Unicorn Razor Club (URC)

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

  1. brit

    brit in a box

    Interesting,there were so many variants/modifications..
     
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  2. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    If this isn't a unicorn it sits right on the fence.

    Gillette Red Dot Fat Boy

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  3. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Some Autostrop unicorns.

    A2 model
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    Here is a Type A I've never seen before except in this catalog.
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    It is on page 2 and is the floral handle Type A that was included in sets 150 - 152. The catalog is supposed to be from about 1910.
     
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  4. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    One more single edge that I think is a unicorn, if not it is still a very uncommon razor to come across. Far as I know Ever Ready only produced these in England.

    Ever Ready 1909. The shovel head before there were shovel head razors.
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  5. jmudrick

    jmudrick Type A Man

    I only have the British version but I believe they were also issued as Yankee razors in the US. I think that's even more unicorny. The American patent application was made in 1909 about six months after the British.

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  6. Dave in KY

    Dave in KY On second thought, Buttercup

    So I've been told I fit into this Club. I may have more unicorn razors but I'm not as knowledgeable as most of you to know what qualifies. Here's my A2 Auto Strop
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  7. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member


    If they did it isn't what would be called a known quantity among collectors.
     
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  8. jmudrick

    jmudrick Type A Man

    Au contraire. Sorry for the low rez photos but here ya go. Known at least to some collectors on TOST.

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  9. Clouds

    Clouds Active Member

    Another one that I am not too sure if its a Unicorn or not.
    1912 Roberts Safety Razor. This one is missing the strop and stropping handle. I didn't get a blade with it so milled the little piece of aluminium so that it fits into the head and centers uo a standard DE blade. The head pivots on a ball.
    This one is also a Flip top, so 16years before the Gaisman patent.

    How does it shave: Its a very mild shaver with standard DE blades.


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  10. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    First time I seen that. Thanks for posting. Figures it would be a TOST of all places. I've never seen a mention of a Yankee shovel head type razor on any other forum until now. If the Every Ready 1909 isn't a unicorn that Yankee variant certainly qualifies then.
     
  11. jmudrick

    jmudrick Type A Man

    Bird Lives also posted here about it sans photos a few years ago indicating there is also an R&S version from the same period. The ads I found for the Yankee were from 1911-1912.

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  12. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Learn something new every day. I think what we can ascertain here is the Every Ready branded versions were only sold in England, Europe and maybe Canada / Australia depending how they did distribution and the Yankee branded ones in the US. The R&S one more documentation would be needed to say for sure.
     
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  13. jmudrick

    jmudrick Type A Man

    Right. Bird Lives would be your guy there , I don't find anything about the R&S version and from what I recall Reichard and Scheuber only existed '03-'04 so it doesn't seem likely to me.
     
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  14. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    I've never seen one before.
     
  15. Clouds

    Clouds Active Member

    One Unicorn, the other pretty close..
    Darwin Adjustables
    Darwin "Standard" and "Popular"

    And how do they shave: Both mild shavers.
    Adjustability is limited with modern blades

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  16. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    The Popular one yeah the standard debatable. You do see standard ones come up for sale on a semi regular basis but almost never the populars.
     
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  17. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Not my razor but I think this one deserves consideration as a possible unicorn. I've only seen a handful of these come up for sale.

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    The Barbasol floating and non floating head 2 piece razors are fairly common but not this one. There is also a less common 2pc Barbasol razor with a plastic handle but I don't think it is rare enough to qualify as a unicorn but I happened to have found a full set that sold recently. I'll post pics since in this case the overall set puts it into a debatable unicorn.

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  18. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    Yankee became Gem, or ASR (American Safety Razor), can't remember what came first anymore.
     
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  19. Dave in KY

    Dave in KY On second thought, Buttercup

    Got one of them Floating Head recently and seen 2 others for sale. BST and the Bay. Come in spurts I guess :happy088:
     
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  20. jmudrick

    jmudrick Type A Man

    The older (pre-Conrad patent) Barbasol is definitely unicorny. I doubt it's an exceptional shaver but I need one.

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