Old-Type is difficult to shave with but the best post-shave BBS experience.

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Tim Spencer, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    Just acquired this 1911 OLD at the fleamarket this morning:
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    This will be my next blade Focus. Looking forward to the challenge!
     
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  2. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    Nice stuff. Why is it all the ones I find are clones :)
     
  3. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    Send in the clones?
    :happy097:
     
  4. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    Sure, why not. We already have the clowns. :p
     
  5. Kypros Christodoulides

    Kypros Christodoulides Well-Known Member

    Actually mid- aggressive which I step up or tone down by the blade, but considering my faves are the feathers, I don't know. I use my fat boy and slim on 8 with a feather. Go figure.
     
  6. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    I'm four days away from starting a blade Focus with my newly acquired OLD. I'm chomping at the bit. I'm on my last blade for the Krona, so I'll have a five razor rotation.
     
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  7. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    You are going to love the single ring. A OLD type is no harder to use then a tech once the technique is solid. Just another fun razor.
     
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  8. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    I've enjoyed the clone I've used a few times for shaving after a week's hiatus. I'll stand by the assertion that they're really designed for the older, stiffer blades, and a bit bouncy with the newer blades. Not a problem for me when I was using it, as I was moving slowly to take off a lot of hair, so not much room to chatter. (The actual OLD I used was the same way)

    Hoping that the one that I just ordered will be a true SR so I can try the Real Thing(tm)
     
  9. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    I think this is where folks get confused by assuming that increasing blade gap equals increasing aggression. It doesn't. With many razors adding a shim while increasing blade gap actually reduces aggression by increasing blade stability.

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  10. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    I think that also depends on where you cut the shim. Many of the shims I have seen were less than two thirds the width of the blade they were shimming, which would mean that the edge of the blade loses support.
     
  11. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    Yep. Most often I'm shimming to increase stability and therefore careful to trim just the edge.

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  12. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    Okay fellas, the two tucks I was waiting on have arrived. So Sunday, the 1911 OLD shaves again!! First blade up is going to be my baseline, the Gillette Silver Blue. Then the following will be auditioned: Shark Super Chrome, Voskhod, Rapira Platinum Lux and PolSilver. Any one of these would be fine with me. It's gonna be fun!
     
  13. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    You going to shim it...or put a different handle on it...or paint it a different color?????
     
  14. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    Ah, no, no and no. YO!
     
  15. theFAT98

    theFAT98 Well-Known Member

    Found one at the antique store the other day but every tooth on it was bent so i left it sitting. I hated to leave it because other than that it looked good.
     
  16. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Some times those bent teeth can be eased into shape.
    YO indeed....

    Proceed along the path.
     
  17. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

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    Looks just like the kit I found at the fleamarket. Too bad the box is so roached out. But I guess I might look the same way at 106! :)
     
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  18. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Yup the Single Ring. I think the razor looks great. Who cares about the box. My 1909 box looks rough too.
     
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  19. jwr3265

    jwr3265 Active Member

    So after reading this thread, I decided to pull out my very little-used Old Type.

    I'm packing for a business trip and wanted to bring my General with a Schick ProLine I just received from Try-A-Blade. Knowing I'd have to shave every day this week, I backed myself up with my Parker Variant - my usual travel DE. I checked the blade and found a Kai. Here's where it starts....

    So I take the Kai out of the variant and load it into the Old Type. I run down to my computer, throw on my magnifying visor to get the code off the Old Type...323929. Dates to 19o5...112 years old!!!

    F-it! I am shaving right now, even though I really don't need to.. I decide that a tallow soap might be best, grab my old The Freedberg tallow RR soap...great stuff. Whip up a batch and begin my dicey Old Type shave.

    I took my sweet time, almost applying negative pressure. 3 passes and one of the closest shaves I have aver experienced!!! No kidding!!! One tiny, unmentionable weeper.

    I skipped the alum, went right for some Nivea Sensitive. I was immmediately informed by my wife that Nivea is her favorite AS....in spite of the dozens of others I have acquired due to ASAD...I'll learn some day.

    Old Type...wow!!!!!
     
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  20. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Picture or it does not exist. :cool: . They do give a great shave.
     
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