I had some extra time today so I stopped by a few antique stores in the Milwaukee area to see if I could score a Gillette SS - 1940's style. A few shops had some old GE's but not what I was looking for. I drove past an antique stained glass window repair shop and stopped for the hell of it because I noted a few cases near the window. I walked in and saw a ton of stained glass stuff, some old beer signs, some old records and 1-2 cases of old post cards & stuff. There was a guy working there who was at least 80 and I asked, "By chance, would you have any old Gillette razors? The kind that are twist to open from the bottom?" He replied that he used to use that kind as a kid and he remembers seeing a box somewhere in the back. After a few minutes, he brought out the razor, no box. He mentioned he thought it wasn't used and right away I thought it was a superspeed - brand new! I sheepishly asked how much and he told me $8. I told him I had to run to the bank up the block, please hold it for me for a few minutes. By the time I got back, he had located the original box, instructions & the blade that was in the box. Turns out it wasn't a SS but the Ranger. Nothing like this has ever happened to me in my whole life....dumb luck walking into the right place at the right time.
By chance, if someone has any idea on how to clean the head a bit. The razor rested on the leather in the box and some of it is stuck to the head. I tried rubbing alcohol with no success. I was going to reach for the soft soap but thought I'd ask the gents here for some thoughts.