07-29-2012, 01:38 PM
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I'm in Mt. Vernon, WA for the weekend and was able to stop into an antique mall to scout out some razors. There were the usual offerings, a flare tip, a couple Schicks, a Rolls. But in the back of one case was a razor I had never seen before. It's labeled as a Berkeley Custom Shaver and comes in a nice wooden case. I've tried to look it up online I only found one or two somewhat vague threads. I guess it is from around the mid 1930's, and by "Custom" they mean that it is adjustable. There is a dial on the bottom between 1-8, but instead of raising and lowering the blade, it just makes it more curved or almost straight. The head comes off by completely unscrewing the bottom and then the metal upper body comes apart from the plastic lower and can be used as blade storage, which I think is pretty cool. I've included a number of pictures including the blade angle at 1 and 8.

If anyone has any more info about this razor I would love to find out more. Enjoy!

The closed box
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Open
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Very interesting head design
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Head apart
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From the side
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Blade storage
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Blade at 1
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Blade at 8
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 07-29-2012, 01:42 PM
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  • bullgoose
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That Is a new one to me. Very interesting looking razor. Have you shaved with it yet?

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 07-29-2012, 01:43 PM
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(07-29-2012, 01:42 PM)bullgoose Wrote: That Is a new one to me. Very interesting looking razor. Have you shaved with it yet?

I have not, and won't have a chance to until Monday or Tuesday. It is very different. I meant to add, in my googling, one person stated it weighed about 118 grams. It is also much heavier towards the head as you would expect from the plain plastic body.

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 07-29-2012, 01:47 PM
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I look forward to your report

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 07-29-2012, 03:09 PM
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  • freddy
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A very unusual and interesting razor. Just when you think you've seen them all...Rolleyes

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 07-29-2012, 03:37 PM
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  • beartrap
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Very sexy and scary Biggrin

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 07-29-2012, 03:55 PM
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If you have a copy of Waits Compendium it's shown on page B7.

I can't copy the text, but it was made in Jersey City, NJ with the TM filed in '37. That's the gist of it. They come black, red, and white.

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 07-29-2012, 04:37 PM
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  • krissy
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That is a really cool razor.

At first glance i thought it was an electric but knew better than that. You wouldn't be posting it if it was an electric.

I look forward to hearing about what you think of it for shaving with the way it adjusts.

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 07-29-2012, 07:17 PM
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  • Shanman
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I've got a white one. Went to snug the cap down and it snapped the threaded stud off the inside of the cap. Now, I have a nice paperweight in a wood box.

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 07-29-2012, 07:23 PM
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(07-29-2012, 07:17 PM)Shanman Wrote: I've got a white one. Went to snug the cap down and it snapped the threaded stud off the inside of the cap. Now, I have a nice paperweight in a wood box.

Thank you for the warning! I'll try and avoid making it too tight. Did you try shaving with it before it snapped?

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 07-29-2012, 07:47 PM
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That it is a very interesting and unique razor. Cannot wait to hear your shaving impressions.

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 07-29-2012, 07:48 PM
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Yep, it was a pisser for sure. Here's some pics in one of my last sales when I actually had time to put together a hefty sale.

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 07-29-2012, 09:23 PM
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Interesting looking razor, Anthony. Good luck with it.

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 07-30-2012, 04:16 PM
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I'll crosspost my SOTD post about the Berkeley here:

7/30/2012

Pre: Hot SHower & MRGLO
Brush: Muhle Kosmo Silvertip Fibre
Soap: Martin de Candre
Razor: Berkeley Custom Shaver
Blade: Rapira
Post: Alum & Witch Hazel
A/S: Barbasol Pacific Rush

Muhle R41 move on over! The Berkeley is a pretty aggressive razor at any setting. Firs the first pass I went all out and set it at an 8. I had to be quite careful with the flatter blade and steep angle, but it mowed down 2+ days worth of growth. I toned it down and set it at 1 for the second pass and was surprised that it still felt very aggressive, but still worked smoothly. Third pass ATG I set it to 3 just to see, and was surprised again as it actually felt less aggressive and very comfortable. Ended up with a very nice shave without any nicks. The Berkeley is a little odd to hold in hand, more like an electric I thought, but was very effective at what it does. I'm eager to try it out some more!

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 07-30-2012, 09:06 PM
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  • gijames
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wow! I thought it was going to be one of those early *vibrating* razors.

Thank you for sharing!
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 07-30-2012, 09:40 PM
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While thinking about this razor today and considering its age, I realized it is the oldest adjustable razor I have heard of. Does anyone know of any older ones?

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 07-30-2012, 10:01 PM
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(07-30-2012, 09:40 PM)Tonality Wrote: Does anyone know of any older ones?

I don't but I'm no expert either.
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Thanks for the shave input. That's interesting!

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 07-31-2012, 10:08 AM
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(07-30-2012, 04:16 PM)Tonality Wrote: I'll crosspost my SOTD post about the Berkeley here:

7/30/2012

Pre: Hot SHower & MRGLO
Brush: Muhle Kosmo Silvertip Fibre
Soap: Martin de Candre
Razor: Berkeley Custom Shaver
Blade: Rapira
Post: Alum & Witch Hazel
A/S: Barbasol Pacific Rush

Muhle R41 move on over! The Berkeley is a pretty aggressive razor at any setting. Firs the first pass I went all out and set it at an 8. I had to be quite careful with the flatter blade and steep angle, but it mowed down 2+ days worth of growth. I toned it down and set it at 1 for the second pass and was surprised that it still felt very aggressive, but still worked smoothly. Third pass ATG I set it to 3 just to see, and was surprised again as it actually felt less aggressive and very comfortable. Ended up with a very nice shave without any nicks. The Berkeley is a little odd to hold in hand, more like an electric I thought, but was very effective at what it does. I'm eager to try it out some more!

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Very nice review. That razor is a keeper if just for nostalgia alone, so a huge plus that you got a good shave from it.

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 11-06-2012, 11:33 AM
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I decided to pull this oddity out again this morning and give it a 2 pass shave on the lowest setting. I really like this razor. It's very comfortable to hold and really smooth. I think the lines on the top of the head give it a better glide or something. I think I will try using it throughout the week on various settings to really get a full feel for it.

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 11-06-2012, 02:58 PM
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What a unique razor. I imagine it would be easier to hold with a bit of adapting than most DEs... Thanks for the review.

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