Started with a DE razor in the late '60s, a Gillette, still have it. The gent at the pharmacy where I bought it told me it's a safety razor 'cause I could only give myself 1/8" deep gashes. Went to cartridge razors, Wilkinson, Shick Double 2, Atra. But I want to get back to a DE razor. I guess I'm not the only one if there is a forum for it.
And I'd wager my shaving history is fairly typical. As you can imagine I'm full of questions even after reading the FAQs. BTW, that's very nicely done.
So after 40 some odd years of cartridge shaving, I'm a noobie all over again, and surprise, I really never did know how to use my old DE razor anyway.
OK, so I make the decision to get back to the safety razor and I try to find it. It appears I was given a Valet from near the turn of the century which appears to be brass, but according to the research I did on the 'net blades can be found for it, but I only saw them at one online site. I also found a video that shows how to modify SE blades for it, except the Valet I have the gent says it's a real bother and he gave up trying to figure it out.
I also located a like new Gem Featherweight SE, and I read the review of it on this site where everyone likes it, so I'll definitely be getting some blades for it. I have one new blade I just put in it, and yes, it was a blade for shaving and not for scraping windows.
The last razor I found was my first Gillette. I have no idea which model it is, but I can descibe it. It's a TTO design, with a handle 3" long, The center portion is black and 1 3/4" long, the bottom twists to open the head for blade replacement and is silver color.
OK, is it worth while to get blades for the Valet? Or is it a waste of time? The Gem I've already decided based on the reviews here, is worth getting blades for. My old Gillette, is it OK for a learner?
I know the technology is old, but are the newer DE razors better/easier to use than what I have?
Thanks guys. I hope to be an asset to the forum.