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Well I am starting this blog to record my return to an older type of shaving . Like most of us I at present use the ubiquitous supermarket disposable razors , and have done so for , well I don't really know how long . When did these disposable and cartridge type of razors come about ? I guess I have been shaving regularly since I was around 16 which ,as I was born in 1953 , make it around 1969 when I started . I have a memory a very faint one I admit , to having a razor that twisted to open and receive a double edge blade of the kind that came in little rectangular boxes . I remember that the  blades came wrapped in paper and the used blades were posted into a slot in the back of the box . Now that is all I actually remember of these things and as soon as the more modern types , disposables came out I started using them. Well you would wouldn't you how many teenagers want to do things as their Fathers do most of us wanted to look modern I guess , well I did anyway .

So where is all this rambling leading to , I am glad you asked !  As I am getting somewhat better at sharpening knives My poor weak mind seems to be taken with the idea of buying a straight razor from an antiques centre ,something from the 1880's to around the demise of the Old Queen , in 1901 I think . I admit that I only knew the date of Queen Victoria's death from watching my favourite John Wayne film The Shootist . So the thought of going from a modern razor to an inexpertly sharpened cutthroat  is for me a daunting prospect and unusually good sense has prevailed and instead of leaping straight back to the end of the nineteenth century perhaps the 1950's may be a better place to start .

I have now checked out a few video's on YouTube and have found that the razors that I remember from my youth are indeed called DE or double edge . In fact this whole retro shaving lark is alive and kicking without me knowing anything about it . Youtube is awash with helpful young fellows scraping the whiskers off their finely honed chins with razors that they certainly don't remember from the first time round . Mind you I have learned an awful lot more about shaving than my Father ever taught me ,I guess it must have been him that showed me the ropes though I don't remember the lesson .

So I now have an Edwin Jagger DE89 razor and am waiting for those fine folks at Amazon to deliver the rest of the not inconsiderable amount of gear that it seems I must have . A styptic pencil ,what a word from the dawn of history , anyway I have forgotten to order one so in the short term things may get bloody !! The razor looks nice and I am thinking that it is probably of a lot higher quality than I would have had in the late sixties. I would likely have had an old one of my Dad's to start .

I hope to return to this blog in the future , blood loss allowing , and record my return journey to the shavings of my youth and hopefully back in time to the days of the Old Queen and a wonderful straight razor . Got to get through my lack of a styptic pencil first , can't imagine what a young girl in the chemist will think if I ask for one of those .

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Comment by John Bamford on February 5, 2016 at 9:46

Well I have now seen the future and it is .., well the past really . First shave this morning with the new old kit , it went well . I watched lot's of videos on Youtube too many videos so that I couldn't remember what I may have learned . So I just grabbed the razor and soap this morning and got on with it . My reasoning was that I started out with this sort of kit the best part of fifty years ago and at that age I new nothing and must have managed okay . If anything had gone wrong I would have remembered it , wouldn't I !!

Great shave it's easy and there is nothing to it how to find the right angle , don't they go on about angles on the videos . It's easy to find the right angle cos it makes a ZZZ sound as the whiskers come off . Don't use pressure and there is no particular sensation apart from the lovely clean feeling of a close shave .

Forgotten to order a brush rest thingy to put the brush on to thoroughly dry between shaves , so have whittled on today out of a Alder burl . Will put a picture on when it's dry enough to sand and finish , it only came off a tree very recently ! 

Once all the equipment is bought then it makes shaving quite cheap at least compared to using five bladed super wizzo shaves . Just bought 30 blades for £8 ,say $12 , that's over six months worth of razor blades .

Not that I am trying to economise , Sue thinks I don't do economy " did you really need another sharpening stone " was said a couple of day's ago ! Well of course I did It is a Finnish one a Wastikivi   believe it or not , I mean who doesn't want a Wastikivi .

I may need to collect a few different shaving soaps as well .

Comment by Jan Carter on February 4, 2016 at 19:05

John,

This is the same type razor my father used until the day he passed.  At one time during his travels to see various different kids and grandkids he bought a disposable, boy did he curse that little thing!  Let us know how this goes?

Comment by John Bamford on February 4, 2016 at 11:31

I think that I have gathered the equipment needed for my first proper shave for a long time .

Comment by J.J. Smith III on February 3, 2016 at 15:57

My first one looked like this one.  Haven't seen it since around 1980.

Comment by John Bamford on February 3, 2016 at 15:15

And for the record Queen Victoria died on January 22nd 1901, or so it say's when it's Googled .

Comment by John Bamford on February 3, 2016 at 15:12

Yes JJ they are really not that good these multi bladed things . I have stuck at three blades and refused to go any further ,I wonder how many blades these things will end up with ? 

Comment by J.J. Smith III on February 3, 2016 at 15:08
I can remember those also, John.
Funny how we went from those to the 4-5 bladed disposals, that cost an arm and a leg, and still don't shave as good.

That coming from a guy that's had a beard for most of his adult life. (It does require shaping with a razor, every now and again.)

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