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  1. Exactly - if you are a collector - then NOS is...

    Exactly - if you are a collector - then NOS is ok, but if you are a user like me (no interest in collecting at all) then only if the price is cheap as I would open/use said item. Its really up to you...
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    Hmm let see - 3 Merkurs and about 7 vintage...

    Hmm let see - 3 Merkurs and about 7 vintage gilletes and the odd and end GEM razor...not too many,. Usually use the Merkur Open comb.
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    Haven't tried a slant yet, but use an open comb...

    Haven't tried a slant yet, but use an open comb as my daily shaver. Love the feel and close shaves I get with it. Currentrly using a Merkur but have a couple of Gillettes in my collection. Nice clean...
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    For me, and AS seems to wear off in a few hours,...

    For me, and AS seems to wear off in a few hours, but a cologne seems to last most of the day. I think AS has more alcohol in it and therefore evaporates quicker. Of course, that could just be me....
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    Traditionally, wet shaving is using a brush and...

    Traditionally, wet shaving is using a brush and soap/cream. Some people wet shave using a mach-3 or such, but most use double edge razor/SE razor/or straight razor. As long as you are using a brush...
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    I have mine set on 4 which works great with my...

    I have mine set on 4 which works great with my beard. Start low and work your way up.
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    I love my Merkur 15c. Use it as my shower razor...

    I love my Merkur 15c. Use it as my shower razor when I'm running late. Never had any problems with it at all - fit or finish. Same with my Merkur 11c. Don't worry, just enjoy. Its mild but gives...
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    Welcome aboard. Nice razor aquisition. Isn't RAD...

    Welcome aboard. Nice razor aquisition. Isn't RAD wonderful ?.......:thumbup:
  9. It looks like the Merkur 30c or 20c but they have...

    It looks like the Merkur 30c or 20c but they have black handles. Same style/shape though.
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    I use my Merkur 15c regularly as a shower shaver....

    I use my Merkur 15c regularly as a shower shaver. Just at the end of my shower I will coat my face with bath soap and do a 2pass WTG and ATG with some minor cleanup along my jaw line. Get a good...
  11. Try a 3 pass shave. Go first WTG, then XTG then...

    Try a 3 pass shave. Go first WTG, then XTG then ATG. I think you will find this works. THe idea is beard reduction not immediate beard removal. If I'm in a hurry, I will do a WTG followed by a ATG,...
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    Of course. We all have our little "peculiarities"...

    Of course. We all have our little "peculiarities" in shaving. Sort of like a golfer has his pre-shot routine.
  13. What exactly do you mean by "patches"??? Are you...

    What exactly do you mean by "patches"??? Are you trying to do a 1 pass shave and then blade buffing the stubble thats left?
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    Gary - PM sent.

    Gary - PM sent.
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    You won't like it now - so, I think you shoudl...

    You won't like it now - so, I think you shoudl send it to me.....<G>..great pix and great looking razor. He did a nice job. THinking of getting my Old Type Ball End replated. The head is pretty worn...
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    DA_M - I hate RAD.

    I don't need another razor. I have only one face and already have 10 razors so I don't need another razor.... Da-- RAD...
    Just hooked up with Gary to score the NDC razor he has listed on BST. Its...
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    You will love it. I really like the weight of my...

    You will love it. I really like the weight of my Red Tip and how well it shaves. Yes, it is a bit more aggressive than the regular Super Speed razors but gives one hell of a shave (if you are careful...
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    Alex - I worry about you. Do you prowl the...

    Alex - I worry about you. Do you prowl the streets at night looking for prey - er - I mean people to discuss open comb shaving technics with??? :scared:
  19. Merkur 33c classic is mild and from what I hear...

    Merkur 33c classic is mild and from what I hear gives good shaves. Better yet, check out BST or ebay and see if you can score a nice Gillette Super Speed. Great razor. You could try an open comb like...
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    Sure - why not. Use an OC pretty much every day...

    Sure - why not. Use an OC pretty much every day so works for me.
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    9 huh--you are a brave soul. Think 7 is the...

    9 huh--you are a brave soul. Think 7 is the highest I've ever dared to go.
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    WOW - he even did a sort of 3 pass WTG, XTG and...

    WOW - he even did a sort of 3 pass WTG, XTG and ATG. Can you imagine what kinda razor rash that thing would give you....it boggles the mind....(the song should have been "I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK"...
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    You need to teach him about the finer things,...

    You need to teach him about the finer things, like shaving soaps, brushes etc...who knows, you might make a convert. If he's been shaving like that all his life, no wonder he grew a beard....:scared:
  24. P.S. (to my last post) for inspection ready you...

    P.S. (to my last post) for inspection ready you only need to do a WTG and ATG pass then do a little touch up buffing and you will be good to go for inspection (21yrs Naval Service). Enjoy you new...
  25. You will love the Gillette SS. Great razor, mild...

    You will love the Gillette SS. Great razor, mild and gives great shaves. Try it with either Astra SP blades or the Gillette 7 o'clock blacks or yellows. It will be a very reliable tool and will give...
  26. Something simular happened to me when I was in...

    Something simular happened to me when I was in the Navy. ADM. Zumwalt thought it would be ok for us to have beards so we all grew one. Then they finally figured out that gas masks don't seal around a...
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    Nice - cleaned up really well. Give us a shave...

    Nice - cleaned up really well. Give us a shave report on how well it shaves. I really like my SS and just put it back in my rotation.
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    Confused - date codes for gillette

    When I google Gillette Date Codes I get a listing that shows 1949 (birth year) as a U. But according to the people on this forum there were no date codes for 1949. I'm confused. Would love to get a...
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    Gillette pamper today.

    Just getting over the flu and had a couple of days growth so I really needed a shave. Thought I'd pamper myself so I looked at all my razors and decided to try my Gillette SS that I haven't used in...
  30. My 1920's Ball Tip OC with a new Gillette 7...

    My 1920's Ball Tip OC with a new Gillette 7 o'clock black....tears my neck up something fierce. Look like vampires had gotten to me....
  31. Yep - started out with the Fred Meyer DE blades....

    Yep - started out with the Fred Meyer DE blades. Kroger brand but believe they are Personnas...Get all my Pinaub Clubman at Walgreen but haven't tried the Cremo yet. Might have to give it a try.
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    Enjoy your new heirloom goodies. Thats what makes...

    Enjoy your new heirloom goodies. Thats what makes them special. The Fatboy is nice looking. Bet it shaves really nice too.
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    Merkur 11C OC is my daily shaver. I really like...

    Merkur 11C OC is my daily shaver. I really like the OC razors as I seem to get a cleaner closer shave with less irritation.
  34. I was looking at that one last night, but just...

    I was looking at that one last night, but just couldn't quite pull the trigger on it. Thought about it for a long time though... Congrats.
  35. Congrats. Its nice when the planets and stars...

    Congrats. Its nice when the planets and stars align just right and that perfect shave happens.
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    Yes...both blade exposure and blade gap...

    Yes...both blade exposure and blade gap contribute to the aggressiveness of the razor.
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    As for blades, hehehe, thats a slippery slope to...

    As for blades, hehehe, thats a slippery slope to be sure. A lot of people (me included) really like the Astra SP blades. There are sample packs available from different vendors that would give him a...
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    For a razor I would suggest (given his beard...

    For a razor I would suggest (given his beard specs.) the Merkur 33c classic. Mild razor and would be good for him to learn on. I'd stay away from any of the more aggressive razors (for now). Watch...
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    Yep - as stated - add more water. I have also...

    Yep - as stated - add more water. I have also used KISS-MY-FACE unscented (great product by the way) with my soaps. I just put a pump-squirt on top of the soap and let her rip. Fantastic lather too....
  40. Glad to hear you got a great shave. I've not...

    Glad to hear you got a great shave. I've not tried one of those yet, but maybe some day in the future. Ya know -RAD and I are pretty good friends <G>.
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