10-16-2014, 10:47 PM
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I have stumbled over the existence of a razor manufacturer I didn't know about previously, along with a fairly unique razor. What caught my eye was the very interesting system for fitting the blade, which seems to be at least partly reliant on the springiness of the blade to ensure a solid lock. A potential failure mode for these razors would be if the locking bar got bent - I can see a couple of ways to engineer around that, but with added cost and complexity in the manufacturing.

Markings shown in the pictures I found online includes "DIXI" and "D.R.P.a" (a German abbreviation meaning "patent applied for") - nothing solid like a patent number to search for.

Apparently the brand and style of razor was around from at least 1910 - I stumbled over a reference to the 1910 model being of brass at a site that sells antiques and hand-crafted items.

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One I spotted over at an action site the seller claimed that that it was a:
...antique (WWII) Germany military field gear safety razor brand "DIXI".
Apparently, this later model was made between 1940 and 1944 if my google-fu isn't failing, and most likely from either white metal or zinc.

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A very similar razor was sold in Italy under the trade name Folgore, but I've not been able to find much about when or from what material that was manufactured. I did score a few photos though, and it looks like brass:

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Anyone knows anything more about these razors? It must been at least somewhat successful with production running over 34 years or more, but there is as far as I know nothing quite like them on the market today.

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 10-17-2014, 07:22 AM
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Very interesting specimen! I am pulling up a seat to watch...

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 10-17-2014, 07:57 AM
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Hans, you seem to always find some unique and interesting razors! Biggrin

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 10-17-2014, 08:09 AM
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Cool, never seen anything like it. Let us know how it shaves.

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 10-17-2014, 08:30 AM
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(10-17-2014, 07:57 AM)celestino Wrote: Hans, you seem to always find some unique and interesting razors! Biggrin
Probably because I go looking for them from time to time. My day to day job involves finding and collating information, and razors are not that different - apart from being harder to find firm information on Tongue

(10-17-2014, 08:09 AM)wagstaff Wrote: Cool, never seen anything like it. Let us know how it shaves.
Perhaps I wasn't clear enough - I don't own any of these, I just found a few traces of information online and wanted to share to see if anyone had more Smile

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 10-19-2014, 11:29 AM
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I've seen these on eBay. Interesting piece! Nice find.

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 10-20-2014, 06:58 AM
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Very cool share, your definitely finding the needle in the haystack unique's. This one looks so industrial and clever for not needing to know threading and such.

great find! Look forward to what your next find is!

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