Since I'm now Stateside again, I finally have the chance to catch up on shaving products not produced by Lord Company. (Hurrah!) Before I got back, I thought of asking my grandmother if she had any old razors lying around that I might take off her hands. She said she thought so, and she'd put it aside if she found it.
When I saw her again, she presented me with an old DE razor that had belonged to my grandfather, and has sat in a medicine cabinet for decades. I recognized it immediately as a Super Speed, and if I did my homework right (no easy task when B&B is down for maintenance!), it is a Ďdatelessí 48-50 model. It seems to be in pretty good shape, with only a little soap scum inside the handle and some discoloration from use ó nothing that a little gentle cleanser and a q-tip couldnít remedy.
I notice that the silo doors donít open totally smoothly: one of them doesnít seem fully tethered at certain points in the arc, and kind of falls open slackly where the other one opens and closes with a very smooth and clockwork motion. No doubt the thing saw a lot of use until my grandfather, gadget freak that he was, switched to an electric. I donít expect this to be a problem for my own use, although it makes me wonder if I should bother to put it into heavy rotation: a B&Ber PIFed me a 1952 40s-style SS in perfect working order, and I doubt thereís much difference between the two in quality or feel.
Anyway, I know itís a fairly common scenario to acquire deceased relativesí razors, and SS must be among the most common models to find, but I still feel like I made a bit of a score. Behold: Grandpopís razor.