Last month, I made a purchase on a local online auction. Honestly, I didn't know exactly what to expect, as the description on the auction site was quite vague.
“Nostalgic Gillette” and “Old metal box with razor in it”… That was pretty much all I knew when I made my first bid. But I didn't care. This was the first vintage razor I had seen on any Danish sites, so I just had to get it.
It turned out that I won the auction as the only bidder, and paid the equivalent of 10 dollars for it – plus a bit for postage. The box arrived a few days later, and I was eager to get it cleaned and to find out more about this.
I turned to the Badger&Blade forum to ask for help, and after a few days, we had it identified as a Gillette Old Type Single Ring razor from somewhere between 1908 and 1920. It doesn't have a serial number on it, so we haven't been able to come closer to a specific year. But hey – I am still excited about owning a razor which has survived nearly 100 years and two world wars. It's one of the coolest things I have ever bought.
Having identified the razor, it was time to clean it and prepare it for use. You can read more about cleaning vintage razors in my next post, coming soon. Make sure you get updates by email or follow my tweets.
The market for Double Edge razors is usually quite predictable with the german Merkur razors as some of the most popular models. But every now and then, a new player hits the market. One of these players is the New Zealand based KiwiShaver, who present a beautiful and stylish razor – in a classic design. Meet the Goodfella.
The Goodfella is a classic chrome Double Edge razor in a clean, almost clinical, design. At first, it struck me as a very small razor, but it actually handles extremely well and is perfectly balanced. The Goodfella was my first attempt at a DE razor, and I must say that it impressed me with its great looks and the gentle shave it provides.
At first, I thought that the short and slick handle would be slippery and hard to hold once it got wet. It turned out to fit perfectly in my hand – and never slipped a bit! The centre of balance was perfect for me, but I will not guarantee that it will fit anyone just as good. Like it goes for any other razor, it really is a matter of preference.
The Goodfella is not an aggressive razor – in fact, you have to try quite hard to cut yourself with the open comb design. For anyone who wants to move from the cartridge type of razor (like Gillette Fusion Proglide or Shick Hydro), the Goodfella is a great place to start.
A few days ago, I bought my second DE razor – a vintage Gillette Old Style from around 1910. The Goodfella and the Old Style are very similar in the design, size and general feel. And when you look at the two, it's hard to see that a hundred years have passed. At least when it comes to design. They are both beautiful additions to my bathroom counter – and both provide a great, gentle shave.
The backside of getting a beatiful, well crafted razor from a young company – and even with a stunning lifetime guarantee – is a price tag in the high end of the market. The basic version of the Goodfella sells at appr. USD $69. But if you want a mild DE razor with a classic look – I believe the Goodfella is a great catch! I know I will hang on to mine!
You can read more about the Goodfella on their website.
Is cold shaving a lost art?
When I watched the HBO series Band of Brothers, I was struck by how the soldiers, ill-supplied, freezing, and wearily dug into the snowy trenches of Bastogne, still made time to shave. The clean shaven face was and is military policy. Even today, US soldiers, although they must do without hot water and baths for months at a time, still try to get in a daily shave. It might seem like a strange policy to civilians, but requiring the men to be well-groomed is believed to be important in preserving the men?s sense of discipline and the esprit de corps.
Schick Hydro, a revolutionary new razor with many first to market technologies, goes on sale today at stores across the US. Billed by makers as a complete razor redesign ? from blade, to lubricating system, to handle ? Schick Hydro razors are the most thoroughly tested, highest-rated products in the brand?s 88 year history. These razors, which will be available in 3- and 5-blade models, deliver innovations in shaving technology not found among other razors currently on the market. In fact Schick is using the tagline ?the best shave for your skin? to herald the new razor?s arrival, and they tout the Hydro 3 as delivering a better shave than Mach 3, according to tests.
The Fusion ProGlide is expected to launch in USA in the summer of 2010. Rest of the world will follow.
The “Fusion” series from Gillette has been improved once again.
Gillette has announced the release of the next generation of the popular razor. The new Fusion ProGlide and ProGlide Power will be launched in the US in June, 2010. (more…)