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I'm not trying to add complexity, but you'd be well-served to take it to a jeweler, for a couple reasons:
1) The bulldog is comparatively rare, and silver plated ... it's not a trivial piece.
2) Jewelers are familiar with working with metals, have all the tools, and know the techniques best...
I guess that I always thought that "platinum" blades had a kind of platinum edge treatment (like a vapor-deposited coating), but were not actually made of platinum. At least this is what I thought Schick and Gillette meant about their Plus Platinum and Platinum Plus blades (respectively). I'll...
Welcome to B&B! Glad to hear that you've taken the plunge!
The tech is a great razor to start with, btw.
While I'm a little in the minority, I don't have really strenuous objections to canned foams. Some canned foams, like Proraso and Barbasol, are very good, and give consistent lather you...
I'm a big fan of Phil and Bullgoose. He's a class act.
... anyhooo ...
I do not like the Super Thins. I got the Vietnamese ones and just couldn't get anything near a comfortable shave -- lots of pulling.
Some people really like 'em, but they just don't work for me.
The thing to do is to keep your eyes peeled.
Glide through antique stores and flea markets as you get the opportunity. Not everyone selling old stuff (or old razors) knows that the double-ring is rare. We've seen a number of double-rings here that people just found along with other, more common...