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NOS vintage razors do come up from time to time. Although they haven't been unwrapped and used, the packaging is often rather tatty, as it's usually been sitting around in a cupboard or a shelf for some time. As an example of what they often look like, from my collection, a PAL Injecto-Matic, price 2/6, in its unopened original packaging, which is OK bar the marks, stains and some of the cellophane wrapper being torn. If I were to open it, I wouldn't be surprised to find the unused, packaged blades have rusted.
That's a 60's razor, as I recall, and I use an "in-rotation" one of this model, which is rather on the aggressive side.
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NOS vintage razors do come up from time to time. Although they haven't been unwrapped and used, the packaging is often rather tatty, as it's usually been sitting around in a cupboard or a shelf for some time. As an example of what they often look like, from my collection, a PAL Injecto-Matic, price 2/6, in its unopened original packaging, which is OK bar the marks, stains and some of the cellophane wrapper being torn. If I were to open it, I wouldn't be surprised to find the unused, packaged blades have rusted.
That's a 60's razor, as I recall, and I use an "in-rotation" one of this model, which is rather on the aggressive side.
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I'm surprised to see a razor that old still in its packaging. I had no idea you could pick up something like that. Will keep my eye out, thanks for the heads up.
 
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Try this guy, I have bought a good few NOS Vintage razors from him, he has some 1912's on the go, email him a price delivered, they are unused and genuine.
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BTW, The 1912 he has up at mo is a 1951 year SE as it has the great exhibition sign on box
He also had some NOS HFT razors..
 

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I'm surprised to see a razor that old still in its packaging. I had no idea you could pick up something like that. Will keep my eye out, thanks for the heads up.
Unfortunately, they're as rare as the proverbial hen's teeth, but do keep a lookout.

I'm not sure whether it's been mentioned here (can't find it in a search) but there are a couple of razors which are single-edged but use halved DE blades. These are the Focus R Dynamic 48 (available from Connaught) and the Rocnel SE/P, which you might be able to find at Razormaster in Finland. Razorock have recently brought out a version called ECO, which will likely be available for purchase from a UK vendor before too much longer. Both the Focus and the ECO are aluminium, and reasonably-priced, but the SE/P is stainless and not cheap (sic).

These DE/SE razors are real "Marmite" things, and you'll find discussion of them in various threads here.

There are also modern Gem-blade razors like the Blackland Sabre and Above the Tie G1, plus a couple of other makes which may be hard to find.
 
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Unfortunately, they're as rare as the proverbial hen's teeth, but do keep a lookout.

I'm not sure whether it's been mentioned here (can't find it in a search) but there are a couple of razors which are single-edged but use halved DE blades. These are the Focus R Dynamic 48 (available from Connaught) and the Rocnel SE/P, which you might be able to find at Razormaster in Finland. Razorock have recently brought out a version called ECO, which will likely be available for purchase from a UK vendor before too much longer. Both the Focus and the ECO are aluminium, and reasonably-priced, but the SE/P is stainless and not cheap (sic).

These DE/SE razors are real "Marmite" things, and you'll find discussion of them in various threads here.

There are also modern Gem-blade razors like the Blackland Sabre and Above the Tie G1, plus a couple of other makes which may be hard to find.
I have seen the half DE razors but wasn't sure about them. I like the idea that the true SE blades are supposed to last much longer.
 
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I have seen the half DE razors but wasn't sure about them. I like the idea that the true SE blades are supposed to last much longer.
I usually get around 6-8 days' worth, and sometimes 10, from both AC and injector SE blades, but that depends on the blades. I suppose I could push it a bit further, but it hardly seems worthwhile when a new blade is so much more pleasant to use. It is my experience that Day 1 of either blade type isn't the best, but subsequent days are fine until the performance drops off as the edge wears off or clags up.

I bin a DE blade after 3 days; no exceptions. On that turnover, I could expect to get 3 days worth out of each halved, less expensive DE blade i.e. 6 days all told per blade. Of course, DE blades in DE razors are usually and randomly alternated edgewise every time they're used, which spreads the wear, but, in practice, I find that a good quality half-blade in the Focus goes 3 days. The same for the Rocnel, unless it bites me, which it has a habit of doing with the corners, and then it's immediately sent back to the doghouse.
 
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I usually get around 6-8 days' worth, and sometimes 10, from both AC and injector SE blades, but that depends on the blades. I suppose I could push it a bit further, but it hardly seems worthwhile when a new blade is so much more pleasant to use. It is my experience that Day 1 of either blade type isn't the best, but subsequent days are fine until the performance drops off as the edge wears off or clags up.

I bin a DE blade after 3 days; no exceptions. On that turnover, I could expect to get 3 days worth out of each halved, less expensive DE blade i.e. 6 days all told per blade. Of course, DE blades in DE razors are usually and randomly alternated edgewise every time they're used, which spreads the wear, but, in practice, I find that a good quality half-blade in the Focus goes 3 days. The same for the Rocnel, unless it bites me, which it has a habit of doing with the corners, and then it's immediately sent back to the doghouse.
Interesting. I usually get 3 days out of a DE blade too. Strange that a blade lasts longer for you when halved. I guess the exposure to water and lather for 3 shaves could be dulling the blade regardless of how many whiskers it mows down.
Much to ponder on...
 
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I'm surprised to see a razor that old still in its packaging. I had no idea you could pick up something like that. Will keep my eye out, thanks for the heads up.
Are you UK based, if so I may well have an unused ER 1912 which takes Standard Gem SE Blades. Also I might have
a NOS PAL Injectomatic in its original packing. Give me a PM if you are interested and I will check out my stache.
Mike B.
 
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