I've tried Google but what I've found is not available in the stores I've
What is a good razor stop dressing you've found to work? Something
available in stores in the US - not mail order on line please - I've seen
that with Google.
If you're curious, it is for my father's ancient Rolls Razor I inherted and
am going to try after ignoring it for many years. I'm getting very tired of
ineffective electrics and very expensive decent safety razor blades.
On Monday, August 4, 2014 11:50:34 AM UTC-5, KenK wrote:
If you have a Rockler or Woodcraft near you, they will have it. I use the Tormek compound for my chisels and hand plane blades. I don't know if it's any worse or better than any other.
I've read that it is possible to buy stuff over the World Wide Interweb
from stores like that. Real space age stuff. You put the money in the
slot on the computer and in a couple of days the mailman brings it from
I always used rouge with my straight razors. Doesn't do much, stropping
isn't for sharpening. Grizzly has various compounds but if you just gotta
have it locally you could probably find it (or other similar) at Home
Depot/Lowes...look for polishing compound, check the Dremel area too.
I asked a barber iirc about where to buy a straight razor, and he sold
me one of his. I think he told me a couple things but nothing about
strop dressing. Hmmm.
I used it for a while but stopped. Maybe if I'd known about strop
dressing I would have used it much longer. I used a wide leather
belt for a strop.
Now, of all the thousands of little things I own, that razor is the only
one I can't find.
I would get a good, close shave with Ronson electrics. If I pressed too
hard, it actually cut my skin. But they don't make them any more.
They do make ones that are very similar, with the important feature, a
very thin metal thing over the moving blades. It's so thin you have to
be careful not to put bends or kinks in it.
Norelco style has a very thick shield, and consequently doesn't give a
And if you watch tv they are selling something quite like what my father
used, and i used his razor for a while too. NOt electric. That takes
standard double-edged** (not twin-edged) blades, Gillette blue blades,
or later they had platinum-plated of all things. **The blade is flat,
shaped like an envelope and the sharp edges are the top and bottom edges
of the "envelope".
The problem with these is that they were like a tank, driving though the
whiskers, crushing anything that got in the way, including cutting off
any little imperfection in my skin if it was higher than average. Well
this didn't happen very often, but I shaved about 10 times a week and
once a week was too often
Nonetheless, here is the tv offer https://www.onerazor.com/?midH72293
I saw about ten or 20 years ago that it was getting hard to buy
double-edged blades that would fit this style, and I planned to buy a
lifetime supply by going to a drugstore and dickering with him, how much
did he want for 40 packages. But I dawdled so long, Ithink their blades
got too expensive and even a discourt for volume would have been a lot.
So I went to the web and bought 20 packages of 5 iirc for 10 dollars,
but if you bought 40 packages, it was only 15 dollars so that's what I
bought. 200 blades. Even if I shaved every day, I bought myself two
lifetimes worth. Do you who know think they go dull just sittling in
the package for 10 or 20 years?
They're made in Turkey of all places. None of that platinum coating
which I think was a gimmick.
My roommate in college had bought, in Mexico I think (but this was 40
years ago) one like it but with white plastic handle. It was much
better, because it wasn't so heavy, and it would bump up when it hit
some of that skin and not cut me.
Then in NYC on Chambers Street around 1980, I found all-plastic double
edge razors. I think they were 10 cents a piece. I bought 2 and when
I liked them, I bought 8 more. I wish I'd bought 30, because I broke a
couple, maybe lost a couple, and now I only have one!. It's even
lighter than the one with the white handle and shaving is comfortable.
Like with most double-edged razors, you can adjust the blade pitch by
how much you turn the handle.
Ironically, I think these were meant to be given away free at hotels,
like the shampoo, etc. If you could get those all plastic ones,
I've had a beard for almost 30 years now. I asked at my new job 30
years ago, as a visiting programmer, if they wanted me to cut off my
beard (so as to not alienate clients) but they said no. I sort of
wished they'd say yes.
So I've talked about everything but what you want. I don't know about
what youwant, sorry.
Well, this might have something for stropping
And this has an all plastic double edged-blade razor!!! It's not like
the ones I like so much, but it is all plastic I think. You can see how
it loads by looking in the bottom rigght of the card.
And my gosh, here's the one I was raving about, except mine was black
and cream and this is all fire-engine red.
but instead of 10 cents, it's 10 dollars! I wonder if it is less
fragile. Maybe it costs a dollar 40 years ago, and inflation has
brought that to 10 dollars, but the ones I bought were surplus and
dumped at 1/10th their regular price.
They also have
WWII era US Military issue dark brown plastic double edge safety razor.
for $6, and
Gillette WWII Plastic Tech Double Edge Safety Razor for 19 dollars.
So maybe these weren't made to be given away at hotels, but were made
for the US or British armies. And the ones I bought in 1975 or 80 had
been sitting around since the Korean War.
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