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    They are still safety razors...but they do look menacing! I'll keep my eye out for any in the antique shops around here. So far though, it looks like I picked mine up at the only shop that was selling them at a bargain. The other shops in the area want no less than $15 for their safety razors, some much more...and theirs are in no better, and often worse condition than the ones I bought for much less.

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    That's not much of a surprise Jim. A vintage DE that's a reputable make/model and is in good condition will often go for well more than $15, in fact it's very common. I know we usually associate DE's as being cheaper than SR's, but they are still a collectable item and therefore can command a wide range of prices on the antique market. It is nice to come across a bargain though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan82 View Post
    That's not much of a surprise Jim. A vintage DE that's a reputable make/model and is in good condition will often go for well more than $15, in fact it's very common. I know we usually associate DE's as being cheaper than SR's, but they are still a collectable item and therefore can command a wide range of prices on the antique market. It is nice to come across a bargain though...
    Yeah, I'm not saying it's outrageous or anything, but the shops I've looked at have been within 20 miles of each other. And for me, <$10 I can pop for a gamble/fun >$10 and I go "eh...is it worth it?" I got my DE's and the GEM for pocket change so $15 up the street for a razor that's showing brass and coated in gunk seems incongruent. Then again, I'm pretty sure the proprietors of said shops don't go checking each other's prices--on safety razors anyway. Were I interested in selling my safety razors (I'm not), I'd be happy to get $15 for them! That'd be a tidy profit!

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    BigJim, both your Fatboy and Slim should give you about another quarter turn or so after they feel closed. This will tighten up the mechanism completely, and then the twist to open knob shouldn't loosen up as you shave. I've used primarily DE razors, with a couple of SEs for about a year now, and with the DEs, I shave with one side of the blade until that side of the razor is fairly full of lather, flip the razor around, and use the other side until I finish that particular pass. Then I rinse the razor, relather, and go again. When you're done with your shave, you should loosen the doors of the razor, and rinse well with running water. This will get all of the whiskers and lather out for your next use. I also dip the razor head (with the blade still in it) in rubbing alcohol. The theory is that this will displace the remaining water, and prevent the blade from rusting if it sits for an extended period until your next shave. It looks like you've found some great razors that will give you decades of service. Nice finds! If you're looking for DE blades, Amazon has tons of great offerings for mere pennies per blade. The different blades will also give you vastly different shaving experiences. Some great, some not so great, and they're different for everyone. Enjoy your safety razors!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by americanarmsdealer View Post
    BigJim, both your Fatboy and Slim should give you about another quarter turn or so after they feel closed. This will tighten up the mechanism completely, and then the twist to open knob shouldn't loosen up as you shave. Enjoy your safety razors!!
    AAD- Thanks for the info. I think I've gotten a feel for them and found a good middle ground. Right now I have to admit that they're sitting in reserve as I finally got my straights back from honing and have been having a lot of fun learning to use those.

    That aside, I had the opportunity to check out a couple antique stores today (my day off) and ran across this:
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    (This is exactly how I found it...haven't wiped it off or anything)

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    I had trouble getting the handle to thread into the razor head and I'm not entirely sure if this razor actually goes with the case, but they were hidden in the back of a display buried behind a bunch of medicine tins, bottles, and other medicine cabinet stuff. For what they were asking I thought the case alone was worth it, but I would like try this razor out if I can get it together. (I know how to tap threads...should I?)

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    Cool razor, wrong box. That's more or less the Gem/EverReady 1912 model. It should work great

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