so, surprisingly this Star razor came up (along with a nice Gillette travel razor and case) on the 'bay and my minuscule bid actually held to the end of the auction - auction ended at just under $19 for the pair. Just came in today and was pretty wowed by what I think is an almost complete 1900 Kampfe Star SE razor.
from my limited knowledge of these razors it seems to have:
the razor (the head and main handle)
smaller strop handle (screwed into the base of the handle)
the two-sided tin box (seen better days, however)
what I think is a blade holder in the small end of the box (wild guess, not sure actually)
and a single unused Star blade
I think only the blade holder attachment is missing. The small handle part that holds the blade holder seems well-loved - there are areas on the bottom of the handle that seemed to be 'sharpened' off/ thru the barrel after many years of use.
So - as I'm not a collector but more a user, the question needs to be asked: can I use this thing with a standard SE blade? it looks to be about the right size, and I'm guessing the spring that protrudes thru the head is what holds the blade in place while in use.
Can anyone offer some advice on it? Thanks in advance, folks!