12-25-2012, 08:50 PM
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  • mark1966
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Well not quite a 'newbie' but a newbie here at The Shave Nook.

I started with traditional DE in March 2010. On my 44th birthday after three decades of shaving with multi-blade cartridge systems, and a brief dabble with an electric razor I had an epiphany.

My wonderful wife have given me a Merkur 38c razor, Edwin Jagger super badger brush, some of the ubiquitous Proraso eucalyptus and menthol shaving soap and a variety of blades.

For the first time in almost 30 years I enjoyed shaving!

After a couple of weeks of enjoying the shaving experience and browsing some on-line forums I discovered that Gillette included codes showing the date of manufacturing on many of their razors from the 1950s to 1986. Soon I followed a well trodden path and purchased a razor from my birth-year, a 1966 Flare Tip Super Speed.

It was kinda cool shaving with a razor that was made the same time I was born. It has a timelessness about it, a certainty and tranquility knowing that the carefully crafted metal in your hand has been through a lot of years and stood the test of time - just like me!

Of course one thing led to another. As you know Gillette manufactured a couple of different models of razor in 1966, so I got a couple. Then I discovered that there were some really beautiful looking models around and before you know it I was a collector - I think.

I now have more than a few vintage razors stretching from 1903/04 Double Rings through to the modern Merkur (you can see pics below from January 2011). I've not used them all yet ( and the NOS ones I will not touch) but I'm getting there. Some I like more than others and some I like with one brand of blade but not another.

Anyway, that is a little about me. Hopefully I'll learn more about you guys as time goes on.

I thought I would post some pics - we all like pics I know. This was,I confess also a response to requests from a few people in different places for updated shots of my collection.

I threw a painting drop sheet over the pool table in the garage with the ping-pong table as the backdrop. Opened the garage door for some light and it was time to take pics of most of the collection (nobody seems to want to see my Techs - they occupy another shelf). So with some apologies for the mediocre quality of the pics as basically I was just too lazy to arrange some proper lighting (it was summer holidays here after all) here they are in the order that they sit on the shelves in my wall unit where I store them.

From the top, shelf 1 (more pics here):

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Mainly British TTOs

Shelf 2 (more pics here):

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Mainly US items, TTOs especially.

Shelf 3 (more pics here);

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Older Gillettes, including Double and Single Rings

Shelf 4 (more pics here):

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Traveller sets and pocket edition sets

Finally, the wall cabinet. This is where it all started. A place to put my couple of uncased razors, that were never going to be a collection but just a few to use. More pics here.

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I hope that this helps to sate the appetite for photos!

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 12-25-2012, 09:02 PM
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Wow, nice Nook. It's great to have you in the Nook!

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 12-25-2012, 09:13 PM
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Nice collection. Hello and welcome to the forum.

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 12-25-2012, 09:17 PM
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Ahoy hoy and welcome to the nook.

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 12-25-2012, 09:22 PM
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  • mark1966
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Thanks guys.

Some brush pics here and a request for info if brushes are more your thing

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 12-25-2012, 10:11 PM
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Welcome to The Shave Nook.

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 12-25-2012, 11:44 PM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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A truly outstanding collection!

Welcome to the Nook from another resident of the southern hemisphere, albeit on the other side of our island...

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 12-26-2012, 01:38 AM
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Hello, welcome to: " Shave Nook " Relax & Enjoy.

Charles U.K

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 12-26-2012, 01:38 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Welcome to The Shave Nook

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 12-26-2012, 01:56 AM
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Hello and welcome! What a magnificent collection you got there! Smile

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 12-26-2012, 02:43 AM
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  • mark1966
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(12-25-2012, 11:44 PM)ben74 Wrote: A truly outstanding collection!

Welcome to the Nook from another resident of the southern hemisphere, albeit on the other side of our island...

Might as well be the other side of the world Biggrin

Thanks mate

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 12-26-2012, 06:09 AM
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  • gijames
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  • TN, USA
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Welcome Aboard the Nook!
Biggrin
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 12-26-2012, 06:20 AM
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  • Howler
  • A calamophile and vintage razor lover
  • Fort Smith AR
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Hello and welcome to the Nook. Awesome looking Nook.

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 12-26-2012, 09:56 AM
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  • tgutc
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  • Michigan
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Great collection! Welcome to the Nook!

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 12-26-2012, 11:54 AM
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  • slantman
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  • Leesburg, Florida
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Welcome to The Shave Nook.

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 12-26-2012, 01:20 PM
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  • freddy
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  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
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Welcome to The Shave Nook, Mark, and enjoy your stay. Smile

Your collection is breathtaking!

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 12-26-2012, 07:08 PM
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Welcome to the Nook!

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 12-26-2012, 08:46 PM
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  • Teiste
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  • Salt Lake City,UT
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Welcome !

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 12-27-2012, 06:40 PM
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  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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Great collection you have there Mark! Welcome to the Nook.

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 12-27-2012, 07:08 PM
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  • savagejoerude
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Hello there Mark and welcome to The Shave Nook. SUPER COLLECTION SIR !!!!

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