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    Razor Vulture sharptonn's Avatar
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    Here is a picture of it. A Weck shavette-style razor. The Wilkinson blades slide in tightly. You have to use care getting them in and out, but a friend who gave it to me says they work great. I don't whow the spine width of the Rapide, but the Wilkinson blades have a .10 width spine

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    I have used a tin stropper from an early lather catcher with good success for honing and stropping on a bench strop. I used the bench / lap top because the ends of the blade cutting edge are so sharp and can cut the leather if your technique falters. The solid strop allows a better feel for the angle and pressure on such a short blade..
    Blade angle to you face is the most important aspect to a shave with these. Think of the blade itself a a straight and no trouble will occur. they do shave very nicely!
    PS, I love these old lather catchers even if the Rapide, Wotan, and Wilkinson were made up to WWII and the Gems, etc. till the late twenties.

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    I do have a shavette that I no longer use, which would be worth a try. Not convinced the rapide blades will fit but, as I say, worth a try :-)

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