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  1. ctakim

    Attention B&B! Please listen to my proclamation!!

    Ladies and Gentlemen! Drum roll please! It is with great delight that I do hereby announce that I am officially changing my signature. Having completed a deal to obtain off the Bay a fine example of a Silver ABC Pocket Edition razor and case of the Empire design. Thanks go to Brian DiPalma...
  2. ctakim

    Show me your photos of King Camp Gillette, the handsome devil!

    Got this off the Bay. It is an 8 x 10 modern high quality print of King Camp Gillette from a 1906 photograph. I was interested if folks had any other pictures of the man who started the razor and disposable razor blade business? If so, show them here!!!:001_smile
  3. ctakim

    Any idea about what came in this Gillette can?

    Snagged this off the da Bay but I am clueless about the story behind this Gillette decorative tin can. Any idea what came in it? It is made by Chien Co., which is known for making collectable tin toys and promotional items. Any info would be much appreciated!:001_smile TIA, Chris
  4. ctakim

    Give Mama Bear some loving on Amazon.com!!

    I just noticed that Mama Bear's fine shave soaps are for sale on Amazon.com. But she has no customer reviews! I added the first one for her Aged Spice soap since I have this and I am very pleased with it. If you are of a similar mind about one of her products, take a hike over to Amazon.com and...
  5. ctakim

    Second place again!!! Curses!!

    Nothing more to say...other than the search continues!!:sad: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110516936571&ssPageName=STRK:MEDWX:IT
  6. ctakim

    Shaving stores in Paris?

    I'll be in Paris for a few days on business. Any recommendations for shaving items to look for or places to visit?
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    Regent Tech and case, non-open comb version, year of manufacture?

    I finally got one of these very unusually cased Regent Techs. Not a pristine version, but I'm happy nonetheless. Krumholz says an open comb version was made in these cases in 1940. But this must be a later version. Any ideal when it might have been made? The razor is like an early '40's...
  8. ctakim

    Lilac Vegetal scent association, now I know what it reminds me of!!!

    Feeling brave and adventurous today I splashed on a bit of the Veg after my shower. As the scent wafted up into my nostrils from the open bottle, I had an epiphany as I realized why the smell was familiar to me. I had not placed it before but it hit me like a ton of bricks! It smelled like RAID...
  9. ctakim

    Whoa doggie! I wanted it but not THAT bad!!!

    So it wasn't silver, it was gold and the case was gunmetal. But this ABC Pocket Edition Empire set just sold for a whopping $275!! It was mislabeled as a Floral pattern. This seller must figure he or she just won the lottery. I was over $100 off the lead. Well, at least that hurts less than...
  10. ctakim

    Original Double Ring Cases?

    So I have been fortunate enough to get a hold of two double rings in my Gillette collection, both date back to 1905 based upon their serial numbers. But my burning question is what cases can I legitimately display them in? Also what blade cases were originally issued? I have a 1906 Single Ring...
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    Toggle wanters should check the Bay for a BIN

    Those lusting after a Toggle should check the Bay for a BIN at $120. A decent price if not a steal. http://cgi.ebay.com/1960-Gillette-GOLD-TOGGLE-Adjustable-Safety-Razor_W0QQitemZ300410347130QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item45f1da1e7a#ht_3103wt_1167
  12. ctakim

    First shave with a US Rhodium Executive! Nice!!

    Yesterday I had my first shave with a US Rhodium plated TTO razor. I used a Wilkinson (Gillette) blade, my trusty Rooney 3/1 super badger, and English Fern shave soap. This is a fine razor. In many ways it is similar to one of my previous TTO favorites, the 40's Aristocrat. The head...
  13. ctakim

    Bulldog cleanup! Now awaiting my first shave!

    Finally got around to cleaning up a silver Bulldog I got awhile back. It cleaned up very nicely and now I'm waiting my first shave with it!:001_smile Anyone shave with one of these on a regular basis? Is this the razor for Yalies everywhere?
  14. ctakim

    Got an Executive (US Rhodium) razor case that is massive!

    Got my first cased US Rhodium Executive and I was surprised at how massive the pseudo Ostrich skin case is with the built in shaving mirror. This set still had one wrapped blade dispenser in the storage compartment under the mirror. But compared to the many other Gillette cased razors I have...
  15. ctakim

    Thinking (hoping) I got a New Deluxe in a nice case!

    Just won this off the Bay and I'm hoping it is a New Deluxe!:huh:
  16. ctakim

    B&B Bulwer-Lytton Great Shaving Novel Contest!!!

    As I was remarking on the impressively creative literary talents present on this board, I got the idea to start an Edward George Bulwer-Lytton Great Shaving Novel contest. If you are not aware, there is an annual contest for the worst opening sentence to a novel that is held by the English...
  17. ctakim

    So who got the three New/New Deluxe razors off da Bay?

    Got beat out at the end. Did anyone here snag these? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220556781843&ssPageName=STRK:MEDWX:IT#ht_1244wt_1167
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    What is your Holy Grail razor to add to your collection?

    So everyone one with more than two razors in his (or her) collection has a Holy Grail razor that they are looking for. The next razor that you would die (or kill) to get your hands on. For me it is a Gilllette ABC Pocket Edition Empire set in silver (similar to Mr Razor's below) but with a...
  19. ctakim

    Bostonian New vs New Improved??

    I just got this razor courtesy of Whiteweed although I think it belonged to Jake, too at one point. Any way it is what I call a thick bar handled New, but I also understand that that it may have been sold under the Bostonian label too. Krumholtz's chapter on the Gillette New does not shed any...
  20. ctakim

    Getting my razor display organized!!

    Thought things were shaping up enough to post a preliminary pic or two (or 3). I don't have a dedicated stand alone display case, but this was built into the study of the house we recently moved to. Naturally when I first saw it I knew what was eventually going to go in there!!:laugh:
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