It took me a couple of years of more than a few straight razors coming and going, and I've finally got a great set of 7 old and new straight razors that I can count on to give a superb shave every time, so long as I keep up my end of the bargain and keep them well honed and stropped, and clean and dry. They've come from a wide variety of sources:
Hart Steel, new from Classic shaving, but I understand they are available now at other well known websites.
Filarmonica 14, a good deal from a private seller. An amazing 8/8 shaving implement.
Boker King Cutter 15/16, believe it or not, an ebay razor that was new and unused when it came to me.
Hess Fortyfour Stainless, again, an unused ebay razor.
Henkels Friodur, bought it on ebay, from a seller who is a well known denizen of a few of the shaving forums, specifically SRP.
Clauss 6/8 round point, vintage razor, again from ebay, one of the finest shaving straight razors ever made (in USA).
SSA Eskulstuna 6/8, SRP classifieds.
Since I became familiar with, and started using straight razors about 3 1/2 years ago, I've bought and sold quite a few. Going in, I made sure I knew exactly what I wanted, and didn't want, regarding blade width, round point, full/quarter hollow ground, and the prices I was willing to pay. You get what you pay for, of course. I know what it takes to win on ebay, when I make up my mind to win. And I know when to walk away, when my guts tell me to. They aren't giving these away for free, even on ebay, even junk. A very good straight razor is worth the money you pay for it, if you are a cautious shopper, but wiling to take a risk, and if it's exactly what you are looking for. For example, at one time I had a 5/8 SSA razor I got at a flea market, cleaned it up and sharpened it, and it turned out to be an excellent little razor, but I prefer 6/8. So I shopped around constantly at SRP classifieds, and one day a long time SRP member listed a 6/8 quarter hollow SSA, and he stated it was a better shaver in his opinion than the legendary Le Grelot. I liked the look and the specs on it, and I gladly paid his asking price for it. Later, like many of us, I searched out a quarter hollow Le Grelot. It was a great shaver, but amazingly, the quarter hollow SSA was/is at least as good, if not better, than the Le Grelot, and in use, the Swedish Steel holds the edge better in my opinion, than the French Le Grelot. Don't be in too much of a hurry to get the razors you want, and work best for your particular preferences. At one point I even bought two new razors, a Dovo and a Thiers Issard, but for a few reasons, I ended up selling them. Only you know whether you like or don't like how a particular razor works for you, and you just do what you have to do, and move on. Good luck!
Last edited by brothers; 07-15-2012 at 04:53 AM.
. . . He went around back and into the basement because he was hungry. He ate cold beans out of a can and drank some water, and then he saw the small mirror Parker had bought with the razor and the can of lather. He looked at himself and knew he had to take a chance on staying long enough to shave. He shaved, and that made him feel better. . .