Our Prized Possessions

As wet shavers we seem to all be looking for that one perfect razor. Maybe its your birth year Gillette in MINT condition. Maybe its a Toggle or a bottom dial Fatboy? Perhaps its a 7/8″ full wedge Wade and Butcher….the point is we all have those ‘GRAIL RAZORS’ that we want for our collection. Some guys will obtain them and put them away for safe keeping. Other guys/girls will get that Grail razor so they can use it. I am in the latter group. I am a user and not someone who wants to have everything for the sake of having everything.

Funny thing about these Grail razors is that mine change from day to day, and week to week. from straights to DE’s and back to straights again. Of course I want an A1 Gillette Super Adjustable, but I don’t think I will go out of my way to search for one as I have a super adjustable from an earlier date that is actually a better razor without the plastic parts of the newer version.

Funny thing happened while browsing the forums. I saw a Gold open comb Gillette Sheraton! Wow, this is one BAD@SS looking razor. Somewhat rare apparently I figured Id put that on my list of razors to look for. Not but a few weeks later a stumbled into an antique shop and saw one sitting in a glass case. I asked the lady if I could see it and she told me that the saftey razors don’t last long in the shop….I guess I was pretty lucky. At least I thought so until she showed me the price. $25….that’s right $25!! Now I knew I was beyond lucky. I didn’t bother trying to haggle and just paid the lady the money and walked out the door thinking about the IKEA commercial where the lady runs out yelling “START THE CAR”! The razor itself was fairly dirty but the case was in unreal condition so I hoped that all it needed was a little cleaning.

Sheraton

Needless to say this razor cleaned up nice. Oh, and can it ever shave. I find it to be a fairly aggressive OC. It is more finicky with blade angle and has nicked my more than any of my other razors, but I still love her. And I would never even think to sell her.

As for my second prize possession, it has a different story. I have a couple friends who run an antique shop in British Columbia and I emailed them to see if they had any razors….well they did. They had 4 safety razors that from the pics were in fairly rough shape, but it was hard to tell. A Fatboy, a flare tip, an aristocrat junior and a Milord. I have owned a few Fatboy’s and sold a few Fatboy’s so that didn’t excite me as much as the other three which I had never used. When they arrived I gave the Fatboy, aristocrat, and flare tip a cleaning and boy did they every sparkle. Beautiful specimens and great shavers. The Milord on the other hand looked like this…….

Milordbad

Yes is had been hit with the ugly stick pretty hard. The inside of the case was tattered and non existent in some parts and the supposedly gold razor looked brown and pretty gross. This razor and case needed some work. I scrubbed the razor and polished it and used pipe cleaners and tooth brushes and scrubbing bubbles and mothers and some stuff called ‘sparkle’ all in an attempt to bring it back to its past glory. I also took the case apart and restored it. This was my first restore of its kind. The hard work and effort paid off and now this razor is absolutely one of my favorites. It shaves nicely, but its the feeling I get when I open it up and see my work that makes it special.

MilordNICEFrom the original price tag to the new upholstery, this razor in my opinion looks better than any cased Fatboy.

It’s funny how a razor I hadn’t ever really though much of could become so dear to me. I think when you put work into something it changes your views. I think this is what CAR GUYS feel when they are working towards finishing a project or restoring an old vehicle. Sure it costs a lot more to restore a car, but I get to use my razor regardless of the weather or where I am. It is one of the beauties of our hobby. We can enjoy it anywhere anytime and the experience is always different.

So what is your Prize Possession in wet shaving? Perhaps it’s not even a razor. Maybe its a scuttle or a brush. Let me know what your top piece of gear is as I would love to see all the different answers. I wonder if anyone shares a similar Grail item.

Cheers all. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.

“Shave you, Shave me; Shave it for always. That’s the way it should be” – Lionel Richie

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15 comments

  1. Andy WC · February 12, 2015

    I’m relatively new at the wet shaving game, so I don’t have much at all in terms of hardware. Of what I do have, I love my Muhle hjm black fibre brush. I think synthetic brushes are fantastic.

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    • froogle_jimmy · February 12, 2015

      Yes. Synths are great. I love my badgers though….and my boar…lol. I love them all. But the synthetics are really gaining popularity

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  2. Andy WC · February 12, 2015

    Great pics by the way!

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  3. Jason r · February 12, 2015

    so far my prized possession is my Gillette Rocket that I got for a steal of a deal…I picked it up with a Tech for $25. I’m looking for a Gillette Adjustable of any kind. It’s the highest on my wish list.

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    • froogle_jimmy · February 12, 2015

      Thats a sweet deal! I suggest the black beauty super adjustable. Great shaver and the black handle looks bad@$$ as well!

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    • froogle_jimmy · February 12, 2015

      Great pick up those razors for $25! Of the three Gillette adjustables i prefer the black beauty/super adjustable. Great shaver, and looks BADA$$.

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  4. Scott R. Leslie · February 12, 2015

    Someday I’ll own a double ring.

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    • froogle_jimmy · February 12, 2015

      Oooh, now that’s a pretty cool, hard to find razor. I hope you find one!!

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  5. Mike @ The Path to Smoothness · February 13, 2015

    I’m definitely like you, a user rather than a collector. For me, life’s to short to just look at nice things, they should be experienced!

    What a great post and I have to say you have some great razors there.

    I have a few razors I truely love but my ‘Mona Lisa’ razor is my George Ibberson, Firth Stainless Steel, 5/8 full hollow ground straight razor. It’s a thing of beauty.

    Mike

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    • froogle_jimmy · February 13, 2015

      you are too right. It all about using them and experiencing things. Very well put!

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  6. Philip · February 13, 2015

    I am also big on using an item vs just displaying it. My prized tools are two Straights that my mom gave me that belonged to my grandfather. They started my wet shaving journey. Followed by a 60’s vintage Old Spice shaving mug. And so on if you will. I use a Cdn Gillette Tech mostly now as I await the Straights getting re-honed and one I am restoring. Time shall see if they become my favs.

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    • froogle_jimmy · February 13, 2015

      Sentimental value of those straights makes them priceless. Thanks for sharing. I wish i had a razor passed down to me….but at least my kids will!!

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  7. WadeNelson · October 16, 2015

    From your webpage I finally learned approximately what these things went for new. Probably a tad more for a Fat Boy with the fancy magnifying glass case. Every antique store I go in now sez the same thing, “Sold my last few razors to a guy a couple of weeks ago!” I guess it’s on to Estate Sales if I wanted to expand the collection, but I’m actually happy with all I have. I feel positively RICH owning a dozen great old razors, several adjustables, and getting to shave for under .20 a blade instead of that ridiculous $5 per 5-bladed cartridge nonsense. Apparently others feel likewise!

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    • Froogle_Jimmy · October 16, 2015

      Damn right!!! Part of the fun is finding deals on these old razors and giving them new life. Ya $5 a blade is brutal

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