08-31-2019, 01:21 PM
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I decided to give this guy some love this morning. I'm ashamed to say that it had been collecting dust for a couple of years. Quite a pleasant surprise, and it really is a beautiful piece that I'm very lucky to own. 

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 08-31-2019, 01:21 PM
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  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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Nice! Cooncat used to make some really nice handles.

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 08-31-2019, 01:33 PM
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Beautiful looking razor..

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 08-31-2019, 02:01 PM
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  • garyg
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Cooncat Bob was quite the character, he might have pioneered the whole machined stainless razor thing .. my memory ain't what it once was, but seems that Bob was machining handles for the New head before the others came on the scene .. mine dates from 2010, which pre-dates my first ATT by a couple three years, and ATT led to all the others.  Bob's were a bit less dear then,

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 08-31-2019, 02:23 PM
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Great handle. Bob was one of the originals making all kinds of razor handles. Bob died about 7-8 years ago.

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 08-31-2019, 02:32 PM
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  • bullgoose
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(08-31-2019, 02:01 PM)garyg Wrote: Cooncat Bob was quite the character, he might have pioneered the whole machined stainless razor thing .. my memory ain't what it once was, but seems that Bob was machining handles for the New head before the others came on the scene .. mine dates from 2010, which pre-dates my first ATT by a couple three years, and ATT led to all the others.  Bob's were a bit less dear then,

Yes, he was a cabinet maker by trade and was a fine craftsman. He used a free-hand lathe for his handles rather than a CNC machine and, he would make something for you to order. Bob started making handles slightly before iKon and way before ATT. As the wet shaving hobby became more popular, he had a harder time sourcing the Gillette New heads and eventually started using Merkur heads from the 1904 razors if I recall correctly.

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 08-31-2019, 03:10 PM
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This is a copycat handle made in Taiwan and looks very similar to Bob's Razor Works. Sold at NY Shaving Co
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 08-31-2019, 03:15 PM
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(08-31-2019, 03:10 PM)slantman Wrote: This is a copycat handle made in Taiwan and looks very similar to Bob's Razor Works. Sold at NY Shaving Co
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Interesting. Definitely some similarities there!

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 08-31-2019, 04:10 PM
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  • garyg
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(08-31-2019, 02:32 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(08-31-2019, 02:01 PM)garyg Wrote: Cooncat Bob was quite the character, he might have pioneered the whole machined stainless razor thing .. my memory ain't what it once was, but seems that Bob was machining handles for the New head before the others came on the scene .. mine dates from 2010, which pre-dates my first ATT by a couple three years, and ATT led to all the others.  Bob's were a bit less dear then,

Yes, he was a cabinet maker by trade and was a fine craftsman. He used a free-hand lathe for his handles rather than a CNC machine and, he would make something for you to order. Bob started making handles slightly before iKon and way before ATT. As the wet shaving hobby became more popular, he had a harder time sourcing the Gillette New heads and eventually started using Merkur heads from the 1904 razors if I recall correctly.


I recall a picture of his lathe that looked like it belonged in the Ford Museum ..  mine is a Bull Mastiff XL, with the New head that he had replated

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 08-31-2019, 04:54 PM
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  • chazt
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Thanks for the history lesson. Tell us more...

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 08-31-2019, 04:57 PM
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Bob made very nice handles.  In my regular razor rotation I have a couple of them.  One is an Aristocrat Bull Mastiff, and the other is a smaller, shorter Black Bull Mastiff.
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 08-31-2019, 05:00 PM
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They are quite nice Smile

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 08-31-2019, 05:06 PM
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  • bullgoose
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I really liked his burl wood knobs and handles. I used to own several of them and regret selling them.

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 08-31-2019, 05:15 PM
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  • garyg
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I didn't buy one of those great burl woods, regrettably, need to get mine out & shave with it rather than posting a picture ..

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 08-31-2019, 05:52 PM
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You're very fortunate to own one of Cooncat  Bob's handles.  He was a man ahead of his time, and one who left us too soon.

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 08-31-2019, 06:49 PM
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  • Garb
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You guys are showing some real works of art. They must be a joy to use.

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 08-31-2019, 06:55 PM
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I've thought of parting with mine...and then I come to my senses by recalling that this is truly an artisan's original.

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 08-31-2019, 07:54 PM
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  • Harvey
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I was an early lover of Bobs handles...I only have 13 assorted left and probably sold 2 or 3 years ago......I even have a  modified Merkur FUTUR....with a grooved handle and a special replate.....used to e-mail him with my special designs...never said no or can,t do that.

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 08-31-2019, 07:54 PM
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Wow!  I missed out.  I became aware of Cooncat Bob not long before we lost him and didn't understand at the time what an icon he was.  Darn!

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 09-01-2019, 02:24 PM
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All this talk about Bob's razors and handles made me realize that I needed one or two more.  So a Gillette New LC Single Ring refashioned by Bob with a burl wood handle, along with another extra burl handle from him, are coming.  I'm not sure if I'll keep both handles.

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