Buying To Start My Vintage DE Razor Collection ?

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Django, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. Django

    Django Member

    Hi, I'm new to DE shaving but would like to start collecting and would appreciate you thought on these items.
    Any info would be great.
    Thanks .
    Django
    "VINTAGE POCKET RAZOR"
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  2. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    That has an Old Type head. They can be aggressive, but they can be tamed by riding the cap. That is one I do not have now. I would love to have one though. They are hard to find, at least for me. Silver plated.
     
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  3. 178-bplatoon

    178-bplatoon Well-Known Member

    Good start. :happy088:
     
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  4. Terry Williams

    Terry Williams Well-Known Member

    You have a great example of an "ABC" Pocket Edition from somewhere around (1908). I have one, but my case is not as nice as yours in either condition nor embellishment. Gillette made these for the American Button Company. Lots of great information here:
    https://www.badgerandblade.com/foru...y-pocket-edition-sets-part-one-razors.147111/
    Awesome find! Congratulations!

    Edit: I'm sorry I had it backwards. The American Button Company was contracted by Gillette to produce these razors. But, they shine up like the Dickens with a good metal polish.
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  5. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    I've sen a couple of great threads on the ABC sets over on another site.

    As I understand it, Gillette made the razor heads and contracted ABC for the cases and handles. When thew contract ended, Gillette took over production themselves.

    The ABC cases, at least the early ones had a snap lock rather than the push button catch. As I understand it, you can tell who made it by whether it has the patent info on the bottom (vs. a plain bottom). The ABC ones have the patent info, the Gillette ones don't.

    Experts- feel free to correct me.
     
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  6. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    @Django That looks like an interesting piece for a collector. Is your plan to use your collectibles or just display them?
     
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  7. Django

    Django Member

    My plant is to watered and enjoyed but i will use my razors , not so sure about the ancient beasts though, they look scary!!
     
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  8. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    Glad to know your plant will be watered. I will look forward to seeing your collection as it grows.
     
  9. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    there is a # 503 for sale on the bay at present time .flowers on the case.looks all there.
     
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  10. Straight razor dandy

    Straight razor dandy Stuck cleaning the house himself PERMANENTLY

    Are you looking to "collect," or are you looking to get useable razors that will help you achieve a great shave?
     
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  11. Django

    Django Member

    Both really, but some of the early contraptions look a bit scary!
     
  12. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Not scary at all. They shave great. Just have to take the time to learn the techniques involved. Good luck on you collection hunting!!!
     
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  13. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    Yeay, what Fuzzy said. A lot of razors look scary, but good technique trumps looks.
     
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  14. Jim99

    Jim99 Gold Water Shaver

    A scary razor is the first use of a straight razor. Everything else is child’s play!
    :p
     
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  15. Jorvaljr

    Jorvaljr Operation Daytona 8000

    :happy097:
     
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  16. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    AMEN button needed here!!!
     
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  17. Django

    Django Member

    This will throw people since Sara edited her post from "plant" to "plan":)
     

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