10-08-2014, 06:31 PM
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Okay Shave Nook I need advice...again.lol I just got this Old Type and the top cap has seen better years. The cap seems like it's been buffed too much where metal was taken away or it's just old. With the blade installed one corner of the blade comes up from the comb big time! Seems like if I use that side I will get trouble for sure. Here are some pics. I want to try this little old guy bad, so any advice is appreciated. Thanks!!

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 10-08-2014, 06:57 PM
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  • Shaun
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If you don't mind the potential for bleed-out, go for it....

I'd invest in a better-condition Old Type, personally, and use one with a shim. I find the Astra blade works best, but as ever YMMV.

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 10-08-2014, 07:11 PM
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(10-08-2014, 06:57 PM)Shaun Wrote: If you don't mind the potential for bleed-out, go for it....

I'd invest in a better-condition Old Type, personally, and use one with a shim. I find the Astra blade works best, but as ever YMMV.

That's what I was fearing!! I can use my 15c top but not the same. Frankenrazor??
It was cheap and you get what you pay for. Everything else isn't too bad. Comb is great and handle has usual crack but tightens nice.

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 10-08-2014, 07:16 PM
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  • Shaun
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There's only one way to find out Smile Golden rule: apply NO pressure !

I have what I call a FrankenTech; a Fat Handle and assorted Gillette components (base plate, cap), but this may be the best shave I get from a tech. Just lucky. You might be too. Be flexible, I say, and pioneer on! You might strike it rich, but you won't know until you try.

That lifted corner though, yeah, not so sure about that.

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 10-08-2014, 07:26 PM
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Have you tried rotating the top-plate to see if it helps in any way? You could also try gently bending the problem area with pliers to see if that remedies the situation.
Personally, I would give it a try and just use no pressure, or light pressure.
Once you have tried a Kamisori, nothing much scares you. Biggrin
Good luck.

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 10-08-2014, 07:26 PM
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I get the "no pressure rule" but the corner scares the jebus from me!!LOL

Your right, I will Frankenrazor this and see how it goes. I don't mind the experimentation. Could be a wonderful shave!

Thanks Shaun!!

Btw...I have family in Australia, Melbourne Vic.

(10-08-2014, 07:26 PM)celestino Wrote: Have you tried rotating the top-plate to see if it helps in any way? You could also try gently bending the problem area with pliers to see if that remedies the situation.
Personally, I would give it a try and just use no pressure, or light pressure.
Once you have tried a Kamisori, nothing much scares you. Biggrin
Good luck.

Yup Celestino. Which ever way I turn it it's the same. The top cap is worn back allowing the blade to "lift" on that corner.

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 10-08-2014, 07:38 PM
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(10-08-2014, 07:26 PM)Rallypoint_1 Wrote: Yup Celestino. Which ever way I turn it it's the same. The top cap is worn back allowing the blade to "lift" on that corner.

Well, then, that will be your decision. Again, I would probably venture a few strokes with it to see how it goes since it can't be much worse than a straight, but I would still attempt to gently bend that corner with pliers, firstly.
Good luck.

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 10-08-2014, 08:02 PM
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  • MaxP
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There are Old Types readily found in far better condition. My recommendation is to a acquire one and enjoy a fine shave without undue concerns.

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 10-08-2014, 09:28 PM
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Thanks for all the help! Maybe I will try a careful shave the way it is. No shims, just blade. If I survive without blood then cool. If I gush, I will try to bend that corner a tad or just use the comb and handle(Frankenrazor).

Btw...anybody have a top cap they don't need?? Just asking.LOL

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 10-09-2014, 07:55 AM
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Best of luck with the shave!

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 10-09-2014, 08:50 AM
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(10-09-2014, 07:55 AM)celestino Wrote: Best of luck with the shave!

Thank you, I am going to need it!

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 10-09-2014, 02:52 PM
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Even on a good day I found the Old Type a rough shave. Nice results, but a tough journey.
Herm2502

Isn't this fun?

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 10-09-2014, 06:20 PM
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  • SRNewb
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Well? Did you bleed out or are you still with us?

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 10-09-2014, 06:36 PM
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I am still here!! Haven't shaved yet. Maybe tonight or tomorrow morn.

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 10-09-2014, 07:45 PM
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  • MaxP
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I've used an Old Type each morning this week. Though its not the smoothest shaver, it shaves close. I just need to find the right blade fo it.

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 10-09-2014, 08:00 PM
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Update

I used my Old Type!!! Popped a Astra(3rd shave) in and tried the bent side first. A few strokes and......no blood!!!! Ok, so I went for it!! Did a WTG,ATG,XTG and some buffing. The bent side is more aggressive than the other as expected. The end result was a BBS shave!! No nicks, cuts or weepers. However, I did get some burn under my right jaw. Over zealous I guess. I did get way better results than what I expected for the first use. Like others have said it's not the smoothest razor but I need more uses to tame it.lol It is less aggresive than my 2 shim Merkur 15c. I love the fact that I used a 90 year old razor!! Practice makes perfect.!!

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 10-09-2014, 08:57 PM
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Awesome!

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 10-09-2014, 09:02 PM
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Excellent!

IMO it's fantastic to be able to use the old razors. They shave every bit as good as todays razors, cost quite a bit less, and then there is the question that goes through my mind, "I wonder what the history of this razor is?".

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 10-10-2014, 08:46 AM
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(10-09-2014, 08:57 PM)SRNewb Wrote: Awesome!

Yes!!! Very pleased. Maybe I will try a Derby blade. More forgiving on my face.

(10-09-2014, 09:02 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Excellent!

IMO it's fantastic to be able to use the old razors. They shave every bit as good as todays razors, cost quite a bit less, and then there is the question that goes through my mind, "I wonder what the history of this razor is?".

They don't make them like they used to! That's what goes through my head when I use a old razor. Who owned it, what were the headlines when it was used, radio program playing in the background....amazing pieces.

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 10-10-2014, 10:21 AM
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I feel similarly. The biggest thing for me in using something that is old is the craftsmanship associated with it. Holding something in your hands that is 40 or 50 years old, or in the case of a straight, 100+, that is still functioning, and functioning well, is just a great feeling. More and more these days, true craftsmanship is going away.
Sure, you can find it, if you want to seek it out and pay a premium for it. Nothing wrong with that, by the way. But there was a time in this country when not just the people doing the work, but the companies themselves, took immense pride in the quality, functionality and durability of the products they produced. People who run businesses complain all the time that they can't find workers who take pride in doing a job well. That kind of attitude starts at the top and flows down.
I have always loved antiques and old things, for that reason. Still do, more and more as I begin to become one myself.Biggrin

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