03-08-2015, 03:34 PM
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What are your rarest DE finds?  

I'm not talking about a Toggle you paid $250 on eBay or traded a Rooney Finest for, but rather a razor passed down from family, purchased at a garage sale etc.

I've been lucky to find almost all my DE razors locally.  I've even had an Eclipse pass through my hands, lots of FB's, Rockets and Slims.

Here are my two prized possessions, both were from a flea market that cost me $10 each on different outings.  I don't recall the story on the 4 pce Gillette travel razor and think I just bought it because it was cool and $10, but do the Blue Tip Rocket.  I was in the area with my wife and kids and wanted to stop in and almost didn't mention it as they don't care to go.  I parked and said "just let me go check a couple tables and I'll be right back".  The Blue Tip was there at one of the tables that has razors and it was $10, so I grabbed it.  I even remember telling the seller "I had one, sold it and regretted it".  It wasn't until I posted a pic somewhere and a member advised me that it wasn't a regular Blue Tip but rather a very rare " Blue Tip Rocket". I've only seen 2-3 others posted online and 1 on eBay in 4 years.

The little travel razor is quite unique too.  As you can see, the handle can be used as a full length handle and then the bottom half screws into the tip half to make a stubby.  Again, I didn't know it was a rare razor (or so I think it is) when I purchased it.  This is another one I have only seen a couple posted online and nothing on eBay.

I've had many offers to buy both, but can't bring myself to let them go.  

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 03-08-2015, 03:41 PM
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  • taco8slo
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Very nice Bruce, after seeing that 4-piece tech you have I was on the hunt for one as well and now have one, they are very cool indeed, I have 3 with different knurling patterns. I will post a picture in a minute. There is actually one just like the one you posted on Etsy as we speak, not as good of a deal as what you got though.

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 03-08-2015, 09:18 PM
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Nice blue tip rocket. I wasn't aware that the travel set could be a "stubby."

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 03-09-2015, 11:08 AM
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The rarest razor I've had was a GEM Micromatic Open Comb with "use flat against face" or something like that, stamps on the head.

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 03-09-2015, 11:32 AM
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My rarest razor was found in the wild by a friend of me who know that I'm collecting razors, here is is :

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 03-09-2015, 02:42 PM
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No such luck for me. I have only been fortunate enough to have found my favourite DE right when I first started which has been discontinued for the past 2 years, or so.

You gents have some lovely razors, here! Thumbsup

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 03-09-2015, 03:34 PM
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Love the thread, Bruce. The only find i have that would be rare is the 1964 Gillette Slim, but you can find them lots of places. It was in pretty decent shape, but i got it looking pretty perfect.

I would love a blue tip, as that is my favorite colour.

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 03-10-2015, 06:55 AM
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Really like the travel 4 piece Tech. I have several of them, most English flat bottoms. One Canada 1932 and Canada Triangle. For the Dopp kit they fit perfectly into a plastic 35mm film canister that takes up little room and protects them. All you need at the other end is a CVS or Walgreens blade cartridge and wow. I think all of them were made in England, with some imported to Canada. I do not believe any were manufactured in the USA.

Most of my "rare" razors have not been found at antique stores but in poorly described eBay auctions. Either really dirty (but surface soap etc.) that cleaned up as new or just not properly described. In this category, all for individually $50 or less....a Walbusch adjustable slant, Kirby Beard scalloped cap, and several Gillette Hybrid Techs in the leather case! The seller has usually been someone with a garage or estate resale business and is challenged to get past describing things "as a nice razor." Half the fun is looking for this stuff in odd places. Some of the resellers are unfortunately getting smarter.

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 03-10-2015, 08:02 AM
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I guess my best find, although nothing really rare, was about 4 years ago when I started this hobby. I visited all of the antique shops in town over the course of 3 days and finished with 1 Gillette slim, 1 long handle black beauty, 1 red tip SS, 1 flare tip SS in a Milord case, 1 40's style SS, 1 pre-war tech, 1 LC NEW, 1 lady Gillette, 2 ER 1912's and a GEM OCMM. All razors were in excellent condition except for the NEW and Lady..both had quite a bit of plating loss on the head. Total amount spent...about $40.

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 03-10-2015, 09:24 AM
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    Recently most of my Gillettes have been purchased through the B/S/T, but when I was first starting to look for old razors in the wild I stopped by an antiques and collectibles shop in Clinton, British Columbia.  I bought a 1952 Super Speed (40's style) in excellent condition with no plate loss, dings or scratches. Both doors open and close evenly and the TTO knob turns as smooth as silk.  It was five dollars.  A deal like that hasn't happened since.  That was back in the fall of 2013 and it seems as though many of the thrift shops are picked out now.  I also found a NEW LC in an Aldergrove thrift store and paid a little too much for it but it had the original pocket case and blade bank as well as straight teeth.  I've since had Chris from Razorplate do the pocket set in nickel (but not the SS as it's just fine).            [Image: mbnldOb.jpg][Image: uh1ZvOW.jpg]                             

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 03-10-2015, 10:05 AM
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Great stories guys. Fatboys, slims, flare tips, Gems....they all seem to be rare finds these days.

Makes me want to head out again this weekend.

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 03-10-2015, 07:15 PM
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I have been fortunate enough to have my Grandfathers cased "pocket type" Gillette old type ball tip. It was made in the 1920's as I recall.

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 03-11-2015, 06:36 AM
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I found a Darwin Deluxe variant at an antique store and paid $35 for it, in its case. 


I've had other great finds, like a pristine Fatboy for $15 and a cased red-and-black LC NEW with perfect gold plating for $25, but nothing anywhere near as rare as the Darwin.  I never, ever expected to find a Darwin in the wild. 

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 03-11-2015, 08:25 PM
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(03-11-2015, 06:36 AM)kingfisher Wrote: I found a Darwin Deluxe variant at an antique store and paid $35 for it, in its case. 


I've had other great finds, like a pristine Fatboy for $15 and a cased red-and-black LC NEW with perfect gold plating for $25, but nothing anywhere near as rare as the Darwin.  I never, ever expected to find a Darwin in the wild. 

Oh my! Are you in the US or Europe?

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 03-13-2015, 06:40 AM
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Pink lady Gillette?  Honestly when I used to hunt for these things I would usually come up DE empty.

I have found several nice straights in the wild.  NoS US made Torrey 6/8" for 12 bucks when we were living in North Carolina.

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