SOLD: Vintage NOS Wilkinson 'Light Brigade' DE Razor Blades

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SOLD: Vintage NOS Wilkinson 'Light Brigade' DE Razor Blades

Post by churchilllafemme » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:41 pm

I dislike the term 'unobtainium,' but if anything fits the definition it is these Wilkinson 'Light Brigade' blades, extremely rare and difficult to find and thought by many to be the very finest blades ever produced. For most men they will last 20+ shaves without dulling, and they will provide extraordinarily smooth shaves in both vintage and modern razors. They have not been available retail for many years.

Offered as a 10-blade lot in 5 two-blade dispensers for $39.99 shipped CONUS. 4 lots available, the last of these blades I'll be selling. All SOLD

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Re: SOLD: Vintage NOS Wilkinson 'Light Brigade' DE Razor Blades

Post by Pauldog » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:30 pm

I wonder what the difference is between these blades and the other Wilkinsons made in England in the same era. Did they grind them slightly differently? Different coating?

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Re: SOLD: Vintage NOS Wilkinson 'Light Brigade' DE Razor Blades

Post by churchilllafemme » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:11 pm

Pauldog wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:30 pm
I wonder what the difference is between these blades and the other Wilkinsons made in England in the same era. Did they grind them slightly differently? Different coating?
Someone here may know, but I don't. But they certainly are different.
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Re: SOLD: Vintage NOS Wilkinson 'Light Brigade' DE Razor Blades

Post by Pauldog » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:58 pm

I'm selling some Sensor razors on eBay, and within the models (Sensor/Sensor Excel), the buyers make a big distinction between ones made in different years. Even being made in the USA isn't enough. The earliest ones attract the most buyers, even at much higher prices. These aren't collectors, either - they're trying to get an exact copy of what they were using.

I have some old English Wilkinson blades, but they happen not to be Light Brigades. Since they don't get nearly the premium commanded by the "magical" blades, I'm probably just going to go ahead and shave with them. Fortunately, they're mostly individually wrapped. I had a lot of fun separating some other English Wilkinsons stuck together with very old oil in a metal "push" dispenser.

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Re: SOLD: Vintage NOS Wilkinson 'Light Brigade' DE Razor Blades

Post by churchilllafemme » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:34 pm

Pauldog wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:58 pm
I had a lot of fun separating some other English Wilkinsons stuck together with very old oil in a metal "push" dispenser.
Ah, yes. I had that joy a couple times, too, with Personna 74s. I ended up tossing some into the recycling.
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Re: SOLD: Vintage NOS Wilkinson 'Light Brigade' DE Razor Blades

Post by CMur12 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:56 pm

churchilllafemme wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:34 pm
Pauldog wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:58 pm
I had a lot of fun separating some other English Wilkinsons stuck together with very old oil in a metal "push" dispenser.
Ah, yes. I had that joy a couple times, too, with Personna 74s. I ended up tossing some into the recycling.
I have a number of Personna 74 blades in dispensers. I had to pry the top metal piece off of the dispenser, after which I could peel off each blade.

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Re: SOLD: Vintage NOS Wilkinson 'Light Brigade' DE Razor Blades

Post by Pauldog » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:38 pm

Even when I got the metal top off the holder, the blades were so stuck to each other that I used a worn blade to separate them.

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Post by CMur12 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:23 pm

Pauldog wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:38 pm
Even when I got the metal top off the holder, the blades were so stuck to each other that I used a worn blade to separate them.
That doesn't sound good. I still have some 65 blades in dispensers.

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Re: SOLD: Vintage NOS Wilkinson 'Light Brigade' DE Razor Blades

Post by Pauldog » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:21 pm

A bunch of them probably won't be a problem. Just extract one at a time as you need them.

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Re: SOLD: Vintage NOS Wilkinson 'Light Brigade' DE Razor Blades

Post by churchilllafemme » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:56 pm

The real problem for me in the past was that sometimes the stuck together blades were also really corroded, some so badly that I had to pitch them out.
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