01-05-2015, 10:24 PM
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A previous thread got me curious to trying out a vintage SE. While I do enjoy my Mongoose, it is not the be-all and end-all for me.
My current favorite razors are the Cobra, ATT R1, NEW SC, Tradere OC 1st gen. So what would you gents recommend for me to try?

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 01-05-2015, 10:33 PM
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A 1912 (of whichever variety -- Damaskeene or not, Gem or Ever Ready etc.).
A 1914 -- which is a step closer to the older style Lather Catchers.
A 1924 -- with either the flattened tooth or the slightly later rounded tooth pattern.
An older "Lather Catcher", though it would probably behoove you to get one that has the clips that'll keep a "normal" SE blade in place. That is, some of the older ones will really only handle a vintage wedge blade. Those are cool, but add another "hobbyist" step to things.

If you want milder and closed comb, get one of the thinner-head profile versions of a Feather Weight.

There are others... but I'd go pretty much in the order I listed here to explore. Someone else might prefer a different order (or an MMOC, or "bullet-tip" razor... or something).

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 01-06-2015, 03:58 PM
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Thanks wagstaff

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 01-14-2015, 01:47 PM
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I really enjoy the Featherweight - well made, comfy handle, a Goldilocks shave quality (not too harsh, not too mild) and they are usually quite inexpensive in antique stores or on the bidding site.

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 01-20-2015, 07:59 AM
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You can try a Streamline or a Schick D, this model is really cool and allow you to use modern SE blades like feather, Kai and so on without having to cut a part of the hydromagic system.

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 01-20-2015, 08:51 AM
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I would suggest starting with a 1912. You're going to get one sooner or later anyway, so it might as well be sooner. Get whatever variant you find at a good price. Again, it doesn't really matter which variant, as they are all good and you will likely end up acquiring several.

--Bob

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 01-20-2015, 09:00 AM
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(01-20-2015, 08:51 AM)spidey9 Wrote: I would suggest starting with a 1912

I followed that advice a week ago and I got me some amazing shaves!

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 01-21-2015, 02:46 PM
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I've only used the bullet tip and the EverReady 1924 Shovel Head (generously donated to me by @wagstaff) so far. I really like the Shovel Head paired with an aftermarket handle. I just found the stock handle far too small. I picked up a setscrew and used that to connect it to a Maggard MR3 handle and I really enjoy it.

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 01-21-2015, 03:07 PM
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In my 50 years of shaving I spent the first 40+ years shaving with Gillette razors, 35 of them with a Trac II. Been shaving the past 6 years with a str8 razor. Never cared for a Schick double edge, they felt cheaply made to me. I had been eye balling the old Schick Injector SE razors for about a month and finally bought one along with Schick Chromium blades, shaved with them last night and was very surprised at the great shave I got, very smooth and irritation free.

For an SE I would recommend checking into one of those. They are not that expensive, I picked up one with a hammered Gold colored head (made between 1946 & 1955) for $12.75 including shipping that was in really good condition. An injector thingy with 7 blades was $7.95 shipped, not a bad total investment for a really nice shave.

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 01-23-2015, 12:45 AM
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(01-21-2015, 02:46 PM)gwsmallwood Wrote: I've only used the bullet tip and the EverReady 1924 Shovel Head (generously donated to me by @wagstaff) so far.  I really like the Shovel Head paired with an aftermarket handle.  I just found the stock handle far too small.  I picked up a setscrew and used that to connect it to a Maggard MR3 handle and I really enjoy it.

I'm so glad that handle made such a difference -- you really didn't like that razor for the first shave.  I think it's a spectacular head-shaver, among other virtues.

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 01-23-2015, 06:21 AM
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(01-20-2015, 08:51 AM)spidey9 Wrote: I would suggest starting with a 1912. You're going to get one sooner or later anyway, so it might as well be sooner. Get whatever variant you find at a good price. Again, it doesn't really matter which variant, as they are all good and you will likely end up acquiring several.

--Bob

He's right. I'm loving my 1912. Getting great shaves with it. I'm thinking I might have room for another. Tongue

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 01-23-2015, 09:34 AM
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Your preference seems to be squarely in the moderately aggressive camp so I would recommend a GEM Clog-Pruf and 1912. Easy to go milder or wilder from there. 

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 01-28-2015, 09:06 PM
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The 1912s are nice, but to me the 1912 DAMASKEENE shaves better and smoother... a GREAT combination!!  Smile   Those and the lather-catchers are my favorites... I have an embarrassing number of both  Blush

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 01-29-2015, 05:11 AM
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Love my lather catchers, thanks Cleave. After this comes the MMOC and Clog Pruf. They are leagues better than any injector I've tried.

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 02-12-2015, 12:01 AM
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Thanks for the help guys. I picked these up off the bay. I know that one is a Feather Weight but what is the other one? I'm still browsing around to find a 1912

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 04-01-2015, 05:00 AM
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As said, 1912's are excellent.  Not sure if this is classed as an SE or straight, but i love my Feather Artist SS Kamisori.

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 04-01-2015, 06:21 PM
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Any recommendations for blades? 

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 04-01-2015, 06:32 PM
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(04-01-2015, 06:21 PM)ofercohen Wrote: Any recommendations for blades? 

PTFE coated stainless. Don't bother with the carbons  Tongue

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 04-01-2015, 07:19 PM
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(04-01-2015, 06:32 PM)fram773 Wrote:
(04-01-2015, 06:21 PM)ofercohen Wrote: Any recommendations for blades? 

PTFE coated stainless. Don't bother with the carbons  Tongue

+1

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 04-02-2015, 06:12 AM
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(04-01-2015, 06:32 PM)fram773 Wrote:
(04-01-2015, 06:21 PM)ofercohen Wrote: Any recommendations for blades? 

PTFE coated stainless. Don't bother with the carbons  Tongue

+1  I made the mistake of using the carbons available for the local pharmacy while I waited for the PTFE coated blade order to arrive.  One time was enough for me.  

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