11-29-2019, 03:20 AM
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  • Shaun
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I found one in the wild, no pics yet (iphone seems not to enable this) but I don’t know if this is vintage or a modern-day copy... Looks nice but light. Plated Zamak. Not my favourite material

Has anyone seen or know of Puma safety (DE) razors?

I searched everywhere. One reference in an online collection, but it looks genuine.

Anyone?

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 11-29-2019, 05:57 AM
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Waits' Razor Compendium:
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Puma-Werk Lauterjung & Sohn, Solingen, Germany. (Trade name on 1932 list.)
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 11-29-2019, 02:02 PM
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(11-29-2019, 05:57 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Waits' Razor Compendium:
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Puma-Werk Lauterjung & Sohn, Solingen, Germany. (Trade name on 1932 list.)
[Image: jcQ0OT1.jpg]

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Well that’s the right version of the logo. Note the positioning of the word ‘Solingen’ at the end of the line. I couldn’t see that version feature anywhere else.

Was there no picture of the razor?

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 11-29-2019, 10:32 PM
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Here is my find. Razor has been cleaned up. The next post following this shows a research specimen. The Zamak is a bit iffy in spots but nothing major.

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 11-29-2019, 10:38 PM
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Now here is a little research example I found on "thecollectorsencyclopedia". Note that the plastic/bakelite is similar but different shape, and also that the base of this example has the logo out on a boss. The blurb goes like this: 

"Safety Razors Puma Gillette type Germany 1939 Double edge Puma-Work Lauterjung & Son, Solingen German patent no. 678521 17 Jul 1939 filed 25 Nov 1937. Ernst Linhorst, Wald-Solingen"



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 11-30-2019, 12:09 AM
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The photo of the razor in Waits' is kinda blurry, but it seems to be the right one based on the flare:
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 11-30-2019, 12:46 AM
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Great image, Hans. I think it is an earlier model than mine, because the button at the end depresses, releasing the head. I think. Anyway, I researched further into the name 'Ernst Linhorst' (Solingen) and found that there were razors designed after this model based on his patent, including the "Cowboy" slant also made in Zamak. Too similar to ignore. The stamp on the base is also very close to the way mine is stamped. Further research indicates manufacturing ended in 1950, so that would be the very latest date for my Puma. Cool. I'll say war's end, and make it 1945. Reasonable? Here are some pictures of the Linhorst-patent Cowboy slant:


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 11-30-2019, 01:37 AM
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sounds reasonable to me... also, I got a craving for that slant Tongue

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 04-28-2020, 09:31 PM
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The one with pushbutton exists as Cowboy and Weltmeister as well.

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 11-05-2020, 01:02 AM
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My Puma[Image: NUAls3S.jpg][Image: E2DOMtc.jpg][Image: D4NAthy.jpg][Image: U4Ipm2b.jpg]

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 11-05-2020, 01:08 AM
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(11-05-2020, 01:02 AM)koenfucius Wrote: My Puma[Image: NUAls3S.jpg][Image: E2DOMtc.jpg][Image: D4NAthy.jpg][Image: U4Ipm2b.jpg]

Such a perfect specimen! The early push button version.

Any chance of a picture or two of the razor disassembled?

Shaun

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 11-05-2020, 01:18 AM
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sure
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 11-05-2020, 01:26 AM
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(11-05-2020, 01:18 AM)koenfucius Wrote: sure
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Perfect! Thank you. A very nice piece indeed. How did you find it? Looks to be in such good condition, too.

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 11-05-2020, 01:32 AM
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indeed, just by chance, on a local auction site - it seemed like a seller who was selling the inventory of an old cutlery shop, mostly scissors, but then also a couple of near pristine razors (I got this Puma, a Star, a Star Cadet, and a straight, all very reasonably priced)

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 11-05-2020, 07:51 AM
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Pretty handsome razors. Enjoy!
How’s the shave?

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