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    +1 on Feather blades, especially if you have a very think and coarse beard, cuts like butter and very corrosion resistent.

    100 blades for $19.99 plus shipping. Order 2 packs and should be stocked again for over a year.
    Ebay 100 Ct FEATHER HI-STAINLESS DOUBLE EDGE DE RAZOR BLADES NEW | eBay

    edit> Warning yes they are Very Sharp but 1 WTG and 1 ATG/XTG, no tug and you are BBS Smooth. Again they are VERY Sharp and are unforgiving.
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    Yeah I got a pack of Feathers in my sampler pack, but I thought it would be prudent to try out the other blades first.
    I will probably try out the feathers after a dozen or so shaves. Not in any rush, and yesterdays shave was close enough.

    Also I picked up some witch hazel and glycerin after I posted yesterday! (the witch hazel smells bad but so far its better than my alcohol based astringents and was cheap) Also I was wanting some glycerin for other uses, and the stuff I got is like 99% pure so it should dilute nicely with some water in a squirt bottle.

    Thanks for all the responses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubbin64 View Post
    Yeah I got a pack of Feathers in my sampler pack, but I thought it would be prudent to try out the other blades first.
    I will probably try out the feathers after a dozen or so shaves. Not in any rush, and yesterdays shave was close enough.

    Also I picked up some witch hazel and glycerin after I posted yesterday! (the witch hazel smells bad but so far its better than my alcohol based astringents and was cheap) Also I was wanting some glycerin for other uses, and the stuff I got is like 99% pure so it should dilute nicely with some water in a squirt bottle.

    Thanks for all the responses!
    Witch hazel stinks to high heaven. Unless you're using Thayer's which is available at GNC and most hippie/natural food stores. Doesn't smell bad at all due to the way they process it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obie View Post
    Dubbin64:
    Antique stores are hit or miss: you can either end up with a good DE razor or a piece of junk. If I may suggest, to be sure, why not buy a new Edwin Jagger or Merkur double edge razor and get a good start with your DE shaving? Eventually, once you know your way around the DE world, you can explore antique stores and flea markets and land some beauties. Either way, good luck.
    Listen to Obie on this guys...he's right on the money. I just bought my first DE ,an Edwin Jagger. I use it for those days when I don't have time for a straight shave but need one or in between honing my straights. A new DE is just as good as a vintage without all the headache of hunting and searching etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubbin64 View Post
    Yeah I got a pack of Feathers in my sampler pack, but I thought it would be prudent to try out the other blades first.
    I will probably try out the feathers after a dozen or so shaves. Not in any rush, and yesterdays shave was close enough.

    Also I picked up some witch hazel and glycerin after I posted yesterday! (the witch hazel smells bad but so far its better than my alcohol based astringents and was cheap) Also I was wanting some glycerin for other uses, and the stuff I got is like 99% pure so it should dilute nicely with some water in a squirt bottle.

    Thanks for all the responses!
    You're not planning to mix it in equal parts with nitric acid and.... something else... are you?

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    So is now the time to tell you that I stopped by a new antique store today and found two Gillette super speeds and a black handled adjustable for $5 each?
    Not collectors grade at all but they look like some good use razors. I have to find my borax and give them a good scrub. After that I'll post some pics in the show and tell section tonight.
    They had some pipe stands for $5.99 do I may pick up the smaller one for a razor stand. I wont even mention the $20 Frederick Reynolds ... or was it Joseph Rodgers?
    oldsCool and 650Stew like this.

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    Very cool, that's pretty lucky. It sounds like a good find.

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    Sweet! I am definately gunna have to find something more aggressive, the tech is a decent shave, but I just can't get close enough with it, even with blade buffing and stretching. I wouldn't mind having another vintage razor though. RAD is setting in.

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    Ok, so here are some crappy cell phone pics of them. I've given them all a quick cleaning but haven't broken out the flitz and the one in the middle is missing a lot of plating under the head and I've still got some green corrosion to get through. The barn doors are still in good shape so it's serviceable, if not pretty.

    My cleaning:
    Soak in hot tap water and Dawn for 15 minutes.
    Scrub lightly with denture brush.
    Rinse and scrub lightly under running hot water.
    Spray liberally with scrubbing bubbles.
    Wait till all foam is gone and then flip razor and repeat.
    Spray brush with a little foam and scrub the bejeezes out of things as necessary.
    Rinse.
    For the corroded one I made a paste with borax and water and did some more scrubbing.
    Rinse.




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    Quote Originally Posted by bharner View Post
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    Question, how much would you say the black one on the left in the second picture is worth? I saw it in an antiques store today for $25. That seemed a little steep so I held off, but I'm not sure if that's what it should be worth. It was in great shape.

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