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Postby admin » Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:09 pm

Time to show us your wet-shaving gear guys!

Whether it be your vast soap and cream collection, blades or razors we want to see it!!!

Don't be shy, we know sometimes the RAD gets the better of us :lol:
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:28 pm

The cabinet:
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The current rotation:
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Razors:
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All of these are in the current rotation and will see some action at some point. Apart from a few odds and ends, the thing I like about shaving as a hobby is that you actually get to put your items to use (not just for display). Blades, aftershaves stored elsewhere... need a bigger house :D
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby Thug » Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:47 am

Very nice RVT.

How about telling us what razors you have apart from the Ikon Slant and Standard Razor?

Your brush collection looks interesting, what have you got in there?
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:20 am

Thug wrote:Very nice RVT.

How about telling us what razors you have apart from the Ikon Slant and Standard Razor?

Your brush collection looks interesting, what have you got in there?


Sure,

Razors:
Muhle R89
Parker 91R
Fatip Grande
Tamboti wood handle with R89 head
Weishi
Parker 99R
iKon Slant
Standard Razor

Brushes:

There are 6 custom made brushes (3 silvertip with resin handles, and 2 finest with with acrylic handles, and a 2 band high mountain)
Muhle retro badger
Simpson's Duke 2
Turkish Boar brush
Vie - Long anniversary brush.
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby O_P » Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:26 am

RiverValleyTrading wrote:The cabinet:


All of these are in the current rotation and will see some action at some point. Apart from a few odds and ends, the thing I like about shaving as a hobby is that you actually get to put your items to use (not just for display). Blades, aftershaves stored elsewhere... need a bigger house :D


Hi RVT

Thanks for showing us your very impressive collection.
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby Thug » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:07 am

RiverValleyTrading wrote:
Brushes:

There are 6 custom made brushes (3 silvertip with resin handles, and 2 finest with with acrylic handles, and a 2 band high mountain)
Muhle retro badger
Simpson's Duke 2
Turkish Boar brush
Vie - Long anniversary brush.


Great collection!

Would love to add a Simpson Chubby in Manchurian Badger but that's way out of my price range! Perhaps a Chubby in Best Badger one of these days.
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby Chrisvo » Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:36 pm

I'll have to get some pictures ready but I have quite a substantial razor collection now.

Two Eclipse Red Ring razors, my favourite razor bar none! Brass razors, plated in bright nickel and then chrome in the 1930s. Open comb and has a magnet at the end of the handle for picking up the blade. How superb is that?!

A Fatboy 1961 adjustable and a 1970 Super Adjustable long handle.

A 1952 Super Speed Black Tip, also a favourite, the shave is just so efficient and easy.

Two Gillette Slim Twists.

A Parker 92R, a great everyday razor, nice heavy weight.

A 1959 Gillette no 58 (Rocket type) razor, 70grams of awesomeness.

Two Gillette 1950-1960 Tech razors

One four piece vintage travel razor, no name, but apparently made in Germany 1940-50s.

New purchases include a FaTip Piccolo and Standard Razor in black. I think I have to go to RAD Anonymous.. but I now have to save for another couple of months due to the cost of the Standard Razor. I had an Edwin Jagger DE89 but sold it to a friend as it was too mild and I prefer brass or steel razors to pot metal ones. Probably over cautious but I do find the Gillette Techs give the same sort of mild shave and my friend wanted a new razor and not a vintage one.

Also have boar brushes, four of them, and one horse hair Vie-Long brush, breaking them all in nicely. Two vintage shaving scuttles, just for keeping the lather warm, not very good for creating a lather though.

Have a rotation of soaps at the moment. Godrej, Derby, La Toja, their cream counterparts as well, and then one from South Africa that I like to use. Simply Bee Shaving Soap, it's quite a hard soap and comes in a 125ml puck for R80. Smells like honey and lathers quite easily.

Anyway, I'll try take a few pictures in the coming week, add them one at a time sort of thing.
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby Thug » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:54 pm

Nice collection there Chrisvo and welcome to the Forum.
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby Jacquers » Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:15 pm

Soaps: Proraso Blue & Red. Supermax Lime.

Razors: I think I might have a case of RAD as well ;) I've gone through a couple in search of what works for me.

Merkur 1904 OC
Souplex Open Comb
British Gillette Tech (Ball end, Light Alu Handle)
Flair tip Rocket
Rocket HD (No 58) In the process of selling it though.
A plastic Supermax one I got at Checkers. Super mild, not very useful.
A pivot head which uses the Gillette Contour 2 blade cartridge. Good for when I'm in a hurry, but I'm using it less and less now.

I had some others that I've sold because I found that they didn't work so well for me. Open comb razors seem to work better for me than closed. They were 3 Techs, a Gillette Knack, a Rocket Paperclip (lightweight) and a Fatboy. I had and gave away a Lion to someone. That razor was harsh!

Blades: BIC, Wilkinson Sword, Concorde, Treet, Supermax Super Stainless and Super Platinum, etc.

Brushes: 2 Cheap Dischem ones. Gotta leave some room for improvement ;)

Aftershave: Alum, Prep (works well for sunburn as well) some Nivea variants, BEE Natural balm, Bay rum.

Wet shaving is a rabbit hole for some of us, a hobby which can quickly turn into obsession ;)
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby Chrisvo » Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:27 pm

My first Eclipse Red Ring, it has the red ring and red paint on the magnet. This one has no plating loss at all so I keep it unused.
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This is my user grade one with the matching case and the company that produced them written on the bottom. The box is chipped and the razor has plating loss on the posts and a bit on the teeth. This one has the eclipse decal on the top cap but no red ring or paint on the bottom.
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It says on the bottom, if you can't read it.

"Eclipse Safety Razor and Blades
Sole Manufacturers
James Neil & Co (Sheffield) Ltd
SHEFFIELD. ENG."

I'll upload other pictures later.
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby Chrisvo » Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:50 pm

My set of Gillette TTOs. The slim twists are mild but the Black Tip and No 58 Rocket are pushing mild to aggressive territory. The Black Tip weighs in at 45 grams and has a steel handle and base plate due to the shortage of brass during the Korean war.

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I prefer the longer handled adjustable and usually shave with the setting on 4, which seems equivalent to my Parker 92R.
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby Chrisvo » Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:18 pm

Modern Day Razors

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Left to Right.

Parker 92R
FaTip Piccolo
Standard Razor Black with stand
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:29 pm

Nice!
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby Thug » Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:42 am

Very nice collection.
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby Chrisvo » Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:18 pm

Thank you!
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby O_P » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:34 pm

Chrisvo wrote:My set of Gillette TTOs. The slim twists are mild but the Black Tip and No 58 Rocket are pushing mild to aggressive territory. The Black Tip weighs in at 45 grams and has a steel handle and base plate due to the shortage of brass during the Korean war.

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I prefer the longer handled adjustable and usually shave with the setting on 4, which seems equivalent to my Parker 92R.


Very nice collection Chrisvo, thanks for sharing
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby Chrisvo » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:52 pm

My 1950-60 England Tech with aluminum handle and four-piece travel open comb razor with case.

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The Tech razor is from a grooming set and is unused. I have no information on the travel razor beyond that it is a four piece razor, probably made in Germany and is an open comb. No bent or broken teeth. It looks to be quite mild to use.

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Another picture of the travel razor broken down to four pieces. The smaller handle piece fits inside the larger one.

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My brushes.

From left to right.

Vie-Long horse hair brush.
Culmak Spartan boar brush - Perfect for travel.
Omega 10275 boar brush.
Semogue 620 boar brush.
Lider boar brush.
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:02 pm

What are your thoughts on the Horse hair brush? I find them much softer than I expected.

BTW That Lider is a huge brush! :thumbup:
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby Chrisvo » Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:15 pm

RiverValleyTrading wrote:What are your thoughts on the Horse hair brush? I find them much softer than I expected.

BTW That Lider is a huge brush! :thumbup:


I have only had one shave with the Vie-Long so far. As you say, very soft and has good backbone. The smaller hairs used for the backbone are a bit scratchy and I hope they split like boar hair and become softer. The stink is not nearly as bad as I thought it would be, didn't even pick it up until I lathered the brush up for the first time. This brush feels wonderfully soft against the skin and you only feel the scratchiness of the smaller hair if the brushed is pushed against the skin. To avoid, rather build the lather with light circular strokes across the face.

Yes, the Lider brush is indeed huge! A lather machine!
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Re: Show off your collection

Postby Chrisvo » Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:56 pm

Picked this up awhile back.

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An Allegro Mod L razor blade honer/stropper.

It has two stones, one harder than the other, and then also a leather piece for stropping. The three pieces are attached to a center rod that you can turn to so that the blade rubs against the part you want it to. Here is a picture of it out of the box with the guarantee and instructions.

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A picture of the harder stone.

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One of the softer stone.

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And finally, one of the leather strop.

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Quite ingenious and actually works. I've used a Super Max New Improved up to six or seven times by giving it a hone across one of the stones for five full strokes and then twenty on the strop. With the price of razor blades now though, I would rather keep it in the shape it is in.

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