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    Default 1922 Gillette Old Type ball end DE

    I just picked up a Gillette Old Type ball end DE. Based on this site: http://www.mr-razor.com/Rasierer/Old...e%20Canada.JPG it looks like it's a 1922 set (though in no where near as nice condition). Is anyone familiar with this model? I've read that they are on the aggressive side.

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    Im not to familiar with that model but thats a nice DE!

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    DFriedl, my friend, that razor should serve you well. From what I can tell, it has a short comb, and those I found to be relatively mild and good shavers. Many, however, are plagued with a little crack in the top part of the handle. Yours does not seem to have a crack, so that's good. Clean it up and shave away.

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    Thanks for the information Obie! This is the first ball end razor I've seen on that site without a split handle. I'm guessing they have a problem with over-tightening the handle? At any rate, I've been looking for an old open comb razor, and your account of these ones not being too aggressive compared to other open comb razors is reassuring.

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    Great buy! I am not using DE of any type, although I have some (four, exactly) but this one looks great. A lovely open comb!
    I only have one open comb, the Fatip, which I sometimes use when I travel.
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    Nice grab, and for a good price too.
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    I would have bid higher than that--if i'd seen it. great catch. i'm going to catch a deal someday on a cracked handle job, then antlerize it. still looking for OC number one.
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    They can Bite, one of gillette more aggressive razors, just use a very shapr brand of blade, and no pressure and you will find it an amazing shave, i have a gold plated version of that same razor and it is one of my favourites to use... i do do passes with it and minor touch ups,... one of 2 razors i can do that with

    but they are aggressive,.. no where near R41 but closer to that then say a tech model
    James -"I got into trouble once, and have remained there ever since"

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    i suppose i got the "new" type. hasta look that up. But i dig the aggressiveness. this morning i only used a straight (still learning) and the open-comb.

    set me back ten-bucks...local.

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