09-07-2012, 06:06 PM
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Last weekend I put bids in on 4 NOS Solingen straights, 2 ERNs (S 525)and 2 J A Henckels 401. The auction for all four were ending at the same minute, so I had 2 windows open and let the others go, thinking I could get one NOS straight. Somehow I won 3 of the 4. The sellers were the Nuns of St. Dominic in Blauvelt, N.Y. (fundsfornuns). The razors were donated by someone who had worked in a grinding shop from 1950 to 2000. When he left he kept what was left in the shop. They sent the razors in the ERN box that would have held 6 straights. The ERNs say Best Silver Steel and were stated to be 6/8, but measure 13/16 and the Henckels is 5/8.

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 09-07-2012, 06:12 PM
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  • syngent
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wow the erns are great looking straights, certainly an amazing score

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 09-07-2012, 06:14 PM
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Yes, my first NOS straights or razor for that matter. I bought a used ERN 35 Crown and Sword and really loved it, so jumped at these. They are wonderful shavers.

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 09-07-2012, 06:16 PM
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  • J_fro
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wow that is a great haul!

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 09-07-2012, 06:29 PM
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  • biggiej42
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Great score! I live 10 minutes from blauvelt!

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 09-07-2012, 06:36 PM
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I'd never heard of Blauvelt until I bought the razors from the nuns and corresponded with them. What part of New York? I was once married to a New Yorker.

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 09-07-2012, 07:45 PM
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Nice looking haul!

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 09-07-2012, 08:47 PM
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Fantastic score! The razors look great. Congratulations.

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 09-07-2012, 09:45 PM
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  • oscar11
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Robert, you did great. I was watching the Erns. They're excellent razors, IMO. The Henckels too, very fine razor. Congrats and enjoy.

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 09-07-2012, 10:43 PM
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A great catch indeed, nothing beats honing and shaving with vintage NOS razors, I've been fortunate enough to be able to do this a few times, but It's still very rewarding and exciting knowing you are the first shaver with that razor.

Jamie

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 09-07-2012, 10:56 PM
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(09-07-2012, 09:45 PM)oscar11 Wrote: Robert, you did great. I was watching the Erns. They're excellent razors, IMO. The Henckels too, very fine razor. Congrats and enjoy.

I love the ERNs too, Steve. I had just bought a Crown and Sword 35 two weeks ago for around $40 plus and really love the shave and feel. I've read a lot of praise for the Henckel, but don't know the history. I will try it out in the morning.

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 09-08-2012, 03:26 AM
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Lindyhop66,
You did well with such a treasured find. Good show. I had an ERN some years ago and foolishly sold it. The Hencekls aren't going anywhere, no, sir.

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 09-08-2012, 04:40 AM
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(09-07-2012, 06:36 PM)lindyhop66 Wrote: I'd never heard of Blauvelt until I bought the razors from the nuns and corresponded with them. What part of New York? I was once married to a New Yorker.

Rockland County, about 20 minutes north of Manhattan. Nice town! It's actually pretty close to the Tappan Zee Bridge as well.

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 09-08-2012, 05:06 AM
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  • oscar11
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Robert, you'll love the Henckel, they are a very fine razor. Actually, I'm a big fan of Greman razors. Watch the point on the Henckel, it'll bite you if your not careful. I'll include a link for you. Look on the left hand side for razor makers.
http://www.archivingindustry.com/cutlers...tintro.htm

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 09-08-2012, 05:11 AM
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haha, I stayed at their place while traveling once! I had to look it up, I thought the name sounded familiar.

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 09-08-2012, 07:38 AM
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(09-08-2012, 05:06 AM)oscar11 Wrote: Robert, you'll love the Henckel, they are a very fine razor. Actually, I'm a big fan of Greman razors. Watch the point on the Henckel, it'll bite you if your not careful. I'll include a link for you. Look on the left hand side for razor makers.
http://www.archivingindustry.com/cutlers...tintro.htm

Thanks, Steve. I learned about the point from my Beau Brummell this week and avoided more ear nicks with the Henckel this time. I swear I thought I needed to sharpen the razor again because I got no sound feedback or whisker resistance as I mowed down the beard. Looked back and whiskers gone bye bye.

I love the Erns as well. I like the larger size and the feel in the hand of the razor. Excellent balance. Wonderful feel on the face.

I too love the German razors...a lot. I can't seem to stop buying them. For two months, I've been looking at Revisor's website thinking about buying vintage NOS or a new Revisor, but hesitated due to the VAT and shipping time, etc. Now I don't think I can get any better. Maybe the Wacker???

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 09-08-2012, 09:14 AM
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LOL, well if your going to get the fever you might as well roll with it.

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 09-09-2012, 08:04 AM
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I ended up refreshing the edge with lapping film and tried another shave with these straights. What a sharp, smooth edge. I recommend lapping film for honing.....unless you have a heavy wedge. I can't hone those even with 4 layers of tape.

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