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#1 OFFLINE   Pete!

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 04:54 PM

During the 1980s people seemed to think that what I really needed, was more shaving gear, Just about every “gifting” occasion produced at least one shaving accessory kit. I have a drawer full of aftershave lotions, and fancy handles for Atra, and Trac II, blade cartridges.

Of course I was obliged to use them.

Fortunately, my local supermarket carried “store brand” blades that would fit either one for considerably less than the overpriced brand name blade cartridges.

It seems that these days, a modern razor needs at least three to five cutting edges. The generic two blade cartridges have just been discontinued.

I looked at the alternatives.
I’m NOT going to pay $20 for stupid razor blades.

For some reason they still carry the old fashioned double edge blades that prehistoric safety razors used. They’re less than $4 for a package of ten.

I scrounged around in my basement and found:
  • An old Schick safety razor  with a damaged plastic handle (vintage unknown)

  • A Gillette “Super Speed” (date code indicates 3rd quarter 1956, about when I started shaving).

  • A Gillette “Slim Adjustable” (date code indicates 1st quarter 1966, I was young lieutenant)

  • A package of rusty generic “Blue Blades”.

  • A package of Schick stainless blades with one blade left.
I grabbed the stainless blade, and both Gillette razors, cleaned them up, and put the blade in the adjustable. It works just as well as it did in the ‘60s, before the myths about multiple cutting edges was propagated.

When it’s time to change blades, I have every intention of trying the 1956 razor, and finding out that the “adjustable” feature was just a sales gimmick.

BTW: It seems that old Gillette razors have become collectors items. (That’s why I was able to date them). Originally priced at $2 and change, they’re going for hundreds at auctions. If my wife had ever found them, she would have thrown them out.

I wonder what happened to my grandfather’s straight razor?

Edited by Pete!, 12 November 2018 - 04:57 PM.


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Posted 12 November 2018 - 05:24 PM

I didn't realize that Gillette had been around that long. I love my long beard and have not shaved in years now
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Posted 12 November 2018 - 09:24 PM

HA! I have a few straight razors, but that's not what I shave with. I still use the Schick razor that I experimented with when I was a wee lad of 12 or so. It was my dad's. I have three more Schicks that were his, also. There worth money, you say?

Looks just like this one...

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Oh, and I dry shave. I have a full beard, so I only shave my neck. It's not worth the trouble to foam up with shaving cream. Heck, I still have a can of my dad's Colgate Lime shaving cream. He's been dead since '86. The can's about half full. ;)

It looks like the can on the far right...

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 10:26 AM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 12 November 2018 - 09:24 PM, said:

Looks just like this one...

That bears a resemblance to the Schick that I didn't salvage.
The plastic on the tightening knob, at the base of the handle, had broken off.
I don't recall why I got it, but it may have been part of my travel kit in the '70s when I had a job that required lots of travel.

Re: Shaving cream:
I haven't used canned shaving cream in ages.
One of those gifted "kits" included a brush.
Any bar soap used with warm water will make a better lather than you'll find in a can.

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 10:31 AM

My husband also doesn't subscribe to the multiple blade nonsense. (me neither for women's safety razors)
He buys single blade Bic disposable razors (with the yellow handle) in a bag with 12 razors for under $3 at Walmart.
https://www.walmart....-Count/10320810

I had a coupon the last time we bought a bag to save $2. So they cost us 82¢. :thumbup:

He does have electric razors and uses them to touch up. When my dad died, he also inherited the shavers my dad had.
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Posted 13 November 2018 - 01:58 PM

View Postzlim, on 13 November 2018 - 10:31 AM, said:

My husband also doesn't subscribe to the multiple blade nonsense. (me neither for women's safety razors)
He buys single blade Bic disposable razors (with the yellow handle) in a bag with 12 razors for under $3 at Walmart.
https://www.walmart....-Count/10320810

I had a coupon the last time we bought a bag to save $2. So they cost us 82¢. :thumbup:

He does have electric razors and uses them to touch up. When my dad died, he also inherited the shavers my dad had.
I'm not a big fan of "disposable", but that's one of the things that POed me about the price of blade cartridges. In spite of being only part of the razor, they charge a comparatively outrageous price.

It wasn't a deciding factor, but it seems to me that a blade that does NOT include any plastic, is more environmentally friendly, than either a cartridge, or a disposable.

I could never get satisfactory results from an electric razor, and trying was very time consuming.

BTW: Eric's post inspired me to take another look at the Schick. It's a "Krona" model (made 1964-1976). It's probably not as old as Eric's.

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 02:37 PM

@ Pete!... I've never been able to use electric razors either.

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Posted 23 November 2018 - 04:55 AM

I just use the cheapest razors I can find. Generally ends up being a 10-pack of "single use" disposable ones for €1.50 that lasts me nearly a year.

I guess that goes to show how often I actually shave...
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