10-26-2015, 01:22 PM
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  • Andrew
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  • Austin, TX
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[Image: Mirabilia1.jpg]

I am very fond of Darwin safety razors, and I think the Art Deco style, candelabra handle cobalt steel razors are familiar to many. I wanted to share this gem from Italy, the Mirabilia razor, which I think shares some similarities with the Darwin. Like the Darwin, this razor has a male-ended handle that screws into, and slightly protrudes from the top cap of the head piece.

[Image: Mirabilia2.jpg]

The blade alignment pins stick up from the base plate and also protrude slightly through the top cap. The Darwin Deluxe is constructed in a similar fashion:

[Image: MirabiliaDeluxe1.jpg]

The comb on the two razors is similar, as well, and may be considered a tooth comb (like the R41), for lack of a better term.

[Image: MirabiliaDeluxe2.jpg]

The handle of the Mirabilia is reminiscent of the Darwin, yet distinctly different. As you can see, it is rounded, not faceted, and has ornate touches to the three ridges and butt.

[Image: MirabiliaDeluxe3.jpg]

What about the material? I know the Darwin Deluxe is constructed from solid, polished cobalt steel. I have not yet figured out what the Mirabilia is made from, but I suspect it is chrome plated brass. I cannot be certain, however, as my razor has no plate loss or brass showing. 

The Mirabilia holds the blade in more of a curve than the Darwin, and the head geometry is slightly different. I notice more of a blade gap on the Mirabilia.

[Image: Mirabilia4.jpg]

The Mirabilia has a nice, solid feel in hand. It weighs in at 72 grams and is nicely balanced between the handle and head piece. The blade alignment pins fit tightly with modern DE blades, resulting in accurate blade alignment with no fuss. A number of my vintage razors require a little tweaking of the blade while tightening the head piece to achieve an even blade gap and alignment on both sides. Not the Mirabilia.

[Image: Mirabilia3.jpg]

In use, the Mirabilia is a fairly aggressive shaver which I would rate about the same as a Joris/Fatip. The shape of the top cap on the Mirabilia has the effect of encouraging the appropriate shaving angle, and while the razor feels aggressive (I think better to say efficient), it is easy or carefree in use - I have not felt that it will bite me for any slip in technique.

This is a fabulous razor that I feel very fortunate to own, made even better by the quality shave it provides.

[Image: Mirabilia5.jpg]

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 10-26-2015, 01:34 PM
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  • blzrfn
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Those are two of the most beautiful razors I have seen, thanks for sharing.  I think the Eclipse might fit in there well, although the handle is much more pedestrian.

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 10-26-2015, 01:36 PM
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Beautiful razors, Andrew! Thumbsup

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 10-26-2015, 01:37 PM
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  • Shanman
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Love it, Andrew second i've seen in 5 yrs...

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 10-26-2015, 01:41 PM
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  • Andrew
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(10-26-2015, 01:34 PM)blzrfn Wrote: Those are two of the most beautiful razors I have seen, thanks for sharing.  I think the Eclipse might fit in there well, although the handle is much more pedestrian.

The Eclipse more closely resembles the Darwin Popular. I'll have to take some photos of the two.

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 10-26-2015, 01:43 PM
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  • Andrew
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(10-26-2015, 01:37 PM)Shanman Wrote: Love it, Andrew second i've seen in 5 yrs...

I thought you'd enjoy that, Jeff.

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 10-26-2015, 02:03 PM
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ah, my inner esthetics were highly fed by this - thank you!

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 10-26-2015, 02:21 PM
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These razors are pieces of art !!! 



Lorenzo.

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 10-26-2015, 02:21 PM
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(10-26-2015, 02:03 PM)tonsorius Wrote: ah, my inner esthetics were highly fed by this - thank you!

+1

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 10-26-2015, 03:22 PM
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Beautiful razor, do you know if were they crafted in the 1930s ? 

Glenn

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 10-26-2015, 03:24 PM
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  • BobH
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Fine looking pair of DEs.

Bob

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 10-26-2015, 03:45 PM
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  • Andrew
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(10-26-2015, 03:22 PM)hobgoblin Wrote: Beautiful razor, do you know if were they crafted in the 1930s ? 

Glenn

I believe so. Waits (Safety Razor Compendium) says circa 1935.

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 10-27-2015, 08:01 AM
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  • Andrew
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I meant to include a photo of the Mirabilia disassembled:

[Image: Mirabilia10.jpg]

I am very confident now that the razor is chrome plated brass.

The Red Ring was mentioned, so I snapped some photos of the Mirabilia alongside the Red Ring and the Darwin Popular:

[Image: Mirabilia6.jpg]

[Image: Mirabilia7.jpg]

[Image: Mirabilia8.jpg]

[Image: Mirabilia9.jpg]

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 10-27-2015, 09:48 AM
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  • nunhgrader
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Wow - these are all so gorgeous! I have seen a Darwin for over 1k USD which kept me away from pursuing!

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 10-27-2015, 10:12 AM
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  • Harvey
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That reverse stud placement is kind of what Razo Rock Black Mamba is using....except the studs don,t go through the top plate.....only so many ways to make a razor I guess.

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 10-27-2015, 12:01 PM
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Truly beautiful razors. Thanks for the extensive documentation.

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 10-28-2015, 02:39 PM
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  • ojinsa
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Andrew, you truly have one of the sweetest collections around!!  Thanks for the review. 

It seems like an aggressive shave is typical of some Italian shavers.  Of course, my experience is with only one other Italian shaver, the trusty FaTip.

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 10-28-2015, 06:11 PM
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Ah, I did see this on eBay and thought they looked similar to a Darwin razor. You definitely own what I consider the 3 most beautiful vintage DE razors. Maybe someday I'll have my chance..

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 11-08-2015, 10:59 AM
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  • Tomo
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Bravo Andrew, beautiful razors and presentation!!

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 01-29-2017, 08:06 AM
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Any hopes in selling the Mirabilia, let me know.


It is a gorgeous looking razor

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