Mystery cage guard razor

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by kcb5150, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. kcb5150

    kcb5150 Member

    Everything about this is weird. It's a cage guard which is a design I equate with french makers, but it isn't like a french razor in shaving character. It's extremely mild. It's unbranded. It's brass (the head is anyway, idk about the handle for sure), and the cap is sort of designed to lock into the base with tension grabbing onto the thin posts, spreading them out and securing the blade. There is no play in the blade which is impressive considering how prone to distortion cage guards are in general. Curious if someone has an example in the box.
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  2. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    I've been looking since you first showed this one without luck thus far. Did you post on the French forum (rasage-traditionnel) where one of the cage-heads there might have a clue?

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  3. kcb5150

    kcb5150 Member

    No. I don't have an account there act. Only CCC
     
  4. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    I'll post and see if I get any hits.

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  5. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Huh. Just when you thought you'd seen it all. Weird (in a good way) indeed. Tuning in for the follow up.
     
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  6. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    Hey, a double edge lather catcher......... just kidding..........
     
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  7. kcb5150

    kcb5150 Member

    That is basically what cage guards are. It's why I have a real soft spot for them
     
  8. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    It looks like someone took the head from an OLD, put a new center post on it, and made a quasi-darwin handle. Definitely an interesting design.
     
  9. kcb5150

    kcb5150 Member

    It was a production razor. Asked around and at least 4 others exist afaik but no packaging/branding survive for those examples. I can't imagine many surviving well given how prone to deformation this style of razor is and how ridiculously fine the wires are. It would also be very large for a french de
     
  10. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    It's a design familiar to French collectors. Famex patent dates to 1929 but there are a number of variations on the theme. I've seen a German example and no reason to think they didn't appear elsewhere.

    http://theshaveden.com/forums/threads/the-famex-razors.57774/
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  11. kcb5150

    kcb5150 Member

    The famex layout is inherently more stable.
     
  12. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    Very cool razor.
     
  13. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Wonder if they were meant for use in settings with minimal water.
     
  14. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    Well, France between WW-I and WW-II would have been a bit.. on the harsh side.
     
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  15. kcb5150

    kcb5150 Member

    40.9g btw
     
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  16. Morman Bridge

    Morman Bridge Well-Known Member

    The handle reminds me of a Darwin.
     
  17. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    I would suggest the Italian forum. No experience with it myself but it exists.

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  18. kcb5150

    kcb5150 Member

    Video. Amazing this has less blade play than a lot of current offerings... has a very small window of usable shaving angles and when you hit that angle you relly need to lock it in. Would be a horrible rotation razor because of this imo.

     
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