Yeah! I *want* one of those.
That's the kind I used, to trim the downy fir I was
pleased to call a beard many (cough MANY) years ago.
If you promise not to tell anyone, I will confide
a secret. As recently as last year, I asked for
one of those at a local drugstore.
The SWT at the register looked at me and said
"Safety Razor? What's that?" :)
She eventually recovered by mentioning that they
*did* sell safety razor blades.
I'm really intrigued to see if those blades can
actually be sharpened using the apocryphal glass
tumbler or if that was just creative thinking
on someone's part.
On Thu, 12 Apr 2012 07:56:22 -0700, "PrecisionmachinisT"
I still prefer the two bladed system, I tried one of the five blade
units that arrived in the mail as a free sample and while it did a
good job considering I only shave my lips and neck, it felt all wrong
- something like shaving with a file (METALWORK).
I've been using TRAC II clone blades for the last few years
since my local retailers stopped selling the originals.
The clones are convenient and cheap from my eBay retailer.
They *do* have quality issues, though. Most last several shaves
but some start tearing skin right out of the box.
I don't recall such inconsistency when I was using a safety
razor. But that was a long time ago so they might have been
I've been lucky yard saleing, plus some of the chinese copies @5/$1
aren't too bad, at least the bunch I bought a couple years back. By
the time I run out of blades, someone else (caregiver) will be shaving
me, probably with clippers.
Depends on where and when you are. I had an uncle who used to
be a flyer in the Navy in the mid 1950s, and apparently he had problems
getting razor blades on shipboard for a reasonable price (if at all).
So he used that, and showed it to me as a kid. (He was back in the
'states by then, but traveling and not able to restock as conveniently
as he would like.
As long as you are old enough and skillful enough to handle a
double-edged blade safely, all you have to do is put it inside the glass
tumbler (with blade edges parallel to the axis of the tumbler) and place
your fingertip against the weird-shaped center groove (which is not
sharp at all) and slip it back and forth around the inside of the
tumbler. Your fingers should not be anywhere near the edges while
Later years had dispensers for the double-edged blades to slide
them out and hook them on the center post of the razor, but earlier ones
(in particular before the stainless steel ones came out) were typically
wrapped in oiled paper to prevent rust. If you don't cut yourself
unwrapping the blade, you won't cut yourself using the tumbler as a
When was the Kriss Kross sharpener first produced? O.K. I see
some listed from the 1920s. Looking at the video of one in operation,
it looks designed for single-edged blades.
< http://www.youtube.com/watch?v ÜeWb51xrEY>
eBay auction # 290693260234 says that it is for double-edged
blades, but the Kriss Kross razor shown in auction # 250892753075
explicitly states that it is for a single-edged blade -- and it looks
like it needs to have a triangular shape (narrower away from the edge) t
fit in the sharpener.
If you like mechanically interesting shaving gear, check out the
Rolls Razor. eBay auction # 140739120533 shows one in rather good
condition and clear photos.
Essentially, it is a permanent blade (a section of a straight
razor blade) which bayonets onto a spike in the case. The case has two
covers, one of which contains a honing stone, and the other contains a
leather strop. They are keyed so each will only go on the proper side
of the case. There is a handle which moves the blade and spike back and
forth in the case, advancing edge first when in contact with the honing
stone, and drawing edge last on the leather strop. There is a safety
guard on the blade, detented so it will flip clear during the honing or
sharpening. There is a separate handle which slides onto the back edge
of the blade and then clamps in place.
Eventually the blade wears back form repeated sharpening over
the decades, and the kit in this auction appears to have a spare blade
in a Bakelite case.
shows it being stropped but not honed -- and the fellow demonstrating it
is not that familiar with it. The case should be held in the left hand
while the right hand operates the handle -- and it does not make nearly
the noise recorded in normal use. Also, he stores the shaving handle in
the wrong place. It normally stores inside the sharpening handle.
This one shows it better, but he does not understand that the
honing is done only every so often, not every day.
I actually used one of these back when I shaved.
Condolences. I have so little, it takes until 5pm the _second_ day
for my 5 o'clock shadow to appear. Me happy!
A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if
one's life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself.
-- Louis L'Amour
Not a good idea, Ed. Bicycle chains depend on the grease put in at
assembly, Anything that degreases the chain ruins it. Would like to try
it on a stone, though. Did learn a trick in High School shop. Take a
very course stone and scrape some bits onto a piece of plate glass. Add
some water and use that to true and resurface a stone. Used that to
straighten my old speed skate sharpening stones a number of times. Karl
That's an interesting idea. On the couple of occassions I've had to
flatten a hollowed stone I've used coarse emery cloth (silicon
carbide) thumbtacked to a scrap of plywood, with some kerosene for
lubricant. It works pretty quick on an aluminum oxide stone, which is
the only kind I've had to flatten.
I started using waxed bicycle chains ~25 years ago. Usually get around
10,000+ on them before giving up. You have to remove the chain, and
re-cook it in wax ~600 miles. But it sure beats an oiled chain...
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