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Puma 89 7/8

Postby brothers » Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:41 pm

It'll be arriving in a couple of days. I'm looking forward to getting it. I have decided that getting a new razor, DE, SE, or straight, seems to invigorate my enthusiasm for shaving with that particular type of razor, and also gives me something worthwhile to post about. I have my expectations and will be curious to see how well this one matches up.
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Re: Puma 89 7/8

Postby Squire » Tue Aug 25, 2015 3:58 pm

Don't recall having shaved with a Puma though I have a favorable impression of the vintage ones. Who makes them now Gary?
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Re: Puma 89 7/8

Postby brothers » Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:15 pm

I get the impression that like most other familiar brands of German straight razors, this one is also a thing of the past.
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Re: Puma 89 7/8

Postby Squire » Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:07 pm

I understand Puma quit making their own years ago when the equipment wore out and wasn't worth the expense of replacing. Think Dovo made the last ones under contract. The word Solingen on the blade no longer indicates origin, rather it's being used as a trade name.
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Re: Puma 89 7/8

Postby brothers » Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:12 am

Squire, I appreciate that information. Maybe after I receive it I will become motivated to look deeper into the history of the brand.
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Re: Puma 89 7/8

Postby brothers » Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:37 pm

It arrived safe and sound from south Texas in its hard Puma case. Blade appears to have little or no use showing on it. I stropped it pretty well, it shaves arm hair. I'll test shave it tomorrow morning to see if its as keen as it needs to be. It's probably closer to 13/16 than 7/8. I like the feel and heft of it. It seems snug in the scales. Maybe if we get lucky, I can post a photo with tomorrow's SOTD.
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Re: Puma 89 7/8

Postby EL Alamein » Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:12 pm

brothers wrote:It arrived safe and sound from south Texas in its hard Puma case. Blade appears to have little or no use showing on it. I stropped it pretty well, it shaves arm hair. I'll test shave it tomorrow morning to see if its as keen as it needs to be. It's probably closer to 13/16 than 7/8. I like the feel and heft of it. It seems snug in the scales. Maybe if we get lucky, I can post a photo with tomorrow's SOTD.


Sounds like a winner, Gary! Enjoy!

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Re: Puma 89 7/8

Postby Antique Hoosier » Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:54 pm

I have owned this same model twice in the past 8 years...wonderful steel...enjoy!
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Re: Puma 89 7/8

Postby brothers » Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:56 pm

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Re: Puma 89 7/8

Postby brothers » Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:27 pm

I didn't shave this morning. No rush, I'll save that pleasure for tomorrow, again with the Puma. I'm in no particular rush to the stones. This afternoon I spent a bit of time working on the strops, and the Puma seems to be able to easily wipe away arm hair. Looking forward to wiping away a 2-day growth of whiskers on Sunday.
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Re: Puma 89 7/8

Postby brothers » Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:35 am

The strop work definitely paid off for Puma shave #2. Good razor. Lucky to have it.

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Re: Puma 89 7/8

Postby Oscar11 » Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:04 am

Nice find.
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Re: Puma 89 7/8

Postby Squire » Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:42 am

Good catch Gary.
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