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Kevan
06-17-2010, 05:03 PM
So after seeing the tons o' threads in the BST recently with Kronas, and weighing it against a Feather Popular, I decided to go for it and snagged one (date code I-3 0-M) at a decent price on Ebay. Looks to be in very good condition. And since I've either given away or loaned out my 3 TTO's I figured I'd go for a Krona since they seem to get lots of love on the board.

Is there anything in particular I need to know about them? Do they have any quirks? And although the razor looks very clean and lightly-used from the pics, is there anything I should watch out for while cleaning it?

shavervinnie
06-17-2010, 05:07 PM
Kronas shave very nicely. Enjoy!!!!

Shave A Buck
06-17-2010, 05:42 PM
They are nice shavers, Enjoy.

Haiku
06-17-2010, 09:30 PM
Yes. There is a quirk. Two actually. The first quirk is that they are the among the most underrated razors out there. And that leads to the second quirk which is that you should be prepared to be surprised.

My Krona is a mild shaver that provides an effortless three pass DFS shave every time. I generally use a slant, an FB at 7 or a GEM and so I seem to gravitate toward the more aggressive razors, but every time I use my Krona, I'm surprised anew at just how good it is.

Be aware that the handle is plastic, so don't boil it. But the head on mine at least seems to be stainless steel. If yours is stainless as well, you can polish it with an abrasive polish to make it shine, or use steel wool to give it a brushed steel look.

GentsInstinct
06-17-2010, 09:52 PM
Thanks for reminding me. I've got an Eversharp with the gray handle and eagle on the end, which I understand is the same thing as the Krona when Eversharp bought Schick and tried to do away with the Schick name. Several years later they started calling them Krona I believe? I've yet to try it out for a shave but I'm thinking I will for my next one. I don't know how to date them but the numbers under the head are 4 in the top left corner, 2 in the top right corner, 6 in the bottom left corner and M in the bottom right corner - 426M.

Kevan
06-17-2010, 10:10 PM
Here's a link to the finished auction. Was $15 a fair price? And while the razor is pretty, the photo showing the back of the TTO head reveals something that looks slightly brown. Shouldn't be rust. Could it be a used blade?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230488714253&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

Radar O\'Reilly
06-17-2010, 10:19 PM
Here's a link to the finished auction. Was $15 a fair price? And while the razor is pretty, the photo showing the back of the TTO head reveals something that looks slightly brown. Shouldn't be rust. Could it be a used blade?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230488714253&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

It just looks like a flash artifact. If it was rust, in the shot where the doors open, you would see it there.

But I will say it looks like there is a gap between the plastic handle and the metal collar. Like it was pulled out of the handle a little. But I could be wrong and I'm in bed, so I can't go look at the two in my collection right now. I'll let the experts decide if I'm just seeing things.

DavyRay
06-17-2010, 10:22 PM
It just looks like a flash artifact. If it was rust, in the shot where the doors open, you would see it there.

But I will say it looks like there is a gap between the plastic handle and the metal collar. Like it was pulled out of the handle a little. But I could be wrong and I'm in bed, so I can't go look at the two in my collection right now. I'll let the experts decide if I'm just seeing things.

I agree 100%. It is just artifact from the flash. You have a great razor there. My son has one just like it. They work very well.

Kevan
06-17-2010, 10:35 PM
Hmm, didn't notice the handle and I can't really tell if it's pulled a little. I only gave the handle a once-over to see its general condition; I mostly focused on the head.

I'm sure it doesn't matter though. Looks like a great razor nonetheless.

Thanks for the info guys.

K.T.
06-17-2010, 11:18 PM
I bet you will be very happy. The Krona is a mild shaver, but a very good one that will get you to BBS very comfortably.

Oddly, I got sucked into Kronamania a short while after I started wet shaving. I tried three different ones but couldn't, for the life of me, get a close shave out of them. I put them away for several months and then pulled one out on a whim. Bang! I don't know what I did differently, but all the sudden all the hype was real. I was getting BBS shaves with very little or no irritation. The Krona is now the razor I go to when my face needs to heal, but I still need to shave.

Good luck with yours.

K.T.

Kevan
06-17-2010, 11:35 PM
I bet it's because your technique improved. i experienced that too as I used a Slant for 5 solid months and then returned to a straight-bar DE. I had gone to the Slant because I wasn't getting the shaves I wanted from the former, but when I came back to it, it was suddenly so simple to get BBS.

Batman
06-18-2010, 07:08 AM
[QUOTE=Haiku;2173718]Yes. There is a quirk. Two actually. The first quirk is that they are the among the most underrated razors out there. And that leads to the second quirk which is that you should be prepared to be surprised.

+1. Well said Haiku. The Krona seems to be that old reliable, fun-to-drive vehicle. When you're done with the drive, you're surprised that it was so fun.

Monkeydad
06-18-2010, 09:51 AM
Here's a link to the finished auction. Was $15 a fair price? And while the razor is pretty, the photo showing the back of the TTO head reveals something that looks slightly brown. Shouldn't be rust. Could it be a used blade?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230488714253&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

Great price. I sold one in the BST for around that price in similar, stunning condition.

taffy
06-18-2010, 10:22 AM
These really are nice little razors, you will enjoy it:lol:

blackfoot
06-18-2010, 10:27 AM
Just adding to the Krona Love. :thumbup:

kingfisher
06-18-2010, 01:34 PM
Here's all you need to know.

1) It is mild. At least as mild as a Gillette Tech.

2) It is very easy to shave with. Glides around your face like a sports car.


Really nice TTO razor. Vastly underrated.

GentsInstinct
06-18-2010, 01:40 PM
I used my Eversharp gray handle version today. Didn't like it at all. Left me with several bumps and a burning sensation all over my face, something I never get with my Gillette black adjustable. Good bit of sandpaper feel on my face after 3 passes using Proraso. Hope your shave with the Krona is better than mine.

Kevan
06-18-2010, 03:15 PM
I used my Eversharp gray handle version today. Didn't like it at all. Left me with several bumps and a burning sensation all over my face, something I never get with my Gillette black adjustable. Good bit of sandpaper feel on my face after 3 passes using Proraso. Hope your shave with the Krona is better than mine.
I hope so too. I'm one who doesn't like Gillettes, personally. And I don't mind if a razor is mild, as long as it's effective.

Stubblefield
06-18-2010, 05:07 PM
Hmm, didn't notice the handle and I can't really tell if it's pulled a little. I only gave the handle a once-over to see its general condition; I mostly focused on the head.


As long as the head does not rotate you will be ok.

Judging by the pictures your Krona was used very little, and kept clean. Enjoy your score!

Swampfox
06-18-2010, 08:29 PM
Ditto on this.

Also, in my research, there seems to be a number of different head styles. Some head doors are plain, some doors have Schick stamped in, and some doors have Schick on one door and Krona on the other. I have one with the plain doors and one with the Schick/Krona. The one with Schick/Krona has burnished metal while the plain one has polished metal. Both have the same handle. Both give great, mild shaves.

As far as price goes, I have seen them from $4.95 to $24.95. I would think you could pick up a nice one in the $10.00 range, give or take a few dollars. Grab one if your can, I believe you will not be disappointed!!!


Anyone else have experience with the different style heads?

Thanks.....

It's my understanding that the one's with "KRONA" stamped on the head are the later models, the earlier models didn't have anything on the head.

I bought my Krona for $7, which is about average razor price for me.

I love the Krona, and it is my favorite DE, and maybe the only one that I will keep.

The Last Chimney
06-18-2010, 10:48 PM
These things are not underrated. Every post I read about them is complimentary. Almost everybody seems to like them.

I like mine too. I'm not sure who is underrating these razors, but they're doing it very quietly and not very effectively.

Krona: The most highly rated underrated razor EVER!

:huh:

Swampfox
06-19-2010, 06:12 AM
These things are not underrated. Every post I read about them is complimentary. Almost everybody seems to like them.

I like mine too. I'm not sure who is underrating these razors, but they're doing it very quietly and not very effectively.

Krona: The most highly rated underrated razor EVER!

:huh:

Well, they don't get as much praise, and they are not as sought after as the Gillettes and the new DEs. Most people are turned off by the "cheap plastic handle"...looks are very deceiving. There is nothing cheap about the Krona. While there seems to be a decent size group of us on this and a few other online shaving communities, we are in fact a very, very small group. But, their loss is our gain.

mark_mw
06-19-2010, 06:47 AM
It may be the Krona is not underrated but OVERLOOKED....rest assured if Gillette had used plastic in one of their classic razors there would be enough drooling over it today to fill a bathroom sink:lol:

And that plastic handle will never turn green:biggrin1:

Mpugh77
06-19-2010, 04:48 PM
My dad's long forgotten Krona was how I discovered wetshaving last October. A great trusty shaver.

blackfoot
06-20-2010, 11:06 AM
Those that use them seem to love them. However, as mentioned, they don't get the press of a Gillette and are not as sought after. But, I have to say, I have noticed threads and posts praising them to be much more abundant then when I joined.

Deltaboy
06-26-2010, 04:51 PM
I scored one my self off the bay this week and I cleaned it and got a great bloodless shave this morning. It left my face SMOOTH!!!!!!!!!

Urban Hermit
06-27-2010, 06:24 AM
It may be the Krona is not underrated but OVERLOOKED....rest assured if Gillette had used plastic in one of their classic razors there would be enough drooling over it today to fill a bathroom sink:lol:

And that plastic handle will never turn green:biggrin1:

There is at least one model of Gillette razor with a plastic handle. I have a 1970s English-made 'The Knack' with a black plastic handle. Very nice shaver; mild but effective.

I hear almost nothing about them, and it has no drool slowly pitting the machine.

I will be getting my first Krona in the next week or so as a trade on another board. I'm quite looking forward to it.

Still, I must admit, the plastic handle was a negative - opposed by many positives - when I made each deal/trade.
:001_cool:

sunburyboy93
06-27-2010, 02:59 PM
There is at least one model of Gillette razor with a plastic handle. I have a 1970s English-made 'The Knack' with a black plastic handle. Very nice shaver; mild but effective.

I hear almost nothing about them, and it has no drool slowly pitting the machine.

I will be getting my first Krona in the next week or so as a trade on another board. I'm quite looking forward to it.

Still, I must admit, the plastic handle was a negative - opposed by many positives - when I made each deal/trade.
:001_cool:

your gonna love it,..............i did ! :thumbup:

kjparker
06-27-2010, 07:53 PM
I quite like my Krona, the only thing being to get a decent comfortable shave out of it, I need to feed it feathers, not the astra's I normally use.

I think I'm going to have to stock up on feathers now anyway....