The Straight Razor Acquisition Thread

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by DaltonGang, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Definitely not to that quality. Mine is of the newer design. Not bad, but that older model looks amazing.
  2. Billyfergie

    Billyfergie The Scottish Ninja

    Well..I Done it Again..Just Pressed the Buy it Now Button on this Shave Ready Beautiful Puma Solingen Stainless Steel 6/8th from a Trusted Seller in Sweden..£ 153.00 English Notes Posted..Another Rare Bird..A Reasonable Price for a Puma in this Kinda Nick..Posted Price an All..Its Been Honed on a Naniwa Super Stone Progression to 10 K..I have Bought a Number of Razors from this Seller..;)

    I Will Put a 20 K Surgical Black Arkansas Edge on it When I Get it.. Like All My Stainless Blades..:kar:

    Billy.. :chores016:
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2020
  3. ischiapp

    ischiapp Well-Known Member

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  4. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Little Valley NY
    6/8th. Full Hollow.
    Aluminum Handle.

    I got lucky with this one. The seller marked it as an unknown maker, but in the photos, a couple of letters that I could make out told me all I needed to know.

  5. Billyfergie

    Billyfergie The Scottish Ninja

    My Beautiful NOS Factory Fresh Dorko Solingen 7/8th Arrived from Germany Today..I Got a Replacement as the 1st One He Sent Had a Micro Crack on the Blade..Cant Wait to Get Her on the Hones & Shave with it..:)


  6. Billyfergie

    Billyfergie The Scottish Ninja

    Well..I Done 80 Sets on the Naniwa 1 K Bevel Hone with the New Dorko..Here is What I Saw Under the Lens..Another Cracked Blade..So He is Gonna Send Me Another Model as this Must be a Bad Batch of these Models..So I Asked Him to Send Me One of these Models Above..He is a Good Seller..Just Bad Luck is All..He Has Corresponded Well with Me..A True German Gentleman by All Accounts..:)

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  7. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Beautiful blade Billy, it is a shame about the crack. I wonder what’s causing them?
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  8. Billyfergie

    Billyfergie The Scottish Ninja

    Well Steve..I Reckon the Same as the Seller.They Look Like a Bad Batch..That is to Say..Factory Grinding/Tempering Issues..The Bizarre Issue is that Both Blades he Sent Me were Cracked in the Same Place..Almost Identical Cracks as Well..Go Figure..;)

    I Also Noticed the 1st One he Sent Me that it Was Not Shaving Arm Hair from the Naniwa 1 K Bevel Hone Either..Now that is Strange for Me..I Didn't Bother Doing More than the Initial Sets with the 2nd One as the Crack was Getting Worse I Reckon..I Was Not Using a Lot of Pressure Neither.. :eek:

    Tempering/Grinding Issues Happen with the Best of Production Makers..It has Pissed Me Off But the Seller is Doing So Much to Help..:happy088:

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  9. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Well you can’t ask for more from the seller. Beautiful RSOs though.
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  10. Karl G

    Karl G Well-Known Member

    Exactly four years ago today I came in second in an eBay auction that has haunted me ever since. I had just started with straights and part of the private collection of razors of the Ragg family were being auctioned off. Well, my heart skipped a beat when I saw this one, without a doubt the sexiest razor I’d ever seen. Not only that but NOS from 1825. I put in a high max bid (for me anyhow.) It was a near miss. Being new I assumed I’d see another like it sometime. :chores016:

    But no, I never saw another one that stopped me in my tracks like that one and it has haunted me ever since. :angry032:

    In early February I decided to go looking for it and, lo and behold, I found it. I did everything to find the owner to see if he wanted to sell it or trade. I contacted the original eBay seller, no dice. I left PMs on boards he had posted to, no dice. I used the internet to find possible email addresses and sent emails, no dice. I found an old address on the internet, no dice. :kngt:

    And then earlier this week I got an email from him. He’d been off the boards for a while and found my original PM. Holy schmoley, he was interested in a trade and today he sent my white whale off to me. :happy036:

    Here are some photos:

    1825 Ragg stamp side.jpeg


    I’m totally stoked :bounce017:
  11. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    That is a great story of persistence - pretty cool to have this opportunity. Congrats!
  12. Billyfergie

    Billyfergie The Scottish Ninja

  13. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    Article Team
    Congratulations on acquiring a gorgeous razor, Karl.
  14. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    That is an absolutely gorgeous razor.

  15. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    That’s a beauty Karl! Congrats on a fine razor.
  16. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    Some beautiful blades you guys have been rounding up.
  17. ischiapp

    ischiapp Well-Known Member

  18. jgreenepa

    jgreenepa Nasal Barbarian

    Great score! That’s a beauty!
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  19. jgreenepa

    jgreenepa Nasal Barbarian

    Just beautiful, Karl!
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  20. Karl G

    Karl G Well-Known Member

    Thank you all! But the story just got better. Before sending off the razors I was trading I asked about a bigger trade - we had considered one before but couldn’t get the values to approximate. This time he threw in a fine S.R. Droescher water stone and we struck a deal. :happy088:

    So, in addition to the above Ragg (my “White Whale” - think Captain Ahab chasing Moby Dick), he’s sending me another near mint Ragg from that same auction, an unused 80000 Kanayama strop, and the Droescher stone. Here is the rest of the trade:
    The middle razor is now part of the trade - the top one is the “White Whale” and already on it’s way

    Just the Kanayama on the left

    ...and the stone...

    So, two beauties in ivory, and a fine stone and strop to keep them up to snuff. :happy036:

    A few tips of the hat - first to @twhite who alerted me to a deal on a pristine Sun Ray set that I got some years ago and that became part of the trade, to @Steve56 for nudging me to try a hanging strop by sourcing some roo leather and wonderful linen - and for promoting the virtues of a Kanayama, and to both @Steve56 and @Billyfergie for opining on the stone. :eatdrink047:

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    Last edited: Oct 17, 2020
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