I'm going to start a thread on and for anyone who is interested in the Rolls Razor. I'm going to focus on those elements necessary for someone interested in acquiring and ultimately shaving with the Rolls. The sections will cover: 1. "what is a Rolls?" The parts that make up the machine 2. Some basic history of the machine and it evolution. 3. What to look for and what to avoid when shopping for one 5. How to restore a Rolls to the excellent shaver it was 50 or more years ago. 6. How to maintain and shave with a Rolls Razor. Please feel free to comment, and make suggestions as I go along. My goal is clarity for every reader. If you don’t understand something here, then I need to fix it. I’m going to be using my personal “go to” Rolls for most of the photographs in this first section. It’s a 1951 Imperial (my birth year) and it gets used almost every day. It came with a blue case and a fairly rare spare blade. Other than that, it was a greasy wreck and took a few days to restore. Minus the extra blade and the fancy case, this is pretty much a good standard user Rolls from E-bay. So, without further adieu, this is my Rolls. Picture are: 1. Glamour shot 2. Opened 3. Basic parts dissembled. What you see here (minus the extra blade) is what a Rolls must have to be a razor. Leather strop (red) Composite hone (gray) Blade Handle Frame. The frame includes the strop/hone handle and the friction pad assembly at the end of the handle (pointy thing attached). The friction pad assembly is one of 3 key elements to the shave performance of a Rolls. I will cover how to dissemble, clean, adjust and maintain this assemble along with everything else.