01-17-2016, 11:51 AM
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  • 55dougie
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Hi folks - I just had to say much I have enjoyed my SE shaves as of late...... I got this ER British 1912 with the aluminum handle off the BST (thanks Andy) and just got another amazing shave, I mean BBS..... I will be buying a few more SE's in the future..... I have a user grade ER Streamline and a Mongoose, but I have to say I think the 1912 gives me a better shave! How can that be???? Enjoying the past in the present, Doug.

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 01-17-2016, 11:56 AM
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Why is a prewar Rolls Royce  quieter than a modern electric car? Because THAT was the motivation that started the marque. Somebody in 1912 cared.

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 01-17-2016, 11:57 AM
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  • evnpar
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The 1912 is one of the smoothest shaving SE's, in my experience. Congratulations.

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 01-17-2016, 12:11 PM
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Very Nice Doug! Enjoy.

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 01-17-2016, 01:20 PM
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(01-17-2016, 11:51 AM)55dougie Wrote: Hi folks - I just had to say much I have enjoyed my SE shaves as of late...... I got this ER British 1912 with the aluminum handle off the BST (thanks Andy) and just got another amazing shave, I mean BBS..... I will be buying a few more SE's in the future..... I have a user grade ER Streamline and a Mongoose, but I have to say I think the 1912 gives me a better shave! How can that be???? Enjoying the past in the present, Doug.

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Excellent! I agree with Richard, great shaves from those! Love the bowl and brush in the picture too.

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 01-17-2016, 01:51 PM
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Fantastic ... I rolled with a 1914 this morning and echo the positive vibes!


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 01-17-2016, 03:44 PM
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I love seeing how many more people are giving SE shaves a try and loving them. The 1912 is no slouch and as you experienced there is a reason so many consider it to be their favorite vintage SE. I highly recommend trying out a 1914 EverReady if you ever have the opportunity.

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 01-17-2016, 03:58 PM
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(01-17-2016, 03:44 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: I love seeing how many more people are giving SE shaves a try and loving them. The 1912 is no slouch and as you experienced there is a reason so many consider it to be their favorite vintage SE. I highly recommend trying out a 1914 EverReady if you ever have the opportunity.
You and Brian K, party much are the ones that inspired me to get some. I'm thankful for this, too.

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 01-17-2016, 04:24 PM
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I'm glad to see that you like it Doug. Smile 

You're not alone in preferring the 1912 to a Streamline - I found very much the same thing, with the Streamline giving a much harsher shave. The beauty of the 1912 lies in it's comparative cheapness compared against a Streamline and it also doesn't have the handle cracking issue that I've seen on a few Streamline handles. It's also very easy to get hold of mint condition examples without too much trouble.

Have you noticed much of a difference between the brass and aluminium handles on the 1912? I found that the aluminium handle not only changed the balance significantly but noticeably transformed the efficiency of the razor as well.

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 01-17-2016, 04:36 PM
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(01-17-2016, 04:24 PM)ajc347 Wrote: I'm glad to see that you like it Doug. Smile 

You're not alone in preferring the 1912 to a Streamline - I found very much the same thing, with the Streamline giving a much harsher shave. The beauty of the 1912 lies in it's comparative cheapness compared against a Streamline and it also doesn't have the handle cracking issue that I've seen on a few Streamline handles. It's also very easy to get hold of mint condition examples without too much trouble.

Have you noticed much of a difference between the brass and aluminium handles on the 1912? I found that the aluminium handle not only changed the balance significantly but noticeably transformed the efficiency of the razor as well.

What was more efficient, the brass or aluminum handle?

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 01-17-2016, 04:39 PM
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  • 55dougie
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(01-17-2016, 04:24 PM)ajc347 Wrote: I'm glad to see that you like it Doug. Smile 

You're not alone in preferring the 1912 to a Streamline - I found very much the same thing, with the Streamline giving a much harsher shave. The beauty of the 1912 lies in it's comparative cheapness compared against a Streamline and it also doesn't have the handle cracking issue that I've seen on a few Streamline handles. It's also very easy to get hold of mint condition examples without too much trouble.

Have you noticed much of a difference between the brass and aluminium handles on the 1912? I found that the aluminium handle not only changed the balance significantly but noticeably transformed the efficiency of the razor as well.

Not yet Andy but I will...... and will post my findings here..... You guys got me hooked.... looking for a mint condition 1924 now...... Doug

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 01-17-2016, 04:39 PM
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Let's chase a 1912 then. Those are some bold statements gentlemen.

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 01-17-2016, 04:46 PM
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(01-17-2016, 04:36 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(01-17-2016, 04:24 PM)ajc347 Wrote: I'm glad to see that you like it Doug. Smile 

You're not alone in preferring the 1912 to a Streamline - I found very much the same thing, with the Streamline giving a much harsher shave. The beauty of the 1912 lies in it's comparative cheapness compared against a Streamline and it also doesn't have the handle cracking issue that I've seen on a few Streamline handles. It's also very easy to get hold of mint condition examples without too much trouble.

Have you noticed much of a difference between the brass and aluminium handles on the 1912? I found that the aluminium handle not only changed the balance significantly but noticeably transformed the efficiency of the razor as well.

What was more efficient, the brass or aluminum handle?
I found the aluminium handle made the razor more efficient and slightly smoother. The lighter weight really helped in this respect and made the razor much easier to manoeuvre (especially when head shaving). 

I must admit that I wasn't expecting this to be the case when I bought my first aluminium handled 1912 and was pleasantly surprised when I tried it.

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 01-17-2016, 04:47 PM
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(01-17-2016, 04:39 PM)55dougie Wrote: Not yet Andy but I will...... and will post my findings here..... You guys got me hooked.... looking for a mint condition 1924 now...... Doug

I'll keep an eye out for one on this side of the pond for you Doug and will let you know if I come across one. Smile

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 01-17-2016, 04:50 PM
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(01-17-2016, 04:47 PM)ajc347 Wrote:
(01-17-2016, 04:39 PM)55dougie Wrote: Not yet Andy but I will...... and will post my findings here..... You guys got me hooked.... looking for a mint condition 1924 now...... Doug

I'll keep an eye out for one on this side of the pond for you Doug and will let you know if I come across one. Smile

Many thanks my friend I would appreciate that..... Doug.

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 01-17-2016, 05:00 PM
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(01-17-2016, 04:46 PM)ajc347 Wrote:
(01-17-2016, 04:36 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(01-17-2016, 04:24 PM)ajc347 Wrote: I'm glad to see that you like it Doug. Smile 

You're not alone in preferring the 1912 to a Streamline - I found very much the same thing, with the Streamline giving a much harsher shave. The beauty of the 1912 lies in it's comparative cheapness compared against a Streamline and it also doesn't have the handle cracking issue that I've seen on a few Streamline handles. It's also very easy to get hold of mint condition examples without too much trouble.

Have you noticed much of a difference between the brass and aluminium handles on the 1912? I found that the aluminium handle not only changed the balance significantly but noticeably transformed the efficiency of the razor as well.

What was more efficient, the brass or aluminum handle?
I found the aluminium handle made the razor more efficient and slightly smoother. The lighter weight really helped in this respect and made the razor much easier to manoeuvre (especially when head shaving). 

I must admit that I wasn't expecting this to be the case when I bought my first aluminium handled 1912 and was pleasantly surprised when I tried it.

That is interesting. I figured the heavier handle would lead to a more efficient shave. Thanks for the info.

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 01-20-2016, 11:37 AM
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I said I would report back on the Ever Ready 1912 with the brass handle vs. the aluminum handled 1912..... 

So after several shaves with both razors I have to say I am very impressed with the quality of these shaves. They were great, both razors gave me some of my best shaves ever and I have been wet shaving using DE razors for a very long time... I really am surprised and impressed to find that these razors from 80-100 years ago are/were so efficient. I have to give the nod to the aluminum handled version... The lighter handle made maneuvering around my face a bit easier and in my mind more balanced and a great shave. But hey really, we're splitting hairs here! (pun intended) 
Anyway that's my 2 cents.....
 
Here's my SOTD photo from today.....

SOTD 01.20.16

Ever Ready 1912 with brass handle w/GEM blade
"first shave" for my new Doug Korn - "Short Soldier" with TGN Finest 29 x 56mm loft
A & B Shaving Soap
Thayer's Witch Hazel
Pinaud Clubman AS

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 01-20-2016, 12:18 PM
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I was also lucky enough to grab a few of those splendid 1912's from Andy. The aluminum version did change the shave but not much from experience. What was surprising was the "curved" head 1912 Andy recommended. That 1912 is smoother than the regular head 1912. Yes.....smoother. It feels like a mild razor with aggressive razor results.

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 01-20-2016, 12:47 PM
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(01-20-2016, 11:37 AM)55dougie Wrote: I said I would report back on the Ever Ready 1912 with the brass handle vs. the aluminum handled 1912..... 

So after several shaves with both razors I have to say I am very impressed with the quality of these shaves. They were great, both razors gave me some of my best shaves ever and I have been wet shaving using DE razors for a very long time... I really am surprised and impressed to find that these razors from 80-100 years ago are/were so efficient. I have to give the nod to the aluminum handled version... The lighter handle made maneuvering around my face a bit easier and in my mind more balanced and a great shave. But hey really, we're splitting hairs here! (pun intended) 
Anyway that's my 2 cents.....
 
Here's my SOTD photo from today.....

SOTD 01.20.16


Ever Ready 1912 with brass handle w/GEM blade
"first shave" for my new Doug Korn - "Short Soldier" with TGN Finest 29 x 56mm loft
A & B Shaving Soap
Thayer's Witch Hazel
Pinaud Clubman AS

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That 'Short Soldier' is a great creation Doug, I'm excited to see examples of it.

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