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    Welcome to B&B! Sounds like a 1966 razor...

    Welcome to B&B!

    Sounds like a 1966 razor, could be a gold Tech or maybe a 1960s Aristrocrat? Pictures would settle it.
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    Rexona Watch for the Triangular Stick

    Anyone seen one of these Rexona triangular shave sticks in the wild?

    The ad is from 1921. I gather the brand is still active as part of Unilever, but seems to be mostly deodorant these days.

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  3. Personal Comfort for the Recruit (Popular Mechanics 1917)

    Call this a Memorial Day post. The second page has a bit to say about choice of shaving tackle: safety razor vs straight, cream vs soap, etc. Remember, "no man makes a good appearance if he needs a...
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    Trouble using a stick as a stick? Next time try...

    Trouble using a stick as a stick? Next time try these tips:
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  5. No personal experience, but I took a look on...

    No personal experience, but I took a look on google books. The blades are probably uncoated carbon steel ca. mid-1940s - early 1960s. Depending on how well they were kept they may have corrosion. I...
  6. Thread: Soaking Brush

    by mblakele
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    Different objectives: we hydrate our beards to...

    Different objectives: we hydrate our beards to make them easier to shave. Few of us shave our brushes. That is only part of the answer, but I think it explains why complete hydration is unnecessary....
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    http://www.badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage...

    http://www.badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=42535
  8. I am not Mischka, but I would not be surprised if...

    I am not Mischka, but I would not be surprised if demand for DE blades is contracting. As incomes rise in India and Asia, consumers seem to be moving toward cartridge systems. The Gillette Guard...
  9. Since about 1962 all stainless blades intended...

    Since about 1962 all stainless blades intended for shaving have been coated with PTFE, teflon, or a similar anti-friction coating. Around 1967 some blades began using a hardness coating. If present...
  10. Thread: My new New

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    Congrats on that NEW bar-handle...

    Congrats on that NEW bar-handle. It looks like a long-comb to me, but another angle on the guard plate would confirm that. 1930s is correct; the patent marks suggest 1932 or later, possibly as late...
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    You can make a pretty decent AS with witch hazel,...

    You can make a pretty decent AS with witch hazel, glycerin, and any scent you care to add. Or try a little glycerin in any AS that is mostly just water, alcohol, and fragrance: Pinaud, Old Spice,...
  12. No, just a reference to...

    No, just a reference to http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/453818-quot-Shaving-Harness-quot-Carries-Brush-Mug-and-Mirror which should answer your second question too.

    Back on topic, I...
  13. This item from Boys Life 1921...

    This item from Boys Life 1921 may help explain why Colgate Handy Grip containers are difficult to find in good condition. Quite a few of them may have been filled with wax and matches, then taken...
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    Boots is a somewhat softer soap, white instead of...

    Boots is a somewhat softer soap, white instead of green, and shaves differently. The ingredient lists confirm that they are not the same:

    http://wiki.badgerandblade.com/Boots_Shaving_Stick_Refill...
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    If public records are correct, Mr Sabini might...

    If public records are correct, Mr Sabini might appreciate a black beauty with a T date code.
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    Welcome to B&B!

    Welcome to B&B!
  17. You may not save much, if anything, on TOBS. Last...

    You may not save much, if anything, on TOBS. Last time I was in London the high-end creams and soaps were a little more expensive than the best available deals in the USA. However the exchange rate...
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    I have a shavemac D01 flat-top in a vintage...

    I have a shavemac D01 flat-top in a vintage Erskine handle. Rudy Vey did the work. He suggested that a 20-mm knot would fit the handle, but I wanted the face feel of a 22-mm knot. The flat-top shape...
  19. Is that the original knot? Tragic either way. ...

    Is that the original knot? Tragic either way.

    If it were mine I would contact Rudy Vey.
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    Interesting: that 1951 filing seems to be for...

    Interesting: that 1951 filing seems to be for Ohio, but with an Indiana home office. The pack says Indiana. Maybe some sort of DBA registration?

    Glad to hear you are still enjoying the New...
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    That is an excellent point. I am optimistic that...

    That is an excellent point. I am optimistic that small-scale producers would continue, but they might find it very difficult to grow past a certain size. There are a number of industries that work...
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    Thanks for posting that, and I hope we can...

    Thanks for posting that, and I hope we can discuss it without political acrimony.

    The whole bill runs to 98 pages, so I only skimmed it. To me it seems unnecessary: what problems would it fix? I...
  23. Speaking of twist-up stick holders, I always...

    Speaking of twist-up stick holders, I always thought that was a relatively modern design. It turns out to date back to ca. 1915, as advertised by Palmolive in Colliers and LIFE magazine. These ads...
  24. "Shaving Harness" Carries Brush, Mug, and Mirror

    I ran across this in a 1916 Popular Science article.

    The original patent for this body-supported mirror has some more drawings: https://www.google.com/patents/US1179063. The patent expired a long...
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    Welcome to B&B! The next step is technique....

    Welcome to B&B!

    The next step is technique. Pay attention to growth patterns in those rough spots. Keep working on prep and the rest of your shave.
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    At least half of my sticks started out as pucks....

    At least half of my sticks started out as pucks. On the wiki, Creating_A_Shave_Stick shows a few different ways to make this happen.
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    I had a pack of those once. They arrived as part...

    I had a pack of those once. They arrived as part of a New Improved set. But I do not collect blades so I never looked into their history. EDIT: After checking my notes, I sold that New Improved to...
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    The "Property of US Army" stamp is suggestive,...

    The "Property of US Army" stamp is suggestive, but I think you could do better by opening one up and decoding the numbers: see...
  29. Something went wrong with your post. Where are...

    Something went wrong with your post. Where are the pictures?

    I tend to think chlorhexidine was overkill: what bugs are going to survive for 40-50 years on a dry brush anyway? But I am glad it did...
  30. That particular shop has a poor reputation,...

    That particular shop has a poor reputation, especially when it comes to handling heirlooms.

    Rudy would do a fine job. You might also consider doing it yourself: reknotting is pretty...
  31. Jason (dridiot...

    Jason (dridiot) runs a shop out of Singapore. He does not show SE blades online, but if you contact him he might be able to help: http://www.doubleedgeshavingplace.com/storepage1542599.aspx
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    Maybe not all that vintage: the blue package...

    Maybe not all that vintage: the blue package shows an imail.ru email address. That domain was created in 1999, so the package is no more than 16 years old.
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    Labor costs are supposed to be even lower in...

    Labor costs are supposed to be even lower in Vietnam than in China. It could also be a useful hedge against political risk in China, and maybe in Russia too.

    What will they make? I would guess a...
  34. Sticky: Another period ad, from a 1937 issue of Popular...

    Another period ad, from a 1937 issue of Popular Science. Got a shaving grouch in your family? Try a long-comb NEW with a Gillette blade.
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    Sticky: In England they were doing this by 1956:...

    In England they were doing this by 1956: http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/445227-Finishing-of-Gillette-Razors-and-Razor-Blades-(1956)


    In the blade department each blade is wrapped by...
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    Those parts are probably die-cast, or maybe just...

    Those parts are probably die-cast, or maybe just cast. Either way I suspect the number is part of the die or mold. In the event of a problem traced back to that process, the number would show which...
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    Sticky: Correction: US3071856...

    Correction: US3071856 was issued in 1963. It was filed in 1959. That was the basic patent for PTFE-coated blades, and so very important historically. After a court fight it meant that Wilkinson and...
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    Those sound like trapped hairs. They can work...

    Those sound like trapped hairs. They can work themselves out, or they may turn into ingrowns. While they are trapped you may get tiny cuts there, or the razor may glide right over without cutting the...
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    Good choice, Luc. I have never tried that one. ...

    Good choice, Luc. I have never tried that one.

    Is there an ingredient list? I found this online, but I am not sure if it is correct.


    Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Water, Potassium Hydroxide,...
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    Looks to me like Schick Stainless advertising was...

    Looks to me like Schick Stainless advertising was 1963-65 and Comfort Edge was 1966-68. No doubt they made improvements: in that era there was plenty of competition.

    However I think the changes...
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