Bigelow & Parkin Travel Razor

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  1. Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo Well-Known Member

    Make: Bigelow Parkin Co
    Type: Folding DE Safety Razor
    Country: USA
    Year: 1921-1935
    Weight: Not bad
    Size: Fits well in your fingers
    Price new: Unknown/free, (marketing gimmick)
    Price paid:At the high end of reasonable
    Review: Rio Bravo
    Date: 12/03/2015

    Bigelow and Parkin

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    About: The Bigelow & Parkin razor is shiny tiny razor head with wings. There is a stamped B & P logo on the underside, patent date May 11, 1921 & Made in USA. The razor design with the folding flaps & comb makes this tool transform beautifully. I have not seen anything quite like this however I'm sure people with greater razor knowledge could probably provide alternative solutions from competing designers of razors. The Bigelow & Parkin company compact folding razor, no larger than a blade, were used as as marketing tool where businesses would give travel sets away to their customers. Since it's manufacture this B &P razor has been previously owned & used and I see only tiny signs of age or use...it just looks amazing.

    First impression:
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    Wow. It's so tiny and shiny. It also feels as though it's a brand new design. I have never been so excited. I recently ordered a 8/8 Revisor razor and that caused a smile but this razor made me feel like a child at Christmas. I just could not believe how good it looks and feels in the hand.

    After a polish:
    WOOOOOOOOW. It cleaned up lovely. I sterilised and polished it and it just looks brand spanking new. I cannot believe I have got it and I am so excited.

    After my first use:
    I wasn't worried or confused. It's not at all difficult to use, however you need both hands to switch the razor around. It feels comfortable in the hand and your muscle memory seems to automatically account for the size and the layout. I had no issues with holding this razor although I did find myself having to adjust the angle from time to time. During the shave I can confirm I received no cuts.

    With the grain: Smooth and easy.
    Across the grain: Intuitively easy as your fingers are almost fully ready to perform such an action due to the shape of the gripping section. Against the grain: Refreshingly easy due to the nature of the grip and hold.

    Issues:
    The angles need to be learnt as sometimes you are not holding it correctly and the blade is not making contact.

    You need two hands to switch to the other side.

    Hot tap water will ensure fingers get hot as it's quite short.

    It Feels different. If and when you get one you will know what I mean.

    Final thoughts:

    I love this razor, I look forward to practicing with it and really look forward to going on trips and vacations. This is a lovely razor, a collectors item which is ageing like a fine wine or whisky.

    Would I use it as a everyday razor. No

    Would I advise people to purchase: Yes if the price is right and the condition is good

    Would I buy again: yes
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2015
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  2. mrchick

    mrchick Odd, Terrible Avatar

    Thank you for the excellent review. I would love to see a picture of it in your hand as used.
     
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  3. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    Fantastic review and razors. I've been pondering a B-P from time to time....you might have just convinced me that I 'need one' now.
    There is another...similar....kinda...razor that I've been eyeing and might pick up....

    If you ever do a shaving video this is one razor I would love to see in action :)

    This is btw what Waits has to say about the B-P:
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    Thanks again, great write-up!
     
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  4. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    The razor looks fantastic. Great write up and review of a very unique razor.
     
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  5. Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo Well-Known Member

    Will see what I can do. Have to give me a couple of days
     
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  6. Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure I have the ability but will try :)
     
  7. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    Here's a photo off the interweb that might suffice as for showing how it's held?

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  8. mrchick

    mrchick Odd, Terrible Avatar

    Wow, kind of what I imagined. Thanks
     
  9. Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo Well-Known Member

    Forgive the naivety but what is Waits? Is that a book or website on razors?
     
  10. Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo Well-Known Member

    image.jpg After a sterilisation and polish. Plus demo of how you hold this razor
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    Hopefully these are adequate for you to see how you hold the little guy
     
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  11. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

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  13. Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo Well-Known Member

    It's as if whoever owned it or all the people that owned it before me used it sparingly or stored it. If only I knew the history. But it has been rescued and traveled from the US of A to the rainy UK :)
     
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  14. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    Oh be quiet already

    :)
     
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  15. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    Btw...if you like the B-P razor.....there IS another razor...a little bit like the B-P that is selling right now on the eBay UK site...that you'd probably go nuts over....
     
  16. Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo Well-Known Member

    Do tell. What's it called? I heard of another brand called HANDY
     
  17. Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo Well-Known Member

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    Last edited: Mar 13, 2015
  18. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    The Gnat.
    There is one on ebay.co.uk

    Here are some pics of Gnats (not the one being sold):
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    I'm pretty sure @mrchick needs one as well :D
     
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  19. Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo Well-Known Member

    Wow. I'd love one of those but I'm not liking the price tag! Also I don't want my B-P getting jealous. :) I will leave it for someone else to adopt
     
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  20. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    Yeah they tend to go for north of USD 50 as they're pretty scarce. Pretty lil thing though.
    I'm in the same boat though and will sit out this one.
     
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