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Today's project. I'm going back to the past...

I got tired of using those throwaway plastic razors, and all those blades. Plus I think they are way too much money for what they are. So a few weeks ago I found a gillette safety razor on ebay. It was made in 1956, the year I was born, and looked like new. $13 with shipping. Made in the USA, says so right on the underside.
Then I ordered up a badger hair brush knob (that's what they call them). It is from the UK (no bp jokes). I turned a holder for it today out of tulip wood. I also bought a cake of soap from Italy, supposed to be the cat's meow of shaving soaps. I still have to make a nice stand for the razor and brush. I got blades from walgreens, 10 for $6, made in the USA. This is the kind of razor I started with many years ago. I was looking at the straight razors, but decided that might be pushing it a little.
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Nice!
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Thats the razor type I used till I was about 35 or so.they didnt make the plastic ones till then.Nice job on the handle.Gary

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Real nice Mike.

I still have my mug and brush from about 30+ yrs. back Used to be you could get "Old Spice" brand shaving soap. I just use regular bathing soap and hot water. The thought of using a straight razor scares the puddin' outta me!
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Mike that is a great looking project. I love the shaving brush and the vintage razor is awesome. I think you'll have to update your pic though cause every picture I've seen of ya is with a full beard.

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I'd like to see the pics of you with tiny pieces of red toilet paper all over your face. Can you make a holder for a styptic pencil?
Man, I don't miss the days of those razors. I've got a bunch of them, a few mugs and a few brushes. Tried it a few times but it didn't work out well with daily shaving and a necktie on all day.
Now I shave once a week whether I need to or not.
Good luck and nice work!

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Rob,
You're killin' me. I laughing as I type this. I forgot about the styptic pencil, those were fun. I have been using the razor for the last couple of weeks with no ill effects. I don't often wear ties, so I should be ok.
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I'd like to see the pics of you with tiny pieces of red toilet paper all over your face. Can you make a holder for a styptic pencil?
Man, I don't miss the days of those razors. I've got a bunch of them, a few mugs and a few brushes. Tried it a few times but it didn't work out well with daily shaving and a necktie on all day.
Now I shave once a week whether I need to or not.
Good luck and nice work!
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Very nice work Mike, that tulipwood looks great as a shaving brush. As far as styptic pencils go, did they actually work for anyone? I never stopped bleeding and they stung like a bee.
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As far as styptic pencils go, did they actually work for anyone? I never stopped bleeding and they stung like a bee.
Not too well for arterial wounds. They always worked for me and yup...stung like hell.

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I'd suggest ya practice on shaving other parts before you try shaving the face,just lookin out fer ya! Itchy

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Beautiful handle, Mike

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Beautiful graining on the brush love the finish great job. Marc
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Looks pretty cool. You ever see the Mach 3 kits, you can have a razor that matches your brush?

Neat idea

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Looks pretty cool. You ever see the Mach 3 kits, you can have a razor that matches your brush?

Neat idea
No I haven't. Have to google it.
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http://www.arizonasilhouette.com/Sha...Razor_Kits.htm

I might have seen them somewhere else, but this works.

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Thanks DV,
Pretty cool site. I bookmarked it and will peruse it later. Eyes are tired now.
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That's a spectacular looking brush Mike. Brings back memories of my dad shaving when I was a kid. The brush was always kept in the mug with the soap. I still remember the sound of dad's brush clinking against the sides of the mug as he worked up a lather. Nice job. What's the finish on it. That's a beal buff for sure, but is there anything else on it?
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That's a spectacular looking brush Mike. Brings back memories of my dad shaving when I was a kid. The brush was always kept in the mug with the soap. I still remember the sound of dad's brush clinking against the sides of the mug as he worked up a lather. Nice job. What's the finish on it. That's a beal buff for sure, but is there anything else on it?
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Thanks Ken,
There's 4 coats of lacquer on it to start, then the beale wheels.
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