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    I was really lucky getting this one on Ebay. Said it was never used, excellent shape. It did not have a bevel and looked like it was just made. It is 7/8 and once I honed it, it is on the top of my list for a smooth shave. Similar to the Bengall. You won't be disappointed.Name:  IMG_0400.jpg
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    Just received a couple of Kropp razors bought unseen at auction.

    One is totally borked - the tip has snapped off and there is a split running right along the length of the blade

    The other, on the other hand, looks OK, with just a bit of rust (did I say bit??) on the blade. Looks like the blade has been stamped/engraved with a retailers name (can make out "Cardiff")

    Will have to see what emerges.
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    Great! Post picture when you get a chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrHouston View Post
    Great! Post picture when you get a chance.
    OK, here ya go.

    The totally borked blade - note the lovely split running along part of the length of the blade, and the snapped off toe.

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    OK, now the better blade.
    The stamp on the blade reads "MADE EXPRESSLY FOR JOHN HALL - CARDIFF", which just happens to be my hometown!!!

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    Well after reading all the rave reviews I was feeling a little left out. "But Mom! All the other kids have one." Consequently I had to go out and buy one myself.
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    Like Yorkshireman's mine says made in England ground in Hamburg
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    I paid a little more for it than I really wanted to... Of course it would always be nice if people just gave them to me but ya know
    seriously though I'm not complaining for $37.50 I'm just pathologically cheap.
    It has a little hone wear. However it was very clean, it came in an original Kropp box, it had been recently honed and came shave ready, oiled, wrapped in tissue paper in the box and in a Thiers razor packing box. I'm certainly not going to complain about any aspect of it. Like what I had heard it shaves like a dream and has tight scales and fits nicely in the hand. It has a ring to it when I shave. I don't know if I'm describing that well but one thing I saw in an old book said a way to test how well the steel is tempered is to catch it with your thumbnail and click it and listen for the ring. This one has that ring while I shave with it.
    The guy apparently also loves straight razors and did some research about it which he detailed thoroughly in his description. Hell, he may be a member here. He claims it's made between 1891 and 1914 and I'll take his word on that. He apparently had used it himself and was very conscientious. He said he sanitized it which I appreciate. Of course I sanitized it again (as Ronald Reagan said trust but verify), stropped it and used it the way it came out of the box.
    I am 100% satisfied although I blame all of you for making me buy it. Bunch of enablers is what you are.
    See what you made me do!?
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    A no-frills Razor, Highly regarded and a good working man's razor. They hone well and hold an edge for a long time. For me, they are grea shavers.
    JMO, YMMV
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    An old thread revived! Nice!
    Kropp is my brothers favorite. He collects them almost exclusively. The 8/8 Kropp I have I've never used, but I've shaved with several of his, and they are great shavers.
    I also read about how they were aiming for the "common" market... BUT as an American, my impression before I read the history and opinions of others was very different.
    I imagined a "riding crop"... Riding crop - Fox Hunts - Lords and Ladies - Upper Class - English Countryside...
    Anything BUT common. Kind of funny how it was infact the opposite of my assumption/impression!
    Sill haven't enlightened my brother yet, just can't do it. Lol
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