The "what is" and " how to" thread for the Rolls Razor

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by gregindallas, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. macaronus

    macaronus Sir Nice-a-Lot Staff Member

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    Steve is right: here's a traveling set I bought some years ago. (you've both got great sets there, by the way!)

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    One of the cylinders containes a small traveling brush (though the knot is all warped up, so I will replace the knot with a synthetic one - always good for traveling). The other cylinder is the perfect size for a Palmolive stick. You might try that one out for your container as well. Oh, and the rectangular box between the brushes and the soap and brush containers came with a Gillette Ball End Tech! And some junk blades (my humble opinion). The large rectangular container stays at home and is replaced with a Rolls Razor when I use this traveling set so I can choose between razors even when traveling. ;)

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  2. Steve_Keyte

    Steve_Keyte Member

    I picked this pre-war De Luxe 'E' set up the other day, Imperial 2 razor complete with two spare blades, all original, there's some loss of silvering to the mirror but otherwise not bad condition for a set that's nearly 80 years old!

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  3. macaronus

    macaronus Sir Nice-a-Lot Staff Member

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    Congraz! I've got the same set! Slightly better condition and with manual. It is my first Rolls and my favourite one. The box (so to say) has a matte finish in stead of a shiny chrome finish. How about yours?

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  4. Steve_Keyte

    Steve_Keyte Member

    Is the Imperial an aluminium one? I have an aluminium Imperial that was matte finish when I received it, probably due to oxidation over the years, they can be easily restored to a shiny surface using metal polish. Most of the Viscounts which are made from aluminium seem to have dulled to a matte finish over the years
    Steve
     
  5. macaronus

    macaronus Sir Nice-a-Lot Staff Member

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    Nope. No aluminium. But I like it the way it is. It's got that aged look now. ;)
     
  6. Jabez 58

    Jabez 58 Member

    Wow!! now they are really nice sets.
    I also have what I considered to be a matt finish imperial but felt it was to heavy for aluminum and though I have tried to polish it up, it has refused to shine like I would expect? The aluminium viscounts I have polish up to a real gleaming shine
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  7. Steve_Keyte

    Steve_Keyte Member

    I don't think Rolls ever produced a matt finish razor and as far as I'm aware the only materials used were nickel plated brass, aluminium and stainless steel (I assume the gold plated Rolls used gold plated brass components). I wonder if the matt finish razors are stainless steel ones, we work with a lot of stainless steel and over the years it can 'dull down' to a matt like finish which can be difficult to polish back to a mirror finish without specialist polishing equipment.
    I've just weighed a nickel/brass Imperial 3 and it weighs 472 grammes, the Imperial 3 aluminium weighs 309 grammes, so there is a noticeable difference in weights,

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  8. Jabez 58

    Jabez 58 Member

    Yeah, I've also never seen anything relating to Matt finishes, and I haven't as yet, but will weigh them when I can and report back, I have a gold plated one that is more than fairly well worn in places and I'm sure that it is brass. The Matt finish one does feel too heavy for aluminium but as I say I will get back to you on various weights later. But it wouldn't ever surprise me for Rolls to throw up the odd curve ball now and again ha ha!
    Gra
     
  9. thevez2

    thevez2 uses Gillette's new Tarantula Razor - 8 blades!!

    I have many Rolls Razor sets, at least a dozen. But I have never used them because I didn't know how to hone them. A friend said he'd hone one for me so I could try it out and I asked if he would film it and do an instructional video for honing the Rolls Blades. It looks easier than I imagined. I should have my newly sharpened blade soo, so I can gibe it a try. Here is the video if anyone is wondering how to sharpen theirs!

     
  10. Jabez 58

    Jabez 58 Member

    Tidy video many thanks for that,
    Is a shame he didn't give full progression I got the 1k then back down to the 200's to get the chips out quicker then back to 1k and onto 4k but didn't get the last two stones grit, though that said he didn't know what his final finishing stone is?
    Surprised he didn't take off the guard, and didn't tape the spine ( a big debating point that ) as some do some don't.
    But it was good to see it in action and get another viewpoint
    Really hope you have a good experience with using it, you will have to let us know, it's a little daunting at first but just keep that almost flat to your face angle going and you will be fine I'm sure. There are quite a few if us out there that use them.
    Gra
     
  11. Jabez 58

    Jabez 58 Member

    Hi Steve
    I've had a real good look at my Matt imperial and it's a ringer :rofl:
    It's a rather dull and dirty nickel over brass body with 2 dull aluminium doors fitted to it:scared011:
    so giving it a heavier that all aluminium feel to it!! :rolleyes005: duh!
    Well we live and learn ha ha
    Gra
     
  12. Steve_Keyte

    Steve_Keyte Member

    So are the aluminium doors from a Viscount (single greek key pattern) or an Imperial (three greek key pattern)?
    Steve
     
  13. Jabez 58

    Jabez 58 Member

    The doors are aliuminum Imperial with the 3 key pattern.
    So it's between both the weights.
    I can only assume at sometime past someone has changed them, both the strop and hone are in really good condition
    I have both full aluminium Imperial and Viscount models and now it seems a hybrid ha ha.
    Gra
     

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