10-17-2014, 06:50 AM
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A couple weeks ago I bought a Gillette New OC replated head from Razor Emporium. I tried it last week with a Tech handle and was very pleasantly surprised when with a Polsilver blade, St James cream and Muhle synthetic brush I proceeded to get the easiest most comfortable BBS that I've had in ages. This morning, just to check out this "fluke" I changed everything but the razor and tried again. Kai blade, Semogue SOC badger and Stirling Jasmine soap. Same result.
I have many newer razors, some average priced and some that I consider to be pretty expensive and getting those results out of any of them is very seldom that easy. I guess my point is that this 70 plus year old razor( nearly as old as me) can do anything that any of the new ones can do for about $30, including the handle. So after all this time the only thing that has been achieved is to duplicate what King Gillette did in the early 1900's.
So you see, in shaving as well as many other things in our lives, what goes around really does come around.

Mize

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 10-17-2014, 01:51 PM
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Congratulations on the shave and finding a great razor! Smile

I wish King Gillette had made a stainless steel DLC version of some of his razors, though! Biggrin

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 10-17-2014, 02:07 PM
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(10-17-2014, 01:51 PM)celestino Wrote: Congratulations on the shave and finding a great razor! Smile

I wish King Gillette had made a stainless steel DLC version of some of his razors, though! Biggrin

He was spending most of his time counting his money, he didn't have time for any more improvements.

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 10-17-2014, 02:23 PM
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...and i am very eager to see a pic or two of your wündermaschine Lightbulb

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 10-17-2014, 02:29 PM
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(10-17-2014, 02:07 PM)Jmizoh Wrote: He was spending most of his time counting his money, he didn't have time for any more improvements.

Biggrin

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 10-17-2014, 02:31 PM
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(10-17-2014, 06:50 AM)Jmizoh Wrote: A couple weeks ago I bought a Gillette New OC replated head from Razor Emporium. I tried it last week with a Tech handle and was very pleasantly surprised when with a Polsilver blade, St James cream and Muhle synthetic brush I proceeded to get the easiest most comfortable BBS that I've had in ages. This morning, just to check out this "fluke" I changed everything but the razor and tried again. Kai blade, Semogue SOC badger and Stirling Jasmine soap. Same result.
I have many newer razors, some average priced and some that I consider to be pretty expensive and getting those results out of any of them is very seldom that easy. I guess my point is that this 70 plus year old razor( nearly as old as me) can do anything that any of the new ones can do for about $30, including the handle. So after all this time the only thing that has been achieved is to duplicate what King Gillette did in the early 1900's.
So you see, in shaving as well as many other things in our lives, what goes around really does come around.

Mize

it's really hard to beat the costs and shaveability (is that a word?!) of the old gillette razors, regardless of the specific model.

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 10-17-2014, 03:28 PM
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Yep, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Just quit making it and sell them multi-blade razors.

Nice find by the way.

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 10-17-2014, 03:49 PM
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(10-17-2014, 02:23 PM)tonsorius Wrote: ...and i am very eager to see a pic or two of your wündermaschine Lightbulb

I tried to get her to pose but two bbs's in less than a week is about all she can handle. It's just as well, I only know enough about computers to be dangerous so posting a picture is way beyond my skill set. And my grandkids say I'm hopeless so they have given up trying to teach me.

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 10-17-2014, 04:27 PM
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alright then - i understand she's a bit exhausted from hard labour - but is she american or british? what exactly says the tattoos under her head? Biggrin

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 10-17-2014, 05:45 PM
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I don't have a huge razor collection (yet), but I always seem to go back to my Super Speed.

We may not see anything better than this late 19th/early 20th century technology until someone makes those laser-powered shavers like they had on Star Trek. Of course, then there will be one with two lasers... Then three... Then...

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 10-17-2014, 05:56 PM
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(10-17-2014, 04:27 PM)tonsorius Wrote: alright then - i understand she's a bit exhausted from hard labour - but is she american or british? what exactly says the tattoos under her head? Biggrin

Definitely American, she speaks with a slight southern accent.

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 10-18-2014, 06:11 PM
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I wish this nearly 70 year-old body worked as well at a Gillette New OC. Maybe I should go in for a replating. I'm now into straights, but that is one of the best DE razors, IMO. I have the same thought with straights, as I'm often shaving with a razor well over 100 years old.

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 10-19-2014, 02:17 PM
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  • matloffm
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I have tried Gillette razors from several decades, but the ones I have kept are the 1920's - 1930's OCs. They are hard to beat for a DFS. I have a gold 20's old type I will be getting re-plated.

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 10-20-2014, 02:41 AM
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(10-19-2014, 02:17 PM)matloffm Wrote: I have tried Gillette razors from several decades, but the ones I have kept are the 1920's - 1930's OCs. They are hard to beat for a DFS. I have a gold 20's old type I will be getting re-plated.

I have a 1920s replated nickel head that I haven't tried yet.I've got a handle that I'm sending for a replate and I will have $47 total in what will be a new 90+ year old razor. I like the new razors but for someone who just wants one really good razor without spending a lot of money these will do the job as well or better than most of the newer ones.

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 10-20-2014, 11:39 AM
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I know exactly what you mean with this thread Jmizoh.

I have a mess of razors and exactly 2 modern manufactured razors. Both are versions of the Muhle R41. The rest are all my age or older.

As someone already wrote, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

If you can find a pre-21 Gillette pick one up. There isn't much of a difference in the head, but I can feel the difference with the thinner cap and far prefer it.

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 10-22-2014, 11:08 AM
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I do prefer the older Gillette razors myself. They're all I use but I'm embarrassed to say how many I own. Wink

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 10-22-2014, 11:20 AM
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...because it's few or plenty? Rolleyes

(10-22-2014, 11:08 AM)DaveL Wrote: I do prefer the older Gillette razors myself. They're all I use but I'm embarrassed to say how many I own. Wink

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 10-29-2014, 03:39 PM
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Some of my best shaves from from vintage Gillettes. Even the simple Tech provides comfortable smooth shaves. I am glad you found your razor.

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 11-04-2014, 04:50 AM
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Great story thx!!


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 11-04-2014, 01:09 PM
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Definitely need to try one. Right now I've been using the Merkur 33c everyday over my EJDE89L, Maggards razor, RR TTO.

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