Hey, This is the last shave kit. It has taken 1 year to assemble. Enjoy. I could not have assembled this shave kit without the craftsmanship and help from the following artisans: Matt Pisarcik of Razor Emporium Christopher Cullen of Catie's Bubbles Jean-Pierre of London Cutlers Sheryl of Lucky Girl Boutique jimjo1031 of this forum This shave kit is 1 year in the making. It started out with a vision of an antique, artistic shave kit that is a mix of old world fantasy. This is what I assembled. This will likely be my last shave kit. I cannot top this. Product Lineup: Fragrance - Tommy Hilfiger (Original 90's Vintage) Aftershave - Tommy Hilfiger (Original 90's Vintage) (Eventual refill from Catie's Bubbles '95 Liquid Labels) Shave Soap - Catie's Bubbles '95 Liquid Labels Luxury Shave Soap Formula Deodorant - Lucky Girl Boutique's Pure Body Delights "Tommy Boy" Pre-Shave Oil - Lather & Wood "Unscented" Post-Shave Balm - Nicci Marie Hyaluronic Acid Anti-Aging Serum Razor - Antique Gillette ABC "Empire" Razor (fully restored/re-plated by Razor Emporium) Razor Stand - ThinkGeek Executive Knight Pen Holder Brush - London Cutlers Antique Silver Modified Synthetic Boar Shave Brush Brush Stand - Jac Zagoory's Butterfly Pen Stand Soap Bowl - Paul Revere silver plated replica sugar bowl Let's get down to the details and in case you're wondering, yes, that's what you think it is. An antique Gillette American Button Company "Empire" Razor. I searched for months online. I searched the farthest reaches of the internet, across oceans and nations. I finally found one in Argentina from an Ebay seller. I was only able to obtain an intact razor, as the case was inoperable. I was able to source an Empire case from another seller in New Jersey that matched my razor. I had to accept that there was very little chance I would ever find a "complete" and intact ABC razor set. I opted to take the best pieces of the two Empire sets and have Razor Emporium restore them as best they could. Here are progression pictures of the parts and the eventual results. Original condition of the Antique ABC Empire Razor Set upon purchase (pieces combined from two different sets to make one functional set): I was sent regular progress photos by Matt Pisarcik: Here is the initial strip down to the bare original brass and polished to a mirror shine: Here is the first plating layer in copper, presumably to ensure the nickel plate will adhere well: Newly restored by Razor Emporium and the interior refitted with brand new matching purple felt, including they were able to save and re-glue the original "Gillette Known The World Over" brand. The case was plated in nickel, the razor was plated in rhodium: In case you thought for some crazy reason that I was done breaking down this shave kit, you have some kind of nerve....because the next piece is not to be outdone and is older than the razor. This shave brush was fashioned by London Cutlers from antique silverware. Sourcing an actual antique brush proved nearly impossible and expensive. I had a $400 antique silver brush ready to buy from a dealer and someone swooped in and bought it. I was devestated because I searched for literally 4 months to find that brush and the dealer couldn't believe someone bought right out from under me on his website just as we were discussing it. I again had to search for another antique brush. I curiously stumbled across some images of this brush some months later. I thought for sure this was the SAME $400 antique brush that I missed out on. Turns out, no, it was still an antique silver handle but modified to be a shave brush. And the resulting quality is just as nice. I asked if they could fashion a synthetic boar brush to emulate the old antique that I missed out on. I showed them a picture and damn if they didn't pull it off beyond my expectations. These guys have skills! I am broken hearted no more! To hold the soap for this wonderful setup I chose to go with a silver plated replica of a Paul Revere sugar bowl. It works wonderfully as a soap bowl for Catie's Bubbles '95 Liquid Labels soap. I want to personally thank Chris Cullen of Catie's Bubbles who created TWO custom aftershaves for me in a special batch. Chris stated he is moving away from using 3rd party scents and instead will be mostly making his own. So, I stocked up on enough to hopefully last more than a decade. LOL I of course had to find a way to mount the brush in a way that would bring attention to it. After much thinking on how I could show this brush off properly, I came across this and knew this was the answer. Jac Zagoory's Pen Butterfly Stand: You have no doubt noticed that I used another pen holder for the razor. This one I believe has been used by other people as a razor holder, so I'm not the first, but I'm not above borrowing a great idea for myself. LOL This is the Executive Knight Pen Holder from ThinkGeek: I also created a flanker of this shave kit out of my Creed Royal Mayfair fragrance. I tied the seemingly unrelated colors together with a vintage Carnival Glass Mug that holds Catie's Bubbles Royal Garden Shave Soap: Product Lineup: Fragrance - Creed Royal Mayfair (bottle signed by Erwin Creed) Aftershave - Catie's Bubbles "Royal Garden" Shave Soap - Catie's Bubbles "Royal Garden" Deodorant - Punkee Herbals "Rose" (request it from vendor) Soap Mug - Antique Northwood Dandelion Amethyst Carnival Glass Mug circa 1912 I now created a 3rd kit for this Silver set from vintage Ralph Lauren gear. All products are Vintage 1990's produced by Cosmair. Product Lineup: Bath Soap - Ralph Lauren Safari Razor - Ralph Lauren Safari Collection Blade - Personna Twin II Plus (with lubrication strip) Shave Brush - Ralph Lauren Safari Collection with Synthetic Badger Kn0t by Frank Shaving (replaced by jimjo1031) Hair Brush - Ralph Lauren Safari Collection Shave Soap - Ralph Lauren Safari Aftershave - Ralph Lauren Safari Post Shave Balm - Ralph Lauren Safari Deodorant - Ralph Lauren Safari Fragrance - Ralph Lauren Safari Jimjo1031 replaced the floppy, messy old badger knot that was in this handle. No professional brush revamping services would touch this project but Jim took on this project and nailed it better than I thought would be possible. I also want to take a moment to thank Sheryl of Lucky Girl Boutique who put up with me insisting on buying and having her make deodorant in a silver color tube to match my setup. Without her I could not have matched everything up properly. Sometimes it's the things you don't tend to look at that make the difference. Her deodorant matches the Tommy Hilfiger scent perfectly. I think she still might have some silver tubes remaining if anyone wants to ask her to make some.