Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by lindyhopper66, Nov 30, 2013.
Dang, @Jayaruh charged you $311 for that brush?? His prices sure are going up.
It will take a couple of chairs to figure out this big razor with a huge smile. It is the largest razor I’ve ever shaved with and the heaviest. I may also take it my Shapton glass 16k to get that crisp edge I like. My other Mike Martinez is my best shaving razor.
Fancy razor day #2, these are a cased pair of 11/16 Touron-Parisot near wedge in beautiful ‘ironing board’ tortoise scales with original ‘bullseye’ washers. There are several interesting things about these razors. They date from 1850-1860, so they’re about 165 years old. It’s often difficult to date razors this precisely, but before 1850 the company was just Parisot, and after 1860 they were out of business. The case has the address 24 Rue de la Pais stamped in gold on it, so you can actually see the shop on Google maps - I believe it is a chocolate store when I checked.
I bought them off eBay from a New England Antiques store, and the seller advertised them as faux tortoise, but I knew that they were genuine tortoise. eBay won’t let you sell genuine tortoise (or ivory), but plastic wasn’t invented until about this time or even a few years later, and didn’t become common in manufactured goods until several years or even decades later. At the time these razors were made, there was no faux tortoise. Did the seller know? I feel sure that they did.
I wonder how 165-year old cased French luxury razors came to be in the US. My guess is that they were bought by an American diplomat or business person who traveled to Paris. There’s a story there that I’d like to know but probably never will.
The cream was Dior Eau Sauvage lathered in an Aesop bowl with a Keyhole 4. A splash of Lucky Tiger finished up and a little Dior Eau Sauvage AS balm followed on drydown. I added a bit of the Eau Sauvage EdT and was enjoying a fine fragrant shave on a Sunday morning.
Thanks for the background. Well done!
Sunday Chantey Shave
We'll rant and we'll roar like true Yankee whalers
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below
Until we see sight the New Bedford lights
Then straight up the channel to anchor we'll go.
Love the detail in the pic. Nice!
That's a beautiful picture and the scrimshaw stands out.
Had a few days of growth to comfortably mow down so turned to this Omega 14...
Possibly a Joseph Feist creation out of Solingen, as the Omega symbol was his trademark, but no Feist or Solingen on the blade.
Does have a Belgian connection with Verbeke-Devrieze on the show side.
My pleasure to use it this evening.
Enjoy your shave!
The picture of your brush and razor is excellent.
Unrestored user grade gen 1 Filly 14 Doble Temple, T&H Grafton lathered with a Rooney 3/2 Heritage and D. R. Harris Pink for finishing up. Enjoyable shave today!
Wacker Master Class
T.O.B.S. Lavender shaving soap
Simpsons Captain Manchurian
Bigelow Green Cologne
I don't know if you guys have seen this one. I bought this razor as a retirement gift (March) to myself along with a new longbow, ILF riser, limbs and a few more archery related items. My wife finally said whoa. Sound reasonable to me, lol. I'm really into longbows this straight razor stuff is just a sideline. That might give you an idea about how much archery related stuff I have. TOBS has always been a good soap for me performance wise, no complaints. This is one the very few factory brushes that I haven't taken apart for the knot. It's a pretty fair brush, IMO. Have a good one.
Nuts! How embarrassing. No worries folks I'm only a danger to myself w/out my reading glasses (time to take a break and go dam phishing).
How about showing us a picture of your new Long Bow?
I don't remember seeing that one, and I am glad you shared... that is unique and beautiful. Excellent choice for a retirement gift IMO!
That razor is worth to commemorate a special day. WOW
Jerry Stark 5/8 full hollow
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