03-11-2014, 09:45 PM
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  • Shaun
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Chaps

I picked up this box of 100 vintage Czech Stainless Astra blades today for around oh, $15US. Maybe a bit too much, but I had never seen the likes of these before. I have seen stainless Astras before, but not THIS kind, not anywhere, online, you name it. Note the emblem. I thought, well, I should grab them and try them. Does anyone know anything about them? Each pack is wrapped in cellophane, which is coming off each of them slightly. I'll tell you how they perform tomorrow with my next shave. The discolouration on the blade paper is from 4 blobs of wax seeping through.
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 03-11-2014, 10:14 PM
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Interested to hear how you like them. I've never heard of them either. I think you got a good deal.

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 03-11-2014, 10:19 PM
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There is something on Youtube I have just discovered, but his look a little more recent, with markings that are missing on mine, such as the number 5 on each pack and something that looks like 'MC'. There is no commentary either, and neither are there any responses. I have no idea how old these blades are. 1970?


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 03-12-2014, 03:09 AM
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Never seen them before but interested to see how they perform for you.

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 03-12-2014, 09:37 AM
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(03-12-2014, 03:09 AM)ridgerunner Wrote: Never seen them before but interested to see how they perform for you.

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 03-12-2014, 09:40 AM
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I'm interested in your experience too. I'm partial to vintage blades.

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 03-12-2014, 09:47 AM
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beautiful score shaun. i bet they are very good blades Thumbsup

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 03-12-2014, 04:54 PM
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Ok, shave 1. I loaded up with a DE89 ( I find a little too mild personally, but thought I should start off with one just because a lot of people here do use them and would get a better sense of what I am chatting about), and Erasmic old formula, using a London Series Vulfix Hyde park (a GREAT little boar brush IMO, verrrry silky smooth).

The Astra I used was one that was near the top of the box, perhaps a little more exposed elementally than others buried deeper and still inside cellophane and wrappers, so I need to take that into account. Maybe it makes little difference?

The result? Good, but not great. It was a little bit tuggy, not bad, but not brilliant either. I extracted a decent, three-pass shave and applied Speick splash which is right now still settling.

Normally, I find the first shave with a new blade a bit like that anyway, and find a blade settles down for shave 2 (tomorrow). I shall update after that second shave.

After that, I will use a blade buried deeper in the box just in case the one I used to day wasn't the best on average. I'm being a bit 'scientific' Smile

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 03-12-2014, 06:00 PM
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These are way before moving theproduction line to Moscow, Russia, P&G bought Astra brand in around 1996. Vintage Astra blades looks 1970s to 1980s from the appearance of cardbox.

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 03-13-2014, 02:27 PM
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  • Shaun
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Second shave completed. I used Tabac today with a Simpson Commodore 2. Shave was improved on the day before. Blade may have settled, and the Tabac, of course would have helped. I have the feeling I will get two more shaves at the most from this blade. Then I'll switch over to a more well preserved blade and repeat the combinations just to get a good, empirical sense of these stainless vintage blades.

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 03-15-2014, 05:13 PM
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Ok, good news! Today I used a blade from a pack buried deeper in the package, with the cellophane around the box of 5 relatively intact. I popped the blade into a Merkur 34C HD...lathered up with a Semogue 2000, Bigelow eucalyptus (Proraso, in other words)... and the shave was very good to superb! I'd say on a par with Polsilver Dark Browns.

My hunch was right: the more 'exposed' blades from the first opened pack were ok, but I didn't get past three shaves. The more protected ones are very good indeed. Now I have 95 more to enjoy!

I have read elsewhere that the rule of thumb re using vintage blades is to go for stainless only, not carbon. Fortunately these are stainless, but I handn't known about the stainless rule when I purchased these rare little gems. Just lucky, I guess.

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 03-17-2014, 12:06 AM
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Second shave with better blade and ahhhhh, yesssss.....very nice...BBS, smooth and perfect Smile

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 03-17-2014, 12:15 AM
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i'm happy for you. the conservative and nice looking box didn't lie Cheers

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 03-20-2014, 03:47 AM
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  • Shaun
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Blade still going strong...

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