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    Very interesting.. I have a pair of that original wild bill razor, in better condition, quite shocked to see that, same scales & blade..
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    I always end up going back to near wedges for shaving, I prefer their shaving feel and characteristics. Fun razors for sure and they look really nice as well.

    Really fun video, I enjoyed watching!
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    Years ago, I bought an old Torrey at an antique flea market for $10 or 15. After inspecting the razor and agreeing on a price, don’t recall the actual price, she produced a red Torrey box and put the razor in it.

    When I got home, I was going to clean it and put it on the buffer but saw some writing on the inside of the box where the cover slides over the bottom box.

    Written in shaky printing, black fountain pen ink was, "Used by Rosevelt (sp) in Bad-lands (sp) Madora (sp) 1883-4".

    During the purchase, no mention of the writing on the box or of its potential provenance.

    So, I lightly cleaned the razor with WD40 and 0000 steel wool and stored it back in the box.

    Was it Teddy Roosevelt’s razor or one he used? Everything about it fits the timeline, including the shaky writing and spelling.

    T. Roosevelt Torrey razor?

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    Thanks for sharing. I've been to Wild Bill's grave in Deadwood. It is enclosed by a iron fence but is still wonderful to be near such a giant of the old West
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    Quote Originally Posted by JOB15 View Post
    Very interesting.. I have a pair of that original wild bill razor, in better condition, quite shocked to see that, same scales & blade..
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    Holy cow! Well, now if you ever go to sell them, you can bring up the Wild Bill tie in and get twice the price!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TristanLudlow View Post
    I always end up going back to near wedges for shaving, I prefer their shaving feel and characteristics. Fun razors for sure and they look really nice as well.

    Really fun video, I enjoyed watching!
    I think my near-wedges are my favorites, too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euclid440 View Post
    Years ago, I bought an old Torrey at an antique flea market for $10 or 15. After inspecting the razor and agreeing on a price, don’t recall the actual price, she produced a red Torrey box and put the razor in it.

    When I got home, I was going to clean it and put it on the buffer but saw some writing on the inside of the box where the cover slides over the bottom box.

    Written in shaky printing, black fountain pen ink was, "Used by Rosevelt (sp) in Bad-lands (sp) Madora (sp) 1883-4".

    During the purchase, no mention of the writing on the box or of its potential provenance.

    So, I lightly cleaned the razor with WD40 and 0000 steel wool and stored it back in the box.

    Was it Teddy Roosevelt’s razor or one he used? Everything about it fits the timeline, including the shaky writing and spelling.

    T. Roosevelt Torrey razor?
    Amazing! That's why I love finding cool items at garage sales and flea markets- when they're not being presented as something spectacular and you later find out they are, you know there was no motivation to fake the item.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolodave View Post
    Thanks for sharing. I've been to Wild Bill's grave in Deadwood. It is enclosed by a iron fence but is still wonderful to be near such a giant of the old West
    Cool! I still haven't made it to Deadwood, but I have been to Tombstone. Deadwood's next!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBass View Post
    Cool! I still haven't made it to Deadwood, but I have been to Tombstone. Deadwood's next!
    I had a motorhome about 10 years ago and went to Deadwood and Lead, didn't see any razors because it was long before I got into them but did get a couple of Black Hills Gold watches on sale.
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