01-20-2016, 03:54 PM
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  • kav
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I was looking through the never ending BST threads at all the stuff. I wondered how many shavers still have  that first brush or razor, a scuttle or other non renewable ( soaps,blades,scents) item? I started out with the classic Merkur HD, gifted it to my nephew and received it back a month ago.

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 01-20-2016, 03:58 PM
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I have all my original equipment, EJ89 razor and a Semogue 620 brush

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 01-20-2016, 04:08 PM
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  • ben74
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Kept my old Merkurs. The HDs were among my very first DEs. They don't see much use, but I've saved them for my sons. 

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 01-20-2016, 04:12 PM
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  • Aleksey
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It's complicated for me.

I have the Wilkinson Classic with me but I don't consider it my first serious razor.
My first one was EJ89 Barley, sold it.
I have the vintage Omega brush, but I reknotted with 49 knot and painted the wood handle to restore.
My first serious brush was a Tipsoft Finest Silvertip, sold it.
My first serious software haul consisted of;
-TOBS Avocado, sold it.
-Proraso Red, love it.
-Musgo Real Orange Amber, loved it, bored of it, gifted it.

My first serious aftershave was... I don't remember actually. I had a vintage Old Spice from my Grandpa, and I guess that is my first. Have it, love it.

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 01-20-2016, 04:12 PM
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VanDerHagen set has been gone for a long time. My first DE, a Merkur 33 was sold off but I have kept my first SE a GEM Clog Pruf that I found at a local antique store. In fact, my office is now right next to that antique shop.

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 01-20-2016, 04:16 PM
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  • Aleksey
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(01-20-2016, 04:08 PM)ben74 Wrote: Kept my old Merkurs. The HDs were among my very first DEs. They don't see much use, but I've saved them for my sons. 

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Wow Ben, top shelf presentation! You need to get a futur in chrome, too.

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 01-20-2016, 04:18 PM
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I still have the wood bowl my MWF came in. Don't use it but I have it. First razor was my 34C. Wound up selling but missed it so much I bought another to replace it.

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 01-20-2016, 04:25 PM
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My EJ89 was sold as soon as I discovered this forum and knew there were better made options out there. My SOC also got sold when I discovered badger brushes.

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 01-20-2016, 04:28 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(01-20-2016, 03:54 PM)kav Wrote: I was looking through the never ending BST threads at all the stuff. I wondered how many shavers still have  that first brush or razor, a scuttle or other non renewable ( soaps,blades,scents) item? I started out with the classic Merkur HD, gifted it to my nephew and received it back a month ago.

As this is posted in the Brushes subforum, I will state that I still own every brush that I ever bought, starting with a drugstore boar (probably low-end Omega, but there are no markings on it now) from 1968.  I have two other boars, one from the 1970s the other from the 1980s, my first and only badger (Vulfix 2234S) from the 1990s (I never have witnessed it losing even one hair), and now two synthetics, both purchased in 2014.

On the razor side, apart from disposables such as are part of the service in hotel public baths in Japan and on trans-oceanic Business Class airline flights, I have never thrown away a razor, and still have my first razor (a Ronson — rebranded Braun — electric shaver from about 1966), my first non-electric razor (PAL stainless steel adjustable injector), a Gillette Techmatic from the 1970s, and a couple of dozen cartridge razor handles, starting chronologically with a Wilkinson Bonded Blade.  Last month, on Shavenook B/S/T, I sold the first DE razor that I ever touched, let alone used:  a Standard Razors Raw that I had purchased just 20 months before, so it never had a chance to acquire any sentimental value.

And I have an unopened NOS Williams soap from about 1971, and the ripe remains of an 8 oz. bottle of St. Johns West Indian Lime aftershave splash that I purchased in about 1961; it still smells better than anything else.

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 01-20-2016, 04:30 PM
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I guess the one thing I no longer have is a tub of Proraso White as that was my first real shaving soap

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 01-20-2016, 04:33 PM
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My first brush was a Marvy Boar brush.  Used it for about a week before I went to a Semogue 1800.  Both are gone now.  Marvy went into the trash and the Semogue was used for experimenting on refinishing handles and replacing knots, ended up in the trash eventually.  My first DE was a Gillette slim twist that belonged to my Father-in-law.  I still have that and will keep it for sentimental value.  Most of my brushes, soaps, and razors are free agents and move in and out of the den freely  Wink

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 01-20-2016, 04:33 PM
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  • kav
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Remember not that long ago when MERKURS and vintage Gilettes were pretty much IT ?

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 01-20-2016, 04:50 PM
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I have my EJ DE89L but it's packed away.

My first brush? LOL a VDH Deluxe that I used until it fell apart. I have used several boar brushes through the years until they were shot. None were anything special to me.

Then I bought a Chubby one day and traded it. Too short of a handle for me.

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 01-20-2016, 05:00 PM
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My first razor was a Progress. Used it daily for 2 years, but honestly didn't get the best shaves with it. Ended up selling it last year. A Semogue 1305 was my first brush and it was a terrific brush. Sadly, it started shedding after I let my daughter play with it a few times too many.

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 01-20-2016, 05:01 PM
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My first brush was a Burt's Bees brush that came with a mug and puck of soap.  The brush fell apart and I used all the soap, but the mug survived and is still used today.  I have had that for about 12 years now.  I sold all my original razors.  Once I got my technique down I no longer needed the mild razors.

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 01-20-2016, 05:02 PM
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I don't have any of my original equipment.

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 01-20-2016, 05:03 PM
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I still have most of my original stuff...I have sent them to Chris to have some work done but there the same just shinier. As for my original brush..I have the handle because I wasn't aware of how to properly care for one but I have found it hard to part with...I say that I am going to re-knot it..then I find something else I want more....circle of life

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 01-20-2016, 05:24 PM
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  • SRNewb
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Still have what I started with, as well.

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 01-20-2016, 05:43 PM
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(01-20-2016, 05:02 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I don't have any of my original equipment.

Lots of prosthetics?

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 01-20-2016, 05:44 PM
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I have my original brush (Edwin Jagger Best), but I PIFd my first DE razor (Bluebeard's Revenge) to a friend who just started wet shaving.

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