lather. Dorco bl...
by penshaver
Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:23 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Ebay makes me laugh sometimes!
Replies: 4
Views: 1349

Check out this: 230010931570 is the ebay number if you want to see it. (The picture is very typical obviously used, black handled late model Super Speed). SAVE or SHAVE !!! Some have PAID about $100 for this...ULTRA RARE, GORGEOUSLY-STYLED, TWO TONE, VALUABLE, VINTAGE GILLETTE SAFETY RAZOR…Stainless...
by penshaver
Thu Jul 27, 2006 7:57 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Should I try them, or keep the packages intact?.
Replies: 1
Views: 733

Note that the Schick 2002 is from 1974. :)
by penshaver
Thu Jul 27, 2006 7:51 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Should I try them, or keep the packages intact?.
Replies: 1
Views: 733

Should I try them, or keep the packages intact?.

Found these in a couple of bunches of razors/blades from ebay. The DEs were in a batch of other Shick regular DEs new in their 5 blade packs, and the Twin Injector blades came with a new unopened Schick Adjustable Injector. Anyone ever shave with them? http://upload4.postimage.org/711050/DSC01306.jp...
by penshaver
Fri Jul 21, 2006 6:50 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Collectors Corner (no chatter please)
Replies: 136
Views: 185531

Wartime - Bakelite handle, black painted top, camo blades. (crappy photography, working to improve...) :oops:

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by penshaver
Fri Jul 21, 2006 6:44 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Collectors Corner (no chatter please)
Replies: 136
Views: 185531

On the Left, British Made Ever Ready, Patent 1912. On the Right, US Made Ever Ready, "Patent Applied For", with rear opening...

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