Durham show thread was Durham duplex???

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by GAW9576, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. GAW9576

    GAW9576 Well-Known Member

    I stropped the pathology blade again and flipped the blade back and forth a few times to get both sides of one edge the other side I just stropped like normal.
    The shave was noticeably better on the side of the blade that I stropped better by flipping it over. Hope my explanation make sense.

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  2. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Hmmm, I just throw they away, when they arrive with other razors I buy. I never found one that could deliver a comfortable shave.

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  3. GAW9576

    GAW9576 Well-Known Member

    I wanted to try them out after finding the aluminum handled one. I love the look of that razor. I got the other two DE style ones for the same reason. The straight style I got more as an accessory to the other three to be able to stop the blades. This shave was pretty reasonable and actually enjoyable. And I think if I get the technique of stopping the blades down better I will actually really enjoy these razors. If you get any more with other razors you could send them my way instead of the trash if they're not rusty.
    I want to try making a set of scales for one of the straights.
     
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  4. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    You got it. But, usually the scales on the Durham razors are warped. Usually.

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  5. GAW9576

    GAW9576 Well-Known Member

    I noticed that when searching for mine. Quite a few looked like the scales had been overheated and melted a little bit.
    Some of those examples had really good looking metal on them though. That's what made me think of doing a few with custom scales. I made a one piece scales for a straight razor years ago and have been wanting to give it another go. I just hate to take good scales of a razor to do it.
     
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  6. GAW9576

    GAW9576 Well-Known Member

    I tried stropping a pathology blade again today. I don't think it helped much. The stropping attachment holds the edge of the blade off the paddle strop kn the one side and makes stropping difficult at best on a paddle. I think a hanging strop would solve this with the slight curve you would get on it. I'll just have to stick to using the blades as they come till I get a hanging strop. I also stropped the single edge blade with the handle from my Gem Jr. Bar which seemed to give a slight improvement. I used the Henkels Rapide for about half the neck shave and all of the back of the neck.

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  7. GAW9576

    GAW9576 Well-Known Member

    I picked up some Persona carpet cutter blades to try in the Durham Duplex today. The shave was quite comfortable. These razors are definitely interesting and I look forward to using them more. I did have my Gem curved top squat head loaded with a second use Gem SS. I used it for backup just in case and to handle a few touch ups in spots where the Durham is a little to big to get conveniently.

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  8. GAW9576

    GAW9576 Well-Known Member

    I had a fun Daily Double today. I realized I hadn't tried this Durham yet. I used it for the first pass then used the trusty Ever-ready 1914 for the rest of the shave. I enjoyed the Durham but I really think these blades could be improved with a hanging strop. I am going to have to solve the lack of a hanging strop soon. The ER performed very well with a 6th use Meijer blade. I even kept the blade to give it a chance at a 7th use which is unusual for me. The soap I used today was a goats milk soap a friend made. It lathered and performed quite well but I added a bit to much water.


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  9. jaro

    jaro Well-Known Member

    I have one of the folding ones and I have Never been able to get a comfortable shave with it. All it would ever do is just try to pull the hairs out no matter what blade I tried.
     
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  10. GAW9576

    GAW9576 Well-Known Member

    I am making a strop soon to try touching off the edge on the carbon blades. I will post results here.
    What blades did you use. And which folding Durham do you have there are several scale styles.
    If I get things shaving well I may pick up another one but with bad scales and make custom scales for it.
     
  11. jaro

    jaro Well-Known Member

    i have tried the original and the pathology and some other but none were comfortable
     
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  12. GAW9576

    GAW9576 Well-Known Member

    I actually got a better shave with the carpet cutter blade.
     
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  13. GAW9576

    GAW9576 Well-Known Member

    I had an excellent shave today with an Enders Speed and a shick proline B20. I also used a Dunham duplex a bit. The available blades realy let this razor down. I got creative and put a Feather proguard in one side just to see what this razor would be like with a good blade. The blade exposure was Way to much but I shaved with ot just a little. WOW I wish I could get good blades for this razor. I like the handling. Lather came courtesy of cold water mixed Cella and Mer shavings mysore sandalwood using a Maggard SHD two band badger brush.

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