08-16-2015, 04:51 PM
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I found this while helping clean up my dad's shed.   I know this Gillette Spoiler blade pack isn't rare or anything special, but I think this pack has some very special significance to me.   

You see I first started shaving around 1976-77 when I was around 14 or so from what I remember.   My father taught me using the razor he used at the time, I remember it being a Gillette TTO DE with a very short handle.   All we had to use was foam shave cream, from what I remember it was not a pleasant experience for me.....   After a short while using the Gillette DE my father started using Bic disposables, so I started using them as well and the rest was history....   After using disposables for a couple of years I did many years of exile in electric shaver hell.....   It was almost 30yrs later I saw the light and went back to disposables, then a couple years later I was back into the world of DE shaving (and loving it)...   So I have come full circle from where I started...

So why are these significant to me well I believe that when we switched to disposable the remaining DE blades were demoted to utility blade duty and put into the toolbox in our shed...  So this pack is my link back to my teen years which makes them priceless to me...   Sadly there is no sign of Gillette razor, I fear it was discarded long, long ago....   

Bohemond

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 08-16-2015, 07:36 PM
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Neat find Smile

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 08-17-2015, 05:04 AM
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  • urrlord
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That is a cool find and cool story as well.

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 08-17-2015, 07:50 AM
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Nice find and even a nicer story.

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 08-17-2015, 08:08 AM
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I gifted my dad's army razor to a nephew. No price on this stuff. Maybe you could frame it and put it up in your shave den?

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 08-17-2015, 10:04 AM
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(08-17-2015, 08:08 AM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: I gifted my dad's army razor to a nephew. No price on this stuff. Maybe you could frame it and put it up in your shave den?

It will definitely have a place of honor in my Shave Den...   There are only two blades left in the pack....   If there were more I'd try one out for a shave.... Hmmmm, if I did that then that'd probably be a record for length of time (35yrs) for one shaver to use up a 5 pack of blades.  : )

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 08-17-2015, 11:07 AM
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  • Mouser
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What I found was two of my father's razors and one of my grandfather's. Long after they were both gone.  I will never let them go.

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 08-20-2015, 01:49 PM
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As far as vintage blades go, I've progressed to the point of using them exclusively. The best of them are unrivaled for comfort, closeness and longevity.......the worst are merely rivaled.

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 08-20-2015, 04:17 PM
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(08-20-2015, 01:49 PM)Mouser Wrote: As far as vintage blades go, I've progressed to the point of using them exclusively. The best of them are unrivaled for comfort, closeness and longevity.......the worst are merely rivaled.

Out of curiosity where do you purchase vintage blades?   Is there enough of a supply available that you can use them exclusively?  It does sound appealing to be able to use DE Blades that were made before cartridges....

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 08-20-2015, 05:02 PM
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You found a piece of history and good memories of your father. Thank you for sharing with us.



Lorenzo.

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 08-20-2015, 05:27 PM
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Very cool. I suppose history is one of the reasons I like vintage razors. I'm lucky to have a good deal of gear from my dad, but even the vintage razors I have that weren't his have a special sort of feel to them that my modern razors don't have.

Thanks for sharing.

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 08-21-2015, 02:57 AM
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(08-20-2015, 04:17 PM)Bohemond Wrote:
(08-20-2015, 01:49 PM)Mouser Wrote: As far as vintage blades go, I've progressed to the point of using them exclusively. The best of them are unrivaled for comfort, closeness and longevity.......the worst are merely rivaled.

Out of curiosity where do you purchase vintage blades?   Is there enough of a supply available that you can use them exclusively?  It does sound appealing to be able to use DE Blades that were made before cartridges....

Ebay mostly.  My timing was such (pure luck) that I was able to load up on quite a few before the major price spikes. Thanks to the fact I get at least twice the uses out of them (and around 30 out of a Personna 74) I should have enough. Plus I trickle in extras when I find them at my target prices.       Plus I'm pushing 60.

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 08-23-2015, 07:21 AM
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Great story, thanks for sharing!

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 10-05-2015, 09:06 AM
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This brings back memories for me, thanks for sharing

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 10-05-2015, 04:23 PM
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I purchase my vintage blades off ebay. More expensive but I find the vintage blades incomparable to current production blades. Smoother and last me around 2.5 times longer.

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 10-18-2015, 04:32 AM
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Your story is quite similar to mine. Thanks for sharing it. And I remember those blades.

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 12-26-2015, 10:38 AM
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Great story, I just won a ten pack of the Gillette Stainless Steel blades off Ebay for $6.50 shipped. Doesn't say The Spoiler on the white and black dispenser but I believe they are the same blades. When the Dispensers empty I'm going to reload it with Polsilvers.

Clayton

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