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  1. Sticky: Happy 85th Birthday to the NEW! I guess I will...

    Happy 85th Birthday to the NEW!

    I guess I will shave all month with my flat-bottom Made in England NEW, with a BRW handle.

    Just like last month... and the month before that... and the month...
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    Different countries do things differently. ...

    Different countries do things differently.

    Witch hazel is native to North America but not to Europe. The story goes that the colonists in New England learned about it from the natives, and it...
  3. Thread: Vintage Ads?

    by mblakele
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    Schick ran ads in Ebony in the 1960s and 70s...

    Schick ran ads in Ebony in the 1960s and 70s. Vintage enough? Some featured black customers, models, or company execs (at the time Schick had a black V.P.). They are available on Google books, but...
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    Well done: nothing wrong with a little wabi-sabi...

    Well done: nothing wrong with a little wabi-sabi in your shave.
  5. Any patent marks on those handles? I suspect they...

    Any patent marks on those handles? I suspect they were made early in the NEW era, as part of the transition from the New Improved. But that may be difficult to prove or to falsify.

    If...
  6. Unfortunately the Old Type 102 heads were...

    Unfortunately the Old Type 102 heads were particularly susceptible to damage, and by now most will have been dropped at least once. The Gillette company knew about this problem, and tried to...
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    They look like ca. 1975-85 to me too. I doubt...

    They look like ca. 1975-85 to me too. I doubt they have much rarity value, whatever the date code turns out to be. Gillette France probably made millions of similar blades.

    But unless you can see...
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    That blade pack looks like Dorco to me. Recently...

    That blade pack looks like Dorco to me. Recently Dorco seems to have moved some or all of its blade production to Vietnam.

    As I understand it the "Vietnamese" Gillette Super Thin blades are made...
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    Thanks for the photo. My Japanese is just about...

    Thanks for the photo. My Japanese is just about nonexistent, but what I am not seeing is 日本, the kanji for Japan.

    However I do not see Vietnam either: I think that should be ベトナム or maybe ヴェトナム.
    ...
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    This is a PPI blade, so they should be able to...

    This is a PPI blade, so they should be able to make more anytime. I suspect that they "cease production" every time they fill an order, then make more when they get a large enough order. An order...
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    Thanks for reminding me: yes, I thought the...

    Thanks for reminding me: yes, I thought the lavender had a little menthol. There were no ingredients on the sample but it said "cooling" in the description.

    Savory rose is also supposed to be...
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    I tried samples of Sandalwood, Lavender, and...

    I tried samples of Sandalwood, Lavender, and Savory Rose recently. To me they both felt about the same: very rich in glycerin, so I only needed a drop or two on wet hands. Unfortunately the sample...
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    Horse hair seems unlikely to me, but that may be...

    Horse hair seems unlikely to me, but that may be a USA prejudice. Horse hair fell out of favor after the anthrax scares, pre-WWII, and did not emerge again until recently. But I suppose it could have...
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    Gents, I am at it again... this time I am trying...

    Gents, I am at it again... this time I am trying to restore the rose scent of a vintage Williams stick. This specimen still has some scent, but I want to kick it up a notch or two.

    First I...
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    I would like to see the back, if you can post a...

    I would like to see the back, if you can post a photo. My Japanese is barely good enough to order beer, but someone may be able to enlighten us both.

    If the scent is disappointing, maybe it is...
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    Yes, according to McKibben...

    Yes, according to McKibben Gillette owned a 65% share ca. 1992-93. He also says (p357) that they bought 80% of Wizamet in Poland about the same time, with an option on the remaining 20%, and Permatik...
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    True, and you could roughly double that number to...

    True, and you could roughly double that number to account for inflation, then decide that the going rate on ebay is a 25% discount. However by the 1980s Gillette may have been inflating the price of...
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    Ah, I thought you meant Handy Grip containers. In...

    Ah, I thought you meant Handy Grip containers. In that case disregard what I said about aluminum caps. With yours I think the caps are also plated brass.

    There is another type that seems to be all...
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    You might also be interested in some older...

    You might also be interested in some older discussion at http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/260416-Using-that-shave-stick-container-(Vintage-Shave-Stick-Ads).
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    Many of the Pinaud products say something like...

    Many of the Pinaud products say something like "Aftershave Cologne" on the label, but I have no idea if they are really cologne strength. Seems unlikely. Anyway those products are just alcohol,...
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    I have several of these. The caps are aluminum, I...

    I have several of these. The caps are aluminum, I think, and tend to dull easily. The tubes seem to be brass, plated in nickel. Unfortunately the plating is very thin, and does not polish up like a...
  22. Thread: MYATT Daymark

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    Probably plated brass, maybe plated tin. The...

    Probably plated brass, maybe plated tin. The plating is probably chrome or nickel, and I think chrome is more likely.
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    Sticky: Gibbs stick

    Almost three years ago I picked up a vintage Gibbs_Shaving_Stick. My notes show it starting at 49-g and logging 54 shaves, ending this morning. However I think the original weight was about 50-g and...
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    I would have asked Sears for my money back. The...

    I would have asked Sears for my money back. The version I have are not up to par when compared to the best vintage or modern blades. Sure, maybe they are technically correct about the longevity and I...
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    Welcome to B&B! It looks like another Edwin...

    Welcome to B&B!

    It looks like another Edwin Jagger to me, possibly a chrome Chatsworth. It might have been discontinued by now but old stock may still be out there.
  26. I think the Gillette factory in Isleworth is...

    I think the Gillette factory in Isleworth is still the leading candidate. Gillette was operating there by 1938 and was still there in the late 1970s.

    It turns out that beginning in 1965 Isleworth...
  27. Welcome to B&B! Barbicide is supposed to be...

    Welcome to B&B!

    Barbicide is supposed to be quite a bit more effective than alcohol. Neither one is strictly necessary: as Safety_razor_maintenance on the wiki points out, a clean dry razor is...
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    Another point to consider is that "exactly the...

    Another point to consider is that "exactly the same" may really mean "made to exactly the same specification". Here on B&B we tend to be pretty demanding and discriminating about our blades....
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    I think that is just market segmentation. By...

    I think that is just market segmentation. By framing the plain "stainless steel" blades that way, they encourage you to upgrade to the more expensive blades.

    Here is a microscope image of a plain...
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    All modern stainless blades are coated, I think....

    All modern stainless blades are coated, I think. I have tried some pre-1962 stainless blades that were probably uncoated, and they were not comfortable at all.

    What are these blades that you...
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    Or there were some percentages of less than 1, or...

    Or there were some percentages of less than 1, or it was not exactly 66/33: the article said "approximately". From context I took it that Gillette considered the exact composition to be a trade...
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    This is not the answer you want to hear, sorry....

    This is not the answer you want to hear, sorry. But I would enjoy the scent during the shave, and for longevity consider an aftershave or cologne. There are some ideas at...
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    Yes, could be. They might have specified a little...

    Yes, could be. They might have specified a little lead for machinability too.
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    Rather dry, if my experience with canned colgate...

    Rather dry, if my experience with canned colgate holds. I think some gents have mentioned adding extra water to barbasol, to improve it.
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    I wondered why...

    I wondered why http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/445472-Manufacture-of-Safety-Razors-and-Blades-(1938) said it was "approximately 66/33 composition". Now I suppose the secret is out: 66%...
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    Could be that your lather is on the dry side. I...

    Could be that your lather is on the dry side. I find that a nice wet lather flows right through. That goes for DE too. If you have any trouble rinsing it off the razor, it may be too dry.
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    No, sorry: I happened to notice the photos online...

    No, sorry: I happened to notice the photos online and wondered about the difference.
  38. My success rate has been at least 90%, but I also...

    My success rate has been at least 90%, but I also have a backup plan. I keep a bumpfighter handle and some Trac II cartridges in my bag.
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    Early P74 blades?

    Elsewhere on the internet I happened to notice that these two P74 blade packages look mechanically identical, but have much different labels. The one on the bottom looks earlier to me: less legalize...
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    I rinse my brush in a small cup. It may not...

    I rinse my brush in a small cup. It may not matter to the brush, but the cup makes it easier to see whether or not there is still soap in the brush.
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