08-02-2013, 09:39 PM
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I went to my first auction Friday night after work and won a 7 day straight razor set. I have two 6 of 7 day razor sets already, but this is my first complete set. My others are Wm. Elliot and Schulze. The Schulze is from WWII Germany with leather pouch.

The seller said her grandfather brought it back from WWII. I'm not sure about that. I think it has to be a little later. My Schulze straights have DRGM on the tang that stands for something like "made in the German Reich"

Each razor has a German city name, gold wash, a worked spine, top and bottom jimps and mirror finish. The blade width is from 13/16 to 7/8. Though there are some patina specks and rust on one tang.

They do not appear to have been honed after the factory honing. I believe they have the factory edge. I have several NOS German straights with factory edges that shaved right out of the box. I think that may be true of these. They pop arm hair fine.

There is no manufacturer name on the tangs, only "Gondola, Made In Germany" and on the back Hersei Solingen and an "S" in a double circle.

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 08-02-2013, 10:00 PM
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Nice set. It's interesting to me that the writing of the day names and the "Souvenir of..." is all written in English. Is that common?

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 08-02-2013, 10:27 PM
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I read some old posts on B&B and SRP and yes it was common, but I don't see why having the writing in German would hinder someone buying a set. I would love to see the days in German.

I just looked at my Schulze's and they are also in English and they are definitely not for the tourists, seeing they are from WWII Germany and came in a leather pouch that made me think military. So, now I'm confused, as well. Why'd they do that?

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 08-02-2013, 11:05 PM
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Nice set, they are very similar to the Schulze razors you can buy today from revisior.

http://www.revisor-solingen.de/html/8-8.html

http://www.revisor-solingen.de/html/schulze_messer.html

Jamie.

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 08-03-2013, 07:19 AM
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Very Very Nice Set.

I like the the designs on the Blades and Handles.

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 08-03-2013, 07:36 AM
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(08-02-2013, 11:05 PM)Jamie Mahoney Wrote: Nice set, they are very similar to the Schulze razors you can buy today from revisior.

http://www.revisor-solingen.de/html/8-8.html

http://www.revisor-solingen.de/html/schulze_messer.html

Jamie.

Thanks, Jamie. Schulze and Bartmann and Dovo Fritz Bracht are my favorite razors, aside from my Japanese razors. I have a large NOS Schulze and the 6 of 7 day set. I wish this set had a maker name and that I had more information on the souvenir razors and why the days of the week are in English. Some of the souvenir sets actually have a maker name.

I made the mistake of trying to polish out rust on the gold wash on one tang and lost the wash, but I'd rather stop the rust. Another mistake for others not to make its to use fine (2000) sand paper to get patina off a mirror finish.

The scales appear to be plastic, not celluloid or Bakelite and two have a split at the pivot end, but are useable, as is.

I did strop the razors last night and though these look like full hollow and not extra hollow, they made a singing sound like the extra hollow.

Now my next wish would be for a complete 7 day set with perfect scales, gold wash (or not), no rust and at least 7/8 to 8/8. Most 7 day sets were 5/8 and 6/8 at most.

The modern 7 day sets start at $1500 and go to $3500. TI and Wacker still makes them in limited quantity and the Revisor, as you say. You get more bang for the buck with the vintage razors and honestly I prefer vintage. I have only one modern razor, Dovo Master. There is something about the feel and heft of the vintage steel for me. Maybe they shave just as well, given a good edge.

Almost all sets on ebay, have at least one blade that's cracked or nicked or warped scales.

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 08-03-2013, 09:52 AM
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Lindy, great set! i hope you enjoy them!Biggrin

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 08-03-2013, 11:06 AM
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Lindy, that is a nice find.

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 08-03-2013, 03:59 PM
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Thanks, I will. I tried shaving with Saturday, just now and realize I need to do a touchup with CrOx and FeOx or lapping film.

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 08-05-2013, 07:14 PM
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Those were great to look at, thanks for the pics.

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 08-05-2013, 08:37 PM
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Thank you for looking.

I spent Sunday honing all the Gondolas and a $16 ebay Dorner straight on lapping film,, 30 micron for bevel, 12,9,5,3,1,CrOx, FeOx, linen, leather.

Though the Dorner had a slight warp, I got the best edge from the Dorner and will go back over the Gondolas for a better edge.

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 08-09-2013, 09:27 AM
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  • Attila
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Simply beautiful. Congratulations!

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 08-09-2013, 01:46 PM
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Wooow! Gorgeous set! Enjoy it at good health! Smile

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 08-09-2013, 05:17 PM
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Thanks. I went back to bevel-setting and now have a nicer edge on all the straights. I wasn't far off.

Now I'm waiting for a western style Japanese straight, Kawashima Extra Tungsten NOS from Takeshi Aoki of aframestokyo.

Tomorrow I'm going to Yanceyville, NC, near Danville, VA for my second auction.

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 08-10-2013, 12:01 AM
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That a great looking set, congrats on finding that one.

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