07-01-2015, 04:46 AM
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Found these today at a local antique store... 2 flair tips an A1 & F3 with their cases.....

And a well used New.... not sure how to date as no code or SN... Don't know much about the New and would appreciate Any insight.....

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 07-01-2015, 05:50 AM
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Congratulations!  A good scrub and those babies should be really nice Thumbup

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 07-01-2015, 06:36 AM
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Looks like a typical mid-1930s American made bar handle NEW.  It may have come in a red and black case, which would make it a "red and black NEW," but since you don't have the case, it's hard to say.  I think it's safe to say mid-1930s, and leave it at that. 

Those are excellent shavers.  If you've never tried one before, you are in for a treat.  The angle is slightly different from the TTO razors, so if it doesn't click immediately, adjust the angle slightly and keep trying.  I find that a fairly shallow angle works best. 

Clean it up and give it a run.  I think you'll be impressed.

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 07-01-2015, 06:53 AM
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If the Long Comb NEW has the "Reissue" patent number on the blade guard, it is from after the merger (maybe 1933 to 1939 - I think the Red and Black sets were from 1934).  If there is no "Reissue" number, it could be from 1929 to 1932.  Others who know more than I will chime in here, but that is the rule-of-thumb by which I "date" them.  The handle looks to be in really good condition and the teeth all appear to be straight.  You should enjoy this razor!

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 07-01-2015, 09:46 AM
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Thanks guys... The new has the "Reissue" stamp on it! It is in fairly rough shape other than a good scrub and cleaning with soap and water what else is recommended?

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 07-01-2015, 11:37 AM
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Soak it for several hours in water with dishwashing soap.  Then scrub it with a soft old toothbrush, rinse, and then re-soak it in dishwashing soap/water. 

Repeat this for as long as it takes to get it clean (maybe 1-2 days). 


Be really careful about using polishing compounds on it, as the gold will polish off if you're not careful.  In some cases, the crud is not removable without removing the gold plate.  But I would try scrubbing with the same soft toothbrush using a mild toothpaste before I took a metal polish to it. 

If worse comes to worst, some people will just go ahead and intentionally buff off the plating and get the razor down to polished brass.  It lloks wonderful, but requires upkeep.  I have never done this to any of my razors.  If you do it, and decide you love the shave but don't like the brass, the razor could be replated in nickel, gold, palladium, etc.  Your choice.  Then it would look just like new. 

Good luck, and enjoy.

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 07-01-2015, 12:08 PM
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That appears to be a short comb NEW from the photos where the bottom plate is cut out on each corner for the top plate to fit in.  I'm not sure, but I think that bar handles from the Red And Black sets were not knurled beneath the collar at the top of the handle that threads onto the post.  They were smooth like the bottom of the handle.[Image: Oh5HnLS.jpg]

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 07-02-2015, 11:55 AM
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Laird wrote, "That appears to be a short comb NEW from the photos where the bottom plate is cut out on each corner for the top plate to fit in."  


Good eye!  I see the cutouts now: a Short Comb.  I believe you are correct about the R&B set's handle knurling, too.


Tom

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 07-02-2015, 12:33 PM
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Thanks for all the help I am very much looking forward to trying this razor... Below are updated photos after the first part of the cleaning with dish soap, water and a toothbrush.... It does have the "Reissue" as you can clearly see... Handle looks good other than the dent on the bottom... The base plate and top are pretty rough...

Is there any value in these aside from a solid shave?

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