03-18-2014, 11:12 PM
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  • Shaun
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I am very pleased: for $15 Australian (about $13 US) I picked up:

A 1930s New ("Empire", I think) long tooth Gillette, which, apart from needing replating is in perfect alignment, no bent teeth and, unbelievably, no crack in the handle:

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A Tech Set No. 26 with bakelite holder (refer to Mr Razor for the pristine model). This comes with a 4-piece tech. I put the box of blades there, but they are not original:

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All I need to do now is work out where I can get these items re-plated without having to send them to the USA, the cost of postage alone which would be exorbitant...

Any Aussies here got any tips?

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 03-19-2014, 12:02 AM
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hell of a find! i have several uk new's and they are certainly top-of-the-pops - and that exciting tech-model is in my opinion a new without teeth Biggrin

did you try them yet?

would be interesting to know how mr razor dated the tech 26 to 1946...

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 03-19-2014, 12:30 AM
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  • Shaun
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Hi Marius, not I haven't tried or cleaned them yet.

I figure Mr Razor goes by the blade dates. Inside the bakelite holder (it doubles as a blade safe) I found two rusting old blue blades (probably the two the set came with) and the date codes is R 2, putting it at 1946, so I think that's probably right.

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 03-19-2014, 03:21 AM
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but i for one would think the original blades that went with a set would normally be the first blades used Undecided so - if a razor show visual wear it must have been used extensively for several years - and that the blades that then comes with the used set are more likely to be from the last year the razor was in use. if however the razor is unused nos that's another story. what you think?

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 03-19-2014, 04:36 AM
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(03-19-2014, 03:21 AM)tonsorius Wrote: but i for one would think the original blades that went with a set would normally be the first blades used Undecided so - if a razor show visual wear it must have been used extensively for several years - and that the blades that then comes with the used set are more likely to be from the last year the razor was in use. if however the razor is unused nos that's another story. what you think?

Well, I agree on the basis of that logic, however, there were only two used blue blades in the holder, and the rest were brown Gillette blades dating more recently. The blue blade dates coincides with what Mr Razor claims re 1946. I can only conclude on the basis of the evidence available, but certainly it's not watertight. It's a good, solid guess though, I think. The blue blades may have been...new old stock, but I shouldn't think so. The original set came with 2 gillette blue blades...

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 03-19-2014, 05:17 AM
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Excellent. Show us the re-plate pictures when you have it done.

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 03-19-2014, 05:35 AM
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  • Shaun
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Problem is that I'm not a fan of gold plate. Plus I need to find a local electroplater who'll do small jobs like this. Australia here.

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 03-19-2014, 06:12 AM
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when seeing the same #26 set at mr razor's site i must agree that the 1946 date seems correct since that set is unused. but where did you find the information that the set originally came with only 2 blades?

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 03-19-2014, 06:48 AM
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  • Shaun
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Ah, well from ... (see link below)...however, it is a slightly different set, that's true, and the back of the blades pack is a bit different, but is does say '2' clearly on the box, so I am merely inferring the same is true of both sets (actually 3 different 4-piece handles now I've seen...mine is NOT aluminium but nickel-coated brass which needs work), but who knows...?

This is a link to another shaving community site Smile Is that allowed here?

http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread....ritish-set

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 03-19-2014, 08:40 AM
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thank you. interesting indeed.

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 03-19-2014, 09:18 AM
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Shaun, congratulations on the new acquisitions and good like finding a re-plater!

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 03-19-2014, 01:08 PM
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Nice find - Good looking set. Like to see it once cleaned up. Good luck

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 03-20-2014, 03:49 AM
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I may have to send it to the UK; I've looked and looked...for a local...

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 03-21-2014, 01:24 AM
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  • Shaun
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Advert for 'Bathroom Set" (courtesy Mr Razor). Same handle as mine:

http://www.mr-razor.com/Werbung/C%201946...ngland.jpg

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 03-21-2014, 03:24 PM
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  • ajc347
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Thanks for posting a link to the advert Shaun - I've been looking for one of those for some time.

There's 5 types of handle that I'm aware of.

Two are Canadian (as seen on Mr Razor's site) and three are British - one is the type you have and there are two variants of the barberpole-style handle (the difference being in the angle of the knurling, with one being much less acute than the other, as can be seen in the photos below):

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I have a cardboard outer box which came with one of my sets and whilst it has an instruction leaflet on how to screw the two arts of the razor together, there is no specific dating anywhere on the box at all.

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 03-21-2014, 03:50 PM
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I have one of the Canadians; pics below.

The Brits are rather beautiful; love that barber-pole knurling. What is the plating?

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 03-21-2014, 04:03 PM
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Just standard Nickel - I took those photos some time ago for a BST thread on another forum and have a feeling that they may have been taken under artificial light and, looking at them afresh, I think the temperature balance may not have been set quite right in my camera.

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