Worth getting a Valet auto strop?

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I have been intrigued for some time now by the Valet auto strop razors and would like to add one to my collection, however it comes with a caveat, i'm only interested in getting one if i can use it to shave with, i'm not interested in collecting razors that are to all intents and purposes display items.

So having seen a few on ebay i'm wondering are there still blades available that will fit these?

Thanks.
 

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I have been intrigued for some time now by the Valet auto strop razors and would like to add one to my collection, however it comes with a caveat, i'm only interested in getting one if i can use it to shave with, i'm not interested in collecting razors that are to all intents and purposes display items.

So having seen a few on ebay i'm wondering are there still blades available that will fit these?

Thanks.
Some of the earlier ones will take an Gem blade that has been converted to fit or you can use the Feather SHS-5 blades that are available at Connaught Shaving. The later ones will only take NOS Valet blades and Feather SHS-5 blades, so these old razors are still very useabale .P
 
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You can still get blades to fit Valet razors.
The blades are called FHS-10 and can be found here: http://connaughtshaving.com/fhs10.html
Make sure not to get the Feather FAS-10 carbon blades. They are rubbish.
Quiz: The Feather blades don't have the word VALET cut out, but HANE. What does HANE mean?
Ha-Ne is the pronunciation of the Japanese word 羽 - which means Feather.
 
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You can still get blades to fit Valet razors.
The blades are called FHS-10 and can be found here: http://connaughtshaving.com/fhs10.html
Make sure not to get the Feather FAS-5 carbon blades. They are rubbish.
Quiz: The Feather blades don't have the word VALET cut out, but HANE. What does HANE mean?
Hane is the pronunciation of the Japanese word 羽 - which means Feather.
I had often wondered what Hane was all about! Thank you for the education :) P.
 
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I'm not a a fan of the FHS-10 blade so find I use the VC-1 more than my other Valets as it takes a de-spined Gem blade.
 
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Valet had made awesome razors, remember to keep a very swallow angle.

The one on the left is a B1 model (1916) and needs a despined GEM blade, it also has adjustability . About 56grams.
The one on the right is the latest VC4 model (1940) with safety bar , and works with a Feather FHS-10. About 67grams.

Both provide smooth and effective shaves. The VC4 is a lot smoother thought. If you find one mind the plating it's very sensitive so don't use strong detergents or metal particle abrasives .

Model B1 (1916-1919) Model VC4 (1940-1946).jpg
 
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How does it adjust? Similar to a W.S. Empire, a screw changing blade exposure?
It alters the exposure of the blade by pressing down the lever that locks the base plate into position . It's very simplistic but thoughtful (and it actually works).
The Wilkinson Empire Sets is a different kind of animal , thought it does provide adjustment , i found extremely difficult to hone the blades properly .

Found a scan with the instructions, but its not very clear.
valet1.jpg
 
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