01-11-2013, 06:55 PM
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  • Johnny
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I was cleaning out one of my older shaving drawers and discovered something I had forgotten all about. Actually I thought I had given it away many years ago.

It is a NOS Case Red Imp Junior.

Who can tell me something about this razor and what it might be worth? I will post some pictures tomorrow.

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 01-11-2013, 07:21 PM
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Well, here are some pictures I took with my cellphone camera, so they are not the best in the world, but you will get the idea. It is made by Case and it says Junior in two places. It also say 133. Anyway this is picture heavy so here goes.

   
   
   
   
   
   

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 01-11-2013, 09:19 PM
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Wow, Johnny, it looks to be in great condition!
Sorry, but i can't help you. Good luck.

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 01-11-2013, 09:29 PM
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It is in great condition because it has never been used. My uncle gave it to me sometime in the late 60's, early 70's and I never used it. I actually had thought I had either sold or given away all of my straights since I quit shaving with them 10-years ago. But I was wrong. I still have this one.

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 01-12-2013, 03:35 PM
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I have a used Red Imp by Case, but not the Junior. I guess it's like a shorty, a shorter length blade, right? I've never seen one before yours.

I see from an old straight razor place thread, the 133's are full hollow and 132's are wedges, though I've never seen a Red Imp wedge, either.

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 01-12-2013, 07:08 PM
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  • geezer
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That is worth a king's ransom. It is perfect and the scales are not warped. What a Find. The blade width is unusual also, they were usually about 9/16ths max. That is a rare bird.
Just look it up on the 'bay and goi to completed listings for a price range. Not cheap even for a narrow one.
Congratulations!
~Richard

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 01-12-2013, 07:25 PM
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Ooooooo I like it Smile I don't know what it's value may be.

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 01-12-2013, 07:30 PM
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If you don't shave with straights anymore, sell it. Research the pricing on Ebay etc. Use some of the proceeds to buy a nice brush.

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 01-12-2013, 08:00 PM
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Johnny, what is the blade width and length?

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 01-13-2013, 08:10 AM
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  • Johnny
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(01-12-2013, 08:00 PM)lindyhop66 Wrote: Johnny, what is the blade width and length?

To the best of my trusty old eyes on a plastic ruler:

   

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 01-13-2013, 08:13 AM
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So it's not shorter than a regular straight blade. I don't know why the name Junior, now.

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 01-13-2013, 11:15 AM
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Very nice find, Johnny! They fetch a nice sum, even if they're not in as nice condition as that example..

It pays to clear out old drawers every so often!

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 01-13-2013, 11:19 AM
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Nice razor Johnny, but I don't think they are rare, I've seen quite a few on Ebay over the last few weeks, I think a good price for one would be around a $100. Why don't you hone it up and give it a run out.

Jamie

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 01-13-2013, 12:18 PM
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(01-12-2013, 07:08 PM)geezer Wrote: That is worth a king's ransom. It is perfect and the scales are not warped. What a Find. The blade width is unusual also, they were usually about 9/16ths max. That is a rare bird.
Just look it up on the 'bay and goi to completed listings for a price range. Not cheap even for a narrow one.
Congratulations!
~Richard

Am I doing something wrong? I tried looking it up out of curiosity, mainly because I've never noticed the "completed listings" link before, and I'm not seeing any of these going for a whole lot?
Most expensive I found was an 11/16 that went for $68. Not a paltry sum, but not a king's ransom. And quite a few 5/8 ones in the $20-30 range.

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 01-13-2013, 01:25 PM
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  • Johnny
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If I decide to sell it the asking price will be $125.00 as this razor has never had a hone or strop put to it. To me that makes it worth more than the ones I see on the bay that are well used with pitting.

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 01-13-2013, 01:46 PM
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(01-13-2013, 01:25 PM)Johnny Wrote: If I decide to sell it the asking price will be $125.00 as this razor has never had a hone or strop put to it. To me that makes it worth more than the ones I see on the bay that are well used with pitting.


Exactly right!

That razor is NOS, and I don't see many Imps in that condition... although I don't look as often as I used to.

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 01-13-2013, 01:48 PM
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  • mikeperry
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Hi Johnny

Wow! what a beautiful find Thumbsup

Would make an extremely nice 18th Birthday present to one of your grandson's (me thinks)...

I wish I could find something like that in my drawers...

Take care, Mike

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 01-14-2013, 07:49 AM
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Besides the fact that this blade is in excellent condition what is even more amazing is the condition of the scales. For some reason the scales have the habit of turning into banana peels and are usually terrible. Very cool blade.

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 01-14-2013, 08:08 AM
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  • Johnny
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Well, it is now in the B/S/T section.


B/S/T

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 01-21-2013, 09:49 AM
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  • oscar11
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I have a couple of Red Imps, both of mine are made by Case. They were also made by or sold by Morris, IIRC. I've never run across a Jr., though. Very nice shaving blades, IMO.

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