07-28-2015, 09:35 AM
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  • vferdman
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  • Western Massachusetts
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I've been a very happy owner and regular user of a 1922 Gillette Big Fellow Gold with NI head. It is my go-to razor and I do not really rotate it much. It is in excellent shape for its age, but is in need of a replate. I have yet to find a good replater that is willing to take it on, but when such an opportunity arises I need to have a back up because I really only shave with this thing now. So I have been on a look out for another NI Gillette. Not easy because they were only made for 4-5 years or so and finding one in decent shape for a reasonable price is not easy. Finally, I lucked out. I have purchased this baby on ebay.

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It is in excellent condition with most of the plating still intact, no bent teeth and only one characteristic crack in the top of the handle. I have already repaired the handle with some CA (super glue). This razor came with a case in very good condition and a tuck of older style DE Gillette blades. These are much thicker than what we all use today and have a different shape to them.

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The blades were still sealed and so I tried shaving with one. Way too stiff and way too dull for my taste, but amazing amount of excellent steel. The tuck is pretty heavy with 5 blades in it. The razor itself is just a honey. I absolutely love it and will treasure it, but also will use it regularly. I already shaved with it and it shaves exactly like my Big Fellow, but I do like the Big Fellow's long handle better. It's a minor thing, however. I am very happy to have my backup for when I finally find a good plater to take the job of re-plating my Big Fellow. I am open to suggestions on the plater, BTW.

Here are some more pictures of this time capsuled beauty. According to the serial number this razor is from 1926.

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 07-28-2015, 09:39 AM
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  • kwsher
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Wow- hard to believe that razor is nearly ninety years old. Great find and use in good health!

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 07-28-2015, 11:05 AM
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Congratulations, Vladimir!  Thumbsup

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 07-28-2015, 12:05 PM
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  • BobH
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Very nice find, enjoy.

Bob

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 07-28-2015, 04:40 PM
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Very nice find!  I love Vintage, so enjoy it!

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 07-28-2015, 07:01 PM
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On my...
A shiny 90yrs old razor!

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 07-28-2015, 11:57 PM
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Dear Vladimir,
It is difficult to suggest anything to such a pro as you are - however, I take a liberty to suggest http://www.sportshaving.com/razor-replating.html (Sport Shaving, 6112 Line Ave Shreveport, LA 71106; Phone: 3184582903 Website: http://www.sportshaving.com/). In addition, there is a novel artisan, Jay (deltaechorazors.bigcartel.com) who performs an amazing restoration work. Check it out. BTW, your brushes are superb. Best. Alex.

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 07-29-2015, 05:06 AM
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Wow! Very nice. Gorgeous razor!

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 07-29-2015, 06:14 AM
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  • vferdman
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(07-28-2015, 11:57 PM)a-strong Wrote: Dear Vladimir,
It is difficult to suggest anything to such a pro as you are - however, I take a liberty to suggest http://www.sportshaving.com/razor-replating.html (Sport Shaving, 6112 Line Ave Shreveport, LA 71106; Phone: 3184582903 Website: http://www.sportshaving.com/). In addition, there is a novel artisan, Jay (deltaechorazors.bigcartel.com) who performs an amazing restoration work. Check it out. BTW, your brushes are superb. Best. Alex.

Alex, thank you so much for the link. I just sent them a message. I would love to re-plate my Big Fellow in either gold, nickel or rhodium. They seem like a good outfit. Have you ever had any plating work done by them?

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 07-29-2015, 10:17 PM
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(07-29-2015, 06:14 AM)vferdman Wrote:
(07-28-2015, 11:57 PM)a-strong Wrote: Dear Vladimir,
It is difficult to suggest anything to such a pro as you are - however, I take a liberty to suggest http://www.sportshaving.com/razor-replating.html (Sport Shaving, 6112 Line Ave Shreveport, LA 71106; Phone: 3184582903 Website: http://www.sportshaving.com/). In addition, there is a novel artisan, Jay (deltaechorazors.bigcartel.com) who performs an amazing restoration work. Check it out. BTW, your brushes are superb. Best. Alex.

Alex, thank you so much for the link. I just sent them a message. I would love to re-plate my Big Fellow in either gold, nickel or rhodium. They seem like a good outfit. Have you ever had any plating work done by them?
Hi, Vladimir,
No, I have no personal experience with these fellows. They look promising though. Yours, Alex.

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 07-30-2015, 07:29 AM
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  • vferdman
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(07-29-2015, 10:17 PM)a-strong Wrote: Hi, Vladimir,
No, I have no personal experience with these fellows. They look promising though. Yours, Alex.

So far no answer from them. I'm in no rush, but still no available plater yet...

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 07-30-2015, 08:52 AM
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  • vuk
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Beautiful razor set! I've always loved the handle on those NI razors.

I'm sorta searching for a plater also, I have a couple of razors I had planned to send to Chris @ razorplate but he has stopped accepting work for a while and I'm not sure when he's coming back.

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 07-30-2015, 08:59 AM
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It's a beautiful razor.

If you're looking for a plater sportshaving is a great option.

Chris is worth waiting for..

The other option would be talk to http://www.reliableelectroplating.com/index.html

and if you're going to do it, go rhodium

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 07-30-2015, 12:55 PM
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  • vferdman
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I put in a quote request to http://www.reliableelectroplating.com/index.html. So far I have not had a single available plater respond. Chris is not taking new work, still waiting for the sportshaving to respond.

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 07-30-2015, 09:11 PM
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Dear Vladimir, try http://www.razoremporium.com/safety-razo...p-service/ -$50(nickel)-$75 (rhodium). I believe that these fellows do a bulk of replating services in the US, they are sort of on the manufacturing scale rather than on an artisan scale. Best. Alex.

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 07-30-2015, 09:50 PM
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I've had a few razors done at razor emporium and so far so good

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 07-31-2015, 08:33 AM
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  • vferdman
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(07-30-2015, 09:11 PM)a-strong Wrote: Dear Vladimir, try http://www.razoremporium.com/safety-razo...p-service/ -$50(nickel)-$75 (rhodium). I believe that these fellows do a bulk of replating services in the US, they are sort of on the manufacturing scale rather than on an artisan scale. Best. Alex.

I hae been warned to stay away from this outfit. I will heed the warning. It is not easy to find these razors and having them lost by re-plater is not something I like to consider. I would rather use an un-plated razor than risk loosing it to an unscrupulous service provider. This is just my opinion and my decision. I am in no way suggesting anyone else staying away from them. I will use a service with impeccable reputation for customer service or none at all. Thanks for the suggestions.

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 07-31-2015, 10:16 AM
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(07-31-2015, 08:33 AM)vferdman Wrote:
(07-30-2015, 09:11 PM)a-strong Wrote: Dear Vladimir, try http://www.razoremporium.com/safety-razo...p-service/ -$50(nickel)-$75 (rhodium). I believe that these fellows do a bulk of replating services in the US, they are sort of on the manufacturing scale rather than on an artisan scale. Best. Alex.

I hae been warned to stay away from this outfit. I will heed the warning. It is not easy to find these razors and having them lost by re-plater is not something I like to consider. I would rather use an un-plated razor than risk loosing it to an unscrupulous service provider. This is just my opinion and my decision. I am in no way suggesting anyone else staying away from them. I will use a service with impeccable reputation for customer service or none at all. Thanks for the suggestions.

I don't think they have those issues anymore. From what I read they use to send the razors to someone. Now they plate them in house so that probably fixed issues. I've had 3 razors done by them with no issue. Chris at razorplate is probably the best option but he's super backlogged.

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 07-31-2015, 01:30 PM
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  • vferdman
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(07-31-2015, 10:16 AM)SimpsonLover Wrote: I don't think they have those issues anymore. From what I read they use to send the razors to someone. Now they plate them in house so that probably fixed issues. I've had 3 razors done by them with no issue. Chris at razorplate is probably the best option but he's super backlogged.

Thanks for the new info. I will keep it in mind and consider them if all else falls through. I am also not in a hurry. Been using the Big Fellow for almost three years as is. Since it's made out of brass there is no corrosion, so I am not in a hurry to replate it. However now that I have this lovely razor I just got I may be looking a bit more aggressively and perhaps will consider Razor Emporium. They promise 4-6 weeks turn around. Seems reasonable. Still, I have hard time imagining life without my Big Fellow for that long. It really has become my everyday razor.

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 07-31-2015, 03:16 PM
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Great find,good luck shaving with it ,I'm sure it will give you many years of outstanding shaves!

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