09-07-2012, 06:06 PM
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.
This is photo heavy.
This is photo heavy.
09-07-2012, 10:43 PM
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.
09-07-2012, 10:56 PM
(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.
09-08-2012, 04:40 AM
(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.
09-08-2012, 05:06 AM
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.
09-08-2012, 07:38 AM
(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.
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???
09-09-2012, 08:04 AM
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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