Wilkinson Sword Empire Razor

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I've not used one for years, but when I did ... yes, remove the spine from a GEM blade, clip the corners off and it will then settle back into the regular mechanism just fine once you slip the catch aside. You only need to snip the tiniest amount off so it settled happily to the back. In the picture below I clipped loads off ... not that it matters.



Here's a much later one (possibly the last model) with a solid bar:

 
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Sunburyboy93
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Can you recall what the shave was like ?

I’ve been using valets recently With a GEM and feather blades but looking to try an wilkyempire as well if it was a good shave
 
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From memory, rough but exhilarating. There's a lot of dialling in to be done on the Wilko - blade presentation, gap, etc. The Empire was also a little ungainly with quite a bit of slop in the handle. Fun. Probably not a daily mower though. The later model I showed in the second picture was much nicer and very much akin to a valet VC2 onwards.

Of all that ilk of wacky-razors (see what I did there?) like the Wilkos, Valets and all manner of French/German whisker-whackers is a pre-Valet '9 O'Clock' which gives a lovely shave:



... think of it as a proto-VC1. Which puts me in mind to pick up a nice coffin case VC1 again.
 
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Sunburyboy93
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From memory, rough but exhilarating. There's a lot of dialling in to be done on the Wilko - blade presentation, gap, etc. The Empire was also a little ungainly with quite a bit of slop in the handle. Fun. Probably not a daily mower though. The later model I showed in the second picture was much nicer and very much akin to a valet VC2 onwards.

Of all that ilk of wacky-razors (see what I did there?) like the Wilkos, Valets and all manner of French/German whisker-whackers is a pre-Valet '9 O'Clock' which gives a lovely shave:



... think of it as a proto-VC1. Which puts me in mind to pick up a nice coffin case VC1 again.



Well I ordered an empire the one that had the black handle in the wood box. So will get it shave ready and try a gem when it arrives. And as for the 7 0 clock we’ll now that’s something else to add to the list !! :ROFLMAO:
 
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