Unicorn Razor Club (URC)

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by BBS, Jun 6, 2021.

  1. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    Just observing the way it seems to be thin and totally flat. As for a copyright issue, the descendants of the original patent owner probably doesn't even know this thing existed and is at this very moment poking away at their face with a Gillette Fusion 7-blade cartridge razor. :happy102:
     
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  2. Clouds

    Clouds Active Member

    @twhite - It looks flat but actually has a rounded base plate and a concave topcap.
    The blade is thick and does double duty as the spring.

    @IAmTheJody - The 3 blades lasted a lifetime

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    The adjustment mechanism is so simple its genius, you could easily do the same for your Tarmax.
    Its just a long screw that tightens against the topcap screw and locks it. Patent info here:

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  3. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

    That is truly a unicorn. Congratulations on that one.
     
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  4. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    It's fantastic to have the whole set like that! Definitely a unicorn!
     
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  5. Dave in KY

    Dave in KY On second thought, Buttercup

    :D
     
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  6. brit

    brit in a box

    :D
     
  7. Clouds

    Clouds Active Member

    Vintage Merkur Progresses
    They are all from the mid to late 1950's (Edit: To Early 1960's)

    The first is not a Unicorn but a pretty hard find. The numbering starts at 0 and they are paint filled in red.

    I wouldn't call the middle one a Unicorn but close to one. It has the Pollopas base plate. The numbering also starts at 0 and are paint filled in red as well.

    The right hand one I believe is a Unicorn. All Pollopas except top cap and adjuster plate, adjuster indicator at the top.


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  8. jmudrick

    jmudrick Type A Man

    Those are great . Do we have any idea when the change to all metal head took place? Mine I'm guessing is a 70s or 80s model but no idea how to date with any precision.

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  9. Clouds

    Clouds Active Member

    No idea, I can't find anything. There is a catalog from 1962 on gut-rasiert that still shows both the pollopas models.
    That's the latest that I could find.
     
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  10. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    The Pollopas ones were sold as early as 1956 maybe 55 which is the first year the Progress was sold.
    https://theshaveden.com/forums/threads/evolution-of-the-merkur-progress.55091/

    Those I'd opine are unicorns. I only know of 2 collectors who own one you being the 2nd after posting.
     
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  11. jmudrick

    jmudrick Type A Man

    I've only seen a couple and the guard's were pretty badly cracked.

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  12. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    What is interesting is the knobs on the modern Progress razors predate the Progress razors since they were used on the Walbusch B5 razors.
     
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  13. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

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  14. Clouds

    Clouds Active Member

    For a "plastic" razor they are not light, drop it and a crack forms - Hazard a guess and say thats why they stopped using Pollopas.

    That auction is this 830 and I only found it with less than 24 hours to go. The problem with hunting for Progresses is that what do you search for that comes up with the Pollopas ones but doesn't bring up lots of "normal" ones.
     
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  15. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Great score and congrats.
     
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  16. romsitsa

    romsitsa Well-Known Member

    Supernova, actually a non-branded Filomatic. With a sample rasor blade :)


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  17. Dave in KY

    Dave in KY On second thought, Buttercup

    Not sure if it's a Unicorn but have ZERO info on this razor I got and have modified a Gem blade for a future shave. All it has is a picture on the box and the razor only has a Nov. 14, 1911 Patent Date The lever on the front raises the blade tray to secure the blade. The blade is narrower than a Gem blade and had to be cut down as well as removing the spine. If the spine isn't removed the lever would not close to secure the blade as it was to thick with the spine attached.
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  18. Dave in KY

    Dave in KY On second thought, Buttercup

    Looks like @riverrun solved this for me, THANKS !! won't let me post a pic of the document......
     
  19. jmudrick

    jmudrick Type A Man

    This one? This was Traut & Hine offering preceding the more common Dandy razor.

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  20. Dave in KY

    Dave in KY On second thought, Buttercup

    Yep, head is identical but a round and fixed handle (non-removable)

    Never seen another one so I'd say it's a unicorn......
     
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