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  1. Simple question, complicated answer. Take a look...

    Simple question, complicated answer. Take a look at Aristocrat on the wiki.
  2. Have you seen the Patents page on the wiki? I...

    Have you seen the Patents page on the wiki? I have the 1903 French patent there already, and the first UK patent. I will try to add these others too, unless you beat me to it.

    You might noticed...
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    Right. But the deals vary from year to year, and...

    Right. But the deals vary from year to year, and some stores seem to buy from multiple makers. If you have a specific brush in mind someone might know.

    Anyway enjoy the trip.
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    Welcome to B&B!

    Welcome to B&B!
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    Horse is not really much like boar or badger. If...

    Horse is not really much like boar or badger. If I have to choose I suppose it is closer to pure badger. I prefer the horsehair knots with more tail and less mane, but I have only tried one of each.
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    Welcome to B&B! Badges are just these things....

    Welcome to B&B!

    Badges are just these things. Sometimes they mean the person contributes to the site, or does a job, or has earned a distinction. Sometimes they are just for fun.
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    That shop was already listed at...

    That shop was already listed at USA_Las_Vegas_Nevada on the wiki, but I added the web site link. Thanks!
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    You might be able to find something like this:...

    You might be able to find something like this: not sure if it is plated with nickel or chrome, or maybe just polished aluminum. The cap may be zamak.
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    Sorry, but I think Gillette lost interest in gold...

    Sorry, but I think Gillette lost interest in gold Techs after about 1955. The future was in plastics, and aluminum. Achim shows a gold Tech from 1956, but made in Argentina and nothing after that.
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    Luc was linking to Turkey Shaving supplies which...

    Luc was linking to Turkey Shaving supplies which has a section on Istanbul: http://wiki.badgerandblade.com/Turkey_Shaving_supplies#Istanbul

    That lists includes a T-Shop in Çemberlitaş, which is...
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    Probably it is full of dried-up shaving residue,...

    Probably it is full of dried-up shaving residue, basically soap and other gunk. These razors were designed to operate without lubrication, and that is how I prefer to keep them. I also prefer to...
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    Luc, where do you see Palmolive relative to Arko?...

    Luc, where do you see Palmolive relative to Arko?

    I am curious because of some of the earlier discussion about water hardness. For me Palmolive works better than Arko in the 60-ppm soft water at...
  13. Yes, the black-tip is a mismatch. The spot it is...

    Yes, the black-tip is a mismatch. The spot it is in should have a cased Aristocrat, as in this ad via Achim ca 1947. It is the $5 set on the right. Also here is a link to a copy in Life magazine...
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    Very good find. Maybe 1940s or 1950s? I have one...

    Very good find. Maybe 1940s or 1950s? I have one made ca. 1924, and a red-and-white package probably made a bit later than yours, maybe ca. 1965. I notice your black and white stick says Jersey City,...
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    Unless you have found a serial number it is...

    Unless you have found a serial number it is probably a ball-end Old Type 1921-29.
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    Looks to me like Garry cleaned it for you.

    Looks to me like Garry cleaned it for you.
  17. A godawful title merits a godawful Groucho...

    A godawful title merits a godawful Groucho impersonator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-aKv8wsnOg

    Hey, at least AV is a Williams brand.
  18. What about sticks? I shaved with one this...

    What about sticks? I shaved with one this morning.

    http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=42636
  19. Thread: RCS vs KMF

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    Value depends on the deals you can find, but I...

    Value depends on the deals you can find, but I think RSC is a better cream. They combine well too. I have a tub with the last of my KMF lavender and the last of my RSC, roughly 1:1. The tea tree from...
  20. Merkur used to put some kind of whitish coating...

    Merkur used to put some kind of whitish coating on their knurling, yes. I have a slant that came to me NOS, in chrome not silver. But it has the white stuff on the handle. Not sure what it is, or why...
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    http://wiki.badgerandblade.com/Razor_Blades_by_Cou...

    http://wiki.badgerandblade.com/Razor_Blades_by_Country - probably out if date, because I lost interest. In any case I would not say that one country has better quality than another. For example you...
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    Take a look at Belgium_Shaving_Supplies. We may...

    Take a look at Belgium_Shaving_Supplies. We may already have it.
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    We have De Messenwinkel at...

    We have De Messenwinkel at Belgium_Shaving_Supplies, but the name was translated into English. Now it has both.
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    Any member of the wiki team will be happy to...

    Any member of the wiki team will be happy to help. If you are unsure about an edit, ask us. You can also comment on existing pages: the discussion tab acts much like any other forum thread.
  25. Wiki editing is not available until you have 45...

    Wiki editing is not available until you have 45 days and 50 posts. You just recently passed the 50 post threshold for wiki editing. But the database may take a little while to catch up. Give it a few...
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    Congrats on the finds. I think you know that the...

    Congrats on the finds. I think you know that the "W-1" set is much too early to be a date code like those introduced in the 1950s. More likely it is 1921-29, something like a "Brownie" set. But those...
  27. Apparently there was a similar requirement in...

    Apparently there was a similar requirement in England, thanks to Lloyd George. And in Germany.
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    Welcome to B&B!

    Welcome to B&B!
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    Sticky: Recently I noticed a 2009 book by Waits: Before...

    Recently I noticed a 2009 book by Waits: Before Gillette: The Quest for a Safe Razor : Inventors and Patents, 1762-1901. The appendix has a good summary of the early years at Gillette:...
  30. Good point, and we also have those 1913 blades...

    Good point, and we also have those 1913 blades from Achim marked "FRANCE". I would like to find some hard information about what went on in this period.
  31. The phrase KTWO appears in print as early as 1909...

    The phrase KTWO appears in print as early as 1909, along with the diamond logo which was introduced in 1908. But we want to know when the combination was first used to mark razors. At...
  32. Which advert do you have in mind? ...

    Which advert do you have in mind?

    http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/396922-Gillette-Single-Rings-with-British-Patent-Numbers?p=6110429#post6110429 has my take on this. I tend to think...
  33. I take the "factory" claims with a large helping...

    I take the "factory" claims with a large helping of salt. For example we have seen 1908 letterhead reading "Offices and factories: New York, Boston, Montreal, London, Berlin, Paris." Note the...
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    Yes, although I am not sure how easy it is to buy...

    Yes, although I am not sure how easy it is to buy Crystals in the UK. I see them on one or two vendor sites, but marked "out of stock".

    This has nothing much to do with modern blades, but there...
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    Personna. To me they shave about the same as the...

    Personna. To me they shave about the same as the "Crystals", but some say they are made to a different specification.
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    Welcome to B&B! Most DE razors use very...

    Welcome to B&B!

    Most DE razors use very similar thread sizes: M5 x 0.8 or #10-32. They are close enough to be compatible in most cases. See...
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    Welcome to B&B!

    Welcome to B&B!
  38. Before brushes were widely used, barbers worked...

    Before brushes were widely used, barbers worked up lather in their hands. For loading you might try using that Tabac puck like a stick, rubbing it directly into your stubble. Let us know how it works...
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    The NEW design also tends to leave the blade...

    The NEW design also tends to leave the blade fairly flat, especially in the middle. The NEW clamps the blade very well. Some models are quite forgiving, others less so.

    Why does this matter? Do...
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    Mr cooncatbob regrets he is unable to reply...

    Mr cooncatbob regrets he is unable to reply today.

    This might be the worst-case scenario for hijacking an old thread with a new question. You see, the much-lamented gent shed this vale of tears...
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