05-18-2013, 11:30 AM
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Hello all-

Well, I guess I am the newest newbie and just wanted to say how glad I am to be able to join and be a part of this group and site. I have looked around here and am impressed with the great website and all the experience, knowledge and wisdom of all you members here.
I have just discovered you and the wet shaving tradition and wonder if I might ask for everyone’s guidance and advice as I am just beginning my journey down this road again. FYI - I am now 60 and I previously wet shaved as a teenager only and I grew a beard in the 70’s and have had a beard all these years since. So I have experience with a DE and feel very comfortable with the technique.
I have recently clean shaven and I am new again at this and I am not a collector, but only looking for a really good vintage razor to purchase to shave as my good daily “user’s” razor that I will really enjoy using every morning.
From the models that I have seen that I feel I might be interested in trying are the Aristocrat, Diplomat, Executive and President Styles. My questions are this…
1. It seems that I have read that the gold finish razors do not wear as well as the silver ones?
2. Of the models I listed, are they all gold finish, except the President?
3. What model do you recommend as I do NOT want to spend a great deal?
4. I have read it is affordable to get them refinished. So if I purchase one that needs it, would you recommend that and I could finish any of the models in rhodium, nickel, silver rather than gold?
5. I appreciate your collective wisdom on my starting thoughts!
Thank you!

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 05-18-2013, 11:38 AM
  • OldDog23
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can't weigh in on your questions, but Welcome to the forum ! Smile

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 05-18-2013, 11:44 AM
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Are you heartset on DE or are you wiling to go SE?

Rhodium seems to be the most highly thought of; expensive but very durable. I've priced it our near $100

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 05-18-2013, 11:50 AM
  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Welcome to The Shave Nook.

All of those old Gillette's get good reviews so it will take someone wiser than I to give advise on them.

As for as restoring and re-plating, I would contact our good vendor Razor Emporium

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 05-18-2013, 11:57 AM
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Welcome to The Shave Nook!

Here is something that might be of service to you:

The razors you mentioned are very nice, but have you ever considered getting a modern stainless steel one such as the Weber. If you are looking for a TTO (butterfly door) one, there are many good modern ones that are made very well such as the Cadet and RazoRock ones. Good luck.

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 05-18-2013, 12:06 PM
  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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Jump on in, the water's fine!

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 05-18-2013, 12:14 PM
  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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Welcome to TSN!

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 05-18-2013, 12:44 PM
  • freddy
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  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
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Welcome to The Shave Nook and enjoy your stay. Smile

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 05-18-2013, 12:45 PM
  • tgutc
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  • Michigan
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Welcome to the Nook!

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 05-18-2013, 01:15 PM
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Welcome to the Nook! I have a Gillette Senator refinished in Rhodium which I love!

Have you consider a birth year razor? Or your father's birth year? (what I have).

I also equally enjoy my Above The Tie Stainless razor, fun to use both ends of the spectrum.

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 05-18-2013, 01:46 PM
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Hello and welcome to the forum.

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 05-18-2013, 04:43 PM
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 05-19-2013, 12:19 AM
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Hello, welcome to: " Shave Nook " Relax & Enjoy.

Charles U.K

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 05-19-2013, 01:24 AM
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Welcome to TSN

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 05-19-2013, 03:32 AM
  • savagejoerude
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  • New Orleans USA
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Hey there and welcome to The Shave Nook... Sorry I can't answer your question. I became a lover of single edge razors before I ever had a chance to try any of those Gillettes. Good Luck though. I'm sure some one with the knowledge you seek will chime in soon...

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 05-19-2013, 05:00 AM
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Hello and welcome! Cool

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 05-19-2013, 05:09 AM
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Welcome to TSN!

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 05-19-2013, 06:28 AM
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I have a few DE's in my collection, and after this weekend I am a confirmed LOSER. They're all vintage. PM me and we can discuss.

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 05-20-2013, 04:09 AM
  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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Greetings, welcome to the Nook!

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 05-20-2013, 11:16 PM
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Welcome to The Shave Nook! Biggrin

I'm not an expert on vintage razors, so I'll leave it to the wise veterans of Shave Nook to answer all your questions. Wink

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