Well, I have waited long enough to pull this straight out and give it a ride.
Long story short is this C-Mon was grandpa's...and given to me (along with a blade and another razor) by my Uncle once he heard I was straight razor shaving.
This straight sat in a jewelry box after Grandpa passed, and discovered after Grandma passed 2 years ago.
I sent this straight off to be honed and cleaned up by Ambrose/Jose...and upon it's return...was oiled...and stored in the safe. I thought about using it on his B-Day...special family occasion...ect....but honestly never got around to it.
Recently I pulled Grandpas C-Mon, one other straight, and a blade that was given to me out of the safe. I checked the condition of the C-Mon and as you can see...it's in perfect condition. I gave it a wipe down, stropped it, and lightly oiled the blade again. As I opened the other box, and found the "Ohio" (where were from) and the Boker blade... I figured that there was no use in letting them just sit around....SO...
I PIF'd them in hope that someone could give them new life. They went within 40 seconds of the post on the Shaving Mall, B/S/T.
Long and short of it can be read here: http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/303572-Free
I did not post the history of the blades that I gave away, and honestly was not sure Grandpa actually used them.
The C-Mon had stories of Mom watching Grandpa sling lather, and some pretty funny bathroom tales told to me over the years.
I considered putting the razor back into the safe, but decided to use it instead.
That was the right call!
During the shave, I tried to reflect as many times spent with Grandpa as a kid. Holiday's...the aroma of his pipe tobacco, his wit, and how he always called Grandma "mother". Hard to believe he's been gone 30 years already...and yet...I get to be reminded of him now, as the C-Mon is staying in the rotation versus the safe.
Regarding the C-Mon....what a great little razor this guy is. So light in the hand...extremely sharp....and just a pleasure to use.
As you can see, I put it to a decent test, which the razor tackled without incident.
It was a tough call between the Aqua, or some vintage Old Spice...but I just love the Aqua...so it ended up making the cut.
Thanks for putting up with the ramble....and thanks Grandpa for a great razor that will always remind me of how great you were to me.