by Queen of Blades at 6:34 PM
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Here's your chance to help support TSD, and feed your ADs!

It's simple:
1. Go to the TSD Donation page here.
2. Change the quantity to 5 for each ticket you'd like to purchase.
3. Then pay!

Simple as that. $5.00 to enter this raffle!
"May I enter more than once?" Of course! Just purchase a quantity that equals $5.00 per entry! So if you want to buy 2 raffle "tickets", then change the quantity to 10 and pay the $10.00! Want 3 raffle "tickets"? Change the quantity to 15 and pay the $15.00! And so on...

This is open to our international members too, unless otherwise noted per prize.

The deadline for entries is midnight EST Saturday, May 26th, 2018.

Winners choose which prize they want, in the order their number is drawn. Yes, this may take several days. Patience is appreciated.

Prize must be claimed within 24 hours. If you don't claim your prize within 24 hours, you will still receive a prize. You'll just lose your place in picking your prize.

Winners will need to private message the prize donor their full shipping info, including name.

Available Prizes
19. A NOS Schick Eversharp Band razor
with case and instruction manual.
prize donor @Enrico
1. MYSTERY Medium Flat Rate Box Full of Shaving Goodies
*No International Winner, due to shipping cost*
currently weighing in at 3 lbs 12 ozs. I'm going to stuff it as full as possible though, and it isn't full yet.
prize donor @Queen of Blades
WINNER @Edison Carter
2. Merkur 42C “1904” Double Edge Safety Razor
Brand new, no box
prize donor @Queen of Blades
WINNER @Tiredricefarmer
3. Vintage Avon Liberty Bell Decanter
contains Tribute Aftershave
prize donor @Queen of Blades
WINNER @americanshamrock
4. The Body Shop Maca Root Shaving Cream
Brand new
prize donor @Queen of Blades
WINNER @Norcalnewb
5. Shulton Old Spice Traveler set
set number 3365 and includes 1 3/8 oz aftershave and talc
nice box
prize donor @John Beeman
WINNER @CarlfromMO
6. Shulton Old Spice Traveler set
set number 3365 and includes 1 3/8 oz aftershave and talc
torn box
prize donor @John Beeman
WINNER @Lancre
7. Gillette Knack DE Razor
N1 date code
user grade condition
prize donor @John Beeman
WINNER @John Ruschmeyer
8. Avon Super Shaver DE Razor Decanter
full of Sure Winner Bracing Aftershave
prize donor @John Beeman
WINNER @9nein9
9. Avon Super Shaver DE Razor Decanter

full of Spicy Aftershave
prize donor @John Beeman
WINNER @rbilly
10. Burma Shave Coffee/Shave Mug Set
with Burma Shave boar brush
prize donor @John Beeman
11. Burma Shave Coffee/Shave Mug Set
with Burma Shave boar brush
prize donor @John Beeman
WINNER @cliffb599
12. Valobra Fougere
brand new
prize donor @Keithmax
WINNER @Primotenore
13. Phillip L. Krumholz' Collector's Guide to American Razor Blades
First Edition, signed copy
prize donor @Primotenore
WINNER @John Beeman
by PLANofMAN at 12:10 PM
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Above Photo: modern(ish) shears top, vintage bottom.
Bottom Photo: modern shears on left, vintage on right.

"The Recollection of Quality remains long after the price is forgotten."

These words hung on the wall in the office of Frederick Charles Wiss, son of Jacob Wiss, who founded J. Wiss and Sons in Newark N.J. in 1848. The company has lived by those words for over 150 years.

A number of years ago, I was told by the plant foreman to order some "good scissors." He needed them for cutting aluminum honeycomb for clean room panels, and they were going through a pair of scissors monthly. (Dull after a week or two, and broken after four or five weeks)

After doing an hour or so of research, I decided to order Wiss 1DS 8" shears. This particular model is often used in the poultry industry for cutting bones. It is also used by aircraft manufacturers. Two of the ones I purchased from eBay were from Boeing.

*Note: the 1DS model has been replaced by the 1DSN model, which has a larger handle, adding 1/2" to the overall length.

My foreman was irate when he learned I spent $50 on two pair, though he later admitted that I had chosen well, and they were both still in use, one sharpening and three years later, when I left the company. I dropped in for a visit several years later, and they were still being used.

I decided to purchase several pairs for myself, about five years ago. I ended up with four pairs, all used, all from eBay. The prices ranged from $8-$15. One of those I gave to my mother, and the other three sit in my silverware drawer. All get daily use, from cutting wrapping paper to cutting up a chicken, they've handled every task I've thrown at them. These are "buy it for life" products, and I own no other scissors (except for a very nice pair of barber's shears, which only get used on hair).

So, what makes these scissors so good? It is the difference between a utensil and a tool. Most scissors are utensils, suitable for light duty at best. These shears, made by Wiss, are a tool. Like any quality tool, they are designed to last a lifetime of average use.

No plastic handles here. Most of the readers here will be familiar with the Fiskars brand orange handled office scissors. The blades are at least twice as thick as those, so no flexing, warping, etc. Most scissors are made of stainless steel these days. Wiss shears are not.

The 1DS scissors are marked "inlaid," so I looked up what that meant in regards to Wiss products. They take a carbon steel blade and weld it to a steel frame, then it is ground and polished, so no seam or join is seen. It is then nickel plated for corrosion resistance. The oldest pair I have is missing the nickel plating at the tips, but is otherwise in remarkably good condition. At some point, the "Wiss 1DS" and "inlaid" markings on the blade were changed from stamped/engraved to etched markings, though the overall quality between the two styles is the same. Engraving was used until at least 1975, and probably later, judging from catalogs and brochures of that time period. As you can see from the photos at the top of this post, there are some subtle differences between early and late model 1DS shears. The older shears have a more pronounced curvature in the handle, the grind on the blade is shorter and ends with a curve where it meets the frame of the handles. The more modern version has a flatter grind that is squared off, and the handles are not curved off of the pivot point. The tip of the older shears is rounded to a point, and the newer shears are much straighter, showing no such curvature. The older shears are more polished than the newer shears, though that is more of an aesthetic thing than a functional one. The screw sticks out much further on the older one as well, whereas it is almost flush on newer models.

The screw joining the two halves of the scissors is made in house by Wiss, and uses their patented SET-EASY® pivot. Wiss claims that their screws are accurate to 1/1000th of an inch. I have no reason to doubt that claim. Once set, I rarely have to readjust it, and when I do, it is mostly on the oldest and most worn pair I own. This is likely due to the fact that Richard J. Wiss invented an improved pivot point screw design (Pat. No. 3,672,053) in 1972, and I believe the oldest pair I have dates from before that point.

Each pair of Wiss blades are paired, from beginning to end. As soon as the raw blade blanks are made they are mated, and remain together though each of the approximately 150 processes required to make a single pair of shears until they are finally "wedded" by the pivot screw. Wiss claims that at least 75% of the manufacturing process is done by hand.

Wiss shears are made in the U.S.A., and carry a lifetime warranty.

For you straight razor fans out there, Wiss also made straight razors until 1924, and some of their blades were welded to Wade & Butcher tangs and other European (German)...